If you are having a destination wedding, or if you’re local to Montana, choosing a wedding photographer in Big Sky, MT can be challenging. The actual town of Big Sky is quite small so most likely you will need to look into some of the amazing wedding photographers and other vendors in the nearby town of Bozeman.
However, if you’ve found me here, feel free to check out my work and some of the weddings I’ve photographed in Big Sky in my portfolio link above. I accept a limited number of weddings each year to ensure the best experience and creativity can be put toward each client. Contact me here for my 2018 availability.
If you are here seeking some of my absolute favorite venues and vendors in Big Sky or who will travel to Big Sky, you’re in the right spot. I’ve listed some of my top favorites below along with links to their sites and portfolios. I’m constantly adding to the list so be sure to check back often. Whenever I photograph weddings in Big Sky, I like to lend a hand in recommending wedding vendors to the process simple. If you are having a destination wedding, it’s always nice to receive recommendations and examples of work so you know what to expect and that you are hiring reliable vendors that will make your day amazing.
Big Sky, MT Wedding Venues
Moonlight Basin: This is the ultimate Big Sky wedding experience, and for photography, nothing compares. Really, if that is your goal or you are planning a destination wedding here, look no further. Moonlight Basin is known for its high-end amenities and sweeping mountain views. It’s truly everything you could want for an epic Montana wedding. And being just outside of Bozeman, it has the convenience factor while being in an epic Montana location.
Lone Mountain Ranch: Very rustic and truly Montana. That is how I would describe Lone Mountain Ranch. The ceremony site overlooks Big Sky’s landmark mountain peek while the log building offers a rustic, western vibe. This venue, if styled correctly, could be over-the-top in terms of table scape designs inside and epic views outside. A definite must to check out if you are looking at getting married in Big Sky.
320 Guest Ranch: This is an incredible riverside location with open fields and mountains as the backdrop almost every direction you look. You’ll see this venue on almost every list of venues in the Big Sky area because it encompasses so much. This venue definitely has more of a “ranch” feel than some of the other venues listed. I’d say the others can have more of a high-end feel while this venue and the others below are more casual in nature.
Rainbow Ranch Lodge: Another rustic log building with amazing mountain views. This venue is very similar to the Lone Mountain Ranch. Rainbow Ranch Lodge offers lots of perks by having many items included in their venue fee.
Gallatin Riverhouse: I couldn’t agree more with the statements on their site that this has a backyard wedding feel. But it’s on the river and the views are expansive. Plus, they can accommodate up to 600 guests so if you’ve had an issue with finding enough capacity in other venues, definitely check this one out. The Gallatin riverside frontage just can’t be beat as the background sound during your ceremony.
Wedding Floral Design
The Flower Hat: Obviously I think choosing the best Big Sky wedding photographer is your first priority, but finding the right florist is a close second. On that note, Julio’s work is incomparable. As a photographer, I can tell you that his floral creations are as impressive through the lens as they are to the naked eye. There are many ways that you can save money on your wedding, but don’t cut corners with the flowers. Julio grows many of his own flowers, so he literally knows the business from the ground up. He works closely with brides to make their wedding dreams a reality. You will see the spectacular results on your wedding day, and they will be preserved forever as a beautiful backdrop in all of your wedding pictures. Just look at the high-end arrangements he’s created for previous clients.
Big Sky Wedding Planners
Bash Bozeman: The Bash team will blow your mind. They’re very good at taking a client’s basic ideas and spinning them into a memorable, magazine-worthy event that really reflects the personality of the bride and groom. If you want everything to be perfect, then this all-inclusive wedding design firm is an ideal choice.
History In The Making: If you are looking for a wedding planner with genuine warmth, then Tina at History in the Making is your gal. Her portfolio is stunning, and you can see that this is truly her calling. I think she also does day-of coordinating, which is great if you don’t need full wedding planner services but want someone else to handle the last-minute frenzy. A day-of coordinator also frees you up to spend more time with the photographer capturing all those special wedding day moments.
Gather in Montana: Kimberly is as sweet and unique as the weddings that she plans. She also has a nice variety of different planning services and price structures. She’s great about helping brides to get exactly what they need and want while working within a budget.
Calligraphy and Signage
Ice Pond Press: Molly is the queen of quirky bespoke wedding invitations. Her custom suites are made with love and truly reflect the personality of the clients. I especially like how she incorporates the spirit of Montana with maps and other unique touches. If a memorable invitation is important to you, check out the Ice Pond Press portfolio.
Cast and Company: The absolute best! If you want your invitation suites to look like fine art, only Cast and Co. will do. I have photographed her work and met her personally, and you can’t ask for a better-looking finished product or for a nicer designer.
Hair and Makeup Artists
There are lots of hair and makeup artists vying for your business, but these three are among the best. Their work is so flawless that all of them have been featured in print. These artists are far from undiscovered, so you’ll want to get on their books ASAP. For the perfect romantic wedding day look, I recommend: Beauty and the Belief, Ethereal Hair & Makeup, and Fumi Makeup. Check out some of Beauty and the Belief’s best looks below.
Big Sky Wedding Rentals
Montana Party Rentals: If you want a polished, editorial-worthy look for your wedding, Montana Party Rentals should be your first stop. Their inventory is amazing with both classic rentals and vintage rentals to suit all styles. They have everything from iron arches for your ceremony to distressed barnwood tables for the reception. Check them out, but don’t wait to call. They’re always in demand and many of their pieces are one of a kind, so you’ll want to nail down your favorites early.