Adventurous Wedding at Onion River Campground

Onion River Campground was the perfect place for Emily and Julia to tie the knot! Located just twenty minutes from Montpelier, this enormous 23-acre campground has a beautiful natural setting along Vermont’s Winooski River. The joyous spirit of the day was reflected in the wild nature of the flowers growing all around the hillsides surrounding their celebration. 

Emotional Ceremony In An Apple Orchard

Emily and Julia live a big, urban, contemporary life, but gathered over 100 loved ones for an outdoor ceremony under a Chuppah surrounded by a beautiful apple orchard. They carefully planned their wedding ceremony to bring together traditions, while also making it unique to them. They were surrounded by so much love and joy from everyone who was present. 

Summer Camp Feel Wedding at Onion River Campground

The guests happily descended the hillside to an enormous tent that stands near the river. Emily and Julia wanted their wedding to be FUN! They spent the afternoon playing lawn games, feasting on Vermont-themed food, and making memories. They literally threw people in the air and danced into the night. They included special touches like party favors, s’mores, and… dinosaurs! They ended the night together gathered around campfires. 

This couple perfectly demonstrates how your wedding can be however you want it to be! There are no rules and you can create a wedding day that is unique to you and your love story! There’s room to dream at an Onion River Campground wedding.

Wedding Venue: ONION RIVER CAMPGROUND | Photography: NOVELLA PHOTOGRAPHY | Flowers: JACQUELYN RIEKE
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Meet Photographers Kolleen and Bobby Kintz

You know how fun the best double date of your life was? That’s kinda what it’s like to work with Bobby and Kolleen Kintz, the husband and wife team behind Photos by Kintz. These two radiate joy and love to instantly put you at ease in front of the camera. Plus, as a two-person team, they can capture more moments of your special day with teamwork and complementary perspectives. Read on to learn more about this couple!

How did you get into wedding photography? 

Bobby was born with a camera in his hand. But seriously, as soon as he discovered he could use it to get out of class, he took over photography for the high school yearbook. From there, he trained in sports photography out in Los Angeles, which is where he met and fell in love with Kolleen, who had the brilliant idea of taking all this talent and starting a business together. Bobby documented a few weddings in LA, but it was only after marrying the love of his life that he decided he wanted to be a wedding photographer. We said “I Do” at a backyard Vermont wedding and shot our first wedding together just 3 weeks later. Over the last 10 years we have documented countless love stories and fallen further and further in love with wedding photography and each other!

How would you describe your photography style? 

Playful, romantic, vibrant. We aim to capture authentic moments, and do so by creating an environment where our clients can relax and enjoy themselves. We promise to make you laugh! 

What inspires your work? 

Our clients! We love getting to know you and telling your story, it is an honor. We tailor our style to each client. We want to capture photos that truly represent who you are. 

Also…Nature! We feel deeply fortunate to be living and working in Vermont. The spectacular beauty of the Green Mountain State keeps us feeling humble and inspired on the daily. We incorporate as much nature as possible into our work. You will see us lying on the ground, putting flower petals in front of our lens, or maybe even climbing a tree! Whatever it takes to get “the shot”. 

And…Our marriage! As we approach 10 years since our wedding day, it feels more important than ever to be with a couple at the beginning of their journey into marriage. We love each more each year, and have grown so much as husband and wife and business owners.

Any special tips for couples for choosing a wedding photographer? 

Remember that your wedding photographer is the one vendor who will spend the entire wedding day by your side. It’s important to find someone you click with! Or better yet, two people! 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

We love to whisk a couple away from the reception for a few minutes to capture photos during the golden hour. We get to watch the sunset with so many couples! Seeing their faces as they watch the sun set on their first day as a married couple is so special. Not to mention, the light is so perfect for photos during this time. 

A close second would be the father-daughter dances. Ever since becoming parents to our little girl, Olive, we always cry!

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? / Local spot to visit? Etc. 

Tough call between skiing or swimming! We love living in Waitsfield where the possibilities are endless. 

We are loyal to Mad River Glen where we ski every day that Mother Nature allows us. This vintage ski resort is a real throwback experience and some of the toughest terrain in the country. Kolleen’s grandparents skied the first season here in 1949. 

But, when the weather warms up, you can find us swimming in the Mad River or jumping off rocks at Warren Falls. The crystal clear mountain water may be unforgiving, but the experience is unforgettable. Blueberry Lake is another favorite family hangout.  

If you weren’t a wedding photographer what would you do? 

