Lauren | A Life Story | Maternity | Wedgewood Resort | Fairbanks, AK | Rose Wheat Photography

Beautiful on the outside, but more so on the inside, I'm so happy to bring you these snippets of a post-wedding cooldown I shared with the faithful (and clearly pregnant) assistant Lauren. This might have been a small wedding season, but I have been so thankful for her support on the few weddings I've been privileged enough to photograph.

After wrapping up our last wedding of the summer, the light was perfectly golden and beckoned me to photograph her prego self. Everything about the sun and surroundings was perfect for some calm and happy portraits.

Thank you again Lauren for being such a great help on wedding days and best luck growing miss Bailey! We're all so excited to meet her!

Heather & Brian | A Wedding Story | Fjell Blikk Hytte | Fairbanks, AK | Rose Wheat Photography

We arrived Saturday afternoon,  on a rainy day, as this summer has proven to faithfully provide. However, the weather certainly didn’t stop Heather and Brian’s wedding festivities from coming together. Stepping into a kitchen overflowing with food, there was an immediate sense of camaraderie, a clear picture that these two were loved and supported by there closest companions. Her florists arrived from Calypso Farms, and they adorned the area with fresh cut peonies still covered in drops from the morning precipitation.  While their wedding held traditional element, it seemed that these two brought a special touch of whimsy to their day. Nestled in the quaint Fjell Blikk Hytte lodge, their whole day was something so intimate and lovely.

I was honored to be present, pitch in along the way, and above all help them hold on to the memories of the beginning of this new chapter in their lives.

Congratulations Heather & Brian!

Taylor & Elliot | A Life Story | Fairbanks, AK | UAF & Golden Wheel's Summer Spectacular Carnival | Rose Wheat Photography

It's always such a pleasant experience to walk through the UAF campus, and each time I visit it reveals a new trail or alcove. Thankfully these two beautiful people were up for anything! Magical pathways? Sure! Mosquito wielding but beautiful tree spots? Of course! Kissing, snuggling, and being adorable for me? Not even a question. The whole time, I think they were just happy to be going on a walk together, to be seeing beautiful sights, and to be capturing this precious time in their life. Taylor and Elliot were simply enjoying each other, and I was enjoying watching it all unfold.

After soaking up some collegiate beauty, we made our way to the Golden Wheel's Summer Spectacular where I did not hesitate to throw them on a Ferris wheel. Because everyone wants to pretend they live in the Notebook, right? At one moment, we were stopped at the top and had our breath taken away by hands down the best mountain view in Fairbanks. It was nothing short of incredible, and it made my brief experience with these two that much more special. I can only guess that that moment, seeing the Alaska Range clear as day, was one of many gifts they will be receiving at this time in their life together. Actually, it's more of a fact, as Taylor recently found out she's expecting!

These two exude a special sort of kindness and consideration for each other and those around them. It's such an inspiring experience to be around people like this. Their positive outlook was clearly something that stretched beyond this photo session, and I know that it will be an assurance for them in the future.

Taylor and Elliot, thank you for allowing me to take your photos! You two were so fun to photograph, and always ready for my last second ideas. It made my job easy and your photos authentically you. :) Good luck during this precious time as you prepare to add children to this beautiful life of yours!