After surviving freezing temperatures, deep snow and altitude sickness, the bride and groom donned formal attire before saying their “I do’s” at the top of Mt. Everest.
A Californian couple went above and beyond to make their wedding day an incredibly special one. In fact, it took them over a year to prepare and three weeks to reach the location where they would eventually say “I do” – the top of Mt. Everest. However, all the effort was worth it.
32-year-old Ashley Schmeider and 35-year-old James Sisson are outdoor enthusiasts who have been excited to “tie the knot” for a while, reports The Daily Mail. However, they knew a traditional wedding wasn’t right for them.
“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,” she added.
For an entire year, the couple planned and trained for the expedition. Finally, it was time. They flew to Nepal in early March, accompanied by survivalist photographer Charleton Churchill. It took them the better part of three weeks to reach the 17,000-foot-high Base Camp Everest, where they finally said their vows and kissed in freezing cold temperatures.
In addition to braving deep snow and the unknown, the couple overcame altitude sickness together. It is not inaccurate to state that Churchill’s photos of the unorthodox wedding ceremony are monumentally epic.
Crisp white, rich blue and poignant gray from rugged stone stands out, as do the couple in their formal attire. Hopefully, their marriage lasts through harsh conditions as well as they do. Follow their journey on Instagram.
Following are extraordinary photos of their wedding on Mt. Everest:
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