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Standing on the shores of Lake Superior this summer I watched a beaming bride in her wind blown dress step into a canoe, hewn by her father’s own hands, embark upon the shore, and journey uphill to her waiting groom. In the quiet simplicity of Annika and Matthew’s wedding, love was proclaimed true to its complex buoyancy.

Today, as a newly engaged man, Annika’s vows speak to my heart in new ways. I hear in them reminders that “family” takes on new meaning. Empathy and understanding become a bedrock upon which to lean. And to not be defined by love, but to define it. A wedding such as theirs is a rarity, and I consider myself truly blessed to have been a witness.

Meeting with Menia and Terry was like a gust of fresh, summer air had rushed into the coffee shop. All at once witty banter, laughter, and wedding planning were tossed up, twirled around, and set down in our laps. We did our best just to keep up. And on their wedding day, the banter, laughing, dancing, and energy did not stop! Maybe the mother of the bride didn’t end up looking exactly like Beyonce, but no one seemed to mind. Besides, even she couldn’t have out-partied these incredible families.

It’s like I never left! Back in Montana for another picturesque wedding – I really think I could get used to this! This time around Emily and Will profess their love for one another before God and family in the small mountain town of Big Sky at the Soldier’s Chapel. The story of their meeting is serendipitous and lovely. I’d love to tell you the tale, but we have a film to watch! I wish Emily and Will every happiness; they and their families are some of the most kind and genuinely caring folks you could ever be lucky enough to meet. Enjoy New Zealand – hopefully one day my job will take me there, too.

Special thanks to Nicole of Green Door Photography for providing one of the shots! You were wonderful to work with, can’t thank you enough. See you again soon.

I love Montana. This land-locked, mountainous place is where my heart feels most at peace, and I hope one day it will be my home (seasonally speaking). Kimberly, hailing from the island nation of Australia, brought her son and open-hearted spirit to Big Sky country and met Ryan. Together their happiness, love, and close family ties brought Australia and Montana under the same barn roof – under the same Big Sky Love. Cheers to their intercontinental love story.

A special thank you to the wonderfully talented Fran from Fran Ze Photography and Kacie!

 

Right away we picked up on Aileen and Jimmy’s frequent and easy-going smiles. Their day centered around this pure happiness and energetic love. From the early morning start and into the night, there was no lack of energy: Horns honking, a friendly game of tug o’ war, and no shortage of people singing and dancing (N Sync, anyone?). Smiles for everyone! We couldn’t help but be uplifted by Aileen and Jimmy’s shared joy, and we hope our work continues to bring many more smiles to their faces.

Many thanks to Kirsten from Fab Event Design for planning this wonderful event!

Canada, Minnesota, Arizona: What do they have in common? Mr. and Mrs. Gillis. What do Krystal and Mitch have in common? Laughter that comes from their heart, sheer joy in their youthful love for one another, and a real excitement about their wedding day.  They are certain to have a wonderful future together filled with glee, romance, and love. It was an honor to share in their day.

I’d also like to thank the hard-working staff at the beautiful Depot in Minneapolis as well as Sara Trotter from Lasting Impressions for organizing the Gillis’ memorable day. Finally, it was a pleasure to work alongside Jessica from JM Photography in capturing the many special moments of Krystal and Mitch’s day.

I’m going to keep this short, because words cannot describe the happiness or love that shows up when Erin and Derek see each other. The funny thing is, I feel like thats what happens everyday when they see each other, like it’s a normal thing for these two. Just wait and see what I mean! Thank you both for giving us the opportunity to be a part of your day. It was a real pleasure!

I had a great time at this wedding! It was absolutely amazing! The Aria is a beautifully unique venue that I would totally recommend to any bride looking for an indoor venue. I also had the opportunity to work with the amazing Marc and Leda from Studio 306. If you get a chance, please go check out their work. Thank you both for putting up with us jumping into your shots! Lastly, Kirsten from Fab Event Design, you make my job so much easier! I can only imagine how much you do for the couple. Thank you Kirsten, it was a wonderful event!

I remember when I first met Jason and Christine at a coffee shop in Minneapolis. It was a mere month away from the wedding, and they said something that continuously rang in my ear from that day on, “It’s not about us.” The thought was absurd to me. How can a wedding which, by definition, is the uniting of two people not be about them? Well, they said (I’m paraphrasing), “We’ve known each other since 1st grade, so we know about us and been through the sentimental phase…” What they wanted was a film that would remind them of how epic their day was – and it was on so many levels!

The reception setting, complexity of rich cultural events, and grand scale of Jason and Christine’s Epic Day was an adventure for me. I am so grateful they brought me along for this incredibly passionate and beautiful ride, for it was a constant challenge. I’d also like to thank Anna Senrick of Fete Perfection for coordinating and designing such a lush backdrop for a day filled with amazing sights. Your decor and planning were epic, yet tasteful, and I can’t thank you enough for providing such a lovely scene.

Lastly, the wonderfully creative photography couple Cadence and Eli, for being such great company and a pleasure to work with.

I wish Christine and Jason nothing but the best and all the happiness in the world!

Every once in awhile you get a wedding that reminds you of home or a place you’d like to call home. This was it for me. I loved every aspect and detail of this wedding, from the carriage ride to the open field for the ceremony and then perfectly ending in a country fashion under gorgeous lights dancing the night away. It wasn’t Texas, a place I once called home, it was 100 times better and much, much cooler!  Congratulations to Sydne and Tim!

Delaram and John were an absolute dream to be around, from the first Skype meeting I knew this was the perfect wedding for us. With a slight mix of Persian and traditional influence they molded one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever had the chance to be a part of it. The ceremony took place inside Delaram’s parents gorgeous house surrounded by friends, family, and a lot of happiness! It was an intimate portrait of passion and love that I will never forget. Congratulations to them both and I wish them nothing but best in the years to come.