When Jenny first emailed me about photographing her and Bryan’s wedding, I thought there was a slight chance someone was playing a joke on me. She described the setting: a ceremony at a campsite deep in Red Lodge, and a reception at her family’s cabin complete with lights and lanterns scattered in the trees. She described it as a low-key, whimsical theme, and made sure I was okay with photographing their very large dog, Ranger, as he would be an integral part of the event as well.
I read her email to aloud my boyfriend, then looked at him with a look of complete disbelief; “Has she picked the right photographer or what?!”
“Sounds like your dream wedding,” he replied.
Pretty much. The campsite they had chosen was only accessible by a 4-wheel drive vehicle with a respectable amount of ground clearance, and the spot was saved with a simple note explaining to fellow campers that they wished to be married there and would be forever grateful if it was left free for the day. There were no chairs or settings; people simply gathered around to watch the event. And even when it started pouring rain (which I always find INCREDIBLY romantic) the ceremony continued, with everyone laughing and smiling straight through it. It literally could not have been more of a natural Montana setting; a snake caught a fish in the middle of the ceremony and a moose even showed up at the end (and who can resist a few pics with a moose?).
What’s more though, is just how happy everyone was that these two were tying the knot. Their reception was a blast to photograph, and being that I tend to experiment quite a bit when it comes to photography, I even got a chance to get a little crazy when a light-up hoola-hoop made an appearance.
Yup, I’m pretty sure I just photographed my dream wedding . Jenny and Bryan, you guys were epic to hang out with, and I just know you’ll have a long and amazing marriage ahead of you!