On Saturday I was at the Inn at Tern Lake in Moose Pass shooting Heather & Leif’s wedding. The forecast included a Blizzard Warning, temps below zero, high winds, and heavy snow. All of that was pretty much delivered right on cue. I gave myself 2 extra hours to drive down the Seward Highway, just in case, but despite the snow and wind I made it there in normal time, so had plenty of time to sit and relax and kill some time. I was also fully prepared to spend the night on the side of the road on the way home if need be – stories the week before of people getting stranded in Turnagain Pass necessitated a full survival kit beyond the normal one I carry.
But none of it was needed.. and Heather and Leif’s wedding went as planned, outside. Snow was accumulating on the guests by the end of the ceremony and luckily the wind died down a bit so it didn’t feel quite as cold as it could have. There was a big fire raging that allowed people to warm up, and of course the Inn was toasty warm and full of good food as soon as everyone came back in. Heather and Leif were total troopers despite the snow and their shared love of skiing and Nordic bloodlines meant they were right where they wanted to be! I gotta say… it was one of my more challenging shoots lately, with all the snow and wind and cold temps – I was able to keep all the gear going, but had to keep the lens-cloth handy to wipe the snow off the lens every few shots. Hand warmers do the trick to keep flashes warm so that wasn’t an issue, fortunately. Check out Leif’s little Groom cake – it’s an exact replica of his rig that he likes to take Muddin’