These sweet babes had a wedding vision of them + Glacier National Parks mountain views in the back. To dance on the shore line in one of the most heavenly places on earth. But it was also important to them to have their family and close friends with them + to create something that was more accommodating for everyone’s needs.
I hear this A LOT.
Glacier is kinda out of the way. And it’s a national park so it’s not a cheap place for everyone to travel to and visit. Accommodations are limited. Full wedding + reception options inside the park are limited (more like possible if you’re game for a twist but not possible for the regular ceremony + party all night under the stars with dinner catered). I regularly talk with couples trying to make it work for everyone and not lose sight of what they want to.
Good news! There is a way to do it. There is actually a few ways to do it. Allison + Brandon chose one of the ways 🙂
Allison + Brandon brought their family to beautiful Whitefish MT. A fun ski + outdoor town with little shops and restaurants and a village at Whitefish Resort. A little something from everyone and a half and hour or so from the Glacier National Park.
I met up with them at the resort while they were getting ready with their friends and fam. They didn’t want to make the first look a big thing and I can appreciate that. So they met outside the lodges to say hi, embrace and then said LET’S DO THIS! We all headed for the park.
They walked along the shore of Lake McDonald, danced, and took in the views, embraced in forest and crawled down the rocks to the creeks with deep blue color. We played music the whole time and they just lived in moment of time just the two of them before their ceremony with family and friends. It was beautiful and magical and just what they were wanting.
We made our way back to Whitefish Resort and it was POURING rain the whole drive. It rained so hard they shut down the chairlift that was supposed to take us up to the top for their ceremony. And 10 minutes after we got there the rains stopped and we made our way where they shared personal vows with each other in front of their loved ones with mountain views in every direction.
Everyone was a part of their special day. And although its not your typical gig to drive about an hour and half in the middle of the day to experience the park if you want to, it’s possible. 😉 You can have it all!