This was a special one - one of the most emotional, personal, and joyous moments I have ever been a part of. I joined Brian and Mattie, along with four of their friends (now my friends), on a four day long backpacking trip during which Brian and Mattie would be getting married. We all met at the Wallowa Lake Lodge where we stayed and enjoyed dinner the night before setting out. We hit the trail early the next day after eating a bit of breakfast and maybe a mimosa or two. We left not knowing where the ceremony would take place, understanding that we'd know it when we found it. After two days of hiking in the beautiful Wallowa backcountry we found ourselves at Frazier Lake - a quiet lake under the mountains, the area nearby carpeted by wildflowers - this was it. We woke before sunrise to get ready under headlamp. There was this intense calm feeling in the air. The excitement of what was about to happen, mixed with the quiet of the lake, and the power of the mountains made for some magical energy. The ceremony was truly amazing - sunrise, in a field of wildflowers, two people so full of love for each other they couldn't contain it. I get misty eyed every time I look at their photos. We took some time to celebrate with a bottle of champagne that had been chilling with snow in a water bladder, took a few photos, and headed back on the trail, finishing up the last two days of hiking. I can't say enough about how awesome of an experience this was. The opportunity to create the strong bonds that only heading into the backcountry with someone can create, mixed with such a powerful display of joy and emotion made for the most memorable wedding I have ever been a part of. I'm so thankful I got to be there. Congrats Brian and Mattie! Love You!