Athena + Jarret: Wedding at the Quaking Aspen

I had so much trouble picking my favorites from Athena & Jarret’s gorgeous wedding.   Every detail was utter perfection.  There were so many special touches and so much thought put into the details that capturing those memories for them was such a pleasure. The couple did a traditional first look at the ceremony- Jarret’s response to Athena when he first saw her was pure adoration.  You can just see his love for her all over his face.

One word I can use to describe this couple in the short time that I met them is thoughtful.  They were constantly thinking of their guests and putting others before themselves- even on their wedding day! Because this was a destination wedding for them, they and a small group of friends and family stayed at the Quaking Aspen Ranch for several days before the wedding day, just hanging out enjoying each other before the big day.  I heard that the groomsmen and groom even had some fun with some shooting and explosives on the Ranch- what better way to enjoy Montana?

I also got to spend a short amount of time the night before the wedding as the group enjoyed the groom’s dinner out on the lighted bridge- it was truly magical as the sun started to set.

We even had a beautiful rainbow pop up out of nowhere as the reception was beginning- God was smiling down his promises on this sweet couple.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into Athena and Jarret’s wedding day.  Thank you for allowing me to capture it and share in your special day.  Congratulations to you!

~Elise

 

Thanks so much to all the vendors that made this day so special for Athena & Jarret:

Venue & Catering: Quaking Aspen Ranch, Judi and Lincoln Powers

Hair & Makeup: The Indulgence Beauty Bar (Bozeman, MT)

Flowers: Rock Creek Floral

Ceremony Music: The Stillwater String Quartet

DJ:   YO DJ Disc Jockeys– Sheldon Douglas

Officiant: Wenda Frye

Videography: Bonafide Film House

Photography: eMarie Photography

A big thank you to my second photographer, Tabby Miller.  She. was. awesome.

 

 

A Micro-brewed Marriage in the Mountains

Red Lodge Montana Microbrewery

Two of this couple’s favorite things to do together is to visit local breweries and to vacation in the mountains.   What better idea than to come back to the beautiful mountains of Red Lodge, MT to vow their love for each other in front of close friends and family.  The day was just gorgeous, complete with a mountain rainstorm up on the Beartooth Pass.  The Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company was the perfect venue for this intimate wedding, complete with mountain views, and special handmade vintage details by the bride.  I hope you enjoy my favorites from this destination mountain wedding.  Congratulations Brad and Marissa!

 

Local Brewery in Red Lodge, MT

Hops at a brewery with wedding dress

wedding dress hanging from an arbor

Salon in Red Lodge, MT

bride putting on wedding dress

bridal hair

Bridal Shoes- Tieks

Wedding invitation with rings

WEdding rings on outside wooden bar

Wedding rings on a beer tap

Groom's shoes and watch

Groom's old fashioned watch

Groom doing cufflinks

Groom's unique cufflinks

Groom getting ready for the day

Groom checking the time

groom waiting for bride

first look

Groom seeing bride for first time

first look

First Look in the mountains

First Look in the mountains

First Look in the mountains

First Look

Closeup of the bride and groom

special pictures on bridal bouquet

Bride in the mountains

wildflower bouquet

close-up of bride

bride with bridesmaids

fun bridal shoes- Tieks

Groom with groosmen

Bride with sisters

Bride and mother

closeup of the flower girl

Mountain wedding pictures

Mountain wedding pictures

Mountain wedding pictures

Wildflower wedding bouquet in a hollow log

Rainy Wedding pictures in the mountains

Wedding pictures in the mountains

Wedding pictures with umbrellas

Wedding pictures in the rain

Wedding rings on hands

Whole bridal party

Bride and maid of honor

Bride and bridesmaid

Bride and Bridesmaids

Couple with bridal party

flower girl in front of couple

Vintage chalkboard ceremony sign

Wildflower petals in cones

wildflower confetti

dad walking daughter down the aisle

father walking bride down the aisle

dad kissing daughter

father walking daughter down the aisle

Wedding ceremony in the mountains

mountain wedding ceremony

wedding ceremony in the mountains

Rings at the ceremony

wedding ceremony

Family of bride laughing

nailing the wedding box shut

Wedding ceremony first kiss

Couple with wildflower petals being thrown

centerpieces at the reception

detail shots

detail shots

centerpieces

detail shots

Vintage reception decor

Reception Decorations

Wedding cake on a log

White Wedding cake with succulents

Vintage Cake Tools

Cutting the wedding cake

Feeding each other wedding cake

Local microbrew on tap

Fun at the reception

Fun at the reception

Couple's first dance

Couple's first dance

father dancing with daughter

father and daughter dancing

groom's dance with mother

step-father and step-daughter dancing

dance party

dancing fun

Red Lodge Montana Microbrewery

Vintage sign- with kiss

To Serve and Protect – A Vintage California Wedding

bride and groom

 

This gorgeous wedding was out in Fresno, California just a few weeks ago.  I had such fun photographing this wedding for a childhood friend that I hadn’t seen in years- it was so fun to catch up and help her celebrate her special day!  There were  lovely vintage details everywhere you looked that will leave you with a smile on your face as will the infectious smiles you will see from our gorgeous bride and  sheriff groom.  The best part of my day was a gooey doughnut from the dessert bar and also an amazing location for pictures of the bride and groom at sunset. Hope you enjoy this beautiful wedding.  Congratulations Kathleen and Josh!

 

 

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