Oh, that dress. Those views. And one darling couple. We love this sweet Glacier National Park elopement, and after a quick peek, we know you will, too. As seen in Montana Bride magazine, Volume 18, with photography by Montana Bride Vendor Dina Remi Photography.
“Hunter and I met in Minneapolis in 2016. I had just moved to the city and Hunter’s sister, who I knew from college, was coming into town. She reached out saying she was visiting her brother and would love to reconnect. The rest, as they say, is history. After dating for about two months, we decided we were going to quit our jobs and backpack in Southeast Asia together. Not even six months later, we did. We spent five months traveling throughout Southeast Asia on a very tight budget. I suppose we knew it would last after being together every waking second during that time frame without killing each other.
We both love to travel and camp, so for my thirtieth birthday we rented a camper van and went to Olympic National Park. The first day there, Hunter gave me my birthday gift: a Nikon camera. I had been saying I wanted one for months because I love taking pictures when we travel and wanted to start taking a photography class. He encouraged me to play around with it and learn how to use the timer so we could take pictures together as we made different stops. After a couple days of hiking, driving to new locations, and sleeping in epic camping spots, we ended up on Ruby Beach for my birthday. We set up the camera on some driftwood, and then Hunter would go get in position and then I would set the camera timer and run out to meet him for the wide shot. After a few tries, he told me we should get a little closer. I wanted a wide shot, but obliged. The last time I ran out to the spot and went to put my arm around him, he was moving. Next thing I knew, he was on one knee with a ring. I don’t remember anything he said, but we did get the photo!
Our wedding was supposed to be in August 2020 at a venue near Madison, Wisconsin. We had a 150-person guest list, a big band booked and all of the vendors picked out. Although our venue was great, something always felt like it wasn’t quite ‘us,’ but it was close to many of our family and friends, and it was accessible and affordable to get to for others. We ended up having to postpone because of the pandemic, but didn’t want to wait until 2021. We’d been to Glacier National Park before and love the mountains, so we decided that we should elope there. It wasn’t what we originally had planned, but that’s also what made it so special. It really felt like us. Now we can’t imagine having done it any other way. Even though it was tough to make the decision to get married without our parents there (we didn’t want to risk anyone getting sick), when it was all said and done, we knew we made the right choice. I also love that we’ll be able to take our kids to GNP and show them exactly where we got married and take anniversary trips there over the years.” –Makayla, the bride
Accommodations | THE FIREBRAND HOTEL
dress & menswear | WATTERS SIRENA (gown)
SARA GABRIEL DESIGNS (veil)
HARDWICK (groom’s jacket)
floral design | ROSE MOUNTAIN FLORAL
hair & makeup | KYNDEE MASTERS (hair)
CLOUD MAKEUP (makeup)
jewelry | FILIGREE JEWELERS (bride)
AVERIE & ADORA (groom)
videography | K JONES