We had so much fun planning this 2021 Pantone Color of the Year elopement shoot at Haymoon Resort this past January. At first, I was a little hesitant about incorporating the bright "Illuminating" yellow as it definitely screamed Summer to me and not so much Winter, but when it was paid with the "Ultimate Gray" and the natural beauty that surrounded us, it worked perfectly! The yellow brightened up the dark, snowy day and added the little bit of sunshine we all were longing for. The gray paired perfectly and popped against the white snow. It was beautiful!
I wanted to make sure this shoot was as realistic as possible. Not over the top. Not outrageous from a budget standpoint. Not something only Pinterest boards are made of. Real. Affordable. Fun. The idea of an intimate picnic for two following your wedding. Something special and unique. Something that would be treasured for life.
The ceremony was kept simple. Just a fun A-frame arch adorned with a simple eucalyptus garland and hanging flowers. Very minimal, yet colorful with the pops of yellow.
For the picnic, I decided a fun lounge area was in order. Something you could cuddle up on, enjoy some champagne, an amazing charcuterie board and a delicious cake! It would become a spot to talk about your day, bask in the newlywed glory and enjoy each others company.
I paired a simple grey couch with a few boho and rustic elements such as the hide pouf, whitewashed farm style coffee table and jute rug. My favorite little element was the picnic basket. Oh and the yellow velvet napkins. Candles, simple floral and an adorable little cake brought everything together for the most perfect look.
This idea was brought about partially because of the limitations of Glacier National Park. Did you know arches and arbors are not allowed in the park? Did you know lounge areas, chairs, tables and rugs are no longer allowed either? If you want to bring that Pinterest board to life, and have all the photo-worthy details, then hosting your ceremony and picnic off-site at a beautiful venue like Haymoon Resort is just what you need!
Now, hear me out, this doesn't mean your dreams of epic mountain photos just get thrown out the window. You know what I'd recommend? An adventure session! Enjoy the privacy of a private venue for your wedding day. No random onlookers, no cars passing by - just you and your family and friends surrounded by nature. THEN, the following day get your hair and makeup done again, put on your wedding attire (who doesn't get excited about the thought of getting to wear a wedding dress two days in a row) and hop in the car with your photographer and head to Glacier! Sunrise or sunset is the perfect time for an adventure session and the park is less crowded during these times as well. Two days of fun. Two days of celebration. Two days of getting dressed up. Two days of photos. We absolutely love this idea and heck, if I could re-do my wedding, I'd do just this!
I am so excited for your big day and cannot wait to hear all about your plans. If you have any questions about getting married in Glacier National Park, what's allowed and what isn't and how to make your dream a reality, I cannot wait to chat with you!
I hope you enjoy this fun picnic shoot as much as I did. It was so much fun to plan and you just may see a photo from it in the 2021 My Montana Wedding Magazine this Spring!
Venue // Haymoon Resort
Hair // Brilliant You with Brie-Anne
Couture // Mimi's Bridal
Photographer // Gavin with Kelly Kirksey Photography
Floral // Rose Mountain Floral
Cake // Miss Patti Cakes
Rentals // Empress Tents & Events
Charcuterie // The Kopper Kitchen
Stationery // Minted
Models // Carrie and Matt Coleman