This Couple Actually Climbed Mount Everest To Get Married — And The Photos Are Seriously Stunning

"It’s one of the most epic and beautiful locations in the world that’s difficult to get to, and nobody’s done it before."

Everyone wants their wedding to be an epic, unforgettable day, but this California couple turned their's into a three week journey. Thirty-five-year-old James Sisson and 32-year-old Ashley Schmeider were the first couple to exchange vows in a wedding dress and tux at Mount Everest Base Camp (EBC). 

"It's one of the most epic and beautiful locations in the world that's difficult to get to, and nobody's done it before. So we are thrilled to have finally pulled it off," the adventure wedding photographer, Charleton Churchill, wrote on his blog. "We trained for the year and planned to be on the mountain for 2-3 weeks in order to acclimatize our way up to base camp so James and Ashley can get married and get a few photos."

Last year, Ashley reached out to Churchill and told him they wanted an adventure wedding, but hadn't decided on a destination. Churchill was actually the one who came up with the Mt. Everest idea, and the couple absolutely loved it. 

The journey was not an easy one, however. They spent three weeks hiking up to the 17,000-foot-high EBC in freezing temperatures which ranged from -5 degrees to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Sisson suffered from altitude sickness during the journey and Churchill got food poisoning. 


"Both James and Ashley made for great trail partners," Churchill wrote. "We were like family. Ashley is 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."

When they finally arrived at EBC, they were told they'd only have 1 hour and 30 minutes to eat, get married, take photos, and pack up, so that's what they did. 

"James and Ashley exchanged vows at Mt. 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," Churchill wrote.

Even though the trip was extremely physically and mentally challenging, the couple wanted to start their marriage off on an adventurous foot. And, even though their time at the EBC was shorter than they thought it would be, the photos still came out stunning. 

You can check some of them out below. 


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