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


Jessica + Adnan - Indian/American Cultural Fusion Montana Wedding

When Jessica and Adnan met just over a year ago, they decided they were just going to be friends. They agreed and headed out to the Butte Folk Festival. After enjoying the good music, they decided they didn't want the night to end and drove up to Hyalite Canyon, where they danced together under the stars. 

After that day, Adnan made it his mission to win Jessica's love. And anyone who knows Adnan knows when he goes after something, he will get what he wants, simply by overwhelming you with kindness. 

After their relationship became official and serious, Adnan, who's from Bangladesh, told Jessica it wasn't in his culture to propose, as is traditional in the Western World. So when he took her on a date night to the very first restaurant they ate at (Wasabi) and then said he wanted to head up to Hyalite to dance like they had the very first time they hung out, Jessica didn't get her hopes up. 

But as the very first snow of the season started to fall around them, Adnan pulled out a ring and went down on one knee. Jessica was so happy, she forgot to say yes. 

Jessica & Adnan have faced many challenges in their relationship that most people do not have to deal with. Together they have overcome them and their love is stronger because of it. The love present during their wedding day was obvious to everyone who attended.

The blending of their cultures throughout the ceremony was beautiful and so authentic and Patrick and I were so honored to have photographed it! 

Vendors
Venue: River Rock Community Center
Flowers: Exceptional Flowers
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Dress Boutique: After 5 And Weddings 
Photography: A+P Photography

The bride made her own headpiece that perfectly accented her sparkly gown. 

The bride made her own headpiece that perfectly accented her sparkly gown. 

Beautiful first look on the shore of the lake. 

Beautiful first look on the shore of the lake. 

Bride and groom dancing together. You can see the gorgeous henna on the bride's hands.

Bride and groom dancing together. You can see the gorgeous henna on the bride's hands.

The veil and the headpiece made by the bride perfectly complimented each other. 

The veil and the headpiece made by the bride perfectly complimented each other. 

Colorful, culturally inspired  flowers really popped. 

Colorful, culturally inspired  flowers really popped. 

Walking down the aisle to her soon-to-be husband. 

Walking down the aisle to her soon-to-be husband. 

The bride and groom painted portraits of each other during the ceremony. Definitely a unique ceremony event and so much fun! 

The bride and groom painted portraits of each other during the ceremony. Definitely a unique ceremony event and so much fun! 

The finished pieces. 

The finished pieces. 

The ceremony had lots of audience participation. 

The ceremony had lots of audience participation. 

And lots of happy tears. 

And lots of happy tears. 

Saying vows and first kiss.

Saying vows and first kiss.

So many colorful, Indian-inspired details. From the bride's henna to the colorful bouquet to the decor of the reception space. 

So many colorful, Indian-inspired details. From the bride's henna to the colorful bouquet to the decor of the reception space. 

Wedding cake with colorful floral details. 

Wedding cake with colorful floral details. 

And then they danced the night away!

And then they danced the night away!

A very special dance of remembrance. 

A very special dance of remembrance. 

Partying down with their friends and family. 

Partying down with their friends and family. 

Katie + Ryan || Vintage Sacajawea Hotel Wedding in Three Forks Montana

When Katie and Ryan met, they both knew it was going to be something special. They immediately sensed a spark that neither had felt before. 

They wrote each other letters while Ryan was away at boot camp training. When Katie received a letter from Ryan explaining the kind of qualities he could imagine in the woman he wants to marry, she knew she wanted to be that woman. A surprise proposal when Katie went to visit Ryan in Hawaii wasn't far behind. 

Katie + Ryan's wedding day was filled with tears of happiness. Everyone present could see their intense love for one another, and the joy on their faces when they said "I do." They way they make each other laugh, the way they look into each other's eyes, the natural and unstoppable way the are drawn to one another -- anyone can see they are perfect for each other. 

