July 17, 2024

Weddings

“It was simply so magical,” stated Alicia Blakely, one of many brides.

Vermont wedding on Camel's Hump
Alicia and Crystal Blakely marrying atop Camel’s Hump in Vermont on Sept. 20, 2023. Amelia Marie Pictures

Brides typically say they’re on prime of the world on their wedding ceremony day, however for Alicia and Crystal Blakely, it was actually true.

The couple hiked Camel’s Hump in Huntington, Vermont, of their wedding ceremony robes on Sept. 30 earlier than marrying on the 4,083-foot summit towards the backdrop of the state’s iconic fall foliage.

“It was beautiful,” stated Crystal, 28, a bodily remedy scholar from Vermont. “It was simply unbelievable.”

“It felt so particular,” stated Alicia, 28, a nurse from Massachusetts. “After the ceremony, I might see a line of hikers and everybody was cheering for us. It was simply so magical.”

Alicia and Crystal Blakely exhibit their wedding ceremony footwear. – Amelia Marie Pictures

The couple met as roommates at Dean School 10 years in the past.

“We positively began out as actually good buddies, and it simply sort of slowly developed into each of us having extra emotions,” Alicia stated.

They dated for six years earlier than getting engaged final fall on one other New England mountain.

“I woke her up at 2 a.m. and drove her to Acadia Nationwide Park and proposed on prime of Cadillac Mountain at dawn,” Alicia stated.

They’d mentioned marriage and picked out rings, however the method by which the proposal occurred was a shock, Alicia stated. And Crystal, after all, stated sure.

The ladies knew they needed a nontraditional wedding ceremony. So that they reached out to Amelia Kehoe of Amelia Marie Pictures in Burlington, Vermont, who focuses on adventurous weddings and elopements in New England.

“I feel it’s nice that {couples} are sort of pondering out of the field,” stated Kehoe, who was additionally the couple’s officiant. “Numerous {couples} don’t need that conventional expertise with 200 company.”

Although she’s hiked with {couples} earlier than, Camel’s Hump was the very best peak she’s climbed on the job, Kehoe stated.

“I simply felt like there was simply this superb connection between them,” Kehoe stated concerning the brides. “I might really feel a number of power. There was a number of laughter, there was a number of camaraderie from different hikers.”

Alicia and Crystal Blakely climbing on their wedding ceremony day. Amelia Marie Pictures.

Climbing is a giant a part of Alicia and Crystal’s relationship. They’ve hiked many trails collectively, together with the 273-mile Lengthy Path, which runs the size of the state of Vermont. 

“It took us about 23 days to get via the entire thing,” Alicia stated.

Camel’s Hump, Vermont’s third-highest mountain, is their favourite hike within the Inexperienced Mountain State.

“The summit is admittedly huge, it’s beautiful,” Crystal stated. “It’s additionally been a really particular summit to my household.”

Crystal’s grandparents hiked Camel’s Hump and it was the situation of her grandfather’s remaining hike on the age of 88, she stated.

“Once I instructed my household, I don’t suppose they had been very shocked in any respect,” Crystal stated.

“My household was actually excited,” Alicia stated. “They had been understanding that we needed one thing extra personal and intimate.”

After the hike, the couple celebrated with a small group of shut family and friends at Crystal’s mother and father’ home close by.

Alicia and Crystal Blakely climbing down Camel’s Hump after their wedding ceremony ceremony. Amelia Marie Pictures

When contemplating wedding ceremony apparel, the ladies purposely selected light-weight robes they might hike in.

“Once I had my becoming, I had a bit of check I might do,” Crystal stated. “I might simply decide up my knees to see if I might transfer effectively. I additionally introduced my backpack and tried it on with the sleeves.”

The brides wore climbing boots and took turns carrying a backpack with bouquets, champagne, and an attachable “Simply Married!” signal for the hike down.

Fellow hikers on the mountain that day had been delighted, expressing congratulations your entire approach, stated Kehoe, who posted an Instagram reel of the expertise that has greater than 100,000 views.

“I do know climbing a mountain to get married is fairly untraditional however I didn’t notice how a lot love and help the group was going to offer us,” Crystal stated. “I feel it has been fairly superb. I feel it’s actually vital to indicate inclusive {couples} and have a constructive message on the market, particularly in at this time’s information.”