The first time I saw this old building was probably a decade ago when my family was on a camping trip near Pony Montana. I loved it instantly and wanted to explore it with my camera. I imagined all sorts of photo sessions there, including for my own family. It is just beautiful and unique and quintessentially historic Montana. It is a National Historic Landmark - used to be a stamp mill, which I had to research to understand what that is. Basically it is a place where rather than grinding mining products in order to extract ore, the mill crushed it (stamped on it). You can read more about that process here if you are interested.
My beautiful bride this past weekend had a cabin across from the Stamp Mill where she got ready the morning of her wedding. The wedding iself was out at the Y-Knot Barn in Pony so this was all very convenient. While we didn't shoot any of the bridal party there (could have been done, but would not have been easy and would take far more time than we had), it was easy access to do her detail shots there - and she was all about that!
This bride made her shoes - gotta love that kind of resourcefulness. She was all about comfort and glitter, so this was a perfect project for her. She says if you mix the glitter into the modge podge and then paint it on it is so much less messy than you might imagine. And the glitter stayed on the shoes quite well! Love a good DYI wedding project! And I'm always in love with copper colored glitter!
I'm in love with her dress - all those layers were so flattering and perfectly juxtaposed to the beading on the bodice. And then it had the belt (below) that perfectly completed the look! Wait until you see it on her - another post to come in a week or so.
The rings - people, look at these wedding rings! A new very masculine and modern ring for him - I love this style of ring and am so glad I'm seeing it so often these days! And her rings - the diamond was his grandmothers, and the band was custom made to snuggle it! So feminine and simple! And absolutely stunning! So in love with these wedding rings! And the rusted pully piece makes the perfect pedestal to show off the beauty of the rings.
So, while I'm styling these details at this rugged and wonderful site, I looked up and saw a beautiful doe. She wasn't panicked by my presence - I'd been there a good 15 minutes already when I saw her. She looked at me, seemed to actually pose, and then walked through the opening to the left of this photo. Just strolled on out, unphased by me and my activities. A beautiful moment!
She looked at me, seemed to actually pose (see below), and then walked through the opening to the left of this photo. Just strolled on out, unphased by me and my activities. A beautiful moment!
This Montana wedding was an absolute success, and from the photographer's perspective, starting the day and the photos with this experience was a blessing through and through! Can't wait to show more soon!
Dress from David's Bridal