Chaitanya and Elizabeth | Vermont Mountains Elopement

Chaitanya and Elizabeth had a beautiful elopement in Bennington, VT.  They rented a stunning farm house in the mountains, 1510 Pleasant Valley Road, and celebrated the day with 20 of their closest friends and family.  Chaitanya and Elizabeth’s guests traveled in from all over the country to celebrate this special day with the couple.  The weather forecast called for rain all week, but it ended up being sunny the entire day!  Elizabeth was escorted down the aisle by her mother, as she walked up to her groom, each of the guests presented her with a flower. The last flower was held by Chaitanya, and this composed her bouquet.  It was such a touching moment, and it was so sweet to see her great each of her guests one by one, and then to receive a flower from her husband to be.  After the ceremony, all of the guests tossed petals on the newly married couple.  The reception was filled with lots of laughter, and lighthearted stories about the couple.

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Tom and Sara | Green Mountains Vermont Wedding

Tom and Sara were married in Rochester, VT.  I have been so blessed with such amazing couples this year, and Tom and Sara were so great to work with.  Their wedding was held at a farm that they found on Air BNB, it over looked the mountains and had two adorable farms.  It was such a quintessential Vermont location, with gorgeous foliage, and apple trees.

The two shared a first look before the ceremony.  The ceremony was fantastic and Liam, Sara, and Tom planted a tree together to symbolize the beginning of their lives as a family.  After the ceremony guests were able to enjoy lawn games.  Tom and Sara had pickled and preserved all of the jams and butters for the cocktail hour, which was so sweet.  They, along with their families, grew all of the floral arrangements, and arranged them themselves.  This wedding was truly a labor of love.

The reception was fantastic.  Steppin out was the band, and they kept the crowd on their feet all night.  The toasts were so heartfelt.  They shared a choreographed first dance, which was so cool to watch.

If you are interested in contacting this venue for a wedding, you can go here: Headwaters Farm

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Emily and Nathaniel | Mountain Top Berkshires Wedding

If I had to pick one word to describe Emily and Nathaniel it would be thoughtful.  Like so many of my couples they planned their wedding with such great thought and attention to detail, they choose things that represented the two of them and would accommodate their guests.  They crafted their wedding to be an experience, they had Emily’s accapella group sing as she walked down the aisle, they choose brick fired pizzas for their meal, and had lots of delicious custom cocktails!  The setting could not have been any more picturesque, set atop a mountain in the Berkshires, with a cool breeze floating through the trees.

They both got ready separately at the retreat, and I loved how laid back they were.  Guests were arriving and playing frisbee and yard games while they waited for the ceremony.  I was in love with Emily’s gown, oh my goodness…from the moment she put it on…she transformed into a goddess!  I also really appreciated the fact that her grandmother was there for the getting ready.  Having lost both of my grandmother’s I adore watching people interact with theirs!

The ceremony was preformed by Nathaniel’s brother.  And both Nathaniel and I held back tears as Emily came down the aisle.  Instead of speaking their vows to one another, they had written them out beforehand and the officiant read them.  It was such a wonderful idea for those who want custom vows but are afraid of getting to emotional in front of their guests.  After the ceremony, Emily had a surprise for Nathaniel…a baby goat!!  He was shocked and I think everyone was in love with the baby goat!  We had such a great time doing portraits, and then kicked off the party.  There were some fabulous dance moves and I loved the glow sticks!

Venue: Rose and Goat Retreat

Planner: Events by Jackie M.

Catering: Crisp Catering

Rentals: Michael’s Party Rentals

Bar: Kelly’s Package Store

Dj: Gorham Productions

Acapella Group: Sound Off

Videography: Lollie Video

Florals: Tangled Grapevine

Bouquet: EcoFlowers

Hair and Makeup: Deep Blue

Cookies: Creative Cakes by Colleen

Gown: Flair

Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN

Menswear: Combat Gent

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Echo Lake Elopement | White Mountains, New Hampshire

Three reasons to elope!

  1. You don’t like the stress of planning a big traditional wedding.  Your elopement can be whatever you want it to be; you can have guests, you can have cake, you can pop a beer or two 🙂  There are literally no rules to eloping; without a venue setting guidelines and time frames…your wedding can be exactly how you want it to be!  
  2. You want to spend more time alone with your fiance on your wedding day.  With all of the goings on of a traditional wedding and guests to visit with; you can feel pulled in more than one direction.  There are timelines to follow, dances and toasts; it may feel like you don’t get a minute to breathe alone with your fiance until the end of the day.  Eloping lets you have lots of time with one another, and lots of time for those portraits of the two of you 🙂
  3. You don’t like the idea of being the center of attention.  I will totally admit, the idea of lots of people staring at me makes me want to break out in hives.  Eloping definitely allows you to not have to feel self conscious and just enjoy yourself!

Planning Coordination: Alisonmarie Photography

Makeup and Hair: Honey Hair and Beauty

Gown: Shein

Location: Echo Lake, Franconia, NH

Florals: Delicate Creations

Planning an adventure elopement and looking for a photographer, email me at brooke@brookeellen.com

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Robin and Samuel | Cape Cod Backyard Wedding

The wedding was at Robin’s parent’s gorgeous house overlooking the water.  The whole wedding day was so full of laughter and joy.  Robin walked, bare foot, down the stairs to the beach while Sam waited.  It was the perfect location for a first look.

Robin’s brother preformed the ceremony, and he did an amazing job!  The emotions ranged from laughter to tears.  And the reception was great, they had a live band and amazing food!

Robin and Sam, enjoy your honeymoon in New Hampshire!

Gown: Vows

Band: East Coast Soul

Cake: Montilio’s

Flowers: Artistic Blossoms

Planning and Coordination: In the Event

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Flume Gorge Elopement | White Mountains, New Hampshire

Have you heard about the new trend of adventure elopements?!  I would love to take some time today to talk about them and share my thoughts and some advice!

Elopements are a break from traditions, they give the couple freedom from planning a big wedding and lots of overwhelming choices!

When it comes to planning your elopement, the first place to start is what speaks to your soul…

Do you love to hike and spend most of your free time lost in the forest?

Does your heart yearn to travel and you like to visit new places and have a travel bucket list?

Is the ocean your happy place?

Once you have a vision of where you want the wedding to take place…

Start to think about if you want to hike to the location, or do you want a shorter, more accessible walk.  That’s where I come in!  I can help you find the perfect spot; whether it’s deep in the forest or a sweet spot that’s a walk from the road.  I love the White Mountains of New Hampshire and spend lots of free time hiking and exploring there!  This Flume Gorge elopement is the perfect example….most people don’t know that the gorge is open in the winter or what to expect.

Planning Coordination: Alisonmarie Photography

Makeup and Hair: Honey Hair and Beauty

Gown: Shein

Location: Flume Gorge

Planning an adventure elopement and looking for a photographer, email me at brooke@brookeellen.com