It was a bit of a hot day (ok, more than hot – it was hovering around 100+ degrees) for Raisa + Mark’s Missoula Wedding at St. Francis Church. But that didn’t faze these two lovebirds in the least.
I met up with them as they were getting ready for their big walk down the aisle and started out the day with Mark and the guys. Beers flowed, the guys joked and laughed, and Mark was super excited to get to see Raisa in just a little bit.
I popped on over to the Wilma where the girls were getting ready and met up with the ladies who were giggling, laughing, and having a good time getting Raisa all “bride-y.” The ladies were equally as excited as the guys and Raisa was eager to get in her dress and get to see her groom.
Soon the moment arrived – guests were seated, there was a quiet buzz as friends greeted one another with laughter and smiles, the music swelled and it was time to start. Mark was so happy to see Raisa as the doors opened to reveal her and her father, and the two smiled at each other as Mark’s uncle (who’s also a bishop) proceeded with the service.
While they were seated Mark and Raisa stole little glances at one another, and also enjoyed some pretty big laughs as their ceremony continued on. It wasn’t long before it was time for them to share their vows with one another and seal it all with a kiss. Friends and family cheered for the new couple as they made their way down the aisle, faces beaming with happiness and love.
The party continued on to the Wilma Theater where everyone was treated to a delicious dinner, incredibly moving toasts (especially from Raisa’s family members who had traveled all the way from her home country of Colombia to celebrate!), and some seriously groovy dancing. In between dances, we managed to duck out for a few quick moments to make some sunset images and, of course, create a few photos in front of the iconic Wilma lights outside of the theater to put the perfect end on a fantastic day.
Mark and Raisa! My word – what a wonderful day it was for you two! It was so much fun to share in your joy and happiness and see just how much you two love one another! The light in your eyes and the laughter you both share is something so special and beautiful, and I am so thankful you asked me to document all of this for you. Here’s to a lifetime of happiness, and many, many future visits to Missoula again too!
Vendor Information for Raisa + Mark’s Missoula Wedding at St. Francis Church
Getting Ready Location: Holiday Inn Downtown, Missoula, Montana
Ceremony Location: St. Francis Xavier Church, Missoula, Montana
Reception Venue: The Wilma Theater, Missoula, Montana
Officiant: Bishop George Thomas (the groom’s uncle)
Florist: Bitterroot Flower Shop, Missoula, Montana
Cake: Bernice’s Bakery, Missoula, Montana
DJ: Kris Moon, Missoula, Montana
Makeup Artist: Skin Chic, Missoula, Montana
Caterer: Bravo Catering, Missoula, Montana
Bar and Spirits: The Wilma Theater, Missoula, Montana
Wedding Dress: Reed by Wtoo from Velvet Bride, Missoula, Montana
Men’s Attire: Generation Tux
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