Archive for August, 2012

Montana Wedding | Kim + Tyler, Springhill Pavilion

Kim and Tyler’s wedding was situated at the beautiful Springhill Pavilion which is based at the foothills of the Bridger range and Ross Peak.  What a perfect day for a wedding.  As we were driving, I scoped a perfect spot to take the couple for a shoot.  It was the largest field of sunflowers that I have ever seen, and it ran as far as the eyes could see.  We ended up going there before the ceremony  and they really enjoyed the intimate time together as the school bus of guests drove by to head towards the ceremony site.
The setting looked fantastic with Genevieve Burmeister making sure all the details Kim and her mother Lois planned fell into place the day of.  The wedding was surrounded by close friends and their very amazing families.

The day was a very hot and dry with many wildfires all around the Bozeman area.  Shortly before their ceremony a small wildfire was noticed above the hill only a mile away from the Pavilion.  This gave some drama to the wedding as the helicopter was hovering over us picking up water and putting out the fire.  The fire was put out and the party really got kicked off with AJ from Joe’s DJ who created a perfect atmosphere for lots of dancing and great fun.
For the reception shots Ryan my assistant set up some off camera strobes to give a more 3-dimentional look.

We had the slideshow out on the projector by 11pm and the guests really loved sharing those moments together.  We do this slideshow at every wedding which showcases the best images that tell the story of  the day or weekend.

Thank you two for trusting Eye in the Sky Photography to document all of your moments in such an important part in your lives.

Keep it in the moment

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Venue: Springhill Pavilion

Dress by : Avant Bridal

Cake by: Cake Creations

Day of Coordination: Genevieve Burmeister

DJ: Joe’s DJ

Hair: Jade Morris

Makeup: Indulgence Mt

Flowers: Country Flowers

Caterer: Custom Dining


Montana Wedding | Kelly + Ramiro, Gallatin River, MT

This wedding came from the recomendation of the wonderful Leslie Lukas and it was a pleasure to work with her and her team again.  The feel and energy of the wedding was very intimate. It was held at
Kelly’s parents house right on the Gallatin River. Their family and closest friends all traveled to Montana for this event and it was a perfect Montana Summer day.
Leslie created a very organic feel with the design being clean and fresh with Ryan Lafoley serving up a spectacular dinner as always.

I had never met Kelly or Ramiro but as I greeted her she got up and gave me a big hug, I knew right then that this was going to be a GREAT wedding because I had her trust.

Kelly was absolutley a stunning bride, she had the look that was real yet mysterious.  I really enjoyed seeing Ramiro and Kelly’s love, it was a true honor to be a part of it.

This couple spends many hours of the day together as they run a restaurant together and play together on their off time.  Family is very important to both of them, when I asked where their honeymoon was going to be Kelly quickly responded back and said they wanted to start a family immediately and save their money for that, they’d been playing for the last 10 years.

The image of Kelly’s dad and her really says it!  No words can describe what kind of emotion this image has.  The best part is that this image; it will transcend through them, their children, and all who see it for an infinite amount of time.   Wow that is some powerful stuff of what ONE image can do.
I can’t describe enough how these small intimate backyard weddings are my favorite to shoot.
Keep it in the moment
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Venue: Private Residence on the Gallatin River, Montana
Event Coordination and Styling: Leslie Lukas Wedding and Events
Floral Design: Leslie Lukas Wedding and Events
Catering: Ryan Lafoley
Dessert: Elle’s Belle’s

Engagement | Kelsey + Brit

Kelsey and Brit have been playing around Lone Peak in the winters for a long time.  Watching these two ski is an amazing live experience.  These two love playing together, it is how they started their relationship.
When they showed up to the engagement shoot they just got back from a camping/fishing trip, which seems to be the average weekend for these two.
Keep rocking you two, I look forward to seeing all of the people you two will bring together on your wedding weekend.


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Engagement | Gabby + Forrest

I had a great time hanging out with this amazing couple, Gabby and Forrest.
Gabby is a caring spirit who teaches English to the highschoolers in Big Fork, MT.  Her passion for teaching and working for youth is so obvious. Those kids are lucky! Forrest is a man of nature and travels the world studying and observing all types of birds. Right now he is in England at a giant bird conference.
Gabby loves England, so when Forest went ring shopping he looked for a ring that originated in England. At the Jewelry Studio he got pretty close with Scottish ring maker. They even considered getting married in England but decided on an intimate winter wedding here in Montana.
Thank you for trusting me to be your photographer, I am really looking forward December.


