• Rebecca Kopperud

Change of Plans: Love Wins!

Updated: Oct 6

Today we are setting the stage, so to speak, with a styled shoot to inspire you to make those wedding plans in a post-Covid-19-world.


I wanted this message to appeal to a wide audience, so I invited multiple photographers to put their own personal spin and interpretation at the venue and the styling. We have dark and moody with Chelsa-J Photography timeless color with Love Adventured and light and bright images with Rachel Tweggs Photography to capture your imagination no matter your lighting preference.


I hope you see yourself here in Alaska, relaxing by the lake. Mountains in the background in the land of the midnight sun as you savor the fresh air. Take in the peace, and the quiet. Put aside all of the uncertainty and remember that love is always the answer. Love wins!





CREATIVE CONTRIBUTORS

Planner & Designer: Rebecca Kopperud with La Boum Events @laboumeventsak

Venue: Meier Lake Resort @meier_lake

Photographers:

Rachel Tweggs Photography @racheltweggsphotography

Love Adventured @love_adventured

Chelsa J Photography @chelsajay

Floral Design: Amber Lanphier @ladylanphier with Love Adventured and Rebecca Kopperud with La Boum Events @laboumeventsak Bridal Attire: Bateau Bridal Boutique @bateaubridalboutique

Model: Rachel Saldana @ak_rachelsaldana

Men's Styling: Steve Solari with Meier Lake Resort @meier_lake

Wedding Cake: Midnight Sun Cakery @midnightsuncakery

Table Linens: Special Events Alaska @specialeventsalaska Rentals: La Boum Events @laboumeventsak

Local Beers: Bleeding Heart Brewery @bleeding_heart_brewery

Local Alaska Tulips: All Dahlia'd Up Flower Farm @all_dahliad_up

Lingerie: DuJour Fashion @dujour_fashion_907

Beauty Products: Cloud 9 Day Spa @cloud9.dayspa

Locally Made Earrings: Bering Sea Designs @beringseadesigns Bridal Face Mask: Playful Souls Photography @playfulsoulphotography

Car Window Art: Star Dust Dezignz

Social distancing is temporary. Love is permanent. Venue @meier_lake; Shoes and jewelry: @bateaubridalboutique; Beauty products @cloud9.dayspa; planner, designer and signage @laboumeventsak; Photo @chelsajay



Covid-19 rocked our world this spring and with it, summer 2020 wedding plans came to a screeching halt. I personally watched in horror as our entire season completely vanished. I talked with multiple brides who, through tears, explained they had to cancel their weddings due to lost jobs. Another bride shared that her wedding dress had arrived but was locked up in the bridal shop in her hometown. The doors were shuttered and their town and state were in lockdown, much like us in Alaska at the time. She had no idea when she would ever get her dress. She kept apologizing to me and saying that it was "silly" to be so upset over her dress. How could she move forward with wedding plans when she didn't even know when she could pick up her wedding dress? None of these things are silly. They are serious and important. Things that are important to you, are important to me, and they are important to the many creatives behind the wedding industry. We put our heart and souls into making a beautiful experience for your one special day.




Change of plans 2020 - Love wins! Shoes and jewelry @bateaubridalboutique; Beauty products @cloud9.dayspa; Planner, designer and signage @laboumeventsak; Men's look styled by Steve Solari with @meier_lake; Photo @love_adventured




During this time of uncertainty, I got a call from Steve Solari at Meier Lake Resort. We exchanged notes: we were in the same boat. Alaska was under "hunker down" orders, so no one was out and about. We were all stuck at home. Steve was eager to do something creative. My schedule was suddenly wide open, so I invited a few other incredible vendors to participate in a styled shoot.


I hope you enjoy seeing these beautiful images, but I also hope that you are inspired. Love is not canceled. Your wedding might be on hold. Your big day might not look like what you originally envisioned, but you can have an incredible experience. You might even have something better than you originally imagined.



