On top of the world! Couple spend three WEEKS trekking through the snow to tie the knot on Mount Everest (and the bride STILL wears a wedding dress)
James Sissom, 35, and Ashley Schmieder, 32, from California, tied the knot at Mount Everest Base Camp
Couple faced difficult terrain, altitude sickness and sub-zero temperatures on the gruelling three-week trip
Every moment was captured by a specialist wedding photographer who achieved breathtaking results
Every couple wants their wedding day to be one to remember, but this couple went above and beyond to make sure theirs was unlike any other.
James Sissom, 35, and Ashley Schmieder, 32, from California, travelled thousands of miles and spent days trekking through the snow to tie the knot on Mount Everest.
The adventurous newlyweds, who spent a year planning the trip, braved freezing temperatures, gruelling terrain and altitude sickness on their way to Everest Base Camp, where they exchanged vows at 17,000ft above sea level.
On top of the world: James Sissom and Ashley Schmeider travelled thousands of miles to tie the knot on Mount Everest
Gruelling: The adventurous couple, pictured, spent months training for the three-week trek to Everest Base Camp
Touch of tradition: Ashley slipped into her breathtaking strapless wedding gown inside the team’s tent, pictured
Ashley said: ‘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.
While the ceremony was certainly unconventional, the couple brought a touch of tradition to the occasion with their outfits. Ashley looked radiant in a figure-hugging embellished gown while James looked dashing in a suit.
Unforgettable: The couple were snapped by specialist adventure wedding photographer Charleton Churchill
Sensible shoes: While many brides splash out on heels for their wedding day, Ashley opted for a pair of practical hiking boots
ramatic: The newlyweds were captured in their wedding finery against the breathtaking backdrop of the mountain range
Man and wife: The intrepid couple exchanged vows – and rings – at Everest Base Camp, some 17,000ft above sea level
Sealed with a kiss: The couple hold each other in a loving embrace as they celebrate their marriage in the clouds
Natural beauty: The snow-capped peaks of the mountain range provided a spectacular backdrop for the wedding photos
View from the top: Arms wrapped around each other, the newlyweds gaze towards the world’s highest peak
The day was documented by specialist adventure wedding photographer Charleton Churchill, from California, who accompanied the couple to document the incredible journey.
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.’
On their way: After a year of planning, James and Ashley set off from their home in California to start their trek in Nepal