Fairbanks Wedding Photography

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!

Sarah & Matt | A Wedding Story | Fairbanks, AK | Rose Wheat Photography

You would think someone was conducting the weather on summer solstice this year in Fairbanks. Last Saturday, Birch Hill proved to be just sunny enough, just dry enough, and easily beautiful enough to host a lovely wedding for the terribly adorable Sarah and Matt. In fact, the day was so well orchestrated that moments after they departed in their getaway truck, drops started to fall from the sky and soon greeted us with a momentary torrential downpour. You would think it was meant to be.

Moments after Sarah arrived that afternoon with her dress, I whisked it away to be hung on one of the quaint cabin-like buildings near the lodge.

Sarah was so beautifully emotional on her wedding day. She had typical fears of tear-induced make-up smudging, but a little smeared mascara was well worth moments like these.

Special thanks to Laura Busbey for capturing the next three images of their ceremony details.

Together they shared an incredibly intimate moment, by privately sharing their vows quietly in front of everyone. It was such a precious time in that, even though no one could hear the words they were sharing, it was clearly one of the most unifying times during their ceremony. Many eyes were all but dry.

After their ceremony and formal photos, I snuck them away to grab some portraits on the premises.

They were warmly welcomed by a room full of cherishing people, ready to congratulate them on their new status as husband and wife.

Sarah's first dance with her father was so tenderly emotive, and I felt privileged to capture those brief minutes as they danced to Over the Rainbow.

Their dance was a jam-packed time of Ellie Goulding lip-syncing, air-guitaring, and unadulterated body flinging. Special thanks to Laura for the next image.

Laura snuck out back to capture these wedding party ninjas performing some mild acts of vandalism, as seen in the next few images..

Thank you Sarah and Matt for letting me follow you around during your wedding day. It was my joy to capture your cuddles, your tears, your giggles, and your love. Your honor for intimacy, even in a public way, is so special to the two of you. I hope you are able to reflect on the great ways God will grow you as a married couple, and I hope you will let those vows be the precedent for years to come.

Happily Ever After 2014 Interior Wedding Showcase | Photography | Rose Wheat Photography

This past Saturday, I welcomed this year's wedding season by attending the Happily Ever After 2014 Interior Wedding Showcase. This was the first bridal fair I had ever attended, both as a guest and as a vendor, and I was so pleased to be involved. Surrounded by the best wedding vendors Fairbanks had to offer, I had the opportunity to meet countless brides and grooms from not only Fairbanks but from the outer reaches of Alaska. 

All that goes to say: it was a lot of work! There's no concrete guidebook (that I know of) that teaches vendors how to build a booth for a fair or expo like this. Because of that, I am more than happy to share the details of how I built my booth with the hopes of helping other vendors in the future. First though, I'd like to go over some of my more conceptual approaches to the bridal fair.

Through research I decided on a few things from the get-go:

  1. I didn't want to sit down or be behind a table. This forced me to engage and be present with every single group of people that walked up to me. Sure there were times that I awkwardly couldn't figure out where to stand, but that figured itself out easily enough! More than anything, I was present and ready to chat. It made the interactions feel less like I was trying to sell something and more like I was inviting others into a space where they could have fun and explore.
  2. Show the bride's their worth. While I knew most of the brides would likely be receiving some sort of pamphlet from every vendor, I wanted them to go home with something that they could personally enjoy, that made them feel valued. Quite simply, this was achieved through favors. All bride's that came to me received a business card in a clear plastic bag, packed with a chocolate and a bag of tea. Most of the teas were specialty teas from Harney & Sons, and for all the tea lovers out there it was a big hit! Ladies were most excited about the chocolate though. :)
  3. The booth needed to have simplicity. The most striking booths I saw while researching were simple and clean. Not only that, but my current web-site design is rather minimalistic and monochromatic. This meant that I had consistent branding between both my booth and my site, which is always a good thing! It made for a streamlined feel and familiarity with brides came to visit my site after the show.

Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty of how I built my booth. I'm no construction worker, but I certainly know how to use a drill and work a measuring tape. This took a few simple math headaches, but eventually I put a draft together that seemed doable. There's certainly a better way to build these things, so I apologize in advance for any and all glaring errors! 

Here's my shopping & cut list:

For the Wall

  • 7 - 2"x3"x8' boards
    • 1 - 2', 2', 3'
    • 1 - 2', 3', 3'
    • 3 - trim off 3"
    • 2 - leave as is
  • 2 Panel Boards
  • 2 ½" screws

I made a frame using the 2 untrimmed 2x3's as my top and bottom supports, and then I screwed in the trimmed boards as the vertical parts of the frame, with two flush at the sides and one up the center. With the frame laying on the ground, the shorter sides of the boards touched the floor, while the longer side stood up in a sense. All the boards laid flush against each other like they would in a wall built to code. Google "how to build a wall," and you'll see what I mean. :)

Once the frame was assembled, we attached the panel boards horizontally across the frame with screws in the corners and centers of each board. Then we stood the wall up and attached the supports so it could stand. For the bottom back supports, I created L-shaped pieces using the 3' and 2' pieces, screwing them together and securing them to the base of my frame on the sides and in the center. Once those were attached, I had (success!) a free-standing wall. To make sure the wall didn't tip forward, we made sure the tables where touching the wall as a front support.

While I don't have behind the scenes photos, I was hoping I could paint a picture with words for you! Hopefully this helps you with future bridal shows! I'd love to answer any questions in the comments, and if you have extra ideas, feel free to share them there as well!

Happy building, and best of luck to you as you meet new bride's and groom's and show them your best work!