A FUN BACKYARD WEDDING WITH A SPECIAL COCKTAIL HOUR PHOTO WALL

Jess and Ben’s backyard Vermont wedding was intimate, filled with thoughtful details and ended with a lively party. What could be better? 

Photographer Moriah of Moho Photos says that one of her favorite details was their cocktail hour decor. “The couple took over the garage for cocktail hour, and my favorite feature was the wall they covered with photos of them, their parents, and their grandparents. It was a really special touch!” says Moriah. It’s also a great reminder that personal touches don’t have to be elaborate to be meaningful and special!

Other highlights include the cutest, festive pup and lots and lots of smiles – you can totally feel excitement and fun of this day! Check out the full gallery below.

MEET WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER MORIAH OF MOHO PHOTOS

Moriah of MoHo Photo describes herself as a wedding photographer for fun-loving, adventurous couples – and that vibe shines through in all of her work. Whenever her name pops up on my feed I feel a smile come over my face and get inspired. (Remember that fun arcade date engagement shoot?!) Learn more about Moriah below!

How did you get into wedding photography? 

I grew up loving photography – I was that person in high school who dug out the unused dark room in the school to teach myself how to shoot and roll film. 

My first experience with wedding photography was when my sister got married, and she asked if I could take portraits of her and her new husband during the wedding (while also being in the wedding party as maid of honor – wild times!). 

It was that experience that established my love of couples portraits during a wedding day – it’s such a beautiful combination of capturing people I care about, finding their unique connection to highlight and photograph, all while getting really creative in the process. After that I was totally hooked and knew this is what I had to do for a living.

How would you describe your photography style? 

In three words: fun, candid, joyful. I love finding the balance between capturing my couples as they are and inspiring them to be their best selves in front of my camera….And I always make sure we have fun in the process.

What inspires your work? 

My couples! It’s kinda like taking a trip to your favorite place, but it’s new every time with each person I work with. Getting to know their true selves and the connection they have with each other is at the core of how I document my people.

Any special tips for couples for choosing / working with a wedding photographer or about wedding photos in general?

Make sure you have amazing chemistry with your photographer! Not only will they be one of the only people with you the entire day (other than your new partner of course), but the level of comfort you have with your photographer will help you feel relaxed and natural, which will make your images shine.

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

I love the quiet in-between moments, when no one is really watching and the couple is totally immersed in what’s happening around and between them. Those moments I photograph are always the most powerful images from a wedding day.

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

I’m totally spoiled by the beer scene in Vermont. I love spending a lazy weekend exploring local towns and finding new breweries and food spots. My current favorites are Four Quarters in Winooski and Hill Farmstead in Greensboro. If you book me for a session down by the waterfront in Burlington there’s a good chance we’ll be stopping at Foam during the session.

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

I actually worked as a Business/Quality Analyst in the IT world for manyyyyy years before going full time with photography. I sometimes miss the logical structure of IT, but I’m so much happier focusing that energy on my creative business. I also have a dream when I ‘retire’ from weddings of owning an alpaca farm in the Northeast Kingdom and helping rescue animals there.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

I love to travel! I’ve spent a lot of time in Mexico and Namibia working with local communities, and I’m always looking for ways to travel more consciously and intentionally. My bucket list spots are Mongolia and Patagonia for extended stays!

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

Anything by Taylor Swift, but I’m a huge sucker for live bands and anything they play with high energy.

 

Thank you, Moriah! Learn more about MoHo Photo in the vendor guide. 

 

Photographer: MOHO PHOTO

THE MOST FUN ARCADE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT

Meaghan and Matt invited photographer Moriah, of MoHo Photos for a fun photoshoot crawl, which they dubbed “the engagement gauntlet.” Starting at the Winooski River, they made their way to The Archives on the circle, an arcade bar in which Matt brought tokens for before the pandemic and was eager to use. They strolled along the Winooski river, and topped off the day with creemees at Al’s.

Moriah says her favorite moments were along the river where the couple was able to relax and take in the sounds of the river and the golden light. Based on the gallery below, we can’t choose our favorites! This engagement is a great inspiration for couples who want to do something a little different for their engagement shoot and visit a few spots that are meaningful.

Couple playing arcade games during engagement photoshoot in Vermont

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Photographer: MOHO PHOTO

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!

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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!

A ROMANTIC BACKYARD FALL MICROWEDDING

Vermont’s peak foliage set the beautiful scene for this couple’s backyard fall wedding. Brides Kyla and Sabrina opted for an intimate celebration so they could focus on one another and their close friends and family. They set a festive spirit with simple, meaningful decor, including a “Just Married” carved pumpkin! Vermont wedding photographer Moriah of MoHo Photo captured the couple’s romantic fall microwedding. 

The couple exchanged private vows during their first look (“It was all I could do to not start ugly crying while capturing such a sweet moment,” says Moriah)  and their ceremony was simple and filled with laughter. Following their ceremony, the couple headed to a nearby waterfall to capture some portraits before continuing their celebration with loved ones. Check out their gallery below! 

Black bride and white bride nuzzling in front of bright foliage during Vermont fall wedding

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Photographer: MOHO PHOTO