After 8 Years and 8 months, John and Karen FINALLY say I DO!!! (Fairmont Wedding)

We all thought the day would never come, but thank God John FINALLY asked Karen to marry him, and I think we all were on pins and needles hoping she would say “yes” :).  After 8 years and 8 months, … Continue reading

Getting lost in Montana for a beautiful Anaconda Wedding (Mollie & Tim)

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Mollie & Tim

If you were to look up in the dictionary (well maybe the urban dictionary) “perfect couple”….. you would find the definition- “Two people made to be together forever”.  For most of us who know Mollie and Tim, this describes them best.

When they first contacted me last year about their May Montana wedding, I was so excited to get to know them better.  Planning a wedding cross-country is no easy task.  I can not thank this gracious, kicked-back couple enough for including me in their day.  Not only is Mollie, possibly, the sweetest girl ever, she gave me entire control to have creative freedom to go where ever and photograph the day of the wedding how I saw best…..(for all you other wedding photographers out there, aren’t you jealous? Perfect brides do exist!!!)  You can imagine how over-the-moon excited I was!  Then, reality hit.  Since I had this amazing opportunity, now the pressure was on to come through for Mollie and Tim to find an amazing area for pictures.  Oh, and did I mention, there was a 92% chance of rain the day of the wedding. I didn’t care though, I was going to find the best possible place, the perfect spot…(and pray to sweet baby Jesus that the rain would hold off till the reception.)

The big day finally arrived.  The day Mollie and Tim would say “I do.”  The deep blue sky threatened of a storm, the wind was a tad chilly, but when Tim saw Mollie for the first time, none of that mattered.   In a gorgeous field, backdropped by towering mountains that seemed to cradle the sky above, my heart melted when I photographed this beautiful couple as they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day.  Their day was simply, perfect.  Surrounded by friends and family, the couple shared laughter, a few tears, and lots of dancing.

Mollie and Tim, your love is so simple and beautiful.  In my mind, that is what makes you a, quote unquote, “perfect couple”.  You get what you see. You’re honest, and always make the people around you feel loved.  Never change.

Thank you so much for sharing your day with me!

Melissa

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Those people in your life…..

So, you know those people you have in your life that will do anything for you? They are always there for a shoot when you need an assistant, you can call up and barrow a lens (no questions asked), they go with you on trips to the mountains in 0 degree weather to photograph a waterfall and no cell service (not a good idea lol), go months without talking and you pick up right where you left off?  My point is, these are the friends that you will have for life.  I find myself always putting my friends and family on the back burner.  I know I am not the only one who does this, I think we just know that they will always understand, they will always be there, so it is easier to put our loved ones last.  When I really think about it, it should be the complete opposite! Our friends and family should always come first, and we should never take these relationships for granted. So in light of this, I had photographed one of my dearest friends this winter.  And yes, I put it on the back burner.  After talking with Shanna, I realized that I would never want one of my best friends to put me on the back burner.  Sometimes it takes a good friend to tell you how they feel to make that lightbulb go off in your head.  I just wanted to take the time to say we should always put our family and friends first.  Always treat them how you want to be treated even if sometimes you want to put them on the back burner because you know they will always love you and understand.  My friends are amazing and I am lucky they want me to photograph them.  I love this lady because she has come so far in her career.  I remember the time we were headed to that mountain waterfall and she said she NEVER wanted to photograph people.  Well now she is one of the best I know.  Shanna you are a beautiful soul inside and out.  Thank you for being my friend!

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1972 Inspired Wedding Shoot

I can smell Wedding in the air! Seriously, who is excited for wedding season?! This girl! I am so excited to kick the season off with an amazing stylized shoot that was 1972 inspired.  I love bright colors, converse shoes, suspenders, and a couple in love.  Weddings are suppose to be fun, so let loose and put a little color and swag into your big day!

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

Makeup: Studio 19 https://www.facebook.com/studio19SkinCare

Wedding Attire: Couture with A&A http://aascloset.com

Set Decoration: Decorations for All Occasions 406-490-8692

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Ashley + John Not your average wedding……But definitely a Butte Wedding

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I never know what to expect whenever I photograph a big Butte wedding…..but there is one thing for sure and that is that it will be fun, really, really FUN.  When I met Ashley to talk about her wedding she had specifically told me that she wanted to #1. Keep with tradition and 1st see John when she walked down the isle   #2. she wanted to keep pictures fun, simple and not take too much time.  Well, I was at first really nervous and running through my head was “I am going to not have time!” Even though I was freaking out, the grace of God shined down and helped me through it :). I feel like I should get an award for getting through posed pictures of a bridal party of over 24 “really happy” and Fireball stricken bridesmaids and groomsmen…..Oh, the joys of Fireball.  Now, as a wedding photographer, sometimes I think I always know what is best when it comes to the schedule, but reality is, when all is said and done, I want my clients to be happy and it to be THEIR day through- and-through.   I am so honored that Ashley and John picked me to photograph their October wedding in Butte, MT.  Yes, I was praying like crazy that it would be a beautiful day and I swear it had to be the best day of Fall.  So beautiful, fall colors everywhere and a gorgeous bride and groom.  …….And a bridal party that was possibly the most entertaining group I have ever photographed.  I think when you are in a bar taking shots with your best friends, end up with underwear on your head, somehow putting on deodorant because one of the bridesmaids happened to have it in her purse, and end up dancing on the bar…..did I mention all this is before the reception?!……Needless to say, It was a great start to a really fun night!

Ashley and John, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so easy going with everything that day.  Truly, I had a blast with all of you, and will probably steer clear of Fireball forever…….lol.  You two are beautiful together and of course Bandit is a great lil kid and I had fun photographing him at the engagement session.  Congrats to you and your AMAZING families, they made me and Teal feel so welcome through everything.  God Bless!

Melissa

 
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Kyle & Michaela

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It’s not every day that your little brother gets married.  I was so excited to be able to capture this very special day for Kyle and Michaela.  I am not going to lie, I was really nervous about photographing an October wedding outside! Also considering it rained cats and dogs the day before the wedding, I was expecting to have to photograph everything inside.  But, I guess that was not in God’s plan for October 10th. The sky was calm, the weather was sweet, a little chill but with a dash of warm sun throughout the day.  I will never forget some of these moments of this day, and am so excited to share my favorites! Congrats to the beautiful couple, and here is to a great life together!

Melissa

 

 

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