Many thanks to the wonderful vendors who created Katie + Ryan's perfect day:
Venue: Sacajawea Hotel   
Catering: Pompey's Grill
Dress: After 5 and Weddings    
DJ: Joe's DJ Service  
Photography: A+P Photography

Nothing more Montana Wedding than the groom's cowboy hat and the wedding rings. Gorgeous sparkly dress from After 5 with stunning lace overlay. 

Nothing more Montana Wedding than the groom's cowboy hat and the wedding rings. Gorgeous sparkly dress from After 5 with stunning lace overlay. 

Katie's girls and her mom helped her into her stunning gown from After 5 and Weddings. 

Katie's girls and her mom helped her into her stunning gown from After 5 and Weddings. 

Ryan sees his beautiful bride for the first time as she walks down the sunlit aisle outdoors at Sacajawea Hotel. 

Ryan sees his beautiful bride for the first time as she walks down the sunlit aisle outdoors at Sacajawea Hotel. 

So many touching moments during Katie and Ryan's wedding, including a flower ceremony for their parents. 

So many touching moments during Katie and Ryan's wedding, including a flower ceremony for their parents. 

Tears of joy all around. <3

Tears of joy all around. <3

And sweet moments between the groom Ryan and his son. 

And sweet moments between the groom Ryan and his son. 

Ring exchange and first kiss in the garden of Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks, Montana. 

Ring exchange and first kiss in the garden of Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks, Montana. 

A few ceremony moments and signing the marriage certificate! 

A few ceremony moments and signing the marriage certificate! 

Sacajawea Hotel was the perfect vintage venue for their wedding. So many beautiful places for photos. 

Sacajawea Hotel was the perfect vintage venue for their wedding. So many beautiful places for photos. 

Katie's girl's wore pink bridesmaids dresses with a lace bodice. They accented their colorful dresses with soft pink and white bouquets with heavy greens.

Katie's girl's wore pink bridesmaids dresses with a lace bodice. They accented their colorful dresses with soft pink and white bouquets with heavy greens.

Ryan and his brother cutting up. :) 

Ryan and his brother cutting up. :) 

Loved the indoor reception area right outside Sacajawea Hotel. 

Loved the indoor reception area right outside Sacajawea Hotel. 

Getting ready for toasts. First time I've ever seen a LIVE centerpiece. It was Ryan's idea to put beta fish in beautiful glass jars in the middle of every table. 

Getting ready for toasts. First time I've ever seen a LIVE centerpiece. It was Ryan's idea to put beta fish in beautiful glass jars in the middle of every table. 

You know you've nailed the toast when you get them to laugh and cry. 

You know you've nailed the toast when you get them to laugh and cry. 

Cheers!

Cheers!

A lovely and emotional first dance. 

A lovely and emotional first dance. 

Ryan and his lovely mom for the mother-son dance. 

Ryan and his lovely mom for the mother-son dance. 

More sweet parent dance moments. 

More sweet parent dance moments. 

The cake had lace accent details and a gorgeous tier of flowers that matched the bouquets. Ryan and Katie left little notebooks at each table in lieu of a guest book for people to write advice and well-wishes. 

The cake had lace accent details and a gorgeous tier of flowers that matched the bouquets. Ryan and Katie left little notebooks at each table in lieu of a guest book for people to write advice and well-wishes. 

Cake!

Cake!

Veil and cowboy hat = Montana Wedding at its best. 

Veil and cowboy hat = Montana Wedding at its best. 

Getting the party started. :)

Getting the party started. :)

And dancing the night away!

And dancing the night away!

Bridget + Ben || Rustic Chic Wedding in Bozeman, Montana

When Ben asked if I would photograph his wedding, I immediately said yes. Not only was he a college classmate of mine, but one of my photographers when I was the photo editor of the college newspaper, The Montana Kaimin. And, of course, my dear friend. 

The first time I met Bridget, I knew they were perfect together. The way Ben lights up when she walks in the room, and the way they put one another at ease. I could tell that this is a relationship that was grounded in honesty and the best of friendships. 

