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Handmade Weddings: Native Alaskan Splendor

Oct 28, 2011

by HanGwichin

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Shyanne is the host and producer of the national radio show Earthsongs and is also an on air personality for 90.3 KNBA in Anchorage, Alaska, where she met her husband Aaron. Both Shyanne and Aaron are Athabascan Alaskan Natives but come from different tribes. They are both committed to continuing their culture and languages. Their wedding lovingly mixed Athabascan handcrafts with items from Etsy — and the ceremony itself represented a triumph over tragedy. 

I’ve always wanted to get married in my village, Eagle. It’s where the Yukon River meets the Alaska-Canadian border and the only time you can drive to it is during the summer. Eagle has a population of about 180 people and it is traditional homeland of my people the Hän Gwich’in Athabascan’s.

Hän Gwich’in  people have always been one of the smallest Athabascan tribes in Alaska. Today, there are a little over a 100 (out of total of about 16,000 Athabascan’s in Alaska) Hän Gwich’in Athabascan’s living in Alaska and other parts of the United States. Also part of our tribe is the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in who live mostly in Moosehide near Dawson City, Yukon Territory with about  338 tribal members in 2009.

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Group shot of Shyanne, Aaron, and their family.

In 2009, the greatest flood in over 100 years showed up in Eagle and completely took out the entire village. A hundred year old church was gone. The cemetery was a disaster. My mother had died earlier that year and I didn’t know where she was buried anymore. I grew up in the village and suddenly there’s nothing there but varied remains of our homes. It created such a huge depression that lay over the land and all our people.

So when we decided we were going to get married I knew I had to have my wedding in Eagle. Eagle will always be my home no matter what and it was important to me that I be near my mom for this special day — even though the church where my parents were married was taken by the flood.  We decided that we wanted to get married near the banks of the Yukon River where a thriving Hän Gwich’in Athabascan village once stood.

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Shyanne and Aaron cutting the cake.

My husband Aaron’s family is Dena’ina Athabascan (one of the larger Athabascan tribes and the only ones who live on salt water). We met when his younger sister was a receptionist here at Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, the public radio station I work for. Aaron started a project with Koahnic called Dena’ina Lifeways. He would be in every week to translate older tapes of Dena’ina elders telling stories in their Dena’ina Athabascan language. He came in and was so shy but luckily for both of us, I am so not shy. While he was there he help produce a series of radio programs where he was translating the elders telling stories about how to hunt a bear at night or how to make a birch bark basket. He and I share the same dream of preserving our Athabascan cultures.

Because there was no church, the wedding had to take place outside, and for several months my father Bill Goebel (my hero) spent a lot of time searching the Yukon River picking out the logs needed to build the shelters for the ceremony and facilities for people who made the long journey.

Other members of my extended family also helped immensely in making this such a special day. My cousin Jody Potts made my niece Nazhre, who was our flower girl, a beaded hide dress with porcupine quillwork.

My Great Aunt Adeline Potts made my wedding dress out of white elk hide, with traditional Hän Gwich’in beadwork. She also made a matching pair of beaded wedding slippers.

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The bride and flower girl walking down the aisle.

Now I want to talk a little bit about how Etsy made our wedding that much more special. First I found a five strand Dentalium shell necklace from the shop Bits and BeadsDentalium shells historically were used by chiefs and their descendants. After this, I was then able to get ahold of Bits and Beads and had her custom make a necklace using our wedding colors of brown and red. Our toasting glasses also came from Etsy from Woodeye Studios, custom made in our wedding colors. We also ordered from Bead Flora and Jewels the beaded flowers that were then used on our wedding cake.

And lastly, I want to share one last story that really does demonstrate how even in Eagle, Etsy really does empower people to change the way the global economy works. Two days after the wedding, my husband found a gold and silver ring made by a local jeweler that he bought as a way to remember our three-day wedding ceremony, which we have dubbed Weddingstock. In talking with the owners of Yukon Ron’s, they mentioned that more of the work could be found on, you guessed it, Etsy. They were very grateful that this wonderful website exists because for the last two years the summer tourism to our village has taken a huge hit because of the flood and Etsy now accounts for most of their sales.

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Dentalium shell necklace and feather.

Our wedding was not only a celebration of our Athabascan cultures and the resiliency of Eagle, Alaska —it was also a great example of how Etsy can make a wedding that much more memorable.

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Shyanne in the woods.

You can find me on Etsy under the name Han Gwichin. Hope to hear from the many people in the Etsy community.

Mahsi cho! (Thank you very much! – Hän Gwich’in Athabascan)

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Wedding guests after the ceremony.

Thanks to Shyanne for sharing her special day. Do you have a handmade wedding to share? Submit your photos to our Flickr group.

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2 Featured Comments

  • tinylittleworlds

    tinylittleworlds said 9 years ago Featured

    Wedding plans can get so caught up in "perfect" (controlled) that they lose all spirit and joy. This wedding is a magnificent example of using spirit and community to make a perfectly joyous wedding. Absolutely beautiful! GREAT dresses. Good work.

  • EmiciBridal

    EmiciBridal said 9 years ago Featured

    What a beautiful story, love all the personal and meaningful details. It is so sad when something so destructive as a flood takes so much. The fact that in spite of all the hardship this wedding was so full of love, tradition and support is really inspiring. Congrats to the couple!

