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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Kopperud

Candlelit Alyeska Winter Wedding


Nothing quite says quintessential Alaskan winter wedding as a beautiful snowy day out at Alyeska.   Matt and Kara, attorneys now living on the east coast, celebrated their union with friends and family in a simple ceremony and reception with lovely natural details. 

Winter wedding Alyeska
Photo credit: Erica Rose Photography

candlelit ceremony in columbia ballroom Alyeska

They had a beautiful ceremony in the Columbia ballroom overlooking the ski lifts, with snow quietly falling in the background. It was a dreamy, heavenly scene.

From the invitations, to the centerpieces, to the wedding cake, every part of the design was about celebrating the mountains and the beautiful Alaskan environment.

I am a huge fan of bringing the outdoors in, and with a little bit of candles and gold accents, it was just the right amount of refinery for an elegant wedding.

Forest and mountains wedding invitation for Girdwood, Alyeska wedding planner and design

beautiful details, girdwood wedding, Alaska wedding planner

With the bride ready to go she slipped out of her crystal studded sling backs in exchange for snow boots to go tromping around with the lovely Erica from Erica Rose Photography.

groom and groomsmen relaxing at Alyeska
Photo: Erica Rose Photography @erosephoto

The gentleman had a lot less getting ready to do!

Stylish groom and groomsmen at Alyeska wedding

The couple started their day with a first look up the tram and around some short hikes.

First look up Alyeska tram on top of mountain

winter wonderland wedding alyeska

Then it was to the hotel for a candlelit ceremony. Guests were welcomed by this personalized sign styled like a vintage postcard. They also had a variety of photographs of the couple together over the years and candles, candles, candles!

custom wedding signage with greenery for winter wedding

The front of the ceremony was decorated with trees with white lights to mimimic the outdoor trees in the background. There were stumps with pillar candles lining the aisle with rented mahogany chiavari chairs. We also lined the windows with more small stumps and everywhere there were hundreds of little votive candles, with pieces of cedar, moss, and pinecones peeking out in small clusters.

I just loved the natural simplicity of this design. It was perfect! 

candlelit wedding ceremony with floral, tree stumps and trees in the columbia ballroom
Photo: Erica Rose Photography @erosephoto

four aisles lined with candles lit up the columbia ballroom

The ceremony was complete with the jewish custom of breaking the glass. The couple opted to break a light bulb wrapped in a napkins to ensure it would break! 

jewish wedding tradition, break the glass at Alyeska

jewish wedding tradition, break the glass, Alyeska wedding

Guests then walked down the hallway to Kahiltna Court for an equally beautiful reception. Escort cards were on little wood stumps to mimic the wood accents incorporated throughout the design.  

The florist used winter greens, twigs and pinecones for that natural look.

mini tree stump escort cards Alyeska wedding

Cafe lights were strung across the ceiling and each table was stylized with a lovely centerpiece in a birch bark container. Assorted votive and tea light candles surrounded the flowers and gave a warm glow to the evening. 

candlelit wedding reception in Kahiltna Court at Alyeska

candlelit wedding reception at Kahiltna court, Alyeska

candlelit Alyeska wedding reception, gold chargers with blush napkins

Each place setting had a blush napkin with a modern fold which we tucked the menu card and the evening program. The wedding favor was then set on top and decorated with winter foliage and a mini pinecone. 

gold charger with blush napkin, side pocket fold for menu card with wedding favor on top

The hotel has some of the best wedding cakes in all of Alaska. Scott their pastry chef does incredible work. My personal favorite are his almond and chocolate pinecones.

Can you believe those are edible pinecone? They aren't real! 

Winter wedding cake with greenery and pinecones
Photo: Erica Rose Photography @erosephoto

With all of this elegance, don't think for a moment that they didn't have a ruckus good time! It wouldn't be a La Boum wedding if they didn't have an amazing party and dance the night away. Just as it wouldn't be a jewish wedding without the Hora!

alyeska wedding dancing the hora

Alyeska rocking wedding reception
Photo: Erica Rose Photography @erosephoto

Congrats again to Matt and Kara! You are sweet and beautiful.  



Venue: Alyeska Resort

Planner: Rebecca Kopperud, La Boum Events

Florist: Bagoys Floral and Gifts

Photographer: Erica Rose Photography @erosephoto

Cake: Scott Fausz, Pastry Chef at Alyeska Resort

Decor, Styling and Rentals: La Boum Events

I hope I have given you some inspiration for your winter Alaska event. Like what you see? Feel free to leave a comment, I always try to respond directly. I would love to work with you on your Alaska wedding or special event, big or small!

Until my next blog post, here's to making your next event YOUR BEST BASH YET!

To book me fill out our CONTACT form to get started.

xoxo - Rebecca .



Hey there! I am Rebecca Kopperud, a born and bred Alaskan, as well as the owner and chief designer behind

La Boum Events.

I began my career in event planning organizing conferences and meetings. In 2012 I had the opportunity to strike out on my own and start my own company. I choose the name La Boum Events because it is slang for "the party!" I was looking for a name that reflected my love of french culture, my bubbly personality and above all, my love for entertaining. La Boum Events was born and we absolutely took off planning Alaska's best weddings and celebrations.

Since then I have invited other super organizers and decorators to collaborate with me to offer spectacular event planning services throughout Alaska. Meet our team on our ABOUT page.

To book La Boum Events for your event, fill out our CONTACT form to get started.


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