Adventurous Engagement Session Ideas

Whether you are proposing or planning your engagement photo session, we have some out-of-the-box adventurous engagement session ideas for the bold and fearless Vermont couples today!

My favorite thing about all of these sessions is the authenticity in each of these photos. Each couple is doing what they enjoy together in their photos – and their genuine excitement shines through! Scroll below and get inspired.

skiing engagement photos
Kelsey Regan Photography

Skiing and Snowboarding Engagement Photos

If you love to ski or snowboard, this is such a fun way to show off your love of the slopes. (Side note: I’m amazed how many Vermont wedding photographers can ski or snowboard while taking amazing photos!) The photos are always epic! 

Related: Tips for your winter engagement session.

adventurous skiing engagement session
Ben Hudson Photography
adventurous engagement session skiing down the mountain
Ben Hudson Photography
skiing engagement photos
Kelsey Regan Photography
skiing adventurous engagement session
Kelsey Regan Photography

Adventurous Engagement Session: Hiking

Hiking is a no-brainer way to add some adventure to your engagement session. There is no shortage of places to explore in the Green Mountain State! If you can find a hike with a waterfall or swimming hole to cool off in – even better. 

Plan on going early in the morning or around sunset to capture some amazing lighting!

Related: Golden Hour Hike Engagement Shoot

hiking couples with dogs at a waterfall for engagement photos
Kate Seymour
couple at a waterfall for adventurous engagement session
Kate Seymour
hiking engagement session
Jenna Brisson
adventurous engagement session hiking
Garren Tee Photography

Hot Air Balloon Ride Proposal

Talk about taking your love to new heights! This would be an amazing bucket list date for your engagement shoot or, in the case of this couple, an EPIC surprise proposal! 

hot air balloon proposal
Kelsey Regan Photography
hot air balloon surprise proposal
Kelsey Regan Photography

Urban Adventure

Exploring a new place is always an adventure, and Vermont has plenty of charming towns to discover.

In Burlington, we’d head to Church Street Marketplace and Waterfront Park. Or, head to your favorite ski town (maybe after hitting the slopes!) for an adventure.

 
snowy aadventurous engagement session in downtown Burlington VT
Keith Macdonald
adventurous engagement session in downtown Burlington VT
Keith Macdonald
Juniper Studios

Adventurous Engagement Session at the Carnival

If there is a local carnival or fair in town around the time of your engagement photos, why not take advantage? I think this would be such a fun idea! Hop on the Ferris wheel, ride the swings,  and play some games together! 

Related: This Vermont Carnival Engagement Shoot Is Sure to Make You Smile

Couple kissing in front of carousel at carnival engagement shoot in Vermont
MoHo Photo

Explore A Lake

Vermont has lots of lakes, and the water always is a great backdrop to use for your engagement photos. Depending on your mood, you could simply just walk on the beach and dip your toes in the water. (Splashing each other optional, but encouraged!) Or you can go all out and go swimming or ride in a canoe together!

adventurous engagement session with couples in a canoe
Kate Seymour
adventurous engagement session on a lake in a canoe
Kate Seymour Photography
Isora Lithgow Creations

Fly Fishing Adventurous Engagement Session

To be honest, I never would have thought a fly fishing engagement could be so romantic and sweet, but THIS IS SO CUTE. This couple’s love for each other and the outdoors shines through their gallery and I can’t get enough.

fly fishing unique engagement session
Garren Tee Photography

Just goes to show you that anything you love to do with your partner could be an amazing photoshoot. Be sure to talk to your photographer about your plans so they can prepare for how to best capture you in your element.

These adventurous engagement sessions are a special and unique way to make memories together while taking your engagement photos!

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Read about more Vermont engagements! Check out this Downtown Winooski Session & A couple’s session in all of their favorite places

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 glow sticks 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: Location

Vermont may be a small state, but we have an impressive, long list of beautiful locations to get married! From the shores of Lake Champlain to the tops of the Green Mountains … and everywhere in between… there are a variety of venues to set the stage for your romantic wedding. Here are a few of the best places couples exchanged vows in 2021.