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  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 9 years ago

    Beautiful setting for a wedding, you look so lovely in your traditional wedding dress. Sending you many blessings for years to come!

  • thepressgang

    thepressgang said 9 years ago

    Beautiful wedding. I love the mix of traditional and modern.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    Such a beautiful wedding!!! Congrats to both of you!!! =)

  • WhimsyTime

    WhimsyTime said 9 years ago

    lovely setting...natural, so you can see the true love

  • novaofsweden

    novaofsweden said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Such a personal and beautiful wedding!

  • phydeauxdesigns

    phydeauxdesigns said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding - everything is so amazing and to be in such a beautiful setting with such meaning makes it all the more magical. Thank you for sharing your experience!

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 9 years ago

    One of the best handmade weddings articles yet, thank you for sharing your story. What a lovely setting, and I adore the history woven into your marriage. Congratulations!

  • 20DollaMaMa

    20DollaMaMa said 9 years ago

    Beautiful and charming ! Love it and thanks for sharing and congrats !

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 9 years ago

    Great story. Thank you for sharing!

  • audreytolove

    audreytolove said 9 years ago

    Oh it's really inspiring and wonderful! I love handmade weddings...

  • tinylittleworlds

    tinylittleworlds said 9 years ago Featured

    Wedding plans can get so caught up in "perfect" (controlled) that they lose all spirit and joy. This wedding is a magnificent example of using spirit and community to make a perfectly joyous wedding. Absolutely beautiful! GREAT dresses. Good work.

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe said 9 years ago

    The work on your wedding dress is amazing! Congratulations for you both ;0)

  • SchneiderGallery

    SchneiderGallery said 9 years ago

    wow! spectacular and amazing ceremony! all the best to newly weds! I wish I could get married the same way...

  • BLCouture

    BLCouture said 9 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful from start to finish

  • evihan

    evihan said 9 years ago

    wowww...fantastic coupleeee...

  • QueenMab2

    QueenMab2 said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this incredible event with the Etsy community. Your wedding was BEAUTIFUL! An inspiring blend of traditional and contemporary. Much light to you and your family on this new journey! xo

  • windshine

    windshine said 9 years ago

    so, so beautiful! congratulations!

  • aymujer

    aymujer said 9 years ago

    Definitely my favorite Handmade Wedding article ever. Thank you for sharing the story of your people and all the personal details behind the wedding. It was a beautiful thing to have your ceremony there in your village. I hope your efforts to preserve your traditions will continue for many generations. Blessings to you and yours.

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 9 years ago

    beautiful!

  • MadeMerriShop

    MadeMerriShop said 9 years ago

    These photos are absolutely breath taking! Congrats & best wishes!! love the moose cake topper too :)

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 9 years ago

    love the jewelry

  • swanmountainsoaps

    swanmountainsoaps said 9 years ago

    Awesome! Shyanne, you are one beautiful bride. I love to see my home state of Alaska featured. Mahsi'! (thank you!)

  • rutabagarory

    rutabagarory said 9 years ago

    I'm an Alaskan that listens to Shyanne everyday. This post thrilled me with pictures of things familiar. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your beautiful Alaskan wedding!

  • EmiciBridal

    EmiciBridal said 9 years ago Featured

    What a beautiful story, love all the personal and meaningful details. It is so sad when something so destructive as a flood takes so much. The fact that in spite of all the hardship this wedding was so full of love, tradition and support is really inspiring. Congrats to the couple!

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 9 years ago

    What a colorful and simple wedding! My best wishes to the happy couple:)

  • NutfieldWeaver

    NutfieldWeaver said 9 years ago

    Shyanne, thank you for sharing. You radiate joy in every photograph - how wonderful.

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 9 years ago

    BeAutiFul wEdding dResS! ConGrATs ~

  • salaird

    salaird said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Your story truly touched my heart. The bead work on your dress is absolutely beautiful! I make my own jewelry so I can appreciate all the hard work that went into making all the beaded flowers! Best of luck to you and your husband for a long and happy life.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 9 years ago

    What a fabulous blog post! You look so beautiful in your dress. Best of luck to you both. :)

  • CRBoggsDesigns

    CRBoggsDesigns said 9 years ago

    I loved your story...made me Teary eyed...As a seller on Etsy..boy can i relate to the devastation of a flood. This past January 16th 2011, our home was devastated by the Sandy river in Oregon when it took out the road above our home...the river literally came down the road 1/4 mile and right into our home..the devastation was horrible but we survived. One of the worst parts for me was the fact that my wonderful husband was just in the process of remodeling my Wedding studio in our home and of course...it was ruined. Fortunately, we started over and rebuilt an even better studio. Wonderful friends I've made on etsy and of course my WONDERFUL clients all understood my dilemma and helped me through it. Etsy Brides are fabulous and I so value them and Etsy. Your story just makes me smile as a small part of me loves your story, relates to your story and loves how Etsy incorporates itself into our lives...Best wishes...

  • msjazz79

    msjazz79 said 9 years ago

    Wonderful story!! Beautiful dresses and amazing jewelry, accessories as well.

  • peshka

    peshka said 9 years ago

    Beautiful wedding! Love the cake!

