A Winter Wedding on the Ski Slopes of France
A guest travel article from the newly married Sylvia Kenny
We enjoy a skiing holiday every year with family and friends. When we were planning our informal wedding ceremony we decided a celebration on the slopes would be ideal. We could ski all day and then enjoy a celebration on the slopes with our family. Our first task was to find a celebrant to conduct the ceremony. Kay Evans is English and lives in Morzine in France. She is a celebrant and can organise other aspects of the wedding for you including the ceremony itself, the venue, food, flowers, transport etc. We contacted her via her website www.alwaysnumberone.co.uk
We asked her to help us find a venue. We wanted a location we could ski to but also somewhere accessible by road as we had our two little grandchildren in the party – Maisie aged 3 years and Tilly aged one. We envisaged a location with stunning views where we could hold our celebration on the slopes, with a nice restaurant nearby for our wedding breakfast. We chatted with Kay via Skype and discussed some options. We finally settled on Le Chasse Montagne on the slopes near Les Gets.
We arrived in Morzine on Saturday, 5 January 2013 and the wedding was planned for Tuesday. We met with Kay at the venue on Sunday and were thrilled with the location and the stunning views. We chose a place on the slopes to hold our ceremony but Kay had also arranged an alternative location inside if the weather was poor. We were enjoying blue skies and sunshine and hoping they would last.
On Tuesday we awoke to beautiful weather. As planned, our party skied all day and met at the venue towards the end of the day whilst the sun was still shining. We held our simple ceremony on the slopes which included poems read by some of our family. The bottles of champagne, which had been pushed into the snow to chill during the ceremony, were opened and served and we celebrated and enjoyed the stunning views. Eventually we went inside, took off our ski boots and enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of Le Chasse Montagne, an auberge typical of the Savoie region. The staff were very welcoming and wanted to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. After enjoying a delicious celebratory meal we relaxed in front of a log fire before returning to our chalet to cut the skiing wedding cake. An amazing day!
We thanked the staff at Le Chasse Montagne for being so friendly and welcoming and making sure we had a wonderful time. We thanked Kay for everything she did to make our dream come true – for selecting a superb location, for helping us plan our ceremony and for calming our nerves on the day. Her knowledge and experience were invaluable.