Mitchell & Alicia


Mitchell & Alicia

What a gorgeous day!

As we approached the wedding and looked at the forecast of rain and more rain, Alicia was getting worried since her ceremony was outdoors with no tent.  I told her what I tell every bride: Rain makes your photos so much better!! It is so true… I just love a bit of moisture to make the colors just pop!  And raindrops on your flowers are a total bonus!  I love it that you can see a bit of my reflection in the drops.


Alicia sells gorgeous crystals at the Alaska State Fair, so it was perfect that she put them in her backdrop.. crystals looking like raindrops!

Mitchell was one happy groom as he prepared to meet his lady on their wedding day.

Looking good, Mitchell!


All those little wedding details were being cared for by friends and family.

Meanwhile Alicia’s mom was helping her get ready in one of the Lodge’s spacious suites.


What FUN shoes!

Those gorgeous crystals everywhere!

Alicia is such a beautiful person… so when you add the artistry of Mia at Alaska Makeup Team she just glows!

I love how she had the braid… such a fun touch!

That rain could never keep away her happiness!

Just lovely!

This guy is too cute!

The first glimpse is always a favorite moment.

I know I have said it before… but isn’t Alaska the PERFECT backdrop for photos??

And then it was time for the ceremony.  There were last minute jitters as they read through the special vows they had written for each other.

Alicia’s dad kissed her on her hand as he gave her away.   Soooo sweet!


And just about then, a big rainbow came out!


We wandered our way back to the beautiful reception. Alicia had these fun little honey bears with a crystal for each guest…. A sweet day indeed!

The guest book was a custom picture to hang in their home.

The colors were purple and orange, so pumpkins were the perfect addition!  The Majestic Valley Lodge’s rustic logs perfectly coordinated!

Toasts were sweet and heartfelt, with moments if hilarity mixed in.

Somehow we fit ALL of the guests on these stairs for a big group photo!

The cupcake stand was simple yet elegant!


And the cupcake papers made fun little crowns for the guests to enjoy!


One of the fun things about weddings is enjoying people that live a long ways off.  Alicia’s grandmother traveled to this wedding so it was a treat to have photos made with her.

The rings have such character! I love how each one is unique!


The bubbles were put to good use during the first dance!

Mitch’s mom and her best friend sang some  hilarious bluegrass songs that they had written. These ladies have a great sense of humor!

As the sun was setting, we snuck outside to take advantage!

I only really have the opportunity to take sunset photos during the fall and spring… so it was a treat to shoot these with the combo of mountains and beautiful color in the sky.

Thank goodness for the rain earlier in the day… It allowed us to light these lanterns without worry!

It was a gorgeous ending.

What a magical setting!


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Brenna & Zach

Crow Creek Mine; Girdwood AK

It’s fairly unusual to have such stunning sunshine in September… but Brenna and Zach were just that lucky! Most of their guests were from out of state and it was chilly enough for them as it was.  We Alaskans were celebrating, let me tell ya!

Hundreds of tiny details make up a wedding… And Brenna put her heart and soul into planning this one.  So much beauty!


Buttoning all of those little loops takes some time!  Brenna’s  Maid of Honor was happy to help.

On her wrist, Brenna wore a tiny little bag that held a New Testament that had been passed down through the generations… perfect for this gorgeous ring shot!

…and the letter “P” for Petrusa on the antique typewriter! So much fun!


Amazing! She is just stunning!

The rustic background compliments Brenna’s elegance perfectly!

Crow Creek’s gorgeous trees are the perfect setting for photos!

Oh goodness.. this flower girl isn’t just cute… she is striking with those shining blue eyes.  And the tiny cowboy boots… I could swoon!


And then it was time for the ceremony on the upper field.

The little flower girl started with a sweet little walk… but then in her excitement burst into a run!


Awww… she is just so cute!



I saw that! They sneaked a kiss during ceremony… <3


Zach brushes away one of Brenna’s tears of happiness.


The torches kept the bugs away, but they were also really neat! I love the shape of this flame and smoke.

One of the moms made these fun fishing poles with salmon shaped fishes for the guests to hold up and create an archway for Zach and Brenna to exit the ceremony through.

So much joy!




Each placemat was hand made with sweet little stamps… and the antler frames with the loving poems just set the tables off nicely.


Mr & Mrs Petrusa!


Instead of a traditional photo booth.. they had a “shoot your own” silly photo booth. Super fun for guests!

As you can see, Lauren from iDO events did a fantastic job as the day of wedding coordinator.  But then again, that is nothing new for her!


Since almost every guest came from afar for the wedding, Jenna had a string to show their journey.

To commemorate each guest’s journey to the Great Land, Brenna and Zach gave out these neat Alaska shaped Christmas ornaments.

First dance:

Check out this gorgeous cake!