  • ByDurinsHammer

    ByDurinsHammer said 9 years ago

    The bride (and the wedding) look gorgeous! Wonderful story! Best wishes to the beautiful couple!

  • TheUntamedHeart

    TheUntamedHeart said 9 years ago

    Congrats!! This is beautiful!!

  • Benally

    Benally said 9 years ago

    Great story. Thanks to etsy for featuring inspirational stories such as this that inadvertently break stereotypes. :)

  • backdoordeals

    backdoordeals said 9 years ago

    This entire story is so touching! I love the original, creative, and personalized elements of this beautiful wedding. Truly unique! Thanks for sharing.

  • ManoushMama

    ManoushMama said 9 years ago

    Very interesting article...always fascinating to read about different cultures. Beautiful beadwork on the outfit and I love the cake topper!

  • brassbunny

    brassbunny said 9 years ago

    amazing dress

  • PamelasDesertRocks

    PamelasDesertRocks said 9 years ago

    Such a truly special story - it brought me to tears! Many blessings to the both of you. Your love has already done many special things for the people in your village, your tribes and your families. And it is just the beautiful beginning....... Congratulations!

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 9 years ago

    Congradulations! My favorite Etsy wedding story yet!

  • CarolJoyFashions

    CarolJoyFashions said 9 years ago

    I absolutely loved this article. Great luck to you both! All the best for you and your village! Carol Joy

  • joywelry2love

    joywelry2love said 9 years ago

    Love your traditional wedding. Congratulations and Best Wishes!. Very touchy. I miss my family now... I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. My family is my world. Hoping to see them someday?

  • chrispysmom

    chrispysmom said 9 years ago

    Lovely story. I teared up.

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 9 years ago

    Love love love! So beautiful.

  • AlbertinesCreations

    AlbertinesCreations said 9 years ago

    What an amazing story. I will remember this for a long time! Congratulations and all the best to you!

  • sylvia1980

    sylvia1980 said 9 years ago

    Oh my! Most beautiful couple and wedding ever!! Congratulations!!

  • charstreasures

    charstreasures said 9 years ago

    Congratulations to you both. I loved this story and the gorgeous photos. Wishing you and your village the vey best of luck for the future.

  • FacingTheLens

    FacingTheLens said 9 years ago

    Bee-you-tee-full!!!

  • craftscene

    craftscene said 9 years ago

    Now THIS is how to do a handmade wedding right. Beautiful, natural, and not an appropriation of someone else's culture. Congratulations on your lovely wedding, and kudos for sharing this tradition with the younger ones I see who attended your ceremony. The happiness and love radiates from every picture!

  • theastarr

    theastarr said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Amazing & beautiful story.

  • Glynneybug

    Glynneybug said 9 years ago

    So lovely, thank you for sharing!!!

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 9 years ago

    Beautiful wedding! Sorry to hear about your village. All the details in your dresses are lovely. My great grandmother was full Eyak, Alaskan, nice to meet you.

  • ShastaCreations

    ShastaCreations said 9 years ago

    Wow! What a great story, and stunning dress!

  • forthebrand

    forthebrand said 9 years ago

    So impressive! I love your story and how you are keeping the old ways alive. Much happiness always!

  • PAZTODOSMUNDO

    PAZTODOSMUNDO said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! I have mailed a heart to you at KNBA. Thank you for sharing your pictures and I wish you a long, healthy and happy marriage.

  • EmeraldCut

    EmeraldCut said 9 years ago

    Beautiful story, wedding, and conservationist commentary! I really enjoyed reading this Handmade Weddings post.

  • jenniferserr

    jenniferserr said 9 years ago

    Such a beautiful story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us....

  • MaJentaDesigns

    MaJentaDesigns said 9 years ago

    So beautiful, thank you for sharing! I also love the cute cake topper ;)

  • zebracakes

    zebracakes said 9 years ago

    What a unique wedding. Congratulations!

  • AllThingsUnderTheSun

    AllThingsUnderTheSun said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this! Very inspiring in multiple ways.

  • CharmsofFaith

    CharmsofFaith said 9 years ago

    What a great wedding!! Check out this one, with a wedding cake topper made by VirtuosityClay on etsy: http://offbeatbride.com/2011/07/london-backyard-teepee-wedding Love unique weddings!

  • EstherandHarper

    EstherandHarper said 9 years ago

    So inspiring! What an intimate affair!

  • juliannamcduffie

    juliannamcduffie said 9 years ago

    Oh, oh, OH! Best etsy post, Evah! I'm going to pretend that the man in the leather vest and glasses (last picture) is wiping tears of joy... I know I was. Shyanne, you are beautiful, and this is a beautiful story. Congratulations, and may you have many, many happy years together.

  • NopalitoVintageMore

    NopalitoVintageMore said 9 years ago

    Beautiful wedding dress and lovely wedding pictures. I will look at all the shops mentioned in your article. Especially the one whose business declined because of the flood and who now sell on Etsy. Great story! Wishing you and your husband the best!

  • LemonySweet

    LemonySweet said 9 years ago

    AMAZING!! What a beautiful bride in a beautiful wedding. I love everything about it, espeically the pic of the guest, and the gentleman that looks to be wiping away the tears. Congratulations!!

  • vntagequeen

    vntagequeen said 9 years ago

    Oh how I miss Alaska!!! So much!! Your wedding was amazingly gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!!

