John & Candy’s Anchorage Courthouse Wedding: The wedding was short and sweet. A close gathering of friends to support their lifelong commitment. Afterwards, we had a fun walkabout downtown Anchorage, Alaska for a bride and groom portrait session. It was a fun experience as we took photos, laughed, moved to the next location, & repeated.
What a fun, creative, & original wedding! Dave & Heather literally rocked out this wedding. I loved the outfits, colors, fun, spunk & punks! =) Thank you, Dave & Heather for letting Chris & I be your photographers for a great and memorable experience!
From Wedding Shoes to Wedding Boot – Bride break a leg on Bachelorette night – Julie and Ryan’s Amazing Wedding – Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photographers
Imagine getting a broken Leg on your bachelorette party! Nothing was too much to stop this Amazing Bride & A Wonderful Groom, that is what Julie & Ryan were on July 22nd, 2014. They were married at the Tanglewood Golf Course off the Seward Highway in Anchorage, Alaska.
I originally got to know Julie as a guest presenter from STAR in my classroom as a Health Teacher (K-5). Julie, a strong woman with great skills at connecting with children and bring a message of protection, was celebrating her bachelorette party in Girdwood, Alaska two days before the wedding. While walking along to the restraunt, her foot slipped off the side of the sidewalk and she fell. It immediately felt painful, so she spent the rest of the night with the foot elevated. To add insult to injury, the owner of the restraunt saw Julie fall, and refused to serve her any alcohol, believing she had already had enough (she hadn’t had a drink yet).
I received an email, the day before the wedding, from Julie with the subject line “hmmm”. Inside it said: “How is this gonna photograph?” And the following photo:
She had gone to the hospital the day before her wedding and found out that she had fractured her foot, and it would require surgery. With her wedding the next day, Julie told them they would have to postpone the surgery, as there was no way they would be post-poneing the wedding. She was placed in a temporary boot, to keep the foot as still as possible.
When I arrived at the wedding the next day, I was amazed at how positive her attitude was! She was beaming with the excitement of a soon-to-be bride. I asked her how her foot was. Julie said she was unable to put any pressure on her leg, as every time she did, a new shooting pain shot up her leg. Her positive attitude was felt overwhelmingly to the entire crowd. You can imagine that as a person invited to the wedding that you would be feeling for her, but when she rounded the corner and showed her big smile, everyone relaxed, and quietly cheered her on. =)
One detail that made this wedding even greater was Julie carrying a picture of her father on her broken foot’s leg. Unfortunately, her father had passed away, but this way, he was still able to walk Julie down the aisle.
It was probably the most amazing wedding I have ever attended! =)
EXTRA, EXTRA!!! READ ALL ABOUT IT! Julie was so kind as to write up her own version of the week’s events:
“From Wedding Shoes to Wedding Boot” by Julie Dale McNeese
It was two days before the wedding, the planning was all done, everyone from out of town was settled in and my bridesmaids and a few close friends and I were heading to Girdwood for an epic bachelorette party…when I say epic I mean hiking, shopping, playing apples to apples and dinner at the Double Musky yeah we are pretty laid back. We arrived in Girdwood in batches and all met up at the Alyeska Hotel, after the obligatory selfies and posing with the weird bear statue we all headed over to the amazing house that had been so generously rented for our party by loving family members. By the time we got settled in had some snacks and a cocktail it was getting a little late so we decided to skip the hiking ( for safety reasons) and head on over to the Double Musky for some drinks and appetizers. Of course we opted to walk, it was less than half a mile, it was solstice so daylight forever, and of course we wanted to have some fortified beverages so driving was out of the question.
