Alaska Elopement Inspiration
This Alaska elopement styled collaboration filled my cup and then some. I’ve always been obsessed with fairytales, candles, dimly lit romantic scenes, and everything in between. When I first drove past this park in Sutton back in 2015, I knew I had to shoot there. Weeks, months, years passed and I had forgotten about the little gem until I saw it pop up on facebook. All my thoughts were confirmed, it was a GORGEOUS place for photos! I shot a few creative sessions there before this shoot but it wasn’t quite what I hoped, they weren’t magical. This place deserves magic!
I knew I had to do something more stylized and was starting to hash out the details. Fast forward to July and I started putting a team together to make this Alaska elopement inspiration a reality. We were all giddy with excitement!! I wanted it to be dark and romantic with tons of candles and deep, rich colors, a very romantic and moody wedding theme. We absolutely hit the nail on the head!
The reason I do sessions like this is 1) It fuels my creativity 2) I love working with local wedding vendors and 3) It provides Alaska elopement and wedding inspiration to brides who want something different.
If you’re getting married I’m sure you have seen your fair share of Pinterest and multiple different ways to style weddings and elopements. Some may excite you, some may bore you… Hopefully, this excites you! I want you to know that your ideas aren’t out of reach, you can make your day all you!
Intimate weddings are some of my favorite. There is just something so special about getting to witness two people declare their love to each other surrounded by their closest people. No stress, no drama, just you and the wild outdoors that surround you. If you’re wanting to forego the rush of a normal wedding day, go for it! If you still want to incorporate decorations and a little set up just for the two of you, heck yeah!! This day is about you! Just because you want it to be small doesn’t mean you have to skip out on other things you may want. Also, if you don’t want any of that then that is totally okay as well! Alaska is a gorgeous state with so much opportunity to go out and make some magic, let’s make it happen!!
If you’re looking for vendor recommendations I definitely think you should scroll till the end because there are some bomb names down there that you have to check out!
The Creative Team
A Touch of Saige Events. Saige has the worlds best eye for styling a scene. I can tell her something that I want and somehow, magically, she makes it happen. She just so happened to have 100+ candles that she set up and lit with the help of Don and Ian, and she created the most gorgeous tablescape, with food!! If you’re having any doubt as to whether you should hire a wedding planner at all, then I’m here to erase that doubt.
Saige goes above and beyond for her clients and takes immense pride in her work. She will coordinate everything and ensure it runs as smoothly as possible as well as connect you with any other vendors you need to make your day the best ever. Not only will this take so much stress off of your shoulders, but it will also relieve the stress on your family. No longer will your mother or mother-in-law be running around trying to coordinate last minute details, they can get ready with you and enjoy the day while the details are being perfected by Saige. She will take your Alaska elopement and make it total perfection!
Don Chon Photography. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Don on some personal projects as well as a wedding and it has been super fun! He has such a great and laid back personality and is super cool to work with! If you’re looking for a videographer, or are wondering if you should hire one, then I say yes! While what I do as a photographer creates timeless memories, having a video with sound, music, and your voices is an entirely different and special means of remembering your day. You can see his handy work at the very top, isn’t it great?!
Cutie Cakes Custom Bakes. Okay, let me tell you about Allie’s cakes… They. Are. DELICIOUS! I’ve worked with her several times and each time got to eat some cake and honestly, it was amazing! I don’t think I have ever enjoyed cake as much as I enjoy hers! Whatever your vision, whatever the flavor you are going for, she can make it happen!
Petals and Paper. Tina’s sweet demeanor and eye for flower arranging is such a wonderful combination because not only is she amazing to work with but she also creates gorgeous displays and bouquets. Flowers are probably one of my favorite details during the wedding day, they speak so much to the bride’s personality as well as to the florist’s creative take on the bride’s vision. There is just something so amazing about having real, fresh, and wonderful smelling flowers during a wedding.
Jourdin Gregoire Designs. This talented artist right here created the most stunning invitation suite ever!! If you want to create super personalized invites for your guests then I highly recommend looking into hiring a calligrapher and someone who is skilled at creating one of a kind paperwork, like Jourdin. She’s the bomb!
Chance Droege at Cloud 9 Day Spa. Chance is such a sweetheart and absolutely knows what she is doing when it comes to creating the perfect makeup look for the setting. She can do anything from natural to dramatic and on into some pretty neat Halloween looks, she is just so talented! I have loved getting to work and shoot with her on several occasions and I highly recommend her expertise!
Ruby Acord & Ian Zwink. While these two are not married just yet, they are some of my close friends that I always somehow rope into shooting crazy ideas in the cold with me. No matter the setting or occasion these two have always been ready and willing and I appreciate that so much <3 Not only do they support all my crazy business endeavors but they are just absolutely amazing friends and I love getting to have them in my life!
I also would like to leave a friendly reminder to leave no trace! If you are using an area it is very nice and thoughtful to leave it as you found it. We made sure to scrape up any wax that we saw and were very careful to not leave any trash or belongings behind. Not only does it keep the area looking gorgeous, but it sets examples for anyone that might be admiring your work <3
Hello hello! I’m Donna, a photographer in the gorgeous state of Alaska. I’m short, half Colombian, funny (at least I like to think so) and always up for anything! I’m married to an awesome guy named Hunter who I sometimes rope into assisting for sessions and weddings (if you’re lucky you might get a chance to meet him, he’s cool!). I love spending time with my husband, be that going for a hike or sitting our butts on the couch to watch New Girl and eat pot stickers (100% a good date night idea!). Chocolate chip cookies are my guilty pleasure, I have a girl crush on Shakira and know pretty much every song, I also have way too many half written notebooks. I’m an advocate for having fun and being yourself, always, no matter how strange you may think you are. I’ll own up to being a little random and crazy sometimes haha!