April & Tom | Birch Hill | Fairbanks, AK | Rose Wheat Photography

Between her engagement ring, matched to the dresses of her best lady gems, to the images of Tom and April's life together, embellished appropriately with perfectly matched frames, it seemed apparent that these two value the details. These pieces of life they chose to share with everyone, and the elements of their day that were given special attention only reinforced my inkling. One can only imagine that with these two, the details will not be forgotten, but picked up and nurtured along the way, weaving their story one strand at a time, creating a foundation for their marriage.

Surrounded by several family and friends, Birch Hill proved to be a beautiful location for their wedding with endless birch trees behind them and cloud dappled open skies above. After getting rained indoors, her polka band filled the reception space and made for an incredibly jubilant time. Supported by the arms of her husband, April polished the dance floor, preparing it for her exuberant guests that had no fears in terms of floor-sweeping themselves.

It was a thrill to photograph these two, and I look forward to seeing where life takes them as husband and wife! Thank you April and Tom for letting me share in your day!

Amy & Mike | A Wedding Story | Bushton, KS | Rose Wheat Photography

When you shoot a wedding for someone that is not only family but is as much in love with weddings as yourself (evidenced by her event planning business & home decor shop Yours Truly), you know the day will hold some of the sweetest things.  With a veil, complete with her grandmother's lace, a self-designed invitation suite, and a healthy mix of vintage and sparkle Amy knew how her day would look. However, she never could have anticipated the way she would feel when the doors to the sanctuary opened, as she stood arm in arm with her father, and saw the man who in moments would become her husband. One can only imagine that it was a combination of overwhelmed happiness with a dash of nervous anticipation.

On that unseasonably warm January day, Amy met Mike as her husband and enjoyed an evening of dancing and celebration with her closest family and friends. It was a pleasure to photograph them and be allowed into their lives, if only for a day. Best wishes to my dear cousin and her husband!

Home to Home | Alaska Calling | Rose Wheat Photography

A week ago today, I was wiggling out of bed, throwing the last of my possessions into a car, and making a final road trip with my family before hopping on two planes, "visiting" Seattle for the first time, and finally landing in Fairbanks. Finally, finally, finally. I thought it would never happen. I thought I would just be waiting forever, that the plane tickets would never get booked, that I'd have to hoof it all the way to the sub-arctic. And I would have. I was borderline hopeless, so I had to keep reminding myself of God's faithfulness, of his miraculous provision that goes beyond mere chance. 

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While there were minor complications while traveling, I had so much peace while flying. In fact, at one point a Chinese woman leaned over to me and asked in broken English, "Do you have fear?" I grinned, knowing she was afraid, and said, "Not today." For the remainder of the four hour flight I stared out the window at the sunset. You see, we were chasing the sun, and it made the sun seem as though it would never set. It lasted for hours, and was an incredible sight. Near the end of my first flight, I even got a darkened glimpse of the majestic Mount Rainier, a mere shadow of the things to come.

My first morning (and picture!) in Alaska, just a couple minutes' walk from my home. 

My first morning (and picture!) in Alaska, just a couple minutes' walk from my home. 

Exhausted, after some thirteen hours of traveling or so, I was reunited with my husband and him with me. It didn't even feel real, because it felt so normal. This is what I had been waiting for, a new place to call home, to stop saying goodbye, and to finally start anew here up north. I thought it would feel like arriving in Disney World, like knowing you're going to have these magical adventures, and getting butterflies just from eating breakfast because it's so new and exciting and it's everything everyone made it out to be. In reality though, traveling to Alaska was like going from home to home. While I was ready for magic, and still a fan of breakfast, I was so much more in place than I was displaced. It was the best internal welcome party for which I could have asked.

Creamer's Field, Fairbanks, Alaska

Creamer's Field, Fairbanks, Alaska

Today Jeff and I celebrate our third anniversary. Incidentally, it's the first anniversary we'll be able to celebrate together. Between shooting weddings and being separated during deployments, I'm so over being apart on the day that commemorates our covenant. It's odd that we both had to travel 3500 miles to the same place to make it happen, but whatever it takes I guess. :)

For now we're exploring. Jeff has this rare opportunity to be my Magellan, as he shows me all of these new places he discovered before me. We also get to find new things together, knowing that we're here indefinitely. While I'm still finding a coffee shop to call home, and not 100% sure which hair stylist to trust, I feel settled, hopeful, and equipped for the journey to come.

Our next discovery: aurora borealis! Maybe I'll bring my big girl camera so I can share more than just iPhone images with you. (So profesh, I know) 

Keep updated with my day to day over on Instagram: @rosewheat!