Chris and I went to college together and stayed good friends since our graduation in 2006, hiking Mount Katahdin a couple summers back. We both studied photojournalism and were passionate about image making since day one. An avid outdoorsman, Chris’ final project was a series of portraits on survivors, essentially folks whom had overcome a set of challenges and beat the odds. When he asked me to photograph he and his fiancée Lizzie’s wedding, I was very humbled.

I remember their wedding like it was yesterday. The beautiful October fall day still plants itself firmly in my mind. A slight, cool breeze ran across the landscape of large barn, farm pond, stream, covered bridge, and oceans views of Clark’s Cove Farm in Walpole, Maine. The leaves were doing what they do best, turning bright reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. Smells of wood fires and baked apple and pumpkin pies ran through the air.

Although Chris and Lizzie have climbed many mountains in their lives, including Chris as a talented photographer and Lizzie as a pediatric doctor, in my mind they climbed the ultimate mountain that afternoon: the commitment to unite with one another for the rest of their lives. So raise a glass, set your sights high, and celebrate their joyous day.

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