MEET PHOTOGRAPHER COLETTE KULIG

True story: when I see photographer Colette’s name in my inbox, I get excited. Reason being? Her work is always gorgeous (see some samples below), and she is such a sweet, enthusiastic person! Her joyful energy is contagious. Learn more about Colette below, and check out her profile for more of her wedding galleries.

How did you get into wedding photography? 

After sticking my nose up at wedding photography, a classmate from photo school asked me to 2nd shoot a wedding with her. Then, my fashion models from my advertising class started asking me to photograph their weddings in Brooklyn…and the rest is history. I am totally head over heels in love with capturing wedding days!

How would you describe your style? 
90’s editorial at heart; classic portraiture; a touch of advertising.

What inspires your work? 
I’m inspired by music, music videos, fashion magazines, people watching, fashion, art, and dance (ballet specifically).

What’s your favorite part of your job? 
I get the privilege and honor of documenting and being a part of such beautiful stories and days.

Any special tips for couples getting married?
How you want to experience the day and how you want it captured are two different things to think about when it comes to photography. Think about who you are as a couple and what kind of style (candid, posed, etc.) may reflect your story. It’s easy to look online and daydream about those images but you want a photographer who will capture and jive with your reality.

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?
Getting the bride dressed! It starts to get real. There is this beautiful, slow, and nervous energy in the room with tears, joy, and nerves. Some of my favorite images happen during that time because of this.

What song gets you on the dance floor at a wedding? 
Dion’s “Runaround Sue”.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Vermont? 
There is nothing like a Lake Champlain sunset!

If you weren’t a wedding photographer what would you do? 
I’d be a video editor, a graphic designer, or a therapist.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 
I’m a native Vermonter, but have lived in: NYC, Boston, Sweden, Luxemburg, Mexico and Los Angeles before realizing Vermont is home and a pretty special place!

Thank you, Colette! Learn more about Colette Kulig Photography in the vendor guide. 

A LUXE LAKESIDE WEDDING

Giuliana and Ben had a clear vision for the wedding day, and despite the challenges of wedding planning in 2020, the couple was able to bring that dream to life thanks to the expertise of Jaclyn Watson Events. The couple’s lakeside wedding at Basin Harbor in Vergennes, Vermont was truly spectacular (and safe – the couple was diligent about following state protocols in place at the time). 

Elegant Event Design & Custom Wedding Details

The team worked in details to make the design unique to the couple: the blue printed chargers mimicked the couple’s own dinnerware collection; the stationery collage was a custom piece created by a family friend; the collection of eclectic water pitchers used at both the cocktail hour and reception were hand-picked by the couple, and a gift to guests who wished to take them. From the lush centerpieces to the sparkling chandeliers in reception tent, each detail spoke of luxury.

Check out the gallery below for a peak at this elegant, waterfront wedding!

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Wedding Planner: JACLYN WATSON EVENTS | Fireworks: NORTHSTAR FIREWORKS | Wedding Venue: BASIN HARBOR | Photographer: POGO PHOTO | Rentals: VERMONT TENT COMPANY | Floral: APOTHECA FLORA | Rentals: PEAK RENTALS | Rentals: CHICKADEE HILL EVENT RENTALS

GET TO KNOW THE HUSBAND AND WIFE DUO THAT IS HANNAH PHOTOGRAPHY

Megan and Jacob Hannah are not only partners in marriage and parenting, but also in business! They are the husband and wife team behind Hannah Photography. Megan sat down with Vermont Weddings to share more about their award-winning photography style and who they are behind the lens. 

How did you get into wedding photography?

Jacob’s background is in photojournalism; he was working as a newspaper photojournalist when we met in Nebraska ten years ago. I was working in insurance, and didn’t know the first thing about photography! After we got engaged, we moved to Vermont (where Jacob grew up), and dipped our toes into wedding photography and haven’t looked back since. 

Our associate, Josh Kuckens, joined us in 2018. He also has a background in photojournalism and has been a perfect addition!

How would you describe your photography style?

Photojournalistic. When we photograph a wedding, we prefer to just document the day as it unfolds. We step in to offer more direction during portraits, but otherwise, we try to just blend into the energy of the day! 

We want every photo you look back on to be attached to real memories, and we want you to be able to enjoy your day without us interfering.

What inspires your work?

We’re really inspired by families and relationships. Obviously, the relationship between a couple who is getting married is the primary focus of wedding photography. But beyond that, each partner has siblings, best friends, parents, grandparents – all of whom have played an important role in their lives. Your wedding day is special to them too! 

Personally, looking back at our own wedding photos, we cherish the ones that showcase these people over the more traditional, expected photos of us. 

Any special tips for couples for choosing a wedding photographer?

I think it’s really important to look at a lot of different photographers and find which style best aligns with your personality and wedding. There are SO many great photographers in Vermont with varying styles. 

I recommend viewing full wedding galleries when possible so that you have a good idea of how a full day is captured.

