Umeko: We met as freshmen at the California Maritime Academy in 2003, both of us trying to get our USCG licenses. I was a Cali girl, and was very curious about this quiet red head from Alaska.
Umeko: Ryan proposed on the downtown Seattle ferris wheel with his grandmothers beautiful antique engagement ring on Valentines Day, even though our trip to Seattle was so that he could do some USCG testing. I was surprised, and called my grandmother who loves him, right away.
Umeko: We chose Loring, AK- a remote community outside of Ketchikan. Kethchikan is already on an island but we wanted an even more private location. The historic significance and scenic beauty of Loring was just perfect, all guests had to take a 40 minute boat ride- which they loved!
Umeko: All of it. Hitting the dock and realizing all the planning had come together. Looking up into the sky and thanking the clouds for keeping their rain in. Porpoises were jumping, eagles were everywhere and dogs were running free off the leash. With my wonderful guests all working to put it together, it was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.
Umeko: Everything in the wedding was brought to the site by boat, and carried up the docks, and set up by every guest there. Our families made all the food, the decorations, the flowers, the arbor. A true Alaskan wedding where everyone does what they can. No caterers, just love.
Umeko: They are all favorites, but the one I will get printed the largest frame is probably the one of our backs, on the rocks looking over the ocean. That photo captures the timeless landscape and the ocean that we both work, play and live on. Its a photo that I can easily see, in this giant universe, I am exactly where I need to be.
Congratulations to such a lovely bride and groom! We thank you for everything you do for our country and truly wish you all the best~