Deb & Drew: A Cannon Mountain Wedding // NH Wedding Photographer

There are some events that you look forward to all year long, and Deb and Drew’s wedding was one those events. From the moment I heard just a little bit of their “story” — a chance meeting on top of a mountain, both Appalachian Trail thru-hikers (I still have nightmares of hiking the AT in Pennsylvania myself!) — to finally meeting for the first time, I was super excited for their wedding on top of Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch! I mean, we were going up a mountain tram too! Everything about their day sounded incredible to me. I LOVE weddings that are so deeply connected to the couple. As David and I drove north for the day we knew the threat of foul weather was high, but we crossed our finger since the Notches tend to create their own weather… though more often than not it’s bad weather. As we passed by Cannon the sun was shining but the clouds were building…

I met up with Deb as she and her bridesmaids were getting ready…

While back at Cannon David was hanging with Drew…

Deb and Drew decided to have a first look, which was supposed to be atop the fire tower on top of the mountain, but by now the weather decided that wasn’t to be, so they saw each other for the first time on in the tram house. Here Deb is off to find Drew as her sister looks on…

“Hi there…”

Despite the wind and the rain, and the chance for an exceptionally bumpy, nausea-inducing  ride, we all piled in and headed up the mountain anyway. We were here; we were going for a ride…

I love this shot inside the tram car…

Up on top the weather was REALLY bad… rain was going sideways and the fog was so thick you couldn’t see fifty feet in front of you…

But, we were here so we did a few shots of the wedding party. This was a bit of a technical challenge for me from a lighting perspective, but I think it turned out quite well. You can’t tell, but there is hundreds of feet of air behind everyone and a lot of moisture between the wedding party and I… a lot of moisture for might lights to reflect off of…

With everyone wet enough we headed back down to the tram base lodge…

With a little time still until the ceremony, we did some more portraits. Here’s a fun “chair lift” shot…

And some portraits of the soon-to-be-married couple…

Deb’s flowers were by Allyson Abbott. I love the colors!

Pretty soon it was time for the ceremony, which was moved inside the base lodge…

Deb walked down the isle by her father…

While at the head of the isle Drew eagerly awaited her, captured by David…

Despite the rain there was still quite a view looking up the tram. I personally like the fog…

Look out!

The exchange of rings was followed by a cairn ceremony where they built a small stone cairn, which was perfect considering their mountain roots.

MARRIED!

Cocktail hour was held in the tram lodge also, and then everyone headed over to the Peabody Base Lodge for the reception…

Right away we snapped a few details. This ring shot is fitting…

David got some great details shots. The uplighting, provided by Terry Moran of Crown Entertainment, really set the mood and looked fantastic…

Shortly after we arrived, Deb and Drew were introduced and kicked the evening off with their first dance…

Which was followed by some really great toasts. Deb’s sisters wrote the story of Deb and Drew, which was both creative and hilarious!

The best man’s toast…

Along with toasts by Deb’s mother…

As well as Drew’s brother and Deb’s father…

Father-daughter dance…

Mother-son dance…

And then a highlight for me… sneaking out to do some portraits in the rain. Rainy weddings can be so magical…

Following dinner the party kicked off…

And everyone was enjoying themselves…

Including the happy couple!

Thank you Deb and Drew for planning such an extraordinary day. The weather did not cooperate, but I don’t think I saw or heard one complaint all day. And in the end, it did not seem to matter if the wedding was on top of the mountain, on the bottom or anywhere else. I feel very fortunate to have shared this day with you. And thank you David — as always — for killing it. You rock!