The Cox Wedding

Eric and Amanda were married at the gorgeous Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge on one of the most GORGEOUS days in the summer.


Mount McKinley even showed up for the wedding!  It was stunning!:)


After we worked with the “boys” we went in and met up with Amanda and her crew.  Check out this very detailed and thoughtful “Wedding Survival Kit” made by one of her dear friends!  Such a handy thing to have available!



One of Amanda’s bridesmaids did her hair and makeup… Pretty nice job of it too!

Oooh, I just love Amanda’s bling!  She had a hair band and earrings to match!

And check out that diamond!  Well done Eric!

Amanda replaced the traditional white lacing on her gown with ribbons in her wedding theme… many shades of purple!! What a fun way to customize your dress! (Genious!)

Looking good, Lady!

I know I included a bunch of these in the blog… but she is just so beautiful it is hard to choose between them!

These bridesmaids photos are so fun… filled with such personality!


Sweet flower girl…  Itsn’t it awesome that the Iris were blooming just for Amanda’s wedding?  Perfect flower timing!


Ceremony time came and the sun was hot, and the sky was blue!   I love Amanda’s expression as she gets to the end of the aisle.  She is just GLOWING!


Denali was the background for their vows.  So gorgeous!


They took a few moments for friends and family to greet them and wish them a happy life filled with love!

This little peanut / flower girl just stole my heart.  What a sweetie!

Mr. and Mrs. Cox look mighty fine together, if you ask me.

As you will see later… Amanda had a butterfly theme for her wedding, so it was super awesome to catch these beauties on those purple Iris! How perfect is that!

And then off to the beautiful reception under the tents.  It was such a nice treat to not even need them with all that amazing sunshine!

The lovely candy bar was quite a draw… it had a mixture of fresh fruit and other goodies to dip into the purple chocolate fountain!

If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that Amanda and Eric held auditions for their toasts… every single one was hilarious!

The food at the lodge was delicious!

Love that butterfly inspired cake!  What a great personal touch!

Oh yes, they did!  Cake smashers!

The garter was a hilarious moment… Amanda covering her eyes… while the guy looking on with his big mouth in an “o” just crack me up! I love catching little moments like that!


And then it was the end of a very fun filled, sunshine blessed day!


Congratulations to Eric and Amanda! I wish you a marriage filled with the joy you experienced on your wedding day!
Here is the link to the rest of the photos!  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>CLICK HERE<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

A few from recent shoots…

I have just been so busy lately, that my blogging has taken a bit of a hit!:)I thought I would take a few moments and share some of my recent favorites for those that might not follow me on Facebook.:)


Meet Laura and her boys:

Jordan and Dane decided to do their session at Eklutna Lake… which is always stunning.:)

They even brought along a canoe!

Deana and her best bud Ashli did their session at the Transportation Museum in Wasilla.  Ashli was up to Alaska for a visit from Wyoming.

After the session, Deana and Ashli got matching tattoos with a stick figure of a girl talking on a tin can phone… when they are together, the string connects!



Marla told me that photos of her family are her very favorite thing… so this gramma got her wish and got photos of ALL of her kids and grandkids.  :)


Adrianne told me that she loved books so very much that she wanted to have books in all of her photos.  She didn’t get to have them in all… but for this line she did.:)

Gramma Marla all surrounded by her beautiful granddaughters in the summer sunlight.

And Grandpa Jim with his grandsons!

There are many more photos to see from these sets over on Facebook… So… Go take a look and like my page! It does my business good!:)

The Eicher wedding

Diedra and John were married on the most sought after Saturday for weddings in Alaska… June 21.  Fortunately they had booked me over a year in advance, because I always have a whole lot of brides interested in that date.


The grooms prep at John’s house was hilarious… this crew of guys were in fine spirits in preparation for the wedding.


Thoughtful Diedra had gifts for each groomsman… cigars, Crown and Coke… all calculated to provide a good time!

John’s boutonniere had a photo to remember his precious grandmother.

Looking good, John!

John’s one request… a photo of his boys on his giant flatbed!:)Turned out fun, huh!


Diedra was gorgeous in her Alfred Angelo gown.

Such great personality in her bridesmaids photos!

Love those boots!

Even the flower girl had those awesome cowboy boots!


Diedra’s dad in his ten gallon hat are the perfect compliment to this country style wedding!

Then we quickly did a few of John’s family photos! Good looking crew!

John and his sister


The couple’s fur baby, Buff, was the ring bearer.

On every row there were birch cones filled with Alaskan wildflowers and ribbons to set the mood for the ceremony.


Diedra melted into tears as her dad led her to the archway…

The pavilion in downtown Palmer was packed.

During the ceremony, the couple nailed a box shut… At their ten year anniversary they will open it back up and enjoy the fine bottle of wine inside.



Diedra and John paused for a few photos around the Depot.

Oh my goodness, John is such a funny guy!:)From pretending to take a bite of her flowers, to his hilarious way of interacting with the kids around the place… He just cracks me up!

But he also has a sweet side too.

E for Eicher on that ring finger nail!




We had a few minutes, so we walked across the street for a field trip to Klondike Mikes!  Diedra was super excited because Mikes had just redecorated, and it perfectly matched with her “down home” theme.

Yes, thank your Pinterest for this idea.:)

For the pool ball ring shot, I asked if they had a special number… their answer, haha.


Back at the reception, the guests were kept busy with yummy chicken wing appetizers and table games of “I spy” and toys for the kids!


