Kerri and Shane are the kind of couple that make me love what I do even more. One thing I try to avoid the week prior to a wedding is checking the weather report. Sometimes I feel like if I look at the weather report too far out in advance I’ll say to myself “oh look it’s going to be a beautiful day” and I’ll forget to knock on wood and the rain will fall. Mother nature sadly wasn’t listening to me and the prayers I say silently to myself the day before when I check the weather to see if I need to bring umbrella’s, etc along with me. Mother nature decided that she wanted things a little bit greener on Sunday and the rain clouds covered the skies. What mother nature didn’t know though, is that Kerri and Shane were determined to not let it ruin their day.
Kerri and Shane’s wedding and reception was held at Stratton Mountain Resort in Stratton, VT……a place that I am very familiar with during the winter season and occasionally the summer as well!
I love this photo of Kerri’s mom helping her with her veil that she made for Kerri!
The ceremony was held at the Chapel of the Snows and the light coming through the two circular windows at each end made things truly magical!
So with the rain we opted to keep the group portraits inside and thankfully there was great light as well so we lucked out…..and I’m always a sucker for a shot with sisters!!
So right around this time I let Shane in on what I had told Kerri before they walked down the aisle- that if they wanted too, we could come back at a later date and do a wedding session for their portraits. At this point, this was only my second rainy day wedding and I have a hard time not putting myself in the bride’s shoes thinking about going outside in the rain and having to possibly rush and not getting those photos you always dreamed of getting. For a brief time, their was a window of time where there was a light mist so we headed outside really quick for a few quick portraits knowing that we’d be back soon enough….
Kerri and Shane put a lot of thought and great details into their day, including these trees for each of their guests to plant in their yards which I absolutely loved!
The magic flip flops really did work!!
So fast forward to July. It was a Sunday. The weather report looked favorable and the skies were clear……until I got closer to Stratton. Then I looked up and saw the ugliest looking cloud and as I pulled into the driveway at the Mountain Club, the rain drops started to slowly fall. It was happening all over again and my heart began to sink. Kerri and Shane had their flowers made again so that we could re-create the day as close as possible. So they got dressed and we waited in the locker rooms (which are super nice btw!) We watched the radar on our phones and slowly but surely, that ugly rain cloud left and what was left behind was a beautiful Vermont day complete with beautiful views of the mountains and puffy white clouds which you’ll see a couple of photos down!
And since we knew we’d have the opportunity to shoot Kerri’s dress outside, we opted to shoot it at this session where it could be highlighted out in mother nature…
So as you can tell, I am so thankful that Kerri and Shane gave me the opportunity to do this for them (and that Shane owns his suit and didn’t have to rent one!) I have a lot more stories of love to share this year and I’m determined to tell each and every one no matter how long it takes me to get through it! So to future posts and rain free days when I’m shooting sessions and weddings……and to wonderful couples like Kerri and Shane who allow me to be a part of not only their day, but a part of their story.