today’s love story:
Dan + Juliana’s Fruitlands Museum Wedding
and all the magical moments that made it
Dan + Juliana’s Fruitlands Museum wedding was something that outdoor fall wedding dreams are made of!
Ben + I were originally connected with these two through Juliana’s cousin, Maggie. We met Maggie through her sister, Adrian, who has been at so many of the weddings we’ve photographed. We adore this family and knew this would be a good one! Especially after seeing Juliana + Dan in person at Maggie + Andrew’s Warren Conference Center wedding earlier this summer.
Dan + Juliana are warm + inviting and this day was filled with so much love. When I think back to this wedding, the first thought that comes to mind are all of the warm hugs and all of the gratitude that just ooze from these two and their families.
Even though this was only the second time we had met in person – they felt like familiar friends. That made the day that much more special and it makes me so grateful to have been there with them.
Getting ready was a breeze and Juliana + Dan planned a private first look at Fruitland’s Museum. The tears flowed easily as Juliana spent time with her person, her favorite person in the world, the one that she would marry in just a bit of time. Dan was there to hug, console and make her laugh, as I bet he does so often in their shared lives together.
Their ceremony was officiated by Juliana’s sweet friend Alexa. She did a fantastic job and had everybody rolling with laughter. Dan + Juliana exchanged personal vows and their sentiments were so sweet to listen to. They were heartfelt and open and honest.
After their ceremony, we were photographing guests and turned around to see Dan + Juliana dancing in the field. These are the weddings I live for, where the day is so fully enjoyed and time together is soaked up, like the gift that it is.
As we headed back towards the tent where Dan + Juliana would attend cocktail hour with their family and friends, we paused for pictures in a pocket of beautiful light. Dan remembered that he had skipped parts of his vows, he decided to share the uncut version of his vows with Juliana. Watching them pour through his words were so sweet. Personal vows are everything. It takes so much thought to put all of the feelings that you feel about the person you love most in this world on paper.
We’ve seen so many personal vows this year, and it’s something that I am now newly very passionate about. There’s an extra level of connection and a promise that seems to come from personal vows. Whether they’re shared publicly during the ceremony or privately at some point during the day together. I highly encourage everyone to do this. Though, if prompted, I cannot even imagine Ben Ewing writing personal vows!
The sun began to set just after everyone headed into the tent for dinner and dancing. The light was bright and warm during their first dance, everyone got to turn and see the sunset during the toasts as prompted by Juliana’s beautiful mama.
In Jewish tradition. There was a line dancing in the hora. These traditions are so fun and they’re one of the parts that I love best about photographing Jewish weddings, Emily + Jeremy was one of my favorites.
Dan + Juliana, congratulations! I hope you enjoyed Vermont + the Adirondacks.
DAN + JULIANA’S AWESOME WEDDING VENDOR TEAM
Wedding venue: Fruitlands Museum
Photographer: The Ewings!
Coordinator: Kat Ben-Aroch of Fireside Catering
Officiant: Close friend, Alexa
Flowers: Allison Hassard of Frugal Flower
Wedding Gown: Essence of Australia at Vows Bridal Shop
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Makeup Artist: Carmen Santiago
Hair Stylist: Dellaria Salon
Cake Artist: Fireside Catering
Invitations: Redwood & Vine on Zazzle