Erik, Maggan and their six-month-old, Lova, came up to Mammoth from Los Angeles this week to have a low-key wedding on the top of the mountain.
It was an intimate, private affair which I think is exactly what they were looking for.
Sandra and Sarah from Green Fox Events understood Erik and Maggan’s vision and were able to pull it together with incredible precision. Megan from the Mammoth Mountain wedding team made sure they had the resources to make it happen and Carrie from Hair by Carrie G made Maggan look stunning.
As soon as the mountain closed to skiers, we jumped on the lower Panorama Gondola to the top. It was a brisk day, 2-degrees to be exact, but that didn’t really bother anybody. Erik and Maggan are from Sweden and this, they said, was no big deal.
We arrived to the top of the mountain to a candle-lit room downstairs at the gondola building with rose-petals on the stairs and sweet mountain tunes as the soundtrack.
After a quick and charismatic ceremony delivered by local officiant Fred Weatherly, Maggan and Erik and I went out the gondola building for some portraits. The top was enshrouded in a thin layer of clouds, but the valley to the west, towards Fresno Bowl, was glowing red in the sunset which made for an amazing backdrop. They may be Swedish, but nobody is immune to those kinds of temperatures so we didn’t last long but it was a memorable session–a bit more about survival than art but fun none the less.
After the formal photo session, we snapped a few more shots with Lova inside and then jumped back on the gondola down as it was getting dark. It was a short, fantastic wedding which is exactly what I think they wanted. It was different than most weddings we’ve shot but it was a refreshing change and it was exciting to see it executed so well.
We’ve got a New Year’s Eve wedding coming up, again on Mammoth Mountain. We’ll be shooting it on skis so it should be an awesome wedding with another different look than we’ve had lately, something like Michael and Stephanie’s Trash the Dress shoot last May. Keep posted for all of this.