Getting married in Stowe, Vermont was an obvious choice for Corinne and Brandon, who have visited the area frequently for many years. This adventurous couple has ridden together on many mountains, hiked the Grand Canyon, windsurfed in Maui, and even conquered rapids. These trips have inspired their love for the outdoors, adventurous activities and each other, so it is only natural that they celebrated tying the knot by snowboarding in their wedding attire. Corinne looks like an absolute snow goddess with her dress trailing out behind her on the slopes! Read below for their wonderful (Switzerland!) engagement story.
Before the Ring:
It was Memorial Day weekend seven years ago. Every young man and women across Long Island knew what that meant. It was the grand kick off to the summer and that needed to be celebrated with some drinks. Brandon happened to decide to head out East with his two best friends to a club called Turtle Bay. Corinne also happened to head to the club after work with her cousin and best friend. Neither group could have predicted the life changing consequences of this simple decision to go to the same spot.
The music was pumping and the drinks were flowing. Everybody was having a great time and enjoying the night. Corinne was in the middle of having a picture taken of her and Anuja by a local paper when an uninvited young man jumped in between them just in time for the shot. You guessed it, that guy was Brandon. He introduced himself and they had a quick laugh about it. They went their own ways for a while, but there was a definite attraction between them and they met back up later on the dance floor. They danced and talked the night away, exchanging numbers at the evenings close.
One of their most memorable first dates was a romantic picnic at the beach under the moonlight. There, listening to the sounds of the waves crash as they sat on a blanket sipping wine, the couple bonded. They shared many dates over the next few months and on August 5, 2005 Brandon invited Corinne over for dinner. They sat and talked over a meal Brandon had prepared followed by Strawberries filled with Godiva liqueur. It was then that Brandon worked up the courage to ask Corinne to be his girlfriend. The newly official couple celebrated with a bottle of champagne.
Corinne had dreamed of snowboarding in the Swiss Alps since she was a little girl. The couple had planned to take a trip there in February of 2011 with a group of close friends. From the moment the group started talking about the trip Brandon decided that it would be the perfect time to propose.
After arriving in Switzerland, Brandon had to wait for the perfect moment to make his move. The ring was always in his well-guarded backpack, waiting for that moment. It finally came. The group was finishing up a great first day of riding in Zermatt in view of the Matterhorn. As they rode through a village on the slopes Brandon stopped to take a photo and moved the ring to his pocket. Brandon led the group towards a mid-mountain igloo lounge, a place Corinne was dying to see. When the structure came in sight Brandon went for it. He told his friends Lou and Dean that it was time and they detained Corinne’s friend Katie, while Brandon rode up to Corinne where she had stopped to take a photo. Before Corinne could get going again Brandon cut her off and dropped to his knees. Pulling out the ring he asked, “Would you do me the honor of being my wife and spending the rest of your life with me?” “Yes!” she replied as she hugged Brandon and whispered “I love you so much!” in his ear.
Lou had ridden up to snap some shots and now Dean and Katie also made their way over to congratulate the couple. Katie got herself so excited that she forgot we were standing on the edge of a huge hill. As she looked at the ring she fell backwards down the mountain and kept sliding for about a hundred feet. They all had a good laugh as they helped her recover her scattered gear. Then they headed down to the lounge. The entrance was a tunnel carved into the ice. Upon entering they were surrounded by high ice walls on every side with an open top to view the blue sky. There were tables with chairs and umbrellas in the center while alcoves carved into the packed snow of the walls provided sheltered seating. The bartender poured champagne all around and they toasted to the engagement while soaking in the atmosphere. The couple then took their final descent of the day to the village of Zermatt as a newly engaged couple.
Details of the Day (from the Groom):
Neither Corinne nor I belong to any specific religious denomination. We did however want to be married somewhere that held a spiritual significance to us. Stowe was that perfect place. It’s hard not to feel spiritual and connected to God when you are surrounded by beautiful scenery and loving people. Stowe is truly a magical place and we have yet to find a place that has such a concentration of genuine and caring people. We kept the ceremony to a spiritual, but not religious note. Corinne carried a pearl ring that her deceased aunt had given her when she was a little girl. The ring was placed in a custom sewn pocket next to her heart.
We wanted to keep the occasion intimate so only our immediate family and closest friends were in attendance, a total of 23 people. Corinne’s father walked her down the aisle to the sound of live piano music. We got lucky and had a blue bird day after a fresh dusting of snow the night before. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. Although it was warm by Stowe standards in February there was a fire pit and heat lamps for our guests. Mitzi McInnis performed a lovely ceremony and we started our life together under an amazing atmosphere. Hot beverages and waffles awaited everyone at the close of the ceremony while pictures were being taken.
We used pink and black as pink is Corinne’s favorite color. The girls all wore fur cloaks and muffs to tie in the winter theme. All of the guys wore Coach hats along with Dakine gloves and boots in lieu of shoes. The favors were 24k gold plated Stowe gondola ornaments. We held the dinner in the private dining room of the Solstice restaurant at Stowe Mountain Lodge. A custom cake by Michelle at The Cakery portrayed both of us snowboarding down the Matterhorn. We tried as best as we could to use local vendors as that was something important to us. We wanted to keep everything as Stowe as possible.
We just wanted to add that we did a bigger reception in NY for all of our family and friends. The theme was “ice” and we pulled it off with white and ice blue colored attire. There were snowboard key chains for the place cards and VT maple syrup from Cold Hollow Cider Mill as favors. Meg Simone also expedited us a copy of the highlight video and it was played prior to our grand entrance. Kathleen Landwherle also sent us pictures that we incorporated into a slide show viewed at dinner. It made everyone who could not be there with us feel like a part of our day. That had to be the most memorable thing in our guests minds that were not with us at Stowe.
Photography: Landwehrle Photography / Venue: Stowe Mountain Lodge / Coordination: Calais at the Stowe Mountain Lodge / Ceremony Gown: Allure Couture / Snowboarding Gown: Private Label / Shoes: Coloriffics custom designed snowflake shoe by Norakaren / Hair: Angela Pinto (flew in from NY to do Corinne’s hair), Stowe Mountain Lodge Spa for the bridal party / Hairpiece: Private Label / Jewelry: Swarovski / Makeup: Stowe Mountain Lodge Spa / Tuxedo: RSVP Tuxedos in NY / Invitations: Dolce Press / Cake: The Cakery / Catering: Stowe Mountain Lodge / Favors: 24k gold plated gondola ornaments from Stowe Mountain Resort / Reception: Solstice at the Stowe Mountain Lodge / Rehearsal Dinner: Hourglass at the Stowe Mountain Lodge / Videography: Meg Simone / Pianist: Arthur Dequasie