Life: Adventures in…Marriage?

I recently took a weekend away from my still-snowy life here in Colorado to attend a still-snowy wedding location near Sierra City, California. This wee mountain town is just north of Tahoe. Patty—an American friend I met in Chamonix, France—married Phil—a Scottish guy I also met in Cham (Phil, at right—in kilt). I haven’t been to many adventurous weddings, but this one definitely falls into that category. Wedding guests skied, snowshoed, or snowmobiled into the ceremony location at Sardine Lake.

Skis were lined up all over the place, and guests wore comfy, casual outdoor clothing for this part of the day. One guy even set up a camping stove to make much-welcomed mugs of hot cocoa and coffee.

Bride Patty in her sparkly-studded ski suit looked like a mountain-girl rockstar, right at home in this spectacular Sierra landscape.

After exchanging vows, the newlyweds posed for photos while guests ate sausage sandwiches…

…and then Patty revved up the sled for a ride back into town.

Later that evening, guests gathered at the Sierra City Community Hall to celebrate.

The Community Hall had been transformed from a small-town meeting place to a fancy dining establishment with a live band.

For this part of the evening, guests wore their best, and Patty looked amazing swirling around in her long white gown.

Everything about this wedding felt like a grand adventure—traveling to and fro, exploring a tiny mountain town, staying in a backwoods cabin, drinking coffee with friends at the only open café. But—what sticks with me now even more than the adventure of it all is this: LOVE.

For more on Patty and Phil’s Sierra Ring Swap, including some amazing photo albums, check out their wedding site:


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