The Bride and Groom
Bride’s Name: Heather Callen
Groom’s Name: Clint Davis
Wedding Date: Sept 10, 2016
How you met your fiancé? Online! I had a 300 mile search radius and he ended up living on the same street, 6 houses away!
How did he propose? I spend the summers in Alaska and the winters in Texas. When I flew home for the winter, he was on bended knee at the airport! We hadn’t seen each other all summer!
Your Bridal Gown & Accessories
Who was the wedding gown designer, and what was the style? Allure Bridals 2511
Favorite Feature about your dress: I love the how the bodice slenderized me and the gorgeous accessory piece with beads and crystals.
How did you know your dress was “the one”? It was the first and only one I tried on! It brought tears to my eyes when I saw myself in the mirror.
Describe your experience at Pence and Panache. We went shopping unexpectedly. I think I was in and out of the store in less than 30 minutes! I saw the dress hanging there and knew immediately it was the one!
What accessories did you choose to accent your dress: I chose turquoise jewelry to accent the teal colors of the glacier ice. My mother-in-law hand sewed teal fabric under the peek-a-boo lace in my train.
Your Wedding Day
Wedding Venue: Helicoptered to a remote glacier in Seward, Alaska.
Who was your Wedding Photographer: Blue Iris Photography, Anchorage, Alaska
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? Old and blue: When my mother passed away 5 years ago, I found a wedding dress in her closet when I was cleaning it out. I knew then, that I would be using the train (the dress was too small) from that dress for my wedding (whenever that would be…I had not met my husband at that time). It was the most beautiful beaded train I had ever seen! My vision was to have turquoise blue accents on the dress. I decided I wanted turquoise fabric added to the end of the train. Borrowed: I borrowed the fur shawl used while on the glacier.
What is your #1 tip for brides in the planning process? Delegate the tasks! Friends and family really do like to help and have a hand in the wedding process…let them!
How do you describe the theme of your wedding? An Alaskan wedding has always been a dream of mine since I moved here 10 years ago. The brilliant blues and turquoise of the ice is breathtaking! I am 41 and have been waiting for “the one” my whole life, so I knew my wedding had to be spectacular. I wanted to have a wedding and a reception where people were excited to be attending and wanted it to be something, not only I and my husband, would remember the rest of our lives. Helicoptering to a glacier and having a reception on a yacht should accomplish that dream! We did the wedding on a budget, too! Having the natural beauty of the Alaskan background required no decoration or paying for a venue.
What color palette did you select? I choose the color palate of teals, turquoise and greys to accent the colors of the glacier.
Do you have any advice for brides who are still searching for their perfect bridal gown? Keep looking until you find “the one” don’t settle. If you settle for something you don’t love, you’ll regret it. If you’re having a hard time, try on some dresses that you wouldn’t normally go for, you might be surprised. Or like me if you love one aspect of your dress, work with a good seamstress to modify what you don’t like.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day? This fairytale wedding took place on a remote glacier, high within the Sargent Ice Field near the fishing town of Seward, Alaska. Guests were whisked to the top of the glacier by helicopter and were able to take a flightseeing tour along the way. The ceremony took place at the toe of Hawk Glacier, where we were surrounded by waterfalls, ice caves and brilliant blue ice. As they landed, they were greeted by a harpist playing traditional wedding music. The wedding was officiated by my friend, who is Hawaiian, and sang the most beautiful Hawaiian Wedding Chant before the ceremony started. Guests were helicoptered to Seward and attended the reception on a Yacht. We sailed through Resurrection Bay, where we witnessed whales, porpoises, eagles and otters. It was truly the best day of my life and I wouldn’t have changed a thing! Seeing it all come together was a dream come true!