September 22, 2023

Kalispell Wedding Photographer, Morgan & Bryan at Snowline Acres

Last October I was fortunate to spend a perfect, mid-October evening with Morgan and Bryan traipsing around West Glacier—and a quick stop at the Bulldog in Whitefish—for their engagement portrait session.

I couldn't wait to see them again for their wedding at the Ashley Creek Historic Venue at Snowline Acres which is perfect for large weddings like they were planning. It was a very elegant, black-tie-style affair full of love, laughing, smiles, and dancing... lots of dancing.

Venue: Snowline Acres / Coordination: Empress Tents & Events / Catering: Desoto Grill / DJ: Peak Audio / Florals: Pure Happiness Wedding Flowers / Transportation: Wild Horse Limousine / Second Photographer: Porsche Jean Photography

August 25, 2023

Lake Blaine Wedding Photographer, Caroline & Evan’s Backyard nuptials

From our very first video call when Caroline and Evan were choosing a photographer, it seemed to be fated that I would photograph their wedding. I was wearing a shirt with a penguin on it in that Zoom call, and Caroline immediately commented on it. I soon discovered that she studies penguins, and her specialty is the very same penguin you'll see in the upper left of this website!

As amazingly coincidental as that is, that isn't the sole reason I was their wedding photographer. We hit it off from that very first conversation and continued to over coffee a few months before the wedding which took place at Evan's parent's house near Lake Blaine. And it was just down the literal street from where Evan had grown up. On top of that personal touch, they brewed the beer for the occasion, the food was a group effort prepared by family and following a recipe from Caroline's grandmother, and there was a bird theme throughout given that they both study birds for a living!

Florals: Memories in Blossom / Hair & Makeup: Majestic Mountain Beauty / Rentals & Decor: Bella Trailers and The Party Store

July 12, 2023

Switchback Suites, Downtown Kalispell Boutique Hotel

Several months ago my friends Joe and Katie bought a boutique hotel right in downtown Kalispell. Then came a couple of months of frantic work as they refurnished, remodeled, and converting office space into two additional rooms. This brings us to today and eight rooms, conveniently located to major thoroughfares, walking distance from walking and biking trails, downtown shopping, and local food options.

I occasionally dabble in real estate photography so when they asked if I was available to help them get their listings ready for primetime I jumped at the chance. If you're planning on being in the Flathead Valley and need a place to lay your head, it's worth checking out. You can learn all you need to know about the accommodations at the Switchback Suites website.

July 10, 2023

Kalispell Wedding Photographer, Lindsay and Brady at Diamond B Weddings

One thing I always tell my wedding couples is that no matter how far out you begin planning, the wedding day will arrive before you know it. Time seems to accelerate the closer the big day comes. Lindsay and Brady's wedding was no exception. They booked my photography services 19 months ago, way back in 2021. Fast forward to the summer of this year and here we are!

This was such a fun and unique wedding, as just about everyone in the wedding both wedding parties and the bride and groom more or less grew up together. There's something really cool when everyone has that shared history together that makes the wedding day really intimate even though there are around 200 people there.

Venue: Diamond B Weddings / Couture: Mimi's Bridal / Hair & Makeup: Halo Salon / Bakery: Montana Wildflour / Sweets: Montana Sweet Traditions / Flowers: Two Kays Flower Farm / Catering: Dickey's Barbecue / Photo Booth: The Candid Caravan / Jewelry: Coins & Carats / Second Photographer: Cortney Foster Photos

May 19, 2023

Dana’s Surprise 40th Birthday Party

Nothing is more exciting, and a little anxiety-inducing, than when you're hired by another photographer for a job. But it's ultimately always a blast. My colleague Jennifer Vernarsky's husband was turning the big 4-O and was holding a surprise party for him at a Kalispell vacation rental. It was so much fun arriving early to capture some of the custom decorations she'd ordered from Etsy, and getting to hang out with her in-laws while we waited for them to arrive for the big surprise. Of course, I had a piece of the delicious cake from the Crumb Cake Bakery.

