Couple Gets Married On Mt. Everest. Meh, I’ve Seen Better

Couple Gets Married On Mt. Everest. Meh, I’ve Seen Better

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Getting married on Mt. Everest tops everyone and always will

A California couple decided to outdo basically everyone in regard to epic wedding photos that can’t be easily recreated. That’s because they were literally three weeks of treacherous climbing in the making. The couple and their photographer trekked to the top of Mount Everest to capture the bride and groom saying, “I do.”

And we’ll all be over here saying, “Good for you, but NOPE.”

Ashley Schmeider and James Sisson clearly weren’t cool with a reception at a local restaurant (even with an open bar?) or vows said on a beautiful beach. They took shit to the limit by promising ’til death do them part at the top of the tallest mountain in the world where people have actually died. Your wedding at an abandoned barn doesn’t seem so amazing now, eh?

According to Bored Panda, Ashley, 32, and James, 35, spent a year training and planning for their feat of strength wedding in Nepal and (apparently very fit) photographer Charleton Churchill came with.

Obviously, there were no other guests. Because, oh my God.

Made it to Dingboche at 14,500 feet, and we can feel the altitude here. Both James and Ashley are well, a little headache and loss of appetite which is natural at this altitude, but they are both tearing up the trail. I'm glad to have them on this adventure of a lifetime. We are here for another day, three more camps and we are at Everest Base camp. (live video updates via my Facebook page). . #mteverestwedding #adventureawaits #adventurethatislife #adventurewedding #stayandwander #exploremore #weddingphotos #weddingphotography #keepitwild #getlost #visualsgang #destinationwedding #adventurous #elopement #thegreatoutdoors #outsidemagazine #finditliveit #getoutdoors #getoutstayout #hikerslife #theoutbound #himalayas #goplaces #adventurevisuals #choosemountains #charletonchurchillphotography #visualsoflife #weddinginspo #everestbasecamp #mteverest

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Can you imagine getting that save the date? “Come one, come all, risk your lives to watch Ashley and James tie the knot!” Luckily, the adventurous couple seemed to understand that an Everest climb would be asking a bit much of the average wedding guest. Or, human being in general. This makes your cousin’s assumption that you can afford a three-day weekend in the Bahamas for her destination wedding seem eminently reasonable.

The three-week trek is one thing, but tons of preparation before the actual event goes into an Everest climb including altitude training. Ashley and James, along with their photographer, reached the 17,000-foot-high Base Camp Everest after weeks of climbing and finally said their vows in the freezing cold.

They dealt with altitude sickness, tons of snow and sub-zero temperatures, but, worth it? They have the ultimate social media photos that no one will ever be able to top, and, oh yeah. Special memories to last a lifetime or whatever.


My bridal party survived the bachelor and bachelorette parties as well as the rehearsal dinner without anyone throwing up or sobbing drunk tears, which I felt was a feat worthy of note, but this couple had to go and outdo everyone.

All joking aside, these photos are indescribably beautiful and imagining all the planning and prep it took to make them happen is nothing short of mind-blowing. Churchill and this brave couple deserve every bit of praise and viral fame heaped upon them.

Here's a behind-the-scenes shot while shooting James and Ashley Schmieder after they saw each other for the first time in wedding attire around 4 degrees Fahrenheit, up near 17,500 feet, near Kala Patar, day before base camp. (Mt. Everest is the darker mountain in the back on the right with the cloud cover). . Tomorrow I'm posting on the blog the actual wedding images. . #mteverestwedding #adventureawaits #adventurethatislife #adventurewedding #stayandwander #exploremore #weddingphotos #weddingphotography #keepitwild #getlost #visualsgang #destinationwedding #adventurous #elopement #thegreatoutdoors #outsidemagazine #finditliveit #getoutdoors #getoutstayout #hikerslife #theoutbound #himalayas #goplaces #adventurevisuals #choosemountains #charletonchurchillphotography #visualsoflife #weddinginspo #everestbasecamp #mteverest

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But we still have to say it.