Combine friends and family from Canada and Australia, add in a gorgeous Montana day on the lake, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for one beautiful, fun wedding.
As the ceremony started, guests eagerly looked on as Jen and Chris gazed into one another’s eyes and said their “I do’s,” so sweet and sincere and full of love. They kissed for the first time as newlyweds and walked down the lavender-strewn aisle, bubbles greeting them as they smiled at their loved ones.
Jen and Chris wanted to make the most of being on Flathead Lake, so we all hopped into their limo and took it for a spin to some beautifully scenic spots to make some photos of the two of them and their wedding party. (Kudos to everyone for navigating the rocky bluffs and the heat!)
We returned to their reception venue and soon everyone was smiling at a slideshow full of fun images of Jen and Chris throughout the years. Smiles turned to laughter as we were all treated to some hilarious toasts, and a few tears were shed, too, at some touching, emotional moments as well.
Not long after, it was time to cut the cake. However, Jen and Chris set it up to have an exciting little spin. They were expecting their first child, but hadn’t yet found out the gender of their baby. To retain the surprise, they instead gave Chris’s mother a sealed envelope revealing the news, and, since she was making the cake, they used the cake cutting as a way to reveal the baby’s gender. Jen and Chris also added another fun element to the mix and gave their guests the opportunity to “wager” their guess of boy or girl, with winner taking all at the final reveal! As Jen put it, “Auussies are known for gambling.” To everyone’s excitement, Jen and Chris cut the cake to reveal a pink center – they were having a girl! The room erupted with cheers and tears and loads of excitement and happiness. Such a fun moment to witness and document!
All of this happy energy carried straight over into their first dances, and continued on into the evening as folks hit the dance floor and celebrated into the evening.
Jen and Chris – thank you again for inviting me into a truly beautiful and memorable day in your lives. It was such an honor to be a part of such a special day and to witness your pure joy at the news about your little baby girl! Here’s to a life full of happiness and excitement – and congrats again!
Ceremony Venue: Vista Linda Restaurant, Somers, Montana
Reception Venus: Rack Shack, Somers, Montana
Florist: Flowers by Hansen, Kalispell, Montana
Cake: Made by Meryl Quarrell, mother of the groom
DJ: Side Car Audio, Lakeside, Montana
Hair and Makeup: Amore Salon and Spa, Kalispell, Montana
Wedding Dress and Menswear: from Mimi’s Bridal, Kalispell, Montana
Bridesmaid Dresses: Allure designs
Officiant: from Big Sky Events
Rentals: The Party Store, Columbia Falls, Montana
On the docket: weddings, portraits, and more weddings! Stay tuned!