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  • Hey there! I'm Carrie and I'm so happy you found me!
    I'm the world's luckiest mom to the most beautiful little girl.
    I have a hard working husband that I'm thankful for every single day.
    I've been a professional photographer for 9 years.
    I love my little state of Vermont and the yummy maple syrup it produces.
    I love my vintage belongings that I have around my house that remind me of those no longer with me.
    I love everything Apple related.
    I love that I have a hard time with not covering my walls floor to ceiling with images of my daughter.
    I love being outside and sitting along the Battenkill River in my backyard.

I admit it, I have a soft spot for smaller weddings.  I typically capture 2-3 small weddings/elopements a month during my busy season throughout the state.  Elopements are a huge change of pace from my typical 100-200 guest weddings and bouncing between both the large and small weddings keeps me inspired.  Even when I’m at venues multiple times a year, I’m continuously inspired.  When my friend Amy sent me a message and mentioned that her sister decided to elope to Vermont and wanted to pass along my info, I knew I wanted to be a part of her day.  One of the great things about the Mountain Top Inn, which I’m sure inspires every couple that decides to celebrate their day there, are the absolutely amazing views.  Even on a rainy day, the views of the reservoir below never disappoint.  And mother nature surely didn’t disappoint on Emily and Matt’s day.

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One of the great things about shooting at locations like the Mountain Top Inn is that it’s easy for me to zip over the bride and the groom for detail photos.  Since I typically (about 98% of the time) shoot all of my weddings on my own, having the bride and groom get married on the same property makes my job just a little bit easier.  In Mountain Top’s case, I travel between the guest homes with ease by taking a quick trip in my car.  I love being able to capture both getting ready, but I like to leave that decision up to my happy couple because after all, it is all about them and making sure that they’re happy on their wedding day!  I started off with Emily by capturing her details…..

Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer

And then made a quick run over to Matt getting ready with his adorable nephew….

Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer

Then I headed back to Emily for photos of her dress being put on.  I always love this moment.  I think that the magnitude of the day really begins to sink in during these precious moments.

Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer

There are endless opportunities for photos at Mountain Top and I could spend hours on the property and never get bored.  Emily and Matt opted to do their first look down by the reservoir as well as do all of their portraits before the ceremony.

Vermont Wedding Photographer

Vermont Wedding Photographer

Sometimes I feel like mother nature says “Oh, Carrie is coming…..let’s put in an order for puffy white clouds”!

Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer

Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer

Remember those clouds……they’re in full force at ceremony time!!

Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer

Emily and Matt held their reception on the deck of the always lovely Jewel at Meadow’s Edge.  It was the perfect spot to take in the view and still feel intimate at the same time.

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Their cupcakes smelled amazing…..especially the one with bacon on it because……BACON!!

Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Wedding Photographer

Thank you so much Emily and Matt for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful Vermont day!!

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I’m the first to admit it- I typically work better amongst chaos!!  My desk is almost never spotless.  I usually try to tidy up about once or twice every two weeks, but I don’t go out of my way on a daily basis to make sure that everything is where it should be.  My keyboard is a completely different story.  As you can see from the photo below, it’s well loved.  There’s grime build up on my most used Photoshop shortcut keys and because it’s such a hassle (or at least it is to me), I only bring out the Mr. Clean magic eraser (I hope that whoever invented that thing is super duper rich) once a month.

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So what you see above is my random work space that I had cleaned last week.  I use a day designer to schedule my day which you can see on the left.  Underneath that are some color samples for staining our front porch which I’m excited about.  The lamp you see was my mom’s.  It doesn’t really go with anything in my house, but I love it because she loved it.  I bought a pair of Beats by Dre wireless headphones over the summer for running, but they also come in handy when I’m editing at night and either listening to music on my phone or watching Netflix.  The pliers are to repair my grandmother’s rosary.  It gets a lot of use and since it’s really old, it tends to come apart from time to time!  And of course there’s lots and lots of memory cards for all of those lovely weddings I’ve been capturing this year!  The right side of my desk tends to be the messier side.  There’s no rhyme or reason to the things I throw in the pen organizers.

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On the other side of my desk, is Lillian’s desk.  She has a messy side as well!  The cabinet door above our desks was part of a built in hutch in our original dining room that we sadly had to get rid of when we remodeled the kitchen and downstairs bathroom.  Awhile back, I gave one of the three doors to one of my wedding couples and I was so happy when I headed over to their house to take photos of their new baby girl and saw the door above their bed with wedding photos behind it.

And of course there’s a close-up of my grimy keyboard- I’m thinking Mr. Clean will be paying it a visit later this week.

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One of my items on my off-season to do list is make a stand for my computer.  In the meantime, my Anna Rifle Bond illustrated version of Little Women is doing the trick.  On the other side of my computer you can see my all time favorite book- Anne Frank’s diary.  I usually read it at least once a year.  I think it serves as an important reminder that even on my bad days, life can always be so much worse.  During my down time, I embroider to unwind so I have a few of my critter’s on my desk.

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Behind my desk is the start of a family wall.  My grandmother’s veil and wedding photo is in the shadow box and beside it is a photo of my grandfather from World War II.  I have my grandmother’s wedding announcement that my father drew all over on the floor that needs to go up and then at some point, I need to start adding the rest of my family to the wall so that it isn’t just about my grandparents!

So that’s about it!  Nothing fancy and ever changing.  Messy from time to time and I’m completely okay with that!!  Be sure to come back and see what else I’m up to in the coming days.

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(Photo taken with my iPhone)

It finally happened.  My sweet Lillian finally rode her new bike on the road (she’s been riding it in parking lots up until this point)!  She isn’t the type that deals with failure easily.  She expects to pick things up quickly and if she doesn’t, she has a tendency to give up.  Once she’s able to conquer something, she’ll put 110% into what she’s doing.  Riding her bigger bike, wasn’t something we were willing to let her give up on.  She’s grown so much in the past year.  She no longer fits on the tandem bike attachment that went on my husband’s bike and since we love to ride together, we knew that this was something we would have to give her a gentle nudge to finally get the hang of.  We haven’t been on River Road at all this year compared to our usual 2-3 times a week once it’s warm enough.  The road is just over 11 miles back and forth from our house.  It typically takes us anywhere from 45-60 minutes to complete and we usually only encounter a few cars during our rides which makes it nice and relaxing (not to mention being along the Battenkill River).  Add in a few steep climbs (and one hill of death) and we have a great weekday workout!  As she gains her confidence in the coming weeks, I’m not sure how often we’ll be able to get her out on the road as soccer practice has started up for the fall season.  But I remain hopeful that when it comes time for us to head back to Acadia National Park next year for our vacation, she’ll be a pro and will be able to look at those beautiful carriage roads and say “I’ve got this”!

 

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