Holly and Brian’s Beehive Basin Elopement

Holly and Brian’s Big Sky elopement was one of the more adventurous elopements I’ve photographed.  The day prior they both ran The Rut race up Lone Peak which, from their description, was pretty intense.  Lots of fast hiking with smaller spurts of running and a TON of elevation gain.  Then they woke up at 5am the morning after to hike with me up to Beehive Basin, which is about 3 miles uphill.  I have run marathons before the last thing I want to do the day after is wake up early and go on a big hike, but Holly and Brian were excellent sports.  Holly is a wedding photographer, too, so she was extra motivated.  🙂  We timed the hike perfectly, arriving at the top just after sunrise.  I carried Holly’s dress in my backpack and had to help her get into it while Brian waited across the pond for the first look.  We played around with the sunrise and got a lot of great portraits before heading back down the mountain to meet their officiant at the bottom for a short wedding ceremony!


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  1. Holly
    October 3, 2018

    Unbelievable! I LOVE LOVE LOVE over the moon, up the mountain, on top of the world LOVE our photos.
    Thanks for waking up at the crack of dawn with us, for shlepping my dress, for sharing your water and laughter and stories and making the morning fun.
    Thanks most of all for creating art for us …ART…that’s a big word… but truly some of these images are so gorgeous… they are truly art…. ART…. and it is such a gift to have such beautiful art that captures the precious moments we had together. I am blown away by your attention to light and composition but also by the ease at which you move and interact while shooting. I am so grateful we flew to Montana and got married in the middle of nowhere and somehow found a truly unique photographer to join us at sunrise and work magic.
    Thank you. I look at these images and I want to hug you and jump up and down, and dance around, and I feel love and excitement and you know me now…. so you know that sounds about right. I am so grateful. You have captured us in nature…. in the vast greatness of the natural world…. like we belong, like we are small but important… but still so small…. and time is fleeting and some of these photos David are just more then I could have possibly dreamed of. Like poetry. Visual splendor. Thank you. You rock, like I said before. xo