The Darnall Wedding

Samantha and John

O’Malley’s on the Green; Anchorage Alaska

 

 

Samantha is a dancer… and for her it truly is all about the shoes.  They are stunning!

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Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Her gown was gorgeous! It was a team effort to steam it to perfection!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Such delicate rings! So dainty!
Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Stunning!!

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Samantha’s sister put the flowers together and they were beautiful!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

We talked Samantha into going outside despite the cold and I just ADORE the Gown against the white of the snow and the evergreens.

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Absolutely stunning!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

What a bright smile!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

These are so beautiful!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

John came to join her for their first glimpse.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

She removed his blindfold and…

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He loved what he saw!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

We came inside to photograph Samantha and her beautiful bridesmaids up against the fireplace.
Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Laurell David with iDo Events had been working her magic… creating the fairytale wedding of Samantha’s dreams!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

And then it was time.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

In another room, John had a new experience… he filled out his own marriage license! As a marriage commissioner, he helps other couples fill out theirs on a daily basis!

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When they came back to the reception, John swept her into a dip! What an entrance!

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The chef at O’Malley’s had been cooking up a beautiful feast! It was some of the best cooking I had had experienced at O’Malley, and that is saying something.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

So much love was shared with the toasts!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

 

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

The First Dance

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Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Samantha was swept and twirls around the dance floor by a very sweet family friend. It was magical!

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And then the party really began. Even Grandma and grandpa got out on the floor.

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Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

At the end of the evening, Samantha and John took a walk outside in the crisp evening air to spend a few moments alone. What a beautiful beginning to a lifetime of love.

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Friends and Family: CLICK HERE to see more photos of this beautiful wedding.

 

Peña {The Wedding}

Trynnity and Daniel Peña
Second Star, Homer Alaska

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Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

I loved Trynnity’s unstructured fishbone braid! So pretty!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

These two are so excited to welcome their new baby boy sometime around Christmas!

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Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

We were taking photos in the hallway when Trynnity’s dad came out of the room to see her for the first time. These two are so tenderhearted, they both just wept.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

 

Trynnity gave all of her bridesmaids really beautiful bracelets! Each one felt so loved and special.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

 She came out from behind a bouquet of balloons for her first glimpse with Daniel.
Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

He stayed focused on his groomsmen while she crept up behind him.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

And then they cried and fell into each other’s arms.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Good looking couple!

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Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Of course we had to do some photos up in the pirate ship!

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And a little playing with swords! Looks like Wendy has the upper hand here!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Daniel and his groomsmen looked very posh!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

As friends and family gathered on the deck, the sun came out! Grandma told me that she had prayed for the rain to stop and it did! Everyone got a chuckle at the cute little girls hopping off the stairs!

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Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Lookout! It’s almost time!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

The adorable flower girls led the way!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

What a backdrop for saying your vows!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Somehow Daniel kept it together without crying, but it was tough!

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  I don’t think there was a dry eye in attendance!
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After the first kiss, someone said, “Oops! You forgot to exchange rings!” So they exchanged rings, and then went in for a second kiss!

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  Mr. and Mrs. Peña!
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Trynnity and Daniel decided to take a few moments to themselves. They hadn’t really relaxed the entire day… so a little downtime to enjoy their new spouse was very welcome.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

I took that as an opportunity to play with those rings! So pretty!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

The food was all tasty thanks to the crew at Master’s Catering

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

As she went to serve him mashed potatoes, she pretended to throw some on him. It was adorable!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

During dinner, the sky cleared off and we were treated to a gorgeous view of the glacier across the bay! Pure beauty, right there!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

The toasts were sweet and loving, and sometimes downright hilarious!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

One of the sweetest of all relationships is between father and daughter.  During their dance, Trynnity’s dad just hid his face in her shoulder and cried. His baby girl!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

We took a break from the festivities and walked down to the ocean right at sunset. The sky was just starting to darken.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

The lodge was all lit up with lights.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Gorgeous!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

 

Best wishes for Daniel and Trynnity and that new baby!   We are wishing you a lifetime filled with love and beauty to match your wedding day!
Friends and family >>>>>> CLICK HERE <<<<<< to see the rest of the photos from the Peña Wedding!

