Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Falling in Love with New Hampshire

We spent a long weekend in New Hampshire celebrating the wedding of our dear friends L and D. I'd heard a lot about the beauty of New England in autumn, but this was my first time seeing it in person. Even a proud Virginian like me has to admit the views were stunning.

We drove up and back in our Tesla. It was a long drive (about 12 hours each way), but we enjoyed the vistas of the changing leaves on the sides of the highways and backroads alike.

The ceremony was held at the historic Castle in the Clouds. Photos don't do it justice: looking over the fall landscape, trees interrupted only by shimmering lakes, with clouds slowly rolling over the scene... It was breathtaking.

L and D had so many cool and unique touches at their wedding, from a Taco Bell-catered informal reception following their formal reception to a 3-d printed cake topper based on an exact scan of themselves. Because it was a gay wedding, they kept some traditions but skipped others. For example, they asked women in the wedding party to wear white and look as much like brides as possible.

Funnily enough, strangers kept coming up to me and congratulating me as we were leaving the ceremony venue. Turns out they thought I was the one who just got married! I can't blame them for thinking that based on how I was dressed, but we all had a good laugh over it. Personally, I was just excited to get to wear my wedding dress again. M and I even got a few couple photos together to make up for the fact that we didn't get enough at our own wedding years ago.

We also took advantage of the opportunity to explore a little of New Hampshire while we were up there. We did a maple sugar tour at Turkey Street Maples and sampled the different grades of maple syrup: golden, amber, dark, and very dark. They each had a really distinct color and flavor. They were seriously delicious!

We then participated in a mushroom farm tour at New Hampshire Mushroom Company, where we learned about different types of mushrooms and how a mushroom farm works. They also had a cool mushroom hike where you could forage for mushrooms in the forest yourself, but we didn't have time for it. We learned a lot but were super disappointed that they only took cash or check when it came time to buy mushrooms at the end. (We only have credit cards and digital payment methods.) I guess that says something about how we're not their typical clientele.

We're so honored to have been a part of L's and D's special day, and we also loved the chance to explore a part of the country we hadn't really seen before. So although we're exhausted, we came home with full hearts and plenty of wonderful memories made with friends.

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