There was a pretty epic squirt gun fight… the girls were trying to use the bathroom as an escape, but they were thwarted by some good aim and a daring cowboy’s determination.


The cake was by North Star Bakery… and was surrounded by sweets of all sorts!

Diedras flowers were amazing! I love how she has so many succulents in her bouquets and boutonnieres!


Good throw!

Who says the mother son dance has to be mushy? John and his mom danced to “Foot Loose” and boy, do they have the moves.


The dance party continued… and I must confess, that after this wedding I was inspired to learn to moonwalk.  It is pretty amazing!

When my time at the event was over, the party was only really  just starting… Eric from Alaska Professional Entertainment always makes sure everyone has a good time!

Diedra and John, thanks so much for inviting us to be a part of your amazing country style wedding! It was simply beautiful.


HERE IS THE LINK to the entire set of photos from your beautiful day.



Michelle Eicher - July 25, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Beautiful photos Heather! I (John’s Mom) started crying all over again while viewing the slide show for 2 hours.

Ritchey {the wedding}

Mel and Ted were married at the Best Western at Lake Lucille in June.

When I arrived, all the men were waiting for the ceremony and watching float planes land on Lake Lucille.

I met up with Mel as Beverly Popesque was finishing up her amazing hair and makeup magic.


All of Mel’s baubles and pretties just drew me. I could have played with my macro lens and those for hours!

Stunning Mel!:)I am loving her style.

Classic beauty!

Willow was the perfect ring bearer dog! So well behaved!

Ted’s expression while Mel walked down the aisle can only be described as glowing! Then his happiness translated to tears. I have lots of photos of the waterworks, but I am saving them just for Mel and Ted to savor.  He is in love with that lady, that is for sure.

There is certainly some family resemblance! Ted and his son are peas in a pod, and Mel and her daughter are just the same… and it especially shows in their expressions when cracking up!

I hadn’t ever shot in the Best Western upstairs room… and found that it is perfect for smaller and more intimate events like this one! Love those ceilings!  Mel’s decor perfectly complimented the classiness of the space.

Such sweet moments between Mel and Ted during their first dance!

As party favors, Mel burned their name and date into wooden honey wands and tied them up with jute.  How cute, huh!  And because their sweet doggie was the ring bearer, they used Alaskan Quarter rings they made themselves… (Google it! It is very cool!)

Mel is so creative… Instead of a traditional  guest book that gets put on a shelf and never opened, they decided to have their guests sign a piggy bank! Every time Mel & Ted put their coins inside, they will remember their wedding and save up for anniversary fun!


Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Mel hired a local bakery to make mini cheese cakes in jelly jars, and then offered the toppings of your choice! She is just so full of fun ideas!


Then we snuck outside to make some gorgeous bride and groom photos.

Mel’s and Ted met in Nome… so when Mel pulled out her alaskan mukluks it was perfect!

They just have WAY too much fun together!

Mel’s gown had some gorgeous shear panels attached to the back.. just right to use in the brisk wind that had come up!  Such a stunning lady!

Congratulations to Mel and Ted!


Family and Friends  CLICK HERE to see the rest of the beautiful photos from Mel and Ted’s  lovely wedding day.


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The Sanford Wedding

Robin and Brian Sanford

May 30, 2014

I knew Robin and Brian’s wedding was going to be gorgeous since she had assembled some of my favorite wedding vendors to make her day run smoothly and that much more special!


I met up with Robin at her home while she was in the final stages of her bridal prep.   Stunning!


Gorgeous shoes!


Her two daughters were on hand, and this little one was hamming it up, trying on her dad’s boots and just being generally adorable!



Robin’s features are so delicate.

All ready!

I am in love with her flowers…

Her gown


When it came time for the first glimpse, we borrowed a cloth napkin from the reception for a blindfold so he didn’t see her until the perfect moment.

I just love how you can see a little glimpse of how much they enjoy each other’s company!

Love the forest setting for these!

When we got back to the ceremony site, all the rest of the girls were ready and beautiful, right on schedule!

It’s usually the groom’s expression during the processional that I just adore… this time, Robin’s expression of excitement and delight while she walks down the aisle just captivates me!

During the entire ceremony, their daughter blew flower petals on the happy couple.  She was serious about her flower girl job!


Robin and Brian weren’t the only ones super happy about the wedding… Their other daughter was so happy about it too, and she smiled ear to ear pretty much the whole night.

Brian and their daughter enjoy a sweet moment together after ceremony.  Also check out the beautiful embroidery Robin’s mom did on the girls’ bows! She did custom embroidery all through out the decor!


Lorell with I Do Events always does such a beautiful job with the decor! And this event was no exception!

Alaska Dream Catering pulled out all the stops for this wedding feast! Always delicious and beautiful!

For party favors, Robin made hundreds of jars of smoked salmon and homemade strawberry rhubarb jam

…and strawberry rhubarb jam that was marked “spread the love”

I couldn’t resist using them for a ring shot.:)


Creative Cakes by Jeryll made this work of art. Isn’t it amazing!?!


Guess who wants cake?

Eric from Alaska Professional Entertainment got the party rocking!


The wedding party put their loving touches on the getaway truck! Haha, “He put a ring on it!”


And then it was time to go! The sparkler getaway worked just fine, despite Alaskan late night sun.



A huge congratulations to Robin and Brian!

Patti - July 4, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing!

Emma Greenwoo - August 18, 2014 - 12:51 am

Beautiful pictures! Where was their reception held?

Heather - August 22, 2014 - 6:21 pm

Their wedding was at Fox Hollow Chalet in Anchorage,m Alaska