Swapping high heels and brogues for ski and board boots, the bridal party attracted cheers, hugs and impromptu photo-ops with holiday makers in Champoluc on Thursday! Mr and Mrs Morgan had practised skiing in non-traditional attire earlier in the week when they took to the slopes as a 10ft T-rex and Marge Simpson with their band of merry men and women – including, a shark, Donald Trump, two Mexicans, and several (if not quite seven) dwarfs. We were left guessing at what the fancy dress theme could possibly be, but it all made sense once we were told it was things beginning with the bride and groom’s initials (S, D, G, M)!
Looking altogether more glamorous on the day they tied the knot, Stephanie and Gary were treated to a sunny outdoor ceremony in Antagnod, before heading for the Del Lago blue run from the top of the La Mandria chair lift.
The bride and her bridesmaids all had their dresses tailored to enable them to wear beautiful long dresses for the ceremony (obscuring their ski socks!) that would ‘hitch’ up in style for skiing later in the day!
Blue skies, a relatively warm day and spectacular views provided the perfect backdrop for the time of their lives and some very unique wedding photos! No one had to be told to smile for photos as guests, onlookers and our own Ski 2 staff grinned from ear to ear at the sheer joy of the day.
All that remains is to thank Steph and Gary and all of their guests for sharing this wonderful occasion with us.
We asked Steph and Gary, our bride and groom, to tell us how they are feeling in the run up to their Ski 2 wedding this week. Here’s what they had to say:
What are you most excited about?
We are most excited about having all of our friends and family together for the whole week doing what we love! As well as getting married! We have looked forward to this week since exactly a year ago when we came to visit Champoluc and skied the area and decided on venues etc. We absolutely fell in love with the place! That day seems like a dream now!
How did the ski wedding idea come about?
We both love our winter holidays in the mountains. Gary snowboards and I ski, which means I can go a lot faster in style. So much so that on our 4th date (yes, I am that person, I counted!) we went to Glenshee in Scotland (March 2013) on a ski date! 5 hours from where we live!
When Gary proposed in Kitzbuhel (January 2015), at the bottom of the Hahnenkamm run no less, we just knew then that it had to be a ski wedding!
Are any of your guests first time skiers?
There are a few of our guests who are setting off on their maiden ski, I would say we are split 50/50 to skiers and non-skiers! Lots of the guests are looking forward to skiing in their wedding wear!
Other than the ski wedding, what exciting things have you got planned for the week?
We are having a fancy dress party on Tuesday which is combined with a 2nd birthday, so that should be fun! We’ve got little ones, nieces/nephews and god children that are skiing for their first time… they too are so excited! On Friday we are having a BBQ at Lo Bistrot and combining that with a 60th birthday party, so that’s quite cool!
Thank you to Steph and Gary for taking the time to talk to us in between last minute champagne-buying in France. If you are interested in organising a Ski 2 wedding for next season, please contact our wedding planner, Fiona
“Thank you to everyone at Ski 2 in Champoluc for making our day more special than we could have imagined!”- Mrs Zoe Noble Atkins, February 2017
Against a backdrop of majestic mountains and blue skies, the beautiful town hall in Antagnod created a romantic setting for bride and groom Zoe and David to tie the knot on Wednesday. The town hall features patterns on every surface – herringbone tiles, delicately painted interior and exterior walls, and beautiful wooden furniture. The bride entered the ceremony via a carved wooden staircase to a room full of guests who were all beautifully attired and snow-booted!
Following the ceremony, where a few happy tears were shed, the guests were whisked off in a small fleet of Ski 2 minivans. The newlyweds followed in style, from boarding the funicular train to arriving at the reception on the slopes side saddle on the back of a snowmobile!
Enjoying the Mountains
Bubbly in the sun and boards of local delicacies, including charcuterie and cheese, awaited the wedding party under a white marquee – energising some guests for time on the slopes. The children took (fearlessly!) to sledges and the bride and groom and a few guests strapped on their boots and took a run on the pistes.
The Evening Celebrations
A magical day was topped off by a delicious dinner in a private dining area at Lo Bistrot and, against a starry sky, a personal choreographed fireworks display by dual qualified professional pyro-technician and ski instructor Nick Roberts!
If you’d like to share your special day with us, please contact us to discuss your dream wedding!
We are looking forward to welcoming David Noble, Zoe Atkins and their wedding party to the resort this month.
David and Zoe decided to have a ski-wedding as they have been snowboarding together for the past eight years, enjoy the mountain environment and wanted to have a small, intimate ceremony with their close friends and family. We met with them in order to discuss the resort of Champoluc as well as the options for a ski wedding available to them. Working closely with them has enabled us to tailor their day according to their preferences; from flower arrangements and activities, to wedding meals and fireworks displays.
David and Zoe’s travelling party is 21 people strong; most of whom shall be skiing or snowboarding, and some for their first time. They have found it hugely gratifying that so many people will be sharing their passion for snow sports in order to celebrate their big day. We have two reception meals planned; the first is an afternoon buffet style meal in a mountain restaurant, with a second, more formal evening meal in a village hotel. The evening will then be capped off with a short firework display.
Where possible, David and Zoe have tried to add a personal touch to the wedding procedures; Zoe has handmade their wedding rings, the best man has crafted rustic place cards and they will be using David’s old snowboard as a guestbook for everyone to sign.
For more information about our ski weddings and to discuss your own specific requirements , please call Roger on 01962 713330.
Heather and Paul are regular visitors to Champoluc and, like us, feel very much at home in the resort and the stunning location.
Heather and Fiona quickly established a good working relationship and together started planning what was going to be a truly bespoke wedding. The couple wanted their alpine wedding to be a real celebration surrounded by close friends and relatives. The main wedding party arrived a few days before Christmas, which gave them a chance to arrange the final details with the resort team, as well as having a relaxing festive celebration.
The wedding day was greeted with a fresh blanket of snow and picturesque mountains. The bride chose to wear a full length and elegant wedding dress which was complimented by a fur shoulder shrug and a hand tied bunch of white calla lilies, delicately decorated with gemstone. Her bridesmaid wore a fitted, silver- grey long dress, also with a matching fur and again held a hand tied bunch of calla lilies with a silver- grey silk ribbon.