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In late August, I traveled up to the Flathead Valley in northwest Montana to photograph The Nest on Swan River Wedding Day of Lisa and Thomas.

While Lisa is originally from Montana, these two now reside in Hawaii with their children and wanted to have their wedding celebration in the culture of her home state. For these two newlyweds, their shared love of country music quickly fostered a strong bond between them when they met in January of 2019.

As I got to know these two and what they cherished about their relationship, both commented on how perfect they felt for one another and their mutual down to earth approach to life. As Thomas puts it, “God put her in my life for the better.”

Thomas loves how her sparklely personality and great sense of humor is enhanced by her thoughtfulness towards others and a charming humility that teases out the best in the people around her. He loves seeing her engage and love his three children from a previous relationship as her own. Lisa smiled as she told me about Thomas’s big, marshmallow heart. “He’s so intelligent and spiritual. I love how we can both express our values and ideals to eachother,” she recounted, “He cares so much about my feelings and is so loyal to me and the kids.”

While the surfable waves of Hawaii weren’t around, The Nest on Swan River was the perfect canvas for their waterside wedding day.

When it came to their wedding celebration, this couple wanted to have a relaxing, peaceful time with their friends and family along the water. The versatility of the The Nest at Swan River provided the perfect backdrop. As the wedding couple was getting ready, their guests enjoyed the lush property in the lovely late summer Montana weather and assisted the local white tail deer forage apples. Their lovely intimate wedding ceremony was held under the shade of the riverside canopy surrounded by their loved ones.

As the sun set over the Swan River, their focus transitioned into a classic Montana celebration. Wild game appetizers paired with great local microbrew beer enticed their wedding guests. The conversation and laughter flowed. Despite a leg injury that limited the groom’s mobility, he traded his usual dance moves for singing on stage. Backed up great live music tunes from the Band of Drifters, Thomas performed a variety of his songs for his new bride. Soon after dinner the band got people twirling back out on the dance floor.

It was a lovely Montana evening enjoyed by all.

Here are some favorite photographs I made through out their wedding day. It was such a fun event and I was so excited to be apart of their wedding celebration. -M

To view all of the photos from Lisa and Thomas’ wedding day, click here.

Dressed in their Sunday best clothing, over 250 families gathered together at Headwaters Ranch to honor and celebrate the wonderful women in their lives during the annual Mother’s Day brunch celebration. I’ve photographed numerous weddings over the years at this lovely Three Forks, Montana wedding venue. When asked to participate in this year’s event, I was happy to set up my Greener Visuals Photo Booth for families to play in.

I love creating opportunities to bring out the best versions of people.

That’s one reason I love the spontaneous creativity that photo booths provide. They are a wonderful invitation to get goofy for extroverts and introverts alike. After a delicious breakfast buffet meal by Cinnamon and Sage Catering, the kids and their parents curiously wandered over and completely leaned into playful, self expression. Nothing pleases me more than watching all the smiles on the faces of photo booth participants after they leave it.

After a year like 2020, I think these families had a lot to celebrate this Mother’s Day and they made the most of the creative occasion. We all had a lot of fun.

These are some of my favorites photo booth photos from the day.

To see all of the fun photos, follow this link to view the online gallery.

I’m so glad I could be apart it. -M

The other day I had the pleasure of photographing Bozeman Montana Couples Portrait Photographic Experience of Jenny & Cooper at Peet’s Hill park. In their busy lives in Bozeman, these two often find relaxation and solace with their dogs Dalia and Mr. Krill during their frequent hikes along their favorite Bozeman in-town trailhead. For their couples portrait photographic experience, we wanted to highlight a place that was important to them in their relationship. Peet’s Hill was the perfect choice. On a lovely early May evening, we set out on the trail to celebrate this time in their lives together and make some fun photos.

These two have been dating for the past four years and from the moment you meet them, it’s clear that these two compliment each other so well. They have such a playful way about them and in conversation each commented on the absolute kindness of the other. For Cooper, he reveled at just how much fun they always have together. He loves Jenny’s strength, her go-all-in passion for her art, and her ability to care deeply for the bonds of each other and their friends.

