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Total Solar Eclipse Wedding at Jay Peak | Vermont Intimate Wedding

Why Have a Wedding at Jay Peak?

Nestled in the northern most point of Vermont's Green Mountains, Jay Peak stands at 3,968' elevation. It's stunning views from the summit offer couples a wedding experience unlike any other. Saying "I do" at Jay Peak Resort is truly an unforgettable experience.

Scenic Views from Jay Peak Summit

Jay Peak's breathtaking scenery is the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. Imagine exchanging vows with panoramic views of rolling hills, lush forests, and clear blue skies stretching as far as the eye can see.

Jay Peak Wedding Amenities

Jay Peak Resort's unparalleled amenities and world-class service ensure that your wedding day is nothing short of perfection. From customizable packages tailored to your unique vision to attentive staff dedicated to bringing your dreams to life, every detail is meticulously planned and executed with care. Whether you're hosting an intimate affair or a grand celebration, Jay Peak's experienced wedding team will go above and beyond to create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

Recreation

Jay Peak offers endless opportunities for both adventure and relaxation. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking and mountain biking in the summer, there's no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy. Plus, with luxurious accommodations, award-winning dining options, and a full-service spa, you and your guests can indulge in a weekend of pampering and relaxation before and after the big day.

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Where to Stay in Jay

When it comes to finding the perfect place to stay at Jay Peak Resort, three options stand out for their combination of comfort, convenience, and amenities.

Hotel Jay

Offering unparalleled access to the resort's amenities and attractions, the Jay Peak Resort Hotel is a top choice for couples and families alike. With spacious rooms, stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and convenient access to the resort's restaurants, bars, and activities, guests can enjoy a relaxing and unforgettable stay. Plus, amenities like a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor water park, and full-service spa ensure that there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Tram Haus Lodge

For those seeking a luxurious mountain retreat, the Tram Haus Lodge delivers with its upscale accommodations and prime location at the base of the mountain. Featuring stylishly appointed rooms and suites, gourmet dining options, and easy access to the Tram Haus Lodge Aerial Tramway, guests can experience the ultimate in comfort and convenience. Plus, amenities like a heated outdoor pool, hot tubs, and fitness center make it easy to relax and unwind after a day of adventure on the slopes.

Slope-side Condominiums

Ideal for families and groups, Jay Peak's slope-side condominiums offer the perfect blend of space, privacy, and convenience. With a variety of layouts and configurations to choose from, guests can enjoy all the comforts of home, including fully equipped kitchens, cozy living areas, and private balconies with stunning mountain views. Plus, with ski-in/ski-out access to the mountain and close proximity to the resort's restaurants, shops, and attractions, these condominiums provide the perfect home base for an unforgettable mountain getaway.

Things to do around Jay Peak Wedding

Skiing

Jay Peak offers world-class skiing and snowboarding for you and your wedding guests. But there are also other nearby resorts worth exploring, such as Burke Mountain Resort and Smugglers' Notch Resort. Each offers its own unique terrain and amenities for winter sports enthusiasts.

Hiking + Mountain Biking

Lace up your boots and hit the trails to explore the natural beauty of the Green Mountains. Nearby trails like the Long Trail and the Hazen's Notch Association trails offer scenic hikes with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The resort has great biking trails, but I also suggest visiting the Kingdom Trails network!

Lake Memphremagog

Located just a short drive from Jay Peak, Lake Memphremagog offers opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Take a scenic cruise on the lake or relax on the shores and soak up the sun.

Scenic Tram Ride

If you're not planning on a summit ceremony, you should definitely take a ride on the Jay Peak Aerial Tramway! Soar to the summit for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. It's a breathtaking experience that offers unparalleled photo opportunities and a chance to connect with nature at its most majestic.

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Bryn + Shawn's Total Solar Eclipse Wedding

Pre-Wedding Adventure Session

Bryn + Shawn love to ski. They've traveled the world, exploring ski areas across the globe. So it was no question that their wedding would revolve around skiing. But in all honesty, they weren't too enthralled with the idea of wedding photography. They didn't want getting ready photos or to do a first look. Nor did they care much about photographing their reception. They really just wanted their ceremony and family photos captured alongside the eclipse. But when I mentioned that we could do a skiing adventure session the day before their wedding, they jumped at the opportunity!

