Here I sit in the back of a car heading towards Jackson Hole for a ski trip with my best friends, my camera ready to document our trip. Heading towards the beautiful mountains and looking out the window at the blur of scenery, I was reminded me of my experiences with Jessica and Will. These two decided that getting married on top of the mountain and snowboarding down was how they wanted to capture the love and ceremony. So cool!
I love my job as it leads me to meeting couples like Jessica and Will. People who do something a little out of the ordinary for their wedding, and everyone, even the photographers, end up having a kind of experience that is unforgettable.
When the sun was getting low, Ryan and I finished up shooting and proceeded to have some après-ski time at the bar with them. What a great time! We really felt like guests at their wedding as it was just us, the couple and their good friend who married them.
We shared laughs and it felt so real and organic while I pressed the shutter to archive the moments. I do love small weddings because I get to really get to know the couple on an intimate level.
Thank you for trusting me and may you two climb many peaks together.
Keep it in the moment.
Venue: Big Sky Resort Love these images of Jessica below, they are made even more romantic by the winter light. These final moments are some of the most real of the day.
September 29, 2012
Ryan and I showed up to the Rainbow Ranch around noon Saturday and sat by the Gallatin River sipping on our lattes. The colors of Autumn were everywhere. I love my job and sometimes it does not even feel like work when everything is in place and there is no rush. Ryan arrived early to set up the strobes and computer; this makes my job so much more enjoyable because we just showed up and were ready to document and document the essence of the day. Things happen much more organically and slower when you just sit back and observe and watch. I am not a photographer who likes to force things but I also know when to steal the couple when the light is popping to get the shot. It is a fine balance to play the “fly on the wall” but also engage at the right time.
Ryan has been a huge asset to Eye in the Sky this summer and seems to get more dialed in with the process and flow each and every wedding. I work with the people, candids and couples primarily and he captures all of the details, creative angles and bridal portraits.
Adam and Aida’s wedding had it all; the perfect light, autumn colors, diverse cultural people from all over the world and a beautiful couple.
This was an exquisite Bosnian woman meets handsome American Ohio boy. Aida had an exotic Eastern European look and was so easy to photograph her that I am almost certain she will be a cover bride somewhere.
These two are so blessed with loyal friends, they have this energy together to attract people to them. I guess this is why their friends flew from all over the country and even overseas to be a part of this experience. Truly this is what it is all about with weddings to share an experience together.
Rainbow Ranch once again hit a home-run while the Andrew Gromiller Band rocked the party keeping everyone on the dance floor the entire time. As we packed up to leave at around 1am I looked around and captured two more images: A group of people gathering around the fire warming up while the DJ was setting up to take the party into the early morning and the couple kissing right by the barn as they watched all of their friends around the fire.
These two know how to party and celebrate LIFE that is for certain. I am so grateful for my job and honored that they trusted me and my team to document such a monumental day.
Thank you Adam and Aida, we wish you much happiness and love in your future!!!
Keep it in the moment
What can I say other than this wedding was beautiful, it was very intimate with their closest friends and family and held at the Rainbow Ranch.
When we showed up at Kate’s parents house, Carolyn greeted as if we were family, offering us coffee and bagels. It was such a warm environment and it was great to walk into the family’s home and be treated with immediate hospitality. I love my job and experience like that are what really drives that home. Because Kate’s family was so welcoming I was able to get to know and document their real personalities instantly.
The wedding continued to keep this vibe and what followed was an amazing ceremony on the Gallatin with a perfect Montana Fall day. The flowers and design were done by Katalin Green and Avant Floral . Katalin and her team did a spectacular job as always. They transformed Rainbow Ranch into an expression of Kate and Will’s personality.
The dancing and energy at this wedding was crazy due to all of the love and the Andrew Gromiller Band.
This band has the sound of a NYC band that sells out Madison Square Garden. Andrew’s voice is simply transendent funk that hits your soul. Every time I hear him sing, I am speechless with his talent.
Kate and Will really had the All Star team and it showed as the night was flawless with everyone working together and great positive vibes. Mollie at the RR knows how to keep these good vibes going no matter what happens.
Thanks you from Eye in the Sky Photography team and keep it in the moment.
September 6th and 7th 2013
What can I say about this wedding? Well first off this wedding was a huge party with super fun people!!!
We started off the celebration by shooting the rehearsal at Buck’s T4. This was a casual setting but included some amazing BBQ food which they do so well.
The wedding day was held up at Big Sky Resort and the ceremony was a beautiful Catholic mass which took place at Big Sky Chapel.
Melissa and Chris already have a strong foundation with two amazing children, who are a big part of their lives and were also a big part of the wedding, as you can see in the images below.
After the end of the ceremony we drove around while listening to music and taking some super fun photos with the wedding party and couple.
These two are surrounded with childhood friends who are just like family, clearly showing it really was all about the entire group and not just the couple. This type of close-knit family energy made it very entertaining to document.
As we entered the reception at the Huntley Lodge up at Big Sky Resort we danced the party away with DJ Joe who really knows how to get everyone on the dance floor, and Melissa has some great dance moves.
Thank you from all of us at Eye in the Sky Photography, may your life be filled with many more good times with such amazing friends and family!!!
Keep it in the moment,
Here is a list of all the wonderful vendors who helped to make this day special:
What a great way to spend Labor Day weekend. On Thursday, Ryan and I packed up the van with all our gear and headed north towards Glacier National Park. I was fortunate enough to meet up with a good high school friend along the way at Holland Lake and camp the first night. If you have not been there, it is worth checking out.
The entire event of the weekend was held at the Great Northern Resort right outside of Glacier.
Lindsey is truly a wonderful person who grew up in Great Falls while Cesar is all heart and is surrounded with much love from his Filipino friends and family. We were filled with unexpected surprises on the rehearsal night from the bride shotgunning beers with her high school friends to the Filipinos gifting us with their national delicacy, “Balut.” It was a wild evening to say the least.
The wedding day went at the same pace. Everything happened organically and without pressure or stress. This wedding was really just all about the families and friends getting together to share their love for one another in a natural setting. Lindsey and Cesar were so easy going it made our jobs as photojournalists a breeze and freed us to do what we do best: document the moments and energy of the day.
Every wedding has its own unique flavor and it all stems from the bride and groom and the energy they exude. This one can be described as a laid back merging of two cultures, a personally authentic absolute blast!
Thank you Lindsey and Cesar along with all the new friends we met along the way for making this a truly memorable experience.
Keep it in the moment,
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
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
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
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
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.
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?!?!?