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After glitz and gloss of NYC weddings, this Vermont rustic wedding felt like a breath of fresh air, ever so resonating with my own a month earlier.

This is how youth and free spirit roll. An American working for a social investment company meets a German au pair in South Africa at a local music festival, they nurture their long distance relationship, fly back and forth across the ocean, and then choose to get married in a no-street-address church in the mountains of Peru, VT. That’s where I headed on a 500-mile road trip to shoot their American-Deutsche hochzeit. Here’s their story.

I headed out early in the morning and reached the picturesque and peaceful village shortly before the ceremony. I could not help but catch some similarities, oh-so-fresh in my memory, with my elopement to a rustic wedding in Moldova, from the Gypsophila flowers (a.k.a. “baby’s breath”) in the bride’s hair, to a young lady and family member who took on some charming DYI decor, to the earnest and unpretentious emotions flying all over, to the all-wooden house/barn for the reception at the The Fancy Grade Farm.

However, we did not have a sleuth of unique features such as a the above-mentioned no-street-address Peru Congregational Church, a barefoot priest (and a cool lady at that!), an insane jump of joy concluding the ceremony (they didn’t warn me!), mountain creeks of tears (I had to limit myself and show a few only), a tractor with comfy hay seats and all-natural air conditioning, a 1966 photo booth made out of a vintage Volkswagen Camper autobus provided by PhotoBoothPlanet, and a live rockabilly rock band The Lustre Kings.

And of course, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing janatürlich, willkommenLiebe, Glückwünsche, and alike: a sizable portion of the guests was German, as neither family nor friends saw the Atlantic as an obstacle to the adorable celebration of this rustic wedding.

Elated and mentally refreshed, I headed into the night to drive for 5 hours back to NYC where other guests visiting from across the Atlantic were waiting for me at 4 AM for their trash-the-dress session around that glitz and gloss of NYC. And this will be my next blog story

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Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov is a creative director and lead photographer of Zorz Studios, Manhattan-based boutique photography studio, offering arousing and daring fashion, commercial, beauty, and wedding photography. Multiple Fearless Photographer™ award winner, named among the top 50 US wedding photographers, top 10 NY wedding photographers, winner of Adobe contests, featured by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle et al, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week photographer, and a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style‘s Platinum List, he is eager to step out of his and willing clients' comfort zone to pursue original artwork with a lasting impression.

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