  • CauldronCraftMinis

    CauldronCraftMinis said 9 years ago

    Just a beautiful story and bride! Congrats!!! I lived two years in Alaska in Denali and in Fairbanks. Some of my best memories. I wish you and your family the very best and applaud you for keeping your traditions alive ;) Much love!

  • LadyCuba

    LadyCuba said 9 years ago

    Love the wedding story and pictures, thank you so much for sharing!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful story! I love your wedding dress!!!! Besh wishes to you and your husband!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 9 years ago

    the dress your aunt made is gorgeous!!!

  • CasaAraiza

    CasaAraiza said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful dress! Congratulations and best wishes to both of you!

  • SilverspotMetalworks

    SilverspotMetalworks said 9 years ago

    A beautiful story about a beautiful couple! Best wishes to you as you begin your life together.

  • lupine2009

    lupine2009 said 9 years ago

    This is a love story.....one of hope,renewal,love of family and friends. Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. The dresses are just amazing. Your momma was there and smiling at her daughter!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding with so much meaning. Congratulations!!

  • dcoshana

    dcoshana said 9 years ago

    Beautiful story, and beautiful photos. Congratulations!

  • upcloseandpersonal

    upcloseandpersonal said 9 years ago

    Isn't it amazing that such a tragedy can bring about such inspiration as your beautiful wedding. May your days be filled with the same joy and creativity as evidenced by your wedding. Congratulations.

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 9 years ago

    What beautiful photos! Congratulations and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness!

  • cindymars7

    cindymars7 said 9 years ago

    This is by far, one of the most touching stories I have read on Etsy. I found myself wiping away a few tears when done reading. Thank you for such a romantic and inspiring article.

  • DandiLionShop

    DandiLionShop said 9 years ago

    This is beautiful ! Congratulations. I hope you both enjoy every moment in your marriage. Again, lots of congratulations !

  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 9 years ago

    The bride and flower girl dresses are just lovely!! The cake topper is such fun too.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 9 years ago

    The history and the tradition and the family participation made this truly a special day. Thanks for sharing your story. Congratulations and best wishes for your future.

  • lisagagnon

    lisagagnon said 9 years ago

    Fabulous, thank you for sharing!

  • onedaysgracenz

    onedaysgracenz said 9 years ago

    Beautiful wedding - thank you for sharing your wedding story!

  • muffintopdesigns

    muffintopdesigns said 9 years ago

    oh my goodness, i sit here a little teary with happiness for you guys! congrats!!!

  • simplycharminglife

    simplycharminglife said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful tribute. thanks so much for sharing this with us all! Congrats!

  • ronsoca

    ronsoca said 9 years ago

    wonderful post ~ Congrats to the newlyweds!

  • TheQueenJewel

    TheQueenJewel said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, your story ! Such a beautiful wedding ! Alaska is just such an amazing state ! Its so beautiful ! I visited several years ago, and didnot want to leave ! The alaskan and native history is awesome!

  • crownring

    crownring said 9 years ago

    Lovely! Blessings to you both and also to your families. :)

  • Goofingoff

    Goofingoff said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. May you have a long and happy marriage. Mazel Tov!

  • hondaranchergirl33

    hondaranchergirl33 said 9 years ago

    One of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen ! Blessings !!

  • soplai

    soplai said 9 years ago

    Simple & Fresh! Congrats on this new milestone & many blessings!

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 9 years ago

    Great story, it brought me to tears (sad and happy). What a blessing that you were able to return to that area and create wonderful memories after such a devastating event. Beautiful wedding dress and I love the colorful bouquet you chose. It made me so happy to hear about Yukon Ron :) Congratulations to you both and thank you for sharing your story!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 9 years ago

    so love this! beautiful.

  • baruchslullaby

    baruchslullaby said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! What a beautiful story and gorgeous pictures...it's wonderful to see fellow Alaskans featured!

  • sparrowsnestdesigns

    sparrowsnestdesigns said 9 years ago

    Beautiful <3

  • GoddessFindings

    GoddessFindings said 9 years ago

    What a treat to read about your wedding and see the beauty of Alaska! Congratulations!

  • moonimage

    moonimage said 9 years ago

    better dress for this landscape )

  • AKiwiSilkie

    AKiwiSilkie said 9 years ago

    Lovely and wonderful tale!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 9 years ago

    many congraulations, such a beautiful story and celebration!

  • YoginiArt

    YoginiArt said 9 years ago

    I agree with the masses, beautiful wedding! congrats and thanks for sharing.

  • Marylander410

    Marylander410 said 9 years ago

    Wow, great story and wedding! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • rockamecook

    rockamecook said 9 years ago

    Such an inspiring story!

  • FiveOfMine

    FiveOfMine said 9 years ago

    Congratulations!! You look so incredibly happy. :)

  • heidianne

    heidianne said 9 years ago

    Beautiful wedding, wonderful story, and touching details. Have been a fan of KNBA for years and love putting faces with you and your husband's familiar voices! Congrats on your wedding and best wishes.

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your wedding and cultural traditions with us. The wedding looked beautiful. Congratulations. I wish you much happiness!

  • isitsecretisitsafe

    isitsecretisitsafe said 9 years ago

    Fantastic pictures! I love the dress! Congratulations!