Hand sanitizer and face masks were probably not part of your vision for your big day. But what if they were beautiful? Handcrafted earrings @beringseadesigns; Bridal face mask @playfulsoulphotography; Beauty products @cloud9.dayspa; Planner, designer and signage @laboumeventsak; Photo @love_adventured





Bridal face masks by @playfulsoulphotography. The first design was to provide safety masks for the general public because most masks were provided to front line workers. After wearing a cotton mask for a week, Lauren, the creative and designer behind the bridal face masks realized she couldn’t wear any makeup while wearing a face mask. It would just rub off. She wanted women to still feel beautiful even without their makeup. Hopefully, these gorgeous masks will encourage people to wear a face mask more often. Thus protecting themselves and everyone around them. Bridal face mask @playfulsoulphotography; Photo @love_adventured



Does Covid-19 have you changing your summer 2020 wedding plans? Good news!


ALASKA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS


Now by open, there are a few caveats that our local government has put in place in order to keep everyone safe. See mandates here. I have also listed 27 tips and recommendations for Alaska events in response to Covid-19, which can be read here.


A few things are required of a venue to be at full capacity for an event in Alaska this 2020 season. Meier Lake Resort is a wonderful venue, a short drive from the historic town of Palmer, AK. They have a frisbee disc golf course around the property and a beautiful lake, with boats lining the sandy beach. A fire pit is ready for you to relax and play with friends. Wake up on your big day in one of their beautiful cabins. Get ready on your own private deck as you listen and watch area birds and wildlife.


Sun-drenched beach in Alaska? Yes please! Hold your private event on this 122-acre property close to downtown historical Palmer. Venue @meier_lake; Photo @racheltweggsphotography



Modern Alaska venue @meier_lake is the perfect backdrop for an elegant ceremony and a fun reception. Bridal bouquet and planning @laboumeventsak; shop local wedding dresses @bateaubridalboutique; wedding dress designer @wtoowatters; bride @ak_rachelsaldana; photo @racheltweggsphotography





Refreshed and at peace at @meier_lake; rustic bridal bouquet and planning @laboumeventsak; shop local wedding dresses @bateaubridalboutique; wedding dress designer @wtoowatters; bride @ak_rachelsaldana; photo @chelsajay



Sparkle inside and out. Get ready for your wedding day with foundation garments and lingerie from @dujour_fashion_907. Handcrafted Alaska made earrings from sea otter @beringseadesigns; styling @laboumeventsak; photo @racheltweggsphotography







Chic and comfortable foundation garments and lingerie. Beautiful from head to toe and everywhere underneath with DuJour Fashion in downtown Palmer. A change of plans doesn't mean we sacrifice quality. Lingerie @dujour_fashion_907; handcrafted Alaska made earrings from sea otter @beringseadesigns; premium skin and self-care @cloud9.dayspa; planner and styling @laboumeventsak; photo @chelsajay






High-end lingerie and foundation garments from @dujour_fashion_907 for your wedding day and wedding night. Soak in the individual private cabins tucked into the trees @meier_lake. Styling @laboumeventsak; photos @racheltweggsphotography




Bridal skin luminous and luxurious. Shop local for premium skin and self-care @cloud9.dayspa. Sea otter earrings from Juneau to add that Alaskan touch to your wedding wardrobe @beringseadesigns. Planner and styling @laboumeventsak; photo @racheltweggsphotography




Love the shower house @meier_lake. Modern design in a rustic natural environment. Photo @love_adventured








His! Get ready handsome. Alaska style. Styled by Steve Solari @meier_lake; Photo @chelsajay


Forests of birch, fire pits, cabins and water sports @Meier_Lake has everything for your man. Don't miss the 18-hole PDGA championship frisbee disc course that circles the property. Photo @love_adventured




Local handcrafted earrings for that uniquely Alaskan look. Carley Thayer is the creative maker behind the design. An Aleut from Unalaska, Alaska, she currently resides in Juneau. Inspired by the ocean and traditional practice of harvesting Sea Otter by her Alaska native ancestors, Carly began Bering Sea Designs. Traditional material meets modern design. She loves using mixed media to create unique pieces; like her current line of earrings, which use sea otter fur with bronze and copper accents. Carly is especially intrigued by the natural ombré of the sea otter fur, which she loves to highlight in her work. Earrings @beringseadesigns; photo @love_adventured

