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

September 8, 2023

Jessica & Doug’s Totally ’80s Welcome Dinner and All-White Wedding at Triple B Ranch

I was so fortunate to be brought on for this unique wedding weekend by my friend and wedding planner extraordinaire Sarah.

Jessica and Doug were here from the East Coast, but Doug's family has decades-long ties to the Whitefish area which made it the perfect place to form their union. Their friends and family joined them for several days of pre-wedding events and the wedding itself making it feel very intimate even though it was a reasonably large wedding.

My involvement kicked off with the 1980's 1980s-themed welcome dinner at Triple B Ranch the night before the wedding. There were fanny packs, neon clothing, crimped and teased hair, and period-appropriate costumes, a surprise flash mob to a medley of '80s hit songs that had been choreographed and rehearsed over Zoom for weeks leading up to the weekend, and finally '80s song karaoke.

For the wedding day itself, Jessica had a very defined vision of all white. The florals were white and the guests were instructed to wear white as well. It made for some unique photos, especially on the dancefloor which rarely ever features uniform clothing choices.

Venue: Triple B Ranch / Planning, Coordination, and Florals: SG Weddings & Events / Band: Mike Murray Tunes / DJ: Cleveland Terry / Hair & Makeup: Boundless Beauty Studio / Catering: The Kopper Kitchen (Welcome Dinner) and Silk Road Catering (Reception) / Photobooth: Mountain Memories 360 Photobooth / Rentals: Peak Audio / Second Photographer: Cortney Foster

September 1, 2023

West Glacier Wedding Photographer, Kristina & Ryan at Great Northern Resort

Kristina & Ryan's wedding at Great Northern Resort just outside Glacier National Park in West Glacier was such a lovely, laid-back affair surrounded by family and their closest friends. We were able to have a little fun with the wedding party photos—as you can see above—and enjoyed the live music stylings of The MAC Band as the night came to a close.

Venue: Great Northern Resort / Planner: Big Day Celebrations / Bakery: Cakes by Debi / Band: The MAC Band / Florals: Foolish Blooms Farm / Hair & Makeup: Glacier Beauty / Rentals & Decor: Empress Tents & Events and The Party Store / Videographer: Erickson Media / Second Photographer: Porsche Jean Photography

August 21, 2023

West Glacier Wedding Photographer, Amelia & Jim at Great Northern Resort

When I arrived at Great Northern Resort just outside Glacier National Park, Amelia greeted me with the greeting "Welcome to the shitshow!" It was half being silly—we'd been joking about the wedding day ending up as such—and half serious. Some things were invariably not going 100% according to plan. I assured her however that, to be honest, wedding days rarely go 100% according to plan. Even under ideal conditions and with a team of amazing vendors, some things will go wrong or fall through the cracks, and that is okay! Often the fact that anything went wrong is completely invisible to the wedding guests and is only known by the couple and a handful of wedding vendors.

The great news is, that Amelia and Jim's day was no different, and the evening was just a beautiful evening full of friends, family, and laughter.

Venue: Great Northern Resort / Catering: Oso Catering / DJ: Treasure State Entertainment / Florals: Flathead Farmworks / Hair & Makeup: Elegance by Joy Renee / Planner: Dreaming of I Do / Rentals & Decor: The Party Store

August 14, 2023

Missoula Wedding Photographer, Monica & Sean at St Francis Xavier and The Barn on Mullan

I was so excited to finally make it down to Missoula for a wedding this summer. Not that there is any problem at all with the Flathead Valley, but it's always exciting to check out new venues and areas I've not had the opportunity to photograph before.

It was also exciting due to the fact it was a church ceremony followed by an offsite reception, which I don't get to do too often. And what a beautiful church it was. St. Francis Xavier in downtown Missoula is truly impressive as you'll see in the photos below.

After the ceremony, the couple and wedding party made our way to the Blue Mountain Trailhead for some portraits and group photos, and finally made our way to The Barn on Mullan for the reception!

Venues: St Francis Xavier and The Barn on Mullan / Bakery: Bernice's Bakery / DJ: Hey Mr DJ / Florist: Farm Hand Farm

August 4, 2023

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Jennifer and Chase at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake

It's always such an honor and pleasure photographing these intimate weddings. When the wedding is simply the couple, their families, and their absolute closest friends it's humbling to be included as a relative 'outsider.' Jennifer and Chase at the Lodge were no exception. The vibe of the day was "love and let's party" and that is what everyone did.

It was all the more awesome working with some of my absolute favorite vendors here in the valley kept in line by my friend Katie with Big Day Celebrations.

Venue & Catering: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake / Wedding Design: Big Day Celebrations / Bakery: Montana Wildflour / DJ: Sidecar Audio / Hair & Makeup: Covet Beauty / Florals: Conrad Floral / Rentals & Decor: Empress Tents & Events / Videographer: Treasure State Entertainment

July 26, 2023

Polson Elopement Photographer, Kelly and Mark at the Lake County Courthouse

Kelly and Mark were visiting friends who had recently moved to Lake County here in Montana and had been discussing eloping for a while. That being the case they thought Flathead Lake and the surrounding mountains seemed to be as perfect a place as any to do so!

We met up at the Lake County Courthouse in downtown Polson for a few quick portraits of them and their friends who served as witnesses, and then we headed down to the lakefront for some portraits of just the two of them.

July 24, 2023

West Glacier Wedding Photographer, Leah & Hans at Halfmoon Lake

I met Leah and Hans at the My Montana Wedding Expo and Style show this past January and they booked me on the spot. They were planning a "backyard wedding" at some property of family friends on Halfmoon Lake just a hop, skip, and a jump from Glacier National Park in West Glacier.

After a quick "fake first look" with the best man standing in for the bride, and then a real first look we hopped into cars and headed into and around Glacier for the wedding party photos before returning to the ceremony and reception location for the remainder of the night.

Venue: Private Residence / Rentals & Decor: Empress Tents & Events / Catering: Josh Auerhammer / DJ: Bradshaw Media / Florals: Bitterroot Flower Shop / Second Photographer: Porsche Jean Photography

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

June 28, 2023

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Krissy & Todd at Star Meadows Ranch

I had my true kick-off to my 2023 wedding season this past week out at Star Meadows Ranch outside Whitefish. It was so great to share that kick-off with Krissy, Todd, and their friends and family. It was almost more like a summer camp outing—though with a more formal dress code than your typical summer camp—than a big fancy wedding but it had all the elements you might want.

Your best friends standing up with you? Check. Surrounded by family? Check. Flower girl and ring bearer? Check. A Jello shot bearer... wait what?

Venue & Lodging: Star Meadows Ranch / Coordinator & Florals: Dear Dahlia / Hair & Makeup: Craft Society Salon / Catering: 406 BBQ & Montana Picnic Co. / DJ & Music: Kadin Beller with RMF Entertainment / Couture: Alena Leena & Indochino / Rentals & Decor: Empress Tents & Events

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