Beautiful simplicity with a touch of vintage. Springhill Pavilion lended itself perfectly to Karen and Will’s laid-back personalities, with the picturesque views and the fabulous cows that were beckoned for the bride. (They weren’t just any ordinary cows either…) The weather was great, the guests were having a blast, and I had a chance to pull the newlyweds aside to take advantage of both of those things! I often feel like I’ve become friends with brides and grooms after going through the whole process of engagement session, emails, etc., and these two were no exception. And seriously, look at them…and that flower girl! There are some good genes running through their families. I really loved the extra touches that were added for the guests; a fly-casting station, games, and hula hoops kept everyone busy during cocktail hour!
Ahh, sweet baby girls. This tiny one, Hazel Mae, was absolutely as cute as they come…just like her big sister was two years ago. I truly love and appreciate getting to document all the stages in a family’s life, including the birth of each child. This family is no exception.
It was a beautiful but hot day that let us explore their backyard. Hazel managed to get a little nap in under the willow tree (rough life, right?!) and us adults tried to withstand the cottonwood trees. I’d say we did alright:)
She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. ~Proverbs 31:25
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Yellowstone weddings always have an allure about them. Maybe it’s the wildness of it all. Maybe the wide open spaces. Or the sense of adventure that takes over when you pass through the gates. No matter what, it’s one of my favorite places and I love that it’s right in my backyard. When Alix got in touch and told me that she and Scott were heading west to elope, I was in. They chose the Lower Falls at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone for the short ceremony (with a TON of onlookers, I might add!). It was really sweet, especially because they each have a four-year-old (both absolutely adorable by the way) and it was truly a joining of a new family.
Checking out the Lower Falls
Do you think she’d move to Montana in a few years to be my assistant?
“In wilderness is the preservation of the world.” ~Henry David Thoreau
Thank you Alix and Scott for letting me be a part of your day!
We’re in the dog days of summer….July. We are smack dab in the middle of the hottest months of the year, but thought I would give a little shout out to a few of my past July brides. I’ve photographed Yellowstone weddings in July, Bozeman weddings in July, and Virginia weddings in July, and without fail…they are beautiful. Hot, sultry, and downright amazing.
from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)
Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.
Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.
The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.
Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy’s inmost nook.
Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes.
Monday night I headed up to Springhill to hang out with my friend’s kids at their grandparents’ home. They have an amazing place with a ton of acreage, beautiful horses, and this dilapidated barn (LOVE!). This area of town is always gorgeous mind you, but it was especially pretty that night. A blue sky, visibility for miles, and of course the signature mountain views all welcomed me. The kids, all decked out in their boots, were excited to feed carrots to the horses (and nibble some themselves), run with the dogs, and *even* let me take a few shots. Daddy even stepped up and made some seriously silly faces to help me out! Take a look at just a snippet of our evening together…
I mean really, look at these cuties!
I wasn’t planning on this shot, but sometimes they are the best. Her grandmother was teaching her how to lead ol’ Galileo, and she just reached out and pet his face! Such a tender moment…
Now THAT is some serious side-eye! There was no way I could resist posting this one…it just made me laugh!
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