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Andrea + Jack: Married!

Oh, Alaska.

I met Jack and Andrea at my very first i-didn’t-have-to-beg-for-the-job wedding (I can’t believe that was only last year – so much has happened since!). Some of you may know Mrs. Tulip from WeddingBee? Well Andrea is Mr. Tulip’s sister. And when I met her, and she told me that she was in love and living in Alaska,  not so deep down inside I really hoped she called me when wedding bells came a ringin’. But NOT just because she lives in the foothills of Mt. McKinley, which I can finally confirm is the most amazing place I’ve ever seen in my life, but because from the moment I met her, I was so deeply struck by the open and deep sincerity she beams in her easy smile. And I was further struck by the sincerity of Jack and Andrea’s love for each other. I took a picture of them looking at each other fondly at Tara and Ed’s wedding. Whenever I went through the photos, I found this simple photo always striking. It always made me pause and smile at the love they so obviously share.

I often find myself lucky enough to shoot weddings all around the world, often my couples are of those places. This was a wedding in Alaska at it’s finest. For a state inhabited by less than 630,000 people, the whole vast and beautiful state is a small town. The sun doesn’t set until 11:30 pm, and then it’s merely dusk until 4:30am. Andrea mentioned she fully expected people to arrive with their side arms, that the reception would be nothing more than hanging out – no toasts, no dancing, just chillin’, catching up with neighbors, and enjoying the amazing weather. A little girl even brought her fishing pole, and people sat on picnic tables and talked about camping. I also have never seen so many injured wedding guests in my life – even Andrea had tore her ACL the week prior in a skiing accident and was wearing a pretty insane knee brace under her wedding dress. But it ain’t no thang. It’s Alaska, and we are in the wild. And in Talkeetna, most people live off the grid, and a lot of people don’t even have running water. It’s a remarkable place where everybody knows everybody – to the point that people driving by saw the tents set up for the party and stopped to see who had gotten hitched and what time they should come by. Hell – I even picked up a hitchhiker – the day of the wedding! When I asked about the schedule and about what time things would be wrapping up, I was told that since the sun takes its sweet time going down, things just kind of end whenever. Dinner was ribs and salmon (ah-hem. best ribs ever!!). I had dinner at Andrea and Jacks amazing house the night before and ate fern sprouts they picked from the river side. Amazing. Oh, and Alaskan salmon is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Also, King Crab legs. I love food.

Having a little free time to myself the day before I decided to take a small plane up to the base camp on Mt. McKinley. Unfortunately it was cloudy and a fog sat over the camp, making it impossible to land. So we detoured our way over to Ruth Glacier, to my surprise – that’s where the wedding was supposed to be! And in that light, the first few images here are from that trip. It was cloudy that day – the wedding day was a cloudless sky. It looks amazingly unbelievable either way. And I have to tell you it’s REALLY hard to tell how big everything is, but just know that every mountain, cliff, snow capped peak is miles away in the background.

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The first thing I thought was… ummm… why am I doing this??? I am TERRIFIED of heights!! Like, trying really hard not to pee in my pants, can’t breathe, can’t move until it’s over terrified. I didn’t think about this until I was on the plane, and there was a considerable amount of jostling, in my opinion. But I forced myself to relax, thinking, if the plane crashes, there’s just nothing I can do. So just relax. RELAX!! But the best thing for it was when something like this caught my eye, and for a moment I was floating forever with no thought of the ground 2 miles below.andrea and jackandrea and jackandrea and jack

And a quick self portrait. That mountain is about a mile away from me. Insane. (please forgive the dust bunnies!)

The ground was so white that I didn’t even realize that we lifted off until I looked out the window.

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In the copilot seat!! My fear provoked many thoughts of preparing myself if the pilot has an unexpected aneurism. I kept looking for possible runways – cause I would know what to do (shakes head at self).

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The bride arrives! Now, I am a shallowest depth of field kind of gal, but even shooting at 50 iso, 8000th of a second, I still had to shoot at f/8.

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Since you can’t really bring supplies to the glacier, you just kind of land there and stand somewhere, so there’s no aisle, no runner, no altar. Just people. It doesn’t get simpler than that. SO beautiful.

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Suddenly over our push to talk headphones we heard some people singing “Goww-ing to the Gla-cier and we’re — Gonna get ma-a-arried.” Andrea got a kick out of it.

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When I get the film, there’ll be more to come!!

They were custom made by friends of the couple!


I loved the two rings…could you tell me the brand of them?

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What a wonderful and romantic shoot!

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um….AMAZING??!!! Wow, that’s the most entertaining wedding blog post I’ve ever read. I love it!


I especially like the B&W where Jack has his eyes closed. Jack – I have never seen you look so happy and content.

this might be the most AMAZING shoot I have ever seen! GORGEOUS images, the location is pure ONE in a MILLION!!!!

