Noelle and Daniel - A Romantic August Wedding

This wedding ended up being the absolute perfect day in August.  After a summer of what seemed like rain every single day for months, the sun finally came out and blessed this couple with 75 degree weather and the most beautiful outdoor wedding we all could have hoped for. Everyone on our staff even got a little bit of a welcome sunburn.

When planning both the logistics and design elements of this wedding the couple made it clear to us that two things were important, that it was as fun as it was beautiful. Their ceremony overlooked our gorgeous Alaskan mountain landscape. The reception tent was filled with romantic hues of white, pink, blush and overflowing greenery. Beautiful flowers, place settings and greenery runners and touches of lace adorned long farm style tables. Floral chandeliers hung from each tent peak. When thinking of the details, the words "delicate" and "romantic" come to mind. Not overdone, but just elegant enough to make the setting feel like the special celebration that it was.

There are almost too many details to mention from this day.  Noelle's father officiated. It's hard to describe, but watching a father bestow his advice and blessings (and even sharing some of the hard lessons he has learned in his own life and marriage) is so extremely touching and personal. There was so much love behind his words. Their dessert table was a mixture of items handmade by family and friends. And I have to state that I almost ate my weight of their family recipe of shortbread cookies!  Another extremely touching moment was when the bouquet toss turned into a surprise proposal for a bridesmaid. And let me tell you it was such an amazing thing to witness! There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd and none of the guests (or the bride to be) had any clue that it was going to happen until it did. I was hiding behind the DJ table trying not to sob of course.  And their "getaway car" was a helicopter.  I think that outdid any wedding exit we have ever seen!!  Only in Alaska do we get to have so much fun with weddings!

To Priscilla, Doug, Daniel and Noelle.  Thank you for opening up your hearts and your home to us! We are so thankful to have been a part of this process.  We wish the couple many many more happy years and memories to come!

Planning + Design - Blomma Designs

Photos - Relic Photographic

Florals - Bloomsbury Blooms

Rentals - Over the Top Tents

DJ & Photo Booth - OnDaGo DJ Entertainment

Catering - Peperoncinis Deli 

Wedding Cake - Midnight Sun Cakery

Venue - Private Residence

Winter Solstice Steampunk Wedding

I've been waiting for the perfect time to blog one of our FAVORITE weddings from last winter.  Well, the January throes of winter just a few weeks after their one year anniversary seems the perfect timing.  The darkness in Alaska can be challenging, but I'm one of those folks who embraces it and, in fact, loves how our seasons are so different and drastic. Bring on the frozen beauty!  

What more perfect day than the Winter Solstice to celebrate this couple's wedding?  Courtney came to me when they were about mid-way through the planning process.  They had a date, a venue and a photographer, but not much else.  In our first meeting we connected and I could feel that she was struggling with finding anything that was going to make her day feel special.  We spent time looking through photos, but when we parted I could tell that she was hoping for something more.  After another meeting and a whole lot of coffee and dreaming, I just had a hunch that a Steampunk theme was perfect for them, and it was.  I think we all had so much fun with this because not only was it something very different for Alaska, but it was also the couple's style to an absolute "T."  Is there anything better?  On the winter solstice, the darkest day of the year in Alaska, we fully embraced the beauty of winter, some outside of the box designs, and of course the beautiful love between Courtney and Mike.  Not a detail was left untouched.  Each table was themed to embrace the genre.  "The Timekeepers", "The Literary Minds",  "The Inventors", etc. And each centerpiece was a collection of beautiful florals, antiques and gadgets to reflect the table's theme.  Lots of industrial gadgets, coupled with soft stationary and laces, pearls and hints of purple and mixed metals, made this a great mixture of elegant and moody. The topsy turvy cake and the black chandelier that hung above their sweetheart table were two of my favorite design elements of the evening.  The most fun was seeing the guests find their table and look at all of the fun trinkets that were in their category.  It set the mood for the entire evening.  And they offered a lot of fun photo props!

We were so honored to plan and design such a memorable day for these two.  We realize that what we do takes not only trust, but a lot of vision to hand over something so important and let us run with it.  It was intimate, fun and let me tell you the dance floor was full until the very last song played out.  Even their grandparents stayed for the entirety and danced the night away!  (Cue the best surprise ever, the Groom's grandmother flew in as a complete surprise from down south to attend the wedding.) Courtney and Mike, you are a wonderful match and thank you so much for letting us take part in your wedding!  Congratulations on your first year of marriage!

