What’s In a Ring? | Stories from Palmer Alaska Wedding Photographer

Travel notes from Palmer Alaska Wedding Photographer Amanda Crowe:

While I call Palmer, Alaska my home, I’ve shot weddings all across the United States, and its amazing the different stories I hear about wedding rings!  

Some of my favorite stories are true testaments of the personal touch and Wes & Kristen take the cake in this category.  Before Wes ever knew Kristen he was hunting elk when he harvested his first one.  Elk have one tooth that is made of ivory, and Wes saved that ivory tooth waiting for his future bride.  Wes finally met Kristen and designed her ring around that ivory tooth.   Check out their wedding here.

Then there are some people who use the ring as a symbol but don’t want the focus on it.  Hillary and Nate are the perfect example.  During an engagement session I often take the ring for a few shots.  Neither Hillary or Nate wanted shots of the ring, because they wanted the focus on their love and marriage and not a physical object.  In the end we took a couple shots of the ring in their farm workshop, but instead of focusing on the diamond, I focused on the band and the overall shape of the ring, with the light behind it.  They loved this shot.

Then there is Josie & Mike who didn’t want a diamond. Check out their wedding here …. a fabulous day with a lot of references to Portlandia’s “put a bird on it” skit.  If you like Josie’s ring be sure to check out the link to their wedding so you can see Mike’s choice!


Then there is of course the grooms who make their own rings….  like Wayne did.  Get the behind-the-scenes view what it takes to create a wood ring here

Each ring has its own story.  Each one is special.  What’s your story?  I can’t wait to hear it!



Adventure. Photography. Love.

Amanda is a highly sought travel wedding photographer, where no destination is to remote.  Based in Palmer, Alaska with a satellite location in the beautiful Kickapoo Valley in Southwest Wisconsin.  Amanda is available to travel to your destination wedding, elopement, or engagement. Recent wedding and engagement travels to New York, Virginia, Jamaica, Mexico, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin showcase her adventurous spirit to capture love in remote and unique locations.  

Playing with toy cameras before she could walk, Amanda was soon using a fisher price 110 mm film camera.  She found herself spending her teenage and college years with her 35 mm film camera, rarely leaving her side, Amanda spent six weeks in Iceland and Europe capturing environmental justice with her film cameras before entering graduate school and the digital age.  While still enjoying 35mm and medium format film for personal projects, today Amanda uses digital technology for documenting her clients biggest day.  

 Photography the Feels Natural

Ensuring her clients enjoy their wedding day is the most important element for Amanda. Thus Amanda is unobtrusive, capturing the day as it happens. Amanda does not work from a shot list, but instead reacts to events as they unfold.  This form of photography creates a visual story organic in nature.  Amanda has an eye for capturing real moments.  Her style of photography sets her apart from other wedding photographers.  

Throughout the day Amanda uses nature to help enhance her beautiful subjects.  Using natural light, shadows, and reflections Amanda ensures the bride and groom stand out.  Amanda is drawn to the magical light occurring at sunrise and sunset where she lets her creativity run free.  While Amanda prefers to work at venues that accompany her free spirit including backyards, farms, ranches, barns, wineries and secluded getaway, her talents allow her to work in most any setting.

Amanda loves to meet new people email {amanda@amandacrowephotography.com} to connect.