Hay {the Wedding}

Sharifa and Aaron Hay

This couple is one of a kind! Every time I met with them our visit was accompanied with side splitting laughter and so much fun! So I looked forward to their wedding day and knew that it would match!  We had so much fun!

The bride laughed through her wedding day and didn’t let a thing stress her out… the groom was pampered from the first moment. His Groomspeople took care of his every wish, and then some.

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(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

I love those windows at the Denaina Center.

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(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

We always do a sweet smile photo with each wedding attendant… and then take a moment to play! it is always fun to see what people come up with.

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(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

For this crew I ended up giving some of the grooomspeople nicknames… see if you can guess who “Freakishly Tall”, “Bearded Yacks-Man” and “Tiny Groomswoman” are?

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(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

When we went on over to where the girls were getting ready, they had everything they needed to make the morning great.  Coffee, libations, pretty details and absolutely GORGEOUS shoes…. Oooh LALA.  Love those shoes.

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(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

Ok, so I have photographed weddings about every weekend for 15 years… but this was my first broom jumping wedding! I was so excited! (Broom Jumping is a fun wedding tradition, look it up!)  Sharifa’s sister decorated their broom with gems and flowers! It was gorgeous!

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(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

This Bride did her own makeup like a BOSS!

And she did it while wearing a TEAM BACON shirt.

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(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

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(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

All done and ALL GORGEOUS!

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(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

I love that smile!

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(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

When Aaron was asked which of Sharifa’s awesome features he loved the most… he said… her cute little nose! I totally agree! It is so cute!

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(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

These three have been best friends for… well… forever.  So it was fun that these bridesmaids were finished getting ready first and we got to do a few sweet photos of the three of them.

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(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

Before Ceremony, the guests enjoyed each other with lots of laughs.

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(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

Aaron cried when he saw his bride for the first time!

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(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

I always love to watch the flower girl and ring bearer during ceremony… these two didn’t disappoint!

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I think Sharifa’s shoes lasted on her feet for all of  3 minutes of ceremony! Everyone chuckled as she slipped them off and handed them to her bridesmaid.

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

Just like everything else with this couple, their vows were funny and heartfelt at the same time.

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After the ceremony she showed off her gorgeous ring!
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Look at this beautiful combined family! So much love!

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We took the couple outdoors for a few photos!

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

Haha!

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,

The Denaina Center put out quite the spread! Fresh spring rolls and little tasty treats… followed by a very delicious dinner! The Lobster Bisque was  absolutely amazing!

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Lorell from Ido Events always does such a nice job arranging everything just so.  It takes so much pressure off the bride to know she is there working her magic!

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Smiles and laughter filled the room!

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


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

Salmon, Beef and Buffalo Jerky and Wild Alaskan Jam were each guests treat!

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Eric from Alaska Professional Entertainment led the party in some really great games…

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The shoe game is always hilarious!

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The toasts… tears and laughter.  Sharifa had got each bridesmaid that said “No ugly crying” and they were put to good use.

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A favorite moment of the toasts: Sharifa’s mamma had the mike.  She shared how much she loved both of them, but Aaron needed to know that Sharifa had a whole room full of Mamas… just then the room reverberated with “mmmmm-hmmmm” from all the ladies in attendance.  I loved it.

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What a fun cake! Love that custom topper… Sharifa holding a light saber and Aaron holding a sword! So cute!

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

^Hey, there is our favorite Laurel from I-Do Events! 🙂

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I am sure that everyone in the room teared up during the father daughter and mother son dances.  They were so sweet.

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


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

This game that Eric from Alaska Professional Entertainment brought was super fun! The Best Man and Maid of Honor teamed up with the Bride and From to pull off the roll of toilet paper faster! The ladies owned that one!

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

For a fun twist on the flower toss, the bride was blindfolded, and she spun clockwise while the single ladies went around in a circle, counter clock wise…. When the music stopped, who she was facing got the flowers! It ended up being this little cutie!

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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,


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

Love those rings!

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Eric from Alaska Professional Entertainment even got in on the Wobble! He knows all the moves!

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Kaitlyn turns 9 {Birthday}

It is amazing that Kaitlyn is already 9 years old!

Every year for her birthday, Kaitlyn’s mama has put this dress on her. It is the dress worn by her mama on her gotcha day! It won’t be many more birthdays that Kaitlyn will fit it… she has grown so tall!

 

Deana’s mama worked really hard to make her 9th birthday special! It really turned out adorable!

The birthday was Troll themed! So everything was “Troll-iffic!”

For a fun activity, there were fresh oysters flown in… each one with a pearl for the girls to find. They put their pearls into necklaces with a special holder for each partygoer.

 

Check out this sparkling candle! It was so neat and really brought out some huge smiles from the birthday girl!

When it was gift time, Kaitlyn was overwhelmed with the sweet gifts brought by her friends and sent from family. She especially loved all things American girl…

Happy birthday Kaitlyn!

Best {the wedding}

What a gorgeous wedding!

The Bests were married at the Best Western Lake Lucille Inn in Wasilla Alaska.  How apt!

When we arrived the ballroom was so beautifully and tastefully decorated!  

I don’t know how many countless hours they spent making all of these burlap flowers, but they were such a sweet touch!

At each place setting were sweet little boxes filled with love.

A vintage door shutter was beautifully decorated with photos to remember the guests that have gone too soon.

Jessie’s dad pinned on his shot gun shell boutonniere.

With frozen Lake Lucille and some of the most beautiful mountains in the background, Jessie was looking dapper.

 

 

I love those sparkly shoes!

 


 

Nikole was so beautiful!

So stunning! I love her eyes!

The combo of Nikole and the Alaskan scenery so stunningly breathtaking! She froze to make these… but they are so worth it!

We came indoors to warm up for a few moments… and the ballroom perfectly accentuated

Oh my goodness… those eyes!

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Gorgeous!

 

Even the girls braved the cold in their high heels and scrappy sandals.  They look beautiful!


 

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(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

 

Wedding day photos would not be complete without some gorgeous photos of these two on the ice!  If you think these are pretty, wait until you see the ones taken at sunset!

We came back inside and the DJ cued their first dance song. It was so romantic!

I am a huge fan of the taco bar for their wedding day feast!

 

 

 

Look at this beautiful and unique wedding cake!

Red velvet!

Nikole and her dad have such a sweet relationship!

After the father daughter dance, everyone else joined in!

Selfies!

Check out those gorgeous rings!

The little flower girl got her wish! She caught the bouquet! 

She was so excited! 

The dance party continued long into the night! 

A beautiful sunset was the perfect ending to the evening!

Those colors are stunning! 

The sunset on the mountains are so lovely!

Congratulations to Nikole and Jessie!

 

Click here to see the rest of these beautiful  photos.

Olive {The Wedding}

Rachel Stein & Daniel Olive

Cafe Sophias was decorated so beautifully to celebrate this very special wedding.

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With their last name of Olive… “Olive me loves Olive you” was just the perfect phrase for this day!

Rachel’s mom helped her with her last minute touches.

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Rachel wore her grandmothers antique earrings! They were so perfect for her look.

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Rachel’s hair and makeup were done just down the road at the Beehive Beauty Salon by the fabulous Roxanne and Beverly!  She looks stunning!

 

Her eyes were sparkling!

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For Rachel’s “Something Blue”,  the very last button on her gown was changed out for a blue antique button from her grandmother’s awesome button collection! I love it that you can see her Grandmother a little bit in Rachel’s wedding day attire.

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(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

Gorgeous!! Don’t you just love all of the vintage furniture featured for her decorations! BeVintage Rentals really brought some fun pieces to spice up the venue!

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

Instead of a ring pillow, Rachel’s family Bible held the rings! What a sweet touch!

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(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

Daniel looked pretty dashing as well!

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The boutonnieres with the succulents are stunning!  Rumor has it they grew succulents in their kitchen for months before hand.

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What a stunningly beautiful arbor for them to be married in front of!

They walked down the aisle to the music of the harp.

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A very proud dad watched his daughter with tears in his eyes.

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(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

After the ceremony they held a time of worship with their friend Tanner leading.

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And then they went to a private room to sign the marriage license.

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Meanwhile… outside…. Alaska showed up with style! It was snowing like crazy!

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It was gorgeous and made for some amazingly beautiful photos!

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

Such beautiful scenes for wedding day photos!

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The snowfall certainly creates a sense of magic!

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(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

I think you can see that these two are going to have so much fun in their lives together!

 

 

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These gents were outdoors decorating the car with sticky notes and whatever else colorful they could find!

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The reception was decorated so beautifully!

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Daniel was super excited about the thumbprint guest book!

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(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

I love this! Each bottle with wisdom will be opened on anniversaries in the future!

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(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

 

 

 

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Rachel’s Aunt spent an entire week creating these beautiful cheese cakes and homemade toppings.

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(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

 

 

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They created custom wedding bottle labels out of their engagement photos! So fun!

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(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

The centerpieces were stunning! silver and green… succulents and moss! I love it!

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The father daughter dance was a song that they had danced to many times through out Rachel’s lives.

 

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

So much laughing, dancing and fun!

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The guests each took a sparkler and we went outdoors for the send off!

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

 

Rachel and Daniel, thank you so much for choosing us for your beautiful wedding!

Friends and family  CLICK HERE  to see the rest of the photos from this wedding! 

 

 

 

Thanks so much to Brianna for her second shooting help at this beautiful wedding!

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Sierra & Beau {Engagement}

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(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2016 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography

(c) 2017 Heather Dunn of Ambience Photography