Wedding at Blacktail Ski Resort

Sunset wedding on Blacktail Mountain
Sunset wedding on Blacktail Mountain

Earlier in June I photographed my first wedding in Missouri. Photographing a wedding in St. Louis was exciting; a cityscape, a new environment for me, new photo opportunities, and of course, the Arch. But this week I am reminded of the reasons so many people come to Montana for their destination wedding locations. This place is really gorgeous.

On Wednesday I photographed a wedding at the top of Blacktail Ski Resort, another new location for me. It's a long and winding road to get up there, and the weather was giving us all concerns as we drove through a rain storm to get there. But in the end, the view was unobstructed, the lighting perfect and the sunset was unbelievable.

Joe and Robin Hansen said I do, with a view over the Flathead Lake and with an arch the groom built himself. They offered guests handkerchiefs for happy tears and rose petals instead of rice to throw. But my favorite photos were the pictures of the two of them. And the red shoes. And the firefighters. Joe is a member of the Kalispell Fire Department and a lot of the guys and their families made it up to the celebration. I do love my local first responders. :)

It was a beautiful day....here are some of my favorites.

wedding detail with red shoes
wedding detail with red shoes
wedding prep
wedding prep
mother of the bride
mother of the bride
wedding prep in Kalispell, Montana
wedding prep in Kalispell, Montana
groom prep Lakeside, Montana
groom prep Lakeside, Montana
emotional first look
emotional first look
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom Blacktail Ski Resort
bride and groom Blacktail Ski Resort
Montana wedding
Montana wedding
Blacktail Mountain wedding
Blacktail Mountain wedding
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holding hands Montana wedding
holding hands Montana wedding
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20160713Hansen_5339
Blacktail Ski Resort wedding Montana
Blacktail Ski Resort wedding Montana
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northwest Montana destination wedding
northwest Montana destination wedding
emotions on the wedding day
emotions on the wedding day
mother of the bride
mother of the bride
first kiss
first kiss
rose petal exit at wedding
rose petal exit at wedding
gorgeous light montana wedding
gorgeous light montana wedding
Blacktail Mountain reception
Blacktail Mountain reception
Blacktail Mountain first dance
Blacktail Mountain first dance
Blacktail Mountain first dance
Blacktail Mountain first dance
Blacktail Mountain father/daughter dance
Blacktail Mountain father/daughter dance
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20160713Hansen_6555
smiling groom
smiling groom
showing off the ring
showing off the ring
firefighters group shot
firefighters group shot
firefighters and their families group photo
firefighters and their families group photo
toasts
toasts
groom
groom
speech from maid of honor
speech from maid of honor
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20160713Hansen_7746
wedding cake
wedding cake
sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort
sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort
sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort
sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort
sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort
sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort
sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort
sunset on Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort