Getting hitched – in Alaska

Leah, my youngest sister, got married in Alaska on August 20th.  To break-up the nearly 18-hour journey to the location of the wedding, we stopped in Chicago on the way there for a couple of days.  (I think we were tied for furthest distance traveled – 4,600 miles one way – with Lee’s aunt and uncle from Maryland.)  Once we landed in Anchorage, we drove about an hour to Girdwood, which is the ski town where Leah and Lee live.  I was able to hike up the mountain with my sisters, which was great.  On the way to Seward in the Kenai peninsula, we stopped by a conservation, where we saw moose, reindeer and a bear.  Seward is a coastal town – Jordan was able to go kayaking with my cousins and aunts and uncles.  The weather in Seward is usually 55 and rainy, but Leah and Lee (who had a beautiful outdoor ceremony and reception) totally lucked out with the only day that was sunny with no rain!  Here’s a hodge podge of pictures from the trip:

WEDDING DAY

The girls getting ready before the wedding - isn't my niece Mackenzie (10 mo old) so adorable!?!  She is also wearing Natalie's dress from her first bday!  LOVE!

The girls getting ready before the wedding – isn’t my niece Mackenzie (10 mo old) so adorable!?! She is also wearing Natalie’s dress from her first bday! LOVE!

Maybe L&L's future in 6 years?!?

Maybe L&L’s future in 6 years?!?

The bride's side of the wedding party

The bride’s side of the wedding party

The under-6 wedding party - LOVE!

The under-6 wedding party – LOVE!

E-man has been on an anti-picture streak, but he did have a good time!

E-man has been on an anti-picture streak, but he did have a good time!

Isn't my mom the most fashionable Alaskan mother-of-the-bride?  Can you believe my dad helped her pick out those trendy boots?

Isn’t my mom the most fashionable Alaskan mother-of-the-bride? Can you believe my dad helped her pick out those trendy boots?

 

Here are some more pictures from the week….

Nat is such a great big cousin!

Nat is such a great big cousin!

Girdwood Mt - Mom post-hike, Kids post-tram

Girdwood Mt – Mom post-hike, Kids post-tram

Rehearsal dinner - tailgate style

Rehearsal dinner – tailgate style

Best godfather (and wife) at the tailgate rehearsal!

Best godfather (and wife) at the tailgate rehearsal!

Cousin time! (Nat = 5.5, Trev = 4.5, Elliott = 3.5)

Cousin time! (Nat = 5.5, Trev = 4.5, Elliott = 3.5)

My strong (and cute) glacier hikers!

My strong (and cute) glacier hikers!

As you can see, Alaska is a beautiful adventure!  So happy to have been able to share it with Jordan, Natalie, Elliott and our family – especially Trevor, Cameron and Mackenzie – it was so fun for the next generation of cousins to spend so much time together.  (And it sometimes gave us adults a few minutes of reprieve!)

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