You never know what kind of weather you’re going to get when you’re in Glacier National Park. And with all the rain (and snow!) we’ve been experiencing this spring I was certainly crossing my fingers that Deanna and Michael’s Glacier National Park elopement at Lake McDonald wouldn’t be totally rained out.
But wouldn’t you know it, after adjusting our shoot date a bit, we were treated to an absolutely beautiful (albeit chilly!) spring day! I was beyond happy, as were Deanna and Michael who had traveled to Glacier all the way from North Carolina to celebrate their elopement. They had never been to Glacier before, but they were both keen on the lake and its famed colored rocks.
Eloping in Glacier and making these special photos is more than a little meaningful for Deanna and Michael. They had actually attended high school together, but had never really spent any time with one another until Deanna was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer. As Deanna was going through her treatments, they began to talk, and the rest is history. (And, as an added bonus to their trip to Glacier, a week before eloping, Deanna was treated to the exceptional news that she is officially in remission! What a wedding gift!)
So it was certainly a time for celebration as Glacier treated us all to knockout views, beautiful light, and raging powerful waters. Because we were up there in the springtime, we also had the luxury of pretty much enjoying the park to ourselves (which is highly unusual!). So we traipsed about the open areas, marveled at the beauty around us, and I just adored seeing how much these two love one another.
Deanna is also a photographer so it was great to get to work with someone who knows what it’s like “behind the camera” too. Deanna picked out a blush-pink dress (just a subtle hint of pink) and had a bouquet of roses and peonies to match. We even had a happy little bumblebee (who also liked Deanna’s bouquet) hitch a ride with us for a while! Michael was ever-so-dapper in a smashing tux and wore a boutonnière to match Deanna’s bouquet. But all of their finery, while truly gorgeous, in my opinion was secondary to their complete and utter joy. We had such a great time laughing, I got all melty as I watched Michael tenderly hold and kiss his beautiful bride, and we all truly enjoyed and were wowed by our surroundings.
Deanna and Michael – I’ve already said this to you, but I’ll say it again. Thank you so much for inviting me to document such a happy, meaningful and love-filled time in your lives. I was so honored to get to do this for you, and even more grateful to have gotten to meet you both. Thank you so much for all your thoughtfulness, your joy, and for loving one another so freely! I loved every single second I got to spend with you both, and I’m so happy you have found one another. Thank you again (and thanks also for all the goodies for the drive home!). The next time you’re in Glacier, be sure to give me a shout! :)
On the docket:
Portraits and weddings! Stay tuned!