Alaskan Wedding

Rattlesnake Ridge Elopement

Lauren and Daniel traveled all the way from Mississippi to the Great Northwest to explore and elope!  In typical PNW fashion it of course rained on their wedding day, and as we hiked to the top of Rattlesnake Ridge we were completely enveloped in a cloud!  With a first look beside a bright green-blue river, mountains shrouded in fog, an adorable tiny honeymoon cabin, and being soaked in cold rain, I'd say they got the full Seattle experience, hands down!

But with all the gloomy weather, we actually ended up with the trail and lookout all to ourselves!  If you know anything about Rattlesnake, it's a super popular hike and I've never hiked it that empty!  I think we saw 5 other people the whole time we were on the trail.  Perfect for an intimate elopement ceremony.  

Congratulations, Lauren + Daniel!  I hope your Northwest experience was everything you'd hoped for and more!

Gown: Modcloth
Hair + Makeup: Hannah Bush at Urbanista Weddings
Florals: Down to Earth Flowers
Location: Rattlesnake Ridge

Glen Alps + Alaska Native Heritage Center Wedding

Alaska Destination Wedding

Helen and Travis got married on a gorgeous September day here in Anchorage at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.  Helen and I have known each other since, oh high school?  Maybe even junior high.  We rode horses at the same barn and showed at horse shows together for years, so when I had the opportunity to shoot her wedding I was so thrilled!  Helen's two sisters also rode at the same barn, but when I was riding (well over 10 years ago, oof! I'm getting old!) they were just little kids!  Now both her sisters are grown women and were bridesmaids, so it was amazing getting to see them all grown up too!  

Their day was so fun and lovely, and make sure to scroll all the way down to see Helen + Travis' bride and groom session too!  We had to take full advantage of the incredible fall colors here in Anchorage, and they certainly did not disappoint!

Venue: Alaska Native Heritage Center
Florist: Bloomsbury Blooms
Coordinator: Char McClelland, Alaska Destinations
Gown: Stella York via The White Dress
Bridesmaids dresses: Monique Lhuillier via Vow to be Chic
DJ: DJ Spencer Lee
Videographer: Hybrid Color Films
 

Crow Creek Mine Alaskan Wedding

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I've been looking forward to Jay + Kyle's Alaskan Crow Creek Mine wedding for almost a year.  We chatted on the phone last summer and as soon as Jay mentioned that they might be looking into getting a helicopter to land on a glacier for their bride + groom portraits, my eyes turned into giant hearts.  Fast forward to their big day and not only did we get to fly out to a glacier for their bride + groom portraits, but we also got to take the tram up to the top of Alyeska Resort for wedding party photos (and, of course, a few more shots of just the two of them, because how can you not with that view?).  

Their day was so beautiful and perfect.  Even the weather, which had been rainy and gross all week, played along and was sunny and warm.  As Jay was getting ready I learned that her mom was in the other room putting the finishing touches on the wedding gown that she'd made.  Yeah, her mom MADE that dress.  Incredible.  The ceremony was both rustic and elegant, and the whole evening was relaxed and joyful.  It was such a pleasure to capture their wedding.  If anyone else wants to hop in a Helicopter, floatplane, ski plane, or any other type of flying-mobile to get to their portrait location, count me in, because it was seriously the most fun thing ever.  

Dress + Veil: Made by Bride's Mom
Bridal bouquet: Made by the bride
Ceremony/ Reception Venue: Crow Creek Mine
Day of Coordinator: Laura Wilson with La Boum Events 
Cake:  Fire Island Bakery
Catering: Wes Masters Catering
Bridesmaids Dresses:  Monique Lhuillier, Bella Bridesmaids
Groom Attire:  Charles Tyrwhitt Morning Suit
Groomsmen Attire:  Michael Kors, rented from menguin.com 
Invitations: weddingpaperdivas.com 
Favors:  Alderwood smoked sea salt made by the groom's father, Mike
Second Photographer: Grace Adams Photography