A Big Sky Montana Winter Elopement | Brooke + Damon

He proposed with a blue ring pop. She was fresh off a massage wearing a ball cap, yoga pants, and an oversized hoodie, when he asked her - for approximately the 782nd time - if she’d be his forever.

And, when she replayed this story, while sharing as many laughs as she did eye rolls, it only confirmed what I already knew: this was as right as a spring rain on a winter wheat field. 

As Brooke’s soulmate since ‘06, I know a thing or 800 about her. Like most of us, she can’t be pinned down to a single definition. She’s as urban as she is rural, extroverted as she can be introverted, and as adventurous and she can be a homebody.

Damon celebrates all that is both. He’s willing and eager to buy the new suit for a black-tie event and bust a move on the dance floor. And, he’s also the man who waits patiently in a deer stand. I, personally, can’t imagine Brooke in a deer stand, but good for you, Damon.

She needs both.

And she found it in Damon.

Read as: Brooke found her Stacy to her Cody. Aka: introvert to extrovert.

Their story is nothing short of a Hallmark Christmas movie. Two childhood best friends, who knew all the secrets, the two everyone knew should and would be together but never were. Life took them in two very different directions. He, following his passion for wildlife, moved from Nevada to Minnesota, then to Montana, then to Nebraska, and finally home to Oklahoma. And, she, on an alternative timeline called the big cities of North Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee home before returning to Oklahoma.

But like all Hallmark movies, it wasn’t an automatic return things-as-they previously-were. Life has a funny way of bringing people together at the right time, and this timing was serendipitous. Damon settled in to his new leadership position. Brooke launched her business. And, then, more than a year after they both independently returned to Oklahoma, Damon sent a bat signal asking when she’d be back in Oklahoma. She knew.

Taking advantage of a three-day production schedule window, she hopped on a Sacramento to Dallas to Tulsa red eye - the only red eye she’ll ever take, she’s since declared - to eventually walk into a pasture with a hot-burning bonfire as the backdrop to cross that line in the sand. 

And, thank goodness

Because how else would we have these stupendous sub-zero winter wonderland photos.

And, honestly, I’m not sure there’s anyone else I’d drive through a snowstorm, put on approximately 30 layers of winter clothing, and freeze my shooting finger off for.


Lone Mountain Ranch
Big Sky, Montana

Big Sky Blooms

Stephanie Gibbs

RL Bridal and Prom

Luxury Vintage

Stacy Pearce Creative

A Notus Farmhouse Wedding: Jori + Jared

With fantastic natural light and beautiful details at every turn, the Notus Farmhouse set the stage for a stunning, eastern Oklahoma winter wedding.

Although cold, Jori and Jared’s ceremony was a direct reflection of their personalities, their family connections, and their friends who were in attendance to help celebrate.

One of my very favorite parts of the day? Capturing the two dancing in a sparkler circle, as an official “end” to the magic. All the praise hands, y’all.

I am so thankful to have been the one to capture their day! Below are a few* of my favorite photos from their day! (*Few is a relative term. ;-))

Venue: Notus Farmhouse • Muldrow, OK
Photography: Stacy Pearce Creative
Invitation / Program Print Design: Stacy Pearce Creative
Videography: BB Media
Florals: Bebb’s Flowers • Muskogee, OK
Makeup & Hair: Tiffany & Tristen Walling
DJ: Ryan Russman
Catering: Mike “Biggin” Rogers • Muldrow, OK
Cake: Piggly Wiggly • Muldrow, OK
Cowhide Ear Tag Save-The-Dates: Kathy Fuss
Bridal Gown: Kimberly’s Prom & Bridal • Tahlequah, OK
Fur Wraps: Tulip Bridal

A Third Birthday.

We have a three-year-old. Whew.

She can be a touch sassy. She is funny. She cares. She loves animals of all kinds. She loves to dance, and recently, loves to play dress up in princess outfits.


She loves makeup … and keeping her out of mine is a little bit of a challenge. I’m hopeful that one day soon she will break the internets with a makeup tutorial. ;-)


She has her daddy (and, let’s be honest, everyone else) wrapped around her finger. What she gets adults to do is often hysterical.


(no coaching):

What’s your name: Patton

How old are you? Three

What color is your hair? Brown-y

What color are your eyes? Brown and black

What’s your favorite color? Purple

What’s your favorite food? Mac a cheese, avocados, salad and sanwich

Who’s your best friend? Reagan

What’s your favorite song? Jesus loves me …

What do you like to watch on TV? Bubble Guppies

What’s your favorite animal? Okie (horse) and Zara (the Dane)

What are you scared of? Umm, of, a tiger!

What makes you happy? Macaroni and cheese

Where’s your favorite place to go? At nena’s house.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A astronaut

Who loves you the most? YOU!

What do you enjoy doing the most? Doing pictures!


Anniversary Session | The Middicks

Holly and Colton are celebrating their first anniversary, and we planned a session in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge to commemorate it!

Scroll on to see a few of my favorites from our golden hour, beautifully lit, WARM fall afternoon.

If you didn’t get the memo from these photos … surprise! Holly is 16 weeks pregnant, and they are both so excited!

As a side note: the blue dress nor the pink toes mean anything in particular as they won’t know the gender for several more weeks! ;-)

See more photos of the Middicks at the links below:

Baby Mama | Hilary

The sister of a dear friend and fellow photographer, this mama left me speechless with her natural beauty set against the wild of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

When I got the phone call to help my fellow “Stacy” capture her sister in all her maternity glow, I was pretty excited.

The day dawned with a ton of promise, but as the afternoon wore on, sudden Oklahoma, pop-up storms arrived. I left home in the middle of a downpour, while they drove across the state in one … and both arrived to clearing skies and a brief sunset in the refuge. {Insert all the praise hands emojis here.}

From the prairie to the top of Mount Scott, Hilary’s Amazon-sourced maternity dress was magic, popping perfectly against the nature around. Baby bumps are pretty exciting, don’t you agree?!

Co-Photographer: Stacy Oldenburg Photography
Dress: Amazon