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I literally have no words to describe Christy and Scott’s wedding. I met Chrisy about two years ago when I was working at Robinson Community Learning Center. I had just graduated and was working part time at RCLC as program assistant for the Center’s youth entrepreneurship program and Chrisy was (and still is) the Associate Program Director of Volunteers and Performing Arts. It’s hard not to love Christy; she’s so full of energy and positivity! Just a month or so after I started working at the Center, Christy and Scott got engaged. I remember Christy coming to work practically jumping up and down, she was so excited! It was around then that I met Scott and I could just tell that these two were meant to be together. They are just so supportive of each other! Throughout my time at RCLC, Christy and I became very close and I’m so grateful that I get to call her my friend. So, I was THRILLED when she asked me to photograph her wedding… let alone in ALASKA! This time I was the one jumping up and down!Christy and Scott got married at Tonsina Point in Seward, Alaska, a beautiful little town about 2 hours south of Anchorage. The wedding day started at Exit Glacier Lodge (an AWESOME hotel in Seward). As Christy got ready, her flower-girls and several friends put together amazing bouquets and centerpieces made from freshly picked flowers. Everyone that attended the wedding contributed in different ways to show their love and support for the couple. Again, it was a truly awesome day. Once they were ready, Christy and most of the guests hiked about 2 or so miles to the ceremony site while Scott and his groomsmen kayaked down the bay to the site. Because she didn’t want to get her wedding dress dirty, Christy wore one dress on the hike and then changed into her wedding dress (from Anthropologie) in a field of high bear grass… we kept referring to it as the Alaskan changing room. :-)
As the ceremony began, the guests formed a large circle and the processional began. Just as Christy entered the circle two Bald Eagles soared overhead; it felt like something straight out of a movie! The eagles flew by and the ceremony began. The wedding rings were passed around the circle and every guest blessed the rings in their own way. Once the rings made it back around, Christy’s mom presented her to Scott and Scott’s dad presented him to Christy. The two then exchanged their BEAUTIFULLY written vows (Scott actually sang his)… there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
After the ceremony, Christy, Scott and I went into downtown Seward to take some photos and grab some coffee at Resurrection Art Cafe (a local staple) before heading back to Exit Glacier Lodge. The reception took place at the Lodge’s restaurant, The Salmon Bake… YUM! The reception was decked out in origami cranes that Christy and Scott had made over the past six or so months. The favors were handmade origami boxes with Alaska chocolates tucked inside. Every detail was perfectly set and completely in tune with Christy and Scott’s personalities. I really could go on and on, but I think I’ll just end by saying that this was truly one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve had the honor of being a part of. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Christy and Scott! I love you both and I am SO happy to have you both in my life! :-)