The day of their wedding dawned hot and clear. As Patrick and I drove to Bridget's parent's house just outside of Bozeman, Montana, I knew no matter what the temperature rose too, nothing could compete with their love and I was right. :) 

The vendors who collaborated on this wedding made something truly special:

Catering/Event Coordination: Just A Taste
Dress: Eskay Bridal 
Flowers: Labellum
Cake/Dessert Table: Elle's Belles
Rentals: Montana Party Rentals
Bar Tending: Scissor Bills Saloon  
Venue: Private Residence
Boutonnieres: Etsy
Photography: A+P Photo

The handmade wooden wedding signs leading the way to the wedding location just outside of Bozeman, Montana. 

The handmade wooden wedding signs leading the way to the wedding location just outside of Bozeman, Montana. 

Bridget's stunning dress from Eskay Bridal. They even provided her with a thank you card. Love them! 

Bridget's stunning dress from Eskay Bridal. They even provided her with a thank you card. Love them! 

Of course with a dress this gorgeous (seriously Eskay is killing it), I couldn't just do one location of detail shots. :) 

Of course with a dress this gorgeous (seriously Eskay is killing it), I couldn't just do one location of detail shots. :) 

Getting dressed in THE DRESS is always such a special moment. 

Getting dressed in THE DRESS is always such a special moment. 

Nothing like seeing the bride fully dressed in her gown for the first time. 

Nothing like seeing the bride fully dressed in her gown for the first time. 

The guys getting all decked out. Love the handcrafted fly fishing feather boutonnieres Bridget found on Etsy. 

The guys getting all decked out. Love the handcrafted fly fishing feather boutonnieres Bridget found on Etsy. 

Ben helping Gus get the boutonniere pinned. 

Ben helping Gus get the boutonniere pinned. 

The guys looking dapper. 

The guys looking dapper. 

Ben and Bridget's ring's were both so unique. 

Ben and Bridget's ring's were both so unique. 

Such a sweet first look moment. 

Such a sweet first look moment. 

Ben thought she was absolutely stunning and he was right! 

Ben thought she was absolutely stunning and he was right! 

Nothing like a man who can make you laugh. :) 

Nothing like a man who can make you laugh. :) 

I mean come on! So gorgeous. 

I mean come on! So gorgeous. 

Such an adorable family. 

Such an adorable family. 

The ceremony space had so many gorgeous details. Floral pieces from Labellum. Benches from Montana Party Rental. Wedding signs and ceremony pavilion handcrafted. 

The ceremony space had so many gorgeous details. Floral pieces from Labellum. Benches from Montana Party Rental. Wedding signs and ceremony pavilion handcrafted. 

Walking down the aisle with her son and her father. A moment all three will cherish. 

Walking down the aisle with her son and her father. A moment all three will cherish. 

There were so many tears of joy during the ceremony. 

There were so many tears of joy during the ceremony. 

There are always special and moving moments during the wedding ceremony. But this one really takes the cake. When Ben said his vows to Gus, Bridget's son. Not a dry eye in the house and I have no doubt that Ben is the perfect guide to becoming a gentleman. 

There are always special and moving moments during the wedding ceremony. But this one really takes the cake. When Ben said his vows to Gus, Bridget's son. Not a dry eye in the house and I have no doubt that Ben is the perfect guide to becoming a gentleman. 

The first kiss. 

The first kiss. 

Married! 

Married! 

The natural garden-style flowers from Labellum were spot on. Loved the personalized ribbon accent. 

The natural garden-style flowers from Labellum were spot on. Loved the personalized ribbon accent. 

Simply gorgeous rustic wooden centerpieces from Labellum with garden style flowers. Loved the long wooden tables from Montana Party Rental and showcasing them instead of covering them with linen. 

