Caroline and Ed are some of the most interesting people we know! They are both biologists who study birds and met on a bird research project in the Arizona National Forest, when they happened to set up meals across from each other in the Kitchen Tent.
Ed tells their story and the process of falling in love with his Caroline so beautifully, I couldn’t leave it out of this blog post!:
“Caroline and I met while working together on a bird research project in central Arizona. Since she applied to this job on her own volition, and we would be spending the next 4 months camped as a group in the forest, I knew from the onset that we shared a lot in common. However, it was our good fortune that by coincidence of arriving later than most our coworkers, we ended up sitting across from each other in the cook-tent, which allowed us to enjoy great conversation over our passion for birds, our goals in life, and simply appreciate each other’s company. I quickly developed a fondness for Caroline and she and I spent most of our free time together that summer.
After the Arizona field season ended, we decided to embark on a vacation traveling various national parks in Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. The trip was a blast, but it was our joint decision to backpack the 72-mile “Highline Trail” across the Uinta Mountains, which cemented in my mind that Caroline, was special. We subsisted mainly on bread with peanut-butter, Nutella, or jelly, mixing it up with macaroni for dinners while camping in wonderfully, remote alpine wilderness. We endured some terrifying thunderstorms above the treeline in which we cowered under our ponchos close to the ground while being pummeled by marble-sized hail, yet she didn’t complain. But it was the jubilation I felt each day simply being with Caroline while doing something we both loved (Caroline discovered during this trip, her first time backpacking, how wonderful it could be), which made the trip terrific, and let me appreciate how much I cared for her.”
These two have accomplished SO much coolness in their lives, separately and together. For example, Ed thru-hiked the 2,175 mile Appalachain Trail in 2006. He finished FIRST at the 2015 Ghosts of Yellowstone 100 in Montana (that’s 100 miles, guys). He also ‘enjoyed’ his bachelor party with his best man running a 50k just earlier this year! (I emphasis ‘enjoyed’ with sarcasm because.. c’mon.. how is running 50k enjoyable??). Let’s talk about Caroline! She has lived and worked on 4 continents, has driven across the USA alone 6 times (I can barely make it to South Carolina before dying of boredom!), and also took a 4 week tour of Europe on her own visiting 3 countries. Together, they backpacked the 72 mile Highline Trail across the Uinta Mountains and most recently, they completed a 4 or 5 month research project in the Island of Borneo, between Malaysia and Indonesia. These two are unstoppable!
Their wedding day in Tyner, NC was a perfect reflection of their love of nature as they celebrated in the backyard of the home Caroline grew up in. Their tables and bouquets were adorned with Farm grown flowers from Yeopim Flowers Farm and everything about their wedding day celebrated them and their families.
They have since settled into Maine where they will begin their next set of adventures together in the bird research industry and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!
Floral Designer // Yeopim Flowers
Catering // Montero’s, Elizabeth City
Cake Artist // Sugarland, Chapel Hill
DJ // Taz-2 Productions
Wedding Dress // BHLDN
Rental Company // Distinctive Event Rentals