Sometimes life shakes up that proverbial snow globe without your permission. For Tara & Andrew that came in the form of COVID-19 forcing them to postpone their full wedding from 2020 to 2021. When the initial talks of postponing first started, there was the obvious disappointment in needing to wait a whole year for the celebration. Then the excitement got a whole new kickstart, why wait until 2021 to say ‘I DO?’ Tara had always daydreamed about having a mountain top elopement, and this was the excuse needed to turn it into reality.
The day started with a 6:30am meet in the trail head parking area for Zealand Pond trail. Splitting into 3 smaller groups to avoid any crowding on the trail, Tara, Andrew and guests headed into the woods. A few hours later we arrived at the cliff overlook, and had it all to ourselves. Having handy guests is key, and a ‘changing area’ a.k.a. strategically hung tarp was set up for the wardrobe change. Summer mornings and afternoons are a dice roll in the White Mountains. You can hike for hours only to be met with thick haze and or clouds interrupting your views. This was definitely not the case for Tara and Andrew! With one of the best views in the Whites as the backdrop for their ceremony, they exchanged heartfelt vows and stomped on the ceremonial glass to seal the celebration. Champagne, sandwiches and smiles filled the lookout with an energy that instantly put smiles on the faces of other hikers that came through.
Because she is a badass, Tara hiked the majority of the way down in her dress, bouquet in hand. To the shock and excitement of all the hikers heading up as we headed down, there was copious amounts of congratulations and smiles guiding us back to the parking lot.
A BBQ with corn on the cob, heart shaped burgers and coolers full of cold beers rounded off the dream elopement day.
All of the uncertainty that this global pandemic has caused in planning weddings, the one thing that stays true to course is the love that brings you and your loved ones together. Large weddings are amazing, but intimate celebrations can be just as memorable. Congratulations Tara & Andrew!!!
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