An Elopement Set in The Wilds of Vermont

Wild forests, waterfalls and mountaintops, this shoot has it all including an insane floral installation.

This was our first ever submission. But because Kelsey and Liam are such mega, committed photographers, this blog has been a work in progress. I mean, can you imagine our jaws dropping at the beauty of all of this? Wild forests, waterfalls and mountaintops…this shoot has it all, including the sweetest couple, an awesome floral installation and off course, stunning camera work. 

Speaking to Kelsey and getting to know her during this process has been a dream. And she kindly told us the story of how this shoot came to fruition…

“Having grown up spending our winters in the mountains of Vermont, I’ve always dreamt of getting married in the middle of the woods in a place that means so much to me. As I’ve gotten older and introduced Liam to Vermont, we’ve begun to create our own memories and know that we will get married here when do we make it official. Since our love for this place is so strong and with my sister Lindsey launching a new event planning business Wildflower Event and Design with her sister in law Dara, we knew we had to create our ultimate fantasy elopement that in our dream world, we would create for ourselves! The ideas started flowing and within days Lindsey and I had created mood boards, reached out and solidified vendors and putting our grand plan into motion! “

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The day of the shoot began with dark and rainy skies…perhaps not ideal for a real wedding, cos who likes soggy socks and frizzy hair…but in fact, it’s the perfect shooting weather for photographers (no direct sunlight and heavy shadows).

The sweetheart table was set up on the back porch of Wildflower Event and Desing’s log cabin, overlooking Stratton Mountain, which was covered in rolling fog throughout the entire morning. The tablescape, created by Wildflower Events and Design, was a mixture of mauves, mustard yellow, blue, blush and purple florals, with high purple pillar candles, the most beautiful linens from Silk and Willow and hand painted menus by Louelle Studios.

“We had to constantly run the full tablescape in and out of the rain as it became heavier and then slowed down. We even had some of the girls standing over Jess and Andrew as we were taking photos of them just so they didn’t get too wet!”

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The team drove an hour north to Kelsey & Liam’s favourite waterfall, Thundering Falls, a mountainside waterfall tucked deep into the woods on the Appalachian Trail. With 100 pounds of flowers in tow, the team grabbed a bucket of florals and started their trek down the half a mile long boardwalk that lead to the waterfall base. Hannah, the florist, built the most insane floral/moss garden that climbed up the side of the mountain overlooking the falls.

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To end the most magical day, the team made their way to the top of an unmarked scenic overlook in the Green Mountains to create the most snuggly cuddle session ever, including cake and champagne!

“We got to the top and with about 45 minutes of sunlight left and we rallied together in the rain to bang out the most magical scene, with Wildflower creating and bringing the tepee vision to life and Hannah from Hudson Botanica building vines of flowers up the side of the tepee as the sun was setting fast behind us.”

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As with all shoots, and real weddings, the project was a challenge. Especially as the locations were all around 40 miles apart from each other. And finding vendors with a shared vision and love for the aesthetic was of course, a challenge in itself. But, as Kelsey explains…

“The instant connection and bond that was created by eleven strangers in a matter of minutes was something that I will forever carry with me through my adulthood and career – everyone was creatively vulnerable and worked effortlessly, having never met before everyone came together to cultivate a vision that we had only dreamed of! With our kick ass team of boss babes and Liam of course, we created a magical fairytale scene that blew our vision out of the water!”

Well, team, you completely blew our minds! Hats off to such a stellar team:

Supplier Love

Photography | KeLi Photography

Curator and Stylist | Wildflower Events and Design

Flowers | Hudson Botanica

Makeup | Lyndsie Lord, La Boutique Photo Mua 

Hair | Nomads Creative Corner

Dress Designer | Sweet Caroline Styles

Silk & Linens | Silk and Willow

Calligraphy | Louelle Design Studio

Models  | Jess and Andrew

Real Wedding: Madison & Austin

Woodland vibes for this real wedding, featuring some really cool details and a wonderfully loved up couple!

All the feels for the sweetest couple on the blog this evening. Madison and Austin’s wedding features so many pretty little details, and was shot by the lovely and equally talented Brynna of Three Birds Photography

The couple had the most perfect, intimate wedding surrounded by close friends and family. When Madison contacted Brynna about photographing her wedding, she told her of her plans for a small backyard wedding. She also expressed an interest in wanting to shoot images of just her and Austin at a separate location in the woods. For Brynna, it was the perfect brief…

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Brynna explains more…

“Madison and Austin have such a loving and warm connection that shows in every picture. I loved every detail of their day! Madison’s dress, the flower details in her hair, the groom’s entire outfit, the flowers by Centre Floral – all of it. The most unique and beautiful part about the day was Madison’s tattoo of the moon phase of their wedding night. Their fun and relaxed personality made the day and the photographing experience so amazing and special. Madison and Austin’s day still inspires me when planning sessions and photographing other couples to this day – a wedding I’ll always treasure!”

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Brynna has actually known Madison since they were children, having grown up in the same county, but were never friends. However, Madison began following Brynna when she began her photography venture, and they began to form a bond. She shot their engagement photos in downtown Nacogdoches, TX in different abandoned spots. Madison’s unique personality really clicked with Brynna’s style and every detail of their wedding really spoke to her.

Match made in heaven, it sounds like!

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The wedding took place in Madison’s aunts backyard. It was a very short ceremony and Brynna and the couple left right after to take pictures in Sabine National Forest. When the pictures were taken, the wedding party convened in an old community house for the reception, where the food and decorations were made by family and friends. All so simple, but oh so perfect.

Brynna recalls that she “learned that it is better to just do what you want on your wedding day, because it is in fact YOUR day! Madison and Austin did exactly what they wanted, pictures, decorations, and all and it was perfect.”

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Question: Brynna, what does love mean to you?

“Love means being completely authentic and 100% yourself with your partner. Raw honesty is love. Acceptance of faults and flaws is love. Quality time is love. You don’t need expensive dates, cards, and money to show your love. You just need each other. Time spent watching a movie together, making cookies together, dancing to “your” song, or just being beside each other, not even having to say a word. Any day spent together.  That’s love to me.”

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Brynna provides photography in a style which shows authenticity and joy. She is East Texas based but is willing to travel both within the US and overseas, and she loves to shoot weddings, portraits, and lifestyle sessions. Her boyfriend partners with her for weddings as a second shooter and videographer.