October 26, 2020

West Glacier Wedding Photographer, Ashley & Scott

Ashley and Scott had another wedding that was thankfully able to commence as originally planned despite COVID-19 and all the chaos that caused the wedding and event industry this year. From my first contact with them, they had always planned on a very intimate ceremony with just them and their immediate families at Glacier Raft Co. in West Glacier. And from there the plan was always to hop on down the road to Glacier National Park and the Apgar Village area for some "epic Montana scenery portraits," And Montana and Glacier delivered in spades. While the rain did cause the slightest bit of disruption just prior to the exchange of vows, that just meant conditions were ripe for a perfect timed rainbow while we did family photos in the park. And... well just check out the photos, because words simply won't do it justice.

Vendors

Venue: Glacier Raft Co. / Lodging: Glacier Raft Co. / Officiant: Kate Berry / Florals: Mum's Flowers

October 14, 2020

Glacier National Park Wedding Photographer, Allyn & Nicholas

Allyn and Nicholas were my first of two wedding couples from Illinois in the span of five days, and my first wedding that actually took place inside Glacier National Park. Though initially, that was not the plan. Originally I should've been making this blog post this past spring. Of course, we all know what happened throughout the world in March. COVID lock-downs for everyone! Thankfully they didn't allow that to completely scuttle their dreams of a Montana wedding and they rescheduled for this fall and it couldn't have been more perfect. Yes, there was intermittent rain, yes there ominous clouds that obscured the mountains occasionally. But without rain, you can't have a rainbow. A rainbow that spanned Lake McDonald just as they said their wedding vows. If that isn't a sign of a blessed marriage, I don't know what is.

While they weren't technically eloping, they had a sort of 'deluxe elopement' with a total headcount of fewer than twenty people with a ceremony at the Apgar Amphitheatre, portraits in that general vicinity thereafter, and finally a dinner to close out the festivities.

I am so glad the pandemic didn't spoil my chance to hangout and get to know Allyn and Nicholas more, and can't wait for them to come back and visit—hopefully often—in the future!

Vendors

Venue(s): Glacier National Park Apgar Amphitheater, Grouse Mountain Lodge / Transportation: Montana Trolley Co. / Bakery: Delectable Desserts & Catering / Hair & Makeup: Brittany Brennan / Flowers: Southern Blooms Co.

October 12, 2020

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Tasha & Korey

I was fortunate to meet Tasha at the My Montana Wedding Inspiration Expo last fall. She was planning a modest, largely D.I.Y. wedding at North 40 Resort between Columbia Falls and Whitefish, and convenient for me just five minutes from my house!

Thanks to the modest size of the wedding and being comprised of primarily Tasha & Korey's immediate and extended family they were thankfully able to avoid much disruption to their plans due to COVID-19, and everything went off without a hitch. It was so much fun to hang out with them and their families during what was a laid back, fun- and love-filled evening among the trees.

In the not-to-distant future I'm looking forward to traipsing around Glacier National Park with this super friendly couple for an epic adventure portraits session.

Vendors

Venue: North Forty Resort / Catering: Porteus BBQ / Bakery: Cakes by Debi / Dress: Mimi's Bridal / Jewelry: The Electric Buffalo

August 17, 2020

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Shona & Bradley

Like just about everyone in the wedding business this year, my summer bookings were all made prior to the worldwide pandemic created by COVID-19. Naturally, this placed a lot of wedding plans up in the air, and while Shona and Bradley were traveling from out-of-state, their plans were always for a more intimate wedding in the glorious outdoors that can be found at Lone Pine State Park and the beautiful grounds of Conrad Mansion in Kalispell. Also, any wedding where a friendly game of bocce ball breaks out is a successful wedding in my book. Congratulations to Shona & Bradley, thank you so much for including me in the festivities.

Shout out to this awesome group of vendors who coordinated on an amazing evening: Planner: Wise Wedding & Event Planning / Venue(s): Lone Pine State Park, Conrad Mansion Museum / Hair & Makeup: Alexis Raab / Florals: Memories in Blossom / Jewelry: Albriton's Jewelry (Jackson, MS) / Catering & Bakery: Delectable Catering and Desserts / Band: Eric Alan Duo / Rentals: The Party Store

July 3, 2020

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Lorene & Justin

Lorene & Justin's wedding should've taken place right in the thick of what was on pace to be my busiest wedding season ever. With the onset of COVID-19 however, it ended up being my first wedding this year, amongst a plethora of unfortunately canceled and rescheduled events.

