March 2, 2013
Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot
From the time we had our 3 hour consultation over coffee with a shot or two of laughter, I knew I was going to enjoy Monica and Brian. Boy was I right!
What a fun relaxed day. Monica began the day at Halo Salon, chilling to Jazz music. We met up at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and got her into her fabulous gown and elbow length matching gloves. So classy!
At the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot at the Anchorage International Airport we met up with Brian for the first glimpse photos.The two of them have some serious fun, let me tell ya! Free samples of yogurt at Yogurtland… escalator rides…. it all adds up to a good time.
The rest of the day followed like the start… it was filled with fun… love… and laughter. It was a really great start to a beautiful marriage.
Uptown Blossoms always makes the most gorgeous flowers. (Love the boutonnieres)
Monica’s Vintage mink stole was a gift from her mother and step mother. Such a great touch!
Monica’s silvery shoes were Ivanna Pumps by Touch-Ups
Love Monica’s earrings. (by Icing.)
Monica’s dad came up and saw her in her wedding finery just as we were finishing up her photos at The Plaza. I love his expression as he sees her for the first time.
Outside the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot, we staged Monica for the first glimpse photos. Brian clamped his eyes shut until *just* the right moment. It was so cute!
So many great moments here:
The grooms ring was by Celtic Treasures, designed by Keith Jack; The Bride’s engagement ring was by Biddy Murphy, designed by Solvar; and the wedding band was by Zales .
This photo was on the “have to” list… the ice sculptures in the Airports are so neat, I have been wanting to shoot them for quite a while.
While in the airport, we had a pre wedding snack at yogurt land… we “conned” ourselves into some free samples of frozen yogurt. It isn’t too hard when you have a bride and groom along.
Monica told me why she burst into tears as she walked down the aisle: “I suddenly realized that this was the first wedding I had ever attended where I knew each person attending. That really touched me.”
Monica and Brian gave a nod to Monica’s Quaker heritage by having long moments of silence, broken only by words of blessing and love from family and friends.
During the ceremony, the wedding certificate was read and then signed by Monica and Brian. Later, during the reception, each guest also signed the license.
What a happy couple!
I talked Monica & Brian into a quick drive down to the point to try to get some sunset photos. Boy were we happy with the results! So pretty!
And then back to the reception for more fun.
I loved these beautiful centerpieces with twig vases and spring flowers all held together with vibrant ribbons.
Gourmet pizza by Anchorage’s landmark pizza place, Moose’s Tooth, gave everyone happy full tummies.
Monica’s cousin, Sarah Elkinton puts the finishing touches on her gorgeous wedding cake! Fabulous job, Sarah!
Make sure you notice those awesome flowers.. all completely edible and handcrafted by Sarah!
Heartfelt toasts filled with love.
Love the polaroid clothesline! What a fun way to gather guest photos of your day.
There was lots of fun with the shoe game.
The rest of the evening was filled with fun and dancing as Newcity Entertainment cranked out the music!
Furs: Vintage mink stole, gift from bride’s mother and step-mother.
Necklace: Vintage stone from bride’s grandmother’s engagement ring.
Wedding Coordinator: Maia Nolan-Partnow, friend of bride and groom
Quaker Wedding Certificate: Margaret Davis Calligraphy & Design
Officiant: Magistrate Judge Catherine Rogers
Musicians: Pete Thompson & Andy Thompson, step-brothers of the bride
Reader: Darcy Thompson, step-sister of the bride