Handcrafted: to make skillfully by hand. Hand torn papers, ribbon hand-painted with care from dye made from local beets, and birch foraged by @laboumeventsak; Local tulips raised with care by @all_dahliad_up. #shoplocal Photo @love_adventured




Covid-19 has you changing plans? What if change was better than you originally planned? Alaska is open for business and doing what we can to keep people safe. Whether a local staycation or Alaska destination wedding, consider an elopement or a micro-wedding @meier_lake where accommodations are included. All-inclusive packages take the headache out of what has been a year of surprises. Invitation and styling @laboumeventsak; jewelry @bateaubridalboutique; photo @racheltweggsphotography




Kindly reply: social distancing, 6' apart but together? Skype in? What does your post-Covid-19 wedding invite look like for grandparents and immunocompromised guests? A wedding planner can assist you with thoughtful and safe solutions to minimize risk in our post-Covid-19 world. Planning, invite design and styling @laboumeventsak; jewelry @bateaubridalboutique; photo @love_adventured




Rustic Alaska details doesn't just have to be birch bark and moss, add surprising details like this foraged feather from local wild turkeys. Planning, invite design and styling @laboumeventsak; jewelry @bateaubridalboutique; photo @chelsajay



Locally sourced. #shoplocal is not just for pandemics. It is always good to know where your "stuff" comes from. Support local small businesses and you support dreamers and creatives, not big corporations. Planning, invite design and styling @laboumeventsak; jewelry and shoes @bateaubridalboutique; skin care @cloud9.dayspa; sea otter earrings @beringseadesigns; bridal face mask @playfulsoulphotography; photo @racheltweggsphotography







Pale champagne layers in this WTOO gown by Watters @wtoowatters is stunning against the natural Alaska landscape from @bateaubridalboutique. This rustic bridal bouquet includes forged greens, and local spring tulips from @all_dahliad_up; bride @ak_rachelsaldana; planner @laboumeventsak; photo @racheltweggsphotography





Stay cozy on cool Alaska summer evenings with this faux fur wrap and this flowing @wtoowatters gown from @bateaubridalboutique. Locally grown tulips from @all_dahliad_up are show stoppers in this nature-inspired spring bouquet by @laboumeventsak; bride @ak_rachelsaldana; photo @love_adventured




Joy. Light. Love. It was probably what you were imagining before Covid-19. Local Alaska creatives are here, ready to help you get back to that place of peace and love. Relax, and enjoy real genuine connections @meier_lake. Don't worry about planning, everything is taken care of with @laboumeventsak for summer 2020. Here is to everything you hoped for and more. WTOO wedding gown by @wtoowatters at local bridal shop @bateaubridalboutique; bride @ak_rachelsaldana; photo @chelsajay





During the design process, many clients show me these beautiful and popular images from the southwest. Desert landscapes. A teepee wedding arch. A cow skull. Dried pompous grass. It is all so pretty and now, but how do you take those images and create an authentic story that is true to the Alaska landscape where my clients are getting married? I tucked in a moose mount and caribou antlers. We used the A-frame arch from @meier_lake that replicates the mountain peaks in the Alaska Range just across the lake and foraged real Alaskan fresh and dried greens from ferns, devils club and reeds. Planning and design @laboumeventsak, florals @love_adventured; photo @racheltweggsphotography





Details and perspective. The caribou and moose antlers pop against the backdrop of the lodge at @meier_lake resort. Planning and styling @laboumeventsak; Florals and photos @love_adventured






Our bride Rachel, @ak_rachelsaldana is ethereal in the Alaska spring landscape. Love the soft, dusky natural light from this day in May. WTOO wedding gown by @wtoowatters from local bridal shop @bateaubridalboutique; bride @ak_rachelsaldana; planning and styling @laboumeventsak; florals @love_adventured; photo @chelsajay