“The way she approaches her life is so heartfelt and pure,” recalled Cooper, “She’s just so wonderful.”

For Jenny, she absolutely cherishes Cooper’s contagious enthusiasm for life and admires his ability to talk to anyone. It’s his skillset that has helped her to open up her own life more to others and has positively impacted her growth into the best version of herself. She loves his commitment to being a role model for others in his passion for coaching free ride skiing to twelve to eighteen year olds. Most importantly, Cooper has a unique ability to make her feel safe and his kind presence empowers and allows her to let go of past shame. Such a gift from a loving partner.

In high spirits, we explored Peet’s Hill Park and played with their dogs as the sun set behind the Madison Mountains to the west. These are some favorite photos we created during out time together.

I loved getting to know these two and discovering all that they loved about each other and their relationship. I’m looking forward to photographing their wedding celebration at the Star M Barn venue in late August this year. Congrats to the newly engaged couple! -M

Family portraits from afar to raise money for those in need.

This past weekend, ten gracious Bozeman families participated in the Bozeman Front Porch Project from afar to celebrate their loved ones, be apart of a community art project and raise money to support the Bozeman Area Community Foundation during this unsettling time in our community and country.

As a self-employed photography business owner navigating the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus, I wanted to create a little something to uplift the mood for local families and support our incredible hard working non-for-profits in town while we collectively maintain safety with social distancing.

While our normal lives have been turned into a holding pattern it’s important to remember that – Love is not cancelled. Friendships are not cancelled. Emotional support is not cancelled.

With all the uncertainty and fear circulating around. I wanted to change the narrative to focus on the positives that are still around us.



I wanted to create a reminder for these families of all the good things they have to celebrate in their lives.

While we are all doing our part to change the curve of our predicament, we can also safely from afar give ourselves permission to celebrate the people who give our lives meaning.

Family is everything and is worth celebrating right now.

These precious moments of togetherness with our families, loved ones, and pets – our relationships, are what matter most.

The love and support we give and receive from others will help us all get through these times of difficulty and struggle.

It’s through our shared, sheltered experience, that we can still foster connections and our combined community’s resilience.



Right from the start, the health and safety of every one were at the forefront of importance for me.

Stay-at-home directives started last weekend for Montana by Gov. Steve Bullock, and I’ve been personally exercising stringent social distancing practices while closely monitoring new developments.

In the end, under my already stringent safety measures, I decided to continue forward. By photographing everyone from afar with my telephoto lens (on average at least 20 feet) and safely, we created some really genuine fun family portraits.

Like the week before, the outpouring of support from the Bozeman community was incredible.

I’m happy to announce that together this past weekend we raised $500.00 that will be donated to the Bozeman Area Community Foundation!

I’m so thankful for all of the generous donations to this giving organization. I’m proud to be apart of our Bozeman community of helpers and look forward to a time when we can put this challenge in our rearview mirrors.

Thank you to all the wonderful families that participated in the Bozeman Front Porch Project!

Stay safe, stay healthy and soak up this time with your loved ones.

When this storm passes, I’ll be here to help you showcase everything you love about your family relationships in your own custom family photographic experience.

Together, we are all going to get through this. -Mike Greener

P.S. As a candid, creative family photographer, I can’t help but capture a moment if it’s happening in front of me. Here are a few bonus photos that I liked from my weekend of giving back.



A few weeks back I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the Green Oaks Creek California Wedding Day of Marit and Samir outside Santa Cruz, California.

These two are dear friends of mine who asked me to document their hybrid Jain and Jewish multicultural wedding weekend celebration. It was an honor and a complete blast to be a part of.

For them, they wanted a wedding highlighting all the important aspects in their lives – honoring their numerous religious traditions, a celebration of their family and friends and a dedication to ethical green practices.

I think the best weddings are the ones where the couple creates an experience that uniquely reflects their shared interests and values. 

