I'm sure you're thinking, "Heck yes!!" I'm here to give you a clear path on how to create the elopement day of your dreams in Montana!
Let's toss that stress out the window and focus on what you actually want for your elopement day.
Let me do the tough work for you so that you can sit back, relax and get excited for your adventurous Montana elopement!
Eloping is a very intentional way of getting married. No expectations. No traditions you have to follow.
Imagine the two of you (and me!) in an epic location having the adventure of a lifetime!
Picture it! No matter if you want to go hiking, take a drive through a national park, or go on an epic helicopter tour, you can do it.
There are no rules for eloping!
Your wedding day should be something you look forward to and not something you worry about, am I right or am I right?
Stress-free. Wind in your hair. Huge smile on your face. Laughing your butts off. That's the way it should be!
I’m here to help you create the day that you want. An adventurous day that actually focused on you. I guarantee that it's going to be a day you'll want to do all over again!
You'll be able to focus on the two of you and celebrate EXACTLY how you want!
You get to enjoy the most important day of your life stress-free! WHOO-HOO!!
You'll be able to enjoy every single moment without worrying about a thing!
You get to start off your lives together on an incredible adventure!
Let's take away those expectations, relieve pressure and focus on how you want to get married.
If you're looking for an adventurous, meaningful and wild elopement experience then let's friggin' do this!!
Courtney helped us to turn our dreams into reality, and we hardly had to do a thing. She allowed us to be in control of our day, but gently took all of our wants and needs into consideration while making everything happen!
I highly recommend having a weekday elopement - especially if you want to elope in a more popular location like Glacier National Park! All of the gorgeous locations in Montana attract all the outdoor enthusiast so choosing a weekday will help you to avoid all the crowds and have more privacy for your epic Montana Elopement.
Eloping is an extremely intentional way of getting married and it's one of the most important days of your life. Think about this - Someone who has a traditional wedding will typically have their photographer there for 8 plus hours. Why should elopement be any different?! THEY SHOULDN'T! I believe you deserve to celebrate your marriage in the same way and have full day elopement that's crafted around the two of you!
Before you hop into choosing a specific date for you Montana Elopement be sure to consider the seasons and what they look like here in Montana! Winters are a bit longer and last from November to March and even into April depending on the elevation you're at. If you're a fan of the snow and are dreaming of a wintery elopement then it's the place to be! Summers are definitely popular as temperatures are ideal and everything is green and blooming! If you want epic fall colors opt for a September or October elopement in Montana!
I always try to plan elopements around sunset or sunrise as it's the best lighting! In the summer sunset can last past 10pm and are incredibly gorgeous. Planning your Montana Elopement around sunset or sunrise is another great way to avoid crowds and have a more private and intimate ceremony!
I'm so friggin' stoked you landed here! I'm an Adventure Elopement Photographer, but my role is so much more than just an Elopement Photographer.
I DON'T JUST BOOK YOU, SHOW UP AND SAY BYEEEEEE!
Getting to know you is so dang important to me so that I can create the best elopement experience for you! I'll be working closely with you to help plan out all the details of your adventurous elopement.
I'm here to make your life SO much easier and I'm so excited to do so!! I'm all about keeping your day and planning process as simple as possible!
I'm not about stressing out and I especially don't want you losing your mind on your elopement day! I'm here to guide you through every single step.
I can’t thank Courtney enough for the breathtaking day we had! I have seriously been obsessing over the photos since I’ve got them. We had the absolute best time with her! Her work is phenomenal and she’s so personable!
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Courtney made the process SO easy! She does more than just photograph your day. She cares about you having the BEST elopement experience possible! I'll never be able to thank Courtney enough for making our dream day happen!
There are loads of incredible locations in Montana! I'm here to help you find the perfect location that fits what you're looking for.
Here are the main general areas to consider when having a Montana Elopement! I've written a complete guide on the Best Places to Elope in Montana so be sure to check it out!
The most popular location, but for a good reason!
A great alternative to Glacier if you want to avoid crowds!
Right outside of Missoula and full of amazing hikes!
Home to Gallatin Nation Forest and right near Big Sky!
A great place to hit the trails and enjoy views all to yourself!
Full of gorgeous views, beautiful hikes and lush forests!
In order to receive a marriage license in Montana you'll have to pay $53 and fill out the application. Montana doesn't have a mail in option to get your marriage license so both of you will have to show up in person at a county clerks office in Montana. You can fill out the application online and then show up a few days before your elopement to pick it up and and pay the fee.
Also, in Montana if you're a female under 50 years old you'll also have to take a blood test or the both of you will have to sign the Informed Consent/Waiver of Requirement of Blood Test form along with your application.
Here's what you will need to bring with you to your in person meeting:
-Valid picture identification (driver's license, passport)
-Birth Information including City, County, State or Foreign Country
-Social Security Number
-Fathers' first, middle, and last name, current residence, and birth state
-Mothers' first, middle, and maiden name, current residence, and birth state.
-Any information regarding previous marriages including date, county, and state of dissolution or death of spouse
Do you want to have a legally binding ceremony or a symbolical ceremony? Here's the breakdown!
You will also need an officiant to marry you legally! Here's who able to marry you legally in Montana.
