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The Hidden Gold in Vermont | Why Vermont Wedding Vendors Are The Best | Vermont Bride Magazine
photo by Ashley Largesse Photography

Everyone knows about the blazing reds, brilliant oranges, and yellows from their late September luminosity to their late October warmth, in our Vermont autumn. Everyone knows about the lush green of the Vermont mountains in summer, and the breathtaking billows of white in the Vermont winter. These are all great reasons to have a Vermont wedding, but I would like to suggest that the best reason of all to have a Vermont wedding is the hidden gold of the people of Vermont wedding industry. Not only do these Vermonters show a high level of excellence in their own area of expertise, but a cooperative spirit which I believe is unrivaled, and truly sets the stage for the very best day possible.

I’ve had numerous conversations over the years with wedding venders who have moved from out of state. They tend to progress along the same lines. The wedding industry in other states (I won’t be specific, but we’ve covered quite a few states in these conversations!) tends to operate more on a competitive level, with each person exclusively doing their own aspect of the job, with little or no consideration of how each person fits within the big picture. The focus is not so much on the totality of the day from the couples’ or families’ experience, but just on doing their thing and moving on to the next gig. On moving to Vermont, a whole new world opened up for these wedding venders – in getting to know the other folks around them who were working on the same weddings, they realized that everything is so much more enjoyable and works so much more smoothly when they know the other folks who are parts of the same overall picture of the day. 

The Hidden Gold in Vermont | Why Vermont Wedding Vendors Are The Best | Vermont Bride Magazine

Using Wedding Hashtags | Vermont Bride Magazine

Wedding hashtags have become ever more popular in the past few years, and are a great way to follow your guests’ posts on social media. 

For those of you not “in the know,” a hashtag is essentially a label for content, specifically twitter and instagram, as well pinterest, facebook, and . It is an easy way for others to search on a specific topic, and is a phrase or a few words with no spaces, followed by the # symbol. The current most popular hashtag on instagram at the time of writing this post, is #fashion, being used over 213,000,000 times and counting.  Other popular hashtags include #friends, and #smile.

Using Wedding Hashtags | Vermont Bride Magazine

If you choose to create a wedding hashtag for your special day, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Why you want an unplugged wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

You’ve spent lots of time planning and paying for your big day, including researching and hiring a professional photographer to document your wedding. You want everything to go perfectly, and for your guests to have fun and enjoy each and every lovely moment. But when it comes time for you to walk down the aisle, instead of seeing your guests smiling and celebrating you in your awesome dress, you see cameras and phones instead of eyes and smiling faces. Bummer.

As a wedding photographer, I’ve seen this time and time again, or worse, had a guest ruin a perfectly framed picture by throwing their cell phone into the aisle, or hopping in front of me just before the kiss so they can get that “perfect shot” on their crummy cell phone. I guarantee my camera (and the operator) will be taking a better shot, so why not let the professional do their job? I could spend all day telling the tales of Uncle Bob ruining the professional shots, but instead I will offer up these two words of wisdom: UNPLUGGED WEDDING.

North Photography | Vermont Wedding Photography | Vermont Bride Magazine

Today's Vendor Spotlight features one of the nicest, most down to earth photographers - Kathleen North Porter of North Photography. Photography is in her DNA, so to speak, as she is a second generation photographer following in her father's footsteps. The oldest of four children, Kathleen is very close to her family and understands how special and important it is to cherish each and every moment with them. She loves the joy of working with people and witnessing the bonds between them, from true love to true happiness!

A wedding and lifestyle portrait photographer located in the greater Burlington, Vermont area, Kathleen has lived in Vermont her whole life (except for a four year stint inValparaiso, IN where she received her Bachelor of Science and Fine Arts degree). Kathleen now makes her home in Westford, VT with her husband and son. For more information on North Photography, click here! You can also learn some fun facts about Kathleen in her 100th Blog Post!

North Photography | Vermont Wedding Photography | Vermont Bride Magazine

Have Fun With Engagement Photos | Vermontbridemagazine.comphoto by Polis Photography

It seems that, these days, engagement photos have become a must-have for engaged couples. Especially with the advent of the Save The Date and the popularity of social media, more and more couples are making it a priority to document their early days of betrothed bliss. Gone are the days of your standard studio sitting, with pull down, shade backdrops and hand-over-hand poses. The modern bride and groom are taking their engagement photo sessions to unique settings and putting their own personal flair into them.

We have gathered some of our favorite photo ideas to share with you to get your creative juices flowing! Take a cue from these couples and think outside of the box when planning your engagement photo settings, making sure to include a good dose of your own personalities in the process.

Fun Engagement Ideas | Light + Color Photography | Vermontbridemagazine.comphotos by The Light + Color Photography

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If you're brave enough, winter is a great time to take photos, especially if you want to highlight your love of the season without getting married in the cold!

As a photographer and past-bride, I always recommend an engagement portrait session. Are you questioning whether or not to have one? DO IT. This is why:

Comfort. If you are apprehensive around cameras or intimidated by having your photo taken, it will show in your wedding portraits. Engagement portraits are a great time to get to know your photographer better, strengthen your relationship and see how they work. For us as photographers, it’s the perfect time to find your best angles, what makes you smile naturally, and your personal preferences. Let’s face it, not everyone is a model, and most people (including myself!) don’t know what to do in front of a camera, but it is a photographer’s job to make you look good. Once you see your photographer’s vision and process you will feel so much more comfortable – that, in my book, is priceless.

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An Engagement Session is a great time to get to know your photographer better, and to take time to be a bit more creative.