In the last four weekends, I've been traveling between Whitehall, Billings, Bozeman, and back to Billings again to photograph beautiful -- albeit weather challenged -- ceremonies with new and old friends. My final wedding before I pointed my car for home was Kelsey and Josh's at the Yellowstone Art Museum. I've been looking forward to their wedding since this summer when we met to take engagement photos. After, we grabbed a drink downtown so these two could tell me all of their plans for their non-traditional, rose gold speckled, family oriented, Autumn wedding at the YAM.
When I arrived on their wedding day, I'd almost forgotten about the men in kilts I was going to get to photograph! A mix of their celtic heritage and a labor of love by Kelsey's Mom, Janet, adorned the classy Art Museum venue with purple plaid kilts, pink roses, home grown white pumpkins, and copper twinkle lights. It was a fun twist away from the rustic outdoor venues I've seen this year!
Kelsey and Josh didn't feel the need to conform to bridal tradition, and I am such a fan of that mentality! Kelsey had her two best friends as Maid of Honors while Josh asked his sister to be his "Best Person." Kelsey walked down the isle with her two year old flower girl to the sound of Josh's brother playing Death Cab's "I will follow you into the dark" and Coldplay's "Viva la Vida." Kelsey's cousin, Seisin, officiated their personal and heartfelt ceremony in front of the work of Andy Worhal in the museum's main gallery. After the sweet and emotional ceremony, even I was holding back tears while the newlyweds marched back down the isle together under swords hovering just above their heads. As rain drops began to fall outside on the crinkly fall leaves and the quickly darkening sky, Kelsey and Josh celebrated tucked in the warm lobby with family and friends.
Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your beautiful wedding day, Kelsey and Josh. Congrats to the both of you!