Photos From This 'Frozen' Wedding Are Exactly What We All Need Right Now
When the going gets tough, the tough get creative. Wedding photographers KarLee and Alex Cox are a husband and wife team who love love—and helping folks capture their weddings, including all the unexpected, special moments it entails. So when social distancing measures caused their spring 2020 couples to postpone their spring weddings, the Brigham City, Utah-based couple, who together run K&A Creative, found another way to channel their creativity by staging a Frozen wedding.
"With all our weddings being postponed this month, our 4-year-old daughter, Claire, had an awesome idea of marrying her two favorite people—Anna and Kristoff [from Frozen]," the couple tells The Knot. "We've always encouraged her creative imagination, so naturally we had to follow through."
To throw Anna and Kristoff a proper wedding, the Coxes gathered some of their daughter's other dolls—including Woody and Bo Peep from Toy Story, Snow White, and of course, Elsa—and got crafty with the most intricate of wedding details, creating everything from a tiny wedding cake to bouquets to an impressive miniature arbor. "Going into this, I knew I wanted to stage the scenes as real as possible without having to actually buy anything expensive," KarLee says. "So, I built and stained popsicle sticks to make wooden chairs and a trendy wooden arch for the wedding ceremony."
In photos, Anna and Kristoff have their own "first look" session, complete with meaningful looks exchanged in a vast green field (read: the lawn) and sweet embraces set before a leafy green backdrop (read: the hedges). Shots from the wedding included close-ups of the chairs, arbor, and flowers, as well as snaps of the ceremony itself, with Honeymaren and Ryder standing in as part of the wedding party, and wedding guests like Bo Peep and Snow White smiling warmly at the bride and groom. Elsa, of course, walked her sister down the aisle.
"We took this opportunity to teach Claire about the work we do at weddings," the couple says. "We were able to scroll through our favorite Pinterest boards with her, seeing which ones she thought would be cute. She loved 'walking' the dolls down the aisle and setting them up in their poses."
One of the most challenging things about the whole process, KarLee says, was making sure that the dolls didn't fall over after they were painstakingly posed—though in some cases, toppled toys were actually what made the shot. In one photo, for instance, Woody is photographed from the back, felled sideways out of his seat at the back of the ceremony set up.
"Woody was a total accident," KarLee says. "All the dolls during the ceremony kept falling over, but for some reason when Woody did we couldn't stop laughing. I almost didn't put it in the album, but I'm so glad I did because it made most people laugh and create a story for him on their own."
"The most fun shot to capture was probably the bouquet toss," she adds. "Setting up the dolls to try and capture movement and personality was really funny, and we all got laughing. The most difficult shot was probably taking pictures of just Kristoff and Anna together, trying to capture realistic poses from dolls that people could relate to—plus, they kept falling over!"
And even though the photo subjects in question were dolls, the Coxes were determined to capture just as much joy and excitement as they would at any other wedding they might shoot. "My favorite thing to capture at weddings is the emotion of those that support the couple," KarLee says. "For example, the person walking the bride down the aisle. In this case, it was Elsa, [so] I tried to capture feelings of love and support in staging them."
"Some of my most favorite, real wedding shots are father/daughter dances, the groom looking at the bride walking down the aisle for the first time, and the send-off where everyone cheers for the happy couple," she adds.
The Coxes' sweet photoshoot has caught the attention of Frozen, wedding and photography fans alike, but the couple knows their greatest measure of success has been seeing how thrilled Claire was to witness her two toys get married.
"We have loved seeing reactions to the album and how people have been so emotionally involved in this fairytale wedding of Anna and Kristoff," they tell The Knot. "Claire has loved looking at the pictures and video and we have been playing 'Anna and Kristoff wedding' every day since. We really enjoy the comments showing families coming together to share with their kids and friends to find something positive during this time."
And to other vendors who may have been hit hard by the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, they say this: "If you can, take this time to expand your skills and try something new!"