Cocktail hour isn't just for cocktails! Enjoy local small-batch brewery @Bleeding_Heart_Brewery made from Alaskan ingredients. Styling and planning @laboumeventsak; photo @racheltweggsphotography



Showcase your favorite beers from your go-to Alaska micro brewery @Bleeding_Heart_Brewery. Personalize your beverage selection further by working with the guys from Bleeding Heart to make a fully custom beer just for you and your wedding guests. Venue @meier_lake; beer @bleeding_heart_brewery; smiles, planning and hand-painted bar menu @laboumeventsak; photos @chelsajay




Bring on the fun with summer cocktail hour and boating at @meier_lake; Floral piece and planning @laboumeventsak; photo @racheltweggsphotography




Relax by the fire and take in the Alaska outdoors @meier_lake; bridal bouquet and planning @laboumeventsak; photo @love_adventured


Weddings and water sports go together, like coffee and cream. Meant-for-each-other! Don't you just want to push off in this canoe at @meier_lake? Floral @love_adventured; planning @laboumeventsak; photo @chelsajay




While you play outside, the staff at @meier_lake are busy in the kitchen, stirring up a tasty, Alaska made menu. Planning @laboumeventsak, photo @chelsajay






Fresh ingredients start here. Celebrate with the best, locally sourced produce, meats, seafood and beers. All-inclusive venue and menu with @meier_lake; beer @bleeding_heart_brewery; planning @laboumevents; photo @love_adventured





Wedding reception with a view. Unique geometric chairs tucked into the trees with no one else around for a truly special dinner. Planning and design @laboumeventsak; venue and chairs @meier_lake; table linens @specialeventsalaska; Alaska tulips @all_dahliad_up; floral design @love_adventured; photos @chelsajay





Clear glass plates rest on freshly foraged birch bark sheets pressed into personalized chargers. Each guest place setting was given a little silver compote with a fiddlehead fern packed in moss. Planner and designer @laboumeventsak; venue @meier_lake; table linens @specialeventsalaska; Alaska tulips @all_dahliad_up; floral design @love_adventured; photos @chelsajay







Spring in Alaska means fiddlehead ferns and fresh cut tulips. Birch trees are the first to bloom and add green to a landscape that was recently all snow and ice. Planner and designer @laboumeventsak; venue @meier_lake; table linens @specialeventsalaska; Alaska tulips @all_dahliad_up; small-batch local beer @bleeding_heart_brewery; floral design and photo @love_adventured



Each place setting was given a little silver compote with a fiddlehead fern packed in moss. Alaska grown tulips take center stage in this spring centerpiece. Planner and designer @laboumeventsak; venue @meier_lake; table linens @specialeventsalaska; Alaska tulips @all_dahliad_up; floral design @love_adventured; photos @racheltweggsphotography



Hand torn menu cards were hand-painted with dye I made from beets I grew in my garden. Beautiful paper worthy of the amazing local Alaska produce and fresh seafood fare in an all-inclusive menu by @meier_lake; planning and paper designs @laboumeventsak; mustard napkins @specialeventsalaska; Alaska tulips @all_dahliad_up; photo @chelsajay




How do you create a truly personal wedding that is a reflection of you and your love? By working with local creatives who create handcrafted designs. By working from a place of relationship, and getting to know you, local creatives can make items specifically for you, that reflect your tastes, and your hobbies. Designer @laboumeventsak; table linens @specialeventsalaska; Alaska tulips @all_dahliad_up; photo @love_adventured





Required hand washing stations can be beautiful and easily incorporated into your wedding reception. Stay safe. Venue and styling by @meier_lake; Alaska tulips @all_dahliad_up; photo @racheltweggsphotography





No compromise here! Toast to love with @bleeding_heart_brewery. Relax with friends @meier_lake. Stay safe and wash your hands often, even at your wedding. Bride @ak_rachelsaldana; wedding gown by @wtoowatters from local bridal shop @bateaubridalboutique; planning @laboumeventsak; florals @love_adventured; Alaska tulips @all_dahliad_up; photos @chelsajay




