Our First Anniversary | An Alaskan Adventure Photo Shoot
Photos by |Seanna O'Sullivan Photography

my first anniversary

It's no secret Derek and I love to travel. Our first anniversary not only celebrated a blissful year of marriage, but also satisfied our itch to wanderlust.  Last year we spent our honeymoon zig-zagging across country for two weeks exploring nearly every state from coast to coast.   We had such an amazing experience that we decided to continue the adventure and explore the awe inspiring frontier of Alaska.  (see our magic gardens wedding featured here)

One of our favorite stops along the inside passage was to the state capital of Juneau.  Juneau is a beautiful coastal city full of picturesque mountains and massive blue glaciers.  During our short stay we were lucky enough to hook up with an amazingly talented photographer, Seanna O'Sullivan.  Seanna wasn't only a fantastic photographer, but also an outstanding tour guide! She showed us some lesser known spots (aka non-touristy) in Juneau and the views did not disappoint!  We had such a fun time posing and goofing around with an added bonus of great photos to remember it all!  It was by far our favorite day of the trip.  Enjoy!

shrine of st therese

Our first stop brought us to the Shrine of St. Therese, a hidden ministry and retreat dedicated to peace and serenity.  The backdrop could not have been any more gorgeous, featuring a lake on one side and moss covered forest on the other.  Simply beautiful.  

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shrine of st therese chapel

There weren't many visitors that day so we had the grounds all to ourselves.  It was so quiet and calming, we truly felt special.  It was such an amazing way to spend our anniversary!

walking through the forest
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prayer labyrinth

The merciful love prayer labyrinth was so unique.  What I loved about the labyrinth was it did not discriminate.  It did not judge faith and it welcomed all individuals to explore it's metaphor for the journey of human life.  Very spiritual.   

juneau alaska shrine of st therese
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my first anniversary alaskan photo shoot

This photo exhibits Derek's poor attempt to romantically dip me.  When that failed he pretended to drop me.  Well at least he kept Seanna entertained!  Ha!

alaskan photo shoot

We ended our day at Skater's Cabin on Mendenhall Lake.  Skater's cabin is a recreational area well known for summer wedding ceremonies and ice skating during the winter months.  With not a tourist in site, we had our own private view of the famous Mendenhall Glacier.  

skaters cabin
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mendenhall lake

We concluded our day taking in the romantic scenery with some cuddling and dancing on the beach.  I can't tell you how special it was to have our first anniversary documented.  We will not only cherish the photos for life, but we can also share the experience with our friends, family, and one day, our future children.  

mendenhall lake beach
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skaters cabin
mendenhall glacier
kissing by mendenhall glacier

Hope you enjoyed our first anniversary Alaskan adventure story!  Leave a comment below.  I'd love to hear from you! 

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Photography | Seanna O'Sullivan Photography

Location | Shrine of St. Therese

Location | Skaters Cabin

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