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Elena & Johan/West Mountain Inn, Arlington Vermont

West Mountain Inn, Arlington, Vermont

Dan & I headed up to beautiful Vermont for Elena & Johan's big day. It was perfect weather and an even more perfect setting amongst the green mountains. Elena & Johan along with their family and friends were such a pleasure to photograph. The whole day was so relaxed and just good energy. Exactly what you would think and expect from a Vermont wedding.
Here is their story:

How we met:

We met when we were young professionals working in Washington, DC. We both worked for think tanks where the young people from both organizations would always socialize together. As a result, we were friends for a long time before we began dating. Over time, we moved in together, adopted a cat together, weathered each other's graduate school experiences, and began planning for the future.

The Proposal:

We decided together that we would get married, although Johan still had a proposal planned. He is from Sweden, and in December 2012 we traveled to Stockholm to begin a Christmas trip to visit his family and friends. The funny thing is that Johan was doing work in Africa the week before the trip, and so he didn't feel comfortable traveling so much with the ring. So Elena carried it with her to Sweden! He booked a beautiful hotel room right on the water in Stockholm. After his proposal, we met friends in the hotel lobby for some champagne, and then went out dancing all night long! The whole city was decorated so beautifully for Christmas -- it was wonderful.

The wedding:

There was no question that we would get married in Vermont. Elena's parents' vacation home is one of our favorite places, and the wedding was the perfect opportunity to bring everyone together in such a beautiful place. We were so pleased to find out that a lot of people followed our suggestions and went out hiking, kayaking, and swimming that weekend! So many of Johan's friends and family traveled from Sweden for the occasion, and so we really tried to incorporate some Swedish traditions into the event, including having two close friends as Toastmasters, Schnapps toasts, and other fun things. The officiant was our close friend that brought everyone to tears. The wedding weekend had perfect weather, with blue skies breaking over the mountains just after the ceremony. The people, the location, the flowers, the music: everything was perfect. We wish we could do it all over again!

Elena & Johan

Mom helping Elena put the finishing touches on.

In the next two images you'll see my army of photographers I travel with. This assures me of NEVER missing a shot. Now if I can only get them to put their phones down and use the cameras I taught them on... ;)

Dad's reveal seeing his beautiful daughter as a bride for the first time.

The next several images were all shot on the beautiful grounds of the Inn.

What a spot for a wedding!!

The reception was held in a restored barn.

Elena getting ready for a crazy night of dancing. :)

Their first dance which also included the parents.

Classic hora festivities.

I think Johan's dad had the best time of all. :)

There were lots of speeches of love through the night.

Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:42PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | CommentsPost a Comment

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