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Whitefish Wedding Photography - Kathryn & Justin at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

When I first met Kathryn for coffee at Coffee Traders to discuss the possibility of photographing her and Justin's wedding I had to really try to contain my excitement. While I wasn't able to meet Justin ahead of time, here was an awesome couple—both of whom are pilots—and the plan was for Kathryn to arrive at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in a floatplane. How cool is that?! Seriously, in my mind, I was almost thinking "Can I pay you to photograph your wedding? Because this is something I have to do." Thankfully for my own personal livelihood, it didn't come to that and last month, despite gusty winds threatening to scrap the most epic bride's entrance ever entirely, the evening ultimately went off without a hitch. Congratulations to Kathyrn & Justin, thank you so much for including me in your special day, I had a blast with everyone.

Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathryn & JustinThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.

Vendors: Venue: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake / Catering: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake / DJ: Sidecar Audio / Associate Photographer: Leah Lamberson / Florals: Purple Frog Farms / Bakery: Second Street Bakery / Makeup: LiviaRae Beauty / Hair: Ana at Fab Salon & Spa.

Whitefish Wedding Photography - Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding

I was honored to be asked by the lovely ladies at Repeat Boutique Weddings & Design to participate in a styled wedding shoot at the recently totally revamped Mountainside Weddings venue in Whitefish, Montana. They put together a crack team of vendors from the My Montana Wedding association and it couldn't have come together any better.

Credits: Planner - Repeat Boutique Weddings & Design; Venue - Mountainside Weddings; Rentals - Celebrate Event & Party Rental, Vintage Whites, Repeat Boutique Weddings & Design; Sweets - Sweet Traditions Florals - Repeat Boutique Weddings & Design; Hair & Makeup - Bridal Bliss/Lana Golinsky; Attire - J Scott Couture; Models - Jessica & Brandon Hanson; Videography - Whitefish Productions; Photography - Thewmatt Photography.

Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding
Mountainside Weddings Styled Wedding

Whitefish Vow Renewal Photography - Kathy & Robert at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of capturing a surprise vow renewal ceremony for Kathy & Robert on their 50th anniversary. They're children put everything together, writing the vows and each taking turns as the officiant. The weather was perfect, the setting at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake provided an amazing backdrop, and they were all the absolute sweetest people you could ever want to meet. We could all be so lucky to share such a life of adventure with someone for so many years, and to have such a wonderful family to boot! Congratulations on 50 years Kathy and Robert!

Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.

Whitefish Winter Family Photography - The Neufeld's

You never know where a potential client/friend opportunity may present itself. I met Jake while we were waiting to pick up our daughters from kindergarten and I noticed his St. Louis Cardinals hat. I had to say something because it was the first such hat I'd seen in Whitefish. I mentioned I was a photographer, and he mentioned his family had been looking to get some new family portraits done. And the rest, as they say, is history!

2018 Whitefish Winter Carnival

Living in a new state, in a new city, lends itself to some very definitive “firsts” for myself and my family. This year was I got to experience my first Whitefish Winter Carnival and several of its related events including the Skijoring competition a week prior, the penguin plunge—benefitting area Special Olympics athletes—which I hope to participate in next year, and the Winter Carnival Parade.

Having never grown up in a small town this sort of community event is reasonably foreign to me. It was really fun to see everyone really get into the event, have people you actually know be in the parade itself, and to run in to people you know from other activities in the course of your daily lives.

The Winter Carnival is loosely based around an area mythology involving nordic deities, yetis, and the encroachment of man on wilderness areas. Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards served as the guest of honor this year—the 70th anniversary of the carnival—with the theme of "fly like an eagle."

January in Whitefish, Montana

Last August—as you may have seen—my family and I took a long road trip up to Whitefish, Montana to spend about a week in the area and visit Glacier National Park. Well long story short, we couldn't help but fall in love with it. The people, the businesses, the weather, just about everything really. We loved it so much in fact, that we decided to seriously consider making the move up there! But there was one catch, my wife doesn't particularly care for the cold, and had never really experienced true Winter having grown up in Texas. And while I predominantly grew up in Texas, I originally hail from Illinois, and spent a couple of years going to college there. I love the cold far more than I do days above 100 degrees.

So what to do with this idea? We decided to spend a large chunk of January in Whitefish to see what it might be like to live there in the depths of Winter. And you know what? It was kind of awesome. Below are a handful of photos I took during our stay, as well as a hastily edited timelapse of the drive to Glacier National Park.

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park
Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park
Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park
Apgar Village, Glacier National Park
Winter Wonderland. #explorewhitefish
EAT. Live Poker. #america #flag
Nighttime Whitefish Alleyway
Snow Angel
Sledding at Riverside ParkWhitefish, MT
Family Walk
Foggy Mountain
The Road to Glacier Timelaps

So what was our verdict regarding trying to make the move? Stay tuned!