Simply gorgeous rustic wooden centerpieces from Labellum with garden style flowers. Loved the long wooden tables from Montana Party Rental and showcasing them instead of covering them with linen. 

Just a Taste Catering put out some spectacular (and delicious) food. Not to mention Chef Liz rocking the wedding planning/event design end of things as well. Talk about a talented person to have on your team! 

Just a Taste Catering put out some spectacular (and delicious) food. Not to mention Chef Liz rocking the wedding planning/event design end of things as well. Talk about a talented person to have on your team! 

An EPIC toast by father of the bride Steven. You know you've nailed it when they laugh and cry.  

An EPIC toast by father of the bride Steven. You know you've nailed it when they laugh and cry.  

Some real Montana folks attending this wedding. :)

Some real Montana folks attending this wedding. :)

Seriously stunning dessert table and wedding cake from Elle's Belles. I loved the combination of cakes and cookies, and especially loved the adorable (and delicious) Montana cookies. 

Seriously stunning dessert table and wedding cake from Elle's Belles. I loved the combination of cakes and cookies, and especially loved the adorable (and delicious) Montana cookies. 

The gorgeous cake from Elle's Belles made for the perfect cake cutting.

The gorgeous cake from Elle's Belles made for the perfect cake cutting.

Such a fun first dance. 

Such a fun first dance. 

Father-daughter and Mother-son dances. <3

Father-daughter and Mother-son dances. <3

And the mother-son dance. Loved every minute. 

And the mother-son dance. Loved every minute. 

Nothing like wrangling your horses in your wedding dress...Bridget was so cool. Wasn't even phased when one of them ripped some of the tulle (eek!). 

Nothing like wrangling your horses in your wedding dress...Bridget was so cool. Wasn't even phased when one of them ripped some of the tulle (eek!). 

A beautiful bride and her beautiful horse. 

A beautiful bride and her beautiful horse. 

The groom's got cool on lock-down. 

The groom's got cool on lock-down. 

Loved that Ben and Bridget were willing to incorporate Bridget's horses into the photos for the day. So striking and gorgeous and simply MONTANA. 

Loved that Ben and Bridget were willing to incorporate Bridget's horses into the photos for the day. So striking and gorgeous and simply MONTANA. 

Nothing says love like lint-rolling hair off your woman/wiping dust off your man. :) 

Nothing says love like lint-rolling hair off your woman/wiping dust off your man. :) 

The couple that fishes together....

The couple that fishes together....

Ending the night with a little father-son bonding time. :)

Ending the night with a little father-son bonding time. :)

A+P Wedding Photography Branded Packaging

Since my recent re-branding from Alisia D Photography to A+P Photography, I’ve been working on developing a cohesive vision of our new brand to present to clients. I want it to be recognizable and memorable, with a vintage, natural feeling. Above all else, we want to make sure our clients are happy, from the initial meeting to every little detail when they receive their wedding album package.

I am thrilled with how everything is coming together and am so excited to share a little taste of what my clients receive after their wedding. Of course we are still in the process of refining the exact look, but I think we are well on our way! 

DETAILS:
8x10 Heirloom Wedding Album - Distressed Leather Cover with Cameo Window
Muslin Bag filled with Fragrant Organic Dried Lavender
Custom-Branded USB Drive with Magnetic Cap
Album Box filled with Soft Dried Moss
Thick Bubble Wrap for Safe Shipping, of course :)

Anna+Blaine - Scenic Montana DIY Elopement on the Madison River

|| "Maybe the 'good stuff' isn't ahead or behind us. Maybe it's somewhere in between. Right in the midst of this moment, here and now." || 

Sometimes all you need is love, a couple of wedding rings and the big Montana sky. Anna and Blaine embody that sentiment.

