Bishop | Ziolkowski Wedding
On July 19th, I had the pleasure of being a part of this lovely couples big day. Theodora and Dan were amazing to work with. They were planning their wedding from another state, but I noticed immediately how polite and easy-going they both were. I was excited to meet them when I finally had the chance to drive up to Dan’s parents property in Wheelock, Vermont. I was greeted with warm hugs, gluten free cookies and fresh coffee. We sat on the back porch overlooking impeccable gardens, blueberry bushes, bee hives and hummingbirds. I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful place for the couple to get married. As we went over the final details, and did a walk through of the big day, I couldn’t wait to see the event come together.
On the day of the rehearsal, I got to meet Dan and Theodoras amazing family members, officiant, and wedding party. Everybody was so kind and inviting, but most importantly, incredibly excited for the soon-to-be newlyweds. With the most beautiful weather we could imagine, we ran through the ceremony, double checked every last detail, and the happy family enjoyed their dinner together.
The wedding day had finally arrived! My team and I arrived at the Bishops and I was immediately impressed with how much the family had done! I was so impressed with both families willingness to help. Aunts were ironing table cloths, groomsmen were running errands, the groom was mowing the lawn and friends were decorating the arbor with beautiful flowers. What was probably most impressive, was when someone had mentioned the need for a little more privacy between the catering tent and the reception tent. Dans dad immediately hopped in his truck and disappeared. I wondered where he had gone, but we had a ton of other things to do and it quickly escaped me. About 20 minutes later, he returned with a huge pine tree he had cut down, dug a hole and stuck it in the ground. It was the perfect size tree and provided a natural and beautiful visual wall between catering and the reception. I couldn’t believe how resourceful this family was! Speaking of Fred and trees, the family had also cut down skinny birch trees and wrapped them around the tent poles, adorning them with beautiful copper LED lighting. When you walked into the tent, you no longer felt you were in a tent but instead in a beautiful fairytale. I will certainly recommend that element for any future bride.
It was getting closer to “showtime” and Theodora and Dan couldn’t have been more relaxed and calm. For them, the day was all about vowing their undying love to each other. It was about the marriage, and not just the party and I had no doubt in my mind that their marriage would last a lifetime.
Dan looked so handsome in his tux, the groomsmen and bridesmaids were dressed to the nines in beautiful chiffon baby blue dresses, and tuxes, but let’s be honest. It’s all about the bride and her amazing dress. I walked into the house to check on Theodora and see how she was doing and was stunned with her beautiful dress. She looked so beautiful and the dress she chose was an amazing compliment to her permanent smile.
The wedding was an evening comprised of laughter as we watched both the mother son and father daughter dances, tears as we listened to some of the speeches made during the reception, admiration as we watched Dan and Theodora flawlessly waltz around the dance floor, and pure happiness for the newlyweds.
I can’t thank this lovely couple enough for allowing me to take part in their special day. As I’ve mentioned in this post, I was incredibly impressed with both the bride and groom and their family and friends. It was a dream wedding on a perfect day and I wish them both all of the happiness in the world.
Kelsey Dewitt is an amazing photographer and friend of Theodoras and was kind enough to share her photos with etc & co so we could share them with you! I’ve included some of my favorites, but all of her photos were gorgeous! You can check out her work here.