John + Holly || Canyon Ferry Lake Backyard DIY Wedding

Yesterday one of the dearest people in the world to me, John T. Cribb, got married to a really wonderful, special lady. You two radiated happiness. Love to you both.

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Jill + Ambrose || Le Petit Chateau Wedding Bozeman Montana

Jill and Ambrose got married on literally the perfect day in May. Their love and respect for one another was so apparent throughout the day, even I teared up during the vows. I'm so excited to share the preview of this wedding. Many more gorgeous photos to come!

 
The beautiful bride getting ready at Le Petit Chateau in Bozeman.

The beautiful bride getting ready at Le Petit Chateau in Bozeman.

 

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John + Holly || Summer Helena Engagement Photos

It was such a joy to take a beautiful drive up to Helena to photograph these two and their pups Washoe and Sage. Couldn't ask for better weather or a more gorgeous location.

Montana Engagement Session with dogs

Montana Engagement Session with dogs

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Emily + Burt || Grey Cliffs Ranch Wedding || Montana

Emily & Burt got married on a rainy day in September. Little did they know, rainy days sometimes (often!) make for the best photos. I mean how could you get any better than that sunset!! VENDOR LOVE: Venue: Grey Cliffs Ranch Coordination: Bash Catering: LaFoley Wood Fired Oven Cake: Sarah White Rentals: Montana Party Rentals Hair/Makeup: Capelli's Salon and Day Spa

Beautiful sunset at the Grey Cliffs Ranch outside of Bozeman, Montana.

Beautiful sunset at the Grey Cliffs Ranch outside of Bozeman, Montana.

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Ashley + Tom || Big Yellow Barn Wedding || Bozeman, Montana

The weather was wild on Ashley & Tom's wedding day. From warm and sunny to super gusts of wind and pouring rain. But through it all, their love shone. Congrats you two!! Venue: Big Yellow Barn LLC Dress & Veil: Eskay Bridal Tuxes: Eskay Bridal Florals: I Do Flowers

Beautiful bride at the Big Yellow Barn just outside Bozeman, Montana.

Beautiful bride at the Big Yellow Barn just outside Bozeman, Montana.

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Maleea + Jason || Ponds at Dry Creek Wedding

My little sis got married. I was the lady of honor (matron sounds so old) and lead photographer. My husband was the officiant and official music guy. My son was the ring bear(er). So to say it was personal is a bit of an understatement. Many thanks to my good friend Sally who helped with photos so I could actually been in some. It was the most perfect, beautiful day. And legit the most beautiful first dance I have ever seen or photographed. Love you both so much!!! Venue: The Ponds At Dry Creek Flowers: I Do Flowers Dress: After 5 and Weddings Hair: Tara Furda Cake: Big Sky Bakery Photography: A+P Photography & Sally Finneran

 

Emily + Tyler || Bozeman Montana Bobcat Themed Maternity Session

So glad I was able to get this maternity session in before leaving town for a week...this little guy was just born two weeks early! Can't wait to meet the little man and take some adorable newborn photos! <3

 

 
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Kayla + Ryan || Bozeman, Montana Outdoor Maternity Session

After having to re-schedule this session twice due to rain, I'm finally getting to share the sneak peek for this gorgeous maternity session. Such a beautiful evening and such beautiful parents-to-be.

 

 
Beautiful Bozeman maternity session

Beautiful Bozeman maternity session

 

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Hillary + Mike || Rustic Elegance Montana Wedding

Hillary + Mike's wedding inspired me. Not just because of the beautiful details and abundantly lush florals, but because everywhere I looked, I saw these perfect moments. These fleeting moments, when added together, tell the story of Mike and Hillary's wedding day. 

Homestake Lodge, just up the pass from Butte, is the perfect venue that you don't expect to see after the lonely exit and secluded drive up a windy dirt road. Everything about the Lodge molded perfectly to Hillary's vision of her wedding day. I told her multiple times that her wedding day was like Pinterest come to life, in the best way possible. And it really was. 

VENDOR LOVE:
Venue: Homestake Lodge
Wedding Coordinator: Gather in Montana
Ceremony Dress: Eskay Bridal 
Reception Dress: Eskay Bridal

 

Morgan + Jake || Montana DIY Ranch Wedding

Morgan and Jake have a special kind of love story. One that begins before they were born, when their mothers met in birth class. They were in and out of each other's lives until they finally made that romantic connection in high school. Through thick and thin, they stayed together through high school and college. On July 2, 2016 they sealed their love for each other in a beautiful wedding ceremony just outside the tiny town of Darby, Montana. 

Morgan's dad Dave runs a private ranch there, RANK Montana Ranch. It's tucked away in the hills and oh so gorgeous. When you drive onto the property, there are a few beautiful homes. Then you take a windy dirty road to the bottom of a secluded and spectacular valley, complete with a small lake. 

The traditional lutheran ceremony started just as a little cloud burst passed over head. The rain cleared right before Morgan walked down the aisle, and the sun illuminated the archway, as if by plan.