Ok, so I have been to many many weddings with Alaska Dream Catoring… and… normally I avoid cake and other treats… But the head chef talked me into trying these custard filled chocolate eggs and HOLY COW… so absolutely delicious.  Even yummier than they look!

Zach’s mama cried happy tears through the first dance… this lady is one of the sweetest women I have ever met.


Oh my goodness.. This little guy just LOVED the dancing!:)


As darkness began to fall, the lights of the sky tent lit up the night…

There was some important decorating going on… They put up signs saying things like “Spawn till you die” and “Chum’s forever” and other cute things… All attached by magnets.   Someone spent a lot of time preparing those things!

Good job!

It was quite the fun day…
Special thanks to Brenna and Zach for sharing your fun with us!
There are many more stunning photos in this wedding..
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And here are some fun behind the scenes photos for you:
Shannon our amazing second shooter for the day looks pretty great in a goatee, haha!:)
Lorell from I Do Events set up this gorgeous reception! She is amazing!
And here is a photo of Shannon and I actually taken by the bride!  I handed over my camera and she did a great job!  (Yes, we are total nerds)

Mallory {The Wedding}

Kaycie & Tyler Mallory

Oh my goodness! We had SO MUCH FUN at this wedding… and that perfectly describes Kaycie and Tyler’s relationship and personalities! SO MUCH FUN!


We met up with Kaycie at Fox Hollow Chalet and she was already set and ready for her big day!



Her simple pearls perfectly accentuated her classy and fun look:


Tyler was led to Kaycie for the first look by two bridesmaids…

It was really a sweet moment.



There were so many playful moments!


And then these little hopping flower girls came out…


Aren’t they just the cutest little princesses?


And this… makes me smile:

Kaycie was not to be outdone… she is the master at silly faces:

And the baby looks at us like : “These guys are ALL crazy!” Haha!:)




Family photos:

Just down the road, the ceremony was to be held at Crosspoint Church.  Kaycie and her mom spent a few moments together… with tears and hugs. Snuggled up and processing the deep sweetness of the moment.

As they waited for ceremony, these guys… know how to be fun!



Ceremony time!

You can really see the love in her eyes!

Mr & Mrs Mallory!

The reception at Fox Hollow started with giggles as the wedding party came in a different door than expected!

Each centerpiece included a wedding photo from family and friends of the bride, fresh flowers and these super fun yarn balls that Kaycie and her crew made! I love the personal touch!

Kaycie and Tyler wrote each other notes and sealed them in this box to open on their 10th anniversary! I got a hold of the box and combined it with the rings for some fun photos.:)

First Dance!

I don’t know why, but it always seems like the father daughter dance just gets to me every time! Maybe it is because I have my own daughters growing up before my eyes and I am anticipating this moment of my own… This father daughter dance was certainly no exception.  Such a sweet moment.


This reception was EXTRA fun! These guys can really dance!  Greg Porter from Greg Porter Entertainment was absolutely Hilarious!



Tyler’s little nephew is adorable with that perfectly round bald little head. So cute!  And the suit!!! Oh my.


These perfect little cupcakes were a hit…

… especially with the flower girl!


The groom and groomsmen had a surprise for Kaycie…

It was a whole song and dance routine with the culmination of Tyler removing Kaycie’s garter.

Conga line!


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And here is a little “the making of” photo for you to enjoy!:)(Yep, that is me!)


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Alsterberg Wedding

August 16, 2014

You know its gonna be a good wedding when a guy is marrying his childhood sweetheart… and you know its gonna be a fun one when he marries her at his favorite shooting range!


We met up with Sydney over at B-Bellas in Palmer as she was getting on her gorgeous!  The girls there did a fantastic job of it too!


Josh was looking good!   He wields that axe pretty well too.


Sydney’s little nephew was the ring bearer, and he was so adorable the entire day. (Though, don’t tell him I said so.)

And this little flower girl stole the show with her shining eyes and big smile.

Almost ready!


Sidney has a natural “girl next door” look to her…

The Bride & Bridesmaids photos were so fun!

The boots! Oooh! <3



The ceremony was stunning!:)


And make sure to notice the awesome barn wood background they built just for Josh and Sydney… Country Lovin’ for sure!:)


After ceremony we took a few minutes to have some fun with the Harley:


They were a fun crew!


While one of their little boys was napping, this one got in on some fun photos!

Love those blue eyes!

Love this one! The wild west wedding!


Boy do they  make each other look good!


Sydney’s flowers and reception decor was extra beautiful!


Grouse Ridge served up some sumptuous dinner!

Andrea from Cakealicious made this stunning birch cake:


This photo just makes my day:



And then on to the first dance.  Sydney wept with joy pretty much the entire dance. It was so sweet.

Martin from Alaska Professional Entertainment always keeps that music coming! Total fun!

