For those brides and grooms that are planning a wedding to beat all wedding venues this year, you may have to get in line right behind California couple James Sissom, 35, and Ashley Schmeider, 32. The video and amazing photos capture the destination wedding of a lifetime. According to Fox News, tying the knot at the top of the world on Mt. Everest was more than a notion for the newlyweds.
For this young married couple making the decision to trek 8 days up some of the most difficult terrain on Earth as well as fight sub-zero temperatures and altitude sickness had to be well worth the marriage vow to be coupled on top of the world’s tallest mountain.
The whole idea of even considering the wild notion of marrying on top of Mount Everest came into being after Schmeider read the book “Into Thin Air,” which recounts the experience of the author during the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. For some reason that disaster gave birth to the idea that Schmieder and her then significant other Sissom had to tackle the formidable climb.
As time went on, the need to take this item out of their bucket list developed from a notion that now would become a reality. Schmeider said. “This is already something we had planned on doing in the future, but not necessarily for a wedding,” according to Fox News.
Once the adventurous couple decided on locking down their nuptials in March they contacted noted photographer Charleton Churchill and asked him to accompany them and memorialize the once in a lifetime event according to USA Today.
Before the couple could enjoy the invigorating brisk feeling of mountain air at the top of Mount Everest they had to put together their team of guides, cooks, porters and then fly for 15 hours to Nepal. On March 16, the day of their wedding to end all weddings they were 17,500 feet in the air. And both of them and their expert photographer were ready to make wedding magic.
One could only imagine how the frigid couple could withstand the unbelievable frigid weather during the photo shoot which took 25 minutes, according to USA Today. Not to worry though, Both Sissom and Schmeider wore thermal underwear beneath their suit and dress.
The photographs and memories that showcase this marriage on the top of the world are incredible. The new bride agreed, she mused, “We couldn’t believe we were finally there, and exchanging our vows was kind of the cherry on the sundae,” Schmieder said. “It was pretty special,” reported USA Today.