Danielle and John’s Wedding

Surrounded by an amazing group of friends and family, in a steamy steamy hot  Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington, VT – Danielle and John promised to love and support each other through life.
These two initially asked for no photography during the ceremony. They explained that they didn’t want to be distracted by flashes. After explaining that we are ninja photographers during wedding ceremonies and never use flash (it helps us keep our invisible status), they agreed to having their ceremony captured. And we’re so glad they did! The shared smiles, the secrets whispered, the vows shared … all captured authentically is priceless.

So excited to be sharing this slideshow!!

 

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Chelsey and Josh’s Wedding

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Baby Evan and His Bow Tie

Nothing like a newborn baby to snuggle in the cold winter months. Even better if the newborn baby’s momma is down-to-earth and as relaxed as any first time mom can be. Evan was wide-eyed for much of our shoot -huge blue eyes!

I loved hearing the story of Evan’s birth as every birth is interesting. And then we talked about this and that, parenting, world problems, and family dynamics. I cover these discussion topics over and over with clients and I love hearing different perspectives. Shoots end up being part shoot-part therapy with the result being some incredible images of a beautiful new person and a beautiful new friendship just begun.

To up the adorable ante, Kaylee made sure to have the perfect bow-tie on hand! It was a little tricky getting it on and off, but oh.so.worth it, right Evan?

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Kyla and Andy :: Vermont Engagement

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Kyla and Andy have a love of Vermont that can be matched by ours. Kyla has a family connection – in fact, we met at Kyla’s aunt’s perfectly wonderfully renovated Vermont home for our Vermont-themed-engagement-shoot. Andy is a St. Mike’s grad – which is always a fun connection for Josh and me. The couple now lives in Boston and meeting half way made the Vermont-shoot happen. Kyla and Andy are both easy going and totally happily adorably in love. We’re so excited about their wedding – not in Vermont – but in Maine!

We always tell people that there are many many many talented photographers, and what’s key is finding a photography team that you click with for your day. We’ll see you more than anyone else on your wedding day! I’m so excited about our Vermont connection with Kyla and Andy, our St. Mike’s connection, and even our Southern-New-England connection.
Like many couples planning their wedding, Kyla and Andy were looking for the perfect photographer. This is the one aspect of their wedding that will last a lifetime and beyond. They looked through countless sites, and the images were all merging together.

And then they saw it.

An ad on facebook that we target specifically to St. Mike’s alum. Curious, they clicked. And they saw what they were looking for. So excited about their Maine wedding!

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Ellie and Andrew tie the knot in Vermont!

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Our last wedding of October was an excellent high to end our season on. Ellie, said she wanted to do something a little different: a first look and all the formal pictures taken before the ceremony.
“Oh, we’ve done first looks before,” I assured her. “They are so much fun!”
“Not just the first look,” she explained, “We want to do all of our formals before the ceremony – so we go from ceremony to receiving line to reception.”
“Oh!” I said surprised, “we can do that!”.

This was the smartest wedding decision we’ve encountered yet. Seriously.
This allowed for a very unhurried formal picture time with lots of room for creative-spur-of-the-moment ideas from the wedding party, Ellie and Andrew, and of course – Brown Eyed Photography!
So thanks to Ellie and Andrew’s experience I just might be mentioning this option to every wedding client since!

Ellie is like a sister I never knew I had. She was just so authentic and enthusiastic about the photography aspect of her wedding. Andrew is a quiet gentle soul …. or so he wants you to think. He’s also super silly and a lot of fun to be with. The two together – it couldn’t be more fun. I discovered this during their engagement shoot where we had fun walking around the farm Andrew works at. I could.not.wait for their wedding day!

Here are a whole bunch of images so you can see for yourself how incredible this day was!

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At the SAME Time!!

There are countless reasons why we’ve always team-shot weddings. One fun reason is seeing two shots taken AT THE SAME TIME from different locations, angles, perspectives, etc. And often those images paired together make me want to tear up. This is exactly what happened at Ellie and Andrew’s wedding at 1:13pm. Ellie’s sister was putting on Ellie’s veil … and Andrew was walking down the road to meet at the per-arranged first look location in the woods (yes, we were running a little behind and Andrew may have waited in the woods a little longer than expected). This wedding was perfectly wonderful for many reasons, and discovering these two shots, taken at the same time, was the icing on the cake!

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Erin and Stetson Married :: The Barn at Boyden Farm

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When Josh’s cousin, Erin, announced her engagement to Stetson – we were excited! A family wedding!! We sent a quick message to beg her to let us be her photographer. Here’s why: 1) She’s super nice 2) She’s super cool and 3) we love photographing weddings. She’s also close in age to Josh so they had spent plenty of family time together as kids.
But then Erin and Stetson had a l-o-n-g engagement (okay, I know there are longer engagements in the history of engagements – but this one was long enough!) so by the time it was THE day, we were SO ready! Erin and Stetson’s engagement shoot sealed the deal for us and for them. Stetson was just as down to earth as Erin and was super enthusiastic about their wedding and all the details planned.

Here’s what we expected: A rousing wedding on a mild fall day at a beautiful Vermont location.

Here’s what we got: A HOT HOT fall day surrounded by familiar faces full of love, hope, and pride for this beautiful couple. There’s more – I’ll show you in pictures!

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Erin’s dress was stunning – stunning because it suited her perfectly and came from a fun adventure to Montreal.

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You might think these shoes are for the bridesmaids. You wouldn’t be crazy. Other people asked the same thing. But, nope. Erin is a BIG believer in LOTS of shoe options. She couldn’t decide on the perfect wedding shoe – so she kept several pairs available for switching out throughout her wedding.

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Getting spiffy for the first look.

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Oh! The first look. It was absolutely perfect. Here Stetson is waiting …

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Here comes Erin!!!

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One tractor plus one funny, enthusiastic, dramatic wedding party and you get images like this!
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And this!
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We love capturing the unique ness of each wedding – and this one was like no other. It included quotes from “The Book of Stetson” as well as Erin’s very sweet (and abridged) reply. Definitely a memorable ceremony.
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Josh has a big family and Erin is part of it … but Josh isn’t even in this picture! His parents aren’t either so siblings … this is Erin’s immediate family. Yeah. It’s that big. Parents, Grandmother, siblings, inlaws, nieces, nephews. That’s “it”.

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And then the intros start … we were blown away! Stetson is a.m.a.z.i.n.g with a creative flare and the drama had everyone laughing – including Erin!

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When Erin and her dad danced … we’ve never seen a dad more happy or proud of his daughter. Erin’s dad glowed.

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Speeches were also amazing. We were laughing and crying along with the rest of Erin and Stetson’s wedding guests.
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Remember that awesome big family Erin has? Well, many many many of them came together to make this incredible dessert table for Erin and Stetson … with an unexpected wedding cake. Not only was the cake a surprise (that the photographer may have unknowingly disclosed pre-wedding day) – it was Erin’s absolutely favorite-but-never-used-as-a-wedding-cake flavor!

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Of course, it wouldn’t be Erin and Stetson if it wasn’t a perfectly beautifully choreographed first dance.

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An invitation for everyone to join in the dancing!

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Josh is saying this is too many pictures to blog. Is he right?

It was so hard to limit this wedding. Erin and Stetson are so incredibly awesome to work with and as ever, we were honored to document their day – a day that in every way was SO them! We love what we do and every wedding is a high, reminding us of the awesomeness of our job. Thanks Erin and Stetson!

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Awesome 2013!

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Another awesome awesome year in the Adirondacks for Brown Eyed Photography. We had snowy shoots and sweaty-hot shoots. We’ve photographed a farm wedding, a farm wedding, and a farm wedding. We might have a thing for farms. We’ve photographed seniors in urban settings and seniors in small Vermont hometowns. We’ve met up with couples for engagement shoots at decommissioned military forts and right here on our farm. We’ve even had the honor of photographing a birth.

We love our job as photographers and we’re honored to be invited to so many amazing moments in a family’s life – a wedding, anticipating a new baby, welcoming a new family addition, a family, a child at the moment where they will step out on their own. We love capturing memories and creating beautiful art pieces featuring the people you love most during the moments that will forever be essential in the fabric of your family.

Thank you all for a great year. 2014 is shaping up to be quite exciting! Can’t wait for the chance to continue to be part of your life through photography!

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