Tree {the Wedding}

Garett & Mikayla Tree

Otter Lake Lodge

You know all those times when someone says “Thank You” and the automatic response is “It was my privilege” and it doesn’t mean anything? Well for this family, it meant a whole lot to say it…  It truly was my privilege to attend… let alone photograph… an event for this family.    Garett and Mikayla are just that special.


The handsome Garett was the first to be all ready to go!

I love that boutonniere!

We cordoned off Garett so he didn’t see Mikayla until just the right moment then went to help her finish up with her bridal prep.

As Mikayla’s mom, Lisa, helped with the shoes, she just about had us all in tears as she said… “I don’t know how many times I helped you with your shoes when you were little… and here I am helping you on your wedding day.” It was a moment.




The sunshine was out! It was a gorgeous day.

Maybe its something about those spruce trees, but I love LOVE this one:

So many favorite photos of this beautiful lady.


We decided to have Buck (Mikayla’s Dad) lead her down to the lake to meet up with her love for his first glimpse of her on their wedding day.


She whispers something in his ear before she takes off the blindfold…

As he turned around, his eyes filled with emotion. I love it when big strong guys love their ladies so much they tear up.


After a few moments savoring their love, we took some fun photos with the gorgeous scenery.  It was so beautiful that day with great clouds.


As the guests began to arrive, so did a sweet little family of geese! One tried to take a nibble off of my second shooter, Heaven, when she got a little too close.

Its starting!

Mikayla’s handwritten vows were some of the most heartfelt (and funny) I have ever heard! She had everyone laughing and crying with her true feelings shining through.

After the first kiss Mikayla and Garett ran down the aisle in their excitement to get to the reception!

Countless hours were spent focusing on every tiny detail.  Custom napkins, ornaments, place settings, glasses, champagne flutes and many more were arranged “just so” to honor this new marriage. I was told that a lot of it was thanks to days of elbow grease lovingly given by Garett’s mom.  I hope she knows how special her efforts were to the couple.


Love was shown everywhere! Tiny little details shouted it out!

Hey! There is our buddy Eric, from Alaska Professional Entertainment asking the questions for the always hilarious “shoe game”.  He is such a great DJ.

And then… as  a surprise, Mikayla’s two siblings came out and did a crazy “rap” song they had written… it was so funny!!

There were quite possibly the most beautiful cake and cupcakes… lots of flavors and each one intricately decorated with piles of tasty frosting.


Mikayla and Buck’s daddy / daughter dance was so sweet.

The party was only just starting!

Congratulations to Mikayla and Garett!



Thanks so much for the privilege of being at your wedding!



Here is a link to the gallery with the entire set of images:

The Tree Wedding {Password Protected Gallery}


Bryers {the wedding}

Rebecca & Hunter

What  a detail oriented wedding! Rebecca’s family home was decked out like none other for her special day.  Her parents had built an adorable pond, a flowing stream with a little stone bridge and a gorgeous gazebo with billowing fabric… the work of years. It was gorgeous!  You can tell that this was one daddy that was super proud of his little girl.



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Check out those hand made benches! I love the cottonwood uprights with the old style preachers pew backs and benches.  What a great idea for some classy seating. All hand made for the special ceremony.

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Everything was laid out in anticipation… including this adorable gown for the flower girl! I love the fluff!

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Meanwhile, Rebecca was upstairs finishing up her preparations with the super talented Sara Edgerton from B Bella Spa and hair design. Fantastic job!

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After taking a few moments to photograph that GORGEOUS gown…  I went downstairs to the pool room, where the boys were getting ready.  Hunter was just finishing up and looking good!

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What a fun group of gentlemen.

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How perfect are those pillows!?! If you know this couple and their relationship, you know how true it is!


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I love a little funky processing every now and then.   Gorgeous Rebecca!

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Of course we had to use the setting that her dad made for her. It was the perfect backdrop for her bridal photos.

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Golly, could she be any more beautiful?

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Rebecca’s flowers were amazing. I love all the frosty green accents… perfect to go with her grey, ivory with pops of bright orange themed wedding.

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Such personality!

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This might be my favorite photo of her. It might. There are so many, how could I pick?

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Another look at those flowers. So beautiful!


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And then our flower girl came out in her fun dress! The whole morning she had been asking “Is it time to put my gown on yet!” And then it was time. She was super happy!

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The forest in the back  yard was the PERFECT setting for family and wedding party photos. Beautiful ladies in a gorgeous setting. What could be better?

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Love this one of the flower girl! So cute!


