Guys, Kirsten + Dakota’s September 1 wedding was like something out of a fairy tale. They were married at Le Petit Chateau in Bozeman, Montana, surrounded by so many loved ones. Something I’m seeing more of - that I’m absolutely loving! - is couples who have chosen to have larger weddings making time during their day for moments of intimacy as well. Kirsten + Dakota did this during their first look by opting to exchange the vows they wrote for each other at the same time, rather than during their ceremony. It was beautiful to watch them see each other for the first time in the privacy of a tucked-away corner, then to read the thoughts the other one had going into the day.
They also chose to have an unplugged ceremony (allll the praise hands). For those who haven’t heard of this, an unplugged ceremony is one where the couple has requested that guests not use their phones, tablets, cameras, etc. during the ceremony, allowing each guest to be fully present. You know what I saw, instead of people trying to get “the shot” with their phones? I saw a groomsman reach over to grab his wife’s hand while Kirsten came down the aisle. I saw friends take the hand of the person next to them and give it a little squeeze before letting it go to wipe away a lone happy tear rolling down a cheek. I saw family glance at each other and smile before reaching over to squeeze a shoulder. Big picture, I saw Kirsten + Dakota’s friends and family observing, contemplating, and being in the moment with each other and it was so beautiful.
After the ceremony, everyone ate, drank, and danced and it was a freakin’ blast. My favorite moment? Probably Kirsten coaxing her mom into a round of shots ;)
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Hat tip to all the vendors who made this day so perfect:
Venue: Le Petit Chateau | Hair: Ethereal Hair & Makeup | Makeup: Running Bare Aesthetics | Dress: Plume Bridal | Tux: After 5 and Weddings | Florals: Carr’s Posey Patch | Catering: Sadie’s Catering | Desserts: Lux Spirited Sweets | Entertainment: Moshunal
Guys: know what I love? I love seeing good things happen to good people. I met Maggie about three years ago through my fiance, and while I only saw her sporadically, she was always SO lovely and kind. I've watched her and Marcus' adventures with their sweet daughters from afar (oh hey social media!) and when she asked me to take their engagement photos, I jumped at the chance.
When I asked if they were willing to meet at the lake literally at the crack of dawn, I was expecting a resounding "haha! Hell no. We'll see you at 10:00." Instead, Maggie told me they were a "bunch of silly early risers" and sunrise was no problem. Friends, this was music to my ears. That early morning light is beautiful, but more importantly, getting there (or anywhere, really) at first light means we almost always have the place to ourselves. This is such a luxury: for me because I don't have to remove random people in Photoshop and for the people being followed by the camera because it means they don't feel like they have an audience. They get to just be themselves and this their photos actually reflect them, their relationships, and their personalities.
I think the first words out of Marcus' mouth were "you know, 11:00am is a perfectly acceptable time for photos." I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little afraid we had a grumpy Gus on our hands. Fortunately, Maggie filled me in on his propensity for sarcasm (speakin' my language - turns out I just don't pick up on it so well). Guys, this was one of the most fun sessions I've had in so long. Marcus had Maggie in stitches from the word "go" and they were so naturally comfortable with each other that it didn't matter that there was a creeper following them.
The best part? They brought Ella and Olivia and did a combo engagement/family session. That meant mom and dad got to take some breaks while I hung out with the girls. And it was so nice to see this family together: Ella and Olivia seem to have such a solid friendship and the love Maggie and Marcus have for each other and the two of them is so tangible. It was so nice to be a witness to it all for a couple hours!
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