Private Lakeside Elopement in Montana

June 8, 2024 BY: Amy

“Two months after our engagement, in the Summer of 2022, Aaron and I flew to Eastern Washington for a friend’s wedding. We found ourselves free of any obligations for 24 hours before the wedding festivities started. We had always talked of visiting Montana so we decided to throw caution (and sleep!) to the wind and make the five-hour drive to Montana. We had no real plan, no place lined up to stay, and zero idea what to expect. Long story short, we fell completely in love with the area in and around Glacier and knew that’s where we wanted to be married. When we got back home to Ohio, immediately I started planning our dream Montana elopement for the Summer of 2023. Our week-long trip began in Bozeman, followed by Yellowstone, then Whitefish, and finally Glacier. Our lodgings throughout the week included a remote, luxury yurt, and a bare-bones teepee! We relaxed, hiked, shopped, and explored for four straight days before the big day. Our wedding day began at the Clydesdale Outpost in Whitefish for a quick photo shoot with the horses. We then made the hour and a half drive to East Glacier for the ceremony. Our ceremony was simple and beautiful, with just the two of us, right on the shore of Lake Josephine. As we were finishing up our vows, the weather shifted and a storm started rolling in. During the mile hike from the lake back to our vehicle, the skies opened up and unleashed a rain storm like I’ve never seen! Needless to say, we were not prepared and were soaked head to toe when we reached our car. When the heavy rain let up about 45 minutes later, our amazing photographers, Kylie and Trevor, managed to capture some of the most epic pictures I’ve ever seen! The fog after the rain, set against the backdrop of the massive mountains . . . it was truly an unreal sight. We ended the night eating our beautiful wedding cake from Fleur Bakery, straight from the box, with our fingers, on the balcony of the amazing Many Glacier Hotel (it was late and there was no one around to ask for a fork!). Life couldn’t get much sweeter.”

– Ashley, the bride

Montana Summer Elopement bride and groom petting a horse in a field of grass as she wears a floor length casual white dress and brown cowboy hat and the groom is wearing a blue casual button up and beige pants

wedding morning for a Montana Summer Elopement with the bride on a horse while the groom guides the horse to walk a certain direction in a grassy fieldMontana Summer Elopement chic bride with a cowboy hat wearing a long sleeved lace wedding dress while holding her pink and light yellow bouquet with the lake in the background

Montana Summer Elopement bride and groom holding hands with mountain views and a lake in the background

 

Montana Summer Elopement bride's hand holding the back of the groom's head as they look into each other's eyes with a stunning picturesque background

For more Montana elopement inspiration, check out these blogs:

Montana Elopement with Darling Portraits | Picture Perfect Elopement in Glacier National Park

Vendors
Venue: Clydesdale Outpost Venue: Many Glacier Hotel Photographer: Kylie Farmer Photography Beauty: Shayna beauty studio Cake: Fleur Bake Shop Florist: Mum's Flowers Bridal Boutique: Anthropologie Boots: TORAL Hat: Montana Territory Hat Company Menswear: J.Crew

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