Love | Beth + Jason

I have known Beth and Jason for over 10 years. We met when I was new to Big Sky. These two make a great match and you can really see that they enjoy being around each other. They ended up getting married a year ago and Beth came to me to capture their newlywed love. The photo session turned out to be a beautiful day and it was fun catching up with old friends.

Many years of happiness you two!

Montana Weddings | Nina + Luke, Roy’s Barn

Luke and Nina:
These two know how to live the Montana lifestyle.  They both ski, hike, climb and play together.  They have a deep passion for the outdoors and it is what brought them together.  Their wedding was filled with good friends and family from all over the country.  Luke a native MT guy and Nina from Northern CA.

The wedding was at Roy’s barn and what an amazing cathedral that place offers at the foothills of the Bridgers.

Here was the timeline of the day, a bit off of the normal traditional timeline but it really flowed beautifully, creating an atmosphere that I think is perfect:

1pm  Getting ready
3pm.  Get all family photos and wedding party photos complete
4pm.  Lawn games, cocktail hour, people just showing up when they arrive no pressure to arrive at a certain time because the ceremony is at sunset
5:30pm  Dinner, which was La Tinga taco bar and margaritas.
6:30pm  Toast with family/friends, they have already had dinner together and shared many laughs and now they share some very intimate stories of the couple.
7:30pm  Sundown Ceremony, everyone gathered around and shared the experience together and the light on the mountains was amazing at this hour while the guest have already shared many conversations, laughs, and crying before the ceremony even began.  What this does is create more of a unified togetherness at the ceremony because of the gradual movement into the ceremony to celebrate the love of Nina and Luke.
830pm  All guest are outside watching the beautiful glowing sunset over the green rolling Montana hills while sipping on wine and tequila.
9pm  First dance and the band Dirty Shame rocking the party
10:30pm   Snack food comes out and slideshow of the wedding day that Eye in the Sky Photography shows to tell how the story unfolded.
11:30pm  Last dance  and people are blown away with the amazing wedding day!

The reason I believe this wedding timeline works so well is that it has such an organic flow just like love.  There seems to be more of a bonding experience with all of the guests playing lawn games together, cocktails, conversations, and laughs.  What this does is that by ceremony time everyone is connected on a much higher level which increases the positive energy and the experience then has a synergy feeling.
Keep it in the moment,



And here are all the awesome vendors that made this wonderful day come together.

Venue: Roy’s Barn
Florist: Rice Family
Cake: Piper Platte
Catering: La Tinga
Reception Band: The Dirty Shame

Family Photography | Jennings Family, Big Sky

I have known Erika and Matt for over 10 yrs and have been fortunate enough to photograph their family growing up.  The boys are so adventurous, constantly wanting to discover all that is happening in nature.  When I showed up to the Jennings home Erika had a great summer BBQ with family and friends running around the backyard, creating a shoot with amazing people, light and atmosphere.  Thank you guys, I look forward to documenting your boys growing up over the next 10 years.
Keep it in the moment


Montana Weddings | Lexi & Jack, Rainbow Ranch, Big Sky

Lexi and Jack have a very gentle love for each other.  They were friends for years before they started to date and now they enjoy playing in the outdoors together. They chose a great venue to represent their love of the outdoors, Rainbow Ranch.

The ceremony was right on the river with a perfect temp followed by cocktail hour and a quick summer rain. The food was delicious from the master, Chef Matt Fritz.
Many laughs and hugs while everyone danced the night away.

Lexi and Jack were especially great to work with because they gave me their complete trust from day one. For photographers that is what it is all about!

Keep that gentle love for each other Lexi and Jack. It was an honor to photograph your day.
Keep it in the moment


We definitely had the A-Team of vendors with this wedding!

Venue: Rainbow Ranch, Big Sky, MT (Set on the Gallatin River, the RR is very special in my heart as I married my wife there 7 yrs ago) and a special thanks to Mollie who takes such good care of all her couples
Hair: Sage Salon
Makeup: Indulgence, we love working with Dierdre and team
Florist: Avant Floral (Katalin and her teamed rocked it as usual)
Cupcakes and Cake: Elle’s Belles, did you see that trout cake?!?!?