When I started my bridal season in March, I never imagined that it wouldn’t fully wrap up until November. 2021 was crazy for most wedding vendors, but my year was incredibly crazy because we MOVED! After 8 years living in and loving Spokane, WA, I am finally back in Montana. The Pacific Northwest will always have a huge piece of my heart. It’s where I went to college (S’GO BUCS!), where I met my amazing husband, and where I started my business. As I looked back on the busiest season I have had yet, I wanted to highlight some of my amazing brides and the memories I made.
In March, I had the insane privilege of flying down to Temecula, California to do one of my friend’s makeup. I have gotten to know Shelby is an incredible wedding planner in Spokane after working multiple weddings together. We built a friendship different from most because I knew she cared more than just being coworkers in the industry, but she really cared about me.
When Levi and I first decided we were going to move back to Montana, I was terrified to move my business away from Spokane. I didn’t know the new market and was nervous I wouldn’t have the relationships with coworkers in the industry that I had in Spokane. Whitney was the first bride who took a leap of faith with me and booked me for her wedding! She was such a fun bride and had amazing friends and family surrounding her on the big day. I am so excited to see what she does in the industry as she finishes up esthetics school in Missoula!
July 31, 2021
Big Fork, Montana
8 Babes Getting Makeup Done
Check out my blog on morning timelines for tips on how to fit all your bridal party in the schedule.
This year I had 11 elopements, and I loved them! You will find most makeup artists in the wedding industry have a minimum that you have to spend on their services if you want to book with them. I have made an intentional decision not to do any minimum because I love working on elopements! I want to be there for your day, whether you are the only beauty getting their makeup done or if you have 8 other babes who want to sit in my chair!
Hannah was one of my brides this year who I would have been devastated to miss! She and her hubby flew up to Whitefish from Texas to get married in the most beautiful place on earth (in my opinion…and I am usually right;) ). It was a quick 45-minute appointment where I elevated her natural beauty to make sure she still felt comfortable in her skin, but still looked great on camera against the natural Montana beauty.
There are so many different trends and tips for making your wedding feel unique and genuine to your personality. Being in the industry for 5 years has allowed me to see a bunch of different weddings, BUT this was the first wedding I was a part of where the bride wore black! When Bri told me she would be wearing a black gown, I was PUMPED! I knew the pictures would be amazing, and I also knew I needed to match the drama of her makeup to the drama of her dress! The end result was STUNNING!
November 29, 2021
40 Weddings Later
When I tell people I did 40 weddings between March and October, the response I always get is…”HOW?!” And to be honest, I don’t know. Would I do it again? Yes, because I got to meet and be a part of some incredible celebrations, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t the most challenging year I have been in business. Juggling moving, being a wife, and being a boss is tough, but I wouldn’t have 2021 wrap up any other way. Montana brides…reach out to me. I can’t wait to make memories with you.