A few weeks back I had the pleasure of photographing the Rainbow Ranch Lodge Big Sky Montana Wedding Reception of Stephanie & Skylar.

When the 2020 pandemic set in, many Montana wedding couples were forced to postpone, reschedule, or drastically alter their initial their wedding celebrations for safety. With their hearts set on starting a life together, Stephanie and Skylar didn’t want to wait. They opted for an online Zoom wedding where their friends and family could log in to view them saying their vows. While it wasn’t the original wedding plans they envisioned, they knew that the celebration with their loved ones could always be hosted at a later, safer date.

After a year anticipation and being five months pregnant, Stephanie and Skylar finally got to host their closest friends and family for a lovely, relaxing, intimate rainy wedding reception at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge in Big Sky, Montana.

After five years of dating and one official year of marriage under the belt, these two clearly share a great love for one another. They both emphasized their mutual love of fostering an adventurous spirit whether that be jumping off cliffs, trying new foods, and wanting to share new experiences of seeing the world with one another. Over the years, they have traveled a lot together backpacking places like Beruit and skiing Europe and Japan.

Still, it’s the little things that stand out the most.

Stephanie loves Skylar’s big super goofy, silly smile along with his love and support. Affection amplified with his great burst for life. Skylar cherishes her impact on him as a even tempered, calming force who also can bring him outside of his comfort zones. He loves her bubbly personality and drive to push herself towards her goals especially when seeking out Type-2 fun.

Rolling with the twists and turns of life is something both have embraced. It was only fitting that despite the last two months of extreme heat and wildland fires in Montana, the day of their wedding reception brought consistent rain for the majority of the day. These two shrugged it off with a smile. They knew the rain was a blessing. What mattered was that they could celebrate their lives surrounded with the people who matter most. Likewise, while we were limited on where we could explore outside in the mud and rain, we made the most of it and created a variety of fun wedding couples portraits. These two and their fantastic attitudes made it great.

Here are some favorite moments from my time photographing their wedding reception.

To view all of their fun wedding photos, visit their online gallery here.

I could not be more excited for these two. I wish them a lifetime of happiness. -M