Dreamlove Wedding Photography | NH – MA – VT » We specialize in rustic and vintage style documentary wedding photography in Boston, MA, NH, & VT. Our work has been compared to Anthropologie and has an ethereal timeless quality.

Summertime Engagement Session in the Hudson Valley

We love engagement sessions. They give us a chance to get to know and work with couples in a more relaxed setting. Plus, we get to spend time outdoors in nature! Lauren and Nick wanted a summertime engagement photo session in the Hudson Valley and suggested the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, NY. As a big time history fan, I was all for it!

This park was full of scenic overlooks and paths through the trees. It even had a field with hay bales for a more farm friendly backdrop! As tourists left the area before sunset, we were free to wander this gorgeous property in search of scenic spots for photos. Lauren and Nick were complete naturals in front of the camera. Lauren had some great summer-friendly engagement outfit ideas, and we LOVED her 1970’s style Reformation high-waisted jeans.

Already looking forward to spending more time with these two on their wedding day at the historic Crane Estate next August. Scroll down to see more of our favorite Hudson Valley engagement photos from this shoot!

Hyde Park engagement photography in Hudson Valley of NY.Vintage style engagement photography in Hyde Park, NY.Couple with stone wall for Anthropologie engagement photography session in Hudson Valley, NY.Cute natural engagement photo of couple sitting down with ivy in Hyde Park, NY.1970Engagement photo of the groom hugging his bride to be with the Hudson Valley mountains behind.

Hudson Valley Engagement Photos at FDR Park gardens in NY.

Detail photo of the engagement ring during a Hudson Valley Engagement photo shoot.Fine art engagement photography with hay bales and the couple in Hyde Park, NY.Hudson Valley engagement photos in the garden at FDR Park in Hyde Park, NY.Sweet candid engagement photo of the couple in upstate NY.Fine art nature engagement photo of the couple hugging and looking happy in Hyde Park, NY.Scenic landscape engagement photo of the couple in Hudson Valley, NY.Couple kissing on a hay bale during an engagement photo session in FDR Park in Hudson Valley.Sweet close up photo of bride and groom to be during their rustic engagement photo session in Hudson Valley.Engagement photo of couple holding hands and walking down a gravel path in FDR Park in Hudson Valley, NY.

FACEBOOK|PIN THIS|TWITTER|EMAIL

There is a first time for everything. Sarah and Thierry are the first couple that we’ve had the pleasure of photographing twice on their wedding day. Last June they had a lovely and intimate garden wedding. This past June they invited a lot more wedding guests, and had a much larger Sugarbush VT wedding surrounded by the green mountains. Weddings are always such wonderful celebrations, but Sarah and Thierry really upped the ante with theirs–they are expecting a baby this fall!

There was so much to be happy about at this wedding. Wonderful candid and natural moments were everywhere! One of our favorites was the hilarious toast that Thierry’s son gave, in which he revealed his GPA to them. Another was Sarah’s father seeing her for the first time, with Paul Simon’s “Father and Daughter” song playing randomly in the background. Everyone was smiling when Thierry surprised Sarah at the reception by walking out while holding a stereo above his head just like John Cusack in “Say Anything”.

This wedding went so seamlessly well, we asked Sarah if she had any advice for other couples who might be expecting a baby and planning a wedding at the same time. She sent us some incredibly helpful suggestions that we thought we would share! She said, “Setting a wedding date that falls within your second trimester is key, as that’s when most women typically look and feel their best.” Sarah also suggested not taking on too many DIY projects or trying to coordinate the entire wedding yourself. “Between the hormones, work, doctor appointments and baby brain, DIY can get stressful, and then you and your fiancee suffer.” During pregnancy, all emotions are heightened, so making sure you have vendors you trust and a great coordinator for the day is essential. She talked about how important it is for expecting brides to EAT throughout the day! “I lost and hour+ of our reception because I forgot to eat something substantial before the ceremony and wasn’t up to all of the mingling and dancing until after we ate dinner”.  Lastly, she points out how important it is to physically take care of yourself both on the wedding day, and the days following the wedding. Sarah said that wearing flats, and putting your feet up whenever you can throughout the day made a big difference. She added, “Make sure you have at least two days after the wedding to do nothing, just unwind and let your body regulate itself again!”.

Thank you to Sarah and Thierry for trusting us to document the memories of not one, but TWO of your wedding days. We wish your growing family all the best!

Bride and groom kiss after their ceremony at the Sugarbush Resort in VT.View of the field during an outdoor wedding at the Sugarbush Resort in VT.Documentary photo of the bride getting ready for her Sugarbush, VT wedding in June.Groom walks down the staircase at the Sugarbush Resort in VT.Documentary wedding photography of first look at Sugarbush, VT.
Sweet candid photo of the groomNatural wedding photo of the bride and groom before their June wedding in Sugarbush, VT.Expecting bride, 6 months pregnant, sweet photo before her Sugarbush, VT wedding.Simple succulent boutonniere for a rustic Sugarbush, VT wedding.The bride shows off her sparkly flat shoes for the wedding at Sugarbush in VT.Portrait of a small wedding party at the Sugarbush Resort in VT.Bride and groom hold hands during their June wedding at Sugarbush in VT.Sweet natural photo of the bride and groom after their Sugarbush, VT wedding.View of the green mountains from the outdoor wedding venue at Sugarbush, VT.The flower girl and ring bearer walk through the woods before this June wedding in Sugarbush, VT.The bride is accompanied by her parents to walk down the aisle before her summer Sugarbush, VT wedding.An outdoor June wedding ceremony at the Sugarbush Resort in VT.Photo of the bride and groom during their wedding ceremony with Jewish chuppah at Sugarbush, VT.The bride and groom are wrapped in a blanket under the chuppah during their Jewish wedding ceremony at Sugarbush, VT.Great documentary wedding photo of guests during this June wedding at Sugarbush, VT.The bride and groom kiss after their ceremony at Sugarbush in VT.Documentary wedding photography of bride and groom hugging their parents after their June ceremony at Sugarbush in VT.Documentary wedding photography of the bride and groom walking down a path after their Sugarbush Resort wedding in VT.View of the cocktail hour outside of the wedding reception barn at the Sugarbush Resort in VT.Artistic wedding photography of a wedding with Heady Topper beer with Best Day Ever koozies at Sugarbush, VT.Dinner tables are set up for a wedding reception in the barn at the Sugarbush Resort in VT.Protea wedding flowers at this rustic Sugarbush, VT wedding in June.Love these rustic protea wedding bouquets and twinkle lights at the Sugarbush Resort wedding in VT.Fine art photography of wedding dinner tables at Sugarbush, VT.Gorgeous rustic wedding bar with twinkle lights at Sugarbush, VT.View of the outdoor cocktail hour at the Sugarbush Resort, VT for a June wedding.Wedding guests mingle before the outdoor ceremony at Sugarbush in VT.Documentary wedding photography at the Sugarbush, VT in June.Artistic wedding photos during a reception at a June wedding at the Sugarbush Resort in VT.The bride talking with a guest at her Sugarbush, VT wedding in June.Wedding guests mingle during cocktail hour at the Sugarbush, VT.View of the red barn in Sugarbush, VT for a June wedding.Funny photo of the groom holding up a boombox from Say Anything movie during wedding reception at Sugarbush, VT.Documentary photo of the first dance during this Sugarbush VT wedding.Documentary photography of speeches during wedding reception at Sugarbush, VT.Speech by the groomCandid wedding photography of bride and groom listening to speeches during their reception at the Sugarbush Resort in VT.Documentary photo of the wedding band at Sugarbush, VT.Wedding guests dancing during the reception at the Sugarbush Resort in VT.Father daughter dance during this Sugarbush, VT wedding reception.The mother of the groom dances with her son at this Sugarbush VT wedding reception.Guests dance during this reception at Sugarbush, VT.Guests dance during this rustic wedding reception at Sugarbush, VT.Funny photo of guests doing wild dancing at the Sugarbush Resort in VT.The groom pulls out some funny dance moves during his wedding reception at the Sugarbush Resort in VT.Artistic wedding photo of silhouettes against this rustic twinkle light bar at Sugarbush, VT.The bride laughing with friends in the photo booth at her Sugarbush, VT wedding.Dancers at the reception for this Sugarbush wedding in Vermont.The groom and his friends dance during their rustic wedding reception in Sugarbush, VT.Wedding guests dance in the barn at the reception at Sugarbush, VT.Documentary photography of bride and groom

