A beautiful off-season elopement in Glacier National Park full of intention and attention-to-detail. Photography by Montana Bride Vendor Aundrea Marie Photography.
Aundrea Marie Photography writes, "Sarah & Matt's full-day elopement experience was filled with so much intention; everything they planned had a purpose – it was inspiring getting to be a part of something so special and see the things that matter most to them.
Sarah and Matt picked the location and the time of year based on an annual trip they make to Glacier National Park, but this year they thought they would do something they haven't done yet – get married. We went to Loula's Cafe in Whitefish (their favorite breakfast spot), walked the shores of Lake McDonald, hiked John's Lake Loop, called their family and friends from Glacier Distilling, spent time at their favorite local dive bar, The Dew Drop Inn, playing keno and having their first dance, and ended the night at Abruzzo Italian Kitchen.
The locations were not the only thing intentional on their day; so were the things they had with them. Sarah had a birthstone ring from her grandparents (something blue), her great grandmother's pearls (something old), and her mother's heirloom fur coat (borrowed). Matt had a skull bracelet from the night he met Sarah and a knife from his dad to saber champagne. They met drinking a bottle of Laurent Perrier champagne, so their wedding-day bottle was a key detail. They also had vow books made of leather with their wedding date on them, a beautiful cutting board Matt handmade for their picnic, and a wool blanket.
Before their ceremony, they chilled champagne in the lake and walked Lake McDonald's shores to find a witness rock. Their ceremony was self solemnized, but pre-recorded Matt's sister-in-law conducting the ceremony and played in from their phone a stand. For good luck, they had their ceremony on the half-hour at 1:30.
As told me Matt and Sarah, their relationship blossomed over travel experiences and adventures in beautiful, far-off places. They wanted this, and their enjoyment of each other's lives to be communicated through their photos. They eloped so that their day would be as stress-free as possible."