Join me for one of the most magical weddings I’ve ever been a part of: Laura and Anthony’s Kenai Fjords boat elopement! When Laura & Anthony first reached out to have me as their photographer, I knew we would get along so well. They knew they wanted to have an unconventional wedding somewhere they had never been before and with the ocean as a big part of their day. They lived in New Zealand for a year and wanted to elope somewhere with the feel of NZ, but much closer to their home in San Diego. So they decided on Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska.
When I met up with them in the lobby of Miller’s Landing, I could tell they were so excited for their adventure ahead! They hired a private boat for a full day to take us around the fjords, take in the sights, and look for wildlife (they’re both in the marine biology field). It happened to be POURING (all capital letters because this is the rainiest day I’ve ever seen) all day and they did not complain once. I knew we would get such cool, moody Alaska photos of the fjords in the rain so with my rain gear on my body and my cameras, we embraced the weather for the day together for their Kenai Fjords boat elopement.
We rode around to see the coolest spots and some salmon and puffins before heading to the big spot of the day: Aialik Glacier. Laura and Anthony didn’t necessarily plan to get married in front of this enormous glacier, however, when they saw it they both looked at each other and knew that it would be the spot to say ‘I Do’. They changed in the cabin of the boat, we ate some pre-packed sandwiches and prepared for the rain. They did a quick first look before their ceremony, which reminded me of when Jim & Pam from The Office eloped on the boat 🙂 It was very sweet and unforgettable. Afterwards, we went to one final spot, which was my favorite. The big drops of rain slowly turned into a sprinkle and we went to a beautiful bay with huge waterfalls made from all the rain. We stopped and did the remainder of their photos there. Then we dropped them off at their secluded cabin before taking the 2 hour journey back to the dock. This was truly one of my favorite days of my job. I love getting to capture these adventurous, intentional wedding days.
Are you looking to elope in Alaska? Contact me to hire me as your Alaska elopement photographer 😉