Becky and I were honored to have the privilege of photographing Andy & Helen’s wedding on Saturday. The ceremonies were held at the beautiful home of Dr. Jim Martin and his wife Cindi here in Wasilla. For a while the weather had everyone worried somewhat, with dark threatening clouds hanging in the sky for most of the morning, but by mid afternoon most of the cloud cover had lightened, even allowing some blue sky to show through in places. At that we all breathed a sigh of relief since the wedding was scheduled to be held outdoors on the Martin’s lush green lawn skirting the shores of Wasilla Lake.
Andy, in his Class A's, beside a beautiful Brown Bear. (Photo by Ron Day)
Helen awaits her wedding day on a beautiful spiral stairway. (Photo by Ron Day)
For the last couple of years or so Becky has been helping me photograph wedding ceremonies and I’m very pleased to say she has turned out to be quite a valuable partner in this endeavor. She is very creative when it comes to composing pictures for the bride and groom. I think her thought process, a woman’s, sees things happening during a wedding that most men, including myself, tend to overlook. Her pictures add a whole new dimension to the albums we present to our clients. Yesterday I put a 12-24mm wide angle lens on her camera for part of the day and told her to experiment with it for a while. She’s never used such an extreme lens before but you wouldn’t know it by the pictures she produced. Some of them were amazing and gave me actual goose bumps when I looked over yesterdays pictures early this morning. Needless to say I’m quite happy.
Andy and Helen and their families and friends were very gracious and kind to us yesterday. It was a simple, yet very beautiful event with Helen wearing a beautiful white gown as she was escorted down the aisle by her two children where Andy awaited her wearing his striking Class A uniform and a beret. Pastor Jim Hearn Of the Settlers Bay Community Church officiated from a small grassy point of land which juts out into the lake. It was such a beautiful setting, breath taking actually. A gentle breeze was blowing inland from the lake, not too hard but just hard enough to keep the few mosquitoes present at bay and away from the 50 or 60 guest who were there to watch Andy & Helen repeat their vows to each other.
Afterwards everyone was treated to an absolutely delicious meal which had been in preparation since early morning right there in the Martin’s kitchen and in barbeques on their spacious deck overlooking Wasilla Lake. A brightly covered tent was set up in the yard, providing nice shelter from the sun, or rain, whichever happened to come along. Fortunately it was the sun yesterday.
Many warm toasts were made to Andy & Helen after the meal. Some were humorous. others brought on tears, but all wonderful. It was obvious that Andy and Helen are well thought of, and their friendship is valued by scores of people.
Later, the wonderful day closed with a couple hours of loud festive music, dancing and laughter under the tent. It was great fun for everyone in attendance, It was also great fun for Becky and I to photograph, but a 9:00 p.m. the music stopped and the newly wed couple made their way to their decorated car, entered the backseat, and were driven away by one of their friends while they waved goodbye from the cars opened sunroof.
Afterwards, as promised, everyone pitched in to clean up. In less than an hour the Martin’s yard and house was spotless…..completely clean. No one would have ever been able to tell that such a large and festive event had taken place there only hour before.
As I said, Becky and I felt very privileged to have been a part of yesterdays celebration. We feel very good about the nearly eleven hundred photos we returned home with, too. We’re sure Andy and Helen will be pleased with them when we present them with their completed wedding album in a couple of weeks.
Helen prepares for her marriage to Andy. (Photo by Becky Day)
Helen is escorted down the aisle by here son and daughter. (Photo by Ron Day)
Andy & Helen preparing to repeat their wedding vows in beautiful surroundings. (Photo by Becky Day)
Pastor Jim Hearn conducts the ceremony with Wasilla lake behind him. (Photo by Ron Day)
Andy and Helen, now husband & wife. (Photo by Ron Day)
A beautiful couple on their beautiful wedding day. (Photo by Ron Day)
Guest file by the newly weds under gorgeous blue skies. (Photo by Becky Day)
Andy & Helen on their way to the tent to eat their first meal together as man and wife. (Photo by Ron Day)
Guests mingle after they've finished eating the delicious meal. Becky caught me here as I photograph two lovely ladies in the bright patch of sunlight.(Photo by Becky Day.
After dinner, Andy and Helen toasted chocolate covered strawberries instead of wine. Andy looks as if he's perplexed about the strawberry idea though. (Photo by Becky Day)
A little later they joined in with the dancing fun. (Photo by Becky Day)
Becky shoots low with the wide angle lens I asked her to use for some of the wedding pictures. (Photo by Ron Day)
Visiting with guests under the colorful tent top. (Photo by Ron Day)
A show of sparkling new wedding rings in a bright Alaskan sun. (Photo by Ron Day)
After I'd photographed their rings Helen had a surprise to show Andy, his name written on the sole's of her shoes. (Photo by Ron Day)
The last dance of their wedding celebration. (Photo by Ron Day)
Andy & Helen walk to their car as they prepare to leave. (Photo by Becky Day)
Once inside they take a seat as they wait for a friend to drive them away. (Photo by Becky Day)
But then, on a sudden impulse, they slide open the sunroof and stand up, smiling and waving to their friends as they depart. (Photo by Becky Day)
Thank you for visiting Alaska At Sunrise. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this wonderful wedding Becky and I photographed yesterday.
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