On Friday I flew down to Wrangell which is located in Southeast Alaska, north of Ketchikan (no one seemed to know Wrangell when I told them about it!) I met up with fellow Chugach Peak’s photog Chris Beck who came in on an earlier flight. We didn’t delay the start of coverage and made it to the rehearsal dinner after a brief milkshake pit stop at the world famous J&W’s ice cream parlor and burger joint. Up early the next day for full coverage of the day’s festivities. I’m not kidding when I say that this was the most photographs ever taken at a Chugach Peaks wedding.
(Warning: Soapbox speech ahead…) Lots of people ask me what I think the most important thing is that we offer – and it’s time. You can always buy prints, albums, and wall canvasses, but if you don’t have the coverage, you’re not going to have as many photos. Spending 4 days in Wrangell and spending about 21 hours shooting yielded a whopping 9577 photos to work with! A record! We did a lot on saturday, and even had 4+ hours on sunday to go explore all over the island and get lots of variety. When someone tells me “Ok, you’ve got 20-30 minutes to get the goods..” I wish I could show them this wedding and say “see what time does? This!” So if you are getting married this summer, please don’t skimp on the time you give your photographer! Plan it in! We don’t really need 21 hours to get good photos, but 1-3 hours of exploring time is going to be well worth the investment.
Back to the wedding now; Ashley and Jared were so nice and accommodating to all our ideas. They had a whole crew of about 200 people packed into the local Nolan Community Center which was really beautiful. The ceremony was smaller and at the oldest Catholic Church in Alaska – St Rose of Lima. I could go on and on with stories and details, but the photos do a better job explaining than I can, so just check this stuff out.. and if anyone is getting married in Wrangell, Petersburg, Cordova, Ketchikan, Juneau, etc, remember that we love Southeast and will do our very best to keep the travel costs as minimal as possible!