Our bride Rachel is stunningly refreshed and relaxed at this lakeside dinner reception at @meier_lake; Bride @ak_rachelsaldana; wedding gown by @wtoowatters from local bridal shop @bateaubridalboutique; planning @laboumeventsak; florals @love_adventured; photo @racheltweggsphotography







One of my all time favorite table settings. A unique combination of navy with mustard and dusty rose with natural accents of fur, birch bark, ferns and rustic metals. Planning and design @laboumeventsak; venue and hand washing station @meier_lake; table linens @specialeventsak; Alaska tulips @all_dahliad_up; local beer @bleeding_heart_brewery; florals and photos @love_adventured






Savor! A bite of wedding cake and a breath of fresh air @meier_lake. Cake @midnightsuncakery; planning @laboumeventsak; table linens @specialeventsalaska; floral @love_adventured; Alaska tulips @all_dahliad_up; photo @racheltweggsphotography





Wedding cake at the water's edge @meier_lake; Cake @midnightsuncakery; planning @laboumeventsak; table linens @specialeventsalaska; Alaska tulips @all_dahliad_up; florals and photo @love_adventured




Alaska weddings are at their finest not just because of the beautiful styling, but because of the splendor and simplicity of enjoying quality pleasures in nature. Wedding cake @midnightsuncakery; venue @meier_lake; planning @laboumeventsak; table linens @specialeventsalaska; photo @chelsajay



After your reception, relax by the shore with coffee service and a camp fire. Get cozy with simple pleasures in nature. Venue and coffee service @meier_lake; planning and styling @laboumevents; photo @chelsajay



Hand-painted "just married" design for your get away vehicle. Blooming fireweed gives that beautiful Alaskan touch. Car window design from Star Dust Designs; cabins @meier_lake; photo @love_adventured



Make your get away! Love the little details: leather and wood grain, landscape reflections, and a hand-painted message by Star Dust Dezignz. Photo @chelsajay




Flowers aren't just for bouquets - a hand-painted get away car from Star Dust Dezignz and floral applique on this gorgeous wedding gown by @wtoowatters from local bridal shop @bateaubridalboutique hit the perfect note; bride @ak_rachelsaldana; planning and bridal bouquet @laboumeventsak; photo @racheltweggsphotography






An outdoor summer wedding in 2020 is calling. A host of creatives and makers are here waiting to make your special day a beautiful experience. Pandemic be damned.

Planning and bridal bouquet @laboumeventsak; venue @meier_lake; photos @racheltweggsphotography









CREATIVE CONTRIBUTORS

Planner & Designer: Rebecca Kopperud with La Boum Events @laboumeventsak

Venue: Meier Lake Lodge @meier_lake

Photographers:

Rachel Tweggs Photography @racheltweggsphotography

Love Adventured @love_adventured

Chelsa J Photography @chelsajay

Floral Design: Amber Lanphier @ladylanphier with Love Adventured and Rebecca Kopperud with La Boum Events @laboumeventsak

Bridal Attire: Bateau Bridal Boutique @bateaubridalboutique

Model: Rachel Saldana @ak_rachelsaldana

Men's Styling: Steve Solari with Meier Lake Lodge @meier_lake

Wedding Cake: Midnight Sun Cakery @midnightsuncakery

Table Linens: Special Events Alaska @specialeventsalaska

Rentals: La Boum Events @laboumeventsak

Local Beers: Bleeding Heart Brewery @bleeding_heart_brewery

Local Alaska Tulips: All Dahlia'd Up Flower Farm @all_dahliad_up

Lingerie: DuJour Fashion @dujour_fashion_907

Beauty Products: Cloud 9 Day Spa @cloud9.dayspa

Locally Made Earrings: Bering Sea Designs @beringseadesigns

Bridal Face Mask: Playful Souls Photography @playfulsoulphotography

Car Window Art: Star Dust Dezignz




I hope I have inspired you to stay local or have a lovely Alaska destination wedding or special event in 2020. 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 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 .




Photo credit: Chelsa J Photography

MEET 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 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.


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