Winter Wedding on the Ski Trail

Kelsey and Brian come to this valley to spend time in a natural setting – skiing, hiking, biking and so on. They were engaged on the Tawlks Foster Suspension Bridge over the Methow River on the MVSTA Community Trail. It is a place where everyone – locals and visitors alike – stops to take in the view and maybe enjoy the sight of spawning salmon in the fall or American Dippers singing in the winter.

When it came time to plan their wedding, Kelsey and Brian decided that they wanted to share this special place with their friends and family, during a special time for them – winter! Never mind that many of their guests had never skied or snow shoed and perhaps also were unprepared for the potential rigors of a winter day in the Methow. They knew that these folks would enjoy the experience and maybe even come to love it as Kelsey and Brian do.

Back in October as we talked about the wedding day, none of us imagined that we were going to have the lowest snow totals in perhaps forty years! And no one imagined that in January we might be faced with (shudder) rain! But that’s what happened. They had planned to dress in their formal clothes and ski to the bridge for the ceremony! Not only are they active outdoor recreationists but they are also competitive ballroom dancers. It turns out (I learned a lot last weekend) that dancers have special clothes made for ease of movement so Brian already owned a stretchy tux that would be good for skiing and Kelsey had a gorgeous beaded dress made not only for their wedding but also for future dance events!

We began the day with formal photos on their covered porch while it lightly rained all around us. The discussion centered around when should they make a decision to change plans and how would they reach everyone. However both of them still wanted to be married in that place that is so special to them, no matter the weather. They changed into some winter clothes while keeping some of the wedding finery and we all walked to the site. Their hardy guests all arrived with smile on their faces – via skis, snowshoes and their own two feet. Some thoughtful guests used a sled to pull in a complete setup to make hot buttered rum drinks!

After the ceremony and few warm drinks, people dispersed to change for the night’s event at the Winthrop Barn where they were greeted by giant frozen votive candle holders outside and inside a Barn that no one would surely recognize. The décor was quite amazing, thanks to Melanie Whitaker and her crew. Noah Ashford provided dance music for everyone and the locally inspired food came from the delectable Arrowleaf Bistro. After dinner, the bride and groom exchanged chocolates and danced the night away.


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It was a beautiful winter wedding! Many thanks to Kelsey and Brian for including us in their big day. We wish you a lifetime of happy times together.


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