Nothing can beat the feeling of watching two of your dear childhood friends get married especially when you are the one capturing it all. This wedding is one for the books, not just because of the beautiful location and incredible people but because of how much it meant to me that I was able to be there from the start of the day right until the end. Hunter and Jessica have been two of my close friends since basically the beginning with knowing Hunter since birth and Jessica since elementary school. So when Jessica called and told me they were getting married, there was no hesitation as I booked my flight and headed up to Juneau to document this occasion.
Their wedding day started in true Juneau fashion with rain and rain that had no intention of stopping. After getting ready at Hunter’s parents’ stunning property, we headed down to the water (which happened to only be a very short walk away) and captured Southeast Alaska in all her glory. The rain felt like it was meant to be there, as they say, rain on a wedding day is good luck. The rain in no way dampened the happiness of these two finally tying the knot and only added to the incredible moments that we were able to capture.
I tend to cry a little at most ceremonies and that is exactly what happened at this one. Watching two people that you love dearly become husband and wife is incredibly emotional and holding it together while documenting those moments was an adventure but one that I would do over and over again. Their vows to each other were so personal and simple, filled with love and joy that there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
The day continued at the beautiful Jorgenson House as the weather held it together for a quick few minutes that allowed us to capture some great family portraits. As we headed inside for the dinner and mini reception, the rain returned in true Alaska timing. Hunter’s brother started us off with incredible music and the night continued on filled with laughter and good food.
When the dinner ended, we decided to outdrive the weather and headed out to the other side of Juneau. While there was still a little bit of rain, we managed to capture even more of the beauty that is Southeast Alaska and this incredible couple. It truly was a perfect backdrop to their day.
The next day, I woke up to bright sunshine coming through my window. Out of the whole time I was in Juneau, the only rainy day was Hunter and Jessica’s wedding day. That afternoon, I headed back to Hunter’s parents’ house for a family reception and we decided to take advantage of the sunshine. We headed back down to the little cove and captured some stunning portraits. On our walk back to the house, right next to a dirt road was a little ditch filled with trees and all things green. It was at this moment, that I told them to trust me and wow, the results were everything.
Later that day as I sat there with Hunter and Jessica, I realized that this was more than just a wedding I was photographing. I was helping them create part of their legacy, these were images that they would show their children and grandchildren. Images that my family and my children would see on their walls when we would come to visit. Documenting their wedding, the wedding of two people that truly have become my family over the years… that was an incredible experience and one that I will treasure forever in my career.
Getting Ready Airbnb Venue: The Cove
Florals: Frenchie’s Florals
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Jorgenson House
Catering: The Jorgenson House