It’s been one amazing year! We got engaged, spent time in Ireland, hiked around a few National Parks (Zion, Glacier, and Grand Tetons) and fell more in love.
So here is our annual addition to catch you up on what’s new! We’ve got more music to share and more stories to tell. We wish you a Merry Christmas season and a Happy New Year!
Guess who’s back? Back again? Check baby check baby, let’s begin!
Giant’s Causeway, Ireland. We arranged with a husband and wife Irish wedding photography duo to hang out with us to take these pictures! We really loved cruising around Giant’s Causeway and its interesting terrain.
Giant’s Causeway, Ireland. The hexagon shaped rocks were so amazing! Be sure to have Jake tell you about the legend that goes behind it… In his Irish accent! There’s really nothing better!
Keel, Ireland. There’s nothing better than adventuring with my best friend and seeing her run around on the beach made it one of the best days of the entire trip. SHE’S ADORABLE!
Keel, Ireland. We came across this coastal town on our way to Westport and we just had to stop. While the Jake was really into the rock selection, Kelsey was stalking the sheep that were innocently hanging out on the playground field.
HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKIN’ FOR | U2
Kelsey just really likes this song. So she added it. Cool sunglasses, Bono. Plus they’re Irish so obviously they get the stamp of approval.
March 2018. The 8 mile Observation Point Trail was our FAVORITE and the obvious choice to get away from Angel’s Landing, the treacherous, life ending, snake infested trail that all the other dummies fell for (see what I did there?). For real though, this was the best hike we’ve been on.
GREATEST LOVE STORY | LANCO
We heard this gem being played on a Bachelor episode. Not gonna lie, we are pretty die hard Bachelor fans. Except when it comes to Ari. Ari is a world class LOSER. Anyway… we like to make us some tacos, drink some Golden Margarita and watch some trash television. True love can be found on ABC. We made T-shirts. Thanks, Chris Harrison.
February 2018. Even before I proposed to her, I knew she was my other half. I knew from the moment she bounced out of that airport. #coldsmokeorwater
KOKOMO | THE BEACH BOYS
February 2018. Can you believe that Papa Bob (Jake’s grandfather) sported this gem?? Guy’s got style. Our cousin, Mallory, and Jake nearly had a full out WAR over this thing. Unfortunately, Mallory won. womp womp. #iwillfindyou #iwillgoon #thistooshallpass #depression
BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY | FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS
This song rocks your grandparents, it rocks your parents, and it’s rocking you! This song ROCKS! Get down with those Motown vibes, people! Spoiler alert – a Loooot of motown songs will probably happen at the wedding. Just sayin.
We celebrated Momma Lane’s 60th birthday this year up at Grand Teton National Park with Trevor & Sarrah. In true Lane fashion, the food and chatting couldn’t be beat. Both the memories and the views were truly grand.
Because Momma Lane’s FAVORITE THING is photo booths with the props!
BEAST OF BURDEN | THE ROLLING STONES
Jake’s reading and homeroom classes performed Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest this year and (being the brilliant human being that he is) he engineered the soundtrack to include our favorite Stones song.
Jake and I put up the stage twice this year for two amazing Shakespeare shows!
SAY SOMETHING | JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & CHRIS STAPLETON
This is Jake’s FAVORITE SONG!! He jams to it so haarrrd. I mean, it’s Justin Timberlake for gosh sakes. How could he not love it?! Everybody loves this shit. If you don’t, you’re straight up Unamerican.
Both of the guys got haircuts on the same day!
We got a couple new additions to the house.
They’re ok. 😉 Just kidding – they’re my FAVORITE!!
GOTTA GIVE IT UP | MARVIN GAYE
We spend a lot of time road tripping and this year was no exception. We worked weddings in Billings, Bozeman, Polson, Havre, Cle Elum, Glacier and places in between. Now let the musical sensations of Marvin wash ya pain away.
One of our favorite hiking trails, Barmeyer Trail, is a new one in Missoula. Hiking is one of our favorite things to do in the summer!
PERFECT | ED SHEERAN
Obviously I loved this song as soon as I first heard it. I’ve got great taste. It took Jake a little longer to appreciate the musical nuisances that are this beautiful ballad. In the words of Jake, “baby you gotta let it breathe.” Now he’s swooning with all the rest of the basic bitches.
This is just steps away from where we will be saying “I Do!” No wonder we’re smiling like idiots!
LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO | TAYLOR SWIFT
January 2018. Something I really love about Jake is his willingness to romp around with me. We went up the Rattlesnake with the cameras to get some practice and he carried ALL that gear all over the place. I adore that man!
SOMEBODY’S BABY | JACKSON BROWNE
Need a song to listen to on your way to work every single day? This is the one. Jake did for a solid month. Not a problem.