Beautiful view of the Sugarbush Resort barn at night for a rustic wedding reception in VT.

Thanks for the following vendors who played an important role in making this day so amazing:

Wedding Coordinator – Callie Willette with Sugarbush Resort

Custom Rustic Wedding Bar – Jacob Fink  & Elizabeth Brooks

Band – Friends of the groom (thanks to Andrew DiMola)

Florist – Lavender 

Caterer – Sugarbush Resort

Hair & Makeup – Danielle Noel

Bride’s shoes – Betsey Johnson

Bride’s dress – Maggie Sottero

Groom’s suit – Joseph Abboud

Groom’s tie – Calvin Klein

Koozies – Oriental Trading

 

 

FACEBOOK|PIN THIS|TWITTER|EMAIL

Kelsey and Scott’s Hildene Estate wedding in Manchester, VT was nothing short of breathtaking. This was our first time documenting a wedding at this outdoor venue and we were completely smitten. The manicured gardens and scenic landscape at the Hildene was the perfect backdrop for our style of fine art wedding photography, and the light was absolutely magical. Even the wedding guests during the outdoor cocktail hour were commenting on the light, which is usually only a topic of conversation among nerdy photographers! This is the second wedding we’ve had the honor of documenting for a Stone family member… we photographed Kelsey’s cousin’s beach wedding on Cape Cod a few years ago and were so flattered to be invited to another Stone wedding!

Both the bride and groom prepared for the day at the Equinox Resort in downtown Manchester, VT, and had their ceremony nearby at St. Paul’s Church. Guests then headed to the Hildene for cocktails in the garden, followed by a tented reception in the field. One of the most unique things about this estate venue was that it originally belonged to Abraham Lincoln’s son. Members of the Lincoln family actually lived at the house until 1975! The inside of the house has since been turned into a museum, and wedding guests could tour the home and even see one of (only three in the country) Lincoln’s stovepipe hats. Also, FYI to Scott’s mom–I did eventually sneak upstairs to see the hat for myself! :)

Sometimes I think estate weddings can conjure up feelings of “overly fancy”, but Kelsey and Scott created a very relaxed and laid back feel to their reception. They really let the natural beauty of the area be the focus for their wedding, and used simple natural decorations like birch bark place cards (handmade by Kelsey’s mom!) and pastel floral centerpieces designed by Lily of the Valley Florist at the tables.

Congratulations to these happy newlyweds. We had a wonderful time spending the day with the two of you, and your incredibly kind family members and friends. Below are just a few of our favorites from the day… we’ll be sharing the link to the full gallery on our Client Page in two weeks, so please check back to see all of the photos from this lovely day!

