MEET WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER GARREN OF GARRENTEE PHOTOGRAPHY

Whenever Garren’s name pops up on my Instagram feed, I’m going to smile – guaranteed (see what I did there?). Inspired by his fun, fearless couples, GarrenTee Photography specializes in wedding photography that is bold and evocative. Curious about the business name? That’s inspired by Garren’s other passion: golf. Read on to learn more about this Vermont wedding photographer!

A Black and White Photo of Garren of GarrenTee Photography

How did you get into the wedding industry?

I stumbled into photography back in 2003 when I bought my first digital camera for a trip to Indonesia. I fell in love with photography on that trip, and immersed myself in learning all I could about it. I met a wedding photographer in 2005, and he took me under his wing. I worked with him for 2 years and then started my own business in 2007. 

How would you describe your style?

I always tell my clients that I have a hybrid style. I shoot documentary style for most of the day but love including big giant landscape portraits and cinematic edits. So in short, I do a little bit of everything! 

What inspires your work?

I’m inspired by a lot of things! Mostly documentary style photography from other photographers such a Two Mann studios, Cafa Lui and Victor Lax. I take a lot of inspiration from our home state of Vermont. It’s such an amazing canvas to create big bold landscape portraits. I always love including my couples into that canvas!  We live in such an amazing place, it’s hard to not be inspired by it.  

Any special tips for couples?

I think one of the most important parts of choosing your wedding photographer is to make sure you click with them and their personality. You’re going to spend tons of time with them and if you get along it always comes out in the pictures!  

Secondly, ask for a full gallery so you know their “whole” style.  It’s easy for photographers to post the best of the best on Instagram. 

Lastly, make sure you communicate to your photographer what you like! Share images from their portfolio with them that speak to you. We might not recreate those exactly but we love to have ideas on what you like so we can create something similar in our own style!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

Oh man this is hard, so many moments are so much fun. I particularly love when I get 20-30 minutes with my couple to create amazing portraits. I also love heartfelt moments, like the post ceremony hugs and emotions, a couples’ first look, a bride’s mom seeing her in her dress for the first time, etc.  

 

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

I’m a big golfer and play all over. My wife and I also love to get in the car and drive around Vermont – you may get lost, but you’ll never really be lots! I’ve also stumbled upon some of my favorite engagement spots by exploring the state in the car. 

 We love Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock, Hops on the Hill in Killington, and spending time at our home golf club, Rutland Country Club. 

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

I grew up in the restaurant business so most likely still bartending somewhere warm! 

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

Like I said, I’m a big golfer and I play competitive amateur golf all over the US. I’ve won 6 state amateur titles!

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

I’m usually on the dance floor from the start of dancing till we leave. I’m a huge 80/90’s hip hop guy so anything old school hip hop will get me going! There’s nothing I love more than an amazing, wild dance party at a wedding…love to get in the mix! 

Thank you, Garren! Learn more about GarrenTee Photography in the vendor guide.

BEST OF 2021: COMMUNITY

The best part of weddings in 2021? Hands down: the community moments. While the people are always the true highlight of celebrations, 2021 weddings were even sweeter after months of social distancing. Long awaited hugs and overwhelming joy to be together again…that’s what stands out the most across Vermont weddings in 2021. 

As we close out our Best of 2021 series, we hope you enjoy these moments of community, and that it inspires gratitude for your own family and friends. 

Bride and bridesmaids popping a bottle of champagne on wedding morning

Besties & Bubbles

A bottle of bubbly and your best pals by your side… the best way to kick off your magical wedding day, planned by NJOY Weddings & Events at Hildene.

(Photo: Corinne Parker Photography)

Painting of a bride and groom walking down the aisle and being showered with confetti at Vermont wedding

Just Married

In this painting, wedding painter Hope Sharp captures that “just married” magic of twirling down the aisle as a married couple at The Essex Resort and Spa.

