Jennifer and Charles were married in a short and sweet ceremony at the Fox Hollow Chalet in Anchorage. The skies were gray and threatened to rain. From behind the camera, the sky seemed washed out and uninteresting. I was a little disappointed that we didn't have a magnificent blue ceiling and powdery clouds. However, the camera seemed to pull out a bit of drama that contrasted against the greenery and the brilliant fireweed. As always, we loved hearing the speeches and reading the guest book, which was cleverly done as a Jenga set. Though it was a short day for us, we managed to capture some beautiful moments.
Cindy and Joe had a beautiful ceremony and reception at the Dena'aina Center in downtown Anchorage. I love how the clean architectural lines of this building and the surrounding area highlight this gorgeous couple. I also loved the combination of the traditional dress of both of their mothers, the respectful bows of the couple to their parents, with the Western styling of the ceremony - a wonderful blend of cultures and traditions. Absolutely loved working with this couple and honored to have shared in the fun!
We showed up to this wedding a little early to check out the site on the grounds of Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. As we pulled up, we noticed a fire truck and several concerned men looking at the power lines. This meant that there was no electricity to the facility, which powered everything including water flow to the toilets. Monica's parents were quick to handle the situation and planned to set up a generator with flood lights into the main hall. Fortunately, the power was restored and the wedding went on without a hitch. We even got to spend some time outdoors for pictures. As evidenced by the pictures, they were a joy to work with - Glenn keeping us quite entertained with his energy and Monica gracefully accepting his antics. Congrats to the two of you!
These crazy kids hitched the knot on a chilly post-Thanksgiving Alaskan day. The ceremony was held at beautiful St. Patrick's Parish with the sun streaming through the stained glass windows. The party was then moved to the Dena'ina Center in downtown Anchorage, which has awesome architectural elements that made for great photos. After a quick photo with the enormous blow up Santa Claus in the lobby, we ventured upstairs to the outdoor patio for group shots. You'd never guess that it was below freezing with wind chill by looking at their photos. However, the awesome Alaskan skyline made it totally worth it!
The reception was kicked off with the traditional wedding party announcement. The party lined up in front to cheer on (and deluge with bubbles) the couple as they shared their first dance. I hadn't seen anyone arrange the first dance quite like this before. It was a great way to capture the expressions of onlookers while Liz and Reuben took a spin around the dance floor. Another first was the "shoe quiz." Liz and Reuben sat with their backs to each other and answered questions about themselves (e.g. Who is the better cook? Who made the first move?) by raising the shoe belonging to that person. It was a fun way for everyone to get to know the couple better and Liz and Reuben did pretty well!
This was one of those weddings where everyone was totally relaxed and just there to celebrate two awesome people getting married. It makes for such great photos filled with personality. It was fun to be able to go back through these photos to put together this blog posting. We were so honored that everyone treated us like part of the family. We wish Liz and Reuben the very best!!
We met Jen & Chase at Kincaid Park for an engagement shoot on a fall afternoon. As the sun set, we got some beautiful light and clouds (definitely something you don't get in coastal California!). We had tons of fun getting to know Jen & Chase and picking their brains about good places to eat in Anchorage! Congrats Jen & Chase on your upcoming wedding!
This was our first venture into senior portraits. Apparently in Anchorage it's typical to do these types of senior portraits rather than everyone going to the same studio. We took these at a local high school - we found some great spots with vivid colors (the track was awesomely red!)