A Serene Seaside Wedding at Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska

Megan Lehmann (30 and in marketing at LinkedIn) and Joe Hyland’s (37 and the chief marketing officer at ON24) wedding on Whale Island in Alaska’s Sitk

Megan Lehmann (30 and in marketing at LinkedIn) and Joe Hyland’s (37 and the chief marketing officer at ON24) wedding on Whale Island in Alaska’s Sitka Sound was an scenic and intimate affair. “Sitka is a town of 8,000 people situated on an island in Alaska,” Megan says. “You can get there only by ferry or plane. I grew up in Sitka, but it was Joe’s idea to get married there. He loved the thought of sharing such a beautiful place with our friends and family.” To get to the quiet cove where their ceremony took place, the couple and their guests hopped on boats and then trekked a quarter mile down a trail—luckily, their 50 guests were advised to wear boots. The bride herself opted for Xtratuf boots with her dress. The cozy reception at the nearby Sitka Fine Arts Camp stuck to a simple green and ivory palette and offered lots of local flavors: from salmon quiches and specially brewed beer (served in a bottle labeled with a wedding logo Megan crafted herself) to dinner from local eatery Ludvig’s Bistro. —Carolyn Meers

"Everyone wears Xtratuf boots in southeastern Alaska," Megan says. "Like many before us, we even got married in them."
Megan wanted only white blossoms for the bouquet, so Sitka, Alaska, florist Chocolate Moose chose lots of fresh, bright blooms and paired them with plenty of greenery.
"I fell in love with a Watters dress with an organic-looking off-the-shoulder neckline and back detail," Megan says. "The lace looked like vines, which fit the setting. The dress also fit my requirements of being able to lift my hands, walk in boots, and get in and out of a boat."
During the intimate ceremony in Sitka, Alaska, several friends and family members stood to say a few words about the couple.
After trekking to the ceremony site in Sitka, Alaska, guests sat on fabric-covered log benches.
"The reception was held in a 100-year-old building on the old Sheldon Jackson college campus, now Sitka Fine Arts Camp," Megan says. "The building had recently been restored and had beautiful tall windows and a wooden interior that showed off the setting’s natural beauty."
"Our ceremony was on my parents' property on Whale Island in Sitka Sound," Megan says. "We picked out a spot in a small cove near their house. It’s so special because that spot will always be in our family."
Joe wore a black suit with Xtratuf boots, while Megan donned a gown with organically inspired details. "The lace looked like vines, which fit the setting," Megan says. "The dress also fit my requirements: I wanted to be able to lift my hands, walk in boots and get in and out of a boat."
For the wedding day, Megan designed a logo that included an illustration of the state of Alaska plus her and Joe's initials. This logo appeared on save-the-dates and beer served at the reception at Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska.
Grandma Tillie's bakery in Sitka, Alaska, crafted the three-tier confetti cake with minimal decoration.
For the indoor reception, Megan wanted to keep things simple. "I wanted the simple beauty of Alaska on the inside, so everything was white, green and wood. We had large vintage white lights everywhere and tons of flowers and greenery."