Travel the world! We’d love to be documentary film makers and start a band. Bobby studied cinematography and is a film buff. Kolleen plays guitar and sings, and is learning the piano. We love adventure and plan to convert a school bus into a home on wheels so that we can travel the open road and photograph beautiful sights all over the country. 

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

We are professional clowns. (Think: Charlie Chaplin and Lucille Ball.) We have been training in physical theatre and comedy since 2010 and have performed together through the years. We share the life-changing experience of traveling to Haiti to perform with Clowns Without Borders for more than 5,000 children. We love teaching circus skills to children and have run summer camps for many years. 

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor? 

“I Want to Dance with Somebody” (Kolleen changes the lyrics to some Bobby), and we always turn up for “Turn Down for What” by Lil Jon. But seriously, we love it all! 

Thank you Kolleen and Bobby! Learn more about Photos by Kintz in the vendor guide.

Traditional Anniversary Gifts for Vermont Lover

Once you get married, you unlock a new holiday every year – your anniversary! Anniversaries may just be the most special holiday of the year because it’s one that you earn. Each year you spend 365 days choosing each other and building a life together.

Traditional anniversary gifts are a fun way to recognize this important milestone in both of your lives. And, following the traditional anniversary gift ideas makes the process of purchasing your spouse get a little easier. If you got married in Vermont, buying gifts every year from local, Vermont vendors is a special way to celebrate! 

Below you’ll find ideas for each big milestone – all from Vermont makers!

TRADITIONAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARY GIFTS YEAR 1: PAPER

Your first anniversary is definitely a special one! The theme of paper represents a blank slate to write your story together. The thread of the paper is a symbol of your connectivity and blossoming relationship. 

Wildflower Seed Notecard Set by Cards by Cato: Each card contains embedded wildflower seeds that grow when planted and is printed on 100% post-consumer fiber paper.

Vermont Alphabet Print by As Little Cooking As Possible. Order a Vermont art print to remember your Vermont wedding or request a custom design. 

YEAR 10: ALUMINUM

Year ten is a big one for many couples. Aluminum represents a durable, yet flexible relationship that you both have sustained through the ups and downs of marriage.

Couple Sculpture by Vermont Rocks: This is such a unique gift. It’s the use of rocks with aluminum (it’s actually steel, but we won’t tell if you don’t) figures on the top that can be shown doing any activity that you and your spouse enjoy.

YEAR 20: CHINA

China represents the delicate care and tending your relationship takes year after year. You both look after each other carefully and look after your relationship after twenty years.

Resin Chess Set by Catinko Creations: Ok, this isn’t made of china… but it’s as beautiful as china! Plus, you can play with your partner and make new precious memories together!

Handblown Vase by AO Glass: Again, not china, but dare we say it’s even more beautiful and useful? This heirloom vase will be the centerpiece of your table for years to come!

YEAR 30: PEARL

A pearl comes from deep in the ocean and takes anywhere from five to twenty years to form. The pearl as this traditional anniversary gift represents the depth and longevity of your marriage.

Pearl Necklace by Yes MISS Bridal Jewelry: A gorgeous piece of jewelry to commemorate thirty years together! You could also pass this down to a daughter or even granddaughter on the day of their wedding to make it extra special.

Ornament by Mint Print Studios: Choose a pearly ornament to represent a special date or memory from your relationship

YEAR 40: RUBY

Ruby is one of the most sought-after gemstones. It represents love and passion. Here are my recommendations for this wonderful anniversary:

Keepsake Necklace by Ceci Leibovitz: Take a swatch of ruby fabric from something you or your spouse wear and have it set within a special necklace or cufflinks. 

Jam Set by Blake Hill Preserves: How about a ruby red jam (strawberry, raspberry, etc) and a coupon for breakfast in bed. (We’d recommend throwing in a bag of coffee from Kestrel Coffee Roasters or Carrier Roasting Co. as well!) 

YEAR 50: GOLD

Fifty years of marriage is incredible and should be celebrated as such – with gold. Gold represents strength, wisdom, and prosperity.

Trail Ring or Necklace by Courtney Reckord Jewelry: Celebrate one of your favorite hiking trails with a signature gold ring or necklace

Vanilla Bean Bar by Botanical Tribe Apothecary: Not only does this smell delicious, but it also includes gold flakes within the bar. While you can’t keep it forever, it will definitely be a gift that’s appreciated.

Looking for even more Anniversary gift ideas?

