• Rebecca Kopperud

Alaska Micro Wedding with Glacier Views by Boat

Updated: Jan 4


I love micro-weddings. Actually I love all weddings, but micro-weddings are especially fun. I love throwing out the rule book with clients and brainstorming something very unique and entirely personal. A whole entire weekend of fun activities dedicated to celebrating! And this group of 28 people were all so fun!


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Photo credit: Chugach Peaks Photography


Disclaimer: I want your attention for half a second!


Couples often look at blogs of real weddings for ideas of how something might look and to get an idea of the planner's style. Some planners have a specific style and all of their weddings look very branded.


OUR WEDDINGS REPRESENT OUR CLIENT'S STYLE.


This wedding was this couple's style. It might not be your style. You can have a sunset glacier cruise micro wedding that looks completely different and personalized to you and your tastes. Our design process discovers and fleshes out our client's specific style and interests so that it represents them.






Emily called me and hired me about two years ahead. Her family had a history of destination weddings with lots of activities over multiple days. They had a lot of amazing memories from these family events and wanted the same for her.



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Photo credit: Chugach Peaks Photography

All the guests stayed close to each other in several vacation rentals in Girdwood. They went to the Girdwood Brewing Company one night, spent a day taking a train tour out to a remote spot and hiking and another day they went to the Alaska Conservation Center.





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All guests received a welcome bag with Alaska made snacks, a local map, along with a bear bell, a wine key/ bottle opener and sunscreen.


My favorite part of the bag was the beautiful handmade printed timeline packet with personalized artwork from several different artists. The map was actually made by a local lady from Fairbanks.



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This is Patrick the super swanky and sweet groom in his tweed vest and navy and orange plaid bow tie!


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The couple opted to do a first look! I always recommend adding this into your schedule. It is a nice way to ensure time away for just the two of you.



I absolutely love the flowers that Tina did from Wild Poppy. The natural colors, greenery and oranges were perfect for this bride!


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Emily and Patrick spent some time with Chugach Peaks Photography taking photos with Lena around the area, close to their vacation rental, along the river, and up the tram. Lena did an exceptional job getting a variety of terrain.



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Guests met out at a meadow for a beautiful ceremony. For this bride, walking down the aisle was traipsing through nature, through trees and grass.




What you don't see pictured is the sound system, the tech, the live music played by Jared Woods and the generator that was brought out so guests could hear the vows.


It might sound like overkill or unnecessary, but any slight breeze and you wouldn't be able to hear anything. It wasn't very expensive and it made all the difference for a quality and beautiful ceremony in nature where guests could feel included and not feel like an after thought. And what is a micro-wedding if it isn't a celebration with your closest friends and family.



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Emily and Patrick purchased these amazing monogramed rubber boots for all of their guests. One of the many reasons to hire a local wedding planner when hosting a destination wedding is the ability to mail a bunch of personal items up to your planner for storage and delivery ahead of time.


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Guests were all transported along the Turnagain Arm and through the Whittier Tunnel (the longest tunnel in North America!) where they were met by a small cruise ship the couple had chartered for the whole evening.


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We built time in the schedule for the couple to stop along the way for even more amazing couple photography!


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Then it was time to board!

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The first hour the couple celebrated with live music and an open bar. A specialty drinks menu was created specifically to the couple's personal preferences to include a glacier ice margarita featuring -ICE FROM A GLACIER!


I created, printed, framed and delivered most of their print materials and signage. I loved the Alaska feel they incorporated. All of their print materials had those cute little kissing bears, an icon the bride had made just for their wedding.



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While everyone was downstairs enjoying the cocktail hour and the incredible view, I was transforming the upstairs for dinner.



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