Andrea and Aaron had a small, cozy and very windy wedding at the Silcox Hut. There was a 70mph snow drift storm that had blocked the main entrance to the hut, and it created a beautiful, but wild environment. All the windows were covered with snow. The fireplace burned rapidly fueled by the air flow outside. The snowcat brought guests 8 at a time. I have photographed many weddings on Mt Hood at Timberline Lodge, but this was my first time at the Silcox Hut. It is a very interesting building, and according to Wikipedia, Silcox Hut was finished in 1939. It was named after Ferdinand Silcox, and was the upper terminal of the original Magic Mile chairlift and housed the lift’s upper bullwheel in what is now the guest sleeping quarters. It was abandoned and became derelict due to vandalism and fierce mountain weather. There was discussion between the US Forest Service and Timberline Lodge to burn down the hut, but Friends of Silcox Hut restored this beautiful lodge. What a story!
I met Andrea and Aaron at Timberline Lodge and we made it up to the hut in one piece. Though it would have been great to do some pictures outside, there were crazy wind gusts, so I took some outside on my own and then Aaron joined me for couple seconds. What a trooper! We did all the pictures indoors after that, in what was the main entrance of the Silcox Hut area, now only accessible through indoors since snow blocked the outside part. It was a lovely, small wedding and the crew at the hut did a great job taking care of everyone and food was wonderful. Bride’s father was the officiant. There were goodie bags for the little kids and they loved it. Andrea was wearing her grandmother and grand aunt’s dress!