Rachel & Nathan chose to elope in Glacier National Park in early June
Making their way from Omaha, Nebraska, Montana was the ultimate destination for Rachel and Nathan. They had never been to Montana before, so planning their elopement came with lots of questions (rightfully so). I was the perfect fit for a photographer for these two for helping plan out their day. They had visions of mountain backdrops, sweeping views, and most importantly, being surrounded by their closest loved ones.
These two chose to have their ceremony location at Sun Point, on the east side of Glacier. Sun Point is a popular ceremony location among the designated Glacier National Park ceremony locations. I mean, can you blame any couple for choosing it... It's got all the must-haves. Mountains, water, perfect at sunset or sunrise, and you can have guests present with you at this spot. After their ceremony, we made out way East and stopped at some of my favorite spots; Wild Goose Island and Rising Sun. Glacier showed off at sunset, giving us some gorgeous alpenglow on the mountains around us... truly a sight to see!
How to choose the best season to elope in Montana
If you've never been to the area before, or Montana in general, learning about our seasons and weather can be kind of intimidating. Almost every month from May-October, you can experience 80-degree days or a Montana blizzard with blowing winds and snowfall. While some months it is extremely rare to experience one or the other... it's not out of the question! Below are how I would categorize NW Montana (Glacier National Park) seasons and what you can expect from the weather and scenery that time of year!
Winter (Late November - Early April)
Weather: Snow, frigid temps (-20 to 30's), ice
Scenery: Fresh snowfall, old snow/ice (grey-brown), pine trees (brown/green)
Spring (Mid-April - Mid-June)
Weather: Possible snow squalls, warmer temps (50-70's), rain, thunderstorms
Scenery: Mostly brown grass till late spring, deciduous trees start growing buds late in spring, snow on the ground in higher elevation
Summer (Late June - Early September)
Weather: Possible snow in early Summer, close to freezing temps at night, cool evenings, rain showers, thunderstorms, warmer days (70-90's)
Scenery: Green grass, trees/plants in bloom, wildflowers in July, snow-capped mountains in the early part of Summer, possible wildfire smoke
Fall (Late September - Early November)
Weather: Possible snow the entire season, cooler temps (70-50s), rain, cooler evenings, and sometimes an Indian Summer throughout the season
Scenery: Fall colors on deciduous trees, Fir/Larch trees change colors late in the season, mostly dried/brown grass, minimal flowers in bloom
Ready to start planning your Glacier National Park wedding?
Let me help you plan the perfect wedding day in Glacier National Park. Not only can I help document your elopement day, but I am an excellent source of knowledge when it comes to Glacier National Park. Here's what Rachel had to say about their elopement experience with me:
"Jenn is SO AWESOME! She photographed our June elopement in Glacier National Park and made the entire process so easy/laid back. She sent emails full of links and information on how to get to the park, any passes we might need to purchase to get in, what to do/where to eat in Montana, etc. and she made sure we were getting everything we needed for our elopement without making it stressful for us. On elopement day, she met us on the way into the park and stopped at multiple spots for pictures, even on the side of the highway as we were leaving when the sunset created the PERFECT pink sky above the mountaintops. She is excellent at highlighting the natural beauty of the scenery. We got pictures of the mountains and the wildlife back in our elopement photos, which we appreciate so much, as a way for us to enjoy our time in the park for years. Overall, we loved working with Jenn and would recommend her to anyone! Thank you for making our elopement the best day ever. We wouldn't change anything! (except for the mosquitoes :)"
If you're recently engaged, or have been engaged for a while now, but are ready to make the commitment to planning your wedding day, now's the time to inquire! I am currently taking bookings for all of 2024 and would love to discuss my availability with you. If you're looking for an elopement photographer who is fun, laid back, genuine, and ready to capture your day in a way that's authentic to you, submit a contact form on my website, and let's get started today!
See more photos from Rachel & Nathan's late Spring Elopement in Glacier National Park below, enjoy :)