Flying High

This couple is quite literally being lifted by their community, and by the looks on their faces, they are soaking in every celebratory moment! (Photo: Ben Hudson Photography)

Groom lifting bride off dance floor during an epic first dance at their Vermont wedding

Epic First Dance

This couple’s first dance on the marble court at the Wilburton Inn looks amazing – check out that lift and twirl. And the looks on their wedding party’s faces… priceless! (Photo: Jesse Schloff Photography)

The Quiet Family Moment

We love this special, intimate moment soaking in the excitement of the day as a family before rejoining the party. (Photo: Jess Driver Photography)

The Tear Jerker

This couple postponed their wedding over a year, so they and their community was VERY ready to celebrate their wedding. From their emotional vows to their family’s toasts, the entire day was filled with love. (Video: Beyond Bliss Films)

Epic Champagne Toast

When The Old Lantern Inn’s owners’ daughter tied the knot this year, the celebration was epic. One standout moment? The groom, father of the bride, and father of the groom all sabered champagne bottles and poured a toast to the union of the families. (Photo: Andy Duback)

 
Bride and groom kissing as their friends lift them into the air on the dance floor at their Vermont wedding

The Glow Up

The glowsticks are super fun, but the real glow comes from the couple in love who know their community is always there to lift them up. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

 

Confetti Toss

This theatrical wedding planned by Destinations Found included an epic, colorful confetti drop that is sure to be a standout moment for these wedding-goers for years to come! (Photo: GarrenTee Photography)

Bride and groom dancing and laughing under parachute during Vermont wedding reception

Parachute Party

Who remembers these parachutes from elementary school?! This couple busted one out during their reception at Topnotch Resort to the delight of guests. What a fun idea! (Photo: Henry Cotton)

 
BIPOC couple walking through sparkler exit at Vermont wedding

A Sparkling Beginning

The end of your wedding day is the start of your next chapter as a married couple. If this couple’s sparkler exit is any indication, we’d say they have a very bright future ahead! (Photo: Juniper Studios)

 

The Childhood Reading

The bride had asked her nephew to read Shel Silverstein’s “The Romance” during their wedding at The Inn at Weathersfield. During dinner, he worked up the courage and delivered a memorable performance. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

 

A Royal Send Off

Talk about a fairytale ending to a romantic wedding day! (Photo: Keith MacDonald Photography)

 

That’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 series. This was truly an incredible year.

The Full Best of Vermont Weddings 202 Series:

Don’t forget to pop over to Instagram to see even more community moments, and the “semi finalists” for each of the other categories.

We’re excited for another year of memorable weddings ahead!

BEST OF 2021 WEDDING STYLE

Your wedding day style (attire, hair, makeup, accessories) reflects who you are and sets the vibe of your big day. While every couple is gorgeous in their own way, here are just a few of our favorite looks from 2021. Schedule your hair makeup trial, and go find your dream dress now because we promise you will want to recreate these looks for your wedding!

Love this post? We’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks on Instagram. Go check it out for even more inspiration!

Beaded Beauty

The scalloped beading on this dress from Fiori Bridal reminds me of butterfly wings, and is simply stunning. (Photo: AveyBaby Photography)

Glam & Gorgeous

With her bold lip and fur shawl, this bride embodies glamour! (Photo: Colette Kulig Photography)

The James Bonds

These grooms’ classic, debonair style is a great compliment to their killer (see what we did there?) wedding planned by Destinations Found. (Photo: GarrenTee Photography)

The Perfect Mismatched Bridal Party

This bridal party absolutely nailed the mismatched look. Each bridesmaid looks gorgeous in her own unique way. A coordinated color palette and beautiful, natural makeup by Jennifer Perellie ties it all together. (Photo: LuvLens Photography)

Boho Beauty

This couple crushed the romantic, boho look. The bride handmade her own lush bouquet, and her maid of honor (@makeupby_cbelle) created this natural makeup look that completes the vibe. (Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography)

Classic & Cool

This couple is so glamorous. Jennifer Perellie created a makeup look that allows the bride’s natural beauty to show through and compliments the classic wedding planned by Lindsey Leichthammer. And that candid shot of the couple with their sunglasses…too cool for words. (Photo: Matt Lim)

The Cape Skirt

The beading on this dress is enough to make us soon, but the CAPE…we’re toast. This dress sets the tone for this amazing celebration. (Photo: K Lenhart Weddings)

 

Sheer Perfection

This bride embodies feminine and free spirited style in this lace and tulle gown with blush undertones from Veilmonté Bridal Showroom. The addition of a long veil is perfection.  (Photo: Julia Rebecca Photography)

