November 24, 2023

Fall Wedding at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Dakota & Quinn

I've said it before and I'll probably say it evermore, but it takes a hearty, self-assured couple to choose a Fall wedding in Northwest Montana. I firmly believe it is the most beautiful time of year here, but is also the time with the most fickle weather imaginable. And it will often be cold and rainy.

That was certainly the case for Dakota and Quinn at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake this November. The reception and accompanying dance party were naturally held in one of the ballrooms, and there was a secondary ceremony location set up in another ballroom as a plan B, but these snowboarding enthusiasts had no intention of holding the ceremony inside. Plan A was the only option for these two, out on the pavilion platform with Whitefish Lake in the background. I only call out the snowboarding detail because these two were my third couple this year who snowboard, and went full-send on holding the ceremony outside no matter the weather. And I am here for it.

Venue and Catering: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake / Planning, Coordination, and Florals: Hawthorne House / Bakery: Bakes and Cakes by Brie / DJ: Sidecar Audio / Photobooth: Pixelated Gigs / Videography: Treasure State Entertainment / Second Photographer: Porsche Jean Photography

October 26, 2023

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Emily & Kyle at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

Montana's Fall weather is rivaled only by Spring weather in terms of unpredictability. What you can bet on, is it will be either beautiful, or sloppy (whether that means cold, rainy, snowing, or all of the above.) Emily and Kyle were blessed with the latter, without the snow. It rained a good majority of the evening but gave us enough of a break for some lovely portraits before the wedding after a first look on the dock.

Venue & Catering: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake / Bakery: Ephemera Confection / Couture: The White Dress / DJ: Sidecar Audio / Florals: Elevate Amenities / Rentals & Decor: Celebrate Event & Party Rentals

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 19, 2023

Whitefish Family Photographer, The Coopers at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

Sara contacted me about some extended-family family portraits while they were all spending some time here in Whitefish at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. However, her request was a little out of the ordinary in that she insisted they wouldn't need my normal two-hour coverage time because they were all seasoned picture takers because after all, she is a photographer herself! I'll admit I was a little skeptical about really being able to get all the photos I like to get of such a large group in an abbreviated amount of time, but they nailed it, and were in fact all absolute pros at getting their pictures taken.

June 23, 2023

Whitefish Family Photographer, The Cisnados

Spent a lovely evening with the Cisnado family at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake for a quick family portrait session this week. Mom just wanted some photos while they were vacationing here in Whitefish, and the boys and dad didn't want to make too much of a fuss about it. So I simply met them where they were staying and used the wonderful view available just steps from the back of The Lodge. Just more proof that family photos don't need to be stressful, or overly fussy, so don't let that discourage you if that's what is preventing you from getting family portraits taken, here or anywhere else.

August 12, 2022

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Brianna & Jeff at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

While I myself did not take the plunge, from the look on the faces of everyone who did, there is no better way to end a hot summer wedding with tons of dancing than ending the night in a lake. Wedding attire and all.

This has been a theme this summer, but with the majority of my couples this summer they themselves, and so many of their guests are what I would call "my people." The "people" I'm referring to are art school graduates. Illustrators, Photographers, Dancers, Musicians, you name it. And it just feels like the people I spent so much time with in college when I was pursuing a BFA in graphic design. And it just feels right.

This wedding had everything from the requisite copious amounts of love to interpretive dance, to songs written specifically for the couple. And the aforementioned plunge into Whitefish Lake to cap it all off.

Venue & Catering: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake / DJ: Sidecar Audio / Couture: Wtoo by Watters & Indochino / Florist: Elevate Amenities / Bakery: Miss Patti Cakes / Jewelry: Armbruster & Princess Jewelry / Rentals & Decor: Celebrate Event & Party Rental

July 27, 2022

Whitefish Wedding Photography, Natalia & Ben at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

Another beautiful—if hot—summer day at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake for an intimate wedding. Natalia & Ben were having a lovely small wedding with their families and closest friends and enjoyed an absolutely amazing evening on the shore of Whitefish Lake. I didn't stay too far into the dance party however as they opted to spend their budgeted time on an adventure portrait session in Glacier a couple of days after the wedding. The results of which you'll see in the next blog post.

Oftentimes at The Lodge, the couple can take a quick ride around the lake in a vintage 'woody' boat The Lodge keeps. Unfortunately, it had stopped functioning literally minutes before we were to hop on for some photos. Natalia and Ben took it in stride, however, and we simply took photos in it there at the dock. Serving as a reminder of one of my best tips for enjoying your wedding day plans. Things are unlikely to go exactly as planned, just roll with it as best as you can, and everything will turn out.

Venue & Catering: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake / Bakery: Fleur Bakeshop / Florist: Mum's Flowers / DJ: V-Team DJs / Couture: David's Bridal

June 20, 2022

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Xaviera & Adam at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

Xaviera and Adam make their second appearance on the blog today with decidedly warmer weather than the last time their smiling faces showed up in front of my camera.

I was fortunate to follow up their frigid, winter engagement portrait session in West Glacier and Glacier National Park with an unseasonably warm summer wedding at the always beautiful Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Xavi and Adam kept everything very intimate and low-key with their immediate families and some very close friends which made it all the more special and humbling to be included in the day.

Venue & Catering: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake / DJ: V-Team DJs / Florals: Pure Happiness Wedding Flowers / Hair & Makeup: Majestic Mountain Beauty

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.

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

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