My Wedding, The images that are the most important to me 3 years later, and Why.

 

ButteWedding-298I am a pretty private person.  I don’t like to post all of my life on Facebook or instagram everything.  Yes, I love posting accomplishments and funny things that happen to me, but to be totally honest, it is hard for me to let the world know the most precious moments to me.  I kinda struggle because I want to be selfish and keep them to me.  But then I realize, that the joy of having these moments are to share them. Yes, even if that means on Facebook.  But the one thing missing by simply posting a picture is the story behind it.  That is why I love being a photographer, it is a form of storytelling, and I get to be apart of every story, important moments, and I get the honor of capturing the images that preserve those stories, and so you can show your great grand kids your beautiful wedding day, and visually and verbally tell the story.

Ok, so now on to the most scary part for me…..Yes, I said scary.  Why? Because these are the most important moments from my wedding day to my husband Sam and my greatest fear is for someone to look at them and say “Well, those aren’t that great”.  They mean the world to me, and for me to share, it is to me…..Scary.  Yes, maybe for me to just simple post to Facebook they would be average, but it is the story behind the image that means the world to me.

Today is my 3rd wedding anniversary to my amazing husband.  Life is simply amazing, and I am truly blessed to have this life.  I hope you enjoy my wedding images and their story.  Have a blessed day.

Melissa

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This is an image of the woman I look up to and respect the most in this world, she is my mother.  I love her dearly, she is sweet, and usually behind the scenes. I remember I was getting into my dress at this moment. My mother did not get to pick her wedding dress, she had to buy the cheapest one in the store.  So when I got married, my mom said it was important that I felt beautiful in my dress because that was something she did not have on her day.  

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Of course, Shep  had to be there.  He has loved me no matter what, and I consider him my kid 🙂

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When my dad saw me for the first time, I missed all three of these expressions.  I was so blessed Lisa captured this because I have few pictures of me and my dad that are not posed.

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My beloved Ya-Ya’s.  These crazy aunt’s of mine are wild as could be.  They didn’t miss my 21st birthday in Vegas, and they were there for my special day.  Crazy aunt’s I love them so much.

 

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Ok, so these two images are my absolute favorite.  I remember hearing my cousin play “The Ludlows” from Legends of the Fall solo on the violin….I am tearing up now just talking about it.  This song, is the song that takes me back to that moment, the moment I was walking down the isle with my dad, everyone was there who was important to me and Sam.  They were all there to support us.  I felt like I was in a dream, or to better describe,…. my heart felt like I was “home”.  I will never forget how I felt and thank God that I have these to show my kids some day.

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I asked my dad to say a little prayer like he did at my sister’s wedding and he totally blew us all away with a really heart-felt story of me growing up.  There was not a dry eye in the crowd and to this day, I don’t think I have heard my dad talk so sincere about me.  It really meant a lot, and I wish I had it on video too.

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These are my favorite images of me and Sam.  They are not posed, but these are the moment right after we said “I Do”.

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I consider this the best bridal party ever.  We had so much fun, I remember picking cotton candy out of my hair. And who could ever forget the infamous pilot helmet that somehow made it in almost all these images 🙂

 

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My cake, well that had a story of its own.  It came all the way from Billings to Helena to Butte.  Long story short, we almost did not have a cake, but my amazing Aunt Ellen took a 1/2 finished cake and made it beautiful on really short notice.

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And this is the last image that is near and dear to my heart.  These are my grand parents.  They have been married for  67  years.  Before we were married, I told Sam, It was important to me that my grandparents be there, I was so worries that if Sam waited too long I would not have this picture.  I remember the dj was going to start the anniversary dance and I couldn’t find them. I was frantic! I really wanted that dance for them.  I finally found them and got them out there ( I swear, they go to weddings to show us all what a long happy marriage looks like lol)  I look up to these two so much.  I love the expression on my grandpa’s face and how happy they are.  I hope that Sam and I look this happy when we are old and at our grandkids weddings.

 

 

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A Beautiful Kinda Love, In a beautiful place we call home. Montana Wedding

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Have you ever talked to a perfect stranger on the phone and realized within the first few minutes that in another life you would have been great friends? This is exactly how I felt when Stephany called me to photograph her wedding and some how we got off topic and talked about animals and the hormones injected into our bacon we eat……for over an hour….whoopidaisy! But you know, I think that if you can talk to a complete stranger over the phone about crazy stuff it was meant to be that you were suppose to photograph their wedding :).

The year flew by and I can’t believe that I got to spend an amazing day with an amazing couple.  I loved meeting Jake and Stephany, finally in person!  The day was so beautiful and the ceremony was the perfect setting for their unique vows, surrounded by friends and family. Absolutely, Perfect.

I can’t thank you enough Steph and Jake for including me on your day.  I loved it so much, especially seeing how terrified Jake gets when my assistant tells him there is a spider on his neck.  I think he now holds the world record for undressing super fast.

All jokes aside, you two are beautiful together.  Stephany, Jake could not keep his eyes off of you.  During the ceremony I saw him look into your eyes and even I felt how much love you two have.  You have something very special, very unique, and it will last a lifetime :).  Congrats!

Melissa

 

 

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Montana Mountain Top Wedding on Georgetown Lake

 

 

 

 

 

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Whenever I hear that one of my couples is getting married at St. Timothy’s Chapel that overlooks Georgetown lake, I get all giddy like a little kid.  If you have not been there, it is worth the beautiful drive up to this amazing Montana wedding location! Where the clouds meet the mountains and overlook the lake, it is a perfect setting for a Montana Wedding.

 

Chris and Jessica, I am so very blessed you included me on your special day.  It was so beautiful for a June wedding, I couldn’t have asked for a better more in love couple.  All your friends and family were excited to have you back in this beautiful state, even if it was only for a week :).  I am truly thankful for being the photographer for your wedding!

 

Photography: MKate Photography-http://mkatephotography.com

 

Cake: Amy’s Custom Cakes-http://www.amyscustomcakes.com

 

Venue: St. Timothy’s Chapel-http://sttimothyschapel.org

Reception: Fairmont hot spring resort-http://www.fairmontmontana.com

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