On a perfect September day, Molly put on her custom blue wedding dress, and Jared put on his custom made wedding sweater, and the two met atop Mt. Philo in Vermont to embrace one another, share vows in front of their closest family and friends, and literally tie the knot. The day was a gorgeous celebration of their love. We started off the day in Burlington, Vermont where Molly and Jared got ready with their family and friends. Once we were all ready we made our way to Mt. Philo State Forest so the two could share vows over a glorious view of the Vermont valley below, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks in the distance.
Molly & Jared's first look together was one of the sweetest.
It's hard to pick just one special moment, I think for me the thing that really stands were the unexpected and touching details that presented themselves, one being the bouquet situation. We left the handcrafted one from FlowerScout at our rental, but that left opportunity for the family to quickly and sweetly make me another one.
The ceremony was breathtaking, but I feel like that's an obvious thing to say.
After our ceremony we enjoyed home made charcuterie boards inside the Summit Lodge within Mt Philo St Park. The boards that the snacks were served on were hand made by my Father, Mark McDonnell, from a fallen ADK pine tree.
Our Dad's speeches are something I'll never forget. Ed's was heartfelt and witty as he always is, and Mark was overcome with emotion as only a McDonnell Dad could be.
Once heartfelt words were shared, snacks and drinks were had, and Molly & Jared shared their first dance as a married couple, we headed out to take in the views of the valley below and the Adirondack mountains in the distance.
Soon enough it was time to depart Mt. Philo and make our way to the Starry Night Cafe. Before we hit the road, Molly's sister drew the words JUST MARRIED in chalk on their pick up truck.
After a last round of portraits in order to feature the now found FlowerScout bouquet, and to take advantage of the gorgeous property, we headed inside as everyone began to decide on what to eat and drink to celebrate with Molly & Jared.
I think one token of wisdom I would give to any other type A "do it youself-er" is to ask for help and freely delegate tasks to those who offer. With our smaller wedding approach there wasn't the traditional bridal party hierarchy, so I didn't think to pass out certain responsibilities. This over site made for a little more confusion on the day of, but nothing major was amiss!