A mutual love of winter sports and hiking made the top of Wildcat Mountain an easy choice for Amanda and Drew’s wedding ceremony. The wildly unpredictable weather of New England, combined with a 4000 foot summit, however, was potentially another matter. I suspect that it was with this in mind that Amanda smiled and remarked, “We don’t really know what will happen but we’ll go with it” in the weeks leading up to the big day. The sun shined brightly and a cool breeze rustled the trees as we drove up to the two houses Amanda and Drew rented for the weekend for themselves and their immediate families. Greeted by the couple’s dog, Maverick, Bryan made his way to the man cave where Drew hung out with his friends, sipping beers and playing pool.
Across the street, a delighted Amanda grinned as her mother and sister laced up the back of her one of a kind dress. After wrapping herself in a handmade shawl from Mom and packing a backpack with the essentials (as any avid hiker would), it was go time.
As the wind picked up, we boarded the gondolas to make the ascent to the summit. Chatting with her parents, Amanda bubbled with excitement as we neared the top.
An intimate gathering of guests waited for them there, taking in the breathtaking view. The ceremony was officiated by Amanda’s brother, Jason, and Drew’s best friend, Nicholas, and was punctuated with warm readings and remarks from family and friends. Wild wind swept through Amanda’s chestnut hair as they embraced, their loved ones rushing up from their seats to greet them with warm hugs and high fives.
Later on, warm light gleamed through the windows of the rustic ski lodge reception space, which was filled with the handmade details that Amanda had designed and created throughout the year. A pair of antique skis that served as the guestbook was my very favorite of all the unique touches. As their guests danced the sun faded, giving way to a crisp, cool night. Amanda and Drew stepped outside, taking it all in.
As we left the venue, the night air smelled of the new fall season to come. I breathed in the chilly darkness thinking how remarkable it is to let go when planning a wedding and how beautifully it seems to work out for those who don’t allow worry to stop them from doing exactly what they want.
The next day Amanda wrote, “34 degree windchill and gnarly winds couldn’t stop us. Married atop Wildcat Mountain in all its beauty”. I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Wildcat Mountain, Gorham, NH
Centerpieces- Jess Romano, Omniflora Farm
Bouquet- Kristen Dolloff, Humblebee Flowers