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 9 years ago

    What a touching story! Thanks so much for sharing how the community of Etsy could help with your special event. It truly is a small world. best to you and your new husband and your town of Eagle.

  • PinwheelStudio

    PinwheelStudio said 9 years ago

    Congratulations, and how wonderful it was to read the story of your wedding - it is so refreshing to hear about the care that went into the weekend -- such a testament to the resiliency of Eagle and the thoughtful work in every detail by everyone who was a part of the celebration.

  • MichelleTourtillott

    MichelleTourtillott said 9 years ago

    What a facinating read and a beautiful story and I wish both of you the best in all!

  • aqua1995

    aqua1995 said 9 years ago

    Congratulations, and thank you for sharing your wedding dayon Etsy. I am truly touched by your story. Many blessing to the both of you and the town of Eagle.

  • noushkaboosh

    noushkaboosh said 9 years ago

    What an incredible story! I wish you two, your families and tribes all the very best. Thank you for sharing!

  • janewearjewelry

    janewearjewelry said 9 years ago

    What gorgeous pictures! And what a lovely Bride! I love the kissing moose ;) Many many blessings to you!!

  • taylorseclectic

    taylorseclectic said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful story of family and community, and the strength that both provide! Thank you for sharing!

  • ConstantGalore

    ConstantGalore said 9 years ago

    What a gorgeous wedding!!!! Congratulations!

  • encantodesign

    encantodesign said 9 years ago

    Love the story...very beautiful.

  • bayousalvage

    bayousalvage said 9 years ago

    congrats yall- hope yall have a long and fruitful life together, with love from new orleans,xo,kerry

  • HardlySimpleDesigns

    HardlySimpleDesigns said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! You looked so beautiful on your special day! The setting looks tranquil and gorgeous. What a wonderful celebration of your future and your past. I wish you and your family a lifetime of happiness! :)

  • SimplyInvitingCards

    SimplyInvitingCards said 9 years ago

    Many congrats to the happy couple! This is definitely one of the best wedding stories I've read in a while. :)

  • WeeWoollyBurros

    WeeWoollyBurros said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Beautiful dress Shyanne and thank you for sharing Wee love it :0)

  • westbyron

    westbyron said 9 years ago

    Wow...beautiful story and a gorgeous bride. That dress is amazing. Congratulations and long, happy life!

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard said 9 years ago

    A Beautiful Bride and Groom! A Beautiful Wedding!

  • geezluezz

    geezluezz said 9 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!!!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets said 9 years ago

    How wonderful, Shyanne, thank you for sharing with us! I love the beaded floral on your cake - what a perfect accoutrement. And your dress is AMAZING! I share in your wonder at what Etsy is helping people achieve, and it was so great to hear from your perspective. Blessings!

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 9 years ago

    Wonderful story!

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 9 years ago

    Congratulations-such a beautiful story, filled with tradition and sentiment= what a beautiful bride, groom and wedding! Thanks for sharing your special day with us!

  • CowboysNSweethearts

    CowboysNSweethearts said 9 years ago

    Love this story :) Thank you for posting....gorgeous wedding dress and gorgeous country :) Wishing you a wonderful & happy life :)

  • JewelsbyJasmin

    JewelsbyJasmin said 9 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Stargazer02

    Stargazer02 said 9 years ago

    awesome!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    So beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing such a special day :) ..absolutely amazing!

  • wildfireatheart

    wildfireatheart said 9 years ago

    love this!!! gives me some cute ideas for my wedding... what a beautiful backdrop!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 9 years ago

    Beautiful bride and wedding, the photos were awesome and I enjoyed reading about your family and traditions, thanks for sharing with all of us, may you have a wonderful and happy life.

  • Art2ArtColorado

    Art2ArtColorado said 9 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this and tears came to my eyes also. I am so sorry about the loss of your mother and then, of your village. Thank you so much for sharing your story and the beautiful pictures. *sending the best of wishes for your new life together and also for the rebuilding of Eagle and the surrounding towns and villages that were affected. (if there is anything we can do, please feel free to convo me with some details...I'd love to know more)

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    OK, now usually I'm very cynical about wedding articles... but this actually brought tears to my eyes! Wishing you both a very long & happy life together & everything you wish for yourselves...

  • DigitalAddiction

    DigitalAddiction said 9 years ago

    Your story is inspiring, and the pictures were so beautiful- such peaceful scenery. You are so blessed to be there and God bless you and your marriage.

  • HeirloomAttire

    HeirloomAttire said 9 years ago

    The beadwork on those dresses is absolutely amazing! Just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your story!

  • Shendeavorelae

    Shendeavorelae said 9 years ago

    So gorgeous and unique. You looked truly happy, spirited and beautiful on your wedding day. Congrats to you both! :)

  • FizixVixen86

    FizixVixen86 said 9 years ago

    Blessings and congratulations! You were a radiant bride, and you and Aaron are truly a credit to your heritage! May you have a long and joyful life together!

  • LogCabinCreation

    LogCabinCreation said 9 years ago

    Shyanne...Thank you for sharing. Your wedding was so beautiful and the highlight of Eagle this summer. Adeline did a marvelous job on your dress...thank you for letting us share in your special moment.

