Moody and Flower Filled Alaska Elopement Inspiration Shoot

December 18, 2023 | justine

Elopements can sometimes be a bit like déjà vu–they all start to feel the same. That’s why this team of talented vendors (including Junebug member and planner AKhappenings) decided to shake things up. They were on a mission to crank up the excitement and dive headfirst into luxury on their big day. Picture this: elegance and sophistication dripping from every detail—lush floral displays, tables intricately designed, and all the magical in-betweens. But here’s the kicker. It’s not your typical elopement scene. This Alaska elopement inspiration was all about ditching the ordinary, turning up the glam, and throwing a celebration that shouts, “We’re doing things our way!”

Imagine a stunning scene with majestic mountains as the backdrop and floral pillars elegantly framing the altar for a romantic waterside ceremony. And that’s just the beginning. The real showstopper was the enchanting reception for two, stealing the spotlight. A tablescape adorned with gorgeous white blooms transformed the space into an elegantly captivating setting. To top it off, those same floral pillars gracefully encircled the entire setup, adding an extra touch of sophistication.

If you and your partner have ever envisioned an elegant and timeless celebration set against the backdrop of nature’s beauty, this is the ultimate inspiration for you. Keep scrolling because Theresa McDonald beautifully captured every well-thought-of detail.

How The Vendors Embraced Unpredictable Weather For This Alaska Elopement Inspiration Shoot 

Alaska’s unpredictable weather introduced a twist to our plans. On the shoot day, 50mph winds posed challenges for our floral pillars and decor. This led us to quickly pivot to an alternate location, offering more shelter from the elements. As the rain poured down, we embraced it, creating the perfect moody atmosphere. Ultimately, our styled shoot was a testament to the beauty of embracing the unpredictable in Alaska. It showed that elopements can be unique, elegant, and authentic, celebrating nature and the love shared between couples.

Why Choosing A Real Life Couple Was Important To Bringing This Shoot to Life

To breathe life into our vision, we knew we needed a real couple who could authentically portray the depth of love. Jenna and Chase, who are deeply in love and have been married for many years, were the perfect match. They weren’t afraid to show their affectionate connection in front of the camera, which added a genuine touch to our shoot.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Theresa McDonald
Event Planning – AKhappenings
Floral Design – Shea’s Wildflower Company
Cookies – Cierra’s Cookiery
Cake – Alaska Wedding Cake Boutique
Videography – Josh Vasaar Films
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Vibe Artistry
Groom’s Apparel – Anderson’s Bride
Rentals – Raw and Golden Rentals


Congratulations to the talented team for putting together and successfully pulling off this moody and flower-filled Alaska Elopement inspiration shoot. Huge thanks to Theresa McDonald for capturing every stunning detail, and a special shout out to Junebug member AKhappenings for planning the entire thing. To see more weddings they’ve designed, check out their profile in our directory of the best wedding planners from around the world.

Be it a scenic mountain top, a quiet beach, or a charming city setting, the perfect location can lay the foundation for a truly memorable celebration. When it’s just the two of you, you have the freedom to craft an experience entirely personalized to your love and commitment. Need help figuring out how to begin? Explore our elopement planning and budget guides—valuable resources for your path to “I do.”

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