Kiri and Alfonso could not have chosen a more perfect fall weekend for their Mountain Top Inn wedding photos. The foliage was right at its peak in Vermont, and the colors were extraordinary – reds and golds and russets provided the most beautiful backdrop for both the portraits and the ceremony.
I started my day with Kiri and the girls in the delightfully intimate Tree House property, while my second shooter (and good friend) James Collier hung out with the guys in the extensive Mountain Aire guest house. The morning I spent with the girls was full of laughter; Kiri is not a girly girl (that may be an understatement) and proclaimed that her wedding dress was only the third dress she has owned. She is very much a jeans and t- kind of gal, and I love that. Her sister and best friends had great fun walking her through the makeup application process.
We held the first look in the beautiful grounds of Mountain Aire, then headed off to the lawn and lake for some couples portraits. The ceremony took place late afternoon at the knoll. It was chilly and I loved seeing guests huddled up close to keep warm; and the views made every goosebump worth it. The ceremony was performed by their good friend Josh who was born for the job (it was beautiful) and my favorite moment was when Kiri got the giggles during the vows.
After the ceremony we took some family photos up on the knoll and managed to finish just as the rain rolled in! We also got a group photo of all of the guests right at the end of the ceremony; I absolutely love this photo, despite its imperfections – it is something we were able to do at our own wedding, and it’s awesome having a photo of everyone present. Plus, the backdrop at this Mountain Top Inn wedding was splendid!
Cocktail hour moved inside with the rain showers, then we moved into the main barn space for the reception. Despite being a huge space, the wood and fairy lights create such a warm and inviting atmosphere in this beautiful new barn (I photographed one of the very first weddings in this space just a couple of years ago).
Thank you Kiri and Alfonso for inviting me to document your wonderful wedding celebration! And huge, epic thanks to James for being my drone pilot/photographer; the two drone photos above were a collaboration in which I played a smaller role … I chose the lake location and supplied the drone; James took the controls, flew it, and pushed the shutter button; we both looked for great views and figured out some possible angles.
If you’re researching photos of your venue, please know that I’d love to return to photograph another beautiful fall Mountain Top Inn wedding sometime.