If you’re looking for an example of a Vermont adventure elopement look no further! Ally and Liam’s day is up on the blog!
These two and their pup, Pinto, planned an elopement that took place at the top of the Stowe toll road on Mt. Mansfield. Pandemic or not, Ally and Liam knew they wanted to exchange vows in an adventurous, intimate setting, on a day that had sentimental meaning to them both (the 21st of the month).
Ally and Liam met during their freshman year of college – they were assigned a group project together and the rest was history. In Ally and Liam’s words, “best friend, goofy, sweet” history.
When I asked them what aspect of their lives they would freeze right now if they could, they answered “We would freeze the feeling of falling in love over and over again and the moments that make us feel like we’re 18 again. It happens every once in a while and we both love it even though it makes us cry (Liam is crying as we write this).”
Vermont Adventure Elopement – Mt. Mansfield
Macaulay (of Macaulay Lerman Photo) and I met Ally and Liam at the toll road parking lot a couple of hours before sunset. We hopping in a car together and weaved our way up the mountain road behind Ally and Liam. On the trip up the toll road, Macaulay and I and spent most of the time talking about how lucky we are that we get paid to document moments like this, in places as beautiful as Vermont, and on top of a mountain nonetheless. Vermont adventure elopements are not only fun, but often quite intimate and emotional as well.
When we arrived up top, Ally gathered her bouquet from The Quiet Botanist. We also made sure to grab a wrapped gift she had asked me to hide in my car for a few weeks leading up to their wedding day so that she could surprise Liam with it post-ceremony. The surprise? Well, Ally was able to track down a subway stop sign for the 1 train, 242nd Street in NY, which was the stop Ally and Liam would ride the train together to while they were in college.) I love so much that Ally thought of such a sweet sentimental gift to bring on their elopement adventure.
Before making the trip towards the summit, Macaulay and I gathered our gear and quietly walked behind Ally and Liam until we found just the right spot for their ceremony. Ally and Liam read their vows to each other in front of stunning mountain views while Pinto observed quietly next to them. From there, we adventured around the mountain together laughing and finding epic portrait locations for the rest of our time together.
Before we wrapped things up, Ally and Liam decided to cut their cake. Yes, they brought a cake UP the trail to their ceremony spot and I couldn’t have been more excited about it. A Vermont adventure elopement on top of Mt. Mansfield, a cute doggo, AND cake?! Sign me up! These two knew the way to my photographer heart. <3
To wrap things up, Ally and Liam are insanely sweet, thoughtful humans and I am SO grateful to have spent the afternoon witnessing, officiating and photographing their elopement.
Thank you both, and congratulations again!!
Enjoy the images, and make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for more adventurous elopement tips, a link to the videography produced by Macaulay, a link to other related blog posts, and a note on being mindful of trail use.
BONUS: To see their final wedding video produced by Macaulay, click here!
To browse other Vermont adventure elopement photography galleries, head back to the blog here!
A Note on Leaving No Trace: Before planning any Vermont adventure elopement style session, please be sure to research and prepare! The plants of the alpine tundra atop Mt. Mansfield is is fragile, rare, and grows slowly. Because of these reasons please do not walk or allow your pet to walk on the vegetation. You’ll notice that there are white lines guiding you across the path, so please do your best to follow those during your session. You can find more info on this topic here.