September 27, 2021
When a nature-loving couple reluctantly living the city life gets married, the only place to go is up: way up. Betsy & Chris went 4,062 feet up, to be exact, to read their vows on Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire for their outdoorsy mountaintop wedding – with a vintage flare that paid homage to their roots.
A meet-cute sweet enough for a Love Actually scene, B&C connected on a 3 am bus headed towards the ski slopes. They hit it off completely and began building their life together, remodeling a quaint A-frame in Rumney, New Hampshire to nurture their mutual love of nature, and welcoming boarder collie Bill Murray (Murray, for short), into the family.
Murray was only a tiny puppy when I shot their engagement shoot at the A-frame. But by the time of the wedding he had grown into the kilt his parents got him for the ceremony to celebrate Betsy’s Scottish heritage.
She embraced her roots some more with the 1968 Mustang convertible the couple snagged for the Big Day, an homage to the car Betsy drove in high school. Pendleton plaid hi-top Vans added a rustic touch to her dress, while a silk Rifle Paper headscarf and cat-eye sunglasses completed a more vintage look.
The clouds began rolling in, and Betsy, Chris, and their friends and family braved the elements to take a ski-lift up the mountain for the ceremony (thankfully Betsy, who works for Patagonia, was prepared for a bit of rain).
By the time everyone arrived at the top, the rain had passed and a blustery mist dabbled around the woodland mountain peaks. B&C throw a Love Actually party every year, so after their touching vows, the bride surprised her husband with a cinematic music serenade. She was a trumpet player in high school, and brought out the horn to lead a tune as people in the crowd began to pop up and join in.
With a Just Married sign adorning their ski-lift chair, Betsy & Chris rode back down the mountain and took their Mustang to cocktail hour, where a Scottish band brought the energy to the Bellevue Barn at Carlisle Place. Under a Harvest Moon, B&C danced, laughed, played and celebrated with their loved ones, who gave them a shimmering send-off with sparklers and Auld Lang Syne to close out the evening.