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Then guests began to arrive for the big moment!


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The ring bearer’s box was all laid out and ready for him! I love all the little handmade touches that Rebecca and hunter spent hours and hours on! It made such a difference!

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Literally moments before ceremony some uninvited guests showed up! Three beautiful horses galloped in out of nowhere, and had a snack of the fresh and carefully manicured grass right beside the ceremony site.  One of the guests had a rope in his truck and another guest improvised by putting a coat around the horses neck to lead them away.  The horses spent the rest of the afternoon penned up in the neighbors back yard.  That was a first for me!

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And then it was time!

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Rebecca and Hunter’s ceremony was quick but filled with heart.
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These two cuties were so well behaved and looked so good during ceremony.

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Mr. & Mrs.!

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Making it legal!

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Meanwhile the guests enjoyed some amazing appetizers during the cocktail hour as hosted by Alaskan Events and Catering. I love how their food isn’t just tasty… but looks so pretty with edible flowers and custom glassware not to mention their excellent service.

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We quickly took some photos of the newlyweds… they had a party to get to!

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Love this one!

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When we got to the reception, every single little thing was laid out to perfection. It was looking amazing!

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I loved these adorable chalk board labeled glasses on top of all the antique furniture.  Great idea!

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There was a kids toast table… with chocolate chip cookies and milk jars with straws… made me wish “I” was a kid.

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Rebecca created a table to remember all the family and friends that would have been there to celebrate “if heaven weren’t so far away”.

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When Rebecca and Hunter came in, they immediately went into their first dance.

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And then it was time for the feast!

Roasted veggies… meatballs with fresh rosemary… chicken with some sort of creamy cheesy sauce that makes my mouth water just thinking about it… crisp salad with berries and homemade dressings… all garnished with edible flowers. Alaskan Events and Catering never disappoints.


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And here they are! Alaskan Events and Catering with Chef Kirsten.

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Even the drinks looked amazing on top of their giant spools in a barrel of ice.  Classy!

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Guests affixed money to a tree with hand painted clothespins.

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Eric with Alaska Professional Entertainment is one of my favorite DJ’s .  He led the couple in the shoe game… and it was extra hilarious with the questions he asked about the roles each partner plays in the relationship.

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Here is another glimpse at the place settings.  So classy!


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These ladies were so funny! Friendships like these are something to celebrate!

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When it came time for the toasts, Rebecca’s brothers took the cake with their funny toasts.  Her little brother came out with something behind his back and said… “I’d like to give you both a toast!” and then pulled out a REAL piece of toast. It was funny and creative.


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There were tears and laughter. It was a good time.

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Check out this cake! It was massive!  I would guess with the barrel stand it ended up being 5 feet tall.


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I love Rebecca’s warning finger that says “Be nice”… and then expression when it doesn’t go HER way.

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Oh! He got her! Can’t have that without reprisals.


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Good job Rebecca.


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I absolutely ADORE all the expressions in this photo.  From dad’s grin in the background to the giggling of the aunties in the far right. It just cracks me up!

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He got it!

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And Rebecca’s brother caught it.

Which was the PERFECT lead in to this next segment.  When Rebecca and Hunter were discussing their wedding planning years ago, these two promised Rebecca that if she decorated her wedding with purple and gold, then THEY would wear dresses to her wedding.  She held  them to it… and even provided some lovely matching purple dresses. It was pretty funny.

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What characters! I wish you could see them dance, it is hysterical!

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And then the party REALLY started.  Have I mentioned how much I love a party that is run by Alaska Professional Entertainment? They really know how to keep things moving and FUN.

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With all that gorgeous weather, the party flowed from inside to outside.  There was lots of fun!
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The dancing was pretty epic!

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As the night ended with that lovely golden glow, I drove away with that tired happy feeling.  It was a gorgeous day.

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Thanks so much for allowing us to be a part of your gorgeous day!



Here is a link to the full set of images of this beautiful wedding.


Bryers Wedding {Password Protected Gallery}


Palm {The Wedding}

Whitney & Josh Palm


When I walked in to Fox Hollow Chalet, the place had been transformed.  Tiffany blue with touches of coral… fans… hand painted shot glasses… burlap and wooden fans… It was all laid out perfectly.



And then I saw the rings… I especially love the side of them…  just beautiful stones as well.

The wedding colors were actually a nod to Josh’s favorite shirt:  He looks so good in it, I can see why!


Whitney’s birdcage veil and other classic accessories just MADE her look complete.


