July 10, 2021

Bride’s name: Ashley Mayo

Groom’s name: Justin Battino

How they met: "We met through our two best friends who were previously dating," says Ashley. "I was single at the time and wanted to know if my friend's 'companion' had any cute friends so I asked to see his Instagram. As soon as I saw Justin, I thought wow, he is so cute! So I added him on Instagram. It only took a year for him to ask me out on a date!"

Number of guests: 80+

Wedding colors: Neutrals/Blush

Unique and special aspects of the day: "We are an interfaith couple and really wanted to incorporate both of our faiths on our big day. Justin is Jewish so we decided we would have a Jewish ceremony. We were able to incorporate the Mexican-Catholic lasso tradition during the ceremony which was really special and important," says Ashley. "My family had never been to a Jewish ceremony before so it was really fun for them to witness the Jewish traditions and blend the traditions together. The next day Justin and I had an intimate Christian ceremony by ourselves at a local Christian church in Moose Pass; it was very romantic."

Most memorable moment…

For her: "Seeing Justin as my father walked me down the aisle and my father giving me away; it was a very emotional and happy moment for me."

For him: "Seeing Ashley for the first time in her dress during our 'First Look'! That was a special moment we were able to spend alone together and soak each other in."

Funniest moment: "I wouldn't say this is exactly funny but rather fun: It rained all morning through the ceremony. Luckily, we rented clear umbrellas just in case. We didn't even bother putting the chairs out for the ceremony; everyone stood as we very much fast-walked down the aisle. Looking back, we were stressing over the rain but we ended up getting beautiful photos with all the umbrellas and it cleared up by the time the reception was going."

Three words that best describe their day: "FUN, romantic, love"

If they had the chance to do it again, what they would do differently:"I was so stressed the days leading up to the wedding, for no reason. If I could do it over again, I would let go, relax and enjoy those little moments leading up to the big day.”

Best advice for a couple planning their wedding: "Splurge on the videographer and photographer! We love reliving our day by watching our wedding video and looking through photos!"

Photography: Monica Whitt, Chugach Peaks Photography • Videography: Martin Media • Ceremony & reception site: Inn at Tern Lake • Rehearsal dinner: The Trail Lake Lodge • Cake: Midnight Sun Cakery (cutting cake); Zudy's Cafe (assorted dessert table) • Catering: Inn at Tern Lake • Wedding coordinator: Wedding Creative & Design • Flowers: Bloomsbury Blooms • Bride's dress: Anderson's Bride • Bridesmaids' dresses: Lulu's • Groom's & groomsmen's formal wear: Karako Suits • Bridal beauty: Amie Smithwick (hair & makeup); OMG Nails & Spa; Bombshell Brows & Beauty; K's Airbrush Tans • Officiant: Rabbi Abram Goodstein, Congregation Beth Shalom • Entertainment & music: Ondago DJ Entertainment • Decorations, party supplies & rentals: A Touch of Saige Rentals (table setting decor); Special Events Alaska (linens); CBC Rental & Supply (tents, dance floor, napkins, chairs); Alaska Wild Berry Products (favors) • Transportation: Trail Lake Lodge Shuttles • Bride/groom’s wedding night accommodations: Inn at Tern Lake • Guest accommodations: Trail Lake Lodge; Summit Lake Lodge; AirBnb; VRBO • Honeymoon destination: 'Mini-moon' roadtrip from New York to Maine; bigger honeymoon (planned for 2022) in Italy

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