Thankfully this super easy going couple already had a lot of things working in their favor. Even before the pandemic took hold in the United States, they had a limited guest list predominantly made up of family, and they were getting married at their house. Their day was made up of friends and family pitching in to get everything just so, and the decor was largely of the DIY variety, making for a laid back, intimate, fun affair.

Thank you Lorene and Justin for your trust in me, and your hospitality in welcoming me to your home.

February 15, 2020

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Wedding Inspiration at North Forty Resort

I was fortunate to be included in this fun styled wedding session at North Forty Resort this past weekend. Book of Love Weddings & Events pulled together a bevy of awesome collaborators from My Montana Wedding for this pink-hued, winter inspiration.

Planner: Book of Love Weddings & Events / Venue: North Forty Resort / Photography: Thewmatt Photography / Hair & Makeup: Rare Beauty / Florals: SG Weddings & Events / Cake: Delectable Desserts & Catering / Rentals: Empress Tents & Events / Rings: McGough & Co.

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October 1, 2019

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Norman & Tyler

I was so fortunate to be included in this wedding at the summit of Whitefish Mountain Resort. Norman & Tyler had a small wedding with around 70 of their closest friends and family who experienced a gorgeous day where clouds and rain stayed in the forecast the day prior and returned the day after. As you can see that was absolutely not the case during the ceremony. Instead of traditional formal wear, they wore traditional philippine barongs which provided a delightful pop of color into the proceedings and made it difficult to deliver too many black and white photos because they looked so great.

Venue & Catering: Whitefish Mountain Resort / Planner: Jess Smith / Associate Photographer: A Rose Photography / DJ: Jason Sleed / Officiant: Lynne-Spencer Smith / Bakery: Crooked Tree Coffee & Cakes.

August 14, 2019

Saint Mary, Montana Wedding Photographer, Debra & Christopher

While they're regular visitors to the area due to familial ties, Debra and Christopher were planning their wedding day from the East coast. Naturally, in the best of scenarios, this can make planning and coordinating a wedding without a planner difficult. And when a permitting snafu scuttles plans for a wedding in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park you're forced to fall back to a plan B. Of course when your fallback is family land on the shores of Lower Saint Mary Lake, your plan B is better than many people's plan A!

From getting ready, the first look, the wedding ceremony, and then a family hike in the Two Medicine area the day after the wedding, I really got a chance to get to know both of them and their children, and it couldn't have been more fun. It is so humbling to be included in such a special day.

August 8, 2019

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Kathryn & Justin, The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

When I first met Kathryn for coffee at Coffee Traders to discuss the possibility of photographing her and Justin's wedding I had to really try to contain my excitement. While I wasn't able to meet Justin ahead of time, here was an awesome couple—both of whom are pilots—and the plan was for Kathryn to arrive at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in a floatplane. How cool is that?! Seriously, in my mind, I was almost thinking "Can I pay you to photograph your wedding? Because this is something I have to do."

Thankfully for my own personal livelihood, it didn't come to that and last month, despite gusty winds threatening to scrap the most epic bride's entrance ever, the evening ultimately went off without a hitch. Congratulations to Kathyrn & Justin, thank you so much for including me in your special day, I had a blast with everyone.

Shout out to the other vendors who made this such a night to remember: Venue & Catering: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake; DJ: Sidecar Audio; and my associate photographer Leah Lamberson Photography.

February 18, 2019

Styled Winter Bridal Portraits, Club Bed Tanning Ad Session

This was a fun shoot for Club Bed Tanning Resort here in Whitefish that happens to be a fellow My Montana Wedding Association member. They needed a new ad to run in the My Montana Wedding magazine to promote their spray tan offerings. They lined up the model and borrowed a dress from Mimi's Bridal in downtown Kalispell and we met up at Whitefish City Beach on a cold, 32-degree day.  It was probably more fun for me than it was for our model Brooke since I was able to keep my hoodie on the whole time and she had to stand there with bare arms.

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Matt Wetzler is an editorial, motorsport, portrait, and destination wedding photographer based in Northwest Montana.

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