August 14, 2021, Brandon, VT

Vermont and Hawai’i. Does it get better than that? 

Twenty-nine-year olds Hannah Cohen of Westford and Even Kelley of North Reading, Mass., after tying the knot at The Lilac Inn in Brandon, found the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation for their honeymoon — Hawai’i’s Big Island.

“We got to swim with sea turtles, hike an active volcano, learn how to surf, ride horses through the mountains, and eat plenty of fresh fish and poke,” says Hannah, who admits the couple has caught Hawai’i fever. “We are already itching to go back and visit Kaua’i and Maui.”

Still, Vermont is the couple’s favorite place. Hannah is from Vermont, as is Evan’s dad, so it’s like he too grew up in the Green Mountains as the family often visited. The couple now lives in the Boston area.

Before they met, Evan had accepted a job offer down South, and despite only being together for a few months, they “decided to give a long distance relationship our best shot,” Hannah says. “We spent almost two years flying back and forth from Vermont and Florida. Each time we reunited, it confirmed what we had was incredibly special and there wasn’t anything that could keep us apart.”

In 2019, while on their annual hike to Sterling Pond, Evan dropped to one knee and asked Hannah to marry him, holding an acorn-shaped ring box he’d carved by hand over several months leading up to the proposal. “Surrounded by some close friends and family who had joined us for the hike, I enthusiastically said ‘yes,’” Hannah recalls.

The couple again involved family — and the ring — during a ring warming ceremony before their vows. “Our closest family and bridal party all took a turn holding our rings and blessing them with prayers and well wishes for our marriage and life together. We really felt the support that surrounded us that day.”

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