Some women dream of a big, lavish wedding. With hundreds of guests, a gorgeous gown, and a five-piece band to play the night away. Some women just want to marry the love of their life simply and with no fuss. That was Anna's take. She and Blaine are a "non-traditional" couple. Both established in their careers (she's a teacher, he's a river guide), and with a child from a previous relationship. They decided before embarking on a new journey in their life, possibly taking them out of Montana, they wanted to tie the knot officially. They wanted it to be simple. They wanted it to be quick. But they wanted to celebrate their love for each other and their love of Montana. 

Blaine's favorite spot on the Madison River is near the Three Dollar Bridge, just outside of the adorable little town of Ennis. They decided this is where they wanted to wed. They put thought into every detail of the day, him hand crafting his boutineer, her creating the bouquet. Her ring is a vintage heirloom from her grandmother.  It was simple and intimate, with those present being just the couple, their friend/officiant, me and their dog of course! 

This wedding was a pleasure to photograph, and the only time I've been an actual witness signing the marriage certificate. The Montana scenery reminded me of why I love living here and the love between these two reminded me why I love what I do. Sometimes it's not about the trappings of a wedding, it's about the love the wedding is based on. And I know these two have love as big as the Montana Sky. 

 
 

Flashback Friday Feature: Nick + Kayla || Montana Wedding Photographer ||

 
 
 
FATE brings two people together and it is LOVE’s job to keep them there

Nick + Kayla
Big Sky, Montana Wedding

Early on the morning of her wedding day, Kayla rose to go for a quick run. She was nervous, excited and ready. Ready to marry the love of her life, Nick. As she ran, she saw a figure in the distance. As the two grew closer together, Kayla realized it was Nick, also out for an early morning run. Laughing, they ran into each others arms. They hadn't planned on seeing each other before the first look photos. But fate drew them together that morning, just as it did in life.

This was a wedding that had it all: tears of joy for the glory of the day, tears of sadness for absent family, laughter, playfulness, and above all else, true love. Even the weather, in true Montana fashion, cycled from sunny, to rain, and back to sunny again.  There were so many beautiful, funny and touching moments, it was difficult to chose what to post for this Flashback. But here are a few of my favorites.

VENDORS:
Venue - Bucks T-4 || Flowers - Country Flower  ||

How to take your reception from great to unforgettable

The first photobooth we did at a reception was at the request of the bride. It was before photobooths were a thing and only a handful of people used Pinterest. Since then, it has grown in popularity to the point where we now offer it as a part of almost all of our wedding collections. 

How does it work, you ask? Well here are the basics:

Sometime either before the ceremony or between the ceremony and the reception, Patrick sets up the photo booth in a out-of-the way corner of the reception area. Once the reception is underway, we request that the DJ or bandleader make an announcement about the photobooth, letting guests know it's there and ready to go!

Then throughout the reception, guests can come and go as they please. As your guests arrive at the photobooth, they will write down their names and email addresses - this is how we provide them with the photos. We've found this is much less hassle for everyone, and this way there's no chance of losing  (or spilling on) a printed photo. They can access, share directly on social media, print it, etc. There are no limits on photos or group combinations and all of this is totally free for your guests. 

While Patrick runs the photobooth, I cover all of the great reception events. We try to limit the "paparazzi" feel, and find that multiple photographers during the reception events can be overkill. So this is the perfect solution! Patrick has a blast running the photo booth and gets so many more funny and interesting poses then you would ever get without a photographer running the booth. 

So if you are looking for a tangible memory for your guests to take away, and you want your wedding reception to stand out, we highly recommend this! Additionally, we are now offering an A LA CART option for the photobooth. Great for family reunions, parties, or fundraising events. In fact, we just set up the booth at the Bridal Walk downtown Bozeman a couple of weeks ago. The first few photos below are from that event. The rest are some of our favorite photobooth images. Enjoy! 

Maleea & Jason // Yellowstone National Park Proposal

It's Flashback Friday! Since this blog is new, I'm going to start adding a Flashback Friday feature where I showcase a photo session from the past that I love.