Grace and Erwin {Engaged!}

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography
(

c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

As the sun set, we found our way down to the docks.

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

Ess {the Wedding}

Chris and Susan Ess

I met with Chris and Susan and immediately fell in love with their hearts.  Their core values line up so clearly with my own. I don’t know how many times they mentioned how important their family was to them.  And while their wedding to each other was super important, the joining of their two families was equally special.

I feel like a learned a lot from Chris and Sue. When we talked about their photos, one of the things they mentioned was to be sure that their photos reflected THEM and showed them as they ARE. Wrinkles and all. They don’t want to look any different then they do… or change anything. They just want to celebrate who they are now. I feel like the current trend to try to look like a super model, or 20 years younger, or pounds lighter destroys our opportunity to savor what is real. Growing old with someone is very special. Finding love as a more mature person is very special. These guys have it. And it is beautiful.

After a night of rain, the air was so clean and crisp. Dewdrops gathered on all the wild flowers.

 

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Their neighbor across the way, Sally, shared her beautiful Bed and Breakfast for getting ready!   It was cozy and perfect!   And what a view!

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Sue had everything gathered together for her bridal prep.  Only thing was, she had so many favorite jewelry pieces that she couldn’t decide what to wear! She ended up wearing one for ceremony and then switching to another for reception. Great solution!

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What was extra special, is that Chris and Sue had all of their children act as attendants.  Nobody was left out, and each person was included in each part of the day.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

While Sue got her gown on with the help of her sister, Chris was just down the hall getting himself ready as well!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

So handsome!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Matanuska Peak was the backdrop for the groom and groomsmen… or… Father and Son photos.

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Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Meanwhile, inside… Susan was enjoying her final touches to her bridal prep.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

All finished! And looking gorgeous!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Sue and Chris wanted their kids to be with them for their first glimpse… but still have some privacy.  So all the girls peeked in the windows to watch! It was adorable and special!

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Look at this family!

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Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

The wedding ceremony was in their back yard.  Chris and Sue had spent the entire summer preparing for the wedding by growing the most amazing plants, building arbors and wedding tents. Hundreds of hours were spent making this moment absolutely special.

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Their grandson was the ring bearer. Instead of a pillow, he had the rings inside a tackle box! Cute!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

When it came time for the grandkids to come down the aisle, They both got a little shy! So their auntie’s called them over.  It was very cute!

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The youngest daughter, Selah, walked Sue down the aisle.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

The vows were sweet. They started with “I choose you… to be my favorite person… and best friend… for the rest of my life.”  These two love deeply.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

I was so glad we were able to coax some big smiles out of Selah.

 

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

This was hilarious! We decided to do a dip photo in front of the Arbor Chris had made….

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Sue’s response was perfect! She just laid on the grass and laughed and laughed.

We got it though. No harm done!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

The reception was held at the Palmer Depot. I don’t know if I have ever seen that venue done up so nicely. It was GORGEOUS!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

The spanking photo had the other bridesmaids cracking up!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

The guest book was a puzzle piece for each person to sign.  Such a classy idea!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Look at the gorgeous candle centerpieces and head table chairs from BeVintage Rentals! I love it when my clients work with them!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Chris and Sue asked for photos of each family in their crew. Of course the grand kids were prominent in our fun!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Can you believe Chris made all the food for his own reception? He did most of it before hand… but he bustled around quite a bit making things happen.  It looked amazing!

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

Sue told me that there was not one thing about her wedding that she wished went differently. It truly was beautiful and filled with so much LOVE.

Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,

 

Friends and Family >>>>>>>CICK HERE<<<<<<< to see more photos of this beautiful day!

Slats Family Photos

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Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,


Ambience Photography,Heather Dunn,Photography in Alaska,Wasilla Alaska,