I first photographed Katie + James a year and a half ago. I had been creating some ideas I wanted to try out and was working on honing in my editing style the way I really wanted it so I threw out a model call to find some couples to try these new ideas with. Katie + James were one of them. And I showed up to the shoot with no memory cards cause I’m smart and had to run to Best Buy and come back haha.

I guess I made up for it at some point cause Katie + James are getting married next year and asked me to photograph their big day!!! SO stoked!  Last month we did their engagement photos in Many Glacier and they are so freakin’ amazing. We had planned to go up there at the beginning of the summer but the weather that day was horrible. It was pouring rain and we decided whatever it’s just rain we’ll go for it. But I was also photographing another couple that day and they were already up in Many Glacier and said the mountains had just been totally socked in all day and mid-drive we all decided nah, the 5 hour drive isn’t worth it if we can’t see mountains! So glad that all worked out that. Not only at the time was I in desperate need of a day at home to stop going for a second but the day we did end up there was perfect weather wise.

These two are just babes and so in love. I love photographing them. And so cool we did this this way. They have some incredible mountain view engagement photos and in May we’re headed to Jamaica for their destination wedding!!!!!! AH!!!!

Until then…

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Ginger + Paul skipped down the stairs from the parking lot with the biggest grins on their faces so pumped for their engagement session. I knew they were going to be fun. We started in an open field with the sun setting behind the mountains and the music bumping through the windows of the car. Not even 1 minute into their session I told them to run towards each other and embrace. I like to just see how couples do this, their approach. Some just kinda speed walk in and kiss and others will run full on and smack into each other. No matter what happens we’re breaking ice here. Ginger ran into Paul’s arms, he picked up her swinging her around, and then they went down. Haha. I was dying. They laughed through it all and rolled on the ground kissing. I instantly fell in love with them.

The rest of their session went just like that. Running together. Making out in fields, on hills, on cliffs with water falling behind them. Hands all over each other. And soooooo much laughter. The biggest smiles from each of them. Just going with anything. It was so much fun! I’m so in love with these images cause they show them and their love for each other  just as it is.

Ginger + Paul, congratulations you babes! So excited for you guys and the next part of your lovestory!

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One of the greatest things happened this year when I decided to expand my team. It can be lonely working alone but I also saw some demands + needs within my business. One thing that really got to me was how many weddings I can’t photograph each year just simply because I’m already booked. It crushed me when these couples would message me + say I’ve been following you forever + it’s finally my turn I have to have you + their date is set + I was already booked. This year I added Esther to my team as a lead photographer. First of all she’s the absolute sweetest, why she takes the shit she does from this team I will never know but we tease her relentlessly + she takes it + at times dishes her own back when we never saw it coming haha. She’s been a second photographer of mine for years + been creating her own amazing business. Just as she was about to really launch into her first year of weddings on her own she found out she was pregnant. She’s an incredible mom to her now 1 year old guy + the funnest stepmom to her husband’s 2 girls. I approached her with the idea of joining the team as a lead last fall knowing it’d either be absolutely perfect for her life + biz or it’d be absolutely the wrong deal, hoping not the latter. I’m so stoked she agreed to it + we’ve had the most epic summer EVER as a team.

Heidi + Cory eloped in Many Glacier last month, just the two of them. They booked Esther + this was awesome cause I was actually shooting up there that night as well so we got to go together! Just a few weeks before their plans for an officiant fell through. I reached out to Amanda, our in-house officiant haha. We don’t normally offer her in Esther’s elopement collections to keep her available for the couples I’m working with + she’s also my personal second shooter so to keep her available for that as well. But that day I didn’t need one + Amanda couldn’t imagine the stress that may have been for them to have that come up last minute + jumped in to make their elopement official. She officiated so many elopements this summer + still says that Heidi + Cory had her favorite vows. Their love for each other was clear, they were so heartfelt, their hands together + tears streaming down their faces. I wish I had been there for them!!!!