First up is a personal favorite of mine because, well, it's personal. My sister Maleea met Jason in Hawaii. She was there on a prestigious internship with DolphinQuest. He was working at the same Hilton,  fulfilling a dream of living in Hawaii , and pursuing a career in hotel management.

The first time I met Jason, I remember thinking "I really like this guy." Which was pretty unusual for me as the big (read overprotective) sister. He was funny and drank good beer, two important factors in my book.

Flash forward to the two of them living and working in Montana. I'm living the closest to my sister as I have since I was 17 years old. One day I get a call around lunch time from Jason while driving around doing errand. What he says makes me almost drive off the road, "well, I bought your sister a ring."

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was so excited and so happy! Jason then outlined his plan and asked if I would be willing to photograph the proposal. Of course I said yes. So I convinced my sister that we needed a family trip to Yellowstone. That I always wanted to do engagement photos there but hadn't gotten an opportunity to do that yet. So we head down, with the vague plan that I would just be ready, and when Jason felt the moment was right, he would propose. Of course I had been hoping it would happen at Old Faithful, but we were both concerned about the crowd situation. No one wants a hundred other people in the background of their proposal shots (or watching the proposal for that matter). So when we got there and found a somewhat secluded area with a good view of the geyser, I got the thumbs up that this was it.

She was so surprised and kept saying "are you serious?" over and over. So adorable. I'm so grateful that I was able to capture this moment and be present for it as well. Can't wait for their epic wedding in 2016!
 

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St. Baldrick's Foundation Fundraiser // Doing Good

One thing we strongly believe in as a family is doing what we can to give back to the community in which we live. Over the years that has taken various forms, from working at a homeless shelter (Patrick) to volunteering in Eagle Mount's wonderful equine therapy program (Alisia). When we saw the St. Baldrick's event planned by the lovely ladies at Shear Image Salon, we knew we had to be a part of it!

For those of you not familiar with the organization, St. Baldrick's is very worth your time to get to know. They are the largest non-government funder of childhood research grants. How do they raise the majority of their money? Through the help and sacrifice of everyday people. Those interested in participating ask friends and family to make donations and in return, they shave their heads in solidarity with kids fighting cancer.

This was Shear Image's fourth year hosting the event and it was a great success. More than 20 "shavees" and close to $9,000 raised! Alberston's , Yellowstone Harley and True Value Livingston all had fantastic teams participating, and True Value even donated a portion of their sales receipts from the event day toward the total donation going to St. Baldrick's! I love seeing tight-knit communities like this supporting each other and it's part of the reason I love living in Montana.  

Now finally to the photos! I was honored to take before and after photos of the shavees, as well as some "during" shots when I could step away from my portrait area and sneak in to the crowded salon. I loved participating in this event and hope they will have us back next year.

10 Simple Tips for Better Wedding Photos - Part Two

Today we're talking about a few simple ways to improve your wedding photos. 

Did you miss Part One? Check out here!

 
 

6. CONSIDER BOOKING A MAKE UP ARTIST

This is not necessary but it sure can help. If you’ve never had your make up done by a pro, you’ll be shocked at what a difference they can make! A pro will have experience with the "erasing" effect of the camera and can compensate for that, while still maintaining the look you want. 

 

7. GET CREATIVE

Wedding photographers are a creative bunch so be open to their ideas and, again, trust them! For your portraits, listen to their ideas and don’t be afraid to walk off the beaten path a bit. These moments often result in the most amazing photographs. Set aside as much time as possible for this part of the day. The more time the photographer has, the better the results will be.

 

8. SCHEDULE WISELY

Talk with your photographer about their recommended time allotment for each different part of the day. Think about what types of shots are a priority to you, and let your photographer know. For instance if you are really looking forward to the bridge & groom portraits, schedule yourself a bit more time for those. Group photos are notorious for taking up time (but we limit them to 30 minutes or less using one easy trick - read on!). Usually this is because of scheduling, a camera-shy relative, or that groomsman who tries to start the party early (he knows who he is). Make sure your family knows when to be where (and maybe tell them to be there 15 minutes early, just to be safe). Now for the time-saving trick: designate an organized and knowledgeable friend or family member to be in charge of keeping everyone in line. This is such a life saver! 