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

Mountains Majesty

Sparkling waters and sweeping mountain views make The Equinox Resort’s pond one of the most romantic, majestic to tie the knot. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

The barn and firepit at dusk at Lareau Farm Inn in Vermont

Home Away From Home

With lodging on site, a cozy firepit, and plenty to explore, the Lareau Farm Inn makes you feel like you’re at home – if you’re home was really, really cool. (Photo: Hannah Photography)

Lakeside & Lovely

With views overlooking Lake Champlain, sparkling aquariums and more, ECHO is a unique, modern setting for a true Vermont wedding. (Photo: Madison Anne Studio)

Backyard Bliss

From getting ready at the elegant Inn at Burkyn to a lovely backyard celebration, this wedding in the mountains is a total stunner. (Video: Beyond Bliss Films)

Bride and groom walking down country road in Vermont in the fall

Falling For You

With rolling hills and colorful foliage, Sterling Ridge Resort sets the scene for a truly lovely Vermont wedding. (Photo: Cait Borgault Photography)

Garden Romance

A gorgeous barn and colorful, sprawling gardens …it’s no wonder Farmhouse Flowers is one of the best backdrops for a Vermont wedding! (Photo: Danielle Allendorf)

 

Riding High

If you fell in love with Vermont for the skiing, you are going to love Sugarbush Resort‘s mountain top ceremony location and iconic “Just Married” chair lift sign. (Photo: Jenna Brisson)

 
Bride and groom walking up a hill at sunset with dramatic clouds and mist

Edge of the World

How breathtaking is this image? It looks like the couple is in the middle of an epic, romantic movie (but really they’re at private home in Shelburne, Vermont). (Photo: Ben Hudson Photography)

Into the Woods

This couple tied the knot under a canopy of trees at The Inn at Weathersfield before celebrating dinner in the quaint, romantic Inn. (Photo: Kate Seymour Photography)

 
Bride and groom on the lawn at VT historic estate

Bridgertons in Vermont

The Hildene’s splendor and elegance is unmatched and the views are unparalleled. It’s definitely one the best! (Photo: Juniper Studios

 

Perfect Pairing

The rolling hills and vineyard at Maquam Barn and Winery are the perfect pairing for a romantic wedding. (Photo: Danielle Allendorf)

 
 

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: ELOPEMENTS

There’s something extra romantic about elopements – a couple focussed entirely on their love for one another… swoon. Here are just a few of our favorite elopements from 2021!

(Interested in planning your own Vermont elopement? Start here!)

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

Bride and groom hiking up a mountain during Vermont elopement

Top of the World

This couple climbed to the top of Mt. Mansfield for their epic elopement and included their moms as witnesses! (Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography)

A couple eloping during the winter in Vermont surrounded by a winter landscape. 

Romantic Retreat

This couple planned a romantic elopement at a private home, and the bride created all of the lovely, simple decor herself! (Photo: Hallie Jade Pictures)

(Read the full elopement story)

Love is The Bomb

This couple showed off their adventurous and creative sides with a colorful smoke bomb photo session as part of their fall elopement. (Photo: Madison Anne Studio)

Bride and groom kissing in the field of Vermont during elopement

Backcountry Romance

After canceling their initial wedding plans, this couple they booked a tiny house in the woods in Warren, Vermont to elope…and take some epic portraits along the way! (Photo: Keith MacDonald Photography)

Mountain Magic

You know the old saying “cold hands, warm hearts”? It rings true for this couple! They eloped on the summit of Killington Mountain and skied down on a sunny, freezing day! (Photo: Juniper Studios)

(Read the full elopement story)

Curvy bride wearing a glittery gold bridal top and groom smiling and standing in front of a bright blue wall

All That Glitters is Gold

The bride’s gold, glittery dress, her bold bouquet, and the bright blue wall backdrop…it’s all so fun. The couple’s obvious joy makes it even more fun and special. (Photo: Margaret Michael)

Bride and groom laughing on mountain top with colorful foliage in the background in Vermont

Peak Romance

This couple planned their elopement in under two weeks! They started with a sunrise hike, and the peak foliage turned out to make the most gorgeous backdrop. (Photo: MoHo Photo

 

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: PARTY ANIMALS

For these 2021 Vermont weddings, the biggest party animals were of the four-legged variety! Vermont is a dog paradise, and when it comes to weddings, many couples choose to involve their furry family members in their special day! Scroll down to see our favorite wedding animals from 2021.

(Related reading: How to Include Your Dog at Your Wedding)

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

Bride and groom kneeling and kissing over their dog who is wearing a floral collar

Pup in Petals

This doggo is pawsatively rocking her floral collar! (Photo: Juniper Studios

 
Bride and groom smiling at their labradoodle dog on wedding day

Dandy Doodle

Spooner the labadoodle has a lovable, ruffled look, and she’s ready for the camera to capture her big smile up close! Odyssey Events (Photo: Oliver Parini Photography)

Bride and groom posing with their dog who is wearing a bandana that says Wedding Crasher

Cute Wedding Crasher

This puppy sported a “wedding crasher” bandana and was a beloved guest at this couple’s backyard wedding! (Photo: Madison Anne Studio)

