Our love story all began when we went on our very first blind date at Wildcat Mountain in New Hampshire! I (Lexi) didn’t know what I was getting into, but our friends had coerced me into going snowboarding with them. I unknowingly walked into a blind date with my husband to be like a HOT MESS EXPRESS. I got there with my hair a mess, tons of acne, + no makeup. I was just ready to snowboard. I hadn’t known they invited Arthur to come until about a couple hours before. All day we explored the ski slopes of Wildcat Mountain, overlooking the view to the tallest mountain in NH (Mt. Washington). It was a beautiful day but a cold one! We sat on opposite sides of the charilift all day, with our two friends in the middle separating us, until later they wanted to take a break in the lodge.
Arthur + I took our first chairlift together and talked the entire time about anything and everything under the sun. We got to talking about the dating scene, how different it is now from when we first began getting into the dating scene + how most people now -a -days find their love on dating apps like Tinder or Bumble! (Which I think is so cool- because how else will you meet people outside of your friend group?!)
I teased him how he wasn’t in my age range in the dating app profile + he needed to get a little older + this later became a joke of our relationship.
Alright… here’s where our love story takes a turn, so buckle up. When I say this was a day to remember, i’m not kidding. First off, the date we met was valentine’s day. We took a couple runs together, before we needed to meet our friend’s back down in the lodge. Though, on the second run my face hurt SOOO bad. Did I mention it was cold out that day? (like literally one of the coldest days in NH). I had to stop mid-run and hold my face because I couldn’t even feel it anymore. Arthur (the new guy I had just met hours before) snowboarded around to where I was holding my face, kneeled down in front of me to ask me if I was okay, but he ended up saying ” OMG WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR NOSE.” As a guy I was semi- interested in at the time, these weren’t the most flattering words to hear come out of his mouth. Turns out, I had frostbite. (yes legitimate frostbite). He turned his goggles around to show me my reflection and there was a plastic-y white cap over the top of my nose and I no longer had feeling on it. We immediately raced down to the lodge, where it then turned purple for a few hours.
When we decided to leave the mountain, we hugged and parted ways not thinking much of it. My hands were full of my snowboard gear, so I pointed to our friends + just told him to grab my number from them (so I didn’t have to pull my phone out). LUCKILY, he did within the next 5 min, because after we pulled out of the parking lot and parted ways, I was 3 hours from home when my car began smoking + finally died.
He texted me within the first couple minutes after parting ways about how we had a nice day + I immediately called him telling him my car broke down. He was behind me by about a minute + pulled right up to check it out.
For the next hour and a half to two hours, he attempted to work on my car, we tried to go get coolant, but no matter what we did, my car was overheating and smoking like crazy. We figured out we had to get AAA and just head home.
WELL (me being the photographer I am), had a bridal show in Portland ME the next day, with all the materials for the show in my car ready to go. Arthur had began driving about an hour in before we realized this. He happily turned back + we drove an hour back to my broken down car, to start our 3 hour drive all over again.
On the way home, we couldn’t stop talking, laughing and exchanging stories. They say “when ya know, ya know” and that just rang so true for us. Following that date, we were searching for rings 1 month in together, we bought a car together 3 months in and 7 months in he proposed. 11 months in, we bought a house together + are now getting married.
Every love story is different + I will never believe that it’s “too soon” if you know they’re the one.
I’m Lexi! I am passionate about documenting eloping couples all over the globe, in a place that’s special to you. My approach to your day is as honest as you experience it + less of the stiff stuff. I’d love to hear what you’re dreaming up for your wedding day!