J+S: Traditional German Wedding in Mendon, Vermont

julia oswald & stephen clifton


Julia and Stephen got married on a beautiful quintessential Vermont day in the woods of Mendon, VT. It was drizzly, and every flora in sight looked lush and bursting with life.

Julia found me through Instagram (all that hashtagging and frantic caption-writing is 100% worth it!) last year and, to my delight, fell in love with my work.

She and her partner, Stephen, have been living in Boston for about a year and a half. Like many of my couples, they knew they wanted a Vermont destination wedding. Who wouldn’t?

The Red Clover Inn was the perfect choice for them. It was a good size for their intimate reception, and it had beautiful scenery all around it for photo ops.

This custom-made wax seal stamp with their initials on it was a great touch! The little details, such as this and the ring box above, told me early-on during the wedding that great love and care was put into this wedding.

They are a power couple for sure: Stephen works in IT after having served in the Air Force for about 8 years. Julia is a scientist at the prestigious Schepens Eye Research Institute working towards a cure for blindness (It's MUCH more complex than this, but we'd need a PhD in biology to understand what she does every day).

Many of Julia's family members traveled from Germany for her special day.

Her grandmother and I bonded despite the language barrier. She would encouragingly nod at me throughout the day, which made me love her immediately.

Julia and Stephen met in the same way that about half (yes, HALF) of my couples meet: online.

The Mendon Inn has many great rooms to choose from while getting ready.

Julia looked like an old-timey movie star: classically gorgeous.

Julia's First Look with her father. Lots of weeping ensued, as you can imagine.

J & S met in the UK and fell in love quickly, and I can see why.

The rain drizzled outside, but the barn was cozy and beautiful.

They say that true love is a love of the soul. And I can say that when Julia and Stephen look at each other, there’s so much passing between them: love, of course.

But also reassurance, acceptance, and kindness. (All things we need more of in this world.)

Their wedding was full of German customs.

As part of the custom seen above, the newlyweds each take a side of a long saw and cut a piece of wood in half.

This represents working together to solve a problem.

The crowd hooted and hollered as Julia and Stephen sawed at the wood (bet YOU can’t do that in a wedding dress!).

Another German custom is the practice of hanging baby clothes on a line after the ceremony. Julia had her heart set on tying the clothes up underneath the apple tree outside-- and the rain held off, just for her.

Guests gifted gorgeous baby clothes to the happy couple, and Stephen and Julia seemed quite excited about the idea of a family.

They were simply over the moon.

Though it was lightly raining outside, we took the time to create some stunning indoor photos.

The instant camera was a huge hit!

The Inn had a bright reception area that was perfect for celebrating.

I loved that this cake-topper was gifted from Julia's parents, who used it for their own wedding cake!

The father-daughter dance had everyone laughing and crying. Julia and her dad have a wonderful bond, and they were a joy to photograph together.

Julia and Stephen, thank you so much for this experience. Your sweetness toward each other is my most prominent memory from the day.

When we snuck away to take some portraits during the reception, you two started cuddling on the chairs. I remember thinking that you two are each other's quiet, safe place when the world is a little noisy.

I wish you nothing but the best. CONGRATULATIONS!


Venue: Red Clover Inn, Mendon, Vermont

Dress: Amelie

Hair: Rose Bolintiam – https://www.facebook.com/blushsalonandbeautylounge/

Cake: Dellveneri's Bakery - https://www.facebook.com/DellvenerisBakery/

Bouquets: Debbie Crowley- https://www.vtcountryflowers.com/

Thank you as well to Chelsea for her wonderful lighting assistance!

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