  • GretchensPretties

    GretchensPretties said 9 years ago

    May you both have many many happy, loving, blessed years of marriage! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  • ArianaJaquysh

    ArianaJaquysh said 9 years ago

    Beautiful Wishing you lots of love, laughter, and a life filled with family and friends ♥

  • akpeacecat

    akpeacecat said 9 years ago

    Shayanne - what a beautiful post! Thanks for writing about your experience! I listen to you on KNBA and was really happy to see your story!!

  • Studio1980

    Studio1980 said 9 years ago

    Beautiful!!! Love the wedding:-)) congratulations dear... My best wishes for both of you guys!! Anjali

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 9 years ago

    So beautiful!!! Congratulations!!!

  • perebags

    perebags said 9 years ago

    Such an amazing wedding story! Thanks for sharing it!!

  • LaSantaMuerte

    LaSantaMuerte said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding and story! Congratulations.

  • faithonearth

    faithonearth said 9 years ago

    So beautiful and inspiring,:)Many blessing sent your way.

  • RubyChicOriginals

    RubyChicOriginals said 9 years ago

    Deep, breathtaking sorrow, beauty and love. Thanks for sharing your expansive, open heart. Many blessings to you and your family. -Crystal

  • NuminosityBeads

    NuminosityBeads said 9 years ago

    It was a great wedding and reception indeed. I was fortunate to be one of the attendees. I was so surprised to see this featured here. Nice! xoxo Kim Rogers

  • qwynwyn

    qwynwyn said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story, culture, and special day!

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 9 years ago

    oh my GOD this is lifechanging

  • LeanneDesigns

    LeanneDesigns said 9 years ago

    This article has made me cry. I admire the dedication you have for your cultures, and for keeping it alive and strong. Kudos to you for what you have done, for sharing this incredible journey and event with us. Proud to be Etsian. Leanne

  • labellefairy

    labellefairy said 9 years ago

    Just Lovely!

  • rosebee

    rosebee said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing.

  • EraticStaticVintage

    EraticStaticVintage said 9 years ago

    So absolutely beautiful!! At a loss for words :-)

  • brainfart

    brainfart said 9 years ago

    Hello! you are a lovely bride! I am sorry of the loss of your mother . But remember her spirit will alway's surround you . I am Californian Northern Maidu. My Mother's maiden name was Potts. Thank you for the deep respect you and your husband and family have for your beautiful culture. I wish you the best! Regards Patricia

  • BoonieBoutique

    BoonieBoutique said 9 years ago

    SO sweet! I wish you, your new groom and your tribes all the best!

  • Sugarhaus

    Sugarhaus said 9 years ago

    This is such an awesome story! I am Polish, and preserving MY culture is important to ME, so I completely understand you, Shyanne! It was a tragedy was happened to your town, but I'm inspired that you and your family still turned it into a celebratory and BEAUTIFUL occasion!! Many blessings to you and your growing family :)

  • lanacotter

    lanacotter said 9 years ago

    GORGEOUS BRIDE, WEDDING, EVERYTHING! WOW.

  • nevinackered

    nevinackered said 9 years ago

    So glad to see that even in spite of the tragedy of the flood earlier in the year, the wedding still went off without a hitch. It looked absolutely beautiful. Congratulations to the happy couple!

  • scovel11

    scovel11 said 9 years ago

    Beautiful in every way. Thank you for sharing your story and photos. Made me smile. Here's to a long and happy life together!

  • bcellars

    bcellars said 9 years ago

    I love your wedding dress! I've never been to Alaska but now I want to go.

  • buttonalia

    buttonalia said 9 years ago

    I have tears of joy looking at your photos - I know your new married life will be the fullest, best living for you both - I wish I could hug you!

  • FiliGraceJewelry

    FiliGraceJewelry said 9 years ago

    Wondeful story and beautiful wedding. The dress is fantastic! Thank you for sharing! Congrats to both of you! :)

  • simobre1967

    simobre1967 said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful story :)

  • aileenrae

    aileenrae said 9 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!! This is my favorite handmade wedding yet. Congrats!!

  • misstudy

    misstudy said 9 years ago

    Just beautiful! All marriages should start out with such deep tradition, it would certainly be a better world. Lovely wedding dress, a treasure. Congrats to the bride and groom, my your life together be filled with as much joy as you shared on your special day.

  • Ainurcrochet

    Ainurcrochet said 9 years ago

    Wooo hoooo .... Incredibly beautiful !!!!

  • bonnieAK

    bonnieAK said 9 years ago

    Another beautiful Alaskan wedding. Your dress was fantastic! Glad your aunties helped you out. Wishing you and your new spouse best wishes for a good marriage and keep up the good work of a continuing Athabaskan culture.

  • leahwilson1

    leahwilson1 said 9 years ago

    I'm sure that both families are equally proud of the traditions that you and your new husband are keeping alive. When I read you story I couldn't help but cry,this is the most beautiful love story I've ever read.This like your beautiful wedding dress I'm sure will go down in history. More of our traditions should be kept alive like this.Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  • yaidayaida

    yaidayaida said 9 years ago

    That is absolute beautiful wedding story. May Good health, good luck, and happiness be with you.

  • LaBoutiqueDeHarfang

    LaBoutiqueDeHarfang said 9 years ago

    just one word, beautiful. And best wishes and many blessings to you!! Denise

  • DeborahChapin

    DeborahChapin said 9 years ago

    what a beautiful story, and just shows how you never know how you'll make a difference.

