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I’m Jill, a wedding photographer based in New Jersey — and I’m so excited that you’re here! Follow along with the blog to get a glimpse into the heart behind my work.

Romantic Lodge Wedding at Mountain Top Inn

Chittenden, Vermont

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Delaney and Shawn are married! I feel so fortunate that I was able to capture this beautiful celebration, especially because Delaney is a dear friend from college! Working with her and Shawn has been so incredibly special, and their perfect wedding day was nothing less than what they deserved.

I truly think Delaney and Shawn have the best how they met story. As Delaney tells it, “We actually grew up in the same town less than two miles apart but never knew each other. He was a grade above me and went to vocational high school and I went to the public high school. We were only in school together for a couple years in middle school and never crossed paths.”

They finally met thanks to a mutual friend and began hanging out. “In December 2017 me, Sydnie, Shawn, and his friend Kyle all went to visit (mutual friend) Courtney in Nashville. After bar hopping all day for a Santacon bar crawl, I wanted to go down Broadway to see the huge Christmas tree. Me, Syd, and Shawn walked down, and someone (I say Syd but she says me… we will never know) thought it would be just hilarious if Shawn proposed to me in the middle of this tree viewing thing. I took off some crappy $10 ring I was wearing and gave it to him, he got down on one knee, said something like “Delaney… these past few days have just been so special to me…” I said yes, and we shared our first kiss in front of hundreds of bar hopping Santas. So technically this is the second time I said yes to his proposal!”

When they got back to Massachusetts, they went on their first real date less than 24 hours after being home from Nashville. From that moment on they were inseparable, and Delaney quickly fell in love (and knew he was the one). Fast forward to this past April, when Shawn popped the question — for real this time! He brought Delaney up to Lake Sunapee in NH where his family has a house, and the plan was to get brunch on the lake and spend the day in the area before going to a nice dinner for their friend’s 30th birthday. “We got brunch on the lake and then we walked over to the docks. He distracted me and got me to turn around. When I turned back around, he was on one knee, with the box facing the wrong way so I couldn’t even see the ring. I of course said yes! Then, we went back to his aunt’s house, where all of our closest friends and immediate family were waiting for us (that part I was super shocked about). We ended up celebrating all day/night, and Derek will forever share his birthday with our engagement date.”

When Delaney reached out to me about capturing her wedding day, I couldn’t have been more excited. I had never shot in Vermont before, but from what I could see online their venue looked spectacular. Well, Mountain Top Inn sure did not disappoint! Somehow these two got the most beautiful, warmest November weather ever and had an absolutely perfect weekend from start to finish. I am so grateful Delaney and Shawn trusted me to capture this special day for them, and truly wish them all the best in this next chapter together. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Donovan!

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Vendors:

Photography: Jill Sahner Photography
Venue: Mountain Top Resort
Videography: Alex Nguyen Films
Florals: Meadow’s Edge Floral
Hair: Prime Salon & Day Spa
DJ/Entertainment: Aaron Topfer Music
Bridal Gown: Chantilly Place
Officiant: Mike Malenfant
Cake: Dream Maker Bakers
Rings: Bernard Jewelers

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