Bride and groom at the Hildene in Vermont.View of the gardens at the Hildene wedding venue in Manchester, VT.Bride details of dress and shoes at the Equinox Resort in VT.Artistic wedding photo of bride at the Equinox in Manchester, VT.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-05Documentary photo of father seeing daughter for the first time on wedding day at the Equinox Resort in VT.Artistic reflection photo of bride on the wedding day at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, VT.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-08Bridal party leaving the Charles Orvis Inn on the wedding day in VT.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-10hildene-vt-wedding-photography-11hildene-vt-wedding-photography-12hildene-vt-wedding-photography-13hildene-vt-wedding-photography-14Inside of St. PaulWedding ceremony photos at St. PaulCandid photo of the bride with wedding guests at the Hildene in Manchester, VT.Artistic black and white photo of bride and groom with guests at their outdoor wedding at the Hildene in Manchester, VT.Great candid wedding photo of the father of the groom with friends at the Hildene in Manchester, VT.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-20Bride and groom hug guests during their receiving line at the St. Paulhildene-vt-wedding-photography-22hildene-vt-wedding-photography-23Hildene VT wedding photography, great view of gardens and cocktail hour area.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-25Birch place cards at wedding reception at the Hildene in VT.Reception dinner tent set up at the Hildene in Manchester, VT for an outdoor estate wedding.Handmade guest book for an estate wedding at the Hildene in VT.Ben and Jerryhildene-vt-wedding-photography-30Documentary photo of the bride and groom at their estate wedding at the Hildene in Manchester, VT.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-32Funny groomsmen photo at the estate wedding venue at the Hildene in VT.Bridesmaids in sea green dresses at a summer wedding at the Hildene Estate venue in Manchester, VT.Ethereal wedding photo of bride and groom in the garden at the Hildene Estate in Manchester, VT.Fine art wedding photography of bride and groom at the scenic Hildene Estate venue in Manchester, VT.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-37hildene-vt-wedding-photography-38Hipster wedding photography at the Hildene in Manchester, VT.Unique wedding rings photo on tree stump at the Hildene in Manchester, VT.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-41hildene-vt-wedding-photography-42Great candid moment of wedding guest hugging the bride at the Hildene in VT.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-44hildene-vt-wedding-photography-45hildene-vt-wedding-photography-46Documentary wedding photography of guests at the Hildene in Manchester, VT.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-48Sweet family photo with baby at the Hildene Estate wedding venue in Manchester, VT.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-50hildene-vt-wedding-photography-51Great photo of Colgate college friends at a Hildene wedding in Manchester, VT.View of the reception tent set up at the Hildene Estate wedding venue in Manchester, VT.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-54hildene-vt-wedding-photography-55View of the green mountains from the Hildene Linoln Family Home wedding venue in VT.The band K2 performs at the Hildene Estate wedding venue in Manchester, VT.Hilarious toast photo of best man giving speech at a Hildene wedding in VT.Guests laughing during wedding speeches in the tent at the Hildene in Manchester, VT.Documentary photo of the bride laughing during the maid of honor speech at the Hildene in VT.Photo of the groomsmen doing a ski shot in front of wedding guests during speeches at the Hildene in VT.Groomsmen taking a ski shot whiskey drink during the toasts at the Hildene in VT.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-63Candid moments during the speeches at the Hildene in VT.Artistic wedding photography at the Hildene in VT.Best wedding photo of the band K2 singing with a kid at the wedding reception at the Hildene in VT.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-67Documentary wedding photo of couple dancing during the wedding reception at the Hildene.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-69Bride and groom cut the cake during the wedding reception at the Hildene.hildene-vt-wedding-photography-71Twilight view of the tent during dancing at the Hildene in Manchester, VT.Thanks to the following vendors who helped make this day so incredible:

Nicole Brock, coordinator at the Hildene

Florist – Lily of the Valley

Appetizers, Dinner and Desserts – Pangaea Catering

Birch place cards – Handmade by bride’s mom!

Hair and Makeup – The Green Door Day Spa & Salon

Bride’s shoes – Sole Society

Bride’s dress – Monique Lhuillier

Bridesmaids dresses – J.Crew

Groom/Groomsmen ties – Vineyard Vines

Engagement ring – Cynthia Britt

Wedding Bands – Tiffany’s

Band – K2

Ice Cream – Ben & Jerry’s

Bridesmaid Vermont bags – Maptote

Guest book – Handmade by groom’s aunt!

 

 

 

 

 

FACEBOOK|PIN THIS|TWITTER|EMAIL
Sue Nicholson -

Amazing photography capturing all the best of the best! A beautiful couple, beautiful day, loving family and friends!

Tenley O'Shaughnessy -

Beautiful photography, Dreamlove! Fabulous wedding weekend, Kelsey & Scott and family!