I met them at their Slope-Side Condo for a few portraits with their very special fur baby. No, not their dog. Not their cat. Meet Percy, their adorable one-eyed bunny! Once Percy started to get a little camera shy, we hit the slopes and had SO much fun the mountain. After a few runs, we were joined by a few of their friends for additional photos.

Wedding Day During the Eclipse

The next day was wedding day. Also the total solar eclipse, whose path was directly over Jay Peak. We took the tram up to the summit along with their 40 guests. Excitement was brewing as the moon had taken it's first bite out of the sun. Upon arrival at the top, we hurried to the rocky, snowy ridge for a few photos of the soon-to-wed couple. They were greeted with high fives, hoots and hollers, shouts of "I love your dress!" and other encouraging sounds from the 100+ eclipse viewers already at the peak.

The next hour was filled with family photos and occasional glances towards the sky as we approached ceremony time. Bryn + Shawn had planned their ceremony to go in time with the eclipse. The moon continued to make it's presence known and before long the lighting turned to an eerie dusk. It wasn't your typical sunset lighting. There was something mystical and magical about it. And so, with just a few minutes before totality, the ceremony began.

The air got cold and we all huddled around the couple who were in complete awe of their surroundings. Just as the moon made it's final step to cover the sun, Bryn + Shawn slid their rings onto each other's fingers. Pronounced husband and wife, they kissed and looked up at the marvel floating in the sky before them. Brought to tears, they hugged and couldn't stop trembling with adrenaline and excitement as they celebrated through the fleeting moments of totality with their friends and family. WOW! Just WOW! A moment forever to be remembered.

Immediately following their ceremony, they were asked to be part of a LIVE interview
with a local news channel! Check out their interview here.

How to Photograph a Wedding During an Eclipse

Protect Yourself and Your Equipment

There are two items that you MUST have in order to photograph and experience an eclipse. The first are a pair of approved solar eclipse viewing glasses. These are thousands of times darker than regular sunglasses, so don't try to get away with that! Viewing the eclipse without proper eyewear can be permanently damaging and lead to blindness.

Secondly, you'll need to protect your camera. Photographing the direct sun can destroy your camera if it does not have a solar filter attached. I know some photographers who made their own DIY filters and captured the eclipse with great success. But I didn't want to risk it, so I ordered my filters from B&H Photo. Simply check the size of the lens you want to use photographing the eclipse and search for the proper filter.

Photographing the Partial Phases of an Eclipse

During the partial phases of the eclipse, you MUST have a filter on your camera. You also MUST have your glasses on to view the moon crossing over the sun's path. DO NOT try to focus on the eclipse without a filter. And DO NOT look at the eclipse - even for a moment - with your naked eye. Put the filter on your camera and use your camera's monitor to focus on the eclipse. It's a lot easier than trying to look through the viewfinder. I also read mixed reviews about the safety of looking through the viewfinder vs. monitor. So when in doubt, play it safe!

Capturing the partial eclipse, you'll want a fairly large lens to snap a shot of the interaction between the sun and moon. I used my 70-200mm with a filter. Your image will be completely black, save for the white (or sometimes orange) glow of the sun getting covered by the moon. The world around you will be fairly normal, so the majority of the wedding, you'll be able to capture as you would any other event. But as it get's closer to totality, the light will start to dim. So be prepared to make quick changes to your settings.

Capturing Totality

And then there's the moment that everyone has been waiting for. The moon passes fully in front of the sun, creating a beautiful ring in the sky and stays this way for 3-4 minutes. During this time YOU CAN TAKE OFF YOUR GLASSES and look at this un-freaking-believable sight! It is also SAFE TO REMOVE THE FILTER FROM YOUR CAMERA and capture what you see. But as soon as you see that little shimmer of sun starting to peek back around the moon, get those glasses back on your pretty little eyes!


Bryn + Shawn's wedding day was one for the books! Seeing a solar eclipse in totality is truly an incredible experience. I am so thankful that I was asked to capture this truly memorable celebration. There won't be another total solar eclipse in the state of Vermont for another 400 years!! I'm feeling fortunate to have witnessed this event. For some, myself possibly included, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

If you're thinking of chasing the next total solar eclipse (wherever it may be) and getting married during this momentous phenomenon, just know that I'd LOVE to be there to capture all the love and adventure that it brings to your wedding day!

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