May 14, 2022

Intimate Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Chelsea & Corey at Star Meadows Ranch

I was so thankful that Whitefish-based wedding officiant Sarah Harding brought me into the fold for this wonderful intimate wedding at Star Meadows Ranch between Chelsea and Corey. Because they were simply having a short ceremony followed by a group dinner they initially planned on simply relying on friends with cell phones and cameras to document the day. Thankfully Sarah convinced them to book even just an hour of my time so that everyone could really soak in the moment as they tied the know and it was my absolute pleasure to document everything.

April 29, 2022

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Janay & Ryan at Grouse Mountain Lodge

While the calendar says "April," spring is still largely "indoor wedding season" in the Flathead Valley, as you may guess from the snow-covered mountains in the background of the outdoor portraits. Thankfully we've got a number of venues like Grouse Mountain Lodge that provide outdoor views and indoor party space. Janay & Ryan took full advantage of Grouse's property and had a ceremony and party for the history books.

As is, fortunately, the case more often than not with the amazing couples I get to work with, I was treated like one of the guests as soon as I arrived and it continued throughout the evening. All the way to a parting tequila shot with the wedding party before I left at their insistence.

Venue, Catering, and Lodging: Grouse Mountain Lodge / DJ & Photobooth: Destination DJ / Flowers: Mum's Flowers / Hair & Makeup: Majestic Mountain Beauty / Couture: BHLDN & Mimi's Bridal / Jeweler: Whitefish Goldsmith / Rentals: The Party Store

April 11, 2022

Whitefish Elopement Photographer, Lianne & Ron at Whitefish City Beach

A week or so before they were to elope I received a message from Lianne to see if I were available to photograph their simple elopement ceremony with just the two of them and their officiant. I happened to be free that afternoon and was more than happy to do so. They were both so sweet, and you've got to love the expression on Ron's face as they said their vows to each other. It's such an honor to be a part of these intimate moments in people's lives.

Venue: Whitefish City Beach / Officiant: Lichen & Pines / Flowers: Mum's Flowers

January 13, 2022

Whitefish Portrait Photographer, Ed & Suzette’s 20th Anniversary

This portrait session with Ed and Suzette was perfect for so many different reasons. Not the least of which was they were just a joy to spend a couple of hours with while we all lost feeling in our hands. For one thing, it was a great reminder you don't need to be recently engaged or recently married to have portraits taken. It can be any milestone, such as a 20th anniversary which is very much worth celebrating. It can also be an opportunity to document your vacation to an area that has a dramatically different climate than the one you're used to, and they were certainly not used to a massive powder day in Whitefish. It snowed all day, which was a dream come true for me, because I finally had the opportunity for a portrait session with it actively snowing, which had eluded me up to this point.

Ed's suit was rented from Mimi's Bridal in Kalispell.

December 9, 2021

Whitefish Theatre Co.’s “Elf: The Musical”

It's been so great being involved with both theatre non-profits in Whitefish. I've been able to meet so many creative-minded individuals as well as give back to the community at the same time. And let's be frank when your "work" involves photographing a musical based on the Will Farrel movie "Elf," that can hardly be considered work at all. Whitefish Theatre Co. put on such a joyful show it was the perfect entré into the holiday season.

September 29, 2021

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Brittany & Dillon at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Photographing Brittany and Dillon's wedding at Whitefish Mountain Resort here in Whitefish was like hanging out with a big group of my closest friends where a wedding happened to be taking place followed by a big dance party. From their '90s and early-00s, album-themed seating charts, to constant jokes and laughing. All on top of a mountain in one of the most beautiful places in the country. It doesn't get much better than that.

Venue: Whitefish Mountain Resort / Catering: Whitefish Mountain Resort / Bakery: The Spot / Rentals: Peak Audio Kalispell

September 24, 2021

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Dani & Shawn at Star Meadows Ranch

Dani and Shawn's wedding was a perfect example of how you can prioritize your day to emphasize what is most important to you as a couple. They had a wonderfully intimate wedding with their family and fifty or so of their closest friends at Star Meadows Ranch outside Whitefish. As it was such an intimate affair, with lawn games and dinner following the ceremony versus a traditional, raucous dance party I worked with them to customize their photography package to focus on the getting ready photos and the ceremony followed by an adventure portrait session at Glacier National Park the following evening. It was a blast spending time with them and their families, followed by showing them around Glacier. Even if the weather didn't cooperate in any way, shape, or form. Though with the delivered photos, I think it was an important teachable moment for all couples. Weather in Montana can often be very unpredictable, but if you just roll with it you will not be disappointed. Whether it's wildfire smoke, a cold and rainy evening, or just cold weather in August, Glacier is and always will be a stunning backdrop.

Venue: Star Meadows Ranch / Planner: Big Day Celebrations / Hair & Makeup: Melanie Hobus, 406 Hair / Videography: Alyssa Jean Studios / Catering: Famous Dave's BBQ

September 18, 2021

Whitefish Family Photographer, The Oaks

I've had the pleasure of working with Nikki in the past through her son's involvement with Alpine Theater Project, and through school district fundraisers so it was an honor to be asked to do a family portrait session with them this summer. We made a quick trip to Whitefish City Beach on a beautiful summer day here in Northwest Montana for a mini-session and it couldn't have been more pleasant.

September 15, 2021

Whitefish Family Photographer, the Mckissacks

I somehow seem to end up working with lots of families and couples from Texas. I've never felt that I'm particularly Texan, and I didn't even start saying "y'all" until we moved to Montana (I'm still trying to figure that out.) But it's always nice to talk to folks from the areas I frequented throughout my youth and where my wife still has extended family. Anna contacted me because her family, along with her brother and his spouse would be in Whitefish visiting their dad, and it was the first time they'd all been together in a while. The session and photos also served as a bit of a birthday present for her dad which is such a great gift.

August 26, 2021

Whitefish Family Photographer, The Feinbergs

Like the majority of my family portrait clients, each summer the Feinbergs were visiting our amazing corner of the country and wanted to be sure to sneak in some family photos in order to document the occasion. We actually split their portrait session into basically two portrait sessions, with the first being focused just on the children in and around downtown Whitefish, and then family photos—sneaking grandma into some—at Whitefish City Beach at sunset. As you can tell, Montana was showing off on this amazing mid-summer evening.

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

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