Bozeman Montana Elopement at Hyalite Reservoir

When Kara reached out to me about their plans for an intimate, Bozeman Montana elopement I was beyond excited. She was looking for help with locations for their summer elopement somewhere gorgeous and was up for letting me help select it. Dream come true. I work with couples from all over to include beautiful locations for their ceremony or for portraits on the day of. They were living in Seattle but Kara, being a Bozeman native absolutely wanted to say “I do” in Montana.

I adore how non-traditional these two are. Seriously, Kara chose a vintage 1950s black lace dress to wear and Callie chose a fitted, white suit and they both looked stunning. As a gal who wears a lot of black myself, I crushed hard on that vintage dress and loved the black and white flip from the usual white dress, black suit. I super enjoy when couples do their own thing and make the day really personal.

Bozeman Montana Elopement – Hyalite Reservoir

Just 12 miles from Bozeman, this place is amazing. Hiking, camping, fishing, waterfalls, oh my! We are so fortunate to have public places like this close to town. We love going up there and exploring with our dog, Max. I had found an amazing place for portraits that was a bit of a walk, not really a hike but take a bit of a walk to get there. Luckily, they were so game for going up there for portraits. We also made time for some photos with their bikes as biking has been a passion for them both. (more bikes, always!) I helped them plan a total of 4 hours for the little hike to our ceremony spot, the ceremony, some biking action and finishing up at the scenic spot at sunset. That is totally something I love doing for my couples – helping them plan out their dream day. This helps make sure that we have plenty of time for delays (which happen) and plenty of time for family portraits and all the fun things we had planned.


Kara and Callie arrived at the ceremony site together, a short hike around the lake. (I love this, more couples should arrive together!) Their parents along with a few close family and friends were there waiting for their arrival. Their friend officated and their parents shared some sweet tips on a happy union. The ceremony was short, personal and pretty damn awesome. There was also so many laughs, including a random photo bomb by a dude in his swimsuit and my personal favorite was the giant peacock(?) floaty going by in the background. (see the photos at the end of this post) The real moments are the best of life, seriously. After the ceremony, they signed their marriage license, had a toast with their guests and we did a few family portraits. Then we sent their guests on their way so we could play!

As we got closer to sunset we walked our way up to a scenic location just as some clouds and a little rain moved in. The dramatic sky up top was for good reason, there were thunder clouds all around and we did freak a bit about being up there. So we worked quickly, got some amazing photos and got ourselves off that mountain side. Congrats Kara + Callie!

Venue Hyalite Reservoir

Bouquet by Rowan and Larch


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