Tuesday, September 4, 2012

AJ + Cherry: Married

Last year the first Pioneer Valley Gay Wedding Expo was held at the Garden House and it was a great chance for couples and vendors to discover one another. I distinctly remember meeting AJ and Cherry and thinking their wedding plans sounded so cool, but it wasn't until I heard all the awesome details of their camping wedding that I knew it was going to be extra rad!

AJ's family have been visiting Stillwater Campgrounds in Vermont for almost 30 years. It's a very special place for them and their family so to celebrate their wedding in camping style was perfect. All of their guests camped throughout the weekend and their ceremony and reception was held at Seyon Lodge State Park. I don't know Vermont that well but I plan on making many more visits to bask in the glory of one very lovely state.

I arrived on Friday night along with Brett and Ian Pouliot, my talented and amazing helpers, to check out the grounds and meet the families of AJ and Cherry. They generously invited us to share a meal with them and then we made our way over to the Lodge where I began to to say the same word all weekend long, "WOW." It was gorgeous. We didn't even unpack the car before we started photographing the water, the mountains, the trees and at long last, a sky full of stars. Wow.

I could hardly sleep with excitement. I set my alarm for 5:00 am for the next morning, dragged Ian from his slumber, and the two of us photographed the pond and a nearby field as the sun rose. I can't think of a better way to start the day of a wedding, unless of course I could make that all happen a few hours later:)

The day was a beauty, and getting to see where AJ and Cherry got engaged before their ceremony was the icing on the top of their wedding cupcakes! Thank you ladies for being so wonderful and lovely and for welcoming us to your special place in the world. I hope you enjoy this collection of images from your wedding day.  xoxo, Sandra

Location: Seyon Lodge State Park
Catering: WoodBelly Pizza
Flowers: Cole Franke
Cake: Melissa Hallar
Rings: Rebekah Brooks
Tent: Undercover Tents

Ian's photo on the right and below. 

Ian's photo on the right.

A little fun with the brides, their cousin and Ian:)

Ian's photo.

Ian's photo on the right.

Ian's photo.


  1. Gorgeous; the couple,the scenery, the photos, every detail!

  2. Sandra! I love all your weddings and appreciate all the landscape and scene setting images, details, candid moments, expressions and love you add with each couples post. The night shots here are absolutely amazing! I love how you also frame AJ & Cherry with the landscapes later in the day. Every couple is so lucky to have you :) xo meg

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