Summer Camp Wedding Weekend on Flathead Lake

The dreamiest summer camp themed wedding on Flathead Lake in MT
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Nothing says laid-back summer lovin’ like a summer camp wedding! If you’re looking for a Montana wedding venue to gather all of your favorite people and spend a weekend playing like kids, soaking in epic views, and getting hitched without a care in the world, Mary + Rob’s wedding retreat is the inspo you’ve been looking for! 

Mary and Rob dreamed up a wedding celebration that was about more than place settings and perfectly crafted bouquets. They wanted days spent in the sun with the people they loved most, time spent admiring nature’s beauty, a retreat spent away from the hustle of everyday life. Their summer camp inspired wedding weekend was exactly that. 

The Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp sits nestled on the shores of Flathead Lake, a tranquil spot in Montana’s wild landscape, with views of the Mission Mountains and just an hour drive to the infamous Glacier National Park. Its boat house is filled to the brim with kayaks and paddle boards, its basketball court beckons for a game or two, and its cabins offer a quiet place to reset after a day spent splashing in the lake. Mary and Rob invited friends and family to come celebrate the weekend their way and turned a rustic little summer camp into their dream wedding venue. 

Sweet simplicity was the vibe of their weekend. Mary ordered and arranged, with the help of her soon to be mother-in-law,  her own floral bouquets of orange hued pastel wildflowers from Two Kays Flower Farm, a local gem. Rob and the groomsmen got ready in an old schoolhouse while Mary and her girls got ready in a cabin across the camp. A first look on the dock gave them a moment to soak each other in as the sun shimmered on the lake and their guests filled the wooden benches for their ceremony with mountain views on the shoreline. 

Post-ceremony photos of the wedding party were taken in the schoolhouse, framed by exposed wooden beams and flooded with late afternoon light, while guests sipped huckleberry mules and Flathead old fashions during cocktail hour on the lawn. At the reception, in an outdoor tent lit by string light, guests found their tables labeled with places the bride and groom had traveled together, complete with photos from each trip. Their wedding night ended in the Chapel, where they practically floated around the dance floor as they danced, filled with so much happiness from a weekend celebrating just the way they always imagined they would. 

The next morning a Coffee, Bagels, and Berry Bowls brunch sent off their guests as the wedding weekend came to a close. A bunch of happy campers indeed.

If a summer camp wedding seems like the something you + your partner are looking for, I’m IN! I can’t wait to capture all of the memories you’ll make splashing in the lake and toasting to forever. When it comes time to book a Montana wedding photographer, I’m your girl! Tell me all about your vision over on my contact form and let’s get to planning the best day EVER!