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Real New England Wedding

Sourcebook

Photographer: Sam Simon

“I knew when I met you an adventure would happen” - A. A. Milne By Linda Ruel Flynn

This could not be truer when it comes to Keegan and Emily. So it was no surprise their wedding would feel adventure-like. They met as college students in Burlington, Vermont. Emily at the University of Vermont, Keegan at Champlain College. Over the ten years together leading to their marriage they snowboarded the U.S., hiked the mountains of Vermont, jumped into rivers, traveled to music festivals, refurbished a school bus into a camper traveling across the U.S., settled in Truckee, CA for a year, got a puppy, bought a house in Vermont, fell in love with Costa Rica-where Keegan proposed and soon after the adventure of wedding planning began. The wedding planning culminated in a three day party, complete with enormous bonfire, on the shores of Lake Champlain at Basin Harbor in Vergennes, Vermont. A warm and breezy day in July friends and family gathered to witness and celebrate. A close friend, Chris officiated the ceremony. Chris created a ceremony that truly spoke to Keegan and Emily’s love of nature and the power of the universe. From the beginning of planning it was important to Keegan and Emily that this event be laid back, not fussy, be blue (paying homage to the enormous blue hydrangea of Emily’s childhood on the Jersey shore)-white and green, incorporate hand-made elements whenever possible and be absolutely fun. Believe me, it hit all those marks with Friends and family members pitching in to make it happen. Hand made elements began with hand-painted invitations by Flora-Ly Studios aka Keegan’s mom, Linda Ruel Flynn. The branches of green leaves and blue hydrangea water colored on each of the invitations were carried through the escort cards and table names. Wedding favors were birch branch planters made by Keegan’s dad and filled by Emily with a variety of succulents and moss. Family spent the year gathering clear bottles, old and new, to create Emily’s vision of table scapes of single white flowers and greens in a variety of bottles on white linen. Emily and her Mom spent hours getting the right flower into the right bottle. Once guests added their birch branch succulents to the table the vision was complete and it was as magical as Emily had envisioned. Basin Harbor is a sprawling compound of waterfront, cabins, hotel, golf course and walking trails. A golf cart to get around is a must. Needless to say when a groom and his five groomsmen climb into one hilarity ensues. Especially when the best man is 6’5”. The bouquets, boutonnières and were made by Keegan’s mother, Linda of Flora-Ly Studios. The bouquet elements had significance to the bride and groom. The bouquets were blue hydrangea from Emily’s family home in New Jersey, white hydrangea from Keegan and Emily’s garden, white peonies from Alaska-Keegan’s favorite flower and a homage to his grandmother- with flowers from Green Mountain Floral to round out the beauty. Emily and Linda decided on the flowers after a couple of trips to Green Mountain Floral and chats with their helpful staff. The ceremony arrangements carried through the elements of blue, white and green. After some guidelines from Linda, Keegan and Emily’s parent’s did a great job putting these together. Jacob Albee of Burlington, Vermont crafted the wedding bands. Keegan’s is meteorite and platinum. Emily’s is platinum. All photographs by Sam Simon of Sam Simon Imaging, Burlington, Vermont. “Sam is a photographer based in Burlington, VT where he lives with his wife and three children. His work covers his wide range of interests, but his wedding photography stands out. He has a way of connecting with couples and putting them at ease, which allows him to get to the heart of your vision. He will document your day in his unique journalistic style with images that are creative, personal, and capture all the emotion of the occasion.” http://www.samsimonimaging.com 22

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