Vermont Wedding Photography | Anthony and Kelsey
Making their way from San Francisco, California, Kelsey Lorraine and Anthony Krize swore their vows in a rustic, chic ceremony at Lang Farm in Essex, Vermont. Kelsey and Anthony decided to get married in Vermont because Kelsey was raised in Burlington, Vermont.
The wedding could not have happened on a more perfect day. The sky was bright blue with no sign of rain, the temperature was warm, but very pleasant; and a slight summer breeze blew through the trees and flowers. This was the best summer day Vermont had to offer.
Upstairs in Lang Farm’s getting ready room, Kelsey’s mother and her soon-to-be mother in law helped her put on her gown from Everythine Bridal. When she was ready, Kelsey walked down the picturesque barn staircase to her waiting bridesmaids as they gasped and awed at the bride. After some hugs and friendly exchanges, Kelsey made her way to see her groom.
Anthony and Kelsey decided to take their portraits before the ceremony in order to have the most fun on their day. When she walked up to Anthony, his face as he stared at her showed how crazy-in-love he was with her. Just by looking at the pair, I could tell that they were going to make it.
For the entirety of the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Krize decided to have an unplugged ceremony. Basically, this means that guests could not use their phones to take photos. Many couples nowadays choose to do this to have their guests more connected to the event and have beautiful photos from a professional without smartphones scattered throughout.
In my experience, when a couple wants to have an unplugged ceremony, they need to remind their guests of this request five times for it to work. I would suggest stating this request in the save the date, reminder emails, in the gift registry, rehearsal dinner, and the ceremony itself. This way, the request is clear and memorable to guests so they are more likely to follow it. For some weddings, I feel like a stewardess, as I would go through the aisles to remind people to keep their phones put away. Thankfully, I did not have to do this for Anthony and Kelsey’s wedding and was able to take gorgeous photos of the fairy-tale farm.
An Interview with the Bride (Kelsey)
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A: Personally when it came to design and inspiration regarding our wedding I feel like I was all over the map. Pinterest not only provides great inspiration but can be so overwhelming! My husband left the decorative details totally in my hands but gave his input on the general feel of what he wanted the wedding to be. I guess if we had to name the theme it would have been a combination of Boho chic/ rustic/ romantic? (....see what I mean?). Our color palette was pretty neutral with softer pink/purples, silvery greens, and ivory. Copper and rose gold were our accent metals with table numbers, hurricane lanterns, and votives. As for the general feel of the day, we wanted it just to flow well without feeling stiff or forced. Simply put, we wanted to celebrate.
Q: Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A: Fortunately the Barn at Lang Farm already had so much character and charm to it that the venue really spoke for itself. The flow from outside to inside space was easy and was important to us since ceremony and reception were in the same location. The decorations that we did end up using were either something that had special meaning to us or could be re-purposed in our home for the years to come. For instance, we used Artifact Uprising to create a guest book that was a compilation of our engagement photos. We had a custom wooden sign with the quote "Grow old with me, the best is yet to be" made on Etsy, that is now a decorative piece above our bed.
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A: As I mentioned before, I felt like I was kind of all over the map with the decoration/theme of the wedding. Alison Ellis from VT Floral Artistry was so patient with me, especially during our consultation. She literally sat down with me and pointed out flowers while asking "does this look pink or purple to you?" in order to understand from my point of view how I saw certain flowers and combinations. Once we figured out a general color palette, I gave her an idea on shapes and looks of flowers I liked, as there is no specific type of flower I absolutely had to have. Everything else I trusted to leave up to her and her artistic ability. She absolutely nailed it, from the greenery hanging from the chandeliers to the arbor decoration... all the way down to little surprises such as the vine of greenery she wove through my wedding hanger. Because we did not do a whole lot of extra decoration, the flowers were the main decoration we added.
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A: One of the most important aspect of our wedding was that we really wanted it to truly feel like "us". We had one of our best friends officiate the wedding, the groom's Aunt incorporated a personal blessing before the start of dinner, I went to college with the DJ which made the music and dancing portion of the wedding so much fun. Our party favors were a combination of hand-made cutting boards carved by my dad from a variety of Vermont trees, as well as California succulents signifying our time out here in California. The whole experience made for the most amazing day. The food was delicious, our specialty cocktails were on point (so much so we ended up owing more on our bar tab)... and when we looked around we truly saw people enjoying ourselves... which is all we really wanted.
Q: Let's talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.
A: Honestly, I did not go crazy about having a specific wedding day look. My dress was simple but incorporated all the elements I wanted such as a slim fit, lace details, a lower cut back, and buttons that trailed down the train. The best part was that it was so simple to move in and was comfortable all night. From the moment I tried it on at Everthine Boutique, it felt like me. I kept my jewelry simple and ended up wearing a pair of chandelier earrings from Banana Republic that my best friend gave me during her wedding 2 years ago and a dainty gold bracelet from Kendra Scott. I didn't go nuts over the shoes either. After trying on many different styles I ended up going with a nude block heel sandal -- something that was dressy, I could wear again, and that I could walk in comfortably without tripping. The groom wanted to stand out a little bit among the other groomsmen (as he should), so he went with a charcoal grey suite, champagne tie, and cognac brown dress shoes. We tied in the colors of the bridal party through accent flowers in the boutonnieres to add a little color.
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: We were set up on a blind date by two of our best friends named Alex and Bryan. Bryan went to college with AJ at UConn and I had previously worked with both Bryan and Alex before they had even started dating. Somehow the stars aligned and when we met for our first date we instantly clicked and the rest is history. The proposal: we were in Vermont (my home state) for the 4th of July weekend, and planned to go for a hike at Mt. Philo with our dog Brady, a tradition that started during our first visit up to Vermont together. It may not be the biggest hike but it has a fantastic view of Vermont's beauty. As far as I knew my mom had driven down to Boston to spend the weekend with my brother. When we got to the top of Mt. Philo, we were enjoying one of our favorite views when AJ dropped down to one knee and blurted out "will you marry me?". As I was still processing the moment, I heard shrieks and cheers coming from the trees and all of a sudden my mom and his two sisters popped out to help celebrate. Following the hike AJ had planned a thoughtful day starting out with a family brunch and then spending the rest of the day out on Lake Champlain soaking in the sunshine and relaxing. That night we relived a tradition from my childhood and took my brother's boat over to the Burlington Waterfront to watch the fireworks.
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: I think it was our vows. Unlike my husband who doesn't mind talking in front of a room full of people, I absolutely dread public speaking and was really nervous to say our vows in front of so many people. But when we got up there it honestly felt like no one else was around. We chose to write our own vows...actually we wrote our whole ceremony. What the day really comes down to is the commitment you are making to one another and reasons why you have chosen to do so. Our vows were personal and a true reflection of us as individuals and how we saw our relationship.
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: If anything, just enjoy the process and remember to make it about you as a couple and what is important to you. In the end it is about the promises you and commitment you are making to one another.Be honest about your strengths while planning and separate responsibilities accordingly -- but don't hold too tight to what is 'your' responsibility that you are unable to take any input. One common phrase we continued to use with each other during planning was "we are only doing this once" which kept the planning 'light' and stress-free for the most part.