The good news, the surprise was a success, and everything went off without a hitch in the plans.

March 10, 2023

Ammie & Blake’s Courthouse Ceremony and Glacier National Park Portraits

My friend Katie with An Epic Elopement texted me one evening as she and her husband were having dinner with one of her neighbors to see if I was interested and available for a weekday portrait session with them. They were going to be getting married at the courthouse soon and were hoping for some portraits at the courthouse, and then 'somewhere epic' later on.

Well, it doesn't get much more epic than Glacier National Park in this neck of the woods, even if it is winter and there are low clouds everywhere. We left the sunny, blue skies of downtown Kalispell to the completely socked-in winter setting of Lake McDonald and took advantage of all the beauty it has to offer.

February 10, 2023

Kalispell Wedding Photographer, Leila & Jay at Diamond B Weddings

I don't want this post about Leila & Jay's wedding to sound like a paid promotion for another business that is completely unrelated to photography, but that is actually how I first met Jay. He runs Rocky Mountain Power Systems here in the Flathead Valley and was responsible for selling and installing an on-demand power generator at my house. And what I didn't know at the time was I'd actually met his mom through My Montana Wedding when I first joined the association.

Fast-forward a couple of months after his initial consultation visit to my house but I run into him at Kaite & Beau's wedding at Diamond B Weddings because—surprise!—Katie is Jay's youngest sister!

Then a few months ago I get a call from Jay saying he's found the love of his life and he's going to be getting married in January for a winter wedding. Naturally, I was more than happy to oblige, even with the stress of working in front of one of the Valley's long-established photographers Joanna Adams who was in the wedding as the Aunt of Leila.

It's a small world after all.

Venue: Church at Creston and Diamond B Weddings / DJ: Destination DJ / Second Photographer: Kyle Stansbury

October 8, 2022

Kalispell Wedding Photographer, Taylar & Jared at Jewel Basin Weddings

I was fortunate to meet Taylar at Jared at the My Montana Wedding Expo & Style show this past January and was so honored to be included in their lovely fall wedding at Jewel Basin Weddings. They invited their closest friends and family for a lovely evening that felt more like a family reunion or a backyard get-together among friends. It is one of my biggest honors to be included in such gatherings, and record them for posterity.

Venue: Jewel Basin Weddings / Officiant: Shawna with Best Day Officiants / Couture: Mimi's Bridal / Bakery: Sweet Traditions / Second Photographer: Cortney Foster Photos

June 8, 2022

Kalispell Wedding Photographer, Unique & Luke at Snowline Acres

One of the greatest compliments a photographer can receive is to be referred by past clients. I was introduced to Unique and Luke via Sarah and Dom and I simply cannot thank them enough. And while it's not unheard of for grooms to take the lead on hiring the photographer that was the case here, and I actually didn't speak with Unique until the week before the wedding when we all met at Snowline to talk wedding logistics.

This is so far the largest wedding I've ever photographed, with close to 300 guests all told, but it honestly didn't feel too unwieldy thanks in no small part to the lovely Snowline Acres wedding venue, and to just everyone being so nice.

Venue: Snowline Acres / Catering: Vista Linda / Band: Mike Murray / Bar Services: Treasure State Hospitality / Couture: Eddy K Dreams with alterations by Odie Fashion & Design / Second Photographer: Kyle Stansbury

December 10, 2021

Kalispell Wedding Photographer, Sarah & Dominic at Best Western Plus Flathead Lake

It was so great to see Sarah and Dominic again during the winter holiday season after their engagement session this past summer and get to meet their friends and family. They really wanted to make it a welcoming affair and had tons of great Christmas touches like a hot cocoa bar, Christmas trees, mil and cookies for dessert, and as you'll see in the image above a first kiss under the mistletoe.

Venue: Best Western Plus Flathead Lake / Catering: Vista Linda / DJ: V-Team DJs

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