Driving west from the mountains toward Vermont I'm noticing how pastoral the land becomes. The mountains turn to rolling hills and the grey granite turns to lush green fields. What a beautiful place to photograph. Lily and Austin gave me a great excuse to appreciate the lushness of the Connecticut River Valley as I drove to Plainfield NH for their wedding. The co-pastors of Meriden Congregational Church have known Lily for 20 years, the longest they have every known anyone who's wedding they've officiated. That connection was palpable in the deeply personal ceremony. I think we were all especially moved by Austin's sister's reading of the velveteen rabbit. What a lovely metaphor being "real" is to love.
And then their was the reception at Lily's childhood home. I love when people are married in personal locations because it increases the emotional value of the place captured in the photos. This place was carefully crafted and impeccably decorated. There is so much love present in this home!
As you may have guessed, this was a great wedding and I trust the marriage will be even greater. Congratulations Lily and Austin.