On Saturday, Ralph Kristopher was back at Bayshore Clubhouse for number 2! He was there yesterday as well which is a odd coincidence. More happy people and these guys even managed to get some time in at the local overlook..
On Saturday I was back where it all began – my very first Alaska Wedding was actually at Bayshore – January of 2006. Tara & Tom were super nice and easy to work with – we did their engagement shoot back in the fall and they were really excited about that, so I knew they’d be excited for photos on the wedding day as well. Despite being a little cold, they were game for going over to Carr-Gottstein Park where there’s a nice spot to do group photos with the mountains and inlet in the background. They were married in front of the fire place, with a fire that was helped along by a generous amount of lighter fluid applied by one of their guests, followed by dinner and dancing. You’ll see in one of those ceremony shots 3 of the ladies in the front were all crying – mom and aunts… it was a great moment!
On Saturday I was at the Indian Valley Bible Chalet, which is located about 20 minutes south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway. Nevada and Shane live in Cordova but came up to Anchorage and got married in the church Shane grew up going to. Despite a little rain, we still managed to do all the family pictures outside and plenty of stuff with the wedding party and bride and groom. Afterwards we headed back into Anchorage for a reception at the Bayshore Clubhouse. Shane surprised Nevada with an-unknown honeymoon destination. She just knew she would be flying through Seattle enroute to somewhere warm. Hopefully they are enjoying their time on a nice sunny beach!
Dan and I (Ralph) teamed up for this fantastic wedding and what a time it was! Amanda had an epic morning with her bridesmaids getting hair and makeup ready for the couple portraits. It was a windy day here in anchorage but the wild flowers were in full bloom, the Cook Inlet was dramatic creating a unique and fun aesthetic. Dan and I had a lot of fun with this couple, although the wind was at times overwhelming during our portrait shoot it made for some really great photos. I was personally struck by the chemistry of this couple but I was the last to know, because all these fantastically fun people showed up for this wedding and it turned into quite a party. Amanda and Scott not only pulled off a wedding with ease but did it in fantastically high genuine spirits that really reciprocated well through the guests and in return the photos. It was also a very moving night as several guests were unexpected, leading to a very enriching experience of life that I know Dan and I were privileged to be apart of! Heres to many years for Amanda & Scott! Nice Job, way to do it. Im sure life has some fantastic rewards revealing themselves to you both. Perhaps these photos are a drop in that bucket…. Enjoy!