Back in November, I boarded a plane to Juneau without fully knowing what to expect. In the past, I have lived in Juneau off and on and am quite familiar with the city, however the couple was one I had not yet gotten to meet in person.
Fortunately Thom and Michaela ended up being the most genuine and downright awesome couple you could imagine.
He is a veteran, pilot, hunter and timber framer. She is a runner, yoga enthusiast, free spirit and tough as nails. Together they are healthcare providers, outdoor adventurers, world travelers, and a couple of the kindest people you will ever meet.
(They are even building their own home together. How romantic is that?)
The day of their wedding came sun-kissed and shining. (A rarity for Juneau this time of year.) Michaela got ready at her brother's home and then drove out to Auke Rec to meet her groom. They had a small ceremony on the beach, officiated by her brother and closely surrounded by their friends and family. An Alaskan style cocktail hour followed, (think campfires and personalized mugs with spiked coffee and cocoa) and the day eventually came to a close with an intimate family dinner at the historical Jorgenson House.
Each of the day's events flowed together seamlessly. It was beautifully simple, relaxed, and refreshing in so many ways. Every piece of it was purposeful, nothing felt rushed, and the amount of love poured out by this couple and their families will always be something I am thankful to have witnessed.
My excellent second photographer and companion for this trip was Ashlee McSwain. For us, photographing Thom and Michaela's wedding weekend involved a surprising amount of sunshine, waffles for practically every meal (If you visit Juneau, seriously go to GonZo and order one. Sweet or savory. You won't want to eat anywhere else.), slightly numb fingers, a whole lot of laughter, and incredibly scenic views.
We returned home with full hearts and a renewed sense of creativity and vision.
Having the opportunity to meet and photograph people like Thom and Michaela...that is why I love this job so doggone much.