White Wedding

There are times when it is exquisitely fun being a photographer. Like the moment when one of your friends says to you: Hey, I'm getting married in two weeks at a frozen waterfall with just the bride and I and two others...want to come be our photographer? We've been friends for a lot of years, so I was on board when as soon as he said "getting married." But frozen waterfall?!?! YES!!!!

It wasn't until a few hours after the discussion, when I got home and my brain fully engaged. March 12. Of this year? That was only ten days away. I had to call him back to confirm the date. Not only was this the smallest number of people I've photographed at a wedding, it was the shortest prep time I have ever witnessed.

Jordan and Natalie White were married on Sunday, 12 March, at the base of a frozen waterfall in the wilds of Northwest Montana. It was simply perfect.

And it taught me something important. Before this I was basically letting couples choose from three "packages" in terms of weddings. These ranged from 6-10 hours and gave couples various options. I thought this was making things easier. And maybe it does for some people. But after talking with Jordan I realized my packages are not built to serve the non-traditional weddings. Montana is a dream destination for a lot of people. That is especially true when it comes to destination weddings. I have only photographed a few of these destination weddings, mostly in Glacier National Park, but the smaller guests lists don't always lend themselves to the traditional packages.

So, while I haven't completely scrapped my pricing system based on this wedding, I have changed it. I will still offer so-called packages for those who want them. And I will always be upfront about what I charge. But I would rather work with a bride and groom individually to see what their specific vision is and what they need. It's not quite as clear cut as pre-made packages, but hopefully it will serve clients better. (On a personal note: when I am searching for information on a vendor I don't want to meet them for coffee or whatever until I know they are within my budget. It frustrates me when I have to jump through hoops to get basic costs - so, "do unto others...." I will always list my prices on my website).

Enjoy these photos from a day with Jordan and Natalie in the winter wonder of Northwest Montana. And if you are looking for a photographer in this area don't hesitate to get in touch. I would love to hear from you.

The bride getting ready at Soucie and Soucie salon in Kalispell with her mom and Christina Hickey.

The bride getting ready at Soucie and Soucie salon in Kalispell with her mom and Christina Hickey.

Bride and groom see each other for the first time as the two families gather for a breakfast at Split Rock Cafe in Kalispell.

Bride and groom see each other for the first time as the two families gather for a breakfast at Split Rock Cafe in Kalispell.

The groom speaks a word of thanks before the bride and groom and officiant and witness and photographer take off for a back-roads trek into the wilderness.

The groom speaks a word of thanks before the bride and groom and officiant and witness and photographer take off for a back-roads trek into the wilderness.

Bride and brother
Heading out for the ceremony and saying goodbyes.

Heading out for the ceremony and saying goodbyes.

Getting ready for the wedding in the wilderness.

Getting ready for the wedding in the wilderness.

Jordan and his vows.

Jordan and his vows.

One of the most fun parts of this day was working with BJ and Joli Johnson (the officiant and witness). They had some wonderful surprises planned throughout the day including this check list as a "photo op."

One of the most fun parts of this day was working with BJ and Joli Johnson (the officiant and witness). They had some wonderful surprises planned throughout the day including this check list as a "photo op."

Maybe it's because I got my start on black and white film...not sure, but when it comes to weddings, I still love the look of black and white and always edit certain images in both color and monochrome.

Maybe it's because I got my start on black and white film...not sure, but when it comes to weddings, I still love the look of black and white and always edit certain images in both color and monochrome.

The waterfall was just starting to thaw. They had their wedding ceremony set to the sound of the rushing water in the background. It was gorgeous.

The waterfall was just starting to thaw. They had their wedding ceremony set to the sound of the rushing water in the background. It was gorgeous.

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You may now kiss the bride.

You may now kiss the bride.

Sharing the joy.

Sharing the joy.

One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

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The smallest wedding I have ever photographed. So perfect...

The smallest wedding I have ever photographed. So perfect...

bride and groom portraits
wedding ring detail
wedding ring detail
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bridal portrait at the frozen waterfall
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The bride and her snowshoes. I loved this!

The bride and her snowshoes. I loved this!

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wedding license and champagne
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cutting the wedding cake
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Montana winter wedding bride and groom
Anyone who knows Jordan knows he practically lives in Arcteryx gear. So BJ (the officiant) had his artist wife Joli create Arcteryx cummerbunds.

Anyone who knows Jordan knows he practically lives in Arcteryx gear. So BJ (the officiant) had his artist wife Joli create Arcteryx cummerbunds.

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happily ever after
Happily ever after starts here.