I met up with Chris and Kelcy a day after their gorgeous Missoula wedding for their super fun trash the dress/rock the dress session. It was roasting hot, but we all had a blast making some really fun images of the two of them doing something they mutually dig – jeeping! I hadn’t ever been in a jeep before (I know, I know…I’m a woman of small, deceptively tough cars) and I’ve got to say, it was definitely a good time! We also made some stunning non-jeeping images of the two of them, and Chris definitely won the award for best veil assistant ever. With a veil as long as Kelcy’s, it liked to grab onto twigs and such, and Chris was always there to help her out. :)
Thanks again, you two! What a fun session! You rocked it!
On the docket: weddings and portraits and weddings galore!
And there was lots of both at Chris and Kelcy’s wedding at The Keep in Missoula, Montana. From their absolutely sweet first look (I think Chris had his breath taken away when he first saw Kelcy) to the moving toasts given by family – it was a day to remember. The day started out sunny, but a little Montana microburst decided to sneak its way into things right when the ceremony was supposed to begin. This might have derailed things and jangled the nerves of many couples, but Chris and Kelcy took it in stride and instead shook up the schedule a bit, starting with toasts and champagne. When the sun came out, everyone gathered outside again and Kelcy walked down the aisle on her father’s arm, only the brightness of her smile rivaling that of the sun peeking through the clouds.
Thank you SO much Chris and Kelcy for having me photograph your absolutely beautiful and emotion-filled wedding day – such a treat! Here’s to a long life together filled with happiness and laughter!
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Keep, Missoula, MT
Flowers: Bitterroot Flower Shop, Missoula, MT
DJ: RMF Entertainment, Missoula, MT
(Kelcy, can you please help me fill in the blanks and if I’ve left out anybody, will you let me know? Thanks!)
On the docket: a super fun trash the dress creative bridal session and weddings!
From the cowboy boots on Emily’s feet to the cowboy hat on George’s head, theirs was a wedding that truly spoke to who they are as a couple (remember their awesome e-session from a bit ago?). Every bit of their wedding was simply beautiful and simply THEM. A friend married them, their siblings stood up with them, and they looked to the mountains as they pledged their vows to one another.
Even as the wind whipped and rain threatened, George and Emily took it all in stride and had a blast sharing their wedding day with their friends and family. Big Sky beers flowed (gotta love Summer Honey and Scapegoat), the conversation and toasts were both merry and touching, and the dancing was punctuated by quite a lot of comedy (I’m still smiling!).
Thank you so much, George and Emily, for inviting me to document your wedding day and for being such kind, caring people – what an absolutely wonderful and moving celebration of the two of you getting to spend the rest of your lives together. Congratulations and all the best to you both!
Venue: The Double Arrow Lodge, Seeley Lake, MT
Catering: The Double Arrow Lodge
Cake: Bernice’s Bakery, Missoula, MT
Flowers: Habitat Floral, Missoula, MT
DJ: Friend of the groom
(If I’ve left anyone out, will you please let me know so I can give them credit? Thanks!)
On the docket: weddings, a fun trash the dress session, portraits and more weddings!
We are so darn lucky to live in Montana. I mean, just look at what our eyes get to feast upon on a daily basis! Lauren and Jeff took advantage of the exceptional natural beauty of the Two Feathers Ranch where they were married and met up with me a couple days after their wedding to have fun rocking their creative bridal session.
It really couldn’t have been a more gorgeous evening – we caught the tail end of a summer storm, so we had some beautiful clouds in the sky and golden light towards the end of our evening. We got to hang out with their horses as well, who were exceptionally curious about my cameras. (See outtakes towards the bottom of this post.) To top the evening off, Lauren even braved the cold creek running through the property and absolutely stole the show.
You two were just awesome! Thanks so much for doing this unforgettable session with me!
And now for a few outtakes: these are just too hilarious not to share. Jeff and Lauren’s horses were INCREDIBLY interested in what on earth I was up to with those weird gadgets in front of my face, so they decided to investigate by sticking their noses straight into my lenses. They absolutely cracked me up and we got a nice goofy nose shot because of it.
And yes, if you were wondering, I get in the water, too, when photographing bridal sessions in creeks. It was freezing at first, but Lauren and I eventually numbed to it and had a great time – and managed to navigate the mossy rocks successfully. Always a bonus!