Michelle and Aaron

These are so beautiful! Your love for each other is so clear and your hapiness shines through! I cant wait to see you soon!

Seriously, this raised the bar, Punam. You are so remarkable. Truly: well done.

Beautiful Punam! What a coooooll wedding! Great job capturing a happy couple as always!

Oh my. These are fantastic and moving. I loved the two ring shots and was taken back by the couple walking away from the camera toward the range. Amazing. You’ve got an incredible story here. Share it!

dear friend,
you inspire me. these are beyond-words breathtaking. SO overjoyed you got to experience this amazingly unique wedding and couple!

beautiful Punam… not only are these photos breathtaking but you my friend have a gift for sharing your heart with the world… I feel so blessed to have you as a friend and to spend some time with you in Seattle this week. you are one of those rare souls that makes life richer… much richer. xoxox, Sarah

You rock like NO ONE else Punam! Seriously… A GLACIER?! I don’t mean to get all technical but MAD PROPS on your exposure… shooting in the snow is not an easy task…. and you did a PHENOMENAL job! Miss you friend…


Punam—these photos are exquisite perfection! You NEVER cease to amaze and inspire me! I am in AWE! Your pictures left me breathless and moved me to tears! The pictures of this wedding are so unique and spectacular that they seem unreal–except they aren’t! 10 thumbs up!!!


Forget Brooklyn I am getting married in Alaska! Punam these photos are amazing- my bridesmaid dresses are the same, hope they look as good at BAM! See you in a couple weeks.

Wonderful.. I always wanted to fly on top of a Glacier and always wondered about weddings on Glaciers.. You did an amazing job Punam

WHAT A FREAKING AMAZING WEDDING! That’s such an awesome experience and such an amazing location for a wedding. Wow! Great, great photos!

Gabriel Mora

Simply AWESOME! Breathtaking views! Professionals like you brings the difference between mere pictures and these PHOTOGRAPHS!

OMG….. I never saw such an unusual location for Wedding…..WoW!!!!! You are lucky to travel a lot and capture love in amazing places on planet! Breathtaking photographs! Love your self-portrait :-)

Wow, Punam – these are gorgeous! What a backdrop for their wedding!

WOW! Your photos are amazingly beautiful! You are so lucky to have shot a wedding in Alaska. It looks like a wonderful place! Kudos to you! You just earned another fan! :)

Punam, they’re gorgeous!! Ed says even though he was there, he had no idea the photos would turn out so beautifully…. (And he hopes you get your camera back soon.)

So stunning! You are a truly talented lady. I wish I could have been there to lug your gear around for you! I feel sure, however, that Alaska will lure you back again someday!

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Alaska is absolutely the most incredible place I’ve ever visited. I loved all the people, the incredible scenery, the relaxed attitude and the connection to the earth day to day life has. These images are breathtaking.

Wow. Just wow. The amazingness of that wedding and its surroundins was unreal…and the way you captured it was fantastic. I love that the simplicity of the wedding was reflected in your photography, what seamless execution!

WOW!! amazing images and what an incredible wedding!

pardon this for a first comment on this blog… but, un-freakin-real. i got tears in my eyes… at the shots of the mountains. breathless halfway through. what an adventure, and what beautiful captures…

WOW! Punam you did an outstanding job! These pictures show the perfectly beautiful simplicity of this wedding!

Lovely photographs, what a great idea. I particularly like the ring shots I would have to say. The rings look like something you would find elvish writing on.

Wow these are just amazing!!

WOWzers! What an amazing story! The images are so immediate, and the landscapes are breathtaking!!

oh. my. word.

i’m telling everybody about this. absolutely incredible.

So very very amazing.

Oh my goodness, there are no words! Such a phenomenal opportunity! An amazing wedding and equally amazing images of it all!

I’m so glad they chose you Punam. These are just so real and so beautiful. They are just beyond words. No one else could have captured this like you did. Congratulations on another spectacular wedding, captured magnificently.

Oh the places you go!!

Wow… what a backdrop!! These are all incredible!

Amazing! That is one heck of a unique wedding :)

These images are out of control – they’re so beautiful, I feel like I’m there. What a blessing to be able to see the world and enjoy love at its finest moment

Awesome adventure Punam. Great wedding.

Absolutely stunning, just as I expected it would be. As soon as Tara posted on her personal blog and said you were shooting this wedding in Alaska I started stalking your site waiting for pictures, and they do not disappoint!


oh my cannoli! stunning! these shots are gorgeous! beautiful job–as always.

You captured the day beautifully! I love the shadow of the plane and the shot of the bride and groom walking away kissing.

Punam these are just lovely! what a wonderful wedding!!


Oh man… the rings on the leaves… amazing. Tons of great shots, here. Looks like a great wedding!

Punam these are so awesome. What a great idea for a wedding and so wonderful for you to be able to capture it. Just awesome. I adore the ring shot!

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