  • uncljohn

    uncljohn said 9 years ago

    Yes, a wonderful story and beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing it.

  • Maulani

    Maulani said 9 years ago

    Loving this! Beautiful pictures and really lovely wedding. Best wishes to you!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 9 years ago

    Beautiful! Congrats!

  • vwghiagirl

    vwghiagirl said 9 years ago

    so very beautiful!!!! Keeping traditions alive and memories is what makes and keeps us at peace and happy. I'm so happy for you and your husband.I worked in Alaska a million years ago for trident seafoods on South NakNek...it changed my life & perspective on everything, on a bad Salmon season I was fortunate enough to be sent to Kodiak Island for a summer & it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your beautiful wedding. It is so moving and loving to hear about how it is so special to you, and your family and the place you come from. thank you.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 9 years ago

    I love love love them. The photos really captured the essence of their wedding. Thanks for sharing.

  • Crazyforquilting

    Crazyforquilting said 9 years ago

    Lived in AK in the 70's & 80's. Your pictures bring back fond memories. What a beautiful start to your life together.

  • good4you

    good4you said 9 years ago

    etsy weddings are seriously the best! simple. sweet. amazing.

  • couldbeeyours

    couldbeeyours said 9 years ago

    Wow really enjoyed this post. I love all the creativity that went into it and it's completely taking it to the next level. Great job!

  • Evajune

    Evajune said 9 years ago

    I have died and gone to heaven. I love everything about this wedding.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 9 years ago

    I am so sorry for the things that were lost to you, but I want to wish you all the best! I love all your photo's and your wedding was beautiful!!

  • Jackphelpsstudio

    Jackphelpsstudio said 9 years ago

    Great weddings,Great photos!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Beautiful wedding! I love how its both a celebration of culture and love : ) Congratulations!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 9 years ago

    Goosebumps! Great everything, wish I knew you and was there! (also - the girls looked great with the orange heels and brown dresses) Very inspiring. Enjoy your life and cheers!

  • HighQueen

    HighQueen said 9 years ago

    My heart goes out to both of your tribes. How fitting that both of you decided to bring the joy of the wedding to the exact spot where your village was and be near your mother, may she rest in peace. It is like a rebirth of the culture, the people, and Mother Earth. Congratulations!

  • ContinentalCreations

    ContinentalCreations said 9 years ago

    WOW! I can't think of a more special wedding! That's so awesome!

  • woodeyeglass

    woodeyeglass said 9 years ago

    Wow... you guys really rocked my world, and thanks so much for including my champagne flutes in your special day! I am very honored to have had a small part in such a beautiful event between two wonderful people... I wish you all the very best in the world! - Jeff

  • ToothNailTail

    ToothNailTail said 9 years ago

    This is such a beautiful story! The craftsmanship of the bride and flower girls dresses is gorgeous, such beautiful beading. And this part "my father Bill Goebel (my hero) spent a lot of time searching the Yukon River picking out the logs needed to build the shelters for the ceremony and facilities for people who made the long journey." What an amazing thing to do for the guests and the ceremony, so much love and work must have gone into your Weddingstock :) Congratulations!!!

  • PersonalizedGiftsbyJ

    PersonalizedGiftsbyJ said 9 years ago

    This is such a beautiful story. Congrats

  • BeadFloraJewels

    BeadFloraJewels said 9 years ago

    Amazing wedding! Such a delight to see what you have done with my flowers on your cake. Great idea :)

  • donver

    donver said 9 years ago

    May you have a long and joyful life together!

  • go2girl

    go2girl said 9 years ago

    Beautiful occasion, thank you for sharing.

  • lemonn

    lemonn said 9 years ago

    Best wishes to you! Thank you for sharing your story.

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 9 years ago

    So sweet, congratulations!

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 9 years ago

    Beautiful story, thank you for sharing.

  • PlayTheTriangle

    PlayTheTriangle said 9 years ago

    WOW! You all looked so beautiful. It's amazing to hear an inspiring and hope filled story like that. Your elk skin dress is absolutely stunning. I hope you have a great married life together!

  • momswear

    momswear said 9 years ago

    What beautiful photos and amazing bead work!

  • davkadeergirl

    davkadeergirl said 9 years ago

    definitely my favorite wedding feature yet. Incredible photos! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 9 years ago

    Just. Beautiful.

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful and inspiring wedding story. I love that your dad made shelters for the guests, amazing!

  • izuly

    izuly said 9 years ago

    Beautiful story and wedding....makes me wish I was there! Congratulations!!

  • SugarPoppyDesigns

    SugarPoppyDesigns said 9 years ago

    I love that you incorporated your heritage into your wedding instead of the trend du jour. Lovely story. All the best!

  • DogPawDesigns

    DogPawDesigns said 9 years ago

    Beautiful! What a wonderful wedding it must have been. Congratulations. Love the cake!

  • ArgentaCollaborative

    ArgentaCollaborative said 9 years ago

    Blessed be!

  • ckipps

    ckipps said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful story and wedding. How lovely to keep alive your tribal traditions in a place that, no matter what Mother Nature brings, still means home to you.