The first glimpse was one of my favorites… I could see him and his delight his whole way up to her!


So cute!:)

Family is just so important. I love how the fondness that each couple had for each other shone through in their eyes. Some were playful, some were snuggly… but all were lovin’ on each other.

Josh and his son have a special relationship! These guys are like twins, one generation apart!

The little Jr Bridesmaid was so cute as she walked up the aisle.

^They kissed… and then ended with a huge hug and the celebration began as Whitney’s sister cheered!

Then began the cocktail hour… The food was delicious! (Especially the fresh spring rolls… holy yum!)


Each guest had a place  at their table.



The honorary flower girl was too little to walk down the aisle… but she had a special place in the day anyway.

The guests enjoyed so much fun with the Alaska Photo Booth Company! They made the best guest book for the couple… each person took their silly photos and then pasted them into an album and added a handwritten message for Whitney and Josh! So much fun!



Look at this fun topper! The Cow and Bull moose on the big cake… and the calf on the cupcake to symbolize their son! Such a great idea!

All the guests and even the bride enjoyed those pretty little cupcake papers… crowns… collars and bracelets! It was so cute how their dessert became a fun accessory.


It was such a fun heart filled day. Couldn’t have ended better.
Whitney and Josh…. thanks so much for inviting us to join you for your lovely day. it was amazing! <3

The McDaniel Wedding

Austin and Kirsten McDaniel

May 30, 2015

When I met up with these two I knew that I had found an extraordinary  high caliber of person in each of them.  I had photographed weddings for many of Austin’s extended family, so I knew a bit of a background for him. He is a good guy, so of course he would choose a pretty awesome lady! Boy was I right. Kirsten is as sweet as she is lovely.  She is down to earth and the kind of person that would make a coffee date… or planning a wedding… super fun.  I like her a lot and I think you would too.

I met up with Kirsten at her parents beautiful home.   She was just finishing up her final touches on her bridal prep.


To give her a few more minutes in her comfy (and super adorable) robe, we decided to photograph Austin for his last few minutes of prep.  His mom pinned on his flower, and it was a sweet moment.


Pretty handsome!

There is that shot gun again.. you might recognize it from when we used it for the engagement session.:)Love how he pulled that out again for this moment.

We get back to the girls and what do we find?  You can tell these guys are a whole lot of fun.  (Don’t tell mom… They are jumping on HER bed!)

What a dress!!!

See Kirsten’s little pup in the background? He wanted to be a part of the day so bad… we have him photo bombing several photos… but this is my favorite.

Time to put that dress on!

She just glows, doesn’t she!?!


I love taking photos in a person’s home… it just makes it more real. Of course she had to pose on her piano! I can just imagine all the lessons that took place there.

This summer has been so beautiful! The sunshine was a very welcome guest for Kirsten’s photos.

Can you believe they have carousel horses in their back yard? How fun!

And a gazebo…

On the shores of their lake…

And then it was time for the first glimpse with Austin.  His mom led him down to her… blindfolded.

I think he likes what he sees!

So much love!

Then they sat down to read the notes they had written to each other for their wedding day.  I love that. What a great idea!

Thats a good looking couple right there!


Playing in the sunshine brings out some fun flair!



Cowboy boots and pink dresses! Great combo! I love how it goes with the orange truck!


And the lucky one is… the one on the top!:)Great job on the pyramid guys.


The ceremony took place at Changepoint in the lobby.  I have to tell you… the flowers from this event were spectacular!!

Austin’s grandfather prays a special blessing for each of his grandchildren’s weddings.

When the bridal party exited… it was with crazy dancing!:)

After the ceremony, we took a moment for some fun downtown photos and let the party get started down at the Captain Cook.


Look at all the treats that awaited them!:)

LaBoum events did a fabulous job as day of coordinator.


After a scrumptious dinner that included many tasty treats, the toasts made everyone cry.

The first dance

Then the dance party really began!



You can tell it was quite the party!:)


Styers Wedding

Kristi and Dillon Styers

Hoonah, Alaska


What an adventure!  It was my honor to be called back for the third and final Skaflestad daughter’s wedding.  When I found out that I got an awesome adventure out of the deal, I was pretty happy!  Shannon and I flew, first by Alaska Airlines jet to Juneau… and then by a little tiny plane… to get to the remote Island of Hoonah. In case you were like I once was, and don’t have a clue where Hoonah is…  it is just a short but noisy, six seater plane ride from Juneau.  Hoonah is located down in what the locals call “South East” on one of those tiny little Islands that actually have names.  Now I know exactly one of them. I also now know that with Hoonah being so much further south there are tons of differences in the plant and animal life due to the milder climate.   They even  have humming birds!