Like their Sangeet Celebration the day before, it was a splendid event organized under the careful guidance and care of wedding planner Aimee Newlander, of Weddings by Aimee

When it came to the wedding day reception, the bride and groom insisted I set my cameras down so I could completely lose myself to dance. We had a wonderful time!

The warmest congratulations to the bride and groom Marit and Samir!

Here are a few of my favorites from their wedding day celebration.

To see all of their fun photos from their Green Oaks Creek Farm Wedding Day, click below.

Fellow Vendors:

Venue: Green Oaks Creek Farm

Wedding Coordinator: Weddings by Aimee

Wedding Photographer: Greener Visuals Photography

Food: Gerard’s PaellaWah Jee Wah Street Food, & Wood Fire Woodie pizza.

Live Music: Pallavi Mehta & accompaniment, from Soor Academy

Drinks: Bernie’s Mixology Mobile Bartender

A week or so back I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the Green Oaks Creek California Wedding Sangeet of Marit and Samir outside Santa Cruz, California.

These two are dear friends of mine who asked me to document their hybrid Jain and Jewish multicultural wedding weekend celebration. It was an honor and a complete blast to be a part of.

For them, they wanted a wedding highlighting all the important aspects in their lives – honoring their numerous religious traditions, a celebration of their family and friends and a dedication to ethical green practices.

I think the best weddings are the ones where the couple creates a experience that uniquely reflects their shared interests and values. 

Being surrounding by so many of my favoirite people, it was bound to be a incredibly fun weekend event.

We started the celebration on Thursday with Marit and her female family members getting their traditional bridal mehndi artwork by the talented Modern Mehndi. 

Saturday marked the welcome wedding Sangeet celebration before the actual wedding on Sunday. Marit and Samir hosted theirs at the peaceful Green Oaks Creek Farm, a beautiful organic farm north of Santa Cruz, California. 

The premise of the Sangeet is not only to kick off the wedding festivities, but more importantly, to join their two families from Texas and Chicago so that they could familiarize themselves with one another prior to the big wedding day.

What better way to do so than through laughter, song, food trucks and dancing.

Everything went off without a hitch due to the careful guidance and care of wedding planner Aimee Newlander, of Weddings by Aimee

Relatives and friends of the bride and groom performed music, taught line dancing, ate delicious food on compostable dishware, and gave toasts of well wishes.  Then we danced and danced some more.

The warmest congratulations to the bride and groom Marit and Samir!

Here are few of my favorites from the evening but here are so many more awesome photos to see. 

To see all of their fun photos from their wedding Sangeet at Green Oaks Creek Farm, click below.

I’m working hard on finishing up their wedding day photos. Stay tuned for more…-M

Fellow Vendors:

Venue: Green Oaks Creek Farm

Wedding Coordinator: Weddings by Aimee

Wedding Photographer: Greener Visuals Photography

Food: Gerard’s Paella, Wah Jee Wah Street Food, & Wood Fire Woodie pizza.

Live Music: Pallavi Mehta & accompaniment, from Soor Academy

Drinks: Bernie’s Mixology Mobile Bartender

This past Saturday, I ventured out to Deep Creek Range in Paradise Valley, just south of Livingston, Montana to photograph the wedding day celebration of Megan and Ben.

I came to know these two wonderful humans when I moved into the house apartment below them last January. Friendly neighbors quickly became friends.

These two met in 2015 and from the get-go, they had immediate chemistry.

After just three months of dating, they decided to quit their jobs, sell all of their stuff and bought a teardrop trailer for an impromptu six-week road trip around Colorado, Utah, and the California coast.

Their shared love of spontaneity and fun, outdoor adventures blossomed into a powerful bond between them. It would be the first of many wonderful road trips they would share together and ultimately realize they were the perfect match for one another.

Their wedding day at Deep Creek Range was the perfect setting to host their Montana wedding day with friends and family.

It was a lovely cool August afternoon filled with laughter, good wine, family, friends and a whole lot of dancing into the night. I loved the energy of this crew.

Here are some of my favorite photographs from their wedding day. I am so happy for these two. Congrats to the newlyweds! -M

To see all of their wedding day photos, click here.

This past weekend I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Courtney and Josh’s Bozeman Wedding Day celebration.

Their small intimate wedding was held at her father’s property here in the Gallatin Valley.

After getting to know these two this past year and photographing their portrait photographic experience, it was wonderful to see these two lovebirds say their vows and celebrate.

Congrats to the newlyweds!

I’m working hard at editing through all the fun moments from their wedding day and will post all of them soon.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a preview of a few favorite photographs that have stood out so far. I can’t wait to share the rest. Stay tuned. -M

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of photographing the Bozeman, Montana wedding day celebration of Cassie and Justin at Holy Rosary Church and wedding reception at Bridger Bowl Ski Resort.

After dating for the past eight years, this couple wanted to say their wedding vows surrounded by the most important people in their lives amongst the mountainous backdrop of Southwest Montana. A place they both love so much.

For many of their family members (coming from Florida, Maine, New Jersey. Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Washington) their wedding weekend would be the first chance to see the place they’ve called home for the last few years.

After an unusually soggy Spring and Summer in Southwest Montana this year, we had high hopes of avoiding the recent precipitation weather patterns. Alas, on a Saturday in mid-July, the rain found us.

Luckily, it just so happened that Cassie and Justin’s wedding ceremony and reception were preemptively planned for a rainy day – they had an indoor Catholic mass ceremony at the church and then lovely intimate reception at the Bridger Bowl mid-mountain lodge.

The rain couldn’t keep us down.

We celebrated indoors at both locations dancing, eating crusted trout and elk tenderloin and playing in the Greener Visuals Photobooth.  Many of their guests had taken advantage of the close proximity of Yellowstone National Park and were telling stories of their recent adventures. It was a lovely evening in a great place with good people.

I could not be more excited for these two. Congrats to the newlyweds Cassie and Justin! -M

To see all of their wedding day photos, click here. 

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing the Bozeman, Montana wedding day celebration of Cassie and Justin at Holy Rosary Church and Bridger Bowl Ski Resort.

After dating for the past eight years, these two wanted to say their vows surrounded by the most important people in their lives among the mountainous landscape of Southwest Montana they love so much.

Their wedding would be a chance for many of their family members (coming from Florida, Maine, New Jersey. Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Washington) to see the place they have called home over the last few years. Many of their wedding guests were traveling to Montana for the first time. The day was filled with Big Sky excitement and surprisingly for July, lots of precipitation.

It has been an unusually soggy Spring and Summer in Southwest Montana this year. The rain found us.

Luckily, it just so happened that their ceremony and reception were preemptively planned for a rainy day – indoor Catholic mass ceremony at the church and then lovely intimate reception at the Bridger Bowl mid-mountain lodge. The rain couldn’t keep us down. We celebrated without a hitch indoors at both locations dancing, eating crusted trout and elk tenderloin and playing in the Greener Visuals Photobooth.

I’m working hard to go through all the fun photos I made during their special day. For now, I wanted to share a preview of their wedding photographs.  Here are a few favorites so far. So many more to share.

I could not be more excited for these two. Congrats to the newlyweds and stay tuned for more! -M

 

 

For Belle and Angel’s West Yellowstone Couples Portrait Photographic Experience, we decided to drive back to their hometown of West Yellowstone, Montana to explore the place that fostered the roots of their relationship.

These two have been dating since high school – over seven years ago – where they first cultivated their relationship through their shared love of basketball.

While a lot has changed since high school, their relationship has never been stronger.

In Belle’s opinion regardless of where they are, Angel’s presence in her life is an immediate sense of home.

They now live and work in Bozeman, Montana – him as a chef and her as a caregiver.

Time together has helped them discover not only their love for each other but their shared passion for exploring the outdoors.

Now, as they work to finalize their wedding plans for Summer 2020, they wanted to celebrate this time in their lives by giving a nod to their shared love of camping and hiking in their old Yellowstone National Park area stomping ground.

