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This couple hiked a Vermont mountain in marriage ceremony attire earlier than marrying on the summit


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

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

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

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

“It was attractive,” mentioned Crystal, 28, a bodily remedy scholar from Vermont. “It was simply unimaginable.”

“It felt so particular,” mentioned 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 marriage ceremony footwear. – Amelia Marie Images

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

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

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 high of Cadillac Mountain at dawn,” Alicia mentioned.

That they had mentioned marriage and picked out rings, however the method wherein the proposal occurred was a shock, Alicia mentioned. And Crystal, in fact, mentioned sure.

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

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

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

“I simply felt like there was simply this superb connection between them,” Kehoe mentioned in regards to the brides. “I might really feel numerous vitality. There was numerous laughter, there was numerous camaraderie from different hikers.”

Alicia and Crystal Blakely climbing on their marriage ceremony day. Amelia Marie Images.

Mountaineering is an enormous 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 by means of the entire thing,” Alicia mentioned.

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

“The summit is de facto large, it’s attractive,” Crystal mentioned. “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 last hike on the age of 88, she mentioned.

“After I informed my household, I don’t assume they had been very stunned in any respect,” Crystal mentioned.

“My household was actually excited,” Alicia mentioned. “They had been understanding that we wished 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 marriage ceremony ceremony. Amelia Marie Images

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

“After I had my becoming, I had a bit check I might do,” Crystal mentioned. “I might simply choose up my knees to see if I might transfer properly. 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 the complete means, mentioned 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 understand how a lot love and help the neighborhood was going to provide us,” Crystal mentioned. “I believe it has been fairly superb. I believe it’s actually necessary to point out inclusive {couples} and have a optimistic message on the market, particularly in at present’s information.”