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.

 

 

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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This SWEET Couple says, “I do”

bridal couple with lollipops

 

 

When I was growing up, I would have never imagined that I would be the photographer at my childhood friend’s wedding.  But that is what happened just a few weekends ago.  I got to take part in a gorgeous wedding of one of my friends that I grew up with, and give them some fabulous memories of an equally fabulous wedding day.  Everything was just beautiful, especially the bride herself.  Except for a rain and thunderstorm that unfortunately cut the outdoor reception short, this vintage-modern-style wedding went off without a hitch. I hope you enjoy and feel free to leave some feedback below!

 

 

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