Fashion Project {Kalispell, Montana}

Montana is much more than the breathtaking landscape that we are surrounded by.  Fashion is emerging where you least expect it.  The back alleys of Kalispell, MT lend a unique backdrop for this amazing photo project I am creating with the talent Brett Harker of BN Harker Photography.  We are collaborating to bring our love of fashion and passion for creation to the Flathead Valley.

Thank you to our team of professionals…

Photographer: BN Harker Photography

Hair: CS Bridal Styling

Makeup: La Vita e Bella

Wedding Dress: J Scott Couture Bridal

Fashion Styling: Amy Deering

Model: Kadie Latimer

Winter Bridals {Glacier National Park, Montana}

“The stars aligned to create perfection.” – Brett Harker

Being able to call Glacier National Park my backyard is beyond amazing! Having it be the dream location for this breathtaking shoot was priceless .  Besides helping create this shoot, I was able to be a model for the day.  It is always fun being on the other side of the project!  Working with such talented people to feature Mimi’s Bridal was a complete honor.

Photographer: BN Harker Photography

Gowns: Mimi’s Bridal

Florist: Rose Mountain Floral and Glacier Wallflower

Hair: Brett Cady at En Vogue Salon

Makeup: La Vita e Bella

Melanie & Nathan – Diamond B Weddings {Kalispell, Montana}

There is nothing better then a day filled with the love of family and close friends and Melanie and Nathan’s beautiful wedding day exceeded all their loving wishes. And the blending of two families into one meant the world to these two who meet at their son’s pre-school, started play dates with their children, and fell in love as a whole.

“I knew he was the one right away, really. Before initially meeting him there was something about the way he carried himself, I could tell he had a lot of self respect. He was so loving with his son, and extremely handsome. I wasn’t looking for a man at the time, just focussing on my kids and goals, but he changed that. After we made our relationship official it only got better from there. The love I felt then is no different now, it’s like nothing I’ve experienced before. He truly inspires me.” – Melanie

Diamond B Weddings did not disappoint, lending their breathtaking backdrop to this country inspired wedding. From burlap and lace to boots and the barn, plus some elegant touches to enhance Melanie’s sparkling personality, their vision came to life. Touches of family were even included in the decor with Melanie’s mother putting her floral arrangements and bouquet together and a loving memory of Nathan’s father who was with them in spirit.

“It’s hard to choose one highlight of the day, it was all very memorable. Probably the first look, because it was an intimate moment just she and I got to spend together before the ceremony. She looked spectacular!” – Nate

“The highlight of my wedding day to me was walking down the aisle with my dad and grandpa. There were so many cherished moments throughout the day, but this was one of my favorites. My grandpa was more like a dad to me growing up, so it meant a lot to have him walk by my side too.” – Melanie

Venue: Diamond B Weddings Photographer: Meadowlark Photography Caterer: Porteus BBQ Entertainment: Mobile Beat Florist: Flowers by Hansen Cake: Just Desserts Rentals: Empress Tents and Events Bridal Gown: J Scott Couture Hair Stylist and Makeup: Soucie and Soucie Wedding Planner: Amy Deering Events

Stylized Engagement Photos {Flathead Valley, Montana}

What do you think of when you hear engagement photo shoot? A couple in love, standing together in a beautiful location perhaps? Engagement shoots do not need to be the typical pose by the lake or kissing by a tree. Make them your own by creating something that reflects who you are as a couple, what made you fall in love, and your passions in life.

Whether that includes a love of the outdoors and camping with a small fire pit set up, riding bikes on your favorite trail, sipping coffee at your favorite coffee shop where you had your first date, or a small reenactment in the spot you got engaged, adding a personal touch can make all the difference in the world. Pets and/or children can also be a special touch if they bring joy to your life.

Kelly Kirksey Photography and Amy Deering Events teamed up to style an engagement session that captures the heart of Northwest Montana in our couples eyes.  Starting with a motorcycle ride through the fall colors up in Glacier National Park that brought them to a cozy picnic spot overlooking the surrounding mountain ranges.  Capturing the beauty of Big Sky Country by day and then off to Whitefish Handcrafted Spirit,  the distillery that embodies the laid back nightlife of the town.  Rugged but never rough, this distillery offers an atmosphere filled with playing pool, cigars, and and a tasting room filled with well crafted sprits. Our couple lives for Montana and we want their pictures to reflect their laid back, fun filled lifestyle.

Photographer: Kelly Kirksey Photography

Coordination/Design: Amy Deering Events

Makeup: La Vita e Bella

Locations: Whitefish Handcrafted Spirits & Glacier National Park

Paige & Raun – Diamond B Weddings {Kalispell, Montana}

“The best love is the kind that awakens the sole; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.”

Paige and Raun are absolutely two of the sweetest people I have ever meet and I am lucky enough to have helped them with their long awaited special day. Having a bride with a background in interior design means every last decoration was planned down to the last detail. And every detail was PERFECT!!! I was able to be there for support and day of coordination to help make for a flawless evening.