 

Happily Leather After

We are obsessed with this white leather jacket with “happily ever after” embroidered on the back. Your wedding reception, after party, honeymoon, bachelorette party, the grocery store…we can think of several occasions to rock this. (Photo: Colette Kulig Photography)

 

Effortless Elegance

Is there anything more elegant than a sweeping cathedral veil? This couple effortlessly married their two heritages (Indian and Filipino) with a beautiful celebration planned by Odyssey Events. (Photo: Nicholas Natale)

 

Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 series! Don’t forget to check out our “semi finalists” on Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter to get each Best of post emailed to you weekly this month!

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Quick recap: what is Vermont Weddings Best of 2021 Series?

A little backstory if you’re unfamiliar: we started the Best of series last year (2020) to highlight some of the amazing work by the talented teams in the Vermont wedding industry. It’s an opportunity to both celebrate a year’s worth of weddings and inspire couples who are planning a future Vermont wedding. (A quick note on the word “best”: the intention isn’t to make this a competition between weddings, but to share a small, but representative, sample of the weddings in Vermont this year.  To that end, please know that we love each and every wedding that was submitted, and the final picks are carefully chosen based on a variety of factors to create a compelling series.)

Here’s what you can expect:

All December, we’ll be rolling out inspiring stories in various categories:

Plus, because the submissions were just THAT good, we’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks for each category on Instagram. That means you’ll want to follow us to see even more highlights, and come back to the blog each week to see the “best” picks in each category.

We recommend signing up for our newsletter – we’ll send you an email each week with the highlights so you won’t miss a thing. (Going forward we only send 1 – 2 emails a month.)

BEST OF 2021 ENGAGEMENTS

The Vermont Weddings Best of 2021 series starts today! Pop the champagne (like the first couple below) and let’s get into it. 

What is Vermont Weddings Best of 2021 Series?

A little backstory if you’re unfamiliar: we started the Best of series last year (2020) to highlight some of the amazing work by the talented teams in the Vermont wedding industry. It’s an opportunity to both celebrate a year’s worth of weddings and inspire couples who are planning a future Vermont wedding. (A quick note on the word “best”: the intention isn’t to make this a competition between weddings, but to share a small, but representative, sample of the weddings in Vermont this year.  To that end, please know that we love each and every wedding that was submitted, and the final picks are carefully chosen based on a variety of factors to create a compelling series.)

Here’s what you can expect:

All December, we’ll be rolling out inspiring stories in various categories:

  • Best of Engagements (that’s today!)
  • Best of Style 
  • Best of Florals
  • Best of Party Animals
  • Best of Design & Details
  • Best of Elopements
  • Best of Location
  • Best of Community

Plus, because the submissions were just THAT good, we’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks for each category on Instagram. That means you’ll want to follow us to see even more highlights, and come back to the blog each week to see the “best” picks in each category.

We recommend signing up for our newsletter – we’ll send you an email each week with the highlights so you won’t miss a thing. (Going forward we only send 1 – 2 emails a month.)

Best of 2021 Vermont Engagements

Today we’re kicking off our Best of 2021 series with a look at a few of the best engagements of the year. Was it us, or was 2021 the year engagements got super epic?! It was nearly impossible to narrow down our picks in this category. From surprise engagements to beautifully curated shoots, here are our picks for the Best of 2021 Engagements this year.

The Champagne Pop

This couple looked like they had the most fun during their entire shoot, and this illuminated champagne spray? Epic. (Photo: GarrenTee Photography)

Further Reading: These Grooms-to-Be Had the Most Fun for Their Summer Evening Engagement Shoot

Flying High

This surprise engagement in a hot air balloon takes engagement photography to a whole new level. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

High(land) Fashion

This engagement session involved an adventurous couple and some Vermont highland cows. All together it’s such a fun, cool session! (Photo: Hallie Jade Pictures)

Further reading: Expert Advice for Your Winter Engagement 

You Are My Sunshine

It’s hard to tell what’s glowing more: the bright sunflower, the golden hour sunshine, or the couples’ love for each other. (Photo: Allison Macy Photography)

