Mountain Mayhem: Jesse’s girl
Back in my youth (i.e. my 20s and 30s), I used to be somewhat of a matchmaker, earning the nickname “Emma” for the Cupid-minded character in the eponymous Jane Austen novel. Several of the introductions I facilitated over the years resulted in romance and sometimes marriage, including one between two dear friends of mine who tied the knot this past fall.
The now happily married pair is Kim Edwards, originally of Wellesley, Massachussetts, and Jesse Bouchard, from Washington, New Hampshire, both longtime Aspen residents (Kim since 2002, Jesse since 2006).
The story begins many years ago in the summer of 2008. Kim spotted Jesse on frequent bike rides with my husband and was immediately taken by his charms. The introduction was made and the relationship blossomed. Not ones to rush into anything, they dated for nine-and-a-half years, then Jesse popped the question after skinning to the top of Buttermilk. Kim happily accepted and another year-and-a-half later, they married with a tandem celebration over back to back fall weekends.
The first was an intimate ceremony in Woodstock, Vermont, on Sept. 28, 2019, followed by dinner at Simon Pearce in the town of Quechee. Jesse’s sister Caissie Wilcox officiated. The next weekend was a friend-filled celebration in Aspen culminating in a reception held at the Aspen Mountain Club on Oct. 5, with an after party at the Caribou Club.
Highlights of the Aspen festivities for Kim included “the late fall foliage creating magical surroundings, being surrounded by the people we love, seeing our closest friends come up the gondola having traveled from Hawaii to Kenya and everywhere in between.” She continued “I loved hearing my brother-in-law Duff playing the bag pipes to greet everyone to the top of the mountain and when my childhood friend Dr. Brendan McGinn surprised us during dinner with an acoustic version of the Rick Springfield hit, ‘Jesse’s Girl,’ he taught himself on the guitar. Also great toasts from lifelong friends and having musician Senie Hunt play at our dinners both in Vermont and Aspen.” The couple honeymooned in South Africa and Mozambique in November and “every day we’ve been married, my love for Jesse has grown more and more.”
Congratulations to Jesse and Jesse’s girl!
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