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Welcome to my Blog!

Thanks for stopping by!  Here you will find highlights from recent weddings, engagements, portait sessions, and more!  You can view different categories by using the menu bar above.  Feel free to stay awhile and leave a comment or two to let me know you were here!


Dan + Amanda: Engaged

Unchong + Jeremy: Wedding

August 3, 2013

Venue: Crow Creek Mine

Wedding: Amanda + Tyler

Engaged: Amanda + Tyler

Amanda + Tyler are getting married this August and we couldn’t be more excited!  We met up with them last weekend for their winter engagement session.  It was so gorgeous and sunny, but pretty cold (like in the single digits cold) and they were troopers during our 1.5 hour shoot, especially Amanda!  I love their ice skating & balloon ideas … so fun!  They are both so photogenic and it was incredibly hard to choose just a few to feature here!  Enjoy :)

Wedding: Emlyn + Cody

Emlyn and Cody had a gorgeous wedding celebration on September 2, 2011! Their ceremony was held at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish and their reception was held at the Anchorage Golf Course.  Cody is the golf professional at the course, so it was the perfect location for their celebration!  We rode around the course with the newlyweds on golf carts to capture to some fun couple portraits.   Everything about the day was beautiful and perfect … enjoy some of our favorites from the day below!

Emlyn’s adorable niece & nephew!

My favorite!

Wedding: Adi + Chad

In one of Adi’s first emails to me she described her wedding as an Anthropologie inspired wedding with a modern vintage feel.  I was immediately in love!  Adi + Chad did an unbelievable job of putting all of the details together to achieve exactly that look … it was amazing!

On the morning of August 20th, 2011 they had their sealing at the Anchorage Alaska Temple where I met up with them for a few family & bridal party shots.  Their reception was held at the beautiful Hillis home where the backyard modern vintage themed reception came to life!  There was an amazing spread of yummy desserts and the tent had splashes of gorgeous purple and orange flowers created by Jessica of Blushing Blooms.  I want to give a BIG thank you to my fabulous second shooter for the day, Heather Dunn with Ambience Photography!

Adi + Chad ~ Thank you so much for choosing me to capture your big day!  As you know, I absolutely love your style and all of the fun details you put into your wedding.  It was all perfect :)   Enjoy some of my favorites below!


Another gorgeous bouquet by Jessica of Blushing Blooms!


Adi’s dress was so perfect!!!


Adi’s adorable niece & nephew!!!

Wedding: Ellie + Jacobe

Ellie + Jacobe had a beautiful, vintage-themed backyard wedding on August 6th!  The wedding took place at Ellie’s childhood lakeside home in Nelchina.  It was an amazing backdrop for an even more amazing wedding!  I love everything and anything vintage so walking into Ellie + Jacobe’s reception area was like walking into a dream :)   They had so many amazing details and fun vintage props, including a “sweets” dresser filled with yummy apple pie, caramel apples, tarts, and so much more!

An amazingly talented bluegrass band (Full Sail) serenaded the guests during the reception.  An axe throw competition broke out at one point and I believe that Ellie’s younger sister, Sammy, got a bulls eye on her first throw :)   All in all, the entire day was just perfect.  Words don’t really do this wedding justice so I’m going to start with the pictures so you can see how amazing everything was for yourself!  Enjoy some our favorites …

Ellie’s adorable niece & nephew, aka flower girl and ring bearer!

Ellie’s aunt, Tracey, designed all of the gorgeous flowers!

Just a sample of the AMAZING details!!!

Wedding: Katelyn + Josh

It was such an honor to be able to capture Katelyn + Josh’s wedding day!  I’ve known Katelyn for years and actually used to babysit her at one time … I can’t believe that now she is married! We met Josh back in May during their engagement session and it was immediately so evident that these two are perfect for each other.

The weather started a little rainy on the wedding day, but cleared up just in time for us to get some killer shots outside at the lake before heading over to the church. Katelyn was a drop-dead gorgeous bride and Josh was mighty handsome himself  … they made our job easy!

The ceremony was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Wasilla, which is the same church that Jeremy and I were married in almost exactly 7 years earlier on July 31, 2004! The reception was held at the gorgeous Settlers Bay Lodge … amazing food, dancing, and fun!

Enjoy some of our favorites below …


Ceremony – First Presbyterian Church of Wasilla
Reception – Settlers Bay Lodge
Florist – Blushing Blooms
Hair Stylist – Beehive Beauty Shop
Cake Designer – Cake’s by Stephanie
DJ – R&R Productions


Love the flowers by Blushing Blooms!




One of my favorites …


Love this shot that Jeremy captured of Josh …


First dance!

Wedding: Theresa + Jamin

Theresa + Jamin had a gorgeous July wedding at the Palmer Train Depot! Their ceremony was amazing and I just loved the way Jamin looked at Theresa as her dad walked her down the aisle and the sweet smile that never left Theresa’s face.  It is so evident that these two are madly in love! Theresa and Jamin didn’t let a little rain ruin their day and I love the bridal party, couple, and family shots that we were able to grab oustide after the ceremony. You can even see the rain in a few of the pics – so perfect!

The reception was a blast. One moment that really stood out to me was when Theresa was surprised with a video toast made by her best friend who couldn’t make it to the wedding. It was so sweet and brought many tears and laughs to the happy couple! Theresa serenaded Jamin with a song, the first dance was perfect, and the night ended with Jamin and his guys revealing their super hero t-shirts! All in all it was a beautiful and fun day … congrats you two! It’s going to be amazing to see how God uses you together as a couple to change the world!

A big thank you to Chelsea Stephens for being my fabulous second shooter for the day!

Enjoy some of my favorites below …


Wedding: Aby + Phillip

Aby + Phillip tied the knot on July 9th at the gorgeous Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge! The entire day was picture perfect starting with the sweet ceremony on the lodge’s deck with a magnificent backdrop. We had so much fun taking pictures with the family & bridal party and we couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous couple to photograph. I absolutely love the bright colors & vintage details Aby + Phillip chose for the day! The night ended with an outdoor tent reception … delicious dinner, sweet first dance, memorable toasts, fun cake cutting, and of course a bubble exit!

Aby + Phillip ~ Thank you so much for choosing us to capture your big day! You are an amazing couple and it was so fun to be a part of it all. It was so hard to pick just a few, but enjoy some of our favorites below!


Ceremony & Reception Venue – Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Caterer – Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Florist – Jodi Kennedy, Southside Party Flowers

Cake Designer – Stephanie Moore

Hair Stylist – Amanda Williams & Kaye-Leigh Riley, Legally Blonde

Makeup Artist – Mia, Alaska Makeup Team