Many thanks to Sydney and Josh for allowing us to be a part of your gorgeous wedding.


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Ernisse {Wedding}

Gwendolyn and Bobby… Oh how I love this couple.  You might remember them from their super fun engagement session with the movie poster theme

Then they turned those photos into some pretty incredible save the date announcements with the help of their buddy Matt Lloyd.  Click here to see a pic of those.

You can tell just by their engagement photos they have a truckload of personality… but if there is any doubt…  keep reading.

They were married at Bobby’s mom’s lovely home situated amongst the birches and on the shores of a gorgeous lake.


I checked in with the beautiful Gwendolyn just as she was in her final stages of makeup.

And then hung with the groomsmen & women for Bobby’s final prep moments.

This cutie pie pup was watching all in between naps.

Looking dandy, Bobby!  Though, at this point, it should be pointed out that I began to call him Bobert, just for fun.

Having a grooms-lady in the mix, makes the mafia pose just that much cooler.   Bobby found these awesome Vera Wang Tux’s at Mens Warehouse.

Gandalf would be proud.   Bobby gave these great pipes to all of his attendants.



Gwendolyn’s absolutely stunning Alfred Angelo gown was purchased at Anderson’s Bridal.  It was the picture of royalty.

Gwendolyn really wanted to honor the women who had gone before her in her lineage.. So she included bits of her grandmother’s wedding gown in her cute little capped sleeves and on her ring pillow… and even on her flowers.


Wow WOW wow!

Gwendolyn gets all perfect, ready and gorgeous… and then she gets down on the ground to say hello to the bear rug. Did I mention how much I love this lady?

I never complain when I see those six foot tall flowers… Fireweed is so lovely. Perfect for this regal photo.

Sometimes I run out of words to express how beautiful the bride is… but holy smokes! Gwendolyn is one purdy lady!

Gwendolyn is so creative, she even made Bobby’s ring!



Bride and bridesmaids and bridesman.   Arctic Rose helped Gwendolyn find these gorgeous Liz Fields Bridesmaid’s gowns.

Gwendolyn’s family are all just lovely people!

As you might have guessed, Gwendolyn and Bobby chose not to see each other before the ceremony.  But they did choose to write each other a little note to express their love to each other on their wedding day.

All I know is he loves her with all his heart!

Occasionally we have summers like this in Alaska… The forecast predicted rain, but this is what they got! Stunning blue skies!


Bobby built the awesome drift wood archway… and then as a surprise and at last minute he added this awesome plaque that had their wedding theme words burned into it.

Shhh, don’t tell Bobby!  As Gwendolyn’s surprise, she had a super fun Steam Punk style hat to bring out at the reception.  (It was made by her mom, Monica!)

And then it was time… The moment had arrived.

Both of Gwendolyn’s parents escorted her down the aisle.  (And I can’t be sure, but I am pretty sure I spotted Bobby wipe away a tear or two)

I’m a pretty sneaky lady… I had permission to take photos of these two’s first few moments together as man and wife… but it is all the more sweet when they didn’t even realize I was there yet.

They took a few moments to snuggle Bobby’s sweet old Doggie and then make things official.



Then we spent a few moments to make some pretty photos as Mr & Mrs.


Love this one:

There she goes again… being all stunning.

Meanwhile, the guests were over at the reception enjoying each other and the fun things Bobby and Gwendolyn had made for them.  

Did you see that awesome beer tap bar one in the photos above? IT was super cool!  One of their good friends made that for  the wedding!  (I want one!)

Check out this fun chandelier Gwendolyn made!  Recognize the pieces and parts?

These little people at the wedding enjoy the reception in their own way:

Seriously talented Gwendolyn made this great cake topper.  Her bridesmaid, Christine Aumick, pulled double duty and made this adorable cake to match! Isn’t it great!?


Gwendolyn has traveled the world… and at each destination she has enjoyed a special bottle of something.  This special champagne was supposed to be enjoyed at her next exotic destination (Antarctica).  When she met Bobby, she chose to savor it at their wedding.

Even the sky joined in with the color scheme!


I expect these two will have much fun with each other.


Flower toss!

Then the couple hopped into the speedboat to go to their super secret honeymoon location across the lake where I would meet up with them for a few more romantic photos.

And then this happened.  What a fun way to celebrate!


At the honeymoon location, we took just a few more photos of the two.

At some point on the speed boat ride Gwendolyn got pretty wet from a wave.  Her response: “Now, there isn’t any reason to NOT to get in the lake!”  What a great way to look at life!

And for one last photo, the couple posed in front of their inviting honeymoon cabin.


Gwendolyn and Bobby… we truly enjoyed our day with you.  Thanks so much for allowing us to be a part!


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Barbra Day Curtiss - October 13, 2014 - 5:53 pm

What a beautiful wedding and what beautiful photos!