Outdoorsy Couple Married in Fall-Themed Mountaintop Wedding

Jennifer & Paul

September 24, 2016 • Lincoln, New Hampshire

By Jessica Bowne | Wedding photography by Todd Wilson Images

Sometimes love just needs a second chance to blossom. This was the case for Jennifer Desmarais and Paul Erickson Jr., who met at a party seven years ago. After dating for a while, the couple broke up when Jennifer moved across the country to California.

“While I was living out there we talked pretty regularly,” recalls Jennifer. “A year later, we decided that we wanted to be a couple so I moved back to Rhode Island and we moved in together.”

The couple enjoys the outdoors, so it wasn’t a surprise when the two hiked up Mt. Eisenhower in New Hampshire over Columbus Day weekend 2015 to celebrate their dating anniversary. Jennifer was shocked, however, when Paul dropped to one knee at the top of the mountain and proposed against a scenic backdrop of fall foliage. Paul had even carried a bottle of champagne with him for the special occasion.

The couple wanted to weave in their love for the outdoors throughout their wedding and had the ceremony at the summit of Loon Mountain (guests arrived via ski gondolas) and the reception at the Mountain Club at Loon.

“We took pictures with our hiking boots on with my wedding dress and his suit,” says Jennifer. “Changing our footwear even allowed us to get some pretty epic mountain shots. Our table centerpieces had pumpkins with fall-colored flowers, and each table had a different picture of a mountain that we have hiked.”

To further underscore Paul and Jennifer’s love of the outdoors and animals, they made a donation to their local shelter in lieu of favors. The couple had a good friend of theirs officiate the wedding.

“He had written the best ceremony that was kept true to who we are as a couple,” says Jennifer. “After that it was all about partying and celebrating with the people we love most.”

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