We were on our way! Let the festivities begin…and that they did, with the restaurant in sight and the thought of scallop stuffed mushrooms on my mind DOWN I WENT! I hit the edge of the road where it goes from paved to unpaved in the cutest pair of wedges and I heard a snap..my friend Danielle was right next to me and tried to help me up right away but I needed a moment. I did get back on my feet and Danielle brushed off the dirt and we trudged on. I had a bad feeling though that something was really wrong, we met up with the rest of the group mentioned what happened and sat down in the bar for some grub. I was telling them all at this point that my foot REALLY hurt, I know they were all just trying to make me feel better, “it’s not broken you just sprained it” “you are not even crying you will be ok” “ you will totally walk down the aisle”…all things I was really hoping for but turns out were not the case! We all ordered drinks and appetizers when I was notified by our server that I was not to be served a beverage because an employee saw me fall and they were not to serve me. I was so upset, in a massive amount of pain and just trying to be a trooper so I went outside to get some fresh air and the next thing I know Jonathan the owner came outside with a big bag of ice for my foot and the cocktail I had ordered, what a great guy! The girls had informed him about what had really happened that it was my bachelorette party and he made amends. As we were getting ready to leave I tried to stand on my foot…yeah, totally not happening!! What was I going to do? I couldn’t put any weight on it and surely couldn’t walk back. Let’s call a taxi…oh wait we are in Girdwood LOL!! The girls rallied together and went and got the vehicle and picked me up. At this point I just had to roll with it! We went back to the house and just had a BLAST! It was a night to remember with great friend’s lots of fun and laughing and more reassuring me that my foot was ok. As the night grew later slowly our energy dwindled and off to bed we all went, I was armed with a bag of ice and pillows to prop up my foot. My amazing cousin Monica made sure I was comfortable and we listened to the rain fall on the roof, talked about the wedding and drifted off to sleep.
The next morning reality set back in, my foot was absolutely HUGE and purple, I can’t walk, tomorrow is my wedding and today is the rehearsal dinner my aunt and uncle have been planning for a long time everyone is going to be there and I still have not told anyone about what had happened. What was I going to do? What was I going to tell my fiancé or my mom? How was I going to walk down the aisle? What were my pictures going to turn out like? The girls had to help me pack up and get to the car and on our way back to Anchorage we were, at this point I had not told anyone of last night’s mishap and asked the girls not to say anything to anyone yet either I wanted to get to the doctor and have a prognosis before I told anyone. They were all convinced it still was not broken how could it be broken they said you aren’t even acting like it hurts? Truth be told I really wanted everyone to have a great time and remember the night for the fun and friends not my foot. I finally called my fiancé and told him what was going on and to pick me up at the emergency orthopedic office. I got in to the doctor and the girls were off to get ready for the rehearsal dinner.
They wheeled me back to the exam room took some x-rays and I finally just let go, by the time the doctor came in I was SOBBING! The prognosis was grim; he said “ you did not break your foot, you destroyed it” and proceeded to show me the x-rays and explain the break and that I will be in a cast for at least 16 weeks, they will fit me with a boot for now but that I cannot walk on it and that I would be needing surgery ASAP to repair the damage, the whole while I am just crying, he is telling me it’s going to be ok it’s a broken foot, we can fix it…I caught my breath composed myself and explained to him that I wasn’t crying just because I broke my foot but I was crying because I was getting married tomorrow and won’t be able to walk down the aisle, Next I asked if he would call my mom and tell her… then my phone rang it was my mom.
My fantastic cousin Monica had told my mom the news and she took it really well…I am just glad I didn’t have to tell her, not sure why this was such a big deal to me but it was (thank you Monica). My mom was so caring and supportive I don’t think I could have got through this without her!
As my Fiancé was taking me around to get everything I needed before the rehearsal dinner I was posting pictures of my new wedding accessory on FB asking people how to decorate the boot for the wedding, of course everyone thought I was joking. I also emailed my photographer and asked him how it would look in the wedding pictures. As soon as we arrived at the rehearsal dinner reality set in for everyone else when they realized I wasn’t joking. My Aunt Karla came through with a knee scooter as she had been in a walking boot a week prior to my incident and now I had a way down the aisle that was a little more graceful than the crutches.
The day of the wedding had arrived! The excitement and anticipation quickly took over any qualms I had regarding my newly acquired wedding attire. I blinged it out with blue I do sparkles and got the show on the road! I could not have had more love and support through the whole process which just made the day even more special! My “scoot” down the aisle was fantastic I laughed the whole way to the aisle and as soon as I saw the crowd and my husband to be my heart soared and the only thing I could think of was I am getting married this is a onetime thing girl have fun!! And fun we had! The day was spectacular; of course our first dance was not quite as we had rehearsed (the whole wedding was that way) but memorable to say the least! We ate, drank, laughed and loved with our best friends and family into the evening just as a wedding should be.
