Weddings Through The Eyes Of The Professionals Who Make Them Happen

As wedding season comes to a close for the year we wanted to take some time to reflect on weddings and why we are in the wedding business. We asked our fellow Vermont wedding professionals to pitch in with what they like most about people’s big days and here is what they said:

Sarah Moran
Cloud 9 Caterers


“My favorite moment is when everything finally comes to fruition.  When you see all of the details, small or large, put into place and it is like a big crescendo.  With the timing of so many moving pieces and the different wedding vendors that you get to work with, it is really rewarding to finally see it in motion.  I also love to see the bride when she first comes out because that is one part we aren’t really involved in; the dress, the hair and makeup, I love seeing her big reveal!”


Jaclyn Schmitz
Jaclyn Schmitz Photography

“I love capturing candid moments and couples who want to celebrate in their own fun way instead of the “traditional” way. It adds so much personality to the photos. I’ll never forget my couple who paddle boarded in their wedding attire (on the wedding day!), or the couple who used geeky literary couples for table numbers, or the straight military dad who busted into a crazy choreographed dance with the bride, etc. It is so fun to be there to capture those moments!”

Nikole Branch Seavy
Little Branch Events

little branch events
Photo By: Sarah Cocina

“I’m such a sap! I love the speeches and toasts. I’ve gotten to know the bride and groom very well through the planning process, and it just warms my heart and usually sends a trickling tear down my cheek to hear such sweet, honest,heartwarming, once in a lifetime things being said about each of them by the people who truly love them the most and know them the best. It’s one of my favorite parts of the event!”

Michael Tallman
Michael Tallman Photography

Michael Tallman

“I love those first few minutes of pure chaotic joy immediately following the ceremony when the couples are hugging and celebrating with all of their closest friends and family. The light is starting to get amazing, everyone is happy and nobody cares when I get right into the middle of it with my cameras.”

Sarah Porter
Two Of Us Wedding Photography

“I adore the moment, somewhere in the day, when the bride and groom realize that all their planning, hard work, and stress has led to a day uniquely their own, with all their loved ones surrounding them, and they can relax and bask in that feeling! As a photographer, I love watching that transformation occur, and capturing the pure joy of the moment.”

Talena Shannon
Premier Entertainment & Events

“Weddings are a celebration of love. Seeing the reactions of parents, grandparents and other tenured couples throughout the day is my favorite part. You can see them reenact their own wedding moments in their mind and give their spouse a loving touch or look and they don’t have to say anything to each other, they instantly remember their own love story.”

Nance W. Trombley
Keepsakes By Nana

“My joy is working closely with the couple to create custom wedding accessories that capture their personality. When their items are complete and I see those smiles. That warms this Nana’s heart.”

Jackie Watson
VT Enchanted Events

“My favorite part of the wedding is that last moment when you tell the bride and her dad to take a deep breathe, make sure her gown is in that perfect place and watch them take that pivotal walk down the aisle that will begin the new journey that each family member is embarking on!”

Lis Oliveira
Lis Photography

“My favorite time is to photograph the bride right after she gets ready. I know I can help her to relax and to concentrate more in herself and in the moment, making her feel more confident. It’s a needed slow down moment for her. I feel so happy when I get at least 45min time slot for that.”

June Banks
Snaffle Sweets

“I so rarely get to see the couple’s reaction to the cake. That would be my favorite part. So it is great to get a thank you card, email or even a phone message about how great/perfect it was for them.”

Crickett Polis
Polis Photography

“My favorite shot of the day is when the couple and the bridal party are introduced and they all do their silly things when they come in… some of the best pictures.  Especially when the crowd is going wild for the bride and groom!”

Kendrick Bellows
Wunder Bar & Co./Island Catering

“Favorite part, meeting family and discussing/tasting! You can really learn a lot at that meeting.”

Morgan Perrone
Valley Flower Company

“I absolutely love the first meeting, it’s always filled with excitement! I love seeing their ideas for flowers and combining my thoughts with theirs to create something truly unique for them.”

Vivian Infantino
Make Up Artist


“I loved this moment when the bridesmaids surrounded the bride who was having a Sikh ceremony before her civil ceremony. This moment when she’s surrounded by friends she’d known since childhood really made me stop and think about the rite of passage and ritual surrounding a wedding.”

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