Jessica & Patrick

June 1, 2019

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Bride’s name: Jessica Parker

Groom’s name: Patrick Pestrikoff

Occupations: Jessica is a human resources manager and Patrick is an electrician.

How they met: The couple met on a flight from Seattle to Anchorage. “We were both on our way home from a weekend trip,” recalls Jessica. “On a full flight, Patrick had the entire row to himself. He invited me to sit next to him and we spent the whole flight sharing stories. When we landed Patrick asked me to dinner. We’ve been inseparable ever since!”

The proposal: During a visit to Whittier on Memorial Day weekend, “I told Jessica I wanted to take her to my favorite beach,” says Patrick. “Once on the beach, I set up the GoPro under the pretense I was going to take a picture. While Jessica was posing for an epic Alaskan photo, I got down on one knee and asked her to be my wife.”

Number of guests: 200

Wedding colors: Purple and gray

Most memorable moment…

For her: “What I remember most about our wedding day was how absolutely perfect the entire day was and how in-sync Patrick and I were. We spent the whole day by each other’s side and when one of us noticed the other wasn’t there, we went and found them. It was the most perfect day.”

For him: "What I remember most was the overwhelming feeling of happiness and joy I felt when I laid eyes on Jessica for the first time in her wedding dress.”

Unique and special aspects of the day: The venue, a resort located on the Kenai River, was nestled between two mountains and had “the most beautiful backdrop.” The couple incorporated a “rustic Alaskan chic” theme into their day, blending the groom’s love for fishing with the femininity of the bride. Special touches included the groomsmen’s fly boutonnieres, the fish in the arbor, the bride’s arrival in a drift boat, the literal tying of the fisherman’s knot during the ceremony, and an oar guest book. “Each detail was balanced with tulle, lace and pearls to create the perfect union between rustic Alaska and feminine chic.” Jessica and Patrick, who share a love of dancing, wanted nothing more than “an epic dance party!” – and they got it. Along with the dance floor staying packed all night long, the party also featured one very long Conga line, consisting of 180+ guests, being led by the groom around the venue grounds. “It was a great way to get everyone involved!”

Funniest moment: “During the garter toss, the groom pulled a pair of granny panties out of his pocket and planted them under the bride’s dress as if he pulled them off of her!”

Three words that best describe their day: “Emotional, fun, unforgettable.”

If they had the chance to do it again, what they would do differently: “Having a more organized distribution of food from the prep area to the tables. Because we didn’t have a caterer, we asked friends to run food, but we didn’t practice, so it was sort of clustered in the moment. There was a lot of leftover food because not all of it was distributed.”

What Jessica loves most about her husband: “His heart and his sense of humor. He has a servant’s heart; one that is always looking for a way to help, a way to forgive and a way to see things in a different, more positive light. And he is always making me laugh. And his skills in the kitchen!”

What Patrick loves most about his wife: “I love that she pushes me to chase my dreams. That all she wants is me to love her more than she loves me.”

Best piece of advice for a couple planning their wedding: “Communication is key," says Jessica. "Strive to understand the other, rather than be heard. Remember, you are different people with different ideas of a ‘perfect wedding.’ Decide what is most important to you and what you can compromise on, then come together and compromise to come up with what works for you both.”

Photography: Chugach Peaks Photography • Videography: Nutty Nu and Richard Scott Weddings • Ceremony & reception site: Eagle Landing Resort, Cooper Landing • Cake: Kehle Middleton (groom’s aunt) •
Appetizers: Captain Cook • Flowers: Kayla Howlette, Honeybee Flower Company & Cedars • Bride's dress: Kenneth Winston gown, Orainda’s Bridal Boutique • Formal wear: Stallone’s; Men’s Wearhouse • Hair: Mai Kacillas, Studio MOD • Makeup: Amber Brophy • Officiant: Nathan Carey (friend of bride and groom) • Entertainment & music: Peak Entertainment • Decorations, party supplies & rentals: Over the Top Tents • Accommodations: Eagle Landing Resort, Salmon Run Lodge, Alpine Inn, Hutch BnB, Gwen's Lodge • Honeymoon destination: Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia)

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