Here is just a taste of their heartwarming love story!!! …  Paige met Raun when coming back to her hometown of Kalispell for a couple weeks.  It seemed like any trip back home, but who would have known that her whole life would change in those very two weeks.  One day Paige went out on the lake with her family who brought along their friend, Raun.  Lo and behold, they were two peas in a pod!  He was like nobody else she had ever met before.  Nice. sweet, and so very genuine.  Right before Paige left to head back home Raun parked his truck in the driveway, played a country song, and they danced under the stars. Right then and there he stole her heart and before she knew it she was moving back to Kalispell.  Eight years later he proposed with a stunning ring he designed himself and by the time of the wedding they had bought and sold two homes, had two beautiful children, started a business, and already had a beautiful family together.  On July 23, 2016 they made it official!!  “The best day of our lives, besides having our precious children.”

Photographer: Kelly Kirksey Photography

Venue: Diamond B Weddings

Rentals: Celebrate and Vintage Whites Wedding Rentals

Caterer: Desoto Grill

Decor: The Bride herself, Paige Grover

Hair: Soucie & Soucie Salon

Makeup: EmJ Cosmetics

Dress: Linda’s Bridal

Tux Rentals: Mimi’s Bridal

DJ: B & T Sound Productions

Photobooth: Pixilated

 

 

 

Glacier Room Event Center – Rustic Wedding Stylized Shoot {Whitefish, Montana}

Rain or Shine the shoot must go on!!!

Montana has so much to offer from the electrifying views, rustic venues, outstanding vendors, and all around amazing people.  The Whitefish Equestrian Center has opened their Glacier Room Event Center and wanted to collaborate with some of the local vendors to show off their venues breathtaking views, lush lawns lined with horse pastures, and an indoor facility for intimate gatherings.  Samantha and I worked closely together to capture the essence of the beauty that lies under the stars in the mountains of Whitefish.

Once creating the vision behind this rustic stylized shoot with the talented Jennifer Mooney the rest fell into place with some of the great Flathead Valley wedding vendors eager to showcase what they have to offer.  I am beyond proud to be apart of this wedding community and appreciate the hard work and dedication each and every participant put into this shoot.  Even with a rain storm rolling in, nothing could stop us.

Special Thank Yous:

Venue: Glacier Room Event Center at Whitefish Equestrian Center

Photographer: Jennifer Mooney Photography

Event Planner/Design Concept: Amy Deering Events

Rentals: Empress Tents and Events

Florals: Rose Mountain Floral

Cakes: Delectable Desserts

Hair and Makeup: CS Bridal Styling

Gown provided by: Willow Bride

Jewelry: McGough & Co.

Model: Samantha Peters

Polly & Scott – Lakefront Wedding {Lakeside, Montana}

What more do you need then a small gathering of close family and friends coming from all over the country to celebrate your special day?  For Polly and Scott, they couldn’t have asked for more.  I couldn’t have spent the weekend with more incredible people.  The love each and every guest had for the bride and groom was beyond words.  This backyard wedding was a weekend-long event filled with games, water sports, great food, and even better company.  I am so happy Polly and Scott decided to bring their loved ones to experience the beauty of Montana.

I had the great privilege of spending the month prior to their wedding day planning out every last detail of their Lakefront wedding held in the beautiful backyard.  From the spring flowers to the live music, everything turned out above and beyond Polly’s original vision.  We worked closely together to make every detail come to life with the help of outstanding vendors here in the Flathead Valley.

Photographer: Shawna Benson Photography

Rentals: The Party Store

Florals: Conrad Floral

Cupcakes: Rae Rae’s Bakery

Music: Jessie Maw

Caterers: Desoto Grill

 

Cristinna & Joey – Grouse Mountain Lodge Wedding {Whitefish, Montana}

A perfect wedding day filled with family, friends, and an abundance of love that filled the room.  They couldn’t have asked for more on their special day.

Joey and Cristina are such a beautiful couple and two of the most amazing people.  Working with them was a dream and I could not have asked for a better wedding to be my first!!  Thank you for letting me be apart of such a beautiful day as your Day of Coordinator.

Photographer: Kelly Kirksey Photography

Venue: Grouse Mountain Lodge

Florist: Diamond Floral and Events

Dress: Brickhouse Bridal

Tux: Mimi’s Bridal

Hair and Makeup: Reecia’s Salon and Spa

DJ: Destination DJ

Flathead Lake Lodge – Wedding Stylized Shoot {Bigfork, Montana}

The Flathead Valley is one of the most breathtaking backdrops for weddings and events in Montana. From the mountains to the lakes, everywhere you look beauty surrounds you. We are lucky enough to call this our home and to show you the beauty that lies within.

This style shoot evolved over a conversation I had with my friends, the creators and designers behind the jewelry line Dodds & Boshae. Wanting to showcase their creations, a vision evolved that turned into this extraordinary shoot. With every vendor that jumped on board my vision grew to what you see today.

Special Thank Yous:
Photographer: Jennifer Mooney Photography
Location: Flathead Lake Lodge
Hair Stylist: CS Bridal Styling
Makeup Artist: La Vita e Bella
Dress: Willow Bride
Dress Designer: Claire la Faye
Jewelry: Dodds & Boshae – Santa Barbara, CA
Florals & Lanterns – Mum’s Flowers
Decor Rentals – Vintage Whites Wedding Rentals Empress Tents and Events                Model: Kearsten Hedges