Michaela + Geoff's Anchorage Wedding

Sometimes I find that the weddings that mean the most to me, are the hardest to write about. It was such an honor photographing Michaela and Geoff’s wedding for so many reasons. I’ve known them for eight years, and even lived with them for a hot minute in a house that smelled like mold and delicious food. Geoff showed me what it is like to dance with someone who knows how to lead, and Michaela once showed up to a bar with a ziplock bag full of coins and wadded-up dollar bills labeled “Book Order Money”. (Don’t worry! She’d written a check for her students’ books!)

Their day was full of little details that makes them so them. Michaela’s ring was in a little woven basket that Geoff picked up in their travels. Michaela's sister masterfully tucked Forget-Me-Nots into her bouquet for her “something blue” and a nod to Alaska. They had their first look on the bridge at Campbell Airstrip where they first met, and Geoff flapped his arms behind him the entire time Michaela was walking up to him, saying “Is she there yet? Can I touch her yet? How about now? Is she there yet?” (Talk about joy and being so ready for marriage!)

Friends and family from all over the world traveled to Alaska to see Geoff and Michaela marry at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. The ceremony was short, but there were still plenty of tears from almost everyone (myself included). The dancing was wild, skillful, and perfect thanks to a mix of bluegrass, 90’s pop, an impromptu limbo, and free-flowing booze— and of course, our friends Maggie and Scott showed off their “Dirty Dancing” lift. (Keep scrolling for that goodness!) The toasts were amazing and heartfelt— seriously, Michaela’s friend shared a poem she wrote that was one of the best I’ve ever heard, and it wasn’t even because she managed to rhyme about Geoff accidentally killing chickens (though that helped!)

I’m so excited for these two and the lifetime of adventures they have before them. I will avoid getting any sappier and, thankfully, let the pictures speak for themselves. Love you guys!

 
 
 
 
  This was the sweetest bridesmaid gift I've seen. Michaela gave her sisters, Alyssa and Malia, each a necklace with their married names on one side and their maiden names on the other. The Struck name may be ending, she said, but you can still wear it close to your heart.

This was the sweetest bridesmaid gift I've seen. Michaela gave her sisters, Alyssa and Malia, each a necklace with their married names on one side and their maiden names on the other. The Struck name may be ending, she said, but you can still wear it close to your heart.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  This lovebug borrowed a camera from another wedding guest and became my impromptu second shooter. I liked his style and confidence... after every shot he'd show his subject the picture and say "PERFECT!"

This lovebug borrowed a camera from another wedding guest and became my impromptu second shooter. I liked his style and confidence... after every shot he'd show his subject the picture and say "PERFECT!"

 
  I'm going to embarrass Geoff for a second... he said that when they first met and they were working as summer camp counselors, his favorite part of the day was following Michaela on the trail and staring at her butt. Looks like he is still doing it. ;)

I'm going to embarrass Geoff for a second... he said that when they first met and they were working as summer camp counselors, his favorite part of the day was following Michaela on the trail and staring at her butt. Looks like he is still doing it. ;)

 
 

Vendors:
Caterer:
Master's Catering
Florist: Alyssa Masuda and Cathy Clay
Cake:: Dino's Donuts
Makeup/Hair: Ashley Houston @ ASH Salon
Bride's Dress Designer:: Ti Adora from Bateau Bridal Boutique
Groom's Attire:: Custom-made by a tailor in Honduras