Can you think back to the first time someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up? I remember it had to be sometime when I was in preschool or kindergarten and my answer was probably either a princess or Brittany Spears depending on my mood. Well little did I know, in that same class would be one of my brides, Sarah. As a child, Sarah was one of my friends at school and she was known for her extraordinary kindness, jokes, and always having a smile on her face. She was the girl who made sure everyone felt included at recess and the first to reach out to make you smile if she saw you were feeling down. Reconnecting with Sarah as adults, I was so delighted that those qualities I admired about her as a child had not gone away. I was even more delighted when I met her then fiancé Dan and saw how much he appreciated and mirrored those same qualities.
Sarah & Dan met in September of 2014 at a group fitness event but it wasn’t until they began dating in 2015 they realized that several months before they were standing right next to each other in a photo at this event. Their love story truly began when Sarah was searching for a last minute travel buddy for a trip to Iceland and Dan happily stepped up to the plate. This journey began the first of many adventures abroad together. And after 644 days of dating, 50 hours of plane rides together, probably 150 bowls of pho on rainy days and two punishing glasses of tap water in Costa Rica, Dan and Sarah decided to move in together.
In January 2017, Sarah and Dan took a trip to Bar Harbor, Maine to hike Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park on New Year’s Day. Anyone who knows Sarah understands that she’s had this crazy idea (to hike a mountain on the east coast to see the sunrise for New Year’s Day) planned since high school and was so stoked she finally had found someone crazy enough to do it with her! The engagement didn’t quite go as planned that morning (Dan decided the freezing wind and snow at 6 a.m. wasn’t a very romantic setting), but an engagement happened later that day in Bar Harbor.
Their engagement session at sunrise on the top of Mount Washington (which the road to drive up is only open to the public at sunrise 4 times a year) was one of my favorites and truly encapsulated their sense of adventure and love for the mountains and hiking in general.
Just under a year later, they got married on a beautiful sunny day in June. Instead of doing a traditional first look, Sarah & Dan had decide to be blind folded in a field and play ‘Marco Polo’ until they found each other. It was one of my favorite first looks I have ever done and I loved that they put their own unique twist on wedding day traditions. A few hours later in front of their closest friends and family, they vowed to a life go adventure and laughter. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house when Dan read his vows to Sarah. However, at the same time Sarah was making goofy faces to Dan to make him laugh so he wouldn’t stumble over the beautifully hand written vows.
Sarah & Dan – thank you so much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer! I will be stalking your Facebook page for the photos of your epic honeymoon adventure in one of my favorite places, South Africa!
Photography- Alexsandra Wiciel Photography
Venue – Dexter’s Inn
Flowers- Secret Eden Flowers
Band – The Silver Arrow Band
Cake- Pleasant Lake Cheesecake Company
Hair / Make Up – Alyssa McKenzie and Radura Salon
Dress Designer – Essense of Australia
Dress Purchased at – Marry & Tux Bridal