Ok a bit of a long post, but this Wildflower Weddings wedding in Red Lodge was so incredible I can’t help it!
When I showed up, everyone already knew my name. When the brides mom showed up and called me Macy and gave me a big hug, I knew it was going to be a good day. The morning was pretty laid back. They ordered some Mexican food, opened gifts, popped some champagne, and they were laughing the whole time. Well, except when Marcella opened a gift from Amelia that had a sweet note. Then there were tears. Beautiful tears. It really is the small thoughtful things guys. Then we all piled into cars and headed to the venue. The guys were already getting ready there, so we prepared for the first of two first looks.
You see, a couple nights before the wedding Amelia text me that she wanted to prank Chad, so I threw out a few ideas. I’m sure you’ve seen the latest prank of the first look with the brides brother in a dress. If not, it’s amazing look it up. So anyway, that’s what she went with! Amelia’s family had given her wedding dresses as she grew up, in case she wanted to wear one for her wedding. It fit her cousin Colton perfectly. So after getting in his suit with the guys, he came to the bridal suite to change. He was…stunning. 😂 Stage set, Chad blindfolded, fake Amelia went in, glorious cape and all. Well I’m sure you can imagine the shock Chad had, and his face showed it all. It was pure gold and one of the funnest things I’ve seen at a wedding.
After the prank shenanigans, we found some shade for a first look and gift exchange. They have good taste, as they both have each other a gift from goldsmith gallery jeweler. We spent some time in the sunlight and shade, taking some amazing photos of just the two of them. I love the colors Amelia choose, the dark burgundy, dusty blue and pale pink. So lovely! It all came together beautifully, and all the vendors sure did a great job!
The entire bridal party was a rowdy bunch in every epic way. They had me laughing from the beginning of the day. I love a bridal party who knows how to have a good time! We had an extremely short family list, more big group pictures than a full list of every possible combination. So we did those prior to the ceremony as well.
As 4:30 neared, it started to rain more and more, and even a little hail fell. Guests all piled into the bar and Wildflower barn, while we waited. We waited and kept looking at the weather radar, which showed a small window coming up of less rain. Someone asked Amelia, again, if she’d like to move the ceremony indoors. Her answer was simple. “I’m getting married outside, I don’t care if people want to sit or stand, I’m getting married outside”. That’s my kinda bride. I just told my second shooter that if it picks up again just come hold the umbrella over me. As the rain calmed down and people were still trying to wipe off their seats, the wedding commenced. Down came the parents, bridesmaids, and groomsmen. Then came the bride with her father. At this point I’m not even sure if it was still raining. As they shared their vows, I’m certain not a single guest was thinking about the rain. It was stunning and loving, and the whole time I was thanking God for another incredible outdoor ceremony. It was dark and moody, and I loved every second of it.
Everyone gathered inside, mingling and congratulating the newlyweds. After peeking outside awhile later, I knew it was prime time for sunset photos. Technically it wasn’t sunset, but there’s a big hill there, so we went out before the sun went down. Amelia crawled through the fence like a badass, walked around in some more mud, and was the most stunning bride ever. And as I always say “if you didn’t get your wedding dress dirty did you even have a wedding?” At some point I stepped in some horse poop. Barefoot. No shame. I’ve said it before – I’ll do anything for the shot. We just spent less than 20 minutes out there before heading back in. Dinner, drinks, speeches, dances were in the barn as the rain had once again started. The decor was amazing and I LOVE the long tables. Dinner consisted of amazing sides and the BEST TRI-TIP EVER. It’s her dad’s secret recipe and it was just so good. 🤤 And instead of cake, they served pie. Lots of pie. The bar stayed crowed and the dance floor had a constant group with epic moves, and everyone else hung out and visited even after I left. So that’s the basic recap of the day!
I love these images and I’m so thankful to have been a part of Amelia and Chad’s big day. And yes I included a photo of me in here because I was there! Thanks for looking!!
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