-Clergy and/or Ordained Minister
-A Judge or Public Official given specific solemnization rights by their office
-Justice of the Peace
-A Tribal Judge
Montana also recognizes officiants and marriages ordained within the context of any religious affiliation. Meaning if you're having your closest loved ones with you on your elopement then they can simply get ordained online and perform your ceremony! You can also hire an officiant if you're looking to have a 'just us' elopement in Montana as well!
While the process to obtain a marriage license in Montana isn't too difficult it does add another thing that you have to worry about as you get ready for your elopement. You have to show up early in person and make sure you get back in on time.
If this sounds like a headache to you you absolutely have another option! A symbolical ceremony just means that the ceremony you have on your elopement day isn't legally binding.
If you go the symbolical route you will get all the legal paperwork done where you live so that you don’t have to deal with the legalities of getting married in another state.
When you plan out your ceremony you can 100% still have a regular ceremony and exchange vows and rings, or include whatever aspects you want!! You can customize every aspect to the two of you!
Couples who do this, to them the day they say their vows to each other is the day that they actually get married and not the day they sign paperwork.
The great thing about this is that you don’t have to worry about going to the county clerks office or mailing in paperwork and getting it in on time allowing your elopement day to be even more stress free!!
I'm here to help you plan out your dream elopement! However you want to celebrate and spend your Montana Elopement, I'm here to help you make that happen!
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When my now husband and I started planning our elopement, we were confused to the max. We didn’t know where to start or how to go about planning anything. We knew we wanted to get married in Ireland, but had too many options on exactly where. After doing some research of elopements, I was scrolling on Pinterest and came across some BEAUTIFUL photos taken by Courtney!
Courtney made the process so easy! She is organized, professional, sweet, and so so funny!! Courtney does more than just photograph your day, she cares about you having the BEST day! She helped us plan EVERYTHING! Even down to the little details, like what type of shoes to wear! She helped us narrow down where, giving us her informative opinions on each of our options! She gave us cool ideas that we could incorporate into our special day. No idea was too big! When the day came, we had the absolute best time exploring and getting married! After we exchanged our vows, we went to celebrate at a local pub (Courtney’s idea ;) ). It was a blast!!
Our elopement was an absolute DREAM COME TRUE! I will never be able to thank Courtney enough for making it happen. So for anyone on the fence, swaying back and forth about whether or not work with Courtney on your big day, SWAY NO MORE! You’ve found your person!! My day couldn’t have been any better and my pictures are beautiful and capture the fun we had!!! I can’t wait to work with her again!
"Planning for our day and the day itself would have been completely different without Courtney. We only knew that we wanted to share our vows in the Tuscan countryside and have beautiful photos, and Courtney planned the perfect agenda for that to happen.
She coordinated our timing around sunset, and not only were the photos breathtaking, but the actual evening was too. I remember looking out over the vineyards as the sun set, the view becoming more and more stunning by the minute. There were no moments that felt forced or posed, every shot was comfortable and fun and full of love.
Courtney is such a sweet, kind, fun person and we truly enjoyed spending the day with her. Courtney helped us to turn our dreams into reality, and we hardly had to do a thing. She allowed us to be in control of our day but gently took all of our wants and needs into consideration while making everything happen. Lastly, our pictures are just magical. Courtney is an incredibly talented photographer, and I feel so lucky that we were able to work with her. I would recommend her over and over again to anyone eloping."
"Let. Me. Tell. You. It's not the technical aspects of photography that are the most difficult. It's the human aspect. Remembering that as a Photographer, you may be behind the lens but you are still a human, in front of other humans, in some of the most raw and intimate of moments.
Courtney balances both of these necessities (but rarities) with poise, great direction, and an overall kind calmness that just makes you breathe a sigh of relief. If you've come across Courtney's page and see what you like already, BOOK HER NOW. Don't spend another second looking for another Photographer that doesn't bring anywhere near the amazing light and spirit that this girl brings right here. Thank you again Courtney for allowing my husband and I to marry each other all over again! The images are stunning and I can't wait to blow them up and hang them in our home."
"Working with Courtney was an extremely easy experience, seamless, positive and obviously fun. My wife and I went on our honeymoon and wanted to surprise her with a surprise honeymoon adventure session.
Courtney worked with me to make that dream gift for my wife a reality. Meeting and posing for a photographer for the first time can be intimidating, but with Courtney it was anything but that.
Courtney is extremely positive and helpful and made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. She played some of our favorite songs and before we knew we were just having fun and she was catching them every second. Perhaps the best part of our session was that Courtney knew all the characteristic and peaceful places of where we were, which made our photos even more extraordinary.
She kept the focus on my wife and me. When we shared our images with friends and relatives, everyone complimented on Courtney's aesthetics and the emotion she was able to capture. I can't thank Courtney enough for exceeding all our expectations with this photo shoot!!"
"Pick her -- she's the best! Courtney is amazing! Seriously! If you're thinking about eloping you should snatch her up to capture your day. She makes the entire experience fun and relaxed plus the pictures just blew us away. I will never forget our magical time in Venice and I'm obsessed with the gorgeous photos Courtney took of us. She's so so good!"
Courtney is not only a talented photographer, but she makes you feel so comfortable even though being in front of the camera can be nerve-wracking! She did such an amazing job with our day and if I had to pick my favorite photo it would take FOREVER, because I love so many! Definitely consider her if you want adventurous and beautiful photos coupled with an amazing experience!