As the days after our wonderful wedding passed I heard from so many people that it was the best wedding they had ever been to! That Ryan my husband was so supportive and that they couldn’t believe what a trooper I was! Not everyone who had attending the wedding new beforehand that I had broken my foot but as soon as people started arriving at the venue word spread really fast. I had no idea at the time and found out later from everyone that as they were waiting for me to come down the aisle whispers of “we feel so sorry for her” and “oh my, what a tragedy” were being spoken but as soon as my laughter was heard they said all those thoughts went out the window and they were wrapped up in the moment as much as Ryan and I were.
It is two months later to the day I broke my foot as I am writing this, I am still in a cast for at least eight more weeks but it feels like the downhill stretch! I look back on our wedding day with the fondest of memories and love in my heart. I have amazing pictures that captured all the love and happiness felt by everyone and a truly unique Alaskan wedding story that will be in people’s thoughts and hearts for a really long time! Thank you to everyone who helped make our wedding day so special I love you all!
Alaska Anchorage Wedding Photographers – Flattop Wedding Portraits
It was a cold day for some Alaskan Wedding Photography at Flattop, and if you look closely at the progression of the photos, you’ll see how they got colder. However, we found some trees to block the wind, which made everyone happy! =)
Tie Dye fRENZY! This is what Lance & Ariel’s wedding was about. A nice small gathering of friends & family in the woods of the grooms’ parents house in Wasilla, Alaska. The wedding included awesome tie dye flowers, her friends in tie dye dresses, and the flower girl in a fairy tale tie dye dress. It was “Legend…wait for it…dary!” This was one of the most visually attractive weddings I have photographed. The great outdoors, mixed with the fun, colors made it awesome. For Wedding Photography Portraits headed down the road to an old abandoned warehouse, a sand & gravel pit, & train tracks to top off this Awesome Tie Dye Alaska Wedding! =)
Alaska Wedding Photographers – Seward – “May the 4th Be With You!”
Had a fantastic time photographing Eric & Bonnie’s Seward Wedding on May 4th, 2013. They were such a kind and loving couple. It’s quite an honor when you are able to spend several hours of the most important day of their lives with a couple that truly loves and cherishes one another. We had a ton of fun taking their wedding photography shots down by the waterfall in Seward. My favorites photos are their huge smiles and also the creative shots of them reenacting “American Gothic” poses with straight faces by the waterfalls. What a wonderful wedding it was to photograph! I pray the best for you both! =)
I was looking through our photo collections, and I stumbled upon these photos. Since I over hauled the website for this design, I have been wanting / needing of creating lot many more blog posts about wedding photography from all of the years we have been doing it. However, haven’t had the time to get it all up there. So, I thought “Hey! Let’s give a little throw-back blog post of some of our favorites wedding photos from several years ago. I am hoping to eventually add these weddings into our blog post collections. There are also several photos from engagement photography as well. =) Please enjoy all of the wedding photography & wedding photojournalism from around Anchorage & Alaska:
Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photography – Had the wonderful pleasure of meeting & photographing the newly married Burdues on their wedding day in June. They were good friends of some old friends/coworkers, and had recommended me to them. It was great being a part of the b/c there was genuine love and trust already built up well within their relationship. It was a joy to see how much care & adoration Bob has for his new wife & I wish them the best!
You will notice that all photos are BW – don’t worry, we took color copies too! =) I just had chosen my favorites in BW this time, and wanted to share them with you. Maybe, if you’re lucky, I’ll post some color versions as well! =)
In February, I had the blessing of being a part of Kate’s wedding on 20 mile Creek just between Girdwood and Portage. We started out in Girdwood by catching a ride on a helicopter over the mountains of the Chugach Mountains. The experience was amazing! Originally, the wedding photography was going to be in March with a more typical wedding and reception, but as the day came, pressure mounted, and Kate and her husband (fiance’ at the time) decided to forget the ceremony in a chapel in lieu of a wedding of a life time! Here’s a little sampling of the wedding.