We headed over to Black Sand Spring, a small spring creek west of town where we explored the area making photographs of them. Here are some favorites from their experience. Congrats on your engagement Belle and Angel! -M

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of visiting the Washoe Theatre in Anaconda Montana for the Couples Portrait Photographic Experience of Amanda and Harley.

Amanda and Harley met ten years ago and were high school sweethearts.

I had an amazing time discovering all that they cherished in each other and their relationship.

For them, it was those times growing up together around Butte and Anaconda, Montana where the foundations of their relationship and support for one another really solidified.

Growing up, some of their fondest memories was going on dates to the historic Washoe Theatre in downtown Anaconda and then dine at one of their favorite restaurants in Butte, the Pekin Noodle Parlor – the oldest Chinese restaurant in the country and housed in a formal brothel.

We wanted to highlight these two places that held a lot of wonderful memories for them.

We decided to recreate an ultimate date night for them!

Here are some favorites from their couples portrait photographic experience.

This January, they will be getting married here in Bozeman. I can’t wait to celebrate with them. Congrats on your engagement you two! -M

 

Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of creating professional business portraits for the good folks at Knoff Group Real Estate in Bozeman, Montana.

Molly Ogle, their new associate, recently joined this talented team of realtors and was in need of some updated headshots and business portraits. We decided to explore the newly restored, historic Cannery District with her French bulldog, Pippa in tow to make some fun, professional photos for her new position. Here are some of my favorites from our portrait photographic experience. -M

Looking to get some fresh new business portraits for your own company?

Check out my business portrait services here and I look forward to helping you bring out the best version of yourself for your clients. 

With all the couples and family portraits I’ve been making this Spring, I got a break in the action and took the opportunity to spend a week with my family up in Anchorage, Alaska.

Their official Anchorage Alaska Family Kids Portrait Photographer was back for more.

It is so much fun being an uncle!

We were celebrating the 1-year-old birthday of my nephew Paul and I wanted to see the look on his face as he bit into his first chocolate birthday cake.

Not having any kids of my own, it’s been such a fun experience for me to watch my younger brother Eric as a father and a caring partner to his wife Brandy. Household laughter sums up the experience every time I visit. He is so good at playing and engaging his children. It doesn’t take much for him and Brandy to get their kiddos to giggle.

There is a lot of love in this Alaska home.

I feel grateful that the flexibility of my work schedule allows me to travel up to see them a couple of times a year. I want to be a part of these kids lives and what better way than to be present and document them.

As a photographer uncle, I want them to be able to look back at their candid selves in pictures years from now and see all the love that was and is all around them.

Photographing my family has become a fun, personal project for me where I get to observe how these little lovable humans process their world and continue developing their different and unique personalities.

It means something to be there on that lazy morning to capture the pure joy in the face of Molly, my niece, as she cruises down the hallway on her scooter with “Jones”, the family Labrador in stride.

Laughing and watching smiling Paul, who is just months away from taking his first steps, currently opting to carry all sorts of items in his mouth and utilizing his new crawling habit.

The kid can move.

For me, the best gifts from these experiences are being present for the little things.

Watching them helps me receive the world in a whole new way. A glimpse into the perspective of all things a new.

Here are some favorite moments from my time with my Alaska tribe. I can’t wait to return. -M

 

During my recent trip to Alaska, I had the pleasure of photographing the Alaska Maternity Portrait Photographic Experience of Jessie and Brendan in Hope, Alaska. Both are dear friends to my brother and his family in Anchorage and over the last five years, I’ve enjoyed getting to know these two wonderful people.

Jessie and Brendan have been married since 2010 and their passion for a full life in Alaska lead them to purchase land outside of Hope, Alaska where they have been building their own home together since 2011.

Now as that passion project comes to a conclusion, a new journey is about to begin for them. In two weeks, these two are expecting the arrival of their first child.

To commemorate this special time, these two reached out to me about making some maternity photographs for them. For our Alaska Maternity Portrait Photographic Experience, we decided to check out their favorite walking trail near their home that looks out over the Turnagain Arm and the Chugach State Park landscape.

