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    Top 5 Spot in Glacier National Park to Elope

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glacier wedding photographerSweet Peaks. This is just one of my favorite places ever. Homemade ice cream with homemade waffle cones! What more do I need to say? Highly recommended as bribery material for kids’ smiles. If you’re visiting be sure to try the Huckleberry. No trip to Montana is complete without Huckleberry Ice Cream. But my favorite is the espresso, or the Chai, or the Pistachio, ok fine!! They’re all my favorite! Locations in Kalispell, Whitefish and Bigfork.

For baked goods that can stand up against the finest European bakeries stop by Ceres Bakery. My kids would eat their berry and cheese danish every day if it wasn’t the first thing to sell out every day!

Best burger in the valley is at Hop’s, wait can be a little long so plan accordingly.

For breakfast, lunch, or just a coffee, stop by Montana Coffee Traders. I have never had anything on their menu that wasn’t absolutely delicious. Locations in Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls. Great spot for souvenir shopping.

When I’m shooting a wedding at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, my husband loves to stop by and say hi and then have some fish tacos at the Tiki Bar on the beach. Good food, GORGEOUS setting.

Tamarack Brewery is just yummy, yummy, yummy. And their beer is the best. Once you have their spinach and artichoke dip, you won’t order it anywhere else ever. They have an absolutely beautiful outdoor patio that is perfect for a drive around the lake and dinner by the creek.

For some great pizza and a truly Montanan atmosphere, stop by Moose’s Saloon, and be sure to order some peanuts at the bar. It’s all about throwing the shells on the floor to feel like you’re in the Old West. Also, call me crazy, but order your pizza with sauerkraut, it’s phenomenal.

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Solids over prints.

Solids will get my vote every time. The right print can look great, but more often I will suggest that a client wear a solid color. Bold prints can look very busy and distract the viewer from the focus of the photo, you.

Color is your friend.

I love a nice bright, rich color that really pops in a photo. Lighter brights stand out but aren’t too distracting (i.e. no neon greens and yellows). Even white looks great and can feel fresh. Dark colors are classy and are also very slimming. A nice bright color however, just adds a little something to the photo. And if you have a favorite color that you just love, wear it!

Avoid trends.

Unless you’re going for a particular style for your shoot, it’s usually a good idea to avoid anything too on trend so that later on you aren’t looking back at your photos thinking, “why did I wear THAT?”

Pick a good fit.

I’ve noticed that a lot of people who are carrying a few extra pounds sometimes choose something baggy or loose-fitting.  I’ve found that those are NOT the most flattering choices, especially since it makes it hard for me to go in there with photoshop and take off a few pounds.  That’s right!  I can shave off some of the weight in Photoshop!  And it’s actually easier to do if you’re wearing something that fits a little snugger.  Plus, in my experience with skinny jeans, snug (no, not skin tight 🙂 is more flattering because you don’t have loss fabric creating EXTRA bulges.

Don’t be too matchy matchy.

For group family portraits, you can certainly match if that’s truly what you want, but in my opinion simple color coordination is all that’s needed. You could choose pastels, for example, and everyone can stick to that color palette but not wear the exact same color. Or choose a color combination that you like, just as you would do for a wedding, and have everyone in the family dress any way they want, but using only those color options. You want to complement each other, not look identical.

Comfort is key.

If you know you’re going to be doing a lot of walking during your photo session, laying on the ground, getting wet…anything at all, you’ll want to be comfortable in what you’re wearing. If you have a pair of heels that you’re dying to wear for your photos, it might be a good idea to have a pair of flats with you just in case. And as they always say, if you’re comfortable, you’ll feel more confident and it will show in your photos. So, look nice, even dress up if you like, but don’t wear something if it makes you self-conscious or you know you’re going to have keep adjusting it during your shoot.

Be yourself!

The most important piece of advice I can share is to just be yourself. The above are all great tips, but for an engagement or any portrait session, the focus is YOU and you want your personality to shine through.

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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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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!

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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.

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Polebridge

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 😉

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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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