These days, most couples spend months and months planning their wedding ceremony. The perfect location, the perfect dress, flowers, make-up, music, and everything is of high importance and therefore, a lot of research is done before selecting the right things. Depending on the creativity and the abilities of the couple, the wedding will be quite magical and if you are someone who is planning to have your wedding in near future, you would know how devoted you should be to plan out every tiny detail.
Ashley Schmelder and James Sisson always wanted their wedding ceremony to be special. They spent a whole year planning and training for their wedding ceremony because they decided to hold it in a very special place. They wanted to say their vows on the top of Mount Everest and it was not an easy thing to do from the first place.
Along with their photographer, Charleton Churchill, they landed on Nepal back in early March and along with their guests, they spent three weeks to reach the base camp of Everest. The couple, photographer, as well as the guests, were quite overwhelmed with this experience as it was nothing like anything they had ever experienced before.
The severe weather conditions, sudden illnesses, and freezing temperatures allowed everyone to strengthen their bonds and to get to know each other well.
Explaining this, the photographer said that,
“The temperatures ranged from -8 degrees to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. So, your hands would quickly freeze if left out of the gloves, like when I tried to film and take photos. I had to turn a live Facebook filming off because my hands were burning cold…
Also, James and Ashley married in the -5 degrees to 5 degrees Fahrenheit range and her wedding dress. “We especially had to keep her warm… downing soup, food, drinking hot liquids, and moving, all vital.”
The couple breaks a few records to become the first couple to ever successfully hold a marriage ceremony on Mount Everest in traditional wedding garb.
“I had attempted base camp with another [couple] in 2015, but the devastating earthquake in Nepal, including the massive avalanche that swept EBC [Everest Base Camp], turned everyone around off the mountain. I wasn’t sure if I would find another couple to get married on Everest anytime soon.”
Ashley contacted him last year on Instagram, asking for his suggestion on a destination, as she wanted an adventurous wedding.
He advised them to tie the knot on Everest, and they agreed.
Churchill recounted on his website:
“Both James and Ashley made great trail partners. We were like a family. Ashley is a tough girl who crushed it on the mountain trail and maintained a great pace.
James is a great man who took care of Ashley, always looking after her needs. Plus, he’s a comedian who made us laugh often. It can be difficult after a few days on a long mountain trek with all the pressure and lack of resources to maintain a smile, but we did well.”
On March 16, 2017, “James and Ashley exchanged vows at Mount Everest Base Camp right in front of the famous Khumbu ice-fall where people use ladders to maneuver over crevasses, and with the beautifully carved Nuptse Face in the backdrop.
Their epic wedding was surrounded by all these famous mountains. It was beautiful, short, and we captured a few photos before packing and getting ready to leave.”
Photos are really important, especially on events like weddings, as when some memories fade, photos are there to remind us of the great moments we experienced.
Every single photo tells a different story, and the amazing ones this couple took reveal a unique one! So, if you are also looking for some thriving ideas for your wedding, you can check Charlton’s page and get some more information!