Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Cacy and Steven flew across the country from Tennessee to read their vows in Montana. Steven said that he loves Bozeman and almost moved out here a few years ago! I wish they would move here, they are one of the most sweetest and beautiful couple I have ever met! When Cacy reached out to me, she said that she would need help finding a place to read their vows and she specifically asked for mountains and water. I immediately thought of Hyalite Reservoir. She googled and instantly fell in love!
One thing I find hard about photographing in the winter, is finding places you can get to safely! I had driven up to Hyalite by myself the weekend before and it was a very scary drive! What usually takes 30 minutes up the mountain actually took an hour and I was pretty disappointed with what I saw. The reservoir looked like a field of snow and although the mountains were beautiful as always, it didn't have that WOW! feeling. After sending her my opinion on the reservoir, Meredith (my friend who assisted me) and I drove to several different places around Bozeman leading up to our session day and took videos and photos to share with Cacy. She still had her heart set on Hyalite, so I suggested they drive up there the day before our session. She messaged me that night and said that they still wanted Hyalite and found a few spots they would like to photograph at.
Meredith and I prepared for this session.. we knew it was going to be cold! We bundled up, had a thermos full of hot water for hot cocoa, hand and toe warmers and we made sure to have a nice lunch at Applebee's to give our bodies energy. Our one hour session turned into a two hour session, and we only spent time in two of the three places she found... We had so much fun hanging with Cacy and Steven -- I fell in the snow right away (dang ankle surgery!), got stuck in the snow several times (thanks to them for pulling me out!) and even snorted from laughing (oops!).
I wanted to keep the colors as true to their Montana experience as possible... I had so much fun editing their gallery! If you want an intimate winter elopement, come to Montana, I promise you that you will not be disappointed!
Thank you Cacy and Steven for giving me the opportunity to capture your love in the mountains!
PS. Peep my first IG Reel :) Be sure to have your volume up for some good tunes!