Because of the coldness of the wind & the February weather, the ceremony was so fast that I literally blinked & it was over! I think it lasted no more than 5 mins with a few quick pictures. Unfortunately, because of the wind and cold, we didn’t get many photos taken at the location of the ceremony. We did make up for it, with photos back at helicopter landing site. Being my first experience with a helicopter wedding, I was surprised at how challenging it was to take great photos in the helicopter. The pilot reminded me several times not to touch the plexiglass because it could leave a scratch. The object to get wide angles, but avoid the details of inside the helicopter was quite challenging. I decided that to give the wedding more of a photojournalism look, that I really liked showing the instruments, and internal designs of the helicopter.
The next post includes a lot of fun and creative special effects that I did to enhance some of my favorite wedding photography shots.
Enjoy the Helicopter Wedding Photography
Anchorage Wedding Photography – Damien & Shaun: Before, During, & Formals of Ceremony from Cooper Landing. I took their wedding photos in Cooper Landing, Alaska. The scenery there was amazing! The mountains are right on either side with the beautiful Kenai River rushing on behind us. Shaun & Damien’s wedding photography Though I have lived in Alaska my whole life, I am still amazed at the beauty the Lord has given us in this part of world. Whenever I am asked to take wedding photos outdoors in Alaska, I get so excited because of the magnificence of this place! Enjoy!
Here is a quick peek at Damien & Shaun’s photography of their wedding reception. They took their wedding photos in Cooper Landing, Alaska. The scenery there was amazing! Check out the other posts for Shaun & Damien’s wedding photography Though I have lived in Alaska my whole life, I am still amazed at the beauty the Lord has given us in this part of world. Whenever I am asked to take wedding photos outdoors in Alaska, I get so excited because of the magnificence of this place! Enjoy!
Here’s round two of the wedding photography taken at Joe & Elizabeth’s wedding. There were so many great moments from their wedding. I loved how much they showed their real love for each other throughout the ceremony and day. =)
wedding – these two posts are just the beginning. Enjoy.
Here’s a little preview of the wedding photography taken at Joe & Elizabeth’s wedding. If I take just one thing away from this wedding, it is that these two people love & cherish each other. It was so evident throughout the day their joy from being united. =) What a wonderful experience it was to be there with these two wonderful people who I know have chosen & will continue to be with each other the rest of their lives! On the photography side of things, they were a ton of fun for wedding photography as they were willing to do whatever & have a lot of fun doing it too! =) Their smiles, fun personalities & crazy antics helped me run through all of my cards & 70 GB worth of photos in just 5 hours! More to come in another post, as there were too many photos for this blog to handle! Enjoy
In addition to their wedding photography, Kamaria & Wilmoth said they wanted to add a post- wedding photography session in which we would photograph them in their wedding attire & then go to Beluga Point for some photos in the style of engagement photography.
We had an interesting & fun photography session. During our post- wedding photography session, we encountered one of the park’s regular inhabitants. At first Nolan was really nice & very interested in what we were doing, but kept his distance. We noticed that he’d had some alcohol, but he remained calm. As the photography continued, he became a little more friendly, then a little more friendly. It eventually got to the point that he wanted to either be in the photo or direct me how to take the best photos. All remained peaceful until the very last moment when we were leaving. Nolan suddenly took offense to us & became very very confrontational. Having clients with me & the fragile photo gear that I had on me, my goal was to avoid any physical altercation. We tried staying calm, but he kept getting closer & closer no matter how quickly we walked. At one point, I grabbed my keys in my fist just in case. It seemed he was ready to swing any moment.
Thankfully nothing happened, but man that was an experience! It did help that we were in a group & I found out later they all would’ve help protect each other, but man I do not wish for another one of those experiences!
The other good news: We got some great Post- Wedding & Engagement Photography! Enjoy:
I really enjoyed meeting & photographing Kamaria & Wilmoth. They were so pleasant to get along with & had wonderful friends and family at their wedding. I really enjoyed the strong values & conviction they shared about their commitment to be with each other that they made before God & other people. =)
Wedding Photography by Sweet Action Photography
We were just featured in the Alaska Bride & Groom for the Winter/Spring 2011 magazine. We photographed the wedding for Jason & Shiela, which appears in the “Real Weddings” section of the magazine. You can see a bit of it online on Alaska Bride & Groom’s website. For a more in-depth look at their wedding see the photos below or on a previous blog post Jason & Shiela’s wedding photography.