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Northern Lights Glacier National Park | Montana Elopement

Tyler-Moss and Ali sitting on the shore of Lake McDonald after their elopement day. There were countless stars in the sky and the Northern Lights were faintly visible in the distance.

Tyler-Moss and Ali sitting on the shore of Lake McDonald after their elopement day. There were countless stars in the sky and the Northern Lights were faintly visible in the distance.

Not too long before Ali and Tyler-Moss’s elopement day in Glacier National Park the news was flooded with reports that the Northern Lights might be visible Saturday and Sunday, the day of their wedding. I excitedly sent a screenshot of the article to Ali and she exclaimed that it would be an absolute dream come true for them to see the Northern Lights during their trip to Glacier National Park from Tennessee.

On their elopement day, I checked the forecast and it looked like we had an okay chance of seeing the lights. These two were more than excited to grab some beers near Lake McDonald Lodge and head to the shore of Lake McDonald to sit under the stars and, hopefully, see the northern lights.

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Ali and Tyler-Moss laying together under the stars at the end of their elopement day.

Ali and Tyler-Moss laying together under the stars at the end of their elopement day.

As the sun fully set and darkness took over, we noticed the occasional flash behind the mountains and with so much excitement, I remember saying “I think that’s it!” We continued to wait for it to get darker and darker and as we waited the flashes kept getting brighter.

We were on the shore of Lake McDonald with at least 20 other people who were all looking up in awe with us.

Northern Lights from the shore of Lake McDonald

Northern Lights from the shore of Lake McDonald

I will always treasure the memory of seeing the Northern Lights and being able to share this experience with the sweetest, fun couple from Tennessee.

Central Montana Couples Session | Cindy & Lane

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This is the third couples session in Central Montana I’ve had the opportunity to do with Cindy and Lane in my time as a photographer! It’s been so neat to capture them as their family grows (they have two of the sweetest dogs now) and as their love grows, too, of course!

For their summer couples session, we were originally planning on exploring in Augusta but when flooded roads foiled our “Plan A,” they were so go-with-the-flow and did a little adventuring with me into the Lewis and Clark National Forest in Central Montana for “Plan B.”

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I totally love how their tattoos photographed! Definitely makes me want to go out and get another…

I helped Cindy coordinate their first outfit around Lane’s flamingo shirt (shoutout to TJMaxx for the amazing find)! I love the opportunity that more casual outfits give for clients to really let-loose and be playful with one another. It’s always encouraged to bring two outfits to your sessions if you’d like!

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For Cindy and Lane’s second outfit, she wore a beautiful, white two-piece dress from Lulus that looked absolutely stunning on her! We saw this view of the setting sun lighting up the mountains a beautiful shade of pink just as I was about to turn on the road to head home and we all ran across the street in excitement!

We couldn’t have asked for a better Central Montana evening for their couples session in the mountains and I am so thankful for the relationship I’ve developed with Cindy and Lane in my years of working with them.

Central Montana Engagement Photos at Holter Lake

Holter Lake was such a beautiful setting for Cassy and Taylor’s engagement photos in central Montana. The light was golden and warm and all things that you want from a summer evening! Their love seemed so effortless and natural and it was such a pleasure to work with the two of them during this exciting time!

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Swiftcurrent Lake + Saint Mary Montana Elopement – Glacier National Park – Cheyanne + Matt

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Cheyanne and Matt had their elopement ceremony on the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake in the beautiful Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park. They declared their love for each-other now and forever more with God and a few select guests as their witnesses. It was a truly beautiful ceremony that allowed these two to intimately say their vows surrounded by a landscape that held a special place in their heart.

Following their ceremony, Cheyanne, Matt, her best friend, and I headed back to their cabin (Park Cabin Company) to enjoy some cake before venturing out for their wedding portraits. Her cake was beautiful and was made by Crooked Tree Coffee and Cakes located in Great Falls, Montana.

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After our bellies were full – it was time for an adventure! We headed to the Saint Mary entrance of Glacier National Park and ventured along Going to the Sun Road for the portraits.

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I absolutely loved how relaxed and excited Cheyanne and Matt were throughout their wedding day. Even with rain clouds looming, they were both so present in the moment and you could just feel how excited they were to be married. In my Q&A with Cheyanne, she said “we didn’t have to worry about every little detail being perfect. We didn’t have to worry about pleasing other people. It was just a special day spent with one another!”

After we wrapped up at our first stop, we went to a location that Cheyanne and Matt visited during one of their first trips to Glacier National Park. When we arrived and got out of the car, they immediately began down the trail together and I was filled with so much happiness. One of the best parts of elopements is choosing a place that is special and I loved that these two went to a place so natural for them to adventure in.

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They say that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck. On the day of Cheyanne & Matt’s elopement, we not only had rain, but we saw multiple bears – which is good adventure elopement luck if I’ve ever seen it. These “imperfections” just reiterated why it’s so amazing to have an elopement – it’s low key, and we just roll with whatever nature brings our way!

Thank you again Cheyanne and Matt for welcoming me into your lives for your intimate elopement in Glacier National Park! I spent the entire day feeling giddy (and randomly saying “YOU’RE MARRIED!”) because it means so much to me to capture such a meaningful time in your lives.


Rain or shine, I’m here to capture the perfectly imperfect moments that combine together to form your wedding day. To inquire for coverage of your wedding, please visit my wedding page.

Elopement Day Q&A – Glacier National Park Elopement – Cheyanne + Matt

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The concept of “eloping” is still fairly new compared to the idea of having a traditional wedding! The word elopement used to mean “to run away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent.”

The term is now used to allude less to secrecy and parental consent and more to the concept of tossing away the societal norms of a wedding day and opting to have a much more intimate and intentional celebration of two becoming one. If you’re still skeptical about this new meaning – ask Merriam Webster!

I asked Cheyanne and Matt some questions about their elopement that I had the pleasure of capturing this past September in Glacier National Park.

Q: Why did you decide to elope over having a traditional wedding?
A: Weddings are expensive! Neither one of us could fathom spending thousands of dollars on some big, extravagant wedding. We are also pretty low-key people so having a traditional wedding just didn’t fit either of our personalities. Something small, romantic, and simple was definitely the way to go!

Q: Why did you choose Glacier National Park as the location of your special day?
A: When we first moved to Montana, one of our first trips we made was to Glacier. We were in shock of the pure beauty this place had!! We jokingly said “We should just elope right here in Glacier!” So when we got engaged it was a no-brainer! We both love visiting Glacier, and now it holds a very special place in our hearts!

Q: What were your favorite parts of your wedding day that differed from traditional weddings?
A: Oh my goodness! It was just so laid back and romantic and intimate and just beyond perfect! We loved it! We didn’t have to worry about every little detail being perfect. We didn’t have to worry about pleasing other people. It was just a special day spent with one another! Adventuring after our ceremony was pretty fun too, even with all the bears!

Q: Do you have any advice for couples considering eloping?
A: Do you! Don’t worry about what others are going think. It is your day! You can celebrate how you want, have cake, and eat it too.

See the blog post all about their beautiful fall elopement on the eastern side of Glacier National Park!