Wedding Photography in Whitefish, MT
Deciding on a wedding photographer in Whitefish, MT can be hard. We have so much talent in the state of Montana, especially in the Flathead Valley, that the choices can seem limitless. If you are still searching for a photographer and would like to view my work, head over to my portfolio.
Nonetheless, I am glad you found me and are here seeking out other top Whitefish, MT wedding vendors for your day. Please feel free to come back to this page and use it as a resource in your planning!
Full disclosure: this page encompasses resources for more than just Whitefish. With Glacier National Park being a top destination wedding location AND just moments from Whitefish, I couldn’t help but extend this list to include some of the amazing vendors throughout the whole area.
If you are interested in contacting me about photographing your wedding in or near Whitefish, MT please use my contact form to check my availability. I only accept 10 weddings each year in order to provide my couples with THE best experience and creativity for their special day.
Whitefish, MT Wedding Venues
As a wedding photographer in Whitefish, MT, I’ve compiled the below list based on a few different factors; while there are many other venues in the area, I’ve chosen the following as stand-out wedding venues because of how they will photograph and based on the majority of my couples wanting a true “Montana feel” to their wedding.
Some of the venue websites are not up-to-date. Be sure to contact the venues for current pricing and even do a search online with the venue name + weddings to get a better idea for the feel that your wedding could have at any one of these. Many have been published on wedding blogs or you’ll find images of weddings shot at these locations. This may give you a better idea than the venue websites themselves.
Below are my top picks in no particular order.
Places to Get Married in Whitefish, MT
Lodge at Whitefish Lake: If you’ve been searching for wedding venues in the Whitefish or Glacier, Montana area, it’s probably not a surprise that this one made the list. If getting married on the shore of one of Montana’s purest lakes is your dream, then this is such a great spot. The lodge is beautiful and the options for your reception are great too from the lawn to one of the indoor ballrooms. And there’s room for your guests to stay too.
Whitefish Equestrian Center: Ok. This is a definite MUST to check out if you are looking for a budget friendly wedding venue in Whitefish but want that true Montana, lodge-like feel for your wedding. As of August 2017 when I write this, a three day rental of their grounds during peak season is only $2600. Their building is exquisite! Huge wood beams, a gorgeous rock fireplace, amazing open fields, wood benches for your ceremony; it’s the whole package. And for wedding photography, it’s a top place to capture here in Montana!
Green Valley Ranch: A truly beautiful spot nestled in the mountains. Water, meadows and mountains… although this is on the higher end in terms of budget, it’s definitely worth it. With all of the beautiful aspen trees and other foliage, this venue would be absolutely unreal for a fall wedding.
Grouse Mountain Lodge: This wedding venue can truly be the best of all worlds when it comes to a Montana wedding. The shores of Whitefish Lake are close by for amazing views behind you and your bridal party for pictures without being in a completely remote location and having the convenience of having the lodge and its facilities (including rooms to get ready and for guests to stay) provides a perfect balance. This venue has a great patio for a tent set up and impeccable grounds for a ceremony as well.
Glacier, MT Wedding Venues
Glacier Raft Company: This venue has a prime spot located just minutes outside of the West Glacier entrance making it absolutely perfect to run into the park for jaw dropping bride and groom portraits at Lake McDonald. I have shot several weddings here and it is an absolute joy every time. There are plenty of cabins for your guests to stay, amazing views for your ceremony site, and an open pavilion for the reception. One of my favorite weddings which was featured on Montana Bride was shot here. See my favorite images of this Glacier, MT wedding here with wedding photos at Lake McDonald.
Glacier Park Weddings at Great Northern Resort: Probably one of my top venue picks across the state of Montana, Glacier Park Weddings has it all. The views, the charming chalets, the grounds. Really, if you are seeking a venue near Glacier, this has to be it for you. A very Montana experience with high-end amenities. As a Whitefish wedding photographer, this is definitely one of the most ideal venues near Whitefish to shoot at. Be sure to check this one out!
Under Canvas – Glacier: A completely unique glamping experience for you and your guests. Under Canvas is an awesome, trendy concept to provide your guests with the ultimate Montana experience. It’s a complete weekend camping getaway with all of your close friends and family but with modern day amenities. The tents are decked out with beds and furniture and some even have their own restrooms.
Glacier Mountain Lodge: If you want to feel like you are getting married at a private residence or in your family’s gorgeous backyard, the Glacier Mountain Lodge surprisingly feels very quaint and private. The grounds are perfect for a tented reception or even better, farm tables set to the nines underneath the trees. I’ve seen some amazing weddings photographed here with a truly intimate feel.
