Emily + Nathan | Missoula MT Picnic Wedding

Missoula MT McVey Homestead Intimate Picnic Wedding
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Traveling wedding photographer + photography/small biz educator.

Mesmerized by the way two people love each other, each so uniquely.  I always leave room for dessert. Believe swear words are just sentence embellishers. Think indulgences are necessary in this life. 

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Stories of two lovers making it all about them, as they should.

They had always wanted a super small intimate gathering for their wedding. Nothing big or grand, just simple + beautiful with their absolute favorite people. The planned the perfect little day at the Homestead on McVey outside Missoula, MT getting ready in the neighbor house, a ceremony on the lawn, breakfast for dinner set up under the willow, a first dance in the grass and fire to keep them warm.

It all happened. Even amidst the chaos of COVID. Fortunately because they had always wanted this smaller event they were never forced to change any plans as their event fit all the guidelines. We just held tight to see if Montana would open in time and then if they’d lift the 14 day quarantine as everyone drove in from across the country. And sure enough, things work out as they’re supposed to (ALWAYS). Montana started to slowly reopen and the week before the quarantine restriction lifted it seemed like just for them as they held out hope til last minute that it could happen. 

It was the sweetest day starting with her dad meeting her on the back porch for a quick moment together, just them. The rain came and went and no one was phased. Their simple ceremony with BEAUTIFUL flowers and Nathan’s mom officiating. And an evening designed by the one and only Soiree 99 Event Design. She created the perfect outdoor picnic with texture and color. A perfect place for them to retreat and not get rained on under the tree, tell stories for hours, toast to love + happiness and enjoy breakfast for dinner. Breakfast for dinner at your wedding is the greatest thing I’ve ever heard. But it fit them perfectly as their first dates were always breakfast as one was getting off work and the other on their way, it was so special to them.

They ended the night gathered around a fire, snuggled up with hot spiked drinks. It was absolute perfection. Especially in a time that weddings seemed impossible. They aren’t.

Xx, J.