Jennifer Hennessey and Greg Bremseth

August 5, 2017

When Jennifer and Greg’s mutual friend tried to set them up, Jennifer never thought she would pursue a long-distance relationship. After all, she was from Texas and Greg was from Minnesota (and, at the time, on active duty stationed in Alaska). But, after six weeks of talking with Greg, Jennifer booked a nine-hour flight to Alaska “for our first real date,” she says, and “the rest is history.” For their Alaska wedding, set in the mountains, Jennifer wanted “a vintage feel,” including touches of burlap and ivory lace. To signify their journey, their wedding coordinator decorated the space with wall art made with license plates from Minnesota, Texas and Alaska. The most special part of the day for Jennifer was the bonding within the newly expanded family. While doing her own makeup, Jennifer also put on her daughter’s makeup. “It was a wonderful bonding moment dressing her up and having her be part of my day as a bridesmaid,” she recalls. Jennifer’s 8-year-old son walked her down the aisle and was the ring bearer. When he reached the front of the aisle, where Greg was waiting, he surprised his mom by giving Greg a hug: “It was a clear moment when time stopped, seeing my little man embrace his new stepdad in such love and happiness.” For the honeymoon, Jennifer and Greg took their new family on a week-long adventure hiking and exploring the beauty of Alaska.

Photographer: Renee J North Photography · Ceremony site: Church of a Thousand Trees · Reception site: The Elks Lodge · Rehearsal dinner: The Grape Tap · Cake: Verda’s Cakes & Things · Catering: Two Fat Guys Catering · Wedding coordinator: Jodi Abruzzino · Flowers: Cedars Floral Wholesale, arranged by Jodi Abruzzino · Bride's dress: Oleg Cassini gown · Groom's formal wear: US Army Dress Blues · Hair: B Bella Hair Design · Officiant: Pastor Tim Carrick · Ushers & saber line: Soldiers from USARAK Army · Decorations, party supplies & rentals: Etsy creations; Michaels; many items handcrafted by Jody Abruzzino · Bride/groom’s wedding night accommodations: Valley Hotel

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