Last year Ethan and Emily, both from Iowa, decided to take a vacation with Yellowstone being one of their stops. They loved their time in Montana so much that, fast forward to their wedding day, lo and behold they decided to have their Flying Horse Ranch wedding in Corvallis, Montana. And I’m so glad they did because what a wonderful day it was.
Their day started off with a super sweet first look between the two. Ethan was so excited to see Emily and the look on his face as he first turned around to behold his beautiful bride was so special. We continued having fun making photos of just the two of them before moving on to more of the family formals.
And we had such a blast. Ethan and Emily’s wedding was small, with only close friends and family partaking, but what a group they had there with them! We laughed so much and so often and just had such a great time making their more formal photos before it was time to get everyone ready to start their ceremony.
Emily was full of emotion as she walked down the aisle towards Ethan, but soon she burst into a huge smile and the two stood together at the altar with the blue of the mountains as their backdrop. There were tears and laughter, and everyone clapped as Ethan and Emily kissed for the first time as husband and wife.
The festivities continued into the evening with hilarious and touching toasts that had folks doubling over in laughter while simultaneously dabbing at tears in the corners of their eyes. And Ethan and Emily probably had one of the most epic cake-cuttings I’ve seen. It started out innocent, but…well, suffice it to say, it got a little messy. Emily was such a good sport, however, and the two easily laughed about their “cake smash” moment afterwards.
The music kicked on and soon everyone was out on the dance floor kicking up their heels and jumping around to the beats. The party moved outside a bit too as people mingled with one another, played some lawn games, and had a great time giggling and chatting as the evening wound down.
That evening we were treated to all sorts of wonderful light, and I’m so thankful Ethan and Emily were willing to “run for the light!” to get the best of the best of the sun as it quickly dipped behind the silhouettes of the mountains.
Ethan and Emily! I’m so glad you found me and invited me into such a wonderful day in your lives. I loved getting to meet you in person and had such a fantastic time getting to hang out with you, your family and friends, and make these images for you. Everyone was so sweet and had so many kind things to say (including you two, of course!) and that meant the world to me. Your love is so real and so beautiful, and the love you have for your friends and family (and they for you) was just such a treat to witness and document. I’m so glad Montana treated you so well! Here’s to a life together filled with joy and happiness, and many more Montana trips, too! :)
Vendor Information for Ethan and Emily’s Flying Horse Ranch Wedding:
Venue: Flying Horse Ranch, Corvallis, Montana
Cake: Black Cat Bake Shop, Missoula, Montana
Catering: Famous Dave’s, Missoula, Montana
Officiant: Mark Christians
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Charlotte Russe
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