Blue skies, sun shinning, little summer breeze- what more could a bride ask for when she wakes up on her wedding day. Katie started her day off downtown Bozeman at Blush to get a soft natural bridal look for her makeup. I always do a little happy dance when I hear a bride is going to Blush because I know their makeup will be flawless and absolutely gorgeous!
Katie and her bridesmaids went out to Gallatin Gateway to finish getting ready at a VRBO, just across the road from the wedding venue. Most of their hair was done by Katie's 14 year-old cousin, and lets just say this sweet girl has a bright future in wedding hair!
Of course you need to pop some champagne on your WEDDING DAY!
These little wedding day details were so fun to capture...
Katie and Chris decided they wanted to tie the knot at one of Bozeman's very sought after wedding venues, Hart Ranch. This venue sits south of Bozeman in Gallatin Gateway against the mountains, near Big Sky. This rustic barn venue has everything you would want for a simple, yet elegant Montana wedding.
Katie wanted to slip into her wedding dress in a more intimate setting, the bridal suite at the Hart Ranch with just her Mother and Maid of Honor there with her.
Katie's custom Converse were the ultimate wedding detail of the day! Katie is a 4th grade teacher, so you know all of her kiddos will think she is the coolest teacher EVER with MRS. G on the back of her chucks!
Dress-Check, Shoes-Check, Accessories- Check, Looking Freaking GORGEOUS-Double Check.... Off to the bridal portraits.
Katie was wearing a gown she found at the well-know and highly recommended bridal dress boutique in Bozeman, Eskay Bridal. Her bouquet was created by a family member.
Meanwhile, Chris and some of his closest friends were enjoying their afternoon in the grooms getting ready location at the venue. They opened gifts, laughed, and reminisced on some good times,
Chris & Katie's ceremony was filled with so many emotions- happiness, excitement, and a whole lotta love. Their heart-filled vows had me in tears as I was trying to capture the special moments of the ceremony.
They went out with a bang with their first, second, and third kiss as Mr. & Mrs. G.
After the ceremony, I was able to sneak away with these two and do their portrait session. As you will see below, these two were utterly infatuated with one another.
These two couldn't be serious the whole time- they are always goofing off!
ANNNDDDD they got by with a little help from their friends!
I can't forget about the 7 flower girls and the cutest ring bearer!!
I was so honored that Katie & Chris asked me to be their wedding photographer. In high school, Katie & I spent our summer nights watching Chris and my husband play baseball. We would talk about the future and it always included those baseball boys. I could not be happier for these high school sweethearts and to see how far they have come. Here's to Katie G and Chris G!
Well today definitely does not feel like a typical summer in Montana. It's chilly out there! I was freezing yesterday, but I was excited to see some sun this morning. Thankfully we've had some sunny days in Bozeman this past June, not many but enough to get in some beautiful family sessions for some sweet clients!
This family just makes me smile! From the first time I met their sweet girl celebrating her first birthday to now seeing them as a family of 4 with their handsome little boy.
We did get eaten alive by mosquitos, they were terrible! We have had so much rain that they have been terrible this summer.
But in between shots we were swatting them off of us (because I forgot bug spray, my camera bag is now stocked full!) We got some amazing images for this beautiful family to hang on the walls of their home to cherish forever!
So many clients ask for the beautiful backdrop of the Montana mountains in their portraits, but some clients want something different. I love finding new locations to give clients something different each year.
I love how these turned out! I spend hours driving around looking for new unique locations and this spot has become one of my favorites!
Gahh.....look at how cute these all turned out! One of the fun things about family portraits is all the fun combinations of shots you can get! I love capturing the unposed images, just having fun and interacting as a family.
One thing you will get from me when you book a session is a fun & relaxed session....yes we do some basic poses with everyone looking at the camera....but the fun is twirling, laughing, letting the kids run, lots of kissing and hugging and more laughing! I don't tell great jokes, so I fake laugh and then my clients laugh at me!
And then there are sibling pictures! Aren't these two just the sweetest!
And I had to share these...there are way more, but this little cutie pie I think may just be a future model....so many super cute modeling faces from her! These were some of my favorites!
This beautiful Montana family brought a smile to my face as I edited their images. This is why I do what I do and I stay up late at night to get images to my clients and book myself silly over the summer months....because of this....because if these images bring a smile to my face as I am editing through them....I know my clients are going to cherish them forever and when they look through them....they are going to smile again and again.
