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A Texas Meets Montana Ranch Wedding

From the photographer, Lauren Brown:  Jonas had one request for Jenny when she asked him about wedding planning. Just one. The couple lives in Austin, Texas but were getting married in Ennis, Montana where Jenny had spent so much time vacationing with her family – fishing in the summer and skiing in the winter. Jenny and her father George had taken charge of the wedding planning, and with the help of the talented team at Lukas Trudeau had put together a beautiful plan for a light and classic outdoor reception that would perch above Ennis on a high plateau and look out on the pristine Ennis Lake and surrounding mountains. Jonas’s one request was for a little piece of home, a little reminder of Austin, set to the Montana backdrop. Austin is well known for it’s music and festivals, and one of Jenny and Jonas’s favorite of these is the Austin City Limits festival, held yearly in Zilker Park near downtown. One of the hallmarks of the ACL festival is a giant picture frame, where friends meet and gather and re-orient. This is what Jonas wanted. A giant picture frame reminiscent of the one where he and Jenny so often gather with their friends. And so he built one. And perched on a plateau overlooking Ennis Lake and the surrounding valley and mountains in the distance, friends gathered and laughed and snapped photos under a giant white picture frame.

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THE WEDDING VENDORS
Photographer:  Lauren Brown Photography  //  Second Shooter: Lindsey Mulcare Photography  //  Event Planner + Design and Decor: Lukas Trudeau Event Co  //  Band: Andrew Gromiller and the Organically Grown  //  Dress Designer: Anna Campbell  //  Calligrapher: Cast Calligraphy and Design  //  Cake Designer: Elle’s Belles Bakery  //  Culinary: LaFoley Kitchen    //  Rentals: Montana Party Rentals  //  Ceremony Location: Trinity Episcopal Church  //  Pre Ceremony Location: El Western  //  Reception: Channels Ranch

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A Nordic Winter Styled Shoot

Crisp winter white. Fuzzy shawls. Warm and cozy candlelight. Pine cones and pine needles. Rustic romance and light, airy snow. Brick walls and intricate beading.  This collection of elements came together to inspire a winter wonderland that makes wishes and dreams come true. A Nordic Winter Styled ShootA Nordic Winter Styled ShootA Nordic Winter Styled Shoot
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Photographer:  Studio J Inc.  //  Event Planner: The Simply Elegant Group  //  Dress Store: Flutter Boutique  //  Makeup Artist: Julie Swenson Beauty  //  Equipment Rentals: Apres Party and Tent Rental  //  Floral Designer: Camrose Hill Flower Studio & Farm   //    Caterer: Lake Elmo Inn Catering  //  Bakery: Mai Little Cakes   //  Lighting: PHOS Events  //  Invitation Designer: Printerette Press  //  Venue: JX Event Venue  //  Video: Narrate Studio

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A Fun Destination Wedding in California

From the bride, Alexandra: The thing we wanted most was a fun, outdoor wedding with our closest friends and family. That’s why we opted to do a wedding weekend (Friday through Sunday) and why we chose a venue where people could also stay the night. We rented out the entire venue for three days and filled all 50 rooms and cabins with our wedding guests. A Fun Outdoor Destination Wedding A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE STYLE
We have a love for both the outdoors and international travel, so we wanted that to come across in our theme. Our theme was a mix of outdoorsy/rustic, boho, romantic, and travel. We knew right away that we wanted an outdoor, mountain wedding and chose a wonderful venue where the ceremony, reception, and entire wedding weekend could be carried out under the trees and stars.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE FLOWERS
I knew I wanted a lot of flowers and greenery to match the outdoor venue. I chose mostly peonies and other flowers that were more boho, and avoided the traditional roses. My bouquet and floral halo were a mix of pink, coral, and cream flowers.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaPERSONAL TOUCH
My mother, brother, and I were born in Japan. According to Japanese tradition, anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by the Gods. For the wedding, she folded 1000 origami cranes to wish Joel and me a happy marriage. We displayed the cranes at the ceremony and reception.
A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE CEREMONY
The ceremony took place in a rectangular clearing in the middle of the woods. The trees lined the space and were the perfect backdrop. The arch at the front of the ceremony was made of wood and adorned with large floral bouquets. We also strung some of the origami cranes from the archway. We lined the ceremony walkway with flower petals to give a romantic feel to the space. My brother officiated the wedding and told our love story. We both wrote our own vows. Because we aren’t very religious, our vows were the longest part of the ceremony and were the most meaningful for us.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE RECEPTION
Our reception was outdoors in a clearing right near the ceremony. Each table had lace doilies handmade by my great-grandmother and flowers matching the ones in the archways and bouquets. We also had a lot of green foliage on the tables. The tables themselves were dark wood.

A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE TABLE NAMES & FAVORS
Joel and I have traveled to 18 countries together so far. For the names of the tables at the reception, we chose the names of some of our favorite international cities, like Paris where Joel and I got engaged. To find their table assignments, guests had to go to a table where we laid out golden compasses with the names of each guest on them. Once they found their compass, they had to open the compass to see what city they were “traveling” to. The compasses were also functional compasses and doubled as party favors.

A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaRECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Clane Gessel Photography  //  Event & Floral Design: Quality Event Design  //  Caterer: Great Thyme Catering  //  Invitations:  The Stylish Scribe  //  Venue: Chalet View Lodge   //  Video: Ben Ridpath Films

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