Imagine always having the perfect gift idea ready for your anniversary, a baby shower, a housewarming…for five whole years. That’s where the Vermont Weddings Gift Ideas for the First Five Years Guide comes in! You’ll get three traditional anniversary gift ideas for years 1 – 5, and ideas for other big occasions. Basically, we got your first five years of marriage covered! Plus it’s only $6 – a great investment to always have the perfect gift idea!

We also have our Vermont Weddings Gift Guide! It is the ultimate collection of Vermont-made gifts perfect for any Vermont wedding occasion or Vermont lover. We’ve curated over 100 gift ideas for everyone on your list – all made by local Vermont businesses.

I hope these gift ideas inspire you as you celebrate the anniversary of your Vermont wedding and shop local whether you are newlyweds or married for years! 

The New Vermont Weddings Collection with Gosia Meyer Jewelry Launches Today!

I am giddy typing this post right now because it means I get to share a VERY special new collaboration: The Vermont Weddings Collection at Gosia Meyer Jewelry! I teamed up with uber-talented Vermont jewelry designer Gosia Meyer to create a stunning new collection together, and I am SO excited for you to see it! (This is where you’d hear me squeal if we were in person.)

Gosia Meyer Jewelry

Gosia’s designs are chic, timeless pieces that are designed to be worn over and over again. She is based in Vermont and offers custom jewelry design services in addition to her extensive collection.  Her designs are Sterling Silver, 14K Gold-Filled, and solid gold, accented by semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls. They truly are beautiful accessories for your big day – or any day! 

A New Bridal Jewelry Collection Made in Vermont

Gosia and I connected about the idea of designing a specific collection that could be perfect for a Vermont bride. I explained my visions, and she created the most amazing pieces beyond my dreams! 

Every piece in this collection is designed to be worn on your wedding day, and to make every day thereafter feel more special. We thoughtfully designed each piece for a particular recipient (like a bridesmaid or mother of the bride), but intentionally made the designs universally appealing so you can mix and match to best suit your crew. 

There are three pieces in the collection: The Love Knot Bracelet, The Part of You Necklace, and the Better Together earrings.

LOVE KNOT BRACELET

Knots symbolize the bonds of love. Whether it’s romantic love or friendship, these bonds hold our lives together and make them richer.

This handmade, 14k gold-filled bracelet is the perfect gift to thank a friend who’s helping you tie the knot (bridesmaid, maid of honor, friend who’s officiating, etc.) This classic bracelet is a beautiful reminder of your special bond.

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PART OF YOU NECKLACE

When you truly love someone, they become a part of you and live in your heart forever.

This delicate, handmade necklace features a freshwater pearl inset in a hammered circle, which represents a mother holding a child. It’s the perfect gift to honor and thank the mother figures in your life. This stunning necklace is a gorgeous symbol of your relationship and love.

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BETTER TOGETHER EARRINGS

“I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together.” – Jack Johnson

These sweet, handmade earrings feature two hammered concentric rings: one silver and one gold, with a delicate dangling freshwater pearl. Each metal is lovely by itself, but they’re even better together – just like you and your loved one. They are perfect for your wedding and for everyday wear. These earrings are a beautiful, subtle reminder of your union.

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How incredible are these pieces? Save 10% on this collection using the code MYVERMONTWEDDING at checkout!

I’m so grateful to partner with this wonderful Vermont business, and we’re both excited for you to get your hands on these pieces!

Colorful Summer Wedding at the Wilburton Inn

Sarah and Noah knew immediately they wanted to get married in Vermont. It’s where their love story began, after all. They visited several venues in the area, but as soon as they arrived at The Wilburton Inn, they know they found the perfect spot for them. Sarah describes it as beautiful and a little quirky with lots of space to gather with their friends and family for days of festivities. After delaying their wedding in 2020, it was more important than ever to bring everyone in their lives together to celebrate their love and have Hannah Photography capture their beautiful day!

Outdoor Wedding at The Wilburton Inn

The Wilburton Inn in Manchester, VT offers gorgeous panoramic mountain views, plenty of outdoor space, and specializes in destination weddings. Sarah and Noah wanted to ensure their wedding felt joyous and fun from start to finish. They did just that by incorporating beautiful, bright colorful flowers wherever they could! The floral arch for their ceremony and the bride’s bouquet from Birds of a Flower was especially stunning! The bridesmaids also all wore different colored dresses. 

If you are planning a Vermont wedding, the bride passed along some advice for couples. Sarah says, “plan a moment of quiet for just you and your partner after the wedding ceremony.” It was the perfect little stillness that was just their own and so special to them. 