  • meteorsyrup

    meteorsyrup said 9 years ago

    lovely wedding, it seems so personal and heart-warming. the beadwork on your wedding dress is breathtaking! congratulations!

  • atomicaprons

    atomicaprons said 9 years ago

    that was such an inspiring and beautiful story of resilience. I thank you so much for sharing it and wish you a bright and happy future.

  • scintillate

    scintillate said 9 years ago

    Such a beautiful story and lovely place to start your lives together. Joy and happiness to you both!

  • vlmccauley

    vlmccauley said 9 years ago

    Oh my... I loved your story. I love how you cherish so your traditions and where you came from. I have to say, though the picture "Shyanne in the woods. " said it all. The picture so clearly told the story in one shot. The beauty and the joy. Sigh. Congrats

  • SilverImageLimited

    SilverImageLimited said 9 years ago

    Handmade everything, I love it. But sad the pictures are pixels and not real photographs! Future readers, I am for hire. :-)

  • SunDapple

    SunDapple said 9 years ago

    This is one of the very sweetest and most inspiring wedding stories I have ever read. You are a beautiful bride. Cherish the day, what a loving memory. Bless you both for generations to come.

  • papertales

    papertales said 9 years ago

    lovely...thank you for sharing

  • DifferentStyle

    DifferentStyle said 9 years ago

    What a lovely story! Great idea how to keep traditions alive in our modern world. Thank you hangwichin for sharing!

  • DotD

    DotD said 9 years ago

    Congratulations and Best Wishes for a lifetime of Happiness together....a true love story despite tragedies. I'm checking out your shop now.

  • beckydenslow

    beckydenslow said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful story! My parents and sisters live in Alaska and this story reminded me of what a wonderful place the live in. I've attended 2 Alaskan wedding. Both were great but the pictures of your wedding are amazing! May you both have many beautiful years together under the midnight sun!

  • FallenLeavesFineArt

    FallenLeavesFineArt said 9 years ago

    Congratulations to a beautiful couple! Thanks for sharing your story with the Etsy community. It brought back wonderful memories of my childhood in Two Rivers, Alaska. I hope your work continues to bring the creative spirit of Eagle to new friends throughout the world... and help with your restoration efforts at home.

  • NellywithWings

    NellywithWings said 9 years ago

    This is really touching. All of it. Thanks for sharing.

  • NellywithWings

    NellywithWings said 9 years ago

    Oh, and the wedding "venue" is absolutely beautiful those pictures took my breath away.

  • KnittyTurks

    KnittyTurks said 9 years ago

    Your wedding is absolutely gorgeous . I love the cake topper, cute!

  • afternoontees

    afternoontees said 9 years ago

    Breathtaking, love this wedding / article. :)

  • pasin

    pasin said 9 years ago

    so beautiful! congratulations!

  • Balanced

    Balanced said 9 years ago

    that is beautiful.

  • Qminime

    Qminime said 9 years ago

    Such a beautiful wedding! congratulations!

  • MytherapyisArt

    MytherapyisArt said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your special day with "us." It it wonderful that you have kept your heritage in tact. Many of us only have bits & pieces left. Your dress was beautiful and the pic of you standing in the forest is a powerful and beautiful photo. Congratulations!

  • AppleNoir

    AppleNoir said 9 years ago

    Sooo Beautiful, I love that you incorporated tradition in with a amazingly beautiful modern wedding. I brought tears to my eyes, I only hope I can achieve the same amount of personal style and heritage and tradition in my wedding. Love, Love, Love this wedding. Congrats!!!

  • chucklingchickadee

    chucklingchickadee said 9 years ago

    I love coming to the handmade weddings section here on etsy.Some weddings have certain elements that I think are great,creative ideas;other weddings are so amazing from start to finish that I find myself saying every two seconds "why didn't I think of that!?". This wedding,however,is exactly what I think of when I imagine what a perfect wedding to be.It's quite lovely to design your wedding around what you think is visually beautiful-and there's not a darn thing wrong with that.This wedding is done for what is meaningful-and the result is a ceremony with more beauty and purity than any color co-ordinated,cleverly themed affair that's come before it.So many couples-especially brides-get so caught up in planning their wedding,trying to make it be a perfect day,that they forget it's the marraige that counts and not the perfect dress or just the right menu.This kind of meaningful ceremony is for all of us whether we're Native American,Asian or a mix of many.I think we could all take a page from their book-maybe even a whole chapter.

  • IndigenousDesign

    IndigenousDesign said 9 years ago

    absolutely marvelous. This has got to be the most lovely and inspiring story ever! that shw that builds homes for people needs to get up there and rebuild this town.

  • Zaheroux

    Zaheroux said 9 years ago

    Such a beautiful wedding and how amazing! I actually bought my wedding dress and our goblets here on Etsy, it was wonderful to be able to find such treasures! Thank you for sharing your story and pictures!

  • AntoinetteDesign

    AntoinetteDesign said 9 years ago

    Such a meaningful story about what a wedding is really supposed to be; personal to the people getting married, a representation of their beautiful cultures, and a joyful celebration! Congrats to you both, and thank you for such a happy glimpse of your special day!!

  • thelonelydoll

    thelonelydoll from thelonelydoll said 9 years ago

    This is, by far, my favourite wedding! I love when tradition is honoured. So many weddings are trendy, traditional clothing and ceremonies never go out of style!

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