Michaela and Eric had the most beautiful and love-filled wedding at her childhood home in Victor, Montana.

Eric and Michaela met on a raft float trip organized by her brother years ago. Their love for the water and Montana outdoors led them to get married in the perfect place, on the grass just outside her family cabin on acres of wooded land, in front of brush and a flowing creek placed beside the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountains in the small town of Victor, Montana. They kept their wedding close to home as many family and members and friends helped put their day together.

Many guests pitched tents and camped out the night before and after the wedding. Fires were made and people cooked food on campfire stoves and chatted while waiting for the ceremony to start. They were married under an alter made of raft oars. Eric got ready in his camper van with all of his best friends and Michaela put on her dress in the cabin with her group of girls. People sat or stood on the grass, surrounding the alter, as a plethora of dogs roamed around them as they said their tear-worthy vows to each other. The guys wore pearl snap shirts and cowboy hats and the girls wore pastel floral dresses. The wedding felt like the best campout I’d ever been to and couldn’t have been more perfect for the couple who met on a raft float trip and spends much of their time playing in the outdoors.

My favorite part of their wedding was by far the love I witnessed between them as they stood at the alter and vowed to love each other forever. It was real and raw and everything I love about seeing two people get married in front of everybody they hold close to their hearts. Eric is one of my husband’s best friends growing up and pushed the two of us to get to know each other better and for that, I’m forever grateful to him. I am so happy to watch he and his lady step into the journey of deep partnership and commitment. There isn’t anything else like it. I couldn’t be happier for these two fun and smart people.

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