They planned for rain but got lucky with what had to have been the most epic summer day in Alaska. We arrived and there were smiling faces all around. Everyone was happy, stress free, at peace. The entire day was painted golden, the glow of sun just filling everyone with joy. When Miriah and Jonathan danced, they sang along with the music, to each other, lost in their new world. Every one watched and fell in love with their love.
Relic Photographer: Hanna // Floral: Oopsie Daisy // Planner: Alaska Rustic Rentals and Design // Gown: Arctic Rose // Caterer: Bear Naked BBQ // Hair: Sierra Tillman // Make-up: Adera // DJ: Five Star Entertainment
We first met Buck and Tabitha last summer for a family session. The sun was hot on our shoulders as we played lakeside- picking wildflowers, skipping rocks, and chasing after their toddler son. We made it through almost the entire session before he ran headlong into the lake, soaked from toes to top. We climbed into our cars with dusty feet and 500 mosquito bites, cheeks tight from laughing. This kind of family is the reason we love our jobs. They are easy-going and fun, they love each other fiercely and aren’t afraid to show it.
Their wedding day felt exactly the same to us. We showed up to the Anchorage Zoo greenhouse, sunlight spilling into every corner, lush green climbing every wall. They said their vows in front of only a few friends and family, their children watching steady at their feet. Their words reaffirmed and assured, the promise of a life spent loving each other winding around them. It was beautiful in every way.
Relic Photographer: Heidi and Emily // Venue: Anchorage Zoo // Dress: Bateau Bridal Boutique // Cake: Aurora’s Babycakes // Flowers: Alaska Wholesale Flower Market
Sometimes you travel halfway across the world to one of the most beautiful places on earth to get married, you make plans, you have this perfect vision in your mind of what you want to remember, and then it pours rivers of rain. Unrelenting. Torrential. Costa Rican Downpour.
But when your bride is Mikki, she gives a shrug and says, “They say rain on your wedding is good luck. I guess we will have lots of it.” And then a smile that could knock your knees out.
We didn’t get all the outside shots we wanted. Well, hardly any. It was different than planned. But you know what? Love reigned. This weekend we had the honor of photographing a couple deeply rooted in adventure, faithfulness and love. It was such an imperfectly perfect day. And isn’t that how love really is?
The only thing more beautiful than witnessing two people stand before God and vow their lives to each other is witnessing them choose to do it all over again. Meet John and Amanda. Two beautiful souls who, after eight years of marriage, and two days before John would leave for Afghanistan, wanted to renew their promise to each other. For those of us who have been married awhile: 8 years means you have already had quite a bit of water under the bridge. You are way past the honeymoon. You are in the thick of commitment and it’s not all glamorous anymore. But, when you are John and Amanda, you stand on a mountain top and declare to the heavens that you will choose each other. Every. Single. Day. Forever. No matter what.
These are the moments I (Hanna) crave behind my camera. After listening to them read their vows and promises, I told them it was the most beautiful part of my month. And it was. Spectacular.
It was -15 below when we set out to the home of Dallas Wildeve. The drive to Sutton reminds us of our childhood in Alaska. Palmer slowly disappears in our rearview mirror and is replaced by some of the most breathtaking landscape in the world. Harsh mountains rise out of the river, ridges turn pink in the glow of sun. We understand why Dallas prefers this country.
Nestled at the end of a series of switchbacks and mountain roads, her home is the stuff of Alaskan dreams. It is quaint and quirky, full of color, sunshine, greenery. It fits her. Because it is her.
The first time we met Dallas in person was on a creative collaboration with Relic and a few other creatives. She wore a felt hat, was grinning ear to ear and was packing buckets full of foliage up the side of a mountain. Literally. Another vendor introduced us and we fell in love with her humble charm, organic style and creative artistry. Since that first meeting, we have had the pleasure of her professional company at many weddings, elopements and events. And Every. Single. Time: We love her work more than the last.
So, we decided that we wanted to take a little time to honor her as a creative professional by showcasing a little bit of who she is and what she is about, and as a natural conclusion, why her work is simply stunning. If a photo is worth a thousand words, what better way is there for us, as photographers, to introduce Dallas to our audience than through our very own lens? We spent the day in her company, photographing a few of the details that make her who she is. Please take a moment to look through these images, soak in her words, appreciate her artists soul and follow her work.
Relic Photographers: Hanna and Heidi // Floral: Bloomsbury Blooms // Hair and Makeup: Sarah Edgerton and Chantel Grover // DJ: R & R Productions // Venue: Alyeska Weddings // Cake: Scott Fausz // Dress: Brickhouse Bridal //Rings: James Allen Rings
Some kinds of love will catch the air inside your lungs. Some kinds of love actually can somehow stop time in it’s tracks. Sometimes it’s too beautiful to put into words. It’s the unspoken language, the whip of wind through a quiet heart, when the heart is least suspecting.
She thought they were modeling in a couple’s styled session. Little did she know that the love of her life was about to surprise her in the most meaningful way.
In the quiet of the Alaskan wilderness, on a wintry afternoon in February, Steve asked Chantel to be his forever. Out of his pocket he pulled a note for her to read. First the understanding washed over her. Then tears as she read the love letter meant for her. Then Steve was beaming from one knee. Then laughter. And more tears.
It’s amazing that we get to be part of the most lovely corners of people’s lives. The nooks and crannies, the moments that are both expected and unexpected. We watched these two, with tears in our own eyes and left feeling like some of the luckiest people on earth to witness such beauty.
Steve and Chantel, we wish you all the happiness that you can handle. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your love. It is thrilling.
Special thanks to Alaska Destination Weddings (http://www.akdestinationweddings.com) for the amazing floral bouquet / styling and to Lynn + Lou (http://www.lynnandloupaperco.com) for the beautiful stationary suite that this couple will forever cherish.
Relic Photographers: Hanna and Heidi // Event Design: Blomma Designs // Venue: Alyeska Resort // Florals: Bloomsbury Blooms // Hair and Make-up: Beverly Popscue // DJ: R & R Productions // Cake: Scott Faust // Furniture Rental: Be Vintage Rentals