Contagious joyfulness. There aren’t two better words (in a better order) to describe these two. Chian and Denton are from a small town in Montana where they run a small business together. When we asked them to define small, they said, “The closest Wal-Mart is 100 miles away. The closest Costco is 300 miles.” Whoa. They weren’t kidding. Small means small. But you know the thing we love about people from small towns? They have huge hearts. Warm personalities. And big, genuine smiles. THAT was Chian and Denton.

These two are also online course students! Along with running their small business, they’re learning and growing their photography dream on the side, and it was just so special to get to meet them in person! Their passion for life and each other was inspiring.

The first eight years of their marriage haven’t been smooth-sailing. Life’s thrown its fair share of obstacles their way. They’ve had to live out the “in sickness and in health” part much younger than most married couples ever will. But they’ve persevered. Together. And, just like a diamond that’s gone through fire and come out more beautiful than ever on the other side, their relationship has, too. And, just like that diamond, their love is more multi-faceted and extra-dimensional than it ever would’ve been (or could’ve been) without the heat and pressure of some of life’s hardest, yet most defining, moments. That’s what made our time with them extra special, knowing the history of eight hard-fought years, and seeing the fruit on the other side.

Chian and Denton, you are both beautiful people inside and out. Your zest for each other is one of the best advertisements for marriage we’ve ever seen. Never stop being those people. Never let that go. It’s contagious, and infectious, and exactly what this world needs more of right now. It was an absolute honor to freeze these moments in time for you. We had a blast together and hope you love the way your love looks on camera as much as we do. God bless you both.

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    Kelly Van Dyke

    As a fellow Montanan, I was so excited to see this post! The blog was superb and the images (as always) were too! I'm curious to know where my fellow A & J neighbors are at in this large state ;). Cheers!

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw!! Yay! Thanks so much, Kelly! Hugs!! <3


    Oh my goodness! Thank you guys sooo much! We love them all! Your blog post was very touching, who knew we fooled you so well on the first meeting? ;)
    It was such a wonderful experience to not only have you do our pictures, but to meet you both and see the wonderful commitment and love that YOU both have for each other as well!
    We want to be like you when we grow up :)
    Again, thank you so much, we love this post and can't wait to put them on our walls! We love you guys!

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw!! Thank you so much! That means everything to us and more! We're so happy to hear you love your photos! Haha! Aw!! We love you guys!! <3


    Love, love, love these! So inspiring and so loving!

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks so much, Stephanie! <3


    A beautiful couple and an awesome photo shoot! Countinued good health, happiness and success in your endeavors!

    Amy & Jordan

    Thank you so much, Shelia! They were an amazing couple!