I've been SO excited to share this elopement with you. Caitlin and Derek reached out to me last summer and I was lucky enough to meet them for a beer before they finalized any of their wedding plans. We had a great time together and it was immediately evident 1) that they were going to be awesome to work with, 2) they were so smitten with each other and 3) how incredibly thoughtful both of them were about the planning process. They wanted a day that meant something to each of them and were so invested in creating a space that felt right for their relationship.
We planned their elopement hike on a Friday afternoon. That morning was rainy and dreary outside (as many of our "Spring" days in Vermont have been this year), and I was worried that they wouldn't get an ideal sunset. In the spirit of keeping things real and honest we were prepared to embrace whatever weather came our way, but luckily for us - the clouds broke and it ended up being absolutely perfect light with a beautiful sunset.
We adventured up Stowe Pinnacle and as we reached the summit a golden glowy light was streaming through the clouds out in the distance. Immediately, we were all even more excited and hurried to start documenting our time together.
Caitlin and Derek both wrote their own vows. Out of respect for their privacy I will not share them here -- but know that it took some self restraint to not burst out in tears during their ceremony. The three of us were alone with the peace and quiet of a gentle wind at the top of the mountain. Their words were beautiful, and I am honored to have been witness to them. And, on top of being their elopement photographer -- I was asked to be their temporary officiant. It was really such a cool, beautiful, awesome afternoon.
Okay, enough blabbering from me -- please enjoy the images below! Caitlin and Derek -- thank you both for trusting me to photograph this elopement for you. As you know, I had a wonderful time. I would love to get a beer with you next time you're in Vermont! <3