Hayley Heser | Shanna + Michael | Wedding at The Woodlands in Cottonwood Canyon

Shanna + Michael | Wedding at The Woodlands in Cottonwood Canyon

August 02, 2018  •  1 Comment

Michael and Shanna started dating somewhere around 11 years ago in their (and my) hometown of Wolf Point. (Yes, they were indeed babies!...) They stuck together through high school and college, internships and student teaching, until finally they moved to Albany, New York. Michael, pursued his career at GE and Shanna, put her history degree to work as a curator for a ship memorial on the Hudson River. They were living 2000 miles from where they started their love story when Michael drove them to Central Park one winter night, in the falling snow, with a plan to concrete the rest of their lives together. He walked Shanna past the Rockefeller Christmas Tree for the first time, and with puffy flakes falling in their footprints, handed Shanna a letter that she wrote him when he left for college. She began to read the letter as he got out a ring and proposed. In the falling snow. In Central Park. (I love this story!) He had custom designed the ring with Montana Yogo Sapphires and once she saw it of course, she said yes! 

These two now had a wedding to plan and in doing so they wielded that same thoughtfulness that Michael invested in his proposal. Shanna and Michael held on to that letter from high school and along with two new unopened letters to each other placed them in a keepsake box during the ceremony. Shanna brought a prayer rock that, I kid you not, she has been carrying around in her pocket since the second grade! She also carried her Grandma Blue's necklace for her Something Blue, so neat. And finally, the couple selected wine from a vineyard in New York and beer made in Bozeman to serve to their guests as an homage to the places that are special to them.

Friends and family came from one end of the country in New York and the other end in Eastern Montana, which, whether you are flying from one or driving from the other both are probably about six hours. (Thanks Montana.) Guests celebrated on Thursday and were able to explore Yellowstone and Bozeman over the weekend. A perfect Montana wedding. 

Cheers Michael and Shanna!


Shanna told me she loves daisies, and guess what I found, randomly, growing wild at their venue!  

Vendors, Craftsman, and Artists that made their day even more amazing. 

Bride's Ring: DeJonghe Original Jewelry

Wedding Gown: Xena'a Bridal 

Caterer: Just a Taste

Venue: The Woodlands at Cottonwood Canyon


Nancy Hopson(non-registered)
Hanley these are beautiful pictures, you did a great job!
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