Joe and Bri met like so many modern-day love stories: online.
The initial attraction? That each of their profiles featured skiing photos, a hobby that is a mutual love for both of them.
“Joe drove more than an hour to meet me for our first date, as I had temporarily moved back in with my parents while I recovered from a surgery for a ski-related injury,” says Bri. “He continued to make the drive during our first few months of dating.”
Both knew early on they had found someone special.
“Something just felt right from the beginning,” says Bri. “We love spending our free time together in the White Mountains, where I grew up and where Joe spent a lot of time with his family vacationing. I love that he has a deep love for and connection with his family, as I do mine. He knows how to ground me and is my opposite at times, yet the perfect fit.”
Adds Joe: “She’s smart, beautiful, successful, driven, passionate about helping others. I feel very lucky to have landed this one! We talked a lot about what we wanted in life and where we wanted to go and as it happened, the goals and aspirations lined up. I had met her parents within weeks, and that initial meeting was both terrifying and wildly rewarding. Her family is amazing. That was the last piece to the ‘we’ puzzle.”
As avid snow-lovers, the couple decided a winter wedding over the holidays when their families would be home would be the best fit. The Barn on the Pemi in Plymouth, New Hampshire, provided the perfect setting for a celebration full of ski-inspired details (helped along by a snowstorm a few days earlier that left a beautiful winter backdrop of fresh snow!).
In place of table numbers, the couple named each of the reception tables after their favorite ski trails from some of their favorite mountains in New England. A pair of family heirloom wooden skis were chosen as a creative guestbook. And the wedding cake, created by Jacques Fine European Pastries, featured a falling skier, to commemorate the season of life the couple was in when they met. Photographing it all was Kate Preftakes of Kate Preftakes Photography.
“My favorite part was our first look,” says Bri. “I remember walking toward Joe and his expression of ‘wow’ when he turned around to see me was just amazing. It was in that moment that I was able to completely relax and just take it all in and enjoy the day.”
Joe and Bri, thanks so much for sharing your lovely wintery wedding with us!
Venue: The Barn on the Pemi
Photography: Kate Preftakes Photography
Videography: Films by Iris
DJ: BTE Entertainment
Florals: Family friend
Cake: Jacques Fine European Pastries
Centerpieces and Decorations: Bridgid Sumich
Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal
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