Lively, Dance Centered Tented Reception

This couple LOVES the dance floor so it was a top priority to have the best time dancing with everyone at their reception. The Grift provided a great soundtrack as well as the most infectious energy! The version of the hora they played was particularly enthusiastic, definitely one of the best the team at the Wilburton had ever seen! 

As for the shirtless dance that is featured in so many photos, it is actually a Middlebury tradition with their college friends: you take your shirt off whenever “Like a Prayer” by Madonna comes on! And as for the lift… “We like practice what we call our ‘party tricks’ around the house when we’re bored,” says Sarah (who used to be a dancer). “That lift was from a show I was in college. We obviously had to pull out our best party trick for the dance floor!” This party looks like an absolute blast!

Congratulations, Sarah and Noah on you Vermont wedding!

Wedding Venue: WILBURTON INN | Photography: HANNAH PHOTOGRAPHY | Florals: BIRDS OF A FLOWER | Band: THE GRIFT

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Meet Wedding Photographer Jenna Brisson

Jenna Brisson is one of those wedding vendors who you just know you’ll stay friends with after the big event. She’s bubbly, authentic, and a wicked talented wedding and elopement photographer. I joke with her that she’s the current reigning queen of dog photos because, as a dog lover herself, her feed is always filled with the most adorable shots of couples with their pets at their engagements, elopements and weddings. Sound like someone you’d like to know better? Pull up a seat and get to know Jenna!

How did you get into wedding photography?

In high school and college I took a couple of photography courses, developed my own film, etc and loved it but never had the means to buy myself a “fancy” DSLR camera.  Shortly after we got married, my husband, Mark, bought me a Canon Rebel as a gift. I started taking photos of anything and everything – Vermont landscapes, our cat’s shenanigans, you name it.  After a couple of years, my sister-in-law (who is Vermont family photographer) connected me with a local photographer who needed a second photographer/assistant for the summer. I said yes, ended up working almost 20 weddings with her that first year and fell in love with wedding photography. I started my own business that October, and this will be my 5th year owning my own business!

How would you describe your photography style? 

My approach to wedding photography blurs the line between photo-journalistic and fine art styles to provide couples with timeless imagery representing real, organic moments in an artistic way. While I am drawn more towards capturing the organic, naturally candid moments of the day, I believe there is also a time and place to trust your wedding photographer to gently direct you through a few beautiful portraits in glowy, golden hour light.  In my opinion, the best wedding galleries represent an intentional mix of the two.

What inspires your work? 

Honestly? It is such an honor to document one of the happiest days in a couple’s life, that the job in itself is inspiration enough. I know this sounds corny, but couples put an insane amount of trust in their photographer and it’s such a gift to be able to preserve these memories for them for generations.

Any special tips for couples for working with a wedding photographer?

Oh gosh, yes! I actually wrote an entire blog post on this!.  My #1 tip? I always tell couples that while it’s important to love my work, it’s equally important that they feel comfortable chatting with me on our first phone or Zoom call. Feeling the slightest bit comfortable speaking with your photographer will help you feel that much more comfortable being photographed.  So, find someone you get along with – it helps, I promise. 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

I love documenting those first few moments of the recessional, just after the couple makes things official.  These are often some of my favorite photos of the day because the couple’s joy is so authentic and tangible. And, for at least a few moments, they are 100% present and not worried about the what/when/where/how of the remainder of their wedding timeline.

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT?

Aside from adventuring outdoors with Mark and our two rescue pups, Winnie and Milo, I love spending my free time boating on Lake Champlain with Mark and our friends, drinking a local beer at a brewery or our favorite local hangout, checking out the Farmer’s Market, or planning our next vacation. We caught the travel bug pre-pandemic and can’t wait to get back out there and see more of the world.

If you weren’t a wedding photographer what would you do? 

I have always thought that being a counselor of some sort would be really rewarding! If I can’t help document people’s stories, I would love to be able to listen to them and help as much as I can.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

I used to work for Senator Leahy in various capacities: in his Montpelier office in college, on his campaign after college, and in his DC office a year or two later.  During his campaign, I was asked to drive him in the motorcade for Michelle Obama when she visited Vermont (and got to meet her). More recently, I was asked to photograph Senator Leahy’s retirement speech which was a really special thing to capture having worked for him over a decade ago.

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor? 

Ooh I’m a sucker for “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire. Full disclosure: I’m a little bit of an old soul in the music department, but don’t get me wrong – I love the heck out of some Beyonce too!

Thank you, Jenna! Learn more about Jenna Brisson Photography in the vendor guide.