On Friday Josh and I flew up to Fairbanks for Monica & Dustin’s wedding. Monica and Dustin are relatively new to Fairbanks, having been stationed there by the military. Dustin’s parents flew up for the wedding from Colorado, a pretty snowy place in it’s own right, but I don’t think they had ever experienced anything quite as cold as Fairbanks in the winter. When we landed in the morning it was -36! For anyone who doesn’t know what that feels like – don’t worry about it, it’s too cold to explain. Unless you’re there, it doesn’t matter.. the fact is though, it’s really not that bad if you dress for it and keep outside activity limited to 3-6 seconds at a time. Getting this gig was tough – one of the local Fairbanks photogs told the groom’s parents that hiring a Anchorage photographer would be a bad idea because we wouldn’t know how to deal with the cold and dark conditions of Fairbanks, and that our gear would fog up and none of the photos would come out. Fortunately, through a combination of massive amounts of luck (we brought a suitcase full of rabbits feet and 4-leaf clovers) and having photographed over 600 weddings over 12 year’s, we managed to avoid any problems and do what some might call a good job.. it’s true, we were pretty scared going to Fairbanks in the winter and brought our own firewood, wood stove, and propane heaters, but that Chena Hot Springs place is pretty nice and provided us with a amenities such as Electricity and heat – which comes in handy when your igloo gets cold at night.
Anyway.. The wedding itself was really nice and they picked a cool spot in the ice hotel at Chena. The lighting was super fun to work with because of all the colors and textures. After the ceremony we went inside for a dinner reception and some toasts. It was a small group and we weren’t there long, but we had a great time!