Planning + Design - Blomma Designs

Photography - Relic Photographic

Florals - Bloomsbury Blooms

Draping + Lighting - Special Events Alaska

Venue - The Alyeska Resort

DJ - R&R Productions

Antiques - BeVintage Rentals

Hair and MUA - Roxanne from The Beehive Beaty Salon

Cake - Scott Fausz 

An Urban Alaskan Wedding

Well it's been about 17 years since I've blogged, or so it seems!  I can't wait to share some of the goodness from this past wedding season coming down the shoot.  Exhibit A:  Anna and Joe's urban May wedding in Anchorage. 

I know what you're thinking.  Urban and Alaska in the same sentence is a sort of oxymoron.  But it isn't!  Most of our weddings are comprised outdoors in somewhat remote locations, but I was absolutely excited when Anna and Joe said they wanted to have a wedding in Anchorage, that was reflective of Anchorage.  The best way to describe these two together is they are a sort of Anchorage power couple.  A delight to be around and friends of MANY!  Community minded but also jet setting world travelers who call Anchorage home. They have a deep love for Anchorage and wanted to capture that feeling with their wedding.  Not to mention that it was so much fun to play with a more modern design style!

We incorporated the Bride's bright color palette of teals, oranges and bold hues with a mixture of greens.  I have a strong love for Monsterra leaves, and finally was able to incorporate them with this theme.  Matt, being the builder that he is, built a geometric ceremony backdrop and wooden mountain silhouettes that were displayed as guests entered the event.  My favorite part, Matt's creation of 7ft to 10ft large geometric shapes that were suspended above the dance floor and seating areas of the Dena'ina Ballroom.  The large ceilings made it feel as if they were floating and they were so much fun to see come to life!

There are almost too many highlights to mention of this wedding.  One of the best moments was when the ceremony started, the crowd was literally cheering as the wedding party walked down the aisle.  Cheering!  Their friends and family were ecstatic about seeing them get married. So much was custom from the Anchorage photo backdrop (taken by a local artist) on their wedding invitations to the hand made ties cut from the same fabric as the bridesmaid dresses to the Anchorage skyline on their wedding cake.  This wedding was all about the details.  To top it off, it probably was one of the best dance parties I've seen at a wedding.  Not a single person left sitting and everyone danced until the last possible moment at closing time.  Congratulations to Anna and Joe and thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding!

Planning + Design - Blomma Designs

Photography - Lauren Roberts

Floral - Bloomsbury Blooms

Venue - Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center

Desserts - Midnight Sun Cakery

Gown + Accessories - Bateau Bridal Boutique

DJ - Spin Entertainment

Rentals - Special Events Alaska 

Hair - Kelly Trice

MUA - Mary Alice Turletes

Nails - Rosehip Nail Studio

 

Surprise Winter Engagement in the Mountains of Alaska

Days like this day make the world seem like a beautiful place again. Often times we get so entrenched in the daily monotony that we sometimes need a gentle reminder of what really matters, and this experience speaks to that.  Relic Photographic contacted us to collaborate on a wintry themed styled shoot, and of course we jumped at the chance.  In the days following we learned it was going to be a surprise engagement and Steven had been waiting for the perfect moment to propose to Chantel.  We worked with Lynn + Lou Paper Co. and had Steven compose a love letter to Chantel that reflected on their love and the road that brought them to this day.  Mid shoot, he handed her the letter and it took just a moment for everything to sink in.  This is the best kind of raw and rugged honesty that makes me love Alaska so dearly.  And the icing on the cake, literally, was the wintry crystal cake with gold leaf details by GH Cakery.  Long story short (because these pictures really don't need words), there were lots of good feelings all around and these two beautiful people are going to spend the rest of their lives together.  It doesn't get any better than this.  Congratulations to these two souls!  We'd say you're off to a pretty good start.

Photography - Relic Photographic

Floral - Blomma Designs

Stationary - Lynn + Lou Paper Co.

Cake - GH Cakery