Erica Franklin and Christopher Zellner

Travel and adventure are the hallmarks of Chris and Erica’s unique relationship. The couple met in 2007, their freshman year of college, in an introductory economics class. Erica turned around in a large auditorium to ask for help and Chris happily obliged. That was the start of a true friendship that no distance or circumstance could end.

After college, Chris joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in England. Erica stayed in Pennsylvania to teach. They stayed in touch through many long Skype calls. In August 2014 Erica visited Chris in England. When they were finally reunited the spark was hard to deny. They were so natural together, traveling around the UK and at the end of the trip it was obvious their friendship was something much more. Erica moved to England in February 2015.

Chris proposed during a hot air balloon ride while on surprise trip to Bruges, Belgium. A traditional wedding was never the plan for Chris or Erica. Rather, they planned a semi-secret elopement to a beautiful island off the coast of Denmark called Aero. On September 4, 2015, after exchanging heartfelt vows the two sealed their love with a kiss and began their greatest adventure yet– marriage. Their reception happened the following year on June 18, 2016 in Lehighton, PA accompanied by 100 guests. The couple shared their first dance as both their families sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” The reception was travel themed with emphasis on hot air balloons as a tribute to the memorable engagement. They celebrated their honeymoon in New Zealand, and currently reside in Red Lodge, United Kingdom.

Erica Franklin Zellner is a graduate of Abington Heights High School. She completed her B.S. at Kutztown University and her M.S from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is currently working for the University of Maryland University College on base in England. The groom is a graduate of Lehighton Area High School. He completed his B.S.B.A at Kutztown University and is working on his EMBA from Jack Welch Management Institute. He is active duty with the United States Air Force. –Ann E. Moschorak

Photos: Camilla Jøvard Photography