Elope in Glacier: There are so many adventurous couples seeking a destination wedding among the mountains. They are all about having a truly unique experience on their wedding day with amazing wedding photographs to remember it by. Planning a simple elopement with just the two of you or even with just a handful of family or friends by your side is something I personally love to photograph. With Glacier as your backdrop, you really couldn’t ask for a more gorgeous wedding location. Check out one of the recent Glacier, MT Wedding Elopements I photographed last wedding season.
Other Flathead Valley Area Wedding Venues
Diving Dog Vineyard at Finley Point: Please do yourself a favor and Google this venue. Unfortunately, I do not have a direct link to it because I believe it is a newer venue. But if you do a simple online search, you will be flooded with UNREAL photos of weddings at this location. Seriously, I’m dying to shoot here. If you can track down the contact information for this venue and would like me to photograph your wedding here, I will not charge a travel fee to get to this location. Truly, I think it is that beautiful and unique. A vineyard setting with the lake and mountains and a small glass roof greenhouse for an intimate dinner reception. Simply out of this world!
Holland Lake Lodge: I can’t tell you how many couples I mention this venue to if they contact me for wedding photography in Whitefish prior to finding their venue. At the Holland Lake Lodge, couples basically have their own private little mountain lake tucked back in the trees. The lodge has that Montana feel without being too extravagant. It is truly a serene, picturesque setting. This venue is also a bit closer to Missoula which can be nice for guests to have a larger variety of accommodations and things to do.
Atanaha Event Center: Located in Big Fork, MT, this is a quaint venue with a great set up for an outdoor ceremony and an awesome indoor reception. Perfect for portraits and ceremony outside but a little bit of insurance if you are someone who worries about the unpredictable Montana weather. They have well-kept grounds and a perfect patio area for cocktail hour.
Flathead Lake Lodge: With Flathead Lake being the largest natural freshwater lake in the United States, who wouldn’t want to get married on its shores? I would describe a wedding at Flathead Lake Lodge much like I described the Glacier Mountain Lodge above. It can have a very private, backyard feel if set up correctly. This is another great option for the Flathead area.
Swan Lake Cabins: I’ve been to these cabins and can say this is the perfect little spot for a meadow-like ceremony with an intimate gathering. This venue is probably ideal for a gathering of 50 or less. You will have to bring in all resources for the ceremony and the reception but it is a private spot and perhaps more budget friendly than other wedding venues in the Flathead Valley.
The Prince of Wales Hotel: Although this venue is across the Canadian border, I wanted to mention it if you are seeking a TRULY unique wedding experience among the mountains. The building itself is one-of-a-kind; really a chateau-like castle that looks like it is straight out of a fairytale. It is absolutely grand! The Rocky Mountain peeks behind it make this the ultimate storybook wedding location. This is so perfect if you are wanting a destination-like wedding for a small group but want the comforts of being close to home. There are rooms for your guests to stay and with it being only about 3 hours from Whitefish, it’s not far to have a completely unique experience that not many couples get to have.
Mum’s Flowers: You will never be disappointed if you choose Mum’s Flowers. I photograph their work often. They are truly capable of producing anything imaginable an can help you dream up what you may have not even thought of yet. As a fine art wedding photographer in Whitefish, MT, floral design is 100% the next most important thing to secure after your wedding photographer. Flowers can make or break the whole look and feel of your wedding and they absolutely elevate everything. Mum’s is my #1 recommendation in the Whitefish area. See an example of their work below.
Whitefish Wedding Planners/Stylists:
Although I have not personally worked with the planners I’m recommending, I am basing my recommendation off of recent weddings I have seen published that were put together or styled by one of them. Goldfinch Events and Design has a lot of experience and I’ve seen the most of their work be published. If you want a perfectly styled and editorial looking wedding, I would definitely contact them! The other planners I would check out are Amy Deering Events and Jennifer Goff Designs. Jennifer Goff, in particular, offers day-of coordination and also has a selection of wedding rentals.
Whitefish Event Entertainment
New Wave Time Trippers: I’ve experienced these guys perform at one of my Glacier weddings and they were so awesome! I can’t recommend them enough if you want a live band. They truly did a great job getting everyone up on the dance floor and they sounded great!
Whitefish Event Rentals
Vintage Whites Wedding Rentals: Depending on the look you are going for, Vintage Whites has a huge selection of antique vintage pieces and tableware.
The Top: If you want an upscale, editorial wedding that looks like it is meant for a magazine, then your tables cape rentals should come from The Top. They truly know how to style and put a wedding together so that it looks like a dream. Let their portfolio speak for itself.