This post has been delayed because I foolishly forgot my camera charger in Alaska. Upon finding out about my mishap, Kaylee purchased a new one and sent it to me as a gift. Gestures like this, so kind and thoughtful, come often when you’re Kaylee’s friend — when she found out that my current employer didn’t serve coffee in the office, she sent me a care package with two bags of heavenly Kaladi Bros beans for a little taste of home. She is that kind of friend.
I first met Kaylee while working as an earnest but enthusiastic coordinator at the agency. I was put on what was and still is my favorite account with her as my manager and after showing her I wasn’t a complete moron, she relinquished control and started delegating tasks to me. This gal is a super star I’m telling you. She has immense drive and passion, a killer wit and big heart – she taught me to understand the Stephen Hawking saying, “Quiet people have the loudest minds.” because of her brilliant comments that come when you least expect it. From her I learned to listen, really listen to those around me, especially those with more experience. I also learned that putting in 12+ hour days isn’t so bad when you love what you do and who you work with. We shared many lunch breaks and late nights at the office during my first year and I am so happy to say that oddly, that’s where our friendship truly blossomed. Well, there and on the mud volleyball court.
Kaylee was never one to overshare details of her personal life (quiet mouth, like I said) so when she began talking about Chris, I could tell it was serious. Then one day I overheard her say, “that’s the man I’m going to marry…” when someone had asked about him and we all got nervous – at the time Chris was living and working in California. Luckily he let us keep our Kaylee and moved home to Alaska. I don’t remember the first time I met Chris but I do remember that we kicked it off like two peas in a pod. Like myself, he loves Kaylee, good beer and appreciates a clever costume – in fact, the first year that they attended my family’s annual Halloween party, his 6’7” frame came dresses as a homemade totem pole. Yes, you read that correctly: homemade.
These two are the most laid-back, easy-going couple around – unless you’re trying to adventure with them, please reference the kayaking incident on my previous post. So it came as no surprise that their wedding prep was relaxed and stress-free. The big day was held at Raven Glacier Lodge in Girdwood – the venue is completely surrounded by forest with a creek running through it, the ceremony was held in-front of a pond and reception took place under a large a-frame covered deck. It felt totally rustic Alaskan. The woman who runs the joint, Cathy, is real trip. Perfectly frazzled, she exuded enthusiasm and love and you could tell she felt honored to be apart of the day. Her kitchen was magical and messy (just how it should be) and she catered the entire 120+ person dinner, wedding cake included.
All of the decor and details were were dreamed up by Kaylee and her sister Madisyn – complete with a production binder. For those that haven’t worked at the agency, we use these to organize commercial shoots including a shot and prop list, script, cast and crew contact information, etc. It’s only fitting that Kaylee (project manager extraordinaire) used this tool to organize her wedding.
I can’t speak for the gentlemen but our morning was spent setting up, sipping mimosas and chatting between hair and make-up sessions. Harper, Madisyn’s beauty of a daughter and part-time flower girl, provided some entertainment and make-up tricks and tips.
All of the bridesmaids agreed that Kaylee looked Victoria’s-Secret-model-hot, a bombshell bride that was stunning with her wildflower crown perfectly tying together the intimate and enchanted wedding. The ceremony was short and sweet, conducted by their dear friend and fellow mud volleyball teammate, Adam. After about 5 minutes (seriously) of group photos, they announced the bridal party, Cathy served dinner and opened the dance floor. You could feel the love and joy from all attendees – if it wasn’t apparent on the dance floor, it was by the long line of friends and family who wished to give speeches. At one point, an family member who shall remain nameless, was told to “wrap it up” because his advice for the newlyweds was a bit long-winded. I loved every minute.
Best of all, they had a photo-booth. #devineidos