Post Wedding talk. It is easy to rush home after a Saturday wedding and start processing images and finding other tasks needing to be done before the weekend is over. Maverick and I both have a hard time slowing down. If we aren’t working then we’re building something for our yard, gardening or cleaning (stuff we enjoy but is nonetheless phsyical and exhausting). Whenever we do find the time to go on a motorcycle ride, hike with the dog, or “ our version of chill” that is a conscious choice that we have to remind ourselves we need to create the time for.
We followed typed directions up a dirt road from Helena to the Black Mountain Lodge, where the bridal party had been staying for a couple of days before the wedding. Far from cell service and surrounded by National Forest stand a group of cabins that belong to the Hannon Family, distant cousins of Cooper’s family. The late Northern light danced on the lilting grass and wildflowers around the cabins.
It felt like stepping back in time. The whole wedding felt like stepping back in time. Or back into the Western imagination. In a cattle pasture outside of Helena, we witnessed a beautiful melding of cultures and families~ the groom- basically cowboy royalty, the bride a California artist. From the “Buddhish” ceremony under a chuppah and the signing of the ketubah to the anvil firing (look it up, it’s crazy), to a performance by a pop star, to dancing the hora on hay bales, we’ve never seen anything so beautiful and so deeply American.
Cooper and Ashley are at the nexus of two incredible families and surrounded by the most amazing group of talented friends, some are Artists and some are Ranchers and all came together for this incredible event. Talk about a Western style wedding? This was Authentic with a capital “A”. From bolo ties to apple pies, this was about as Montana of a Wedding you could get and everything felt so incredibly honest. They even had an assortment of bug spray- from organic to deet.
We could tell you more about how much we love Montana (and we do), but I don’t think we’ll ever get as close to the roots of it as we did with participating in this wedding. Hope you enjoy the photos!
Planning : Off the Beaten Path
Florals : Delisa Hiel
Hair and Makeup : Celeste- Beauty Operator
Dana and Jack got married at the beautiful Pennisula Golf and Country Club in San Mateo. It was a wonderful evening with good drinks, good food and good people.
Jacqueline and I met while we were both receiving our MFA's at Mills College in Oakland. I immediately knew that Jacqueline was a very special person and we quickly became friends. Three years later Jacqueline asked me to photograph her wedding and I couldn't have been more honoured. Jacqueline and her husband, Josh, are genuine, beautiful, artistic and thoughtful people and their wedding reflected all of that. Their friends and family also brought such an incredible mood to the entire evening. It was the most personal and thoughtful wedding I've ever been a part of.
Josh is a videographer and Jacqueline is a visual artist and they couldn't complement each other better. They are both so caring, adventurous and talented. The most memorable part of their wedding day for me was their vows to one another. I wouldn't do them justice is I tried to describe them but I've never heard vows like them. They felt like a performance art but also felt like they were speaking straight from their hearts.
Their venue was gorgeous but literally in the middle of nowhere. It was up a dirt road just like all the best locations in Joshua Tree are. It was truely a magical evening.