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joey & libbie’s wedding photos // missoula montana

“…i love it when you let go
and howl at the moon
‘cuz sometimes the words sound better
when you sing ‘em out of tune”
okee dokee brothers

Joey & Libbie are dear friends of ours, but I was still surprised when they asked me to photograph their wedding! They are both talented photographers, and as it goes, have their pick of the litter of talented photographer friends… so I was like, “why little old me?!” But I packed up all my gear anyway, and with my little family (even littler back then!), roadtripped in the middle of wedding season to head to the hills of Montana.

What we were met with was the ultimate in DIY / DIYW (do it YOUR way) weddings! From the hand-sewn napkins to the wedding + brunch reception + midday dip in the river + meet back up for an evening reception of eatingdrinkingdancing (my favorite word!), they created wedding vibes that appeased the blending of their families, brought the people to nature, and facilitated a feeling of happiness and togetherness that we won’t soon forget.

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Now maybe you’re wondering why I’m only now blogging this wedding a mere three+ years since they got married….? And I do have a couple of excuses that do pretty much make sense, but otherwise I have to say that I am damn glad to be looking at these photos again. I love these two so much. I have never met a pair of people about ten (or so?) years younger than Michael and I who remind us to be inspired in love with each other. I think about this weekend in Montana and I feel so happy, and then I also get to thinking about Joey & Libby out there in the world and I also feel so happy. If a dip in the river on your wedding day isn’t the most beautiful, most metaphorical way to start your marriage together, then I don’t know what.

To Joey and Libbie. I love you guys. I miss you. We’ll always have Montana.

Lubrecht Experimental Forest // Featured on A Practical Wedding // Missoula, Montana

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