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LEXI & JAKE // JULY 1, 2017 // TACONIC HOTEL, MANCHESTER, VERMONT

last july i got to photograph the wedding of lexi & jake. jake is a man with few words but knows how to use them to send all into bursts of laughter! lexi, stylish, fun, sweet, laid back and her laugh when jake makes her laugh is just priceless and stuck in my head while editing these images!

their wedding day was a gorgeous day..some rain clouds lurking in the sky, but was pure magic by the time the ceremony was ready. with father's day coming up, this wedding has so much heartfelt dad-details i just LOVED! see the ceremony "set" in the backyard of the Taconic Hotel? yes, lexi's father build that all with his two hands. how GORGEOUS and PERFECT is this set? the double doors they walked through and the window panes on the sides...talk about a personal touch! (clearly rob, i am still impressed!)

what was also really unique was that both lexi and jake's father officiated the ceremony! there were lots of laughs, wet eyes and cheers of joy! well done and felt so special. 

thank you for having me with you to capture this gorgeous day!

XOXO 

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Venue // Taconic Hotel

Florist // Carrs Florist

Band // Silver Arrow Band

Rings // Perrywinkles

Dress // BHLDN 

Earrings // made by bride's mother

Shoes // Steve Madden

Groom's Attire // Men's Wear House

Invitations // Vistaprint

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SOUTH AFRICA //

one of my brides from 2015 (looking at you Ali!) and i swapped travel stories - i in europe, she in africa. and i won't forget what she said at our consultation:

"there is life, and then there's life after africa."

holy cow. i literally don't even know where do start. other than how i am in love, left my heart in and obsessed with south africa. 

my favorite parts:

zebras

fever trees

the bananas

the foamy milk in the lattes

malva pudding

the sugar cane fields

the indian ocean 

political questions brewing

first things first. we learned some quick Zulu phrases, because i won't say no to some new friends. we were lucky to meet some locals at the airport to gave us tips like how to drive on the other side of the road & introduced us to the fields of sugar cane & the indian ocean. (those beautiful sugar cane fields! i fantasized running in them!)

then the ultimate key was having the best safari driver, ever. graison literally made our entire trip! aside from everyone in the truck having a massive crush on him, graison knew everything about everything. it was like being in a live Planet Earth documentary with a front row seat. on the 2nd night, i asked david while walking back to our room what his favorite part of the safari was and he said "ummm...graison. he knows everything, he is so interesting and passionate about what he does." there wasn't a single answer he didn't know, and i was convinced he grew up as Mogley from the Jungle Book. he could give latin names of animals, plants, call birds from his cell phone, tell you which tree would kill you, what the impala ate for breakfast that day, how many cousins the monkey has and all their names (ok, maybe not that, but you get what i mean!) so graison, if you are reading, we are your biggest fans and you are just above and beyond what you do!

safaris were literally living in the Lion King. we went twice a day, sunrise & sunset and let me tell you, there is so much drama in the jungle. everything i know about Africa comes from the Lion King, which to Disney's credit was impressively accurate. the animals were so mesmerizing. so surreal to watch a giraffe gracefully walk by, or have an elephant charge the car, or watch a stuffed cheetah roll around in the tall grass after a big meal. it's what you see in movies and tay swift music videos. so humbling to know these creatures are here with us.   

we made friends with the staff of the resort, i lured them in with my SAWUBONAS & we befriended Sipho, our waiter! we felt so fancy having our afternoon Amarula on the porch and even more enjoyable chatting with new safari friends! all from a contest i won through the Vermont Professional Photographers (which was open to the public, which you could have won!)

such amazing memories and an unforgettable experience in south africa. can not wait to go back to explore more (there is so much to see!)

XOXO

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i found this little friend while photographing the sugar cane.

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we went to a pineapple farm & had the most amazing pineapples. ever.

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graison, our amazing safari driver!

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our new friend, Sipho!

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trinkets.

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cue ALL the political questions *now* - anyone wanna join me for a south african book club? we can discuss over red lattes.

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NGIYABONGA, HAMBA KAHLE. XOXO

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FRANCE & SWITZERLAND //

david and i had one last adventure before my wedding season started. our main destination was south africa, but we swung into europe for a pit stop. my childhood best friend has been living in geneva the past couple of years and i thought i should check in and see how life is for him. he created this incredible adventure & detox 3 day tour that all started & ended at the geneva airport.

ok, it was more like 2.5 days, and boy did we conquer a lot! we spent most of the time in france, in annecy & charmonix, where we found the most beautiful streets, the most incredible mountain tops, the best cheese & wine, not to mention berets, thermals & literally the tallest mountain in all of europe!

SO.MANY.ADVENTURES. XOXO

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my favorite part was when the sunrise burned off the clouds : that gigantic & jaggedy alp peeking out had me freaking out.

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ok. we are going to need to look at this next photo, closely. 

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!!!

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so then andy hijacked my camera and pushed us off a mountain top with nothing but a parachute & frenchman attached!

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C'EST LA VIE! XOXO

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