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

It’s different for every wedding! We love the unexpected moments that pop up throughout the day. Usually our favorite photos from a day were not something we could have anticipated happening: a bride doing the worm on the dance floor, the son of the groom jumping into a pool fully clothed, a passing thunderstorm that results in a spectacular rainbow, that sort of thing! 

What’s your favorite thing to do in Vermont? 

There is nothing better than going for a bike ride or hike, and then cooling off by jumping into the local swimming hole!

What’s a fun fact about yourselves?

We have two year old twin daughters!

Thank you Megan and Jacob! Learn more about Hannah Photography on their profile page

A BOHO WEDDING AT LAREAU FARM INN WITH AN EPIC TRASH THE DRESS SESSION

Taylor and Colby loved the idea of spending their wedding weekend with family and friends, sitting around a fire singing, and enjoying the beauty of Vermont. They chose Lareau Farm Inn in Waitsfield as their homebase for the weekend, and planned a variety of activities for guests including yoga and a swim before their rehearsal dinner (which featured the Inn’s famous American Flatbread pizza). 

The main event itself was both gorgeous and fun (check out all the beaming smiles and heartfelt tears in this gallery). “We wanted our wedding to fit our personalities,” says Taylor. The couple wrote their own vows, designed ceremony readings, and completed a tree planting ritual. Taylor says, “It was full of laughs and tears!” Aesthetically, their design was casual, boho elegance, with lots of homemade touches and wildflowers. 

Epic Trash the Dress Day After Wedding Photoshoot at a Swimming Hole

The day after their wedding, the couple did an amazing photo shoot with intimate newlywed portraits and an epic “trash the dress” style photos at Warren Falls. 

They also took a number of photos at the Inn, which are such a sweet portrait of their newlywed bliss. 

Check out the full gallery below!

White couple kissing in lush Vermont field

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Wedding Venue: LAREAU FARM INN ~ HOME OF AMERICAN FLATBREAD | Floral Design: A SCHOOLHOUSE GARDEN | Wedding Cake: THE GOOSE CHASE CAKE DESIGN | Photographer: STEPHANIE WOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

MEET LINDA OF ODYSSEY EVENTS

Planning a wedding is a journey, and as a wedding planner, Linda from Odyssey Events helps couples navigate the choices, challenges, and excitement along the way. Linda is an experienced event planner, offering comprehensive planning services, partial packages, and day-of coordination. Read on to learn more about Linda and how she helps turn clients’ visions into their parties!

 
How did you get into wedding planning?

It was a natural evolution from being a restaurateur and hosting small weddings at Hemingway’s, then overseeing barn art-dinners at Newhall Farm for the Hall Art Foundation. Also there was a family wedding – my first big event at the farm. This piece of the puzzle fit and felt just right.

How would you describe your style? 
I have no one “style” because I love and appreciate all art and design from the simple lines of Shaker to the curly cues of Rococo. I have the experience to carry out classical rules, and the artistic bent to bring off whimsy or abstract. 

What inspires your work? 
Each couple! I try to capture what they are looking for, and give them what they want. I do make suggestions throughout the process, but ultimately, it’s their call.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 
The challenge of making a scene look as beautiful as possible within a given budget. 

Any special tips for couples getting married? 
After being married for a long time, and working alongside my husband for a long time … we suggest couples divide responsibilities, and trust the other to complete a well-done job. 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 
A romantic and heartfelt exchange of vows. 

What song gets you on the dance floor at a wedding? 
It doesn’t take much to get me on the dance floor! Anything with a good beat will do. But if I have to pick just one, I’ll choose “Without Love” by The Doobie Brothers.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Vermont?
Summer nights in a field eating and dancing. (Feast & Field in Barnard to name one!)

If you weren’t a wedding planner what would you do?
If I could, I would write fiction, but that’s harder then planning! With planning I know where I’m going. I’m also a do-er and planning is constant doing. I’ve also thought about floral arrangement, and I’ll sometimes do flowers if the wedding is small and at our home/venue.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 
My husband thinks it’s that I keep a pack of sugarless gum near the cookie jar – and sometimes in it!

Thanks, Linda! Learn more about Odyssey Events in the vendor guide. 

BLACK TIE STOWE WEDDING FILLED WITH HAPPY TEARS

Elegant and joyful – those were the two words that came to mind when I saw Olivia and Jake’s wedding gallery. The UVM sweethearts tied the knot at Topnotch Resort in Stowe with an elegant, black tie, tent wedding this summer. 

The details of their day are gorgeous. From Olivia’s beaded-back wedding dress (with pockets!), to classic black wedding party attire, to the lush florals and exquisite decor throughout the reception tent, their style is so elegant. The couple also wove countless meaningful details into their decor, including their Chuppah, which was built by Olivia’s family from trees from where she grew up!

The couple’s excitement is also palpable. “There were many happy tears!” says photographer Danielle Allendorf. The joy radiating from this couple is what truly stands out in their gallery, and makes it such a fun one to share. 

White couple in elegant wedding attire gazing at the mountains of Vermont

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Photographer: DANIELLE ALLENDORF | Wedding Venue: TOPNOTCH RESORT | Floral Design: BLOSSOMING BOUGH