Laura and Tony's wedding weekend started with a "SURPRISE!, it's going to dump snow for three days on your wedding venue." Good news for the fires in Western Montana, not so great for the dreamy Fall wedding that the couple planned at Homestake Lodge. But, Oh, was it BEAUTIFUL anyway. And unforgettable.
Aly and I met in the Target parking lot as she ran inside to buy snow boots and coffee provisions. This was the first time I met Aly, my new assistant/friend and I was like, "Hey, ready for a trip into the mountains?" She grabbed the warmest coat she owned, hopped in the car, and we headed toward Whitehall. As we made the trip up from Bozeman we watched the storm lift and the skies begin to open. After a slight detour where Apple Maps tried to send us to the wrong side of the mountain and ACROSS the forest service. On dirt roads. In my car. :| We made it to the venue to see the trees heavy with snow. The earth was warm (it was 90 degrees 4 days before) so the roads melted off quickly, the sun started to peak out and we knew the day was going to go off beautifully.
Laura and Tony were in excellent spirits despite the necessity to move their ceremony indoors and the 15 inches of snow on the ground. How could they not be though? All of their family and friends were comfortable in the cabin and every detail was being attended to by loving helpers. Thanks to Laura, her Mom, Kelli, and their coordinator, Barb, this was a beautifully curated wedding. The event carried a theme of rose gold/copper and lavender which could be seen everywhere. Copper mugs, sequin table covers, her sister's dress, plus a rose gold glitter in Laura's gown and ballet flats. The aroma of lavender (chosen for her grandmother) had a calming effect in the bouquets and at every place setting. There was definitely a labor of love leading up to the day as well. Laura's Mom, a talented designer, and her Dad, Terry, spent an entire day making each Invitation and Save the Date by hand in their new letter press machine. Not to mention tons of hand made signs and stationary for the reception. In addition, her family baked desserts and did so much more. With the help of some incredibly talented vendors and family they pulled together an absolutely stunning day.
Laura and Tony, Aly and I loved spending the day with you and your big loving families! We are wishing you two all the best in your marriage and lives.
Thank you to Aly Kaufman for agreeing to assist and second shoot this wedding with me. Couldn't have done it without you!