Astrology-Lovers, You HAVE to See This Supermoon Wedding in Vermont
If you're big on astrology, you may believe the celestial bodies play a major role in your romantic life. Couple Justine and Aaron tracked the moon cycle closely and synchronized their nuptials with last year's September supermoon.
"It all started with an accidental instant message, back when AIM was a big deal," Justine recounted of their relationship. "It was late September 2009, and we were both in college. For the life of me, I cannot remember the exact first words, but I think it had to have been a question about one of my assignments meant for a classmate. I can't say it was a total glitch — after all, Aaron was on my 'Buddy List' — but prior to that point, neither of us had ever really spoken to the other outside of a small hello."
The two went through middle and high school together in rural eastern Pennsylvania. They had some classes together, and Aaron's best friend happened to be Justine's neighbor. At the time, Justine's co-workers were Aaron's neighbors as well, so needless to say, they were constantly around each other — especially during the Summers.
"Until the accidental message, we had spent almost 10 years together without knowing anything about the other," Justine said. "The connection was instant. We both are shy, quiet, introverted people, but small talk was never awkward. Over and over we'd both exclaim, 'ME TOO!' as the list of similar interests and thoughts piled up. It was baffling, exhilarating, and so comforting."
Justine and Aaron went on their first date in Fall 2009, when the two were home for Thanksgiving. Justine went to Aaron's house ("a place very familiar, but now very new," she said). Once it was dark, the pair roamed the grounds of the Christmas tree farm that abutted the land owned by Aaron's parents.
"There was snow on the ground, and the full moonlight just made it through the fog to light our way," she said. "I remember [we were] sitting on a pile of harvested trees, in silence, and I was just looking anywhere but him. Aaron and I had been following the supermoons. It was one of the things we could both see while we were apart. It seemed the moonrises were what kept us going."
In April 2012, Justine was finishing up college (Aaron was already done), and she drove home to see the largest supermoon of the year together. They hiked all around the same Christmas tree farm the two had visited for their first date three years ago. That's when Aaron proposed.
"I never saw it coming," Justine said. "The entire night I was talking about my thesis and course load, completely preoccupied, and Aaron was just egging me on."
Upon graduating, Justine convinced Aaron to move to Vermont with her, after having fallen in love with the state during an internship. They discussed setting a date in the future — they knew they had a small budget, and they wanted an outdoor wedding on a farm. In 2014, the two were offered the opportunity to live on and manage a Christmas tree farm . . . just like the one that drew them together.
"We chose Sept. 27, 2015, to say, 'I do,'" Justine said. "It was a full moon, a supermoon, and there was to be a total lunar eclipse. And to top it off, we'd be getting married on a Christmas tree farm. We were so lucky to have had a perfect day — clear skies, warm weather, and most of all, a perfect view of the total lunar eclipse. It couldn't have been more perfect for our outdoor souls."
Looks like this love story came full circle. Check out Justine and Aaron's magical wedding photos ahead!