You know you have cool friends when one of them asks if you are interested in photographing his wedding on a glacier. I never for a minute thought he was joking—it made perfect sense to me. Russ and I were backcountry skiing last November when he first mentioned his and Kala’s plans to get married in the wilderness. Both Kala and Russ have bagged dozens of peaks, routes, climbs, scrambles, skis, ridges, saddles and anything else on a mountain in the Pacific Northwest. I did not doubt Russ and Kala’s resolve to have a wedding perched on the side of a mountain; but once I ventured onto the Sulphide glacier with them and two dozen guests and the weather turned, I began to wonder if it would really happen.
Ross and Cara threw down in wine town. Threw down wedding vows, that is—and one hell of a party. A HUGE thank you to the Nesbitts and Gualcos for inviting me to be a part of the weekend. I had the privilege of getting to know Ross and Cara while attending Loyola in Chicago, IL. I sat next to Cara in my very first class at Loyola, Theology: Moral Issues in Business. I quickly became friends with her and Ross; many of my best memories of Chicago involve going out on the town with these two. In the years that followed graduation, it has been fun keeping up with them as our careers, geographies and relationships evolve. The coming together of Ross, Cara, family and friends in Sonoma for their wedding on August 21, 2009 made for a truly spectacular weekend.
Meet Josh and Andrea. They met sometime during 2k7 and fell in love. Josh decided to make it honest over Christmas that year, and that’s when he called me. I’m the guy in the middle, doing my best to conduct a wedding ceremony. They were married on October 25, 2008 in Fort Collins, Colorado. (continue reading…)