ADDICTED TO YOU | PICTURE THIS
Picture This (see what I did there?) two Americans on the wrong side of the road and the wrong side of the car, leaving Belfast to explore the Irish countryside. As they drove through bright green pastures, ancient stone fences and sheep flew by! Despite hurricane (ish) winds, Horn Head was our favorite part of Ireland. We were all alone on the cliffs and the views couldn’t be beat. Jake got so great at the roundabouts. #jamesbond #somanyroundabouts #youspinmerightround
Horn Head, Ireland, was one of our FAVORITE spots! The wind was really blowing and we were the only ones on the cliffs. Little did we know there was a hurricane wind warning, hence us being the only ones there. We were just Americans thinking that this wind was normal for Ireland.
Our favorite animal (second to Doc, obviously, and elephants) are sheep!! There were so many sheep just wandering around in Ireland and all Kelsey wanted to do was jump out of the car and pet one. #problemtourist No sheep were harmed on the vacation of Kelsey & Jake.
WHEN IT WAS WRONG | THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS
If there’s one song on this list that can get Kelsey dancing immediately, it’s this one. I can’t tell you how many times she danced around our kitchen and our living room kicking up her heels and spinning around in the most beautiful of ways. She makes me want to dance. That’s saying a lot.
THE POWER OF LOVE | CELINE DION
We drove the ten hours down to Zion National Park for spring break this year where we went on my all time favorite hike! At the top of the winding cliff, was an amazing view that made my inner Celine come out, dress flowing in the wind, singing, “I am your lady and you are my man!”
I discovered something about myself as a grown adult- I LOVE Celine Dion. She’s a classy broad. I like that.
We thought we were only two miles from the top here, but it turns out that wasn’t true. Thankfully we sat down and had snacks shortly after. You know it’s bad when we’re most looking forward to the lunch we packed. #fatties
Zion’s Riverside Walk was shorter than expected, but beautiful. Oh! Is that a full on DSLR with a big ass lens and proper tripod over there? Yes. Yes it is.
GOOD KISSER | LAKE STREET DIVE
We couldn’t stay away from Lake Street Dive when they came to Missoula in September. This time, we were grownups and we got SEATS!
We saw Lake Street Dive in concert (again!) in Missoula.
February 2018. We hit up cousin Robbie’s wedding down in Denver. We photographed 19 weddings this year and attended… yup, you guessed it. ONE.
THUNDERCLOUDS | SIA, DIPLO & LABRINTH
We kicked off our new business, Honeybee Weddings in 2018, and summer is our busiest time of year. Jake was taking more classes (10 credits in two weeks – what a beast!) and I’m nose deep in wedding photography edits. Our kitchen becomes “command” when we set up two computers at our kitchen table to work together. It doesn’t get any better than working across from my best friend! Unless he’s right by my side!
Football season is pretty great around here! Kelsey’s a raging Seahawk fan while Jake’s a Bronco fan. I think the Seahawk colors are winning him over though…
We worked with Kenny G to build our wedding booth for two wedding shows!
This year we put up two booths for our wedding photography (now planning and videography) business. This year we transitioned to Honeybee Weddings!
I’M READY | BRYAN ADAMS
This is one that is on Jake’s bucket list and for good reason! Bryan, we love youuuu!
We went to the Nathaniel Rateliff concert at the Kettlehouse Amphitheater! Good tunes, good brews, good times!
NEW FACE | PSY
We never thought a Hyundai commercial could be cool, but PSY proved us wrong. This little guy can sing. We don’t know about what, but he can sing! Now go buy a Hyundai already. Now. No, seriously. Go. Just. GO. GOOOO. Check out the Santa Fe, we hear it’s all wheel drive. We need a commission for this!
Doc went as a sheep for Halloween! And now he won’t take the thing off. No, seriously. He won’t!
SHAME, SHAME, SHAME | LAKE STREET DIVE
SEEING BLIND | NIALL HORAN
Little did Kelsey know but I had been working on an engagement ring for her long before we had ever heard this song. July 29th 2018, the ring was burning a hole in my pocket, so I moved it from the car inside to the house. We had spent the day cleaning out our flooded crawl space and had decided to sit down and make our yearly photo album. I didn’t expect that I would propose right then and there but watching my best friend look through our pictures from the year, made me realize that every moment I spend with her be it amazing or less than ordinary is a perfect moment. Every moment is perfect because I get to spend it with my best friend. I had no choice but to ask her to be my wife.
My Montana sapphire engagement ring! GAH!!
PARTY ALL THE TIME | EDDIE MURPHY
What does Eddie mean? What is he talking about? His lyrics are so confusing. So profound. It’s like a riddle wrapped in an enigma. Oh, wait. His girlfriend just likes to party all the time. Got it. LET’S DANCE! (see Jake’s impersonation of Kevin Bacon)
We got to romp around Glacier National Park to scout out our ceremony spot for our WEDDING next year! The colors were amazing!
You see what he puts up with?!
Grand Teton National Park