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It still feels strange to call myself a Burlington Vermont Photographer. I suppose 2015 was an interesting year full of growth, transition, and celebrations! When winter melted away, we suddenly found that we actually do feel at home in our new town of Burlington, Vermont. We will continue to travel at every opportunity, but we have decided to move our official business “home base” to Vermont! While we are surprisingly comfortable here in Burlington, even the most seasoned Vermonters found the need to escape the cold of last winter… Thankfully, a family vacation in February found us in South America for our first visit south of the equator!

In March, we traveled westward to photograph a precious wedding in Southern California, then to Cabo for a mini work-cation! It seems that each season except summer provided a chance to slip back to our southern roots, with wedding and portrait photography work throughout our home state of Georgia, as well as across the southeast from Mississippi to North Carolina. (Hello, barbecue and biscuits!) Summer was best spent in New England, with plenty of juniper-breezy lake time and wedding commissions in New Hampshire and Connecticut. Visits from our family were the highlight, as we were able to share our favorite parts of our new home: the lake and mountain views and farm-to-table fare! September saw us back to California, this time further north for a beautiful vineyard wedding, just north of Sonoma. New and challenging personal endeavors kept us sharp and entertained between the weddings, and life continues to feel astoundingly and undeservedly sweet.

We were honored to photograph [and celebrate] the weddings of several of our closest friends and family this past year, as well as my baby brother’s high school graduation and my longest lasting best friend’s business grand opening. We are ever grateful for the experiences and the visceral inspiration, but the piece we hold onto the tightest is the personal connections–the humanness of each picture we snapped–and the mutual trust that makes the art real and honest. Thank you, my dears! Let’s see what 2016 will be like.

All photography copyright Buffy Dekmar, of Buffy Dekmar Photography, a Burlington Vermont photographer, specializing in fine art film photography and classic, natural, editorial style. Many wedding professionals contributed to the floral design, hair and makeup, wardrobe, venues, and coordinating in the photos above. Please get in touch for more information about contributors and/or photography.

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Oh, Charleston weddings, how I love you! I know no other city more charming than The Holy City. Cobblestone, horse drawn carriages, history, and Spanish moss are the beauty that abounds here. Toss in an Atlantic sea breeze and a pretty couple in love, and I’m in film photography heaven. This particular set of photos is part of an editorial I was honored to shoot at RiverOaks Charleston, for Cottage Hill Magazine’s Homecoming Issue, with a wonderfully kind and talented team (listed and linked below).

When Kaitlin Holland reached out to me about collaborating in a Charleston wedding editorial, I was immediately onboard because of how I love shooting in Charleston. However, having shot mostly in downtown Charleston and on old plantations in the area, I was pleasantly surprised to encounter a unique Charleston wedding venue. RiverOaks combines the quintessential low-country coastal vibe of Charleston with a distinct European countryside experience. The Spanish moss hangs low above organic vegetable garden beds and there is a chicken coop in the distance. Marianne’s soft and warm demeanor radiated through the nuances of the whole property, and Lauren’s children ran happily around the wedding cake. I cherish the experience of this day because of the connections made during our shoot.

Gold on white, grey linen, with touches of light pink , oyster shells, barefoot children… What’s not to love?  Kaitlin really outdid herself on styling this one. The stunning yet playful lettering of scripture and hymns created the perfect balance between whim and reverence. We planned and photographed this event to inspire brides, but really I think we were all inspired ourselves.

Hugs to the team! // Design: Kaitlin Holland // Editorial Sponsor: Cottage Hill Magazine // Venue: RiverOaks Charleston // Makeup: Dannon K Collard  // Lettering: Lettered Life // Floral Design: Fern Studio // Rentals: Simply Put Vintage // Hair: Hair by Alise B. // Dress: White Dresses Boutique // Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids // Photography: Buffy Dekmar

 

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This shoot reminds me how powerful simplicity can be. Such beauty comes from pausing to appreciate the quiet.

What an honor it was to collaborate with Once Wed and Joy Thigpen on this beautiful editorial for a new Atlanta outdoor wedding venue, River Run at Huntcliff. River Run is a charming equestrian setting, situated peacefully on the banks of the Chattahoochee. Natural, serene, and lovely, this venue is just right for a couple wanting to escape the city for an intimate and relaxed wedding celebration. Sun in My Belly provided exquisite catering for this shoot, and the beautiful gown is by Elizabeth Dye, available locally at The Sentimentalist Atlanta.

Visit the Once Wed publication to see more from this shoot and to find ideas for organic, intimate, and understatedly luxurious wedding style.

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Styling and art direction: Joy Thigpen // Dress: Elizabeth Dye via The Sentimentalist // Venue: River Run Equestrian Club

 

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This winter I am excitedly embarking on a new adventure with some of the very best ladies in the wedding industry, including Sara of Wedding Sparrow, Amy Bowley of Bo Boutique, Jen Lewis of Pastel Hair and Makeup, Katie Decker Hyatt of Signora e Mare, and of course my dear Retreat partner, Jessica Gallo of Fine and Fleurie. Our first Retreat Gathering will be held in the Eternal City this December, and I know it will be incredible. This will be a romantic three days, jam-packed with sharing, laughing, bonding, eating, creating, and being inspired and pampered. An exclusive group of photographers from all over Europe and the US will have the opporunity to come together to refuel and recharge and to photograph some seriously beautiful styled wedding and editorial shoots, all while discussing ways we can do our part in elevating the standards for the fine art wedding photography community. I can hardly wait!

Visit the Retreat website to read more about our team and our incredible sponsors.

 

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Coloseum image by Laura Catherine Photography.

 

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This editorial  photo shoot took place at Summerour Studios of Atlanta, in collaboration with Kristine Cholakian of Simply Charming Socials and Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio. Kristine took elements from the well-loved children’s book The Velveteen Rabbit and paired soft grey bunnies with washed watercolors and organic floral design. Paper design by Charlotte Lane, furnishings from Settee Event Decor Rentals, and sweets from Sugar Style Events complimented the beautiful Sun in My Belly brunch for a quaint and nostalgic baby shower inspiration. This collection was featured in Occasions Magazine, Summer 2013 and on Style Me Pretty’s Living Blog.

And here’s a little bit more from this shoot on vintage super 8mm video from Dekmar Films.

OCCASIONS Magazine | Velveteen Rabbit Inspired Baby Shower Editorial Shoot | Super 8mm Film from Chris Dekmar on Vimeo.

2 Responses to Velveteen Rabbit Baby Shower

  1. Ian

    Beautiful as alway. Both the film and the photographs!

  2. Laura Murray

    Love how beautiful this is!!!!

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