Jill and Jake’s wedding at the White Raven Event Center in Alberton, Montana was, as they termed it, an LA wedding in Montana. I have to wholeheartedly agree as not only was it one of the most fashion-forward weddings (guests wearing bow ties!) I’ve photographed, but it was populated with nothing but beautiful people. I have a feeling if I went to a Los Angeles wedding in Los Angeles, I would feel out of place, but when they come to Montana we’re golden. Plus Jill made it easy by being a Montana bride, not an LA bride.
The wedding planning was pulled off flawlessly by Autumn Kozimer of Events by Autumn. I don’t usually post many detail photos (though I do take them!) so you’ll have to take my word for it that the brand new space at White Raven was gorgeous. Jill’s vision was, as the said, matched perfectly by Autumn. Right down to the cart Autumn made (the things she makes for her clients!) for the S’mores making and cutting (instead of cake). Also, take note of the elk antlers over the arbor during the ceremony. That’s my 2016 bull killed in Montana!
I have included ~40 of my favorite photos below but make sure to watch the slideshow for the whole experience. It was a gorgeous day full of emotion and some beautiful creative portraits captured after the sun went down. Also, I’m going to include Jill’s story of their engagement because I really like the ending!
“He somehow convinced me to get a manicure the day of..which was genius in hind sight! I was super busy in the throws of grad school and this was the one night he was home after a long trip of traveling for work and I had a moment to breathe between school assignments. I was a little suspicious because we had a planned date night but we were going to the beach and we never go to the beach! While I was suspicious, he was being totally normal and not weird like I would anticipate him being if he was going to propose! Anyway, we were cozy on the beach people watching (A music video happening to our left and a pregnancy photo shoot on the right, it was weird and amazing at the same time. haha) we started taking a few pictures together and then I turned around and by the time I turned back he was on one knee, I couldn’t tell you what he said but I truly was totally shocked. The best part about it is that with all the commotion going on around us it was just the two of us in that moment with no one else paying attention to our little magical moment.”
Venue: White Raven Event Center
Coordinator: Events by Autumn
Hair: Whitney Greenstein and Josh Rupley
Makeup: Bella Sauvage
Florist: Bitterroot Flower Shop
Catering: A Moveable Feast
Videographer: Johanna B
Officiant: Stacey Hargesheimer