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Beauty + The Beast | Kathryn + Seth | Engagement Session | Shelbrune, VT

For weeks, I had been looking forward to this session. I knew it was going to be different from my normal session, and I was just so excited at the theme! When Kathryn first messaged me regarding her wedding in 2019, I immediately picked up on her outgoing personality. Every conversation has been easy going, and it’s clear that her wedding is going to be so much fun!

“We are planning a Beauty and The Beast themed wedding.” What dreamy words to hear for a photographer! I am always eager to see the creativity and design that my couples put into their wedding, and just know that Kathryn and Seth’s big day will be absolute magic!

Planning their engagement session was a little tricky. We wanted a location that resembled similarities to the castle in the Disney movie and believe it or not, castles in far away lands are quite hard to come by. After much research, they settled on The Shelburne Farm Inn in VT which was literally spot on for what we were searching for. 

Don’t get me wrong– the venue was gorgeous, but the weather was even more incredible the day of their session! I never kid when I tell people in my southern travels that the weather in New England transitions from summer to winter faster than lightening sometimes. Hot and humid to cold and windy in a split minute. We barely missed the crisp fall weather last Sunday, but really it all worked out. Despite the cold and outrageous wind, the session went off amazingly! Kathryn, bless her soul, was a trooper. She wore the perfect dress and heel combo to match the Belle theme, and rocked every minute of her session without basically turning into an ice cube.

With the help of two of their friends, we moved fast through each location, only stepping out for a few moments at a time. I am not kidding when I say the wind literally would take our breath away. It pierced any exposing skin, poor Seth looked like he was crying (eyes were watering) from the wind cutting his eyes. Everyone who participated was a rock star, but all brownie points go to Seth and Kathryn for braving the session in those conditions. I literally am so thankful that they stuck it out and did all my suggestions without hesitation, because they could have easily said “NOPE!”. The day turned out so fun and I am incredibly eager for their wedding! Enjoy my personal favorites from their session!!


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