Thursday, June 30, 2011

Andy and Beatrice

Have you ever met one of those couples that you can’t help but feel a twinge of envy because their personalities are so insanely contagious they radiate pure fun where ever they go? That would be Andy and Beatrice.

I met Andy four years ago after he had transferred from Eagle Crest in Juneau to work for Alyeska’s ski patrol. I had returned late January after a little S. American sabbatical to find our record December snowfall had turned into a solid month of below zero temps. Needless to say morale was low. Andy’s enthusiasm was unique and over the next few months he had inspired our rather gloomy team to plan a giant end of the season party called Patrol Olympics. I don’t think any of us really knew what he was talking about, but as each of us stuffed beers into our pockets, jumped onto the chair lift, and followed him through the most ridiculous race course you’ve ever seen, Andy had somehow become everyone’s favorite patroller.

Bea was a bonus! I met her this same winter and was immediately impressed with her ease and wit. Any girl who can snap off a few jokes and then jump onto the Sitzmark dance floor to let Andy swing her around like a little rag doll is pretty special in my book. It’s been fun to get to know these two over the years, and just love the energy they share with everyone.

I was honored to have the opportunity to photograph their wedding this last weekend in their home town of Juneau. This would mark my first visit to Alaska’s capital and my first visit to Southeast. Wow!!! I can’t believe I have never made the journey. What a perfect place... a fun hip city with giant mountains coming straight out of the water, and abundant sealife and nightlife everywhere. And of course Andy and Bea’s friends and family are just like them; generous, stoked on life, and love to party!

Congratulations Andy and Bea!

There's so much more adventure yet to come.


Nicki Vedenoja said...

Soooo amazing.. I see this first one must be the one you told me about them dancing. So rad. I love all the weird ass spots chosen to get the wedding party pics. So perfectly Andy and Bea, and so perfectly Juneau.

I had a great time... so great in fact that I now have pink eye :) Damn Bea and Randy... they messed me up.

I'm going to post my pics on my flickr account soon.. check it out

please excuse all of my home decor and furniture... I've been using flickr as my online garage sale to sell our entire home before we leave next month!

ok take care Heather- hope to see you again before we take off. It was so great meeting you!

Erin said...

Gorgeous photos of Beatriz and Andy! The fact that I laughed, got misty-eyed, and nodded my head is a testament to how well all the moments were captured, Heather.

Also, you managed to make our table of wine-spilling, bubble blowing Juneau delinquents look classy, so I say "Bravo"!