PUBLISHED: 1:45 PM on Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Dream come true
Wasilla couple wed at Mendenhall Glacier

Photo by Amanda Gragert
  Ashley Comer and Patrick Malone listen to a reading by the bride's mother, Sheree Comer, at the couple's wedding Friday, Dec. 30 at Mendenhall Glacier.
A dream come true in a winter wedding was just what Ashley Comer received when she married Patrick Malone on Friday, Dec. 30 at Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau.

The Wasilla couple was married in front of an audience of about 20 people in a ceremony that took much planning to become a realization.

Patrick was familiar with the Juneau area, having lived there as a child. He said Ashley visited Mendenhall Glacier last summer and liked the scene.

"Once Ashley saw the glacier, she just fell in love with it," Patrick said. "She had always wanted to get married in the winter time."

Ashley, who grew up in San Angelo, Texas, said she didn't tell her fiancé she wanted to get married at the glacier, but it fit with her ideal wedding.

"I'm a Texas girl, and didn't like the heat. I always wanted a winter wedding with snow and a glacier and the whole sha-bang," Ashley said.

After visiting the glacier, Patrick said he had a dream that he and Ashley were married at the glacier.

"I told Ashley's mom about this dream I had. She's one of those people who wants everyone to be happy and to make dreams come true, so she set the ball in motion," Patrick said.

A Dec. 17 wedding date in Juneau was set but travel arrangements for friends and family were proving difficult, Patrick said.

After revising plans, the couple visited family in Ketchikan before coming to Juneau for their wedding. A coincidence was the pale blue maid of honor's dress matching Mendenhall Glacier.

"We didn't plan that," Ashley laughed. "My mom was more than willing to help us, but it was difficult to try to arrange everything and not being there to see it."

She said the wedding turned out how she had imagined as a child.

"I felt like a princess walking down to meet my Prince Charming," Ashley said. "When I saw him waiting for me, I felt overwhelmed but not in a bad way. I was happy and excited."

A second ceremony is planned in June in Wasilla, where the couple will participate in a Masonic confirmation ceremony.

"It's really hard to explain. Most people have never heard of one let alone seen one," Patrick said. "It celebrates the fact that both husband and wife have Masonic heritage."

Ashley said she is excited to share another ceremony with more friends and family, but her dream already has been realized.

"It's sounds corny, but when I first met him it was love at first site," Ashley said. "He's always made me feel like a princess."