Intimate Summer Wedding in Glacier National Park
As a Glacier National Park wedding photographer, I love it when couples choose to book a 2-day elopement experience. The only thing I love even more than that is showing them some of my favorite locations and seeing them witness the park for the first time!
Before we dive into their amazing day, here are the other vendors who helped make their experience magical – Hair and Makeup: Bridal Bliss Hair & Makeup by Lana • Florist: Mum’s Flowers in Whitefish • Officiant: Sarah Harding • Cake: Fleur Bake Shop
Planning their Glacier National Park Wedding
After deciding they wanted to get married in Glacier National Park, incorporating a hike together felt like a no-brainer decision for their day as we began discussing plans! I was so excited to share some of my favorite Glacier National Park hikes with them and simply love when couples are down to hit the trails for their multi-day or full-day elopement experience. As we sorted through the options for their wedding ceremony with their parents, Cami and Drew fell in love with the breathtaking scenery found in the Many Glacier region of the park and just knew it would be the most perfect place to say “I do.”
Their Many Glacier Wedding Day
Cami and Drew flew from Florida to the great state of Montana to be married in the mountains of Glacier with their parents in attendance. The couple rented a cabin on Duck Lake just outside of Babb, Montana. with some amazing views of not only the lake but also the picturesque mountains behind. Cami chose a sensational long-sleeve all lace dress from Grace Loves Lace and staying true to her style, she complimented them with a pair of personalized white high-top converse with their wedding date embroidered on the back.
After the first look in the backyard of the cabin, we headed to their ceremony location behind the historic Many Glacier Hotel with a gorgeous overlook of Swiftcurrent Lake. Their celebrant, Sarah Harding, crafted a beautiful ceremony for Cami and Drew that was truly reflective of their relationship. Instead of reciting traditionally written vows, they took turns reading vows they had written together– It was so unique and something I hadn’t heard a couple do before but loved it!
Following the ceremony, we headed to a nearby picnic area where they enjoyed a lemon poppyseed cake from Fleur Bake Shop and popped some champagne. Much to Drew and Cami’s surprise the cork almost hit a car in the parking lot! Keep an eye out for their surprised faces below. The three of us then parted from their family and headed off for golden hour sunset photos around Many Glacier and Swiftcurrent Lake.
Sunrise Hike in the Saint Mary region
The morning after their wedding we met before sunrise in the Saint Mary region of Glacier National Park. With an 80% chance of cloud cover, we were not sure if we were going to have the sunrise. But much to our surprise the clouds began to lighten and turn the most vibrant pink with hints of orange and red casting a perfect alpenglow on the surrounding mountains. We then started our hike to Virginia Falls and St Mary Falls. Wandering through a forest of dead-standing pines, burned in a wildfire in 2015, and wildflowers we made the almost 2-mile trek to our first stop. Though we encountered some drizzle on our hike it stopped by the time we made it to our destination – Virginia Falls. Reveling at their proximity to the sheer power of the falling water, Drew and Cami embraced the wild wind being put off from Virginia Falls. We then headed back to St Mary Falls with its beautiful turquoise water and ended the day dipping their toes in the crystal clear waters of Saint Mary Lake.
Let’s Plan Your Glacier National Park Wedding
They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, these two had rain, a rainbow, and an epic pink sunrise with perfect alpenglow. I think that is about as lucky as you can get! Drew and Cami wanted their wedding day to be true to them, and they feel most at home in nature. These two could not have chosen a more beautiful place to pledge their love to each other.
Thinking of planning your wedding in Glacier National Park? I would love to chat! Please feel free to reach out through my contact page. If you’re hoping to get the most out of your experience check out my blog post that talks all about the benefits of a full-day elopement!