The reception tents were lit with fairy lights For Morgan & Jake's wedding, there were a series of teepee tents set up for the reception. Even teepee bathrooms, which were actually amazing (not something I say about bathrooms very often). 

Such a beautiful and unique setting for a beautiful and unique couple. Congrats Jake + Morgan!!

VENDOR LOVE:
Venue: RANK Montana Ranch
Tents: Under Canvas Events
Officiant: Pastor Vern Sandersfeld
Florist: The Flower Garden
Catering: Famous Dave's
Cake: Crave Catering
DJ: RMF Entertainment
Dress: After 5 & Weddings
Tux: After 5 & Weddings

Katie & Colten || Montana DIY Backyard Wedding || Preview

"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I would walk in my garden forever."

It's not very often that match making works. Especially when the match maker is your mom or your boss.  But for this very special couple that was the case...and it worked. Colten drove all the way back to Bozeman from Fargo for his first date with Katie. And he knew she was the one the minute she suggested instead of going to dinner or a movie, they go to Hyalite Canyon and see if the fish were biting. From that point on, he was hooked. (Sorry, couldn't help but use the pun). 

Everything about Katie & Colten's wedding day was as sweet and genuine as they are. Every little detail (and not so little detail) was handcrafted with love, including Katie's gorgeous dress. Patrick & I both felt so creatively inspired by this couple, and I think it shows in how amazing the images are. 

Emily + Burt || LifeStyle Engagement Photos

Sometimes as a photographer, you get a glimpse into someone's life and see how truly perfect a couple is together. Such is the case with Burt & Emily. They invited me along on a fishing trip, to take some lifestyle engagement photos of them and their 4-year-old son Jackson fishing. Watching them interact, I can tell what a wonderful family unit they are together. As someone who comes from a blended family times two, I know first hand how important that is. 

I'm so glad I met Emily at the Bridal Walk and I can't wait to photograph their wedding this fall. 

Morgan + Jake || Montana Engagement Session Preview

It's not often that you meet life-long sweethearts. Literally, life-long. Morgan and Jake are one such special couple. Their mothers met in a birth class when the two were in utero. From that time forward, the two have always been in each others lives, whether as friends or sweethearts. 

I had such a wonderful time walking around with Morgan, Jake and their tiny puppy Lucy. I can't wait for their wedding this summer in Darby, Montana!

Downtown Bozeman Bridal Walk

The Downtown Bozeman Bridal Walk today went off without a hitch! And it was the best one I've participated in since my first Walk three years ago. Many, many thanks to the wonderful vendors who made today such a blast, as well as all the 2016/2017 brides I got to chat with today. We still have some availability in early Fall/Winter, so please contact us asap if you still need a photographer. Can't wait to do this event again next year!

Vendors:

Flowers By: Kirkham & Co

Cakes/Sweets By: Elle's Belles Bakery

Dresses By: Eskay Bridal

Location/Present Bundles By: Heyday Bozeman

Catering By: Starky's

 

Flowers by Kirkham & Co...Julio rocking it out as always! 

Flowers by Kirkham & Co...Julio rocking it out as always! 

Can you tell I was obsessed with the cake??

Can you tell I was obsessed with the cake??

So many great bridesmaids gift ideas!

So many great bridesmaids gift ideas!

Photobooth fun & signature cocktails by HeyDay.

Photobooth fun & signature cocktails by HeyDay.

Ashley + Thomas || Montana Engagement Session Preview

Ashley and Tom met in what can only be described as the perfect "meet-cute." She was working in her parent's diner in a small town. He was fighting fires near that small town, and ate at the diner every day. They fell in love.

I mean could it be any more perfect? These two genuinely sweet people were such a blast to photograph. I can't wait for their wedding this fall!

Katie + Colten || Montana Engagement Session Preview

Colten's mom had been trying to set him up with the perfect girl for some time. Katie was working at a local flower shop, and happened to meet Colten's mom when she worked on his sister's wedding flowers. Everyone involved thought they would be perfect together...if only they could convince them to actually go out. 

Colten came to town, on the guise of visiting his parents, but really he wanted to see what this girl was like that his mom had been raving about. He asked her where she would like to go to dinner - her response:"I hear the fish are biting up Hyalite, want to do that instead?"

The moms were right - they were the perfect match. 

I had such a wonderful time tromping around in the snow with these two. I cannot wait until their wedding next June!


Ashley + Josh || Big Sky, Montana Wedding

It's not very often that you hear about a genuine, life-long love story. But when you hear about Ashley and Josh, that's exactly what it is. 

There's a photo of the two of them getting "married" when they were little kids. That love has continued through their lives and guided them to tie the knot for real on a sunny afternoon in Big Sky, Montana. 

Ashley and Josh may both be quiet people, but their love spoke volumes on that day and was present to everyone who attended. 

A big thanks to all the wonderful vendors who made the day come together:
Venue - Big Sky Resort
Lodging: Snowcrest Condos
Coordinator: Margo Magnant
Catering: Big Sky Resort
Officiant: Vicki Wiepking
Florist: Sara Niska
Bridal Dress: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner
Dress Boutique: The Wedding Connection
Tuxedos: After 5 and Weddings