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.

July 21, 2018

Polson Wedding Photographer, Jojo & Bill at The Barn at Finley Point

What to say about these two. They've got just about the most amazing "meet cute" on earth, and they couldn't possibly be any sweeter than they are. From the moment I arrived Leah Lamberson and I were treated like family by everyone from the couple to the entire guest list. The Barn at Finley Point provided an idyllic setting, with rentals from Barn Door Rentals.

June 25, 2018

Kalispell Wedding Photographer, Jaimee & Gavin at Diamond B Weddings

I don't think I could've asked for a better couple to share a wedding with for my first "Montana Wedding" than Jaimee and Gavin. From our first correspondence to their wedding day, they couldn't have been sweeter, or more welcoming. It was soon very clear myself and the rest of the vendors were going to be treated as if we were guests of the wedding, so the initial rain that threatened to put a damper on the evening quickly became a distant memory once it stopped, giving way to a beautiful ceremony and one breathtaking sunset to close out the night. Congratulations Jaimee and Gavin, and thank you so much for including me in the evening!

Shout out to the other vendors who all came together for an amazing night: Diamond B WeddingsBe Our Guest Wedding & Event PlannerCelebrate Event & Party Rental, Smart Alex Band, Dickey's CateringSpotted Bear Distillery, Farm-to-Market Hog, Soucie Soucie Salon & SpaSkeeter Johnston ProductionsPIXelated Photobooth Gigs, and last but not least my second photographer Leah Lamberson Photography!

April 12, 2018

Austin Wedding Photographer, Jana & Michael at The Vineyard at Florence

I very nearly botched any chance of shooting Jana and Michael's wedding in my very first correspondence with them. In my initial response to Jana's inquiry, my phone autocorrected her name to my Mom's name—Jane. I caught the error as soon as I hit send and realized I'd better send an immediate follow-up, explaining what had happened. Thankfully this frankness endeared me to them and I couldn't be more happy about it. Meeting them for lunch before the wedding I knew the big day would be extremely special, and it was. A relatively simple, reasonably intimate wedding with really just their close friends and family meant lots of hugs, smiles, and laughter. The wedding was at The Vineyard at Florence a nice drive north of Austin. A big thanks to my second shooter Jakobeit Photo and a huge congratulations Jana and Michael!

July 10, 2017

Austin Wedding Photographer, Michelle & William at South Congress Hotel

Michelle & William hosted a lovely wedding with their closest friends and family at the boutique South Congress Hotel in Austin. Despite the Summer timing the weather was amazing and turned into a gorgeous, casual evening of vintage decor, DIY design elements designed by the bride, and ice cream.

Shout out to all of the vendors did an amazing job putting together this truly special, intimate urban wedding: Ashley Nicole AffairThe Moonlight Manor,  Spinning Leaf Films, DJ Marcus Davis, Cafe No SeTiny PiesBHLDN by TheiaPepper PastorLoot Vintage, and my second shooter Jakobeit Photo.

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

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