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!
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!!