Lauren & Greg: A Cathedral Ledge Wedding

A couple of weeks ago I was psyched to be running around one of my favorite places on earth, Cathedral Ledge. In most cases when I have been on top of this 600′ granite “ledge” I’ve been either shivering after spending a few hours scrapping my way up one of its incredible frozen runnels or tearing my rock shoes off eager to get circulation back into my toes after stuffing them into one the amazing cracks that slice through the cliffs side. On rare occasion, a special couple comes along who wants to get married here, and such was the case with Lauren and Greg. They traveled to the White Mountains from Pennsylvania, my old stomping grounds, and have great love for our “little” mountains. Greg proposed on top of Mt. Pierce, and the few days leading up to the wedding, when most couples are tying loose ends and making sure all the wedding details are in place, they were hiking along the Presidential Ridge. I love that! Their wedding day dawned wet and dreary. They were preparing for their day at The Inn at Thorn Hill. As I arrived the clouds were just spitting at us, but soon enough it was clear and spectacular. Literally the first dry day since they had been in NH. I spent time with both Greg and Lauren, and then we headed to Jackson Falls for a first look. From there it was off to the Cathedral for the cliff-top ceremony. Mid-day ceremonies are usually pretty tough from a light perspective, but there were just enough puffy white clouds lingered to soften it a bit. Short and sweet, the ceremony was standing room only… there really wasn’t a choice considering the sloping granite on the south shoulder. We took a few portraits atop the cliff, and then headed back to their reception at the Inn, where we were lucky enough to sneak down to the wine cellar of the Inn, providing us a few mid-day “night” shots to add some more variety. Dances, toasts and lots of laughs were had by all. It was great fun spending the day with Lauren and Greg, made even more so by having the opportunity to scamper around on some warm North Conway granite! Oh, and last year at Tricia and Mike’s wedding I got to photograph a moose… here I found a beautiful black bear roaming around. Check him (or her!) out below, along with a few of my other favorite images from the day…

Thank you Lauren and Greg for having me along to document your White Mountain wedding. Great work by the following: