A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of photographing the Roy’s Barn Candid Wedding Photos of Kelly & Scott in Belgrade, Montana.

I met Kelly and Scott back when the pandemic first began when I created my Bozeman Front Porch Project fundraiser for local non profits. Kelly and Scott have dated for the past 12 years and these two Post Doc research scientists have found a lovely balance working and living in Montana with their two German Shorthaired Pointers. Both are passionate about their careers and adamant about surrounding themselves with their community of friends they’ve fostered in Bozeman, Montana. This couple, who describe themselves as “chatty introverts at heart,” really treasure spending time hiking and hunting the Montana outdoors with their pups.

Kelly accepted a faculty position at UC Merced this past Spring, and suddenly, wedding planning coincided with packing up their home for the anticipated move. Happily, with the opportunity of having their friends and family in one place, their wedding celebration would also be the grand finale to their Montana experience.

“I love that I have this peaceful feeling that I’m enough and don’t have to change who I am.”

It has been a joy getting to know these two over the last few years. As a partner, Scott loves how Kelly pushes him to be better, her ability to really understand him, and her support of his outdoor activities. He feels so lucky and grateful that he can often share those experiences with her. When thinking about how Scott elevates her life, Kelly really appreciates his patience, which can be challenging for her. “He always can calm me down,” said Kelly. “I love that I have this peaceful feeling that I’m enough and don’t have to change who I am.”

Their intimate, DIY wedding was hosted amongst the friendly confines of Roy’s Barn in Belgrade, Montana. Set against the Bridger Mountain range, the charming, big, red barn and its mature trees provided cool shade where their guests could play yard games and be protected by the strong storm, wind, and rain that quickly blew through. Kelly and Scott created a relaxed atmosphere that emphasized a candid, good time with their loved ones. Everyone savored a delicious BBQ spread and homemade desserts from the bride. The property offered us a wide variety of photo locations to explore and we played in and around the teal color of an old Ford 100 truck on loan from a family friend. Afterwards, as the sun set, the DJ cranked the music as the wedding party transitioned from dinner to celebration. Everyone enthusiastically danced and sang into the night.

You could not have asked for a nicer day and a sweeter couple. I’m excited for Kelly and Scott and wish them nothing but happiness on the road ahead. Congrats to the newlyweds! -M

To view all of the fun photos from Kelly and Scott’s wedding day, click here.