Just to give you an idea of what kind of life they live in Hoonah, there are only 800 people on the entire island.  When we got off the plane all we knew was that we were staying at “Aunt Wendy’s house.”  No address… Just “Aunt Wendy’s.”  The bush plane crew exactly where that was and dropped us off… no address and even no last name necessary.   Aunt Wendy put us up in her upstairs apartment and it was perfect!  The rest of our arrival day was filled with adventure as we explored the island with Kristi and Dillon looking for all the best picturesque spots.    And then we took a moment to experience the Hoonah Zipline… which is a crazy fun adventure with the longest drop in North America.  (Look up Youtube videos of that thing… its nuts!  Yes I did that and loved it!)

The morning of the wedding dawned slightly drizzly and grey.  That never bothers me much since then I know the colors in the photos are going to be spectacular!  We walked down to a cute diner and I had a super yummy seafood omelet that powered me through my day.

And then we started the fun.  All the groomsmen met us… at… you guessed it: Aunt Wendy’s house.

Kristi had sent over a gift for Dillon… and it seemed to be just the right thing: a new watch.

When I asked Dillon where he wanted his groomsmen photos he immediately answered “The Dump”. Apparently, that is where to find the best view in all of Hoonah!

He was right!:)We also found some other fun stuff… like the giant pile of tires!

These guys are all crazy and fun, so there was no chance I missed moments like this:

Meanwhile the gorgeous Kristi was getting ready for the big day in her mom’s living room.

So MANY great places to take ring photos.  But I think I love the cactus one the best.

It was so cute to have Kristi get ready in the room where framed photos of her mother’s wedding and her sister’s baby shoes decorated the mantle.



Ok, another ring shot. Couldn’t resist.


A special moment Kristi wanted to especially remember was the first moment her dad saw her in her gown. Her dad’s first glimpse was perfect with her perfectly framed beside the beautiful pink cherry blossoms!

Since I had photographed all three of these girls’ weddings, it was super fun when they each brought out their wedding dresses! And as a bonus, they brought out their grandma and mom’s gowns! Love it!:)




I was taking a few photographs of Kristi by an old peeling greenhouse when Dillon walked up.

And then she was in his arms.





When in Hoonah, everywhere we went, we made sure to have a gun along or stay in the car… all because of the extensive bear population. One groomsman told me that while he was visiting he personally counted 23 bears. I, for one, was thankful for that rifle… and that I only spotted one.








It was almost time for the ceremony.

Here she comes through the trees:

The ceremony was one of the sweetest I have ever witnessed, and you know I see a lot!

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Kristi and Dillon went for a short walk down to the place where they planned to make things official.  Check out these gorgeous wildflowers they walked through to get to the spot:


Without a table, Dillon volunteered to offer his assistance.


I heard a guest say: “Only Kristi could take a place out in the middle of nowhere and turn it into a beautiful event like this!”

Kristi has her own resturant… so we were all treated to some of the best eats ever: Chipperfish style.   Let me tell you… I am now a sucker for Blackened Halibut Lasagna.


The toasts were memorable.


You have all been to weddings so you probably know about the old wedding tradition: If you want to see the bride and groom kiss, just clink your champagne glass with your spoon.  It happened.  She kissed him.  The funny part was that Dillon didn’t realize she left behind a perfect bright red lipstick lip print.  When he stood up to thank the guests, he had no idea why everyone was laughing.

And then they went into their first dance.


The father daughter dance was very sweet.  Gus is a cryer. I always love that about him at his daughter’s weddings.


Look at the cake… By now, I bet you won’t be surprised to hear that Kristi made the toppers herself.

Then the dance party began!

I loved how the dance party was open to all. No matter the age, everyone danced with everyone. I saw grandmas dance with groomsmen and 4 year olds dance with bridesmaids… It was a fun family party atmosphere.

Dillon is such a crackup… he has the CRAZIEST dance moves.

At the end of our time, we put away the camera and somehow magically morphed into a guest.  They received us like one of their own!  We were rather stuck out there in the wilderness, so why not join in the fun!

And then… they brought out the floating lanterns.  I just HAD to drag out my camera for this! It was a crazy scramble to get everything together for a few photos after dark!


^Hey, there is Jessica and Cubby! You might remember them from their wedding in February!




What a beautiful ending to a crazy fun wedding adventure!  Thanks so much for allowing us to join you!


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