Thanks to this sweet family for allowing me to capture their forever portraits!
Love & Light,
June 21st started off as a stunning Bozeman, Montana summer day at The Ponds at Dry Creek. This Gallatin Valley wedding venue captures the true Montana Beauty with gorgeous views of all the mountains that surround the valley. Though the massive willow trees that line the property are very attractive, you will see in the pictures below why this venue is know as the ponds!
The sweet bride, Haley, and her closest friends got ready in the rustic bridal suite located on the venue property. As the ladies got ready, the room was filled with laughter, story telling, and the must have Spotify playlist, All Out 00s.
Haley had the details of her day very well thought out and it was so fun to capture all the colors she incorporated, especially in her bouquet, made by Budget Bouquet!
Once the ladies were all gussied up, we stepped outside to get some fun shots in these adorable floral robes, and do a mimosa cheers to the day.
Then it was time for one of the most special times of the day- slipping into the white dress.
Once all the accessories are on and the dress is fitting flawlessly, I like to ease some of the emotions by doing the bridal portrait session. Haley was so stunning in her After 5 and Weddings dress and veil- I could have spent hours on her bridal portraits!! As we began the portraits, the unpredictable Montana weather hit and it began to pour rain. Haley, being the most laid back bride, was okay with doing her portraits in the bridal suite..... Have I mentioned....she was STUNNING!
Meanwhile, the guys were just one pond away in their own cabin, getting all handsome for the day. The jokes were flying and old stories were being told. After 5 and Weddings made these groomsmen look very styling! (They also had the most adorable 8 year-old groomsmen!!)
When you get married in Montana, you can expect to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. Most people expect to get the majestic mountain shots, with the baby blue skies and sunshine filling the air- I mean who wouldn't want that! But with the beautiful scenery comes some not so beautiful weather at times. As a Montana photographer, I have a plan A, B, C, and D ready to go for whatever comes our way on a wedding day.
Haley & Alex had planned their First Look to be on a peninsula that stretched out into one of the ponds, but with the thunderstorm passing, we decided the bridal suite was the best place. Though we did not get the scenic shots, these two had the most intimate First Look I've witnessed. After I got some images of their first moments of seeing each other, I left them to be alone. Every bride & groom needs a little time to be completely alone to take in their special day.
Going into the wedding day, I always have a timeline for when pictures are going to be done to insure the day goes smoothly. With the rain continuing to fall during the main part of the day set aside for pictures, we decided to wait out the rest of the pictures until the storms passed. Annnddd oh boy did those storms subside and bring us an amazing Bozeman, MT summer evening!
We were able to get the bride & groom portraits in before the ceremony began. We went out to the peninsula where the First look was planned to be and we got some amazing images with the ponds and willow trees surrounding the sweet bride & groom. The Ponds at Dry Creek, you never disappoint!
Then they were off to become hubby and wifey!!
Alex & Haley began dating in high school at 15 years old. We all went to Belgrade High School and Montana State University together, so I was able to watch these two grow into the amazing couple they are today. I was so honored to capture the day that they committed to a lifetime together.
These two had so many amazing friends and family surrounding them on their day!
And they were off to the party!
My favorite part of this Bozeman wedding venue is the dance floor is a dock on one the ponds. It is magical!
Before this blog comes to an end, I need to mention that whenever a summer thunderstorm comes through, the Montana sunsets are absolutely incredible. Haley & Alex braved the rain, but it was worth it at the end of the day!
Cady's, may you enjoy this amazing thing we call marriage!
It was such an honor and privilege to capture this family and their forever portraits! There are so many stages of life in having children, raising them and then giving them wings to fly!
It was fun to reconnect with this family. We all went to church together many years ago and through a donation I made to the Montana State University rodeo team, we reconnected through this family session. Every year the MSU Rodeo team has a fundraiser called Cowboys & Candlelight. I love donating family portraits to the fundraiser and this year I was so excited to find out it was a family that I knew!
We had so much fun shooting these portraits...so many laughs and a few cries! It was a pretty cool to document both the celebration of their oldest son being accepted into the Naval Academy and the sadness of saying goodbye. The proud parents and siblings all wore their Navy shirts in celebration of their brothers accomplishments. What an honor to be accepted into the Naval Academy!
Enjoy looking through this fun family session! I am still laughing at some of the sibling photos! From the high fives, to the piggy back rides to the hand stands and fake punches....it was sure entertaining with this sibling fun!
Thank you Dykstra family for all the fun on your farm!
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