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Local Alaskan Bridal Trends ’11: Engagement Parties!

Posted on: June 3rd, 2011 by admin No Comments

If you have checked out Wedding Guide Alaska’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter, you already know that Wedding Guide Alaska is featuring a local Alaskan couple, Jonathan & Sara.   So before we get into Wedding Guide Alaska‘s favorite new trend, we just HAVE to tell you about Vanessa

Wedding Guide Alaska loves a beautiful couple’s engagement photo shoot, but there comes a time when you just have to recognize that the photographer is phenomenal!  Jon & Sara’s engagement session with Vanessa Powell of A Thousand Words Photography absolutely proved this.  We just can’t rave enough about how incredible Vanessa’s work is, how much fun she is to be around, and the extreme talent that her photography boasts.  If you have never heard of Vanessa Powell, you truly won’t want to miss out on seeing her artistic flare, whether you are interested in wedding photography, family photos, event photography, or graduation pictures!  Click here to see her fabulous blog…

We are also in love with Alaska’s latest “Engagement Party” trend!  A local floral and event design studio, Works of Art Flowers, has already participated in two local, Alaskan engagement parties in the last month alone!  What does that say for Alaska?  Brides-to-Be need ideas for their engagement party and Wedding Guide Alaska is here to provide just that!!  Check out the details from Jon & Sara’s Engagement Party below ~


Wedding Date: June 11, 2011
Engagement Party: May 15, 2011

The Engagement Party!

Design: Wedding Guide Alaska; Theme: Vintage-Glam; Colors: fuchsia, chartreuse, black, white, damask accents.
Venue: Bayshore Clubhouse
Photographer: Vanessa Powell, A Thousand Words Photography
Flowers: Works of Art Flowers
Cake (Cupcakes!): Cupcake Delight (flavors: chocolate mocha with fudge filling & lemon coconut with lemon curd filling)
DJ: David Brown, Peak Entertainment
Guest Entertainment~PHOTOBOOTH: Alaska Photobooth Company

The engagement party turned out beautifully!  Here are a few ideas for YOUR party details…

The best guestbook ever! Photo by Vanessa Powell.

Looking for more local Alaskan wedding and engagement ideas??  Check back on Wedding Guide Alaska‘s wedding, engagement, and favorite local Do-It-Yourself blog every week (and email me!)!

I Have the Power!! To Organize Our DIY Alaskan Wedding ~

Posted on: March 23rd, 2011 by admin No Comments

In my last post I mentioned that we are putting our Wedding Workbook to good use.  It was a life-saver when Jon and I went to check out venues for our ceremony and for our engagement party.  Here’s why ~

I am a bit of a perfectionist.  I love organization.  Whenever I get too stressed, I begin cleaning and putting things away, getting rid of junk and organizing my desk, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom…nothing is off limits to become orderly.  So, being a rather organized person myself, it would seem that I should be all put together, right?  Wrong…

When I begin interviews with vendors that I need to make my wedding perfect, I begin to stress and I forget half my questions.  Fortunately, the wedding workbook that Jon and I chose has all the questions written down and all I have to do is write the answers in the spaces given on the worksheet.  I won’t have to find my note pad(s) later and try to remember where I scribbled all my notes.  It’s truly brilliant!

I used the venues worksheets 1st because our whole wedding design depends on our venue.

We decided on a country-vintage wedding theme and Alaska Heavenly Lodge is our PERFECT small wedding ceremony and reception site.  We’ve also decided to forget the traditional idea of wedding colors.  Instead, we are keeping browns and neutrals dominant with splashes of color in flowers and decor.  I am wearing pearls with little diamonds for earrings and necklace and we’re encouraging everyone to dress to our theme.  I love the idea of a mis-matched vintage-y wedding that is all our own!

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Workin’, Workin’, Workin’ at Planning Our Wedding!

Posted on: March 18th, 2011 by admin 2 Comments

This has been quite the adventurous year for me!  I’ve quit a 6-year job as a paralegal, moved up to Alaska, and now I’m engaged and planning a wedding, IN 3 MONTHS!!  June 11th is our date…just finished up contract negotiations today!  Jon and I are beyond thrilled to be having our wedding ceremony and reception on June 11th in Cooper’s Landing, at the Alaska Heavenly Lodge!  It’s the perfect spot for a gorgeous Alaskan, almost-summer wedding.  Katy and Brian are our newest favorite people.  They are SOOO awesome!!  Check out the Heavenly’s website! Here are a few pictures from a wedding held at Heavenly last year:

Jon and I have decided not to elope (my suggestion!) and have compromised on having a small wedding with just our close friends and family.  Because of that, Amber, owner of Wedding Guide Alaska, has been busy with Elizabeth, creative designer and rep for Wedding Guide Alaska, planning an engagement party in Anchorage on May 15th.  What’s the theme?  Peacock!  It is going to be fantastic!  They are setting it up wedding reception-style so that all our friends (Jon has lived in Anchorage his whole life) are able to come and celebrate with us!

After touring a few places in Anchorage, we decided to have the engagement party at the Bayshore Clubhouse.  We made this decision once we realized that the kitchen is huge, tables and chairs are included, we have deck access, can bring in our own alcohol and caterer, and the dance floor is already set up.  It’s a beautiful venue and Cherie is fabulous to work with!  Check out Bayshore Clubhouse…

I also just chatted with Coral Howe, owner of Alaska Photobooth Company, and guess what??!!  We’re having a photobooth at our engagement party!  I am THRILLED about this because it is the BEST entertainment and makes the perfect guest book!

We are also putting our Wedding Workbook to good use.  It was a life-saver when we went to check out venues for the ceremony and for the engagement party because I didn’t forget any of the questions I needed to ask and everything went more smoothly.  Plus, since I can write right in the Workbook, I don’t have to figure out where I scribbled my notes.  Makes for much less stress!

I am extremely happy that everything is working out so well!

An Alaskan Wedding Of Our Own!

Posted on: March 10th, 2011 by admin No Comments

In case you haven’t noticed, we here at Wedding Guide Alaska, well, we LOVE weddings! Oh the joy we get from the big dresses, endless color combos, gorgeous bouquets, fantastic cakes, and everything everything everything weddings! It is our absolute pleasure to help Alaskan brides plan their day to perfection. Really, it’s the best job ever!

So you can imagine how ecstatic we are that our very own Project Manager/Marketing Specialist, Sara Gaines, is engaged! And you know what that means? Move over Sara–we’ve got this one! As far as we’re concerned, she doesn’t have much of a say in her wedding plans! Of course we’re teasing, but we are very happy that Sara is going to let us be involved in the entire planning process, and it will be featured right here on this blog.

This wedding may be a bit of a challenge, and a bit stressful because we only have three months to plan, but we are sure with all of our heads together, it’s going to be amazing! Congratulations Sara and Jon and happy planning!!!