• Katy Shay Photo | Montana Wedding Photographer

White Raven Elopement | Cole + Jess - Alberton, Montana


"It wasn’t the wedding we planned and somehow it was more magical and beautiful than I ever thought it would be. We wrote and conducted the whole ceremony ourselves, handwritten and now forever in these books ❤ we said our vows amongst the roaring wind and committed our lives to each other sincerely and sweetly. Wouldn’t trade it for anything and I can’t wait to be able to celebrate with all our friends and family next year ❤” - Jessica

In the midst of everything happening in the world, I am convinced that love will prevail. Love will take priority and in this situation, nothing was different! Covid really messed with a lot of peoples plans to solidify "forever," but with Jess and Cole, nothing was stopping them. It is important to roll with the inconveniences of life...the uncertainties that we really can’t control. This day was all about the uncertainties...and that is what made it beautiful.

I met Jessica and Cole at White Raven in Alberton, Montana. Brittany from Soiree 99 Design (their planner) set up a ceremony spot...the same spot they had originally planned before. She also set up a beautiful tablescape for a small and intimate sweetheart dinner after the ceremony and photos.

Everyone got dressed and headed out to a open field for a “first-look”. Jessica’s dress flowed beautifully in the wind as she tapped Cole’s shoulder to turn around and look at his bride. I have to admit, watching a groom see his bride for the first time is so beautiful. After they shared a moment together in the wind and mountain quietness, we walked over to the ceremony site. Cole and Jessica read their vows and performed their beautiful ceremony together. The wind rushed through the pines and rolled off of the mountains as they committed their lives to each other.

Next year they will have a beautiful ceremony and party with friends and family and I can’t wait!

Venue // White Raven, Alberton, Montana

Florals // Habitat Floral Studio

Planner // Soiree 99 Design

Makeup and Hair // Jordan Zeober

Catering // Crave Catering and Cakes

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