LongJohn Wedding Weekend

The Nikiski Fair Grounds was the place to be on the 27th of July. Kat and Casey’s wedding weekend was FULL of laughter and tons of memories, and it was all accomplished with amazing friends and family.

The night before a wedding is typically set aside for a rehearsal dinner…well Kat and Casey made sure that there would be no rehearsing, only a Taco bar and an OLYMPIC sized game of Firefighters vs. Teachers. It started with the national anthem, then on to the human size hungry hippo game, and then more Firefighter and Teacher themed events. It was nothing short of EPIC. So much thought, and detail went into the entire weekend – they really know how to celebrate!

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Pause, for the National Anthem!

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Put on 5 items of clothing and run to the finish line…Go!

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Who can put the most bandaids on….GO!

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Just chug the drink…GO!

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Water balloon toss, and GO!

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Maid of Honor vs. Best Man…

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Go Stiglich!

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Teachers WIN!

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The Pro at grading papers.

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Who can tie the most shoes?? Looks like Kat won!

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And we have the winners!

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Proper wedding shoes for a Deep Creek wedding!

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Casey’s reaction to Kat NOT wearing the ‘pant suit’ he was told Kat would be wearing.

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I love how much these two laugh together.

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That smile…sigh…

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Casey hugging his beautiful momma just before the ceremony.

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The music began and without a rehearsal the wedding party dance down the aisle like pros!

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Chad the firefighter couldn’t help himself. LOL!

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Daddy helping his girls was the cutest thing.

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Kat made this Salmon pinata for the kids. There were so many fun activities for everyone!

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In lieu of a traditional cake – the S’mores bar was a hit!

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Congratulations Kat & Casey!


Home Grown

I love that even though these two love birds are getting hitched in Tennessee this summer, Sydney & Adam wanted photos while they were in town over Christmas.

I also love that this was the first image taken at Beluga Point and it looks like it could have been the last. They look at each other with such sweetness and respect. God Bless you two!12345678

Baby it’s cold outside

I haven’t blogged in a long time. This session lasted all of 22 minutes because it was 18 degrees. Alaska is brutal and beautiful all wrapped up in a pretty package. I like to keep kiddos in the car until absolutely necessary, so I can photograph parents first. Moms especially work very hard to make sure memories are captured and stored on a flash drive in the junk drawer. (Ooops, did I say that?) Lol…Anyway, BOTH parents work hard to get the family ready, and so I do my best to capture them! If you’ve been wanting to get those family photos done, now is the time! rodblog-2rodblog-3rodblog-4rodblog-5rodblog-6rodblog-7rodblog-8rodblog-9rodblog-10rodblog-11rodblog-12rodblog-13rodblog-14rodblog-15rodblog-16rodblog-17rodblog-18rodblog-19rodblog-20rodblog-21rodblog-22rodblog-23rodblog-24rodblog-25rodblog

The Arend Family

Trying to decide a location for family photos can be a challenge at times, but once Tina suggested the families’ property along with text photos, it was a no brainer!

What an incredibly beautiful location. Home sessions are really some of my favorite sessions. I hope you enjoy this sweet family as much as we did!ArendblogsArendblogs-2Arendblogs-4Arendblogs-5Arendblogs-6Arendblogs-37Arendblogs-7Arendblogs-8Arendblogs-9Arendblogs-10Arendblogs-11Arendblogs-12Arendblogs-13Arendblogs-14Arendblogs-15Arendblogs-16Arendblogs-17Arendblogs-18Arendblogs-19Arendblogs-20Arendblogs-21Arendblogs-22Arendblogs-23Arendblogs-24Arendblogs-25Arendblogs-26Arendblogs-27Arendblogs-28Arend blogArendblogs-29Arendblogs-31Arendblogs-32Arendblogs-33Arendblogs-34Arendblogs-35Arendblogs-36Arendblogs-38Arendblogs-39Arendblogs-40

Mr. & Mrs. Plate

We were honored to capture Josh and Melissa’s wedding on May 6th at Radiant Church. What great families, friends, and church support they have. You can’t ask for better when starting a sweet life together!



The bridal bouquets were folded from pages of old books. 


The Guys were on time and looking good!


Melissa making her way down the trail to go see her husband to be for the first look. This was seriously the biggest smile of the day. 


Spring in Alaska is dirty and wet…but this location for a May 6th wedding was magical.


Josh just lights up when he talks about Melissa, his reaction was priceless.


Happiest man on the planet.


Josh’s boutonnière unfolded was a Map of Middle Earth with the Shire and Rivendell.



The story behind the beautiful pearl necklace Josh gifted his wife with, actually brought me to tears. The significance is worth a short story of redemption and unconditional love.



Now, our day can begin! Let’s go Party!


If you notice that the men in Melissa’s life adore her! All the “first looks” of the day were incredible to watch.



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You can see Melissa’s mirrored image in her dad’s glasses  – LOVE IT!



An appropriate “ring pillow” for these two readers!


How special to be given away by both dads in her life!



Their FIRST kiss.



When we parked at Beluga Point, we almost decided to go elsewhere do to the wind! It was crazy! But we went for it, and it was so worth it!