Our Wedding

We are so excited to share our wedding photos with everyone! Our wonderful friend and photographer, John R. Andersen Photography, captured all of our wonderful moments! We were so blessed to have him be a part of our day and to put the cherries on top, he allowed us to do all of our own edits to the photos. And it wouldn’t be the true nature of a photographer to not shoot something, even for his own wedding! Nathan captured all of the product photographer of our accessories. I must say, Marcelo Makar at MK Diamond Studio did a fabulous job on all of our rings and the necklace!!!

All of our festivities took place in Woodstock, Vermont. Rachel got ready at The Blue Horse Inn, an inn  built in 1831 and has rumored to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad – so much history! Nathan got ready at a beautiful rental home in South Woodstock and had photographs taken of him and his groomsmen at the Woodstock Town Hall. Rachel’s dad gave them a special surprise and was able to get them a 1951 Candy-Apple-Red Ford!!

The ceremony took place at Cloudland Farm, a working farm with cows, chickens and turkeys! They have a restaurant on site where they hold gourmet dinners made from organic ingredients grown on the farm or local organic farms. The food was absolutely delicious and we can’t wait to go back and visit for another dinner!

Our lovely friend, David Wimbish, did all of our music. I’m not sure there is another accordion, cellist, violinist all in one???

We hope you enjoy all of the photos. We are so thankful to our parents and family and friends who made this possible. We put so much work into everything and handmade almost every detail. It all turned out beautiful, don’t you think?

Wedding Gown: Alfred Angelo, 2179
Bridemaids: American Eagle
Shoes: Irregular Choice
Jewelry: Liz Claiborne
Veil: Amber Merchand
Grooms Gift: Mondaine
Brides Gift: Marcelo Makar – MK Diamond Studio
Rings: Marcelo Makar – MK Diamond Studio
Grooms Shirt: Express
Grooms Vests: Volcom
Grooms Pants: GAP
Grooms Shoes: Giorgio Brutini
Flowers: Rachel Abplanalp
Centerpieces: Rachel & Nathan Abplanalp
: Rachel & Nathan Abplanalp
Music: David Wimbish
Favors: Tea Caddies
Photographer: John R. Andersen Photography
Cakes: Chef Nick Mahood, Cloudland Farms

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Our Engagement Story

Woman showing off engagement ring in Aspen, CO

It has been a year and a day now that Rachel and I have been together. What a time it has been! SO much growth, both in ourselves, our relationship, and our walk with God. I cannot express how much things have changed for the “Oh so wonderful!”. Here is our engagement story told from my side:

I began my talks about the ring and what I would like it to look like. It seems like many couples go together to decide on a ring but I felt that it would destroy the surprise. Rachel had always said that a ring should reflect the man as well as his fiance, so I was given free reign. I asked for one hint as to what she would like and her response was, “simple”.

To me this was perfect, I could find one that would mesh both my old fashioned and her modern. Something classic and elegant yet still with a timelessly modern look.

Now that I had the ring all laid out, it was time to choose my method of proposing. I wanted it to be away from all of the normal in our lives. Where oh where would it be?

We had planned a trip to visit my family in Colorado the last week in January. I had toyed around with the idea of proposing there but felt that it might be a bit out of her comfort zone. I decided that we would just enjoy the trip.

While on the plane, I asked Rachel if she would like to take a trip to Boston in February. My intention was to propose in her in New England so that she could enjoy it with her family. As soon as I suggested it I saw her face fall and knew that she had expected it this trip. Realizing that she knew I would propose in Boston I decided that Colorado it was. Now that she was not expecting it to happen here I could surprise her. I had the ring finished and over-nighted to my parent’s house.

Two days later we ventured into the Rockies to visit the college I attended in Glenwood Springs. Little did Rachel know I had acquired the ring and planned on proposing while in Aspen at 3pm. My friend Scott would meet us there and, unbeknownst to Rachel, take photos of the proposal.

On our way up we kept hitting traffic and I became slightly panicked that we would not make the 3pm time slot. After 3 traffic jams and almost 6 hours of driving we roared into Aspen, parked, and walked to the park I had chosen. As we arrived I suddenly remembered that I had not put a ticket into my car to park. How horrible if my car was towed or ticketed right after proposing! I left Rachel on a bench and booked it back to the car to purchase a ticket. While jogging back to the park I had time to think of what I wanted to say. I wanted to tell her about how I wanted to always be there for her, how she has changed my life, and how there was nothing that I would love more than to spend the rest of my days with her.

Photos courteous of Scott Pope.

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