This ended up so cool as they had all their correspondence with both Esther + I leading up to that day, then I didn’t shoot right away so I met up with them + joined them on the walk out to their ceremony spot chatting the whole way. My other couple + I ran into them a few times shooting around the area constantly yelling how good looking they are + congratulations. Typical, making a scene everywhere we go 😉

Heidi emailed me after to say thank you for everything. She used to be a photographer herself but found herself getting burnt out + uninspired. Which is actually very common in this industry. She moved on to a new chapter in her life. But in her email saying thank you she told me how great the experience was + how inspired she felt that day + has decided to chase after her photographer dreams again. Plan made + in motion! Hearing that is not only an incredible compliment but so inspiring for us as well! That our shenanigans + dream chasing could impact you in just a few hours together to run after that thing your heart desires. Absolutely amazing + so incredibly grateful for these two!

Esther crushed it on their elopement so I wanted to share a few images! For those curious how this team gig works just a rough overview the couple works with us as a team throughout the entire planning process with me in the lead most of time. Esther shows up + works magic photography with them + I do the edit giving it my personal style + touch. Voila.. Jacilyn M Team amazingness!

 

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I first met Alexis and Joshua for their engagement photos last summer in Glacier National Park. They were an hour late. Ha! And I had my kid along. But we had a freaking blast. I’ve been soooo excited and so nervous for their wedding since then! I’m nervous before every wedding. Amanda will tell you I go through this weird shut down time about an hour before every wedding. I panic. I don’t want to do it. I get jittery. I stop talking, which I talk all the time. And then as we pull up to the wedding I flip a switch and grab my bag and can’t wait to get inside. But this wedding at times had me a bit freaked the eff out haha.

It was a big wedding but not so much in the aspect of number of guests. Although they had about 175 guests come from everywhere but Montana and I’ve always believed that that says so much about the characters of the couple for all these people to make it here. But this wedding was big in every way. We were covering multiple days, lots of vendors, lots of expectations, so many details, so many multiple locations at once. And as I type that out I realize that is every wedding sort of, but whatever reason or reasons this one had me holding my breath. I did my whole I don’t wanna do this thing and then did the switch grabbed my bag and went to work and my god it was amazing.

Alexis and Joshua are truly two of the kindest people I have ever met. So thoughtful and so down to earth even though they’re clearly otherworldly gorgeous. Alexis even discovered someway, somehow in a moment in time that I love Kauai Coffee and gifted me some. To even think of me is unreal. Even Amanda was so blown away at how they treated and respected her as the second shooter, always reaching out to her, calling her by name and so forth. Stuff like that goes a long ways. They are absolutely incredible. Which again explains why so many people came all this way. We get it.

They got ready in the early afternoon with their bridal party. 24 of them in all, the biggest bridal party I’ve ever photographed. And all damn good looking. They shared a first look together so excited to finally see each other they spent, no kidding, a full 15 minutes talking to each other about their day so far. I loved it cause most couples take 2 minutes and then ask ‘now what’. They practiced their first dance, and we photographed them with their friends before heading to Bar W Ranch for the wedding.

The details were insane. One of the most beautiful weddings I’ve seen. The florals and mauve colors with touches of gold and candlesticks lighting the night. And the chuppah was just jaw-dropping. I’ve never photographed a jewish wedding before and it’s currently my new fave thing!! The ceremony is so special, makes marriage feel sacred again. They’re family joins them under the chuppah as they circle each other, choosing each other. The 7 blessings. The breaking of the glass and it’s reasoning with love, happiness and pain. If you haven’t before look up the jewish wedding and what it all means itt’s so incredible. Their ceremony couldn’t be more perfect. And their pup Sparkles was carried down the aisle. Dogs should be in every wedding.

They gathered and asked for photos with their college friends and Joshua and his house had a tradition they chanted and drank a bottle of southern comfort. The ladies hugged tight and laughed. They partied into the early hours of the morning. If I hadn’t already planned to drive the 3 hours home that night I would have partied all night with them. They were all in. Champagne straight from the bottle. Packed dance floor. Glow sticks. An ice cream truck. And so much happened. This should seriously set the bar for wedding receptions 😉

Alexis + Joshua, thank you. In more ways than I can express in words. You challenged me in my craft with your wedding and your engagement actually, haha, and I’m better for it. I’ve risen above what I thought I was capable of and you two have just trusted me the whole way. I know you in no way intended for the challenge, or may even know that you did challenge me but I’m so grateful for it. My work, creativity, and life are better because of you. I’m so inspired. Thank you for showing us the beauty in marriage and ceremony of it. And thank you for your kindness, generosity, and energy. So grateful to have photographed your amazing day but even more blessed to know you!

XOXO

 

 

 

 

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