Game On

This couple explored downtown Winooski for their Vermont urban engagement session, including a stop at the arcade bar, Archives. The resulting pictures make us all winners. (Photo: MoHo Photo)

Waterfall Wonder

This couple explored downtown Winooski for their Vermont urban engagement session, including a stop at the arcade bar, Archives. The resulting pictures make us all winners. (Photo: MoHo Photo)

Romantics in the Rain

Remember that iconic scene from The Notebook in the rain? Yeah, this shoot is giving us all those vibes. Super romantic. (Photo: Madison Anne Studio)
 

This Pic is Lit

This couple timed their hike perfectly to totally bask in the sunset’s golden glow. (Photo: Keith MacDonald Photography)
 

Boardwalk Bliss

This bride-to-be literally jumped in the air when her partner surprised her with a proposal on Burlington’s beautiful boardwalk. (Photo: Love Wins Photography)
 

Falling in Love

A blanket of golden leaves, sunlight through a canopy of foliage, a couple in love… what could be better? (Photo: Margaret Michael Photography)
 

Apple of My Eye

This session is so, so cute. It feels a little retro and nostalgic, but still very fresh. It’s total eye candy! (Photo: Jess Driver Photography)
 

Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 Engagements category! Don’t forget to check out our “semi finalists” on Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter to get each Best of post emailed to you weekly this month!

THESE GROOMS HAD THE MOST FUN FOR THEIR SUMMER EVENING ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

Jake and Andrew’s Vermont engagement session is just a preview of the romance and fun their 2022 Vermont wedding is sure to bring. Their fun-loving engagement session was captured by Vermont wedding photographer GarrenTee Photography

These grooms-to-be had a whirlwind, modern day fairytale romance. They met on a dating app, and they joke that within a week of meeting, “it was clear we were stuck with each other!” 

Smiles, a golden sunset, and an epic champagne spray – this engagement photo shoot is packed with inspiration! Check it out below. 

Grooms walking in field in Vermont during engagement photoshoot
Grooms spraying champagne during nighttime Vermont engagement shoot

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Photographer: GARRENTEE PHOTOGRAPHY

A JOYFUL VERMONT GOLF CLUB WEDDING

You know when you see a wedding on Instagram and wish you could have been there because it looks so fun? That’s how I felt when I saw Lindsey and Jake’s intimate wedding at West Bolton Golf Club on GarrenTee Photography’s Instagram

These highschool sweethearts had the most joyful celebration, surrounded by 18 of their closest friends and family. Lindsey and Jake had dreamed of a big wedding, but due to COVID they decided to modify their plans. “When planning our wedding, safety was the number one thing on our mind,” says Lindsey. The couple reduced their guest list and asked everyone to get tested ahead of the event.

Loving Their Microwedding

Looking back, Lindsey and Jake say they couldn’t happier with their small wedding. “Of course we wish our grandparents and extended family could have been there, but we needed to keep safety in mind. Our ceremony was so intimate with our friends and family standing around us while we shared our vows. We ate outside and were all able to talk to each other during dinner. I never imagined having to think about hand sanitizer decor and matching masks for our wedding party, but I would not change a thing!” 

Bride feeding her groom cake during summer Vermont wedding

More Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration

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Photographer: GARRENTEE PHOTOGRAPHY | Venue: WEST BOLTON GOLF CLUB | Tent and tables: VERMONT TENT COMPANY

A MINIMONY IN THE PARK WITH FAMILY AND PIZZA

After Ramie proposed to Alex at the “Welcome to Vermont” sign on the Vermont / Massachusetts border (their home states) in early spring of 2019, the couple happily began to plan their June 2020 wedding.

A Minimony to Celebrate Their Original Date After Postponing the Big Wedding

But as June approached, the couple found themselves facing a postponement in light of COVID. Alex and Ramie were saddened by the idea of their original date passing unrecognized. So, with the help of their immediate families, the couple celebrated their original date (June 27) with an outdoor wedding ceremony at the Volunteers Green in Richmond.

After a touching ceremony facilitated by Alex’s siblings, the couple shared a champagne toast and pizza from the nearby Stone’s Throw. Photographer Garren Poirier captured the couple’s special day; check out the gallery below.

Couple walking by river after Vermont minimony

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Photographer: GARRENTEE PHOTOGRAPHY