Jacki and Brendan’s Elopement in the Adirondack Mountains

Captured & submitted by Courtney Stannard Photography


Love at First Swipe

In September 2020, Brendan and Jacki’s lives took an unexpected turn when they matched on the dating app, Bumble. Little did they know that this digital connection would blossom into a beautiful love story. Their first date at Yards Brewery in October was filled with instant chemistry and laughter, but fate had other plans for them in the following weeks.

Brendan was about to visit his family and friends in upstate New York for his birthday, while Jacki had an exciting hiking trip in the Adirondack Mountains planned for her birthday. Despite the distance, their connection only grew stronger, and Brendan decided to cut his trip short to surprise Jacki with a birthday breakfast before she left for her own adventure. The joy and excitement she felt during the six-hour drive to the cabin were undeniable signs of something special unfolding.

A Perfect Match

After their return, Brendan and Jacki knew they had something extraordinary. They introduced their furry companions to each other, reinforcing the feeling that they were a perfect match all around. Both Philadelphia residents, they realized that without Bumble, their paths might never have crossed, which led them to commemorate their serendipitous meeting with matching bumble bee tattoos.

A Proposal That Defied Expectations

As October approached, the couple had planned a trip to Italy for their birthdays, and they had discussed their intentions to get married. Jacki assumed that Brendan would propose during their Italian adventure, but little did she know that he couldn’t wait. On September 10, 2022, just before they were set to meet up with friends, Brendan surprised Jacki by getting down on one knee and asking her to marry him. The unexpected proposal filled her heart with overwhelming joy and excitement, turning their night into a celebration of love and dancing.

Shared Passions and Adventures

Brendan and Jacki’s relationship is built on shared passions and a love for adventure. They revel in hiking, camping, attending concerts, and cheering on Philadelphia sports teams. Embracing quieter moments, they enjoy solving puzzles, playing board games, and brewing beer together.

While Jacki finds solace in kayaking, Brendan often accompanies her, just as she joins him in his disc golf endeavors. Their mutual support for each other’s hobbies deepens their bond, making every adventure even more meaningful.

An Adirondack Elopement to Remember

As they embarked on the journey of planning their wedding, Brendan and Jacki knew they wanted something authentic and intimate that reflected their love for nature and each other. They couldn’t think of a better place than the Adirondack Mountains, where their love story had its roots.

Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Adirondacks, Brendan and Jacki exchanged their vows in a heartfelt elopement ceremony. The towering pines and serene wilderness bore witness to their love, making the moment all the more magical. With only their closest family and friends present, the elopement was a testament to the deep connection they shared.


Cinema and Video:Olivia Wedding Films//Photographer: Courtney Stannard Photography//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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