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Get ready to catch some feels from Jordan and Jesse's rustic chic wedding! These two ran away to the scenic mountains of Seward Alaska with their loved ones for an intimate ceremony where they could start a new chapter as a family. After an emotional first look and ceremony, there was a fun and casual celebratory feast full of sweets and bubbly!
It was easy for us to capture the love between these two..I love capturing the couple's joy and emotions, as well as the thoughtful and meaningful details that represent who the couple is together.
If what they say about rain on your wedding day being lucky is just something to calm a nervous bride's nerves, what they really need to say is that it creates a warm, cozy, intimate atmosphere the way only Mother Nature can. Rain or shine, Nickie and Keith were determined to have an amazing wedding, and they did. They said I do while being interrupted by the rain, but instead of ruining the wedding it added an ethereal charm to their day that made it perfect. Beautiful florals complimented the crisp and clean pink gowns of all the ladies. Soft and sweet touches can be seen all through the day.
Good Times, Laughter, & Cheer
Like the start of many good stories, Mandy and Patrick met in a bar. Patrick had just returned to New Mexico from a stint playing rugby in Australia and Mandy was looking for a good time. They had their first 'date' at a brewery in Albuquerque, and after meeting all his friends from college, they finally got to spend some time alone.
From the bar, they moved to Santa Fe where their hearts will always be. This was their first home together and Mandy was welcomed into the most amazing group of people that she met the first night they met.
A few years later, Patrick surpried Mandy with a job opportunity in Alaska. They have had three amazing years in Anchorage. They surrounded them selves with a new group that became a second family and took them in when they moved to a dark, remote place. Here they bought their first house. This is where Patrick asked Mandy to marry him, over a bottle of champagne in their new kitchen.
And now, six years later, they tied the knot in Girdwood on a beautiful evening of fresh snow and surrounded by their friend from the past and present and their family to celebrate the start of the next chapter of their lives.
We initially became acquaintances five years ago through our children who attended school together. It seemed that we always arrived at the exact same time to pick up our kids. I remember Cory always opening doors for me and that he had the best smile ever. However, due to life circumstances at the time, we were relegated to just those small instances each day.
On October 14, 2013, one of my close friends suggested that we meet up with a good friend of hers that she just knew I would just love. Cory was out on a rare occasion, as his father had recently passed away. As soon as I walked through the door, I immediately recognized him, and was honestly and truly excited to finally have the chance to set down and talk with him. Though we were in a crowded room, it was as if we were the only two people there.
Two years later to the date, we made a formal lifelong commitment to each other and our children. In this short time we have been through so much together. We worked to support and uplift each other wholly the entire way. I can honestly say we are best friends and soulmates. I wouldn’t change anything, however bad, that we both had to endure prior to our coupling, as it led us to one another.
We met our senior year in high school. Amy was a wrestling manager and Chris was one of the captains. Although we started dating in high school we weren't exactly high school sweethearts. Neither of us were really the other's type. But unexpectedly we made something great. Though there were some rough bumps in the beginning, Mar, the maid of honor, was there to help us through it.
We never would have predicted it, but a few years later we moved from Alaska to Pennsylvania. A few months later we adopted our dog Wasabi and bought our first home. Amy has always hated surprises and our engagement was no different. Keeping up with our untraditional route, Amy proposed to Chris. Things have not always gone the expected path with us, including a last minute move out of the rain on our wedding day. We've made it work wonderfully together and wouldn't have it any other way.
Our love story started at Haskell Indian Nations University, where Victor was captain of the football team and I was an honor roll student. Our first night we met I approached him as he was playing pool and we ended up spending hours talking and it felt like we were the only two there. We both knew we had something special and from that point on I became his number one football fan and he became the snow under my board. Without him I went nowhere.After one year into our relationship we decided it was time to adopt our dog, Bubba. This became a crucial part of our relationship and Bubba even played a role in Victor’s proposal to me. Leading up to Victors senior season, we took a family walk for Mother's Day up to the Haskell football stadium. Victor called Bubba over to him and said," Because of Mother's Day your baby-boy Bubba has a present for you”. I had no idea what was coming until Victor got down on one knee, then I started to cry as I said, “Yes!”. Since then we have devoted ourselves to making each other as happy as possible, because Victor and I will be making our own history together forever.
CRYSTAL + ADAM
After knowing each other for 8 years we were ready to tie the knot in Alaska at our new home. We wanted our wedding to be about celebrating our love with our family and friends. We wanted to honor the loved ones that could not make it and the ones that traveled far to come wish us well. We didn’t want to have a traditional wedding filled with things that “you’re supposed to do”. We wanted to spend every minute enjoying each other, the day, and our friends + family. Both of our Mothers married us, and everything said and read at our ceremony was something that had true meaning to us.
A Hindu wedding is vivaha and the wedding ceremony is called vivaah sanskar. The Hindus attach a lot of importance to marriages. The ceremonies are very colourful, and celebrations may extend for several days. The bride's and groom's home - entrance, doors, wall, floor, roof - are sometimes decorated with colors, balloons and other decorations.
The rituals and process in a Hindu wedding vary widely. Nevertheless, there are a few key rituals common in Hindu weddings - Kanyadaan,Panigrahana, and Saptapadi, which are respectively, giving away of daughter by the father, voluntarily holding hand near the fire to signify union, and taking seven steps with each step includes a vow/promise to each other before fire. The Hindu wedding ceremony at its core is essentially a Vedic yajna ritual. The primary witness of a Hindu marriage is the fire-deity (or the Sacred Fire) Agni, in the presence of family and friends. The ceremony is traditionally conducted entirely, or at least partially in Sanskrit, considered by Hindus as the language of holy ceremonies. The local language of the bride and groom is also used.
The pre-wedding and post-wedding rituals and celebrations vary by region, preferences or the resources of the groom, bride and their families. They can range from one day to multi-day events. Pre-wedding ceremonies include engagement (involving vagdana or betrothal and lagna-patra written declaration), and arrival of the groom's party at the bride's residence, often in the form of a formal procession with dancing and music. The post-wedding ceremonies may include Abhishek, Anna Prashashan, Aashirvadah, and Grihapravesa - the welcoming of the bride to her new home. The wedding marks the start of Grihastha (householder) stage of life for the new couple.
In India, by law and tradition, no Hindu marriage is binding and complete unless the ritual of seven steps and vows in presence of fire (Saptapadi) is completed by the bride and the groom together.