 
 

9. GO WITH THE FLOW

Allow your wedding day to simply be what it is. Whether that means inclement weather, forgetting that bracelet you wanted to wear or events running way off schedule. Keeping an open mind will allow spontaneity and magic to surprise and delight you, and make your wedding uniquely yours. Remember this: no matter what happens, you're getting married. Enjoy it. 

 

10. RELAX

Trust your wedding photographer. If you're relaxed, it'll come through in your photos. Oh, and get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water the night before. That never hurts. 

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10 Simple Tips for Better Wedding Photos - Part One

 
 

1. BOOK A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER

“Well duuuh!” you're thinking, but choosing the right photographer can be a little intimidating. How do you know who’s good and who’s not? How much is right to spend? Will your friend who’s great at taking photos of cats be good at shooting your wedding?(I think we all know the answer to that one…). The number one thing people tell me again and again when we speak about what we’d do differently if we were to get married now is that they wish they’d prioritized the photography more.

So how do you make sure you're on the right track? Do your research. Wedding blogs and websites are a great place to start. Look to see if the photographer has a complete wedding on display. If they don't, it's okay to ask to see one. You want to see a complete wedding so you can get a feel of how the photographer works in all situations throughout the day, and not just the ideal situations likely displayed in their portfolio. 

Not only should you like your photographer's images, you should like them too! It's vital to get along with and trust your photographer -- not only will it make you feel more comfortable, you'll get better images as a result.

 
 

 

2. SCHEDULE AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

They are a great way to not only practice in front of the camera but to get to know your photographer before the wedding day.  This is why we at A+P offer an engagement shoot with every wedding collection! Not only will you get to know each other better, you’ll get some fabulous shots of the two of you to display on your walls or at your wedding.

 
 

 

3. TRUST YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Obviously if you have something particularly sentimental or unique that you’d like photographed (maybe a piece of jewelry passed down through your family or a DIY project that you spent days on) then be sure to let them know, but don’t hand them a blow by blow list of every single shot you want. Allow your photographer to do their job and to be creative. They’re experienced and will know what to do… and if you're not sure that they will know, refer back to point 1! 

 
 

4. THINK ABOUT THE LIGHT

This is something the majority of couples don't even know to consider. As the light changes throughout the day, different light will result in very different photographs.

For example, if you’re having a winter wedding it will likely start to get dark much earlier in the day, which means you need to have your ceremony early in the day to give your photographer a fighting chance to get some great portraits and your group shots done before the light starts to fade. Even better, they might offer you the chance to do a ‘first look’ (where you see each other before the ceremony and get your photos taken then). If you’re not superstitious about seeing each other beforehand, this is a great option too.

When looking at venues think about the light in each room. Is the bedroom you’re getting ready in small, dark, and cramped? Are the ceremony room walls covered in dark wood with small windows? Remember, photography is essentially painting with light and if there isn’t any, there’s only so much your photographer can do without using a flash.

 
 


5. THINK ABOUT THE CEREMONY

Your ceremony photographs will undoubtedly be some of the most important shots of the day. It also flies by in a nervous blur and you’ll likely not remember a whole lot about it, so these photos are doubly important. With that in mind, there are a couple of things to consider. First of all, make sure you speak to whoever is officiating your ceremony to find out if there are any photography limitations beforehand (for example restricted movement or use of flash).

Another thing to consider is to politely ask your guests to not take photos during the ceremony (you can do so in the program). Guests holding up mobile phones (or iPads!) as you walk down the aisle or flashes going off throughout the vows will not only be distracting for you and other guests, it will make your photographer's life much more difficult, and potentially ruin crucial shots.