Angela & Jeremy
June 2, 2016
Bride’s maiden name: Angela Cox
Groom’s name: Jeremy Arnhart
Occupations: Angela is a healthcare administrator and Jeremy is a teacher and basketball coach.
How they met: The two first met when Jeremy coached Angela’s little brother for the Barrow Boys’ basketball team. Years later, they would literally bump into each other at the local Barrow grocery store. They started dating shortly afterwards.
Describe the proposal: Jeremy helped Angela onto “the Big Shot” ride in Las Vegas. Angela didn’t think twice about Jeremy telling her “I want to spend the rest of my life with you,” while fastening the straps on her seat. Seconds later, the two were being shot more than 1,100 feet in the air. After the ride, Jeremy gave the ring to Angela and asked her to be with him forever. With hearts racing, a 360-degree view of the city and friends nearby, the two celebrated the occasion.
Number of guests: 143
Wedding colors: Gold, champagne, white, blush
Most memorable moment…
For her: “Literally, everything! I was truly living in the moment. I remember the way the flowers smell, the songs the bridal party and I were dancing to in the bridal suite, how Jeremy’s eyes filled with tears during the ceremony, conversations I had throughout the night – all of it!”
For him: “Having all of our friends and family together, many of them who came from all over the country to celebrate with us. Also, the weather. It was such a nice day, and you just never know in Alaska. And how everything came together – the details and all of Angela’s hard work.”
Funniest moment: The day of the wedding, there was a light breeze. Angela’s veil fell from her head as she began to walk down the aisle, but it was caught by one of her friends. “I shrugged and kept on to meet my groom… This seemed pretty minor, but it was funny.” Another memorable moment was the DJ’s introduction of the wedding party. “Jeremy has been the boys’ basketball coach at Barrow High School for 10 years and is a sports aficionado, so the wedding party was introduced by the DJ noting they were our ‘starting crew’ to the Chicago Bulls longtime ’90s theme song.”
Unique aspects of the day: “He’s a southern boy, and I’m an arctic girl – we both come from places steeped rich in tradition and history. It was important to us to incorporate elements that represented who we are. For instance, we used a ring pillow that Jeremy’s parents used from their wedding (47 years ago). We also incorporated doilies and a tablecloth that his grandmother knitted.” Angela also donned a pair of kamik boots, more commonly known as “maklaks,” which were beautifully handmade for the ceremony by two local artists. “We incorporated beaded forget-me-not flowers and vibrant purple leather trimming. This was my way of ensuring my ‘something blue’ and honoring my late mother, who simply loved the color purple.” The date of their wedding day, June 2, also held special meaning, as it honored the birthdate of the bride’s late father, Robert Cox.
Three words that best describe their day: "Elegant, classic, romantic."
If they had the chance to do it again, what they would do differently: “Go on the honeymoon right after the big day. We waited, and while it worked out fine, there’s something about all that excitement – and hard work – that would’ve made a break right afterwards a lot of fun. “
What Angela loves most about her husband: “He is ridiculously sweet. We ‘spoon’ every morning, he still holds my hand everywhere, and I get mushy texts throughout the day.”
What Jeremy loves most about his wife: “Angela is beautiful inside and out, smart, and she knows what she wants.”
Best advice for a couple planning their wedding… “Plan, prepare and pay attention to the details. But, once it’s done, enjoy it,” advises Jeremy. “Your wedding day can be whatever you would like it to be,” says Angela. “It doesn’t have to follow any sort of step-by-step guide or incorporate any of the elements of a traditional wedding. It’s you and your partner’s day and it should reflect your love.” Also, choose your vendors wisely, she adds. “In one instance, I met a very talented vendor, known for being one of the best in the field. But when we met, I could tell we lacked chemistry. And I got the sense that our day was just another day. Later, I met another vendor who was no less talented, but maybe less widely known and we instantly connected. I could tell she would go out of her way to make sure things were done not just to my expectations, but to her own. That mattered in the end.”
Photography: Andria Lindquist · Videography: Haw Bad Productions · Ceremony & reception site: Alaska Mountain Rugby Grounds · Rehearsal dinner: Raven Glacier Lodge · Cake: Ardy Cakes & Confections · Catering: Bridge Seafood · Bartender: Denalyeska Services · Wedding coordinator: i do Events · Flowers: Bloomsbury Blooms · Bride's ceremony dress: Pronovias · Bride’s reception dress: Lusan Mandongus · Bridesmaids' dresses: Pia Gladys Perey · Groom's formal wear: BOSS from Nordstrom · Groomsmen's formal wear: Men’s Wearhouse · Hair & makeup: Hair by Jenn · Skincare & lashes: Sonja Kontra · Officiant: Crawford Patkotak · Bridal registry: Bed Bath & Beyond; West Elm; REI · Ceremony entertainment & music: Stephen Qacung Blanchett; Ivan Night · Reception entertainment & music: Alaska's R&R Productions Professional DJ Entertainment, Event Lighting & Videography ; H3 · Decorations, party supplies & rentals: Over the Top Tents & Events; Party World; Alaska Event Services; Special Events Alaska; Be Vintage Rentals · Transportation: BAC · Bride/groom’s wedding night accommodations: Alaska Mountain Rugby Grounds · Honeymoon destination: Norwegian Cruise to Honduras, Belize and Mexico