Tuesday 21 November 2017

Irish couple marry on mountain – and snowboard to reception

Carla and Jason Lee from Naas, Co Kildare
Carla and Jason Lee from Naas, Co Kildare

Aishling Phelan

An Irish couple got married at the top of the picturesque Austrian mountains yesterday before snowboarding down to their wedding reception.

Carla and Jason Lee from Naas in Kildare exchanged their vows against a backdrop of beautiful white mountains and dustings of snow.

The newlyweds travelled to Soll in Austria to have the special ceremony at the top of a ski slope for a truly white wedding.

Speaking on Tubridy on RTÉ 2fm from the hills of Austria the new bride said, ‘‘It’s a huge important day of our lives and we just wanted to spend it somewhere special, with the people most close to us, doing something that we love.’’

The couple gathered wedding guests at the top of the Hohe Salve Mountains and used ski lifts for those that couldn’t make it to the top themselves.

‘‘Well they weren’t going to miss it, put it that way. You tell them you’re getting married at the top of a mountain and people are like 'well we have to see this.'"

‘‘My mam doesn’t ski but she just got in the gondola, like a six-seater little bus that brought them up the mountain so they could come back down in them as well and they could look down and see us coming down the [slope] underneath,’’ she added.

Guests formed an artificial aisle as they lined up to watch the ceremony in their ski gear.

‘‘We went up there yesterday and we had a wedding blessing, then we just got on our snowboards and snowboarded down the mountain to our reception,’’ she explained.

Family and friends joined the pair to celebrate their wedding on the slopes and the newlyweds met the rest of their guests at the bottom of the mountain.


‘‘We wanted to do something different, we were always thinking about going away and we both love snowboarding so it eventually all came together.

‘‘We said why don’t we bring the two together and that’s how it happened,’’ she explained.

Presenter Ryan Tubridy insisted, ‘‘It is without a doubt the whitest wedding I’ve ever seen in the whole world ever.’’

Ribbons stitched into the bottom of her dress allowed Carla to pull the dress to the top of her ski boots as she snaked down the mountain.

‘‘I had the dress all pulled up really funky-looking for doing the blessing and getting all our photographs,’’ she said.


She wore a white-ruffled dress with delicate beading and an off-white fur coat.

‘‘It’s a beautiful place absolutely and the people are just so friendly, we couldn’t have picked a nicer spot,’’ she said.

‘‘From the moment you went up the mountains to the moment we walked home last night at 4am, it was just amazing,’’ she said.

Spectators cheered and watched the wedding from a balcony in a restaurant nearby and complimented the couple on their unusual wedding afterwards.

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