We headed out on a glorious sunny Friday morning. The sky was a beautiful azure blue dotted with some small puffy clouds. It promised to be a lovely weekend for my niece’s wedding. We certainly all were praying for beautiful weather for her. She was getting married on top of Loon Mountain.
Once I spotted the mountains in the distance I felt a wonderful feeling. Whenever I visit the mountains of New Hampshire I feel alive as I breathe the clear, clean, crisp air. This day, however, the air was clear, clean but surprisingly warmer than October should be. I missed the crispness but knew that if it was crisp at the base of the mountain it surely would be some degrees colder on the top. That would not be conducive to a wedding.
By the time we arrived in Lincoln, New Hampshire it was time to have lunch. We stopped at Gordy’s Fish and Steak House which was full of New Hampshire memorabilia.
Once we had full bellies we headed over to our hotel.
Views from our hotel room at The Mountain Club at Loon.
We took a two mile walk around the area. Here are some pics of all the beauty we took in.
The peak of Loon Mountain is about 4200 feet above sea level. In order to get up there we had to take a gondola. I am not too keen on heights so this was a trying thing for me to do. We took a ride up after we took our walk. It was quite scary for me with the gondola only holding four people at a time. John and I went up alone in one and it stopped a few times on the way up and did a little swaying motion that made me close my eyes more than a couple of times. It was the longest fifteen minutes of my life! At least it didn’t speed up to get there! John held my hand so I wouldn’t fall apart. Thank God for him! But I made it and survived! Phew!
Here a few photos of us on the gondola and the views from it. We took the ride up and stayed on and came right back down. There were many people at the top waiting to ride down. They all looked a little chilled and well bundled up. This fact made us a little nervous about how the weather at the top of the mountain would be the next day for the wedding.
We had a leisurely dinner with this wall decoration behind me. I felt as if I was being watched.
The day of the wedding loomed and we were all excited. It was another lovely day even warmer than the day before. I didn’t particularly look forward to riding the gondola back to the top of the mountain again but had no choice if I wanted to see my niece get married. I took a deep breath and held onto John’s hand. Such a good husband!
Here we are dressed up and heading back up. The third photo is of the platform at the summit with stadium seating where we sat during the ceremony. It was a gorgeous view and the skies were bright and the air was warmer than I ever expected it to be that high above sea level. We were fortunate that there were many relatives who passed looking down upon us all breathing warm air our way. It was a spectacular ceremony and 🎩 👰 wedding.
Here is the fire pit outside the hall where we would soon be having hors d’euvres and drinks. It was a lovely setting for such a special couple! I am sorry but I will not be sharing photos of the bride and groom but just one of John and I. Please be assured she was the most beautiful bride I have ever seen and her groom was handsome.
Here is a centerpiece that I was given to take home.
Here is the favor my niece and her groom made for guests. I was given two more coasters to take home as a set by a generous guest at my table.
Here is a sample of how the function hall decorates a table in the fall. Our tables did not look exactly like this though.
Here we are at the function hall. We danced from 7-10 pm. I was exhausted afterwards and still tired a day later. But it was a fabulous time and one of the most wonderful and beautiful weddings I have ever attended. I would recommend couples thinking about having a wedding in the mountains but having it earlier than this. We were fortunate that we had so many prayers and family upstairs pulling for this wedding to be a perfect warm fall day.
Thank you for stopping by to share in my special weekend in the mountains. It was an unforgettable two days. We just may go back next year for a weekend to revel in the beauty of the mountains in the gorgeous state of New Hampshire. The motto of New Hampshire is LIVE FREE OR DIE.
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