On the docket: weddings, weddings and more weddings! And, if you’re seeing this session and wish you would have done something like this with your dress – I book these creative bridal sessions (also known as “trash the dress” or “rock the dress”) separately from wedding collections (some collections also include this) – no matter how long ago your wedding day was. If you want to create stunning memories of a dress that’s currently hanging in your closet (perfect for an anniversary gift to your love), then by all means, please get in touch. I absolutely adore these types of sessions. :)
And this is certainly true for the Butler family who have two-year-old triplet boys to keep them on their toes. I swung over to Darby a few days after Lauren and Jeff’s Two Feathers ranch wedding to meet up with them for their family session with their little guys. The triplets had a blast showing me the finer points of cowboy hat-throwing, hay tossing, rock-skipping, tree-”climbing,” and grass-wading (since the tall grass is much, MUCH taller than these adorable little guys!).
Thank you so much for having me photograph your handsome family! On to the photos of these little charmers.
On the docket: a stunning bridal session (creek involved!) and weddings galore! Don’t miss out!
The skies were blue, the sun warmly kissed the rolling hills of the Two Feathers Ranch in Darby, MT, and smiles graced everyone’s faces as Lauren and Jeff promised their love and devotion to one another. It really was a magical day – Lauren and Jeff enjoyed a sweet “first look” before their ceremony, then bid each other adieu until Lauren made her grand entrance by horse drawn carriage. The ranch’s other horses even decided to add their own element of beauty and surprise by galloping alongside Lauren’s carriage as she drew closer to the ceremony location. Cheering greeted Lauren and Jeff’s first kiss as newlyweds, and guests merrily rode wagons to the ranch’s barn to enjoy dinner and dancing and a lovely, soft sunset.
What a gorgeous day, and a beautiful wedding, Lauren and Jeff! Thank you so much for having me share your day with you and document such a special occasion!
Vendor Information: (Lauren, if I left anyone out, will you please let me know so I can give them credit? Thanks!)
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Two Feathers Ranch, Darby, MT
Flowers: Flower Barn, Victor, MT
Catering: Caffe Firenze, Florence, MT
DJ: RMF Entertainment, Missoula, MT
On the docket: a super cute two-year-old triplets portrait session, a beautiful creative bridal session and more weddings! Stay posted!
Remember a few months ago when I was off gallivanting in Portland, Oregon? It wasn’t all gallivanting, and, in addition to a lovely portrait session I did on Cannon Beach, I was also working with Pedal Portland to help develop and design their new website for their new business – from their logo, to their video, to their finished website. We had a great time making photos for the site, creating some multimedia content, and overall, creating something that could really benefit Portland people interested in exploring urban bicycling.
Take a peek at the video we produced – and if you like amusing bloopers, stick around ’til the end. :)
So, drum roll please….I’d love to introduce Pedal Portland’s website! Please check it out and tell your friends (especially if you’re in the Portland area). Enjoy! (Click on the image below to visit the website – if you want to see a cool animation, be sure to use either a Chrome or Safari browser as Firefox isn’t able to show the animation in its full glory.)
On the docket: weddings, portraits and bridal sessions! Woo hoo!
Millie and JD’s wedding in Great Falls was full of personal touches that made their day extremely special and even more meaningful. Millie’s dress was made by her mother, using the skirt from Millie’s grandmother’s own wedding dress. (Millie’s mother used the skirt for her wedding, too!) The groomsmen added a bit of playfulness to what would have been traditional pocket squares, instead opting for fun “fair ribbons” saying: first place, second place, third place and participant. Hilarious! The amazing cupcake sculpture (it can only be called a sculpture because it was truly a work of art) was created by Millie’s father, and the cupcakes were made by Millie’s mother. Absolutely stunning!
Such a special day, full of so much love, put forth by wonderful friends, family and the couple themselves.
Thanks so much for having me photograph your day, Millie and JD!
Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church, Great Falls, MT
Dress: Made by the bride’s mother
Flowers: Arranged by Bryan Buckridge
Reception Venue: Great Falls Civic Center, Great Falls, MT
Catering: Baked potato bar by the Golden Corral, with salads made by family and friends
Cupcakes: Made by the bride’s mother
DJ: Steve Keller DJ Services, Great Falls, MT
On the docket: weddings, kiddo’s portraits, and a creative bridal session! Don’t miss ‘em!
I had the absolute pleasure of getting to photograph mister baby Liam the other day, who came to visit me with his mama and his auntie, and again with his mama and his daddy. What a little sweetie Liam is! Such a good baby boy who couldn’t get enough of his mama’s and daddy’s faces, and made the sweetest little expressions both when he was awake and when he was sleeping.
He even let his mama wrap him in a little bow at one point without a fuss!
Thank you so much, mister Liam, for being such an excellent baby model and for introducing me to your proud mama and daddy! :)
On the docket: weddings, weddings and more weddings!