Smoky Mountain Elopement
Heidi and Mark – November 11, 2023
From the Bride:
Mark and I met at work. After several years of simply being co-workers and friends who hiked many trails together, we finally admitted to one another that our relationship had the potential to be far more than “just friends”. It was then, during COVID; that we made big bold moves. We quit our jobs, found new ones, sold houses and moved to Huntsville, Alabama. We have never looked back and have zero regrets. Those big bold moves gave us the space and freedom to grow together in a brand new adventure in a new town with new jobs making new friends. It was beautiful, it is beautiful.
We think our first date was a hike at Red Rocks Canyon in Morrison, Colorado. The hike was just the right length with beautiful Red Rock formations scattered all around and an amazing sunset that day…a perfect backdrop for our first kiss. Mark proposed at sunrise in February 2022, at the San Giorgio Maggiore Harbor in Venice, Italy. But this was only after several earlier failed attempts that week in which every other location Mark had hoped to use for the proposal was closed due to renovations or some other unusual circumstance. Regardless of the how or why it happed at the Harbor, the setting was amazing and so was the proposal!
We wanted a venue that represented our love of nature, an off-grid outdoor venue seemed like the perfect fit. I am looking forward marrying my very best friend and starting our next great adventure.
We like the outdoors…hiking, biking, skiing, etc. Our best date nights involve friends and food…lots of both!