Cox Wedding

Nikiski, Alaska

Daniel & Jocelyn Cox

It was only fitting that Daniel and his groomsmen got ready at Daniel’s Lake Bed and Breakfast. When I arrived, the boys were just about ready. All they had left to do was to pin on their boutonnieres.  The brothers were on hand to help.

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They had shot gun shells filled with flowers for their boutonnieres… Isn’t that just the cutest thing? 

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There was lots of fun during the groomsmen’s photos.

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And a friendly yearling moose came along for the shoot!  He just about snuck up on us!

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Looking good, gentlemen!

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Daniel and his brothers

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Meanwhile, Jocelyn and her ladies were over at the Nikiski Rec. Center finishing up their last minute touches.

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Even her toes got attention!

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Selfie!

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The affection of this family was constant.  The sisters hugged each other so sweetly every chance they got.

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All ready, and looking gorgeous!

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I am in LOVE with the back of Jocelyn’s dress.  And the front.  Goodness… the whole thing was just stunning!

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

 

Jocelyn is just… classic.

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These sisters have such a special place in each other’s heart. When the Jocelyn’s sister gave her a long hug, there were many tears. There is so much love between them.

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

 

What a group! These bridesmaids were hilarious!

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

Thanks to Google Maps and these wonderful signs, we made our way to the Tesoro Picnic Grounds.

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At the picnic grounds, Daniel got a phone call from his bride to be.  His mom listened in on the sweet conversation, and tears glistened in her eyes.

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Everyone should have such grandparents! There was so much love!

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Haha! I love these guys!  I promise we got some with nice smiles too. But this is my favorite.

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People kept saying that this wedding was the quintessential Pinterest delight! I have to agree with them!

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The guests were invited to highlight their favorite verse in a Bible for the couple as their creative idea for a guest book. I heard more than one guest say: “Someone already highlighted the verse I wanted to!”  It must have been the right one!   I bet I Cor 13 had a rainbow of colors!

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


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Even the food was gorgeous!  So much variety for the sweet tooth!

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And then it was time for ceremony.  Daniel’s mom held a photo of one of their loved ones that had passed on.

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Grandma laughed out loud when she saw this:  The ring bearers carried this sign and stick fishing poles! So cute!

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And then came the moment.  Daniels face when he saw his bride for the first time is one that I will always remember.   It was excited… and then slowly crumpled as he was overcome with joy at seeing his beloved.

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Mr and Mrs Cox!

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The two left the ceremony and went for a short walk, just to enjoy each other for the first time as husband and wife.

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Making it official!

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The toasts were heartfelt!

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This is an idea I love! They decorated an actual tree with family wedding photos… added hanging tags with numbers for each one and posted a framed key, so you could match up who is who!

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The boys held on to the flowers, and the girls showed off their muscles!

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

But mostly there was a lot of laughing!

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

This was an adorable story:  These are all siblings. And the last time they had a photo together was before the youngest was born! On their wall, for her entire life she was not in the picture.  So we took care of that, and then gave her a special place for another one! Such a great group of people with amazing spirits!

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They went for it!

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

Little packets of rice were given to each guest.

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After the sendoff, it took me a couple weeks to get all that rice out of my camera bags!

 

They walked through the line of people and climbed into a rowboat… they rowed across the lake to their waiting vehicle.  It was the perfect ending to a gorgeous day.

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But before I let them go on their honeymoon, we met down at the Nikiski beach for some really beautiful photos under the Pier.
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Alaskan girls wear Extra Tuffs… even on their wedding day!

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These guys are adorable!


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… and at the end of a long day, all they could say was:

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Daniel and Jocelyn, we were truly honored to be at your wedding!

Friends and Family CLICK HERE to see the rest of these gorgeous photos! But you’ll want to grab some popcorn first… its a huge set of amazing photos!

 

 

Are you looking for a great wedding photographer? Many of our dates are booked between two months and as much as 2 years in advance! Send us an email to check on availability! We would love to make great photos like these for you!

Hamilton {the wedding}

Visnja & Tanner

 

It wasn’t puppy love. It was a forever love. You could tell by the way he treasured how she looked at him.  And by the balanced care she put into making sure that their celebration was perfect all the while investing her time into her ultimate goal for the relationship: marriage.   After years of being together, it was time.

 

 

Visnja’s picture of an ideal setting for her wedding day preparations was actually my studio. After taking a look at her photos, I have to agree!  I love my little nest for photography!

 

That little white chair and gorgeous red couch from BeVintage Rentals were just perfect to display the shoes and jewelry! What a great setting!

Her bridesmaids were there to help with all the little details. And her Mom and Grandma fastened all of those millions of buttons with only their fingers.

 

 

She placed their rings into a carefully handcrafted box.

 

Tanner’s mom came to help him with his boutonniere. It was a sweet moment. She kissed him on the cheek, and then he was ready.

This is what happiness looks like:

 

They chose to do a first look… so Tanner’s best man blindfolded him and led him to his bride.  When she untied his blindfold, it was all smiles and hugs.

Then they read each other their personal vows.  These were vows written for each other’s ears and eyes only… it was a beautiful moment. I was touched to be able to be a witness.

The entire day, the forecast for rain kept being pushed back.  As you can see, it was stunningly sunny! What a lovely wedding day gift for Visnja.

For a fun place to take photos of these two, we went off to the Transportation Museum in Wasilla.  It was a fun place for vintage feeling photos!

We even got special permission for them to sit in a few of the cars!

 

The trains are always a great and unique place for photos. 

 

 

When the Wedding Party joined, they really made the term Wedding PARTY… come to life!

 

These guys were hilarious! My side ached from laughing with all their crazy comments and ideas for photos! 

Thats a seriously good looking group of folks!

The wedding was to be held at Settlers Bay Lodge, up by the Knik Goose Bay. We took advantage of the mountains across the bay, off in the distance for the family photos.

There were so many lovely details.

Love that pull back shot from one of our newest second shooters: Wayne Miller!  Great job!

Off to the reception!  I don’t know how many countless hours Visnja spent working on these lovely decorations!

 

I love her thumbprint guest book!

 

 

 

 

Check out this great photo booth! All the props and a Polaroid camera! Great idea!

 

 

The Best Man had the guests rolling! It was very funny!

 

I love how family plays such a huge role in weddings! Visnja had a table set up with photos of each of them as children with their families.  She sure did it up cute!

 

One of my favorite words ever: cake!

 

There was a big cake for cutting… and a million cupcakes for snagging!

 

 

And then the party truly started!  Even Grandma and Grandpa Hamilton were out there dancing! The women in Visnja’s family shared a traditional Bosnian dance! You had to be quick on your toes for that one!

 

Tanner was a great showman as he slid across the floor to get the garter!

Then all the gentlemen went outdoors to smoke some special cigars they had gotten for the occasion!

This amazing group of women were part of Visnja’s sorority!

And then at precisely 7:10, we lit the sparklers for the sendoff!

 


Congratulations to Visnja and Tanner! What a beautiful day!  You are going to have a wonderful life together!

 

Many thanks to all the Wedding Vendors that helped to make the day sparkle: ||Ambience Photography || BeVintage Rentals || Hanna’s Hair Expressions || Alaska Wedding DJ || Settlers Bay Lodge || Transportation Museum

 

Friends and family: Want to see more?  Click HERE to see the rest of Visnja and Tanner’s beautiful photos!

 

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Danielle & Weston {Engagement}

When this was the VERY first photo I took of the day, I knew it was going to be a great session:

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That evening light is just amazing for photos right now! It made all those mosquito bites worth it!

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These two pups… such sweeties!

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I think she is smitten.

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Whoa, check out that ring! Well done Weston!

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And then we hiked up to a gorgeous waterfall… What a beautiful way to end their session.

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Alaska and these two really worked well together to make some gorgeous photos!

Chris and Sue {Engagement}

Finding love…. whenever it is… is a precious thing. These two found love later in their lives and you can really tell that the waiting and wishing is one of the things that has made it extra sweet.

 

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About her wedding day coming up in a couple months, Sue said: “I can’t think of anything I would like more than to have our happiest day surrounded by the people we love most, and that especially includes our children. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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Congratulations to Sue and Chris.  We couldn’t be happier for you.

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Trynnity & Daniel {Engagement}

These guys.  They are just as cute as can be.

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(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

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

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

 

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I can tell these guys are going to have SO MUCH FUN together.

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Haha, how cute!

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Ans then there is their sweet doggie Jack. Isn’t he precious!?

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