As a rock climber, I've been to a handful of unique, nature abundant weddings. Climbers often have an extra appreciation for nature and the wild places where they spend much of their free-time. This is true for my good friends Nate and Liz. They met and shared a mutual love for rock climbing, skiing, hiking, and embracing all that mountains have to offer. It came as no surprise when they announced they would be getting married at Snowbowl, the local ski resort in Flagstaff, Arizona, and that they would be skiing down the "aisle" with their entire wedding party.
Both Nate and Liz would be wearing white - Nate had found an incredible, James Bond like Tuxedo. Liz wanted me to include lavender, one of her favorite flowers and colors, and fresh pine from Flagstaff into her bouquets. We kept the flowers simple and elegant, knowing they'd look stunning against the backdrop of the snowy slopes, pine trees, and that end-of-the-ski-day sunset glow.
For the ceremony, Nate and Liz and their wedding party hopped into their ski boots and skis before riding the lift up to the top of a ski run just minutes before the ceremony began. The ceremony chairs were arranged in the snow near one of the lodges. As guests, we all bundled up in our seats and watched as Nate expertly skiid down in his white tux, came to a perfect halt at the end of the aisle, popped off his skis, and walked down the snowy aisle. The rest of the wedding party followed. Finally, Liz came floating down the mountain in her white dress, skiing pole-less and gracefully down the slope. She popped off her skis, took her bouquet in hand, and walked down the aisle in her purple boots. Scroll on for the incredible photos of this wintery wedding in the snow.
Photos by @photosbysecondstar