Lauren and Lucas, Married in Shelburne, Vermont

Lauren, known to pretty much everyone as Nealy, made my whole season this year when she asked me to photograph her wedding. Nealy runs the show at Love Local Catering, and it’s always an honor when someone else in the local wedding community asks you to work for them. Besides all of that, Nealy is one of the coolest chicks you will ever meet, her friends are the people you want to know, and her wedding did not disappoint in any way. Not only did her bouquet have freaking ANTLERS in it, but they were HER OWN antlers, because of course she owns antlers. We share a love of dark humor (and darkness generally), so it was a great match right from the start. Nealy and Luke did their First Look at the Charlotte Town Beach, where we got to dodge a group of townies having a boulder-throwing contest. Just like David Bowie, I got her to the church on time. Trinity Episcopal is gorgeous, gilded, Gothic, and very dark inside. After a genuinely touching wedding service, we had a ton of fun staging some pretty grim, anti-traditional group shots.  Following the merriment there, the group migrated over to Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg, where the reception was held in a converted HOOP HUT! God, it was so amazing. Nealy constructed sets and decorated most of it herself, incorporating the incredible talents of Chawna Cota of Pebble and Branch Floral Design. The amazing Skinny Pancake crew (Hi Nina!) kept the drinks coming, and Lazy Farmer Catering was responsible for many delicious farm-to-table food comas.  Brass Balagan kept the cocktail hour romping along, and the Seth Yacovone Band brought the reception to its feet.  This was my final wedding of the 2017 season, and I can’t imagine a better note to end on. A personal thanks to Raj Chawla, for assisting my so expertly.  Best wishes to Nealy and Luke – I can’t wait to hang out with you all again!

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