Kalispell Wedding and Family Photographer – 406-871-3524 – Marianne Wiest Photography » Award-winning, Artistic and FUN! Serving Kalispell, Whitefish, Glacier and the Flathead Valley - Montana Photographer - 406-871-3524

Ceremony/Reception Venue – Diamond B Weddings
Flowers – Kylie Gelber
Caterer – Ian Moore with Tea Kettle Cafe and Mobile Catering
Cake – Just Desserts by Joyce Dye
Groom’s Suit – Rococo Bridal & Formal Wear
Wedding Dress – Rococo Bridal & Formal Wear
Hair Stylist – Hallie King
Rings – His: Riddle’s Jewelry Missoula MT
Hers: Nuggets and Carats in Laguna Niguel CA
DJ – Destination DJ

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  • Jennifer - Lovely photos. I wish I could see the slower, at my own pace❤️❤️❤️ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - You do an awesome job and catch everyone at their best. Your photos are amazing. the slideshow was beautiful. thanksReplyCancel

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  • Wendy - Love it, great job! Made me cry all over again:)ReplyCancel

Wedding Coordinator: Marcie Adams
Venue: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
Wedding sales and event manager: Kim Saverud
Flowers: Ellie Sandler
Cakes by Debi
Tuxedos: Mimi’s Bridal
Wedding Dress: Sophia Tolli from The Curvy Bride, Dallas, TX
Hair and Makeup: Autumn Santa at Soucie and Soucie
Ring: Murphy McMahon
DJ: Luke Dowler
Officiant: Dan Sandler

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Top 5 spots in Glacier National Park to Elope

Eloping is such a great option for those who want a more low-key, intimate, and budget friendly way to be wed.  And there’s no better place (in my completely biased opinion:) than Glacier!  It’s truly one of the most beautiful places in the world, the recreational opportunities are endless, and although Glacier itself is remote, the surrounding areas cater to tourists and retirees, offering fine dining and lodging.  Check out some of my favorite spots here.  So I hope this info and my photos inspire you to get hitched in the 406! (oh, that’s Montana’s area code…that’s right, ONE area code for the whole state!)

Logan Pass

Lush and green, valleys and mountains as far as the eye can see.  Fields of wildflowers watered by streams and waterfalls.  If you want to feel like singing “The hills are alive with the sound of music!” during your ceremony, then get married at the top of Logan Pass.  Plus, you’re pretty much guaranteed a mountain goat attending your ceremony!  Consider renting a Glacier Jammer Bus to ferry yourself and your guests to the top, that way you can sit back and enjoy the ride and they make for great photos!


Many Glacier

If you want  epic, jaw dropping mountains, then Many Glacier is the spot for you.  The historic lodge sits on the shore of a small lake surrounded by some of the most impressive peaks in the park.  After your ceremony, rent a canoe at the lodge, take photos surrounded by water and mountains, then finish the day with a drink from the lodge bar and watch the sunset on the balcony.  Perfection.  Oh! And if seeing a bear is on your bucket list, this spot gives you the best chance…or maybe that’s a reason to avoid it…hahaha

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Lake McDonald

For the classic Glacier view of peaks rising behind pristine waters, Lake McDonald can’t be beat.  Easily accessible and convenient, Lake McDonald has some of the most quintessential views of the park there is.  It’s also undeniably the best spot for sunsets in the park.  There are several awesome spots on the shore for ceremonies that are secluded and private.




If you’re looking for something more off-the-beaten path, Polebridge is for you.  Rocky and jagged peaks at the end of dirt roads, Polebridge has a rugged beauty that is quiet and rugged.  The Polebridge Mercantile’s Huckleberry Bear Claws are worth the trip alone!

Glacier’s Waterfalls

Now the truth is that I’ve never photographed a wedding at one of Glacier’s many spectacular waterfalls, but I’m dying to!  I dream about a ceremony at St. Mary’s falls or on the cliffs at Avalanche Gorge.  The water hitting the rocks and creating a romantic mist around you.  It would be so unique and one of a kind!  Just let me know and I’ll set it up 😉


I’m realizing now that this “helpful” guide might’ve just made it harder for you to decide where to elope because the options are all so great! Wherever you decide to tie the knot, drop me a line, I would love to chat with you about being your photographer . I absolutely adore photographing couples in love in Glacier and truly believe it’s one of the last best places on the planet!

If you’d like some more info on how to elope in the park, check out this link.

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These two! I mean, come on!  Not only are they ridiculously good looking but so in love it fills up the whole room.  Just look at the way they look at each other!

Ceremony: Calvary Chapel in Whitefish

Flowers: Shane Meehan

Hair: Reecia Maxwell from Reecia’s salon

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This adorable and sweet family called me up for a last minute Christmas card session and they brought the Christmas Cheer!  Their outfits were off the charts and I’m pretty sure Dad deserves “Good Sport of the Year Award”!!2016-01-08_0001PINIMAGE2016-01-08_0002PINIMAGE2016-01-08_0003PINIMAGE2016-01-08_0006PINIMAGE2016-01-08_0004PINIMAGE2016-01-08_0005PINIMAGE

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  • Evan Weatherup - Thank you so much for giving us our “picture of the year”! The photos have been such a hit with our family and friends! Thank you for squeezing us in last minute! You are so talented and I can’t wait to work with you again in the future.ReplyCancel