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From Wedding Shoes to Wedding Boot – Bride breaks a leg on Bachelorette night – Julie and Ryan’s Amazing Wedding – Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photographers

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

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! =)

Anchorage Alaska Fun Family Portraits – David, Holly, & Children

We had a fun family portrait session with David & Holly’s Family.  I have known David from my work as a teacher for about 3 years now, and have now become friends with his family over that time.  When we took photos, the wind was blowing pretty good that day, but they were such sports about the wind and cold.  They did their best to smile, pretend it was warm, and still have a fun portrait session.   We had lots of fun taking photos on the east side of anchorage, Alaska.

 

Wasilla Alaska Wedding Photographers – Tie Dye fRENZY! – Lance & Ariel

Alaska Wedding Photographers

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!” – Eric & Bonnie

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! =)

 

 

Anchorage Couple’s Portraits – Alaska Engagement Photography – April 19th, 2013

A beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day to… take some awesome engagement photos of Shelby & Her soon-to-be hubby. =)  We met just off the road on tudor & enjoyed some April sun rays.  Then later headed down Tudor for one of my favorite portrait places: the bridge on campbell creek.  As always, I loved seeing their love for each other, and the precious time spent together.   I felt honored by some great compliments from the couple, saying how relaxed and natural they felt with me as their photographer throughout the engagement photography session.  :)  It always makes my day to hear I helped make other’s days too. =)

Anchorage Wedding Photography – Helicopter Wedding on 20 Mile Creek

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

Alaska Anchorage Family Portraits – Huffords round #2

This is the second set of Family Portraits from the Hufford family.  Their son had a much better time being inside & running around in the play area.  The stairs were easily his favorite as this 18 month old conquered the world by reaching the top!  The family was a joy to work with & we are praying them the best as he is headed overseas to serve our country in Afghanistan for the third time.

Wedding Photography: Kamaria & Wilmoth – Part 1

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

Wedding Photography: Tadd & Sarah – Anchorage, Alaska (part 1)

Sarah & Tadd are a wonderful couple!  They seem like they’ll have wonderful patience for one another as evidenced by this:   It was amazing seeing Sarah stay so calm during the pre-wed events.  The flower company had accidentally delivered all of their flowers to the wrong couple, which happened to have a wedding out at Big Lake (1.5 hours from Anchorage).  As Sarah was informed of this 1 hour before the ceremony, she took it in stride, stayed calmed, and had someone run out to get her some flowers at a local grocery store.  It wasn’t ideal, but the patience and improvisation allowed for the rest of the day to go wonderful!  I never sensed panic or frustration in the air.  It allowed for all around her to stay relaxed and enjoy the day, rather than have it a stressful & ruined day.   I never found out, but hope that she got her full deposit back from the florist. :)

If you would like to see the full wedding please click here.  It is also possible to order pictures there as well. =)

Here’s the first set of my favorite wedding photographs from their special day: