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June 12, 2018
The Yellowstone House
Epic. What is epic? It’s when we feel & see something so majestic, beyond anything words that can explain. Well at least that’s how I explain it. And that’s what Mercedes & Justin’s wedding felt to me.
And Gosh….the mountains in Paradise Valley – I swear every turn of Montana makes me realize what a heaven we live in, and this venue was the perfect setting to capture the beginning of the next chapter of Mercedes & Justin’s story.
Their story continues….
The story of Mercedes and Justin – It was a “love at first sight” for Justin but it was 4 years later on June 28th 2012 when his efforts paid off and they started dating. Shortly after they started dating Mercedes came to know and fall in love with a side of Justin she’d never seen before.
….Are you falling in love with their story yet?
They began dating long distance and continued long distance for 4 additional years. Mercedes was in college studying to become an RN in Walla Walla, Washington then Portland, Oregon. Justin was working as a farrier and ranch hand for a large horse ranch in Colorado. During that time they spent countless hours on the phone and facetime to keep in touch and grew very dependent upon the love and support from each other.
….Long distance relationships… they do work…
It wasn’t until the fall of 2015 they could finally be together in close proximity. Their love continued to grow more and more through all the distance and challenges in life.
From Mercedes & Justin:
“The love between us has always remained constant, continuous and ever growing.”
“Justin’s proposal was a complete surprise for me. Two months prior Justin surprised me with a husky puppy I’ve been wanting one for a few years but couldn’t get one because I was in a college dorm. So once I was back home in Montana I was anxious to finally get one. Justin Planned the surprise for months and kept his secret while telling me to wait a little longer. So now that I had my puppy he suggested we take her on her first hike through the snow in the mountains above Chico Hot Springs. With excitement I agreed and we began our hike on the late afternoon of December 11th 2016. It was a few hours before dark so we had to hurry up to the spot Justin’s barber had claimed were some waterfalls. So after a hasty walk we made it to the little falls described to us and set up to take a picture with Jade. Little did I know what Justin had planned. I was standing there holding little Jade waiting for a camera flash when Justin began stuttering nervously. Next thing I knew he pulled a ring box out of his pocket and he was on his knee asking me to be his wife. After our moment of tears and excitement we came back to our reality that it was late and we’d be hiking back to the truck in the dark.”
“At Last” – Mercedes & Justin incorporated a Montana/ At Last wedding theme that came through. Their first dance was to Etta James “At Last.” …Since they’ve waited so long for this day, and their love for Montana, they incorporated the two into the day in a most elegant way.
It was a Beautiful, Epic, Incredible…. Day.
Thank you Justin & Mercedes for letting us be part of and capture your wedding day. It was a blessing, an honor, and something magical happened by the moments that transpired throughout your entire day and getting to know you both throughout this entire time.
//Scroll down to see the amazing vendor credits//
Venue: The Yellowstone House
Wedding Coordinator: Heidi Jo
Associate Photographer: Stephanie Curtis
Videographer: Logan Carter Productions
Caterer: Crazy Mountain Catering
Florals: Wild Iris Floral & Home
Hair Stylist: Joshua Martell
Makeup Artist: Beauty and the Belief
Cake Artist: Elegant Perfection Simply Cake by Connie
DJ: Joe’s Mobile DJ Service
Dress: Velvet Bride, Katie May
Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Rentals: Montana Party Rentals
Rings: Silver & Quill Jewelry
Wedding Favors: Elle’s Belles Bakery
Signs: Ice Pond Press
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