A Rustic Summer Wedding at the Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Hannah MacLean (23, a student) and Barrett Smith (22, a research associate) met at a Christian fellowship, Chi Alpha, in college. “I found out that he played the Cornell Chimes, and after that I had no doubts that I wanted to try to keep him,” Hannah says. “The Chimes are a huge set of 21 giant bells that are played for campus every day and they were very endearing to me, more than a year before I had met Barrett. The only problem was that we started dating in the spring of 2011, and I was leaving to spend a year in Oxford for the following year. We had 10 days left before I left for about 15.5 months. Our first year was entirely long distance, and we spent about 30 days together total during those first 16 months. As for the proposal, I was visiting Barrett in Ithaca on one of those rare weekends during which Cornell experienced perfect weather, after we had dated for more than two years. He took me on a walk to Cornell Plantations, some beautiful gardens, where we walked during one of our first dates. He brought me back to a bench on which we had sat together more than two years prior and we talked for a little while. He asked me if I was willing to sit with him forever, and I said yes. He got down on one knee and asked me if I would marry him, and of course I said yes. Two kind strangers took some pictures for us. He had planned a surprise picnic for afterward, so we found a picnic spot, but we were too excited to eat. He had also secretly made some delicious chocolate coffee orange ginger cupcakes the night before in order to celebrate. We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around campus, calling family, staring at the ring and basking in the glow of being newly engaged.”