Beau & Sarah | Intimate Crow Creek Mine Wedding | Girdwood, Alaska

For their wedding day, Beau & Sarah opted outdoors to celebrate with just their closest friends and family in Girdwood, Alaska. With incredible scenery, a rich history, and purely Alaskan feel, Crow Creek Mine has quickly become one of my favorite locations for weddings and happened to be the perfect setting for their intimate family gathering. 

The couple crafted most of the decor themselves, each detail had meaning, and you could just feel the heart and soul poured into every part of the day. Their ceremony was followed by a simple and relaxed reception complete with dinner caught by his family (oysters, salmon, & halibut) and grown (an endless bounty of vegetables) by hers. Even their wedding favors were made by the bees kept by her parents.

The whole celebration was one rich in genuine love and emotion. (Beau and his mother's dance had everyone in tears, including yours truly!) Zero drama, low stress, laid back, and straight up FUN to photograph! The love there, not just between the newlyweds, but their families as well, was almost tangible and I count myself as blessed to have been there to document it. 

A day like that truly is a rare and beautiful thing to witness.

 


Venue | Crow Creek Mine
Sarah's lace top | Bateau Bridal Boutique
Bridal skirt | BHLDN
Cake | Midnight Sun Cakery 
Caterer | food provided by families, prepared by Masters Catering
Florals | Hummel's Flowers
Bartender | Ruth MacDonald
Favors | Hughes Honey (636) 448-6376
 

Glacial Elopement Inspiration | Matanuska Glacier, Alaska

Just about a year ago, my friend Benjamin Holtrop visited from Portland, bringing with him a suitcase full of treasures for a glacial elopement session we had been dreaming up. The very talented Sarah (of Selva Floral Design) also happened to be visiting at the same time and kindly put together a bouquet and centerpiece for the occasion. We met up with Bex and Andrea Moss for hair and makeup, then picked up Mikey and headed out to Matanuska Glacier to shoot. It is quite the drive from Anchorage, but well worth the view.  

When the sun doesn't think of going to bed before 11:30pm, it's tough to predict exactly what you are going to get, and when we woke up to blue skies I was imagining our glacier elopement would end up more on the "sunny and golden" side of things. As much as I love the Land of the Midnight Sun, darkening skies and moody lighting will always have my heart, so when the storm clouds rolled in I couldn't help but get a little excited. Ending our session with a sudden downpour was really just icing on the cake. Mikey and Bex held it together magnificently and we continued to shoot until our camera gear fogged up too much to see through. 

Sessions like these push us creatively, and keep us inspired. I am so thankful for this talented and adventurous team of people, and am thrilled to finally share these images. 

Endless thanks so all those involved in bringing this vision to life! 
 

It was rather beautiful: the way he put her insecurities to sleep. The way he dove into her eyes and starved all the fears and tasted all the dreams she kept coiled beneath her bones.
— Christopher Poindexter

styling: Benjamin Holtrop // hair & MUA: Andrea Moss Hair Design // models: Mikey HuffBex Farleigh // florals: Selva Floral Design  // invitation Suite: Rachel Jacobson // gown: Lena Medoyeff // menswear: J.Crew // bracelet: Bateau Bridal Boutique  // rings: Madewell // cake: Jade Leon // table settings: vintage + Schoolhouse Electric

At Home in Alaska III | Life Update | Personal Post

The past few months have been full of wonderful highs and devastating low points for our family. We have experienced everything from a carbon monoxide leak, to totaling our (new to us) car, and most recently being robbed at gunpoint in our own home. 

Honestly, I am exhausted, and yet still overwhelmingly thankful. Though crazy things have happened, each time the outcome could have been so much worse. It is so easy to live in fear of what could have been, or what might happen next, and sometimes I let myself slip into those moments. Still, I am constantly learning to trust, and live under God's protection. He has not failed us, and never will. The world is harsh and a brutal place at times, but it is also beautiful. The encouragement and support we have felt from our friends, family, and those we have not even met has been incredible. He is good and his love truly endures forever. 

So today, as we await the arrival of our new nephew, I am resting and enjoying the things that I love. Here are some recent photographs of my favorite tiny humans, and my gorgeous sister in-law at 9 months pregnant with the littlest one.

 

Klaire R. | Senior Session | Class of 2016

This sunny summer session was a fun one. Not only does Klaire have her pilot's license (flying runs in her family), but she can irish dance as well. Because these things are such a big part of her life it seemed only natural to incorporate them both into her senior session. We decided to start at Lake Hood for some shots with her family's bush planes, then ventured up into the mountains for the second half of her session. The hike was worth the view, definitely, and fit perfectly with her sweet and adventurous spirit. 

She will be graduating in just a few months now.
Congrats, pretty lady!