Molly & Tyler

Feb. 20, 2010 Silcox Hut, Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood

From the start, Molly Maixner and Tyler LaMotte were a match made in heaven—if your idea of heaven is 3,690 vertical feet of fresh powder. The pair had noticed each other working at Adidas’ Portland offices, but it wasn’t until friends coaxed Tyler into asking Molly out on a quasi-blind date in May 2007 that the two lifelong winter sports lovers became inseparable. Less than two years later, Tyler proposed during a romantic weekend in California wine country.

Opting for an intimate winter wedding on Mt. Hood was a no-brainer for the couple. “A mountain lifestyle is a paramount factor in our lives,” explains Molly. Both grew up with the mountains as their playground: Tyler snowboarded at Lake Tahoe and Molly, a former Junior Olympian ski racer, spent her summers training on Mt. Hood’s Palmer Glacier. Oregon’s tallest peak also doubled as the backdrop for their relationship, as the destination of many of their earliest dates, including a Fourth of July ski.

On a blustery Saturday, Molly and Tyler’s 50 guests traveled via snowcat to Silcox Hut, a cozy mini-lodge with lava rock floors located a mile above Timberline Lodge at 7,000 feet. The historic hut’s WPA-era architecture and rustic décor were accented with votive-laden tree branches, mason jars and galvanized buckets filled with dahlias, roses, ranunculi and tulips for a look focused on natural beauty.

The small guest list let the couple plan a weekend of activities like “Shredding with the Groom” and “Yoga with the Bride,” and made family the focus of the celebration. Molly’s brothers and Tyler even spontaneously raced around the hut—in 50 mph winds! “What would a new marriage be without a friendly challenge from the bride’s older brothers?” Molly jokes. “From the wintery mountain setting to the intimate group of friends and family, our wedding was the amalgamation of all of the wonderful parts and pieces that form us as a couple.” Molly kept her grandmother close by wearing her vintage mink stole, while her brothers acted as her “bridesmen” (and Tyler’s sister stood as his “groomswoman.”) Guests rang in the newlyweds with cowbells, procured by the bride’s mom, as a nod to Molly’s ski-racing days.

After the ceremony, performed by a friend they dubbed the “Pastor of Pow” (short for “powder”), the room was set for a dinner of quintessentially Northwestern fare such as cedar plank–roasted salmon and baked brie with huckleberries, complemented by local wines. Instead of a traditional cake, Molly and Tyler opted for a mouth-watering array of desserts that included crème brulee, pear tarts and flourless chocolate-hazelnut torte. Guests also enjoyed jars of locally baked macaroons as favors.

Guitarist Toshi Onizuka—a favorite of the couple’s since the summer they fell in love—provided flamenco-tinged tunes throughout the evening; a DJ friend later plugged in an iPod stocked with danceable tracks. Too comfy (and perhaps partied-out) to venture back out in the cold, over twenty of their closest friends and family bunked at the hut—but Molly and Tyler had the following night to themselves in one of Timberline Lodge’s fireplace rooms.

After a “mini-moon” in Jackson Hole, WY, the snow lovers are back at Adidas, where they both work in marketing. They live in Southeast Portland with their Bernese mountain dog (of course!), Broder. When not pining for the slopes, they’re busy planning their official honeymoon in France later this year.

Catering & Desserts: Timberline Lodge | Ceremony & Reception: Silcox Hut | Dress & Hairpieces: Amy Kuschel Bride (San Francisco) | Flowers: Geranium Lake Flowers | Formalwear: Hugo Boss | Hair: 220 Salon | Invites: Smock, available at Ecru | Macaroon Wedding Favors: Two Tarts Bakery | Music: Toshi Onizuka | Rings: Margulis Jewelers

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