Having photographed a number of weddings in my time, I have been to some rather unique locations. None, however, have been as unique as Kelly & Christian’s wedding.
I woke at 5am, packed all my ski and camera gear into my car, and headed to the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Portland. It was there that all the guests gathered to take a bus up to the mountain for a day of skiing. The 1985 smash hit Better Off Dead (starring John Cusack) played on the overhead tvs throughout the bus.
When we arrived at Mt Hood Meadows, guests bundled up in their ski gear and hit the slopes.
Now, the weeks leading up to the wedding, I practiced the art of skiing with all of my camera gear. I wanted to make sure I would be able to properly transition on and off the ski lift and experience skiing while photographing. I also wanted to scout out the ideal locations for capturing portraits with the couple. It just so happened that the days I practiced skiing on the mountain were days when the sun was out and there was little to no wind. Anyone who is a skier knows that the weather on the mountain is unpredictable. Well the weather forecast on the mountain changed a number of times leading up to the wedding day. The end result was a day mixed with snow, light rain at times, and heavy clouds. It made for great lighting for photos but a bit more challenging for skiing.
Luckily, I had my ski partner Alan Weiner capturing photos as well. The two of us followed along with Kelly & Christian, hitting some of the best trails Mt Hood Meadows has to offer, and capturing the couple doing what they love the most – skiing together.
In the afternoon, everyone gathered indoors for a fireside ceremony. The floor to ceiling windows offered an exquisite view of the ski trails and made the perfect setting for the ceremony and the reception.
A special thanks to Events by Lisa Marie for coordinating this epic event, Steve with A Beautiful Ceremony NW for officiating, and all of the vendors who came together to make Kelly & Christian’s wedding a skiing success!
Congratulations to Kelly & Christian! Thank you for the incredible honor of documenting your wedding. It goes down in the history books as one of the most (if not THE most) unique wedding experiences ever.