You might recognize Chris and Seth from their snowy Montana session 3 years ago, but this incredible couple invited me to be a part of their AMAZING urban Bozeman wedding. I’ll be honest, when they said they wanted no mountains or outdoor elements in their photos, I was a little nervous. My comfort zone is definitely in shooting mountain landscapes. But when I saw their incredible historic theater venue in Bozeman, I knew I had nothing to worry about for their Rialto wedding.
This modern venue in Bozeman, Montana is an intimate theater with historic ties. Chris and Seth had such a clear vision for their wedding day – they wanted to make the day centered around who they are and creating a queer space. They set up cocktails with donations going towards Planned Parenthood and LGBTQ organizations. They also asked all of their guests to arrive wearing black so the only people in color were the wedding party. I loved that Chris and Seth were also resourceful for florals! They rented florals from a local plant nursery that decorated the stage in greenery. Chris and Seth also created their own papery and design elements of modern, industrial style to elevate the feel of their wedding.
It’s hard to nail down just one favorite moment of their Rialto wedding. Truly, every moment of their wedding experience was an absolute honor to be a part of. From the moment I arrived in Bozeman and attended their rehearsal dinner at the park with food trucks, I felt welcomed and at home. Their day was full of the MOST love and celebration that is so rare. Even as a wedding photographer who experiences a lot of love on wedding days, it still humbles me how every wedding is uniquely different. I didn’t want their day to end. One of my favorite moments of the day was during their first look. We were allowed spontaneously with no planning to go up on the rooftop of the theater. We climbed a fire escape to reach the top of the roof. Seth was waiting for Chris at the end of the roof and they embraced and held one another. I was crying and their wedding planners were crying and they were crying and it was so beautiful. Later in the day, during their ceremony, Chris and Seth’s moms both walked them down the aisle and it was another moment I’ll never forget. The other moment that sticks out in my mind was when we ran away for 5 minutes from the venue to take sunset photos in their new outfits. Chris wore a pink velvet suit while Seth wore paisley print pants. They looked SO chic. I randomly noticed a hotel down the street with a bunch of greenery. As we ran down the street, cars were honking in celebration seeing them hold hands running towards the hotel. We captured a few moments in front of a gorgeous greenery wall and at that moment, I remembered that wedding days are such a powerful celebration of who people are. It was so them and fit their personalities, outfits, and love. After, we ran back to the venue where everyone partied and danced to Beyonce.
Thank you so much for allowing me the privilege of documenting your wedding, Chris and Seth!
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Congrats again to Seth and Chris! I loved everything about your summertime Rialto wedding!
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