Loyal Companion

This couple knew they couldn’t celebrate their Inn at Grace Farm wedding (planned by Lindsey Leichthammer Events) without their faithful companion, Truman, by their side. Friends helped the senior dog down the aisle, and he patiently and lovingly watched the whole ceremony. (Photo: Jenna Brisson

Bride and groom smiling at their golden retriever dog wearing a bow tie for wedding

The Golden Boy

This couple’s golden boy, Theo, dressed up in his own tux for their elegant wedding at the Wilburton Inn! (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography

The Baaaad Romance

There is nothing sheepish about these adorable farm guests who came by to wish the couple well at their Farmhouse Flowers wedding! (Photo: Taylor Main Photography)

Small dog wearing a flower collar putting her paw on owners leg

Flower Girl

Luna was excited to take a walk down the aisle with her parents as the official flower girl! (Photo: MoHo Photo)

 
Bride and groom posing with two dogs, one wearing a bow tie bandana and one wearing a floral collar during Vermont wedding

A Perfect Pair

This couple celebrated their wedding at The Grafton Inn with their two best buds their side, both dressed to impress! (Photo: Loveland Creative)

 

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!

***

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.)

THIS COUPLE ELOPED AT THE KILLINGTON SUMMIT IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER

You know the old saying “cold hands, warm hearts”? It rings true for Marie and Jared! This couple eloped on the summit of Killington Mountain with Jared’s sister and partner on a sunny, below 7 degree day. 

“It was the most gorgeous day with those big sky views; we hardly even noticed the frigid temps!” says photographer Angela of Juniper Studios.

The couple stayed warm with their ski attire (and fashionable bridal fur) and the love from their close friends in attendance. Following their intimate ceremony they took their first run down the mountain as husband and wife!

Couple holding skis after elopement ceremony on the summit of Killington Mountain in Vermont

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Photographer: JUNIPER STUDIOS | Venue: KILLINGTON

THIS COUPLE WAS SURPRISED WITH BABY GOATS DURING THEIR BACKYARD WEDDING

Taylor and Joseph’s whimsical backyard wedding has a lot of beautiful details, including her cascading bridal bouquet and off-the-shoulder lace gown, and cakes made by the bride’s grandma. But the surprise four-legged guests steal the show!

Unique Wedding Gift – Baby Goats!

“As a child I had always wanted a goat of my own. I had mentioned this to my future husband multiple times,” laughs Taylor. “He was adamant however that we would never have goats because he thought they were essentially useless, so I had pretty much accepted the fact that this dream would never come true.”

On their wedding day, Taylor’s grandfather, who is “always joking back and forth with Joey,” said he had a surprise for the couple. 

“Our DJ had our guests count down from ten, and my heart pounded as we heard everyone’s ‘awes’ behind us. When we turned around I couldn’t believe my eyes! At first I only saw one of the baby goats – and then I realized there were two! This time, my Grandpa got the last laugh. Now we are proud parents of our two little goat kids, Lila and Josie. We couldn’t be happier, and Joey has even mentioned getting a few more in the future!”

See the big reveal and the couple’s full gallery, captured by Juniper Studios, below. 

Bride and groom holding baby goats and kissing in a field in Vermont

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Photographer: JUNIPER STUDIOS

HE SURPRISED HER WITH A RING DURING THEIR PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENT PHOTOS

Madison and Tyler celebrated their pregnancy with a weekend vacation at Killington. Tyler told Madison he hired Juniper Studios to take pregnancy announcement photos while they were there, but he had a surprise planned. Halfway through the shoot, he got down on one knee and proposed! 

Winter Pregnancy Announcement Photoshoot Surprise

The couple did a mix of portraits featuring the most adorable LL Bean baby slippers and a custom onesie announcing their due date.

Following the photoshoot, the couple celebrated their engagement with sparkling cider and chocolate covered strawberries. 

Man proposing to finance at Killington Ski Resort

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Photographer: JUNIPER STUDIOS

SNOWY WINTER ENGAGEMENT IN STRATTON, Vermont

Jessica and Mike’s relationship began over six years ago as friends. “That first winter, we both spent a weekend skiing in Stratton, VT with separate groups of friends and decided to mesh the friend groups together,” remembers Jessica. “It was such a fun weekend, and we both realized there might be something more between us!”

Since then, the couple has visited Mike’s family ski house in Stratton each winter. That’s why Stratton was the perfect backdrop for their engagement session captured by Juniper Studios

Couple Posing During Winter Engagement Session in Stratton, Vermont

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Photographer: JUNIPER STUDIOS