So let me begin with the story of how this wedding came to be – which is pretty crazy if you ask me. As I mentioned in my last blog post, my wife Brook and I were heading to Northern Canada to hike in the mountains, photograph bears, etc, with a couple days in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada. This is the only weekend I specifically blocked off for weddings all summer, but it was not to be – somehow fate brought Stacy, Chris, and I together and I ended up photographing their wedding. Their backstory is pretty interesting – the Groom is from Vancouver Island and came to the North to be a Counselor and Social Worker. In the process, he met Stacy, who is a teacher. They both live in Aklavik, which is about an hour and a half boat ride from Inuvik, where she was born and raised.
We are staying at a local cabin rental place, which is also where some of the bride’s out-of-town family are staying. I went to the cabin office to inquire about laundry, and started talking to Stacy’s Aunt about how her niece was getting married in a couple hours. I asked if there were any wedding photographers in town, and it turns out there were a few people, but none were available and the one they had lined up cancelled at the last minute. I told her if they needed my help I’d be happy to come by and make sure they had good wedding photos. 20 minutes later, Chris is at my door to take me up on the offer. Below are the pics! What a great way to help out a great couple and make this trip even more rewarding!
The church is called Our Lady of Victory and is also known as the “Igloo Church” – as it was constructed to look like an igloo. The river in the photos is the Mackenzie River which flows into the Arctic Ocean downstream of Inuvik.