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Eloping On Everest

Californian couple exchange vows on top of the world


A Californian couple wanted to make a statement and do something incredible yet memorable for their big day. James Sissom and Ashley Schmieder wanted to factor their adventurous spirit into their wedding plans and decided to combine taking their wedding vows, with a life-long dream.

The loved-up pair travelled thousands of miles to the Himalayas in Asia, with the goal of climbing to Mount Everest Base Camp to tie the knot. Having spent months training for the expedition, the couple faced sub-zero temperatures and altitude sickness to reach their goal- around 17,000ft above sea level.

According to the Daily Mail, Ashley stated:

‘After much deliberation, we decided a traditional wedding was not the right fit for us. As much as we would have loved to share our special day with our family and friends, we were both drawn to the idea of eloping during an incredible vacation.

‘We both are avid lovers of the outdoors and had experience at altitude up to 14,000 feet, but we knew the three week Everest Base Camp trek would be far more physically and mentally demanding than anything we’ve experienced.’

Although an un-traditional wedding, they still were able to don traditional wedding attire- with James in a tuxedo style suit and Ashley in a figure fitting embellished gown with faux-fur shawl. However, the couple still had to think practical of course, as underneath their suave wedding outfits; they had to wear hiking boots suitable to the conditions.

Charleton Churchill, Mount Everest Wedding

Following them on their pursuit was adventure wedding photographer Charleton Churchill who had a certain goal for the day…

He said: “I wanted to document a real couple getting married, the journey along the way, the pain, the happiness, the tiredness, the struggles, as well as the romantic chemistry of the couple…more than that, I wanted to portray the contrast that exists between the intimidatingly majestic mountains and the small, fragile love between two humans.”

Ashley had reached out to Charleton, after coming across his adventure wedding photography online and his desire to shoot a couple getting married on the epic mountain range. After it was suggested by Charleton to accompany them to get hitched on Mt Everest, the couple immediately seized the opportunity and began training.

Although weddings are usually a large family affair, James and Ashley made sure to keep loved ones and family ‘in the loop’ for the big day- with Charleton regularly posting updates on social media and recording live streams over the three-week trek. However it seems it was all worth it for the couple, as they got married on March 16, 2017 in the most outstanding, beautiful location allowing for breath-taking scenery and photography.

Documenting a wedding up to and at Mt. Everest Base Camp right in front of the Khumbu ice-fall where Sherpas lay ladders over deep crevasses for climbers to cross with the Himalayan mountain range surrounding us…can officially be the answer to the most asked question I get from you all: What has been your favorite wedding location? . We appeared on Fox40 news news this morning, CBS a few days ago, check out the interview on my Facebook link. . #mteverestwedding #adventureawaits #adventurethatislife #adventurewedding #stayandwander #exploremore #weddingphotos #weddingphotography #keepitwild #getlost #visualsgang #destinationwedding #adventurous #junebugweddings #bridalfashion #weddingphotographer #finditliveit #getoutdoors #getoutstayout #hikerslife #theoutbound #brides #goplaces #adventurevisuals #choosemountains #charletonchurchillphotography #visualsoflife #weddinginspo #everestbasecamp #mteverest

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Charleton Churchill, Mount Everest Wedding

 

Set Featured Image Credit: Charleton Churchill Photography 

Website: www.charletonchurchill.com