Groom Hikes to Wedding via the Appalachian Trail
This summer has been filled with so many amazing weddings. My clients are incredible and I genuinely love everyones story. However, this particular one has caught the attention of many of my facebook friends as they shared in my excitement when “Groom” Steven hiked through the White Mountains the first week in August… here we are now in the first week of September and just a few days away from his wedding.
When you hike the Appalachian Trail, or simply the AT, (a marked hiking trail in the eastern US extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine, approximately 2,179 miles), one usually picks a trail name – in this case Steven was aptly named “Groom” while his Best Man Brian chose “TenFidy”. They met up with many others along their journey, and I found out today some of them are now going to be guests at the wedding on Sunday – like “Abolitionist” from Tennessee.
(Featured in video – in order of appearance: Abolitionist, TenFidy, Groom)
Steven decided he wanted to hike the AT, and then proposed to Alison, so one thing lead to another, and this destination wedding was set for the coast of Maine since Maine is where Steven/”Groom” would be ending his journey. Unfortunately, a broken foot landed him back in PA for some recovery time, but he got back out on the trail in June with “TenFidy” and made it to the Summit of Katahdin last weekend. If I remember correct neither Steven or Alison had been to Maine except to make the wedding plans and see the venue. This is so exciting for all their extended family from OK, PA and all over!
I’m really anxious for the festivities to begin, but I wouldn’t even have this opportunity if it wasn’t for the recommendation from Portland based Photographer Samantha Warren of Samantha Warren Weddings – she recommended me to Alison and Steven, and I must say, I think based on my passion for outdoor recreation, we make a great vendor match for this couple. Sam and I have fun ski racing together in the winter at Shawnee Peak and also appreciate each others hard work.
When the boys hiked through the Whites, I picked them up and brought them back to my house, they showered, did laundry, we went out to dinner, ice cream, and I was lucky to get two days from them filed with stories. I can’t wait to catch up and hear how the 100 mile wilderness and the rest of the journey went!
This is one heck of a story, and a great way to get to a wedding!