Angela and Josh were married on May 12th, with a ceremony at Nathan’s Garden in Hanover, New Hampshire, and a reception at Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, Vermont.
Angela and Josh’s Outdoor Wedding
Although Angela and Josh moved to Chicago after school—and most of their family and friends live out there, too—they wanted to have a special ceremony at Dartmouth College. Since that’s where they first met, it holds a special place in their hearts.
Prepping for a wedding far from where you live can be hard, though, so I was greatly impressed with Josh’s sister, Clair. Clair acted as the wedding coordinator and made sure all the little details were attended to. She even held Angela’s dress as she walked through the garden! These little things make the biggest difference in a wedding, so having someone there that they trusted completely really took the weight off of Angela and Josh’s shoulders.
Clair wasn’t the only one helping, either. This wedding was almost completely DIY, with decorations made by friends and family. It’s important to have that kind of support structure in any wedding, especially if you want the personal flair that comes with doing the little details right. And speaking of details, this ceremony was truly a DIY inspiration. The garden was transformed into something straight out of a fairy tale.
[h2]An Intimate Ceremony at Nathan’s Garden
Love and support is crucial to the emotional aspect of any wedding, as was clearly the case with Angela and Josh. I love intimate ceremonies for this exact reason: it’s always so moving to have the people a bride and groom hold dearest getting so involved. For Angela and Josh, that meant just about everyone had a part to play. A friend played the violin while Angela walked through the garden. Josh’s mother, Joyce, read during the ceremony, as did his grandmother. And though Angela’s grandmother was in China, her father, John, played a cell phone video of her best wishes. Even though she didn’t say her words in English, it was obvious to me it was a special moment for her family. It’s moments like these—like being able to hear words of wisdom from both grandmothers—that make intimate weddings so special and bring tears to everyone’s eyes.
Another way to avoid stressful weddings is to keep things casual, something I think Angela and Josh excelled at. One of my favorite moments was after they were married when they left to rounds of applause from their friends and family. And even the ceremony still had lighthearted moments, like when they played rock-paper-scissors to see who would read their vows first. You absolutely need fun moments like these to balance out the intense emotions of a wedding day.
This intimate ceremony only had twenty four guests, standing surrounding the couple. Because it was such a small and tightly knit group of friends and family, we did group photos with all of the guests after the conclusion of the ceremony. Nathan’s Garden provided a beautiful outdoor backdrop for these portraits.
Of course, no wedding is complete without a bouquet toss! Angela gathered her guests in an open space in Nathan’s Garden to toss the bouquet amidst smiles and laughter from all who witnessed.
Before we left the enchanted setting from Angela and Josh’s outdoor ceremony, I took advantage of the beautiful decorations at Nathan’s Garden for a few bridal portraits. I love how the flowers hanging in the ceremony area almost look like they are floating in mid-air. And, of course, the soft colors of Angela’s gown picked up the colors in the blooms beautifully.
[h2]The Green at Dartmouth Wedding Photography
After the ceremony, it was time for I headed out with Angela and Josh to the Green at Dartmouth College to take some portraits of the two of them. We did portraits in front of Dartmouth Hall, in front of the Berry Baker Library and next to Rollins Chapel. These stately buildings provided a wonderful backdrop for this New England destination wedding.
Quechee Covered Bridge Wedding Portraits
We then hopped into the car for a drive through the Vermont countryside down to Quechee. There, Josh and Angela posed for pictures by the covered bridge and waterfall. We also did some photos at Quechee Green Park. Meanwhile, their guests gathered at the nearby Simon Pearce Restaurant for dinner and drinks.
Angela and Josh had an image of what they wanted out of their wedding photography already in mind, which was helpful to me as their photographer so that I could shape the scene for them. Thankfully, we had stunning backdrops to work with, and I love the way the image of the covered bridge and the waterfall turned out, especially the way the lighting worked. It’s everything they wanted to highlight about the beauty of their wedding without taking attention away from what’s really important: the bride and groom!
Once we had those portrait images, it was time to split up. Angela and Josh went to join the rest of their friends and family at their reception, leaving me to reflect on a truly enjoyable day spent with wonderful people.
I would love to give a warm thank you to both Angela and Josh, who were absolutely amazing and the greatest pleasure to work with. It was a joy to be your wedding photographer. Their families and friends were also wonderful, and I couldn't have asked for a better group! Congratulations, and know that I’m sending you my best wishes as I get excited to make your Heirloom Wedding Album!
Also, thank you to Oleg for being there and helping to capture additional photos during the day.