The coronavirus pandemic has forced people to come up with creative ways to celebrate special events in their lives – with social distancing regulations in place, others have chosen to celebrate virtually or with a limited number of guests.
But this couple chose to keep their wedding day between the two of them and their photographer.
Taking to Twitter to share the details of her wedding day, US-based psychiatrist, Dr Monifa S Seawell posted pictures of her gorgeous mountaintop wedding, which saw her and her husband hike to get to the top of the mountain.
“oh hey don't mind me it's me & my hubs on our wedding day on a mountain 12,000 ft above sea level eloping & what not in a pandemic & yes we hiked this mountain at 4am in 30 degree weather in our wedding gear & married our damn selves. photog: sheena shahanigan #lovewins #BlackJoy ,” she captioned pictures from the day.
oh hey don't mind me it's me & my hubs on our wedding day on a mountain 12,000 ft above sea level eloping & what not in a pandemic & yes we hiked this mountain at 4am in 30 degree weather in our wedding gear & married our damn selves.— Dr. Monifa M.D. (@DrMonifaMD) July 26, 2020
photog: sheena shahanigan#lovewins#BlackJoy pic.twitter.com/nrHkfCgDeT
Speaking to Women’s Health magazine, she said that she wore a pair of white thermal leggings under her wedding dress, thick socks, insulated Columbia hiking boots and a "fabulous faux fur coat" which she bought during the couple’s first vacation in 2018.
“The fact that I got to wear it on my wedding day was just so special and meaningful to me," she told the publication.
"I also think I was able to stay comfortable in the cold because I was filled with adrenaline, and I was just so dang happy to be marrying my best friend in the most beautiful location I had ever seen!," she added.
The newlywed also said that her and her husband, Wyatt Jeffries, decided on marrying on a mountaintop because they were both nature lovers and hiking is an activity they usually do together.
“Getting married on a mountaintop, surrounded by wildflowers and breathtaking views, just really resonated with us and our love of the outdoors. We are also an adventurous couple, and we love taking on new challenges and creating new memories together."
"We've done some hiking locally, but neither of us has ever hiked at 12,000-ft elevation. Wyatt and I both thought that it would just be so lovely to start our marriage off with a new, challenging, and exciting adventure!," she said.
The couple’s wedding pictures which were captured by photographer, Sheena Shahanigan, have since gone viral. With people all over the world congratulating the couple on their unique wedding day.