Blog ~ campfire wedding
Faye and Ian were married on October 15th, with a ceremony and reception at the Forest Lake Camp.
These two met through the online dating site OkCupid after Ian sent Faye a message. They started talking about patriotism at the Olympics (her favorite topic) and city planning (her second favorite topic). They hit it off so well that they decided to meet up at the Wayland in Alphabet City, just a few blocks from where Ian used to live. It was a break in Faye’s “no first dates on weekends” rule, but clearly, it was worth it in the end.
They decided together that they would get engaged on September 7th, 2015, which would be exactly three years to the day since they started dating. It just so happened to fall on Labor Day, so they were able to take a trip to Breakneck Bridge on Monday morning.
On the train out to Breakneck Ridge, Ian gave Faye the Impossible Engagement Crossword. Even though she found most of it impossible to solve, she did get the all-important “Marry me Faye” clue on the second guess—which Ian had thought would be the last one she would solve.
After that, they climbed Breakneck Ridge with other Labor Day hikers but ultimately decided not to have their proposal at the summit because their hands and clothes were so dirty. So, they went back down and washed up in a brook. Ian then proposed to Fay with a vintage ring, and Faye proposed to Ian after lunch with a Max Bill automatic watch he had wanted for years.
Faye and Ian had told me prior to their wedding that they truly wanted everyone involved to have a good time, and that much was apparent even before the wedding started. In fact, Faye and Ian had told me that they had a lot of “friendors” involved in their wedding and wanted me to enjoy myself and consider myself a friend-vendor too—they are simply some of the most welcoming and loving people I have had the chance to work with. They held a welcome night around the campfire for all the guests, and there were camp activities like climbing, archery, and canoeing for everyone to enjoy before we even got around to the ceremony.
As for the wedding itself, the day reflected their amazingly laid-back and charming styles. We held their first look on the mountaintop before going to the hillside ceremony, and from there, it was down to the reception in the camp hall, where I was able to get plenty of candid photographs that I think truly showcase how much fun everyone around Faye and Ian had.
Ian & Faye, thank you for asking me to be part of your celebrations—and more than that, thank you for asking me to be a “friendor” and for giving me the chance to really get to know you both and have a good time.