Sunset wedding on Blacktail Mountain

Sunset wedding on Blacktail Mountain

Earlier in June I photographed my first wedding in Missouri. Photographing a wedding in St. Louis was exciting; a cityscape, a new environment for me, new photo opportunities, and of course, the Arch. But this week I am reminded of the reasons so many people come to Montana for their destination wedding locations. This place is really gorgeous.

On Wednesday I photographed a wedding at the top of Blacktail Ski Resort, another new location for me. It’s a long and winding road to get up there, and the weather was giving us all concerns as we drove through a rain storm to get there. But in the end, the view was unobstructed, the lighting perfect and the sunset was unbelievable.

Joe and Robin Hansen said I do, with a view over the Flathead Lake and with an arch the groom built himself. They offered guests handkerchiefs for happy tears and rose petals instead of rice to throw. But my favorite photos were the pictures of the two of them. And the red shoes. And the firefighters. Joe is a member of the Kalispell Fire Department and a lot of the guys and their families made it up to the celebration. I do love my local first responders. 🙂

It was a beautiful day….here are some of my favorites.

wedding detail with red shoes

wedding detail with red shoes

wedding prep

wedding prep

mother of the bride

mother of the bride

wedding prep in Kalispell, Montana

wedding prep in Kalispell, Montana

groom prep Lakeside, Montana

groom prep Lakeside, Montana

emotional first look

emotional first look

bride and groom portraits

bride and groom portraits

bride and groom Blacktail Ski Resort

bride and groom Blacktail Ski Resort

Montana wedding

Montana wedding

Blacktail Mountain wedding

Blacktail Mountain wedding

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holding hands Montana wedding

holding hands Montana wedding

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Blacktail Ski Resort wedding Montana

Blacktail Ski Resort wedding Montana

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northwest Montana destination wedding

northwest Montana destination wedding

emotions on the wedding day

emotions on the wedding day

mother of the bride

mother of the bride

first kiss

first kiss

rose petal exit at wedding

rose petal exit at wedding

gorgeous light montana wedding

gorgeous light montana wedding

Blacktail Mountain reception

Blacktail Mountain reception

Blacktail Mountain first dance

Blacktail Mountain first dance

Blacktail Mountain first dance

Blacktail Mountain first dance

Blacktail Mountain father/daughter  dance

Blacktail Mountain father/daughter dance

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smiling groom

smiling groom

showing off the ring
firefighters group shot

firefighters group shot

firefighters and their families group photo

firefighters and their families group photo

toasts

toasts

groom

groom

speech from maid of honor

speech from maid of honor

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wedding cake

wedding cake

sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort

sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort

sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort

sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort

sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort

sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort

sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort

sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort