Lara & John – A Hildene Wedding

This post is absolutely guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.  Lara has the most infectious smile and almost every picture is all about the joy of the day.  Lara and John’s ceremony and reception were held at the summer home of Abraham Lincoln’s son, the Hildene, in Manchester, VT.  It’s a stunning spot located on a plateau between two valleys, so you’re surrounded by gorgeous views of the mountains.  Lara and her family grew up skiing at Stratton Mountain so it seemed natural for them to get ready there.  We met up with them in one of the condos where the girls got their hair and makeup done.  It was a chilly day but the spirits weren’t dampened by the weather.

Some shots from the girls getting ready:


The mothers of the bride and groom got along famously!


The gardens behind the mansion are a perfect setting for a wedding.


We decided to have the couple see each other in the beautiful gardens.  Lara was only too happy to sneak up on John.

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I loved the little touches of fall around the ceremony:


Lara’s parents escorting her to the ceremony:

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What a stunning view!



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A few details from the reception:


This smile never faded throughout the entire day:

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To see more from Lara & John’s wedding, you can view their slideshow:

Lara & John from Ned Jackson on Vimeo.


I honestly can’t tell you how fun it is to relive this day through these pictures.  It was absolutely as fun as it looks!  Thank you so much to Lara and John for including me in this beautiful day.  Also, special thanks to David DiNisco for making the trek up north with me.


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