Sarah & Andrew’s Backyard Vermont Wedding
Hello! Faith, here, Andy’s wife and second shooter. We’ve had a long absence on this blog mainly due to the fact that Andy has been doing a lot of corporate and conference event work and we’ve been knee deep in community impact work. We try to stick to wedding material on this blog but perhaps it’s time to branch out. Andy is now on the District Advisory Council for AISD (Austin Independent School District); he has been on several committees tasked with increasing diversity in East Austin schools; we’ve been working on and succeeded in bringing the first public Montessori program to an AISD school; Andy is co-vice president of the University Hills Neighborhood Association and has been sinking his teeth into more initiatives that I can remember at the moment! Needless to say, we stay really busy between all of our volunteering and hanging out with our 2 year old daughter February!
I’m from Vermont and we aim to visit once per summer and right after Christmas every year. My younger sister Sarah, who currently resides in Georgia, had been engaged for over a year and a half to Andrew without settling on a wedding plan. Sarah doesn’t have the plan-a-party gene. I kept offering to use my experience attending weddings as a photographer to help her plan a celebration, but none of my ideas seemed right. Ultimately she decided that since Andy and I and several Aunts and Uncles were trying to coordinate visits to Vermont that it was the perfect moment to have a simple backyard wedding at Grandma’s house. And she decided this two weeks in advance of the date! Grandma and her home has been a gathering place for us that makes us feel so safe, special, and loved ever since we can remember. Her homestead has a large beautiful garden and a red barn so it was also a great aesthetic choice for nice photographs. She picked the date in the middle of the week based on a rule that you have to get your marriage license a certain number of days in advance of your wedding. The guest list was her relatives that would be in Vermont. Everyone took initiative to add something to the day. Aunt Emily and Cousin June went to Party City for decorations. Dad volunteered to grill steaks. Grandma and Aunt Anne made several large batches of potato salad and broccoli salad and booked the Justice of the Peace. Andrew bought an outdoor speaker and queued up music via his iPhone and helped Andy build the tent rental. Sarah headed to the fabric store and created the sweetest pendant garland. I coordinated several local wedding vendors to provide a cake, floral, and hair and makeup for Sarah. Thank you to Missing Piece Bakery, Flowers by Debbie, and Salon Elixir for helping us on such short notice. Andy of course was the wedding photographer! It’s so nice to share her wedding photos and a glimpse to this corner of Vermont that is so near and dear to my heart.
Sarah and Andrew’s first look
Then we walked around and took Bride & Groom Portraits
That Post Wedding Glow!
Everyone who came! Andy, Ru and I are on the far left.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry