eddings of every type are magical and wonderful. It doesn't matter if they're gigantic, sparkly, over-the-top parties for thousands of people or a simple elopement at a courthouse or in an empty field. Love is great, and weddings celebrate love, so they're magical and wonderful by association.
That being said...
There are some couples who decide to go the extra mile when planning their wedding.
But James and Ashley didn't just go the extra mile, they went the extra 29,029 feet and got married on Mount Everest.
This is the man who made it all possible.
His name is Charleton Churchill and he’s an adventure wedding photographer.
Yep! The job “adventure wedding photographer” exists, and it is exactly as epic as it sounds. So what does his career entail?
Basically, people hire him to photograph their weddings in amazing places like Yosemite National Park, Denali National Park, and Iceland.
Earlier this year, Churchill photographed one of his most epic weddings yet.
And this extra special wedding was made even better by the extra special couple.
This is James and Ashley.
Last year, Ashley reached out Churchill and asked if he’d be willing to photograph a destination wedding for her and her fiancé, James. She didn’t have any solid ideas of where they wanted to get married, but was thinking of going some place tropical.
Churchill had other plans.
Rather than a tropical destination, Churchill suggested James and Ashley get married on Mount Everest.
And they agreed to it!
Successfully photographing a wedding on Mount Everest was especially important to Churchill, so he was thrilled that James and Ashley were game.
Back in 2015, he attempted to photograph another couple on Mount Everest, but a devastating earthquake struck Nepal and the path to Mount Everest Base Camp (EBC) was completely covered by an avalanche. Churchill and the couple had to make other plans, but he didn’t give up his goal of photographing a couple at EBC.
As you might expect, the hike was intense.
Churchill, James, and Ashley trained for a year to make the trip. Once they actually got to Kathmandu, the actual hike up to the base camp took nine days.
Even though they had undergone a lot of preparation, the hike wasn’t without it’s challenges.
First of all, it was cold. Like, super cold. Between -8 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit cold. At one point, Churchill had to quit filming a Facebook Live video because his hands were so cold. As if the drastic change in altitude and below freezing temperatures weren’t enough, Churchill also suffered from food poisoning for a few nights.
As you can see in this video, though, the three were able to keep a sense of humor throughout the harrowing journey.
Finally, they made it to Mount Everest Base Camp. Here's a video of them celebrating their ascent.
The night before they arrived, James (the groom) woke up feeling like he was suffocating. The group’s guide managed to hook him up to oxygen, but health concerns meant they had to adjust their plans.
In order to keep James safe, the group was told they’d only have an hour and half at EBC to eat, get married, pack up, and get on a helicopter. Due to the new time crunch, James, Ashley, and Churchill quickly got to work.