Krystle & Jarod

June 13, 2019 (elopement)
October 6, 2019 (reception)

Bride’s name: Krystle Peñaflor

Groom’s name: Jarod Crume

Occupations: Krystle is an optometrist and Jarod is a pilot.

How they meet: The couple met at a house party in Bethel – just down the street from the house they currently live in.

The proposal: After dating for eight years, “the proposal happened the day we eloped!” says Krystle. “Jarod got down on one knee right before we hopped into the helicopters. The running joke (but is also kind of true) is that I couldn’t hear a word he said because the helicopters were so loud!”

Number of guests: 125

Wedding colors: Navy blue and maroon

Most memorable moment…

For her: “I remember the weather that day was so perfect and our flight to the glacier was such an incredible experience – the views were jaw dropping. It was so exciting but so calming at the same time since I was in my own helicopter. Instead of feeling nervous, I felt completely in the moment and ready to get married! During our second ceremony in October, I remember walking down the aisle feeling so loved as I saw everyone’s faces who came to celebrate with us; I barely held the tears back.”

For him: “You mean, besides my beautiful wife? Well, for our elopement, I won’t forget how amazing it was to be able to spend our day in so many different settings! In addition to getting helicoptered onto a remote glacier, we were also able to get some amazing photos on a rocky beach, in a scenic meadow, and at a picturesque waterfall in the forest.”

Unique aspects of the day: “During the elopement, flying in on two separate helicopters was pretty awesome! The scenery was so breathtaking and there was something really special knowing we were getting married in an untouched place in Alaska,” says Krystle. “Since Jarod is a pilot and we both like travel, we had hints of aviation in our theme for the reception – Love is in the Air. We chose the Alaska Native Heritage Center because we met in Bush Alaska and we thought it was a nice way to incorporate and celebrate the culture that we both serve in our careers. Other special moments included both of Krystle’s parents walking her down the aisle and a traditional Filipino full roast pig, signature drinks – ‘autopilot’ (gin + tonic) and the ‘eye opener’ (margarita) – and a dessert buffet with two macaron towers. “It was great to have so many family members and friends who live out of state make the long journey up to Alaska to celebrate with us! Since we had a fall (October) reception, our out-of-state guests got to see and experience parts of Alaska outside of the peak tourist season when the city feels more local and the foliage is drastically changing colors,” says Jarod.

Funniest moment: “On the day of the elopement, it had been decided that Jarod go in the first helicopter and I go in the second. The first helicopter was already on the ground so I told him he should get in it, but he kept saying that I should walk over with him. I told him we didn’t have time and he should just go, but he was persistent. After I realized what he wanted to do, I walked over there with him so he could propose!” At the reception, “one of my groomsmen and I were each wearing cowboy boots, but in different colors,” recalls Jarod. “At some point during the reception, we both decided that we really liked each other’s boots. We decided to swap a boot so we could try them out for fit and feel. Well, somehow we got distracted and ultimately ended up wearing mismatched boots for the rest of
the night.”

Three words that best describe their day: “Unique, emotional, fun.”

If they had the chance to do it again, what they would do differently: “You think you have lots of time, but it goes by so quickly! I would have pushed for an earlier set up time so we weren’t so rushed and had more time for pictures.”

What Krystle loves most about her husband: “I love that he knows me better than I know myself sometimes. He loves me at my best and at my worst. I love that he is so supportive and encourages me in all that I do. He’s patient, understanding, and is such a genuine person with smiling eyes!”

What Jarod loves most about his wife: “I love that she is the person who makes me better, the one who completely complements my personality, who shares my values, and who makes me so animated and energetic whenever I am with her! I love her 3000.”

Best advice for a couple planning a wedding: “Do what makes YOU happy! Don’t worry about the small details because I guarantee your guests won’t notice them. They are there to celebrate your marriage and at the end of the night, most people won’t remember how much or how little decorations you put up or what you put out on the tables. And always splurge on the photo booth!”

Photography: Grace and Austin Adams – The Adams Co (Elopement); Sarah French – Sarah French Photo (Reception) • Ceremony site: Colony Glacier • Reception site: Alaska Native Heritage Center • Rehearsal dinner site: Alaska Airmen's Association Building • Cake: Kobuk Coffee Bakery; Midnight Sun Cakery • Catering: Jason Kimmel, Peppercini’s • Macarons: Sweet Caribou • Favors: Alaska Wild Berry Products • Photo booth: Photo Emporium AK • Flowers: Bloomsbury Blooms; Flower Moxie DIY • Bride's dress: Justin Alexander gown • Bridesmaids' dresses: Lulu’s • Groom's formal wear: Banana Republic, Men’s Wearhouse, Silva Saddle Western Wear • Groomsmen's formal wear: Men’s Wearhouse • Hair & makeup: Jenna Pitka • Officiant: Austin Adams • Entertainment & music: DJ E-Moji • Transportation: Alpine Air; BAC Transportation • Honeymoon destination: Santa Fe, NM, and Disney Cruise Lines - Bermuda

See more weddings > >
Submit wedding > >