Magical Backcountry Wedding Wearing Sophia Tolli
September 24, 2018
When bride Jana reached out to us and shared her wedding photos, they were so unique we had to see more! Jana looked beautiful in our Sophia Tolli strapless mermaid gown featuring an asymmetrical lace skirt and tiered tulle underskirt. Her dress is no longer available, however "Begonia" or "Eleni" rock a similar look. Jana described her day (actually her wedding week!) so well that we'll let her words speak for us:
"My wedding was much more than a day, but instead an almost week-long adventure. We decided to get married on a remote beach in the Pacific North West. To get there, everyone and everything had to be hiked in 3 mi (5km) each way. And of course, as the rules of the backcountry go, if you pack it in, you must pack it out!
The first day my husband and I packed in all of our camping gear and then did a second trip with all of our wedding needs. This included my dress! To keep it looking beautiful for my big day, I put a table cloth over my arm and then carried my dress across a technical and muddy trail. Thankfully, my dress made it to the beach in perfect condition!
The next day we walked along the beach collecting buoys to create an alter. My husband also started a rock spiral at the alter. Our guests completed it over the days leading up to the wedding. We had 50 guests to our wedding and a handful arrived multiple days before to help with the preparations. About half the people camped for the weekend, the remainder for a night, and only two people came just for the day.
Our wedding could not have happened without our friends and all of the help that they gave us! The week before our wedding many people prepared food and brought it to our home. On the wedding day a friend picked up the food at 5am and drove it to the trail head (about a six-hour drive), where she was met by a bunch of other guests who hiked out to bring all of the food in. Our guests did all of the cooking and cleaning. One guest even surprised us by making us a wedding cake!
The morning of our wedding I began the day spearfishing and then showered with a solar shower and dried my hair with the help of the fire. I had a small mirror and a butane curling iron to make myself beautiful. To keep my dress pristine, I placed table cloths on the ground to stand on. Despite having a back country wedding I chose a dress with a train. I thought it would look epic trailing behind me in the sand. Surprisingly enough, my dress is still white!
My husband and I bound ourselves to each other on a beautiful, secluded beach with waves crashing in behind us. The weather was perfect and foggy, which was amazing light for the photographs. It was not a conventional wedding, but most of our guests said it was the best wedding that they have ever been to. We invited everyone that we loved to join us, but only those who were determined to face nature and the back country could. For all of those people I am forever grateful for making my back country wedding a magical experience!"