What do you get when two Arkansas-based high school sweethearts decide to go big for the most special day of their lives? Well, an epic Alaskan elopement is what you get.
Hailey and Cameron originally set their hearts on Eklutna Lake as their ceremony site, but when unexpected heavy rainfall lead to flooding the week of their wedding, they quickly changed plans and ended up saying "I do" in Hatcher Pass. Their ceremony was followed by heli-hopping from a glacial lake, to a hanging glacier, to a glacial ice wall. It was a day filled with all the beauty Alaska has to offer. All they asked for with their flowers? That they were Alaskan-grown and popped against the stunning landscapes they'd be adventuring through.
Hailey felt strongly about her bouquet being filled with blooms that would reflect the time of year and the location of their wedding. Essentially, the focus became highlighting the best Alaska had to offer. I sourced blooms from a variety of local farms in the days leading up to their celebration and aimed to mix unique focal flowers with textural blooms to really capture the essence of late-summer/early fall in Southcentral Alaska. I loved creating Hailey's whimsical hairpiece as well, which was designed to be worn both with or without her veil.
Cameron's boutonniere was more floral-forward. We opted for a lavender scabiosa accented by sedum, sweet pea, and catmint. Love a groom who is not afraid of color!
While Hailey and Cameron did technically elope, they brought a couple of their most beloved people with them to Alaska.
Hailey was able to take a moment during her special first look with her father to gift him with a boutonniere that matched Cameron's.
Not to be overlooked, Hailey's mom wore a keepsake cuff adorned with flowers that perfectly coordinated with Hailey's bouquet.
We love how these small accents can be used to bring family into the narrative of the day, reiterating the point that flowers really do have a way of weaving a story together.
Grounded floral installations make so much sense when set against stunning vistas like the ones at Hatcher Pass. The florals added a vibrant pop behind Hailey and Cameron as they exchanges vows, but appeared to be naturally growing out of the ground, leaving their views unobstructed. Did I mention the peaks surrounding them had been dusted with the first snow of the season the night before?
I ended up foraging fireweed stalks off the side of the road on the drive up to Hatcher and was tickled to integrate it into their ceremony designs. Not only did it add dramatic height to the installation, but the tones in the foliage seamlessly tied into the autumn colors of the tundra that was beginning to transform, covering the valley behind them.