Here are some of their favorites from our photo experience. I can not wait to meet the new addition to their family! Congrats you two! -M

 

On the final evening before the annual Spring road closure going up to Hyalite Canyon, I had the pleasure of photographing a stargazing portrait photographic experience for Aysha and Brad this past weekend.

For Aysha, her love of Brad’s spontaneity and ability to make her laugh won her affection over quickly. Both are dedicated to their craft – for her helping run the family plumbing business and for him working as an electrician apprentice – their relationship grew closer through their LDS faith, love of soccer and live music, and being together stargazing with each other in their Montana backyard.

Brad summed up Aysha as nothing short of amazing and kept commenting on how much he cherished how every day, she gives everything her all.

After dating for seven months, they were engaged a few weeks back while next to a campfire.

During our discovery call, we decided to highlight some of their favorite loves they share together and scheduled to meet up at the Hyalite Reservoir for their night time, stargazing photo experience.

With clear skies, plenty of s’mores, cups of hot chocolate, a warm campfire and the arms of each other created a perfect mountain atmosphere to showcase their relationship and made for a fun night.

Here are some of our favorite photographs we made from our evening together.

I’m so excited for these two and the good fortune that lies ahead for them. Congrats to Aysha and Brad! -M

To view all of their photographs from their Hyalite Canyon Stargazing portrait photographic experience, click here.

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Happy New Year everyone!

I always find this time of year to be thrilling.

It’s a moment we collectively engage in looking ahead and backward from where we came.

The last week of the year always holds a lot of important annual events in my life – Time spent with family around the holidays, the celebration of my birthday (I turned 36-years-old a few days ago, yikes!) and the ringing in of the new year.

I always take this time to self reflect on the great experiences with my wedding photography clients from the past year and to begin throttling forward towards my new creative goals on the near horizon. I’m ever striving to be the best version of myself (mind, body, and spirit) and finding ways to better serve my clients and community. 2018 was a positive year for me with lots of growth, new places explored, new challenges overcome, new faces met and many good times were had. I feel blessed for all the new relationships I made throughout the year and for being able to tell candid, creative stories through photographs!

I’m excited about my upcoming adventures and the fun clients I’ll get to document in 2019.

In the spirit of reflection during this time of year, I’ve gathered up some of my favorite wedding photographs from the past 2018 wedding season.

It’s such a joy for me to relive some of my favorite moments all gathered in one place. I feel honored to have been a part of all the wonderful celebrations this year with my wedding clients.

With pride, here are my Best of 2018 Montana Wedding Photographs by Greener Visuals Photography.

If you or a loved one you know is in need of an epic wedding photographer, engagement photos, new family portraits, or updated business portraits in 2019, Greener Visuals Photography is now booking for all your professional photographic needs!

Grateful for all of your continued support and I look forward to hearing from you! -M

Bozeman Wedding Photographer Springhill Pavilion Bridger Mountains couple portrait

I’m still buzzing with excitement after photographing the Springhill Pavilion Wedding Day of Allison and Matt outside Bozeman, Montana a few weeks back.

I’ve gotten to know these two Montana transplants over the past year and have been looking forward to documenting their wedding day for some time now.

And it’s all because they happened to meet by chance.

At the time, both were getting their Ecology graduate degrees from UC Davis in Davis, California but didn’t know each other.

One night after class, Allison was planning to catch up with a friend, but there was a location mix up and she ended up in the wrong bar. As fate would have it, it was in that wrong bar where she met Matt and they instantly hit it off.

Davis, California was a place where I used to live back when I was a newspaper photojournalist and a place that is close to my heart. Having them into my studio to learn more about their wedding day plans, we bonded immediately over Davis stories and the realization that we knew many of the same people.

Sometimes you encounter certain people in your life that you know will instantly become friends. These two are wonderful, hilarious goofballs.

