Ashleigh and Jake had just moved to Vancouver, Washington when they came across Mt. Hood Skibowl and knew right away it was the perfect place for them to get married. They let nature do most of their decorating, choosing deep plum tones for their bridal party and soft white florals (including a stunning floral crown that let Ashleigh’s inner hippie shine!) by Nancy’s Floral. The newlyweds positively glow in these photos Naba Zabih Photography and you’re absolutely going to want to see how they got from the ceremony to the reception (spoiler alert: it may be the most fun way we’ve ever seen!), so make sure to check out all the photos and read more in the bride’s own words below!
How did you meet?
Jake and I met in undergrad. He was a wrestler and I was a cheerleader who shared many mutual friends, which led to us dating.
What is your proposal story?
Jake proposed to me in the simplest, intimate setting. We had woken up and when my back was turned Jake got down on one knee. I was completely taken aback and sat there stunned for what felt like eternity. Once my words started to form, YES tumbled out over and over as I started crying. It was the perfect moment that we can forever cherish as just ours.
What were your favorite parts of the day?
It’s so hard to name just a few. One of the best memories is riding the alpine slides down as a wedding party to the reception. My favorite memory from the entire wedding would have to be when Jake and I did our sneak peek before the ceremony. We rode the ski lift to the very top of the mountain; Jake in front of me so he couldn’t see until we were at the top. We read vows to each other just the two of us and it was just another moment that we get to cherish just us two together.
What did you do for favors?
Favors included a welcome bag in guest’s hotel rooms with all of the wedding essentials: water, snacks, tylenol (for the hangover lol), and info for things to do. At the wedding reception guests were given cookies with our initials engraved and Oregon wildflower seed packets.
Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?
In my bridal bouquet, I had a wooden cross my grandpa had carved, a rosary from my grandma, and a handkerchief from my great grandma.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Don’t stress out so much! It’s important to remember this day is about you committing the rest of your life to your partner and if all of the details aren’t perfect it’s ok!
Why a Mountain Wedding?
THE SCENERY!!! I barely used any decorations because the nature does all of the work. Our pictures were STUNNING. It also was an absolute unique experience for most of our guests.
What’s your biggest piece of advice for other couples planning a mountain wedding?
Biggest piece of advice is think about the time of year and how the weather will be. It was pretty hot during the ceremony but cooled down significantly by reception time. Also, let your guests know that heels don’t mix very well with the mountainside.
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