Mountain Top Inn Wedding Photos in Vermont: Lauren + John

Feb 22, 2013 | Weddings

mountain top inn wedding photos of bride and groom sledding

I absolutely love heading up to Vermont for weddings, and I especially love Mountain Top Inn wedding photos. It’s such a unique place to get married, and it feels like you’re so far removed from everyday life up there. I was last there two years ago for a mid summer wedding, but I’m pretty sure that it’s even more gorgeous in the winter. There’s something so romantic about the pretty snow, the wood cabins, and the warm fireplaces dotted around this beautiful resort. Plus, if you’re an adventurous bride and groom, you can go sledding in your wedding clothes the day after the wedding!

Lauren and John live in New Hampshire with their pup Murph. When I first met with them, they told me how John is super outdoorsy, and loves hunting and fishing. Lauren on the other hand loves warm fireplaces and snuggling up with John and the pup. A weekend of winter wedding fun with family and friends could not be more perfect for them, and I was pretty excited to capture their amazing celebration. I headed up the morning before the wedding to settle in and acclimatize myself to the frosty mountain air. It also gave me the opportunity to take some pretty landscape photos of this gorgeous spot, so you’ll see a few of those sprinkled throughout this post too. On Saturday morning, bright and early, I joined John and the guys as they gathered for breakfast at Mountain Aire Lodge, one of the rental properties attached to the Mountain Top Inn. I was greeted in the kitchen by Lauren’s dad, beaming and cooking, and offering me a huge plate of ham and eggs … perfect!

father of the bride cooking breakfast for the guysthe groom and his groomsmen eating breakfast

This breakfast was fierce! And oh so very tasty …

tasty and heart breakfast

The guys were feeling a little rough around the edges after an evening of drinking around the fire pit the night before, but that didn’t stop them from getting cosy on the couch!

fun photo of the guys goofing aroundphoto of the red barn marking the twin valley lookout

Lauren and the girls were getting ready at another of the Inn’s vacation rentals, The Jewel. It’s a gorgeous property with high ceilings and phenomenal views of the main Inn, and the mountains and lake beyond. The atmosphere there was calm and happy.

bride lauren has her makeup applied

I love this emotional photo of one of Lauren’s friends watching Lauren get prepped:

emotional photo of her friend watching

Lauren designed her own invitations and they were awesome! I had no idea quite how crafty she is, and walking into the barn later that day was such a fun surprise – she has quite the eye for design.

wedding invitation that says eat drink be marriedthe three wedding and engagement rings

Lauren’s sister helped her into her sweet dress. You’d think that a winter wedding would be a great time to take advantage of a huge poufy bridal gown … but no, not Lauren! She went with slinky and rocked it, despite the frosty temperatures outside … and she so impressed me by spending much of the afternoon outside for portraits – the high that day was an icy 8 degrees!

the bride getting dressed on her wedding dayhugs as the bride's sister helps her to dress

After a cute first look, Lauren, John and I headed out into the snow for some portraits. We were in and out of cars, trying to keep warm, and these two were absolute troupers. I was wearing four layers of clothing, a fur hat, snow boots, leather gloves and a balaclava … and I was still freezing. These guys were amazing. And I’m so happy too – we got some pretty great shots.

mountain top inn wedding photos of bride and groom portraitsfun couples portrait at their mountain top inn wedding

The wedding party was awesome too – there were no complaints about their frosty Mountain Top Inn wedding photos!

bride and bridesmaids in green dresses and snow bootsblack and white photo of the groom and his groomsmenwinter wedding at the mountain top inn snow scene

Late afternoon, we finished photos and headed down to the brand new barn for the ceremony. John and Lauren were the second couple ever to get married in the barn, and it was fun working in such a new space.

photo of grandfather walking to the barn for the ceremonythe new weddings and events barn at the mountain top inn

One of my favorite photos of the day is of Lauren and her dad as they turned the corner to walk down the aisle. Lauren’s expression is just wonderful!

emotional processional moments in black and whiteceremony photo of groom smiling at his bridelittle flower girl and her family during the ceremony

There were four great readings by close friends and family members, on love, friendship, family and marriage.

ceremony at the big barn

Lauren’s uncle’s reading was hilarious – I love Lauren and John’s reactions here:

funny moment during reading by unclebride and groom laughing after uncle's reading

The reception was held downstairs in the main barn. The decor was simple, but so sweet. I especially loved the table numbers; each number had meaning in the couple’s life together. Table seven was for the seven years they’ve been together; table fourteen was for the 14 states they’ve vacationed in together; and table one million was because John always says, “A million times I love you” when he kisses Lauren. Love!

barn set up for reception at the mountain top innpretty DIY wedding decor at the mountain top inn wedding photos

This little flower girl was so precious!

artistic photo of flower girl looking up from the barnreception setup at the mountain top inn in vermont

We ran outside for a few last portraits as the sun was beginning to set – love the colors here:

sunset photo of bride and groom outside the barn with mountain viewtearful and emotional toast by the best man

The toasts were pretty emotional …

bride and groom reacting to toaststoast by bride's sister, the maid of honor

Such an awesome view!

dusk landscape photo at the mountain top innsweet first dance moments with bride and groom

The rest of the evening was spent dancing to a great band, and eating cider donuts (yum!)

night time shot of guests dancing in the barnfun dance shots from the wedding in vermont

The dancing got crazy at points – and this next photo is one of my very favorites of the evening. This little guy was having the time of his life! Thank you Lauren and John for being such gracious hosts, for having such a beautiful, emotional and fun filled wedding, and for trusting me to document your perfect day. I absolutely loved working with you, and your families and friends! And I hope to someday travel back to Vermont to take some more Mountain Top Inn wedding photos at this magical spot.

awesome photo of kid dancing at wedding


  1. Do you feel like you have to rush when you have those girls out in the cold in sleeveless dresses? I always do. Great work as always Kate.

  2. Steve, thanks! I try never to rush the portraits, but I was definitely trying to work as quickly as I could! One thing that really helped was getting set up for the shot using my assistant as a stand-in, then having everyone come outside only after I was ready to go with my settings and composition. Also, for the couples portraits, we stayed in very warm cars between shots.

  3. Beautiful wedding Kate!

  4. What a fun wedding! Gorgeous work Kate.

  5. Love all the photos…you did a brilliant job of capturing all the emotions of the day.

  6. Such lovely images for an adorable wedding!!!! The landscapes are my favorite but the first image of the couple is amazing! Great job!

  7. Thank you for sharing the fantastic photos of John and Lauren. We were so excited to have them as just the second couple to get married in The Barn The Mountain Top Inn & Resort. You certainly captured the ambiance of the Resort and the sweet, wonderful couple.

  8. Great wedding, Lauren and John you did a nice job. The pictures were fun to look at.

  9. Love the couch love action Kate! Happy days! 🙂

  10. Hahaha, thanks David. 🙂


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