October 28, 2019
We got to the base of Hunter Mountain at 6:30AM on a chilly October morning, watching the outlines of the mountains shift from shadows to colors as the sun started to light up the morning sky. We met Lauren at the bottom of the chair lift and rode to the top of the mountain, just as the sun hit the horizon.
Jeff stood on top, waiting for his love to make her way down the aisle and with ten of their closest family and friends surrounding them, Lauren and Jeff stood on top of the mountain peeks and exchanged rings and vows as the sun greeted the day around us. There ceremony was as symbolic as ever, telling the story of every relationship and the peaks and valleys they climb to get to the where they are and to the point of marriage.
We find ourselves getting chocked up at ceremonies quiet often, its hard not to when you’re listen to two people bare their soul in the purest form, in front of a group of people that love them the most; but this ceremony was that much more personal and raw as they selectively chose who they wished to share such a sacred moment with.
After the ceremony, as their family took the chairlift down, we stayed on top and let the two of them truly take in the first moments of marriage. Allowing them to take a breathe and pause in all the madness, as this moment is so fleeting and the experience of getting married and eloping is so unique and rare.
on top of all the beauty and intimacy, she made her own bouquet from wildflowers that she picked in the mountains the day before the wedding
We took the chairlift back down the mountain to head to Kaaterskill Falls for some adventures and in pure Kelsey form, her clumsiness came in full swing and dropped Liam’s phone 400 feet off the chairlift on the way back down the mountain…but it was allll worth it for the epicness of the entire day, plus Liam got a new phone out of it!
We trekked through the forest, covered in rainbow colored leaves and made our way down to the falls to kick off their marriage and all of the celebrations.
It was so beautiful watching the two of them really live in the moment of their wedding day. Elopements are so special to capture and witness as it is truly just two people, unapologetically doing what makes them happy and feels right, and sharing the most sacred moments of their lives with no one but themselves.
For anyone questioning wether to have a big wedding with all of your family and friends or keeping it small and intimate, to only a selective few or only just the two of you, theres no wrong way of doing it! It’s all about what feels right to you; for the two of us, we couldn’t imagine not having our family and friends surrounding us, as we are both close with our families but we shocked everyone, as they thought we would elope. We did what felt right to us and decided that throwing an epic party with all the ones we love was what was right for us. But in 20 years, when we renew our vows, you better believe well be standing on a mountain peak, just he two of us, bearing our souls to no one else but each other.