A California couple decided to get hitched in one of the most stunning venues available: Mount Everest.
It’s been said that love can move mountains, but this California couple has proven that it can also climb them. 32-year-old Ashley Schmeider and 35-year-old James Sisson felt that a run-of-the-mill wedding ceremony wasn’t right for them – so they decided to get married on Mount Everest instead. As you can probably guess, their wedding photos are monumentally epic.
Ashley and James spent a whole year planning and training for the expedition, and they finally arrived in Nepal in early March. Accompanied by their photographer, Charleton Churchill, it took them the better part of 3 weeks to reach the 17,000-foot-high Base Camp Everest, where they finally said their vows after braving deep snow, freezing temperatures, and altitude sickness together.
Churchill wrote on his blog,“There’s no glory without suffering”. “We worked hard for these images with much less time to photograph a short wedding than we planned.”
A few days into the journey, it began snowing hard, and because of the frigid temps, Churchill said it was hard to take photos. “Your hands would quickly freeze if left out of the gloves,” he said. And at one point, some of his camera equipment wasn’t functioning because it was too cold.
On the wedding day, the temperature ranged from minus 5 degrees to 5 degrees. Schmieder, in particular, had to focus on keeping warm in her strapless wedding dress.Because it was so far away from home, the couple had no minister but exchanged vows and rings, said Churchill. “It was truly a moment of awesomeness, knowing where we were at that time, and how hard we worked to get there.”
Churchill’s photos of the unorthodox ceremony show a spectacular blend of rich blue, crisp white, and rugged stone.
Let’s hope this couple’s marriage pulls through harsh conditions as well as they do! Follow their compelling journey and see the fantastic final results below.