Their Montana wedding day was everything you would hope one could be – lovely Spring-like weather, the perfect setting, and a gathering of friends and family that were ready to get down on the dance floor. Their wedding day was an absolute blast to photograph. Here are some of my favorite photographs I made throughout their wedding day. Congrats to the newlyweds! -Mike

To see all of their wedding photos, click here.

Livingston Wedding Photographer Paradise Valley wedding couple

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of photographing and celebrating the Livingston Montana Wedding Day of Teresa and Bob.

I met these two lovebirds at last year’s A Montana Wedding Bridal Event at The Commons in Bozeman, Montana. After a friendly ten-minute conversation, it was clear my candid, documentary photographic style resonated with their wedding day vision. They booked me on the spot. For these two, their love for each other, their family and devotion to their Catholic faith would the focal point of their wedding day celebration.

Their ceremony was held in the grand space of St. Mary’s Catholic Church complete with an hour Mass service. From there we made our way up Orea Creek Road near their Livingston home. We couldn’t help ourselves to stop numerous times to make some portraits with the epic Montana scenery around us. It is so beautiful up that way. The sound of cheers from their awaiting guests greeted the newlyweds to their outdoor reception on their Livingston property.

It was a wedding celebration in the pure local Montana cowboy style.

The live country band beckoned everyone to the dance floor where formal country two-step dance lessons were given. Yardgames and a photo booth entertained in between songs and everyone got stuffed on good Montana BBQ and libations. It was a perfect Montana evening to celebrate the union of these two amazing people. I could not be more excited for these two. Congrats to the newlyweds Teresa and Bob! -M

To view all of their wedding photos, click here.

 

Bozeman Wedding Photographer Kelly Canyon Quaker Wedding portraits

For Lisa and Noah’s Bozeman Montana Kelly Canyon Wedding Day celebration, it was important to return to their cultural roots.

They met two years ago through online dating here in Bozeman. As their relationship flourished over the next two years, Noah would eventually propose to Lisa on his family farm Kelly Canyon outside of Bozeman, Montana. The two currently live in Kirkland, Washington where she works as a computer scientist and he has started his graduate school program with a developing interest in Chinese medicine. When it came time to plan their wedding day, there was no better place to host it than on his family’s farm back where it all began.

Their wedding would be a wonderful hodgepodge of tradition and a unique blend of the couple’s own interests.

Their shared love of medieval fantasy book genres influenced their wedding decorations, outfits and even an honorary object for the day. The wedding party all took turns wielding the wedding couple’s actual battle hammer named “Schmerglehermer”. With a sense of humor throughout, the wedding couple and party included the hammer in the festivities. It was walked down the aisle during the ceremony, guests posed throughout the day with it in photos and it even found it’s way onto the dance floor. I love a couple and community that geeks out together. It was no short of epic.

The bride and groom’s friends and family gathered together on Noah’s family farm to witness the bride and groom’s traditional Quaker wedding ceremony in the Montana summer sunshine.

Tucked back against a large stand of pine trees, they decided on a traditional Quaker wedding ceremony to honor Noah’s family roots. The bride and groom were married “under the care of a Quaker meeting” before God and gathered family, friends, and meeting members — but was for all purposes officiant free. The idea is based on the tenet that only God can join a couple in marriage. Quakers believe that no church official is essential for a marriage to take place. Instead family and friends throughout the hour-long ceremony would occasionally break the silence by stepping up to the microphone to give words of advice, tell stories or well wishes. I found it to be a really relaxing and thought reflective ceremony. To hear the words of the important folks in their lives in front of all was a special way to honor their guests just as much as they were honoring them.

Like all good weddings, they sealed theirs with a kiss surrounded by a roar of cheers from their surrounding loved ones. The wedding celebration moved on to their evening reception at the Lindley Center in downtown Bozeman where dancing, outdoor games, a good steak BBQ and a Greener Visuals Photo Booth were utilized in full force. It was an awesome time and a wonderful reflection of all the things that are important to these newlyweds lives. I could not be more excited for these two. I wish them all the best! -M

To see all of their fun wedding photos, click here.