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A Homegrown Garden Wedding in Montana

Robin & Tyler  |  August 1st  |  Whitefish, Montana

From the bride: After eight adventurous years of dating, Tyler got down on one knee after we hiked to the top of Wayna Picchu, a site overlooking Maccu Picchu. From hiking to train rides to buses, we didn’t have service for days, so we were able to relish in our engagement and begin fantasizing about our wedding. We were in the midst of a three month backpacking journey and started counting how many countries we will have had been to together by the end of the trip, and realized it would be 22. We quickly decided that travel should be the theme of our wedding, and every table should be a country that we have been to together.

An Enchanted Forest Wedding in Montana

I am a very creative person, so it was hard for me to not DIY everything! But honestly, some of the best advice I got was to leave it to the professionals, so week of you can relax and enjoy the moment with everyone. Thus, I just incorporated DIY into a few special, heartfelt areas.

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 The venue of our wedding was decided before we were even engaged: my parents’ 400 acre farm in Montana. It was so special and heartfelt to get married at my home.  We had a lot of fun incorporating the things most important to us into our wedding: travel, Montana, music, and friends/family.

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Tyler and I are concert junkies in San Francisco, so we knew we needed as much live music as possible, which ended up being all of it! We had a cellist in the secret garden for the entry music and processional. And as soon as we said “I do,” a bag piper started playing (to represent my Scottish heritage!) to escort the guests to cocktail hour. At cocktail hour, we had acoustic guitar, and after that a fiddle player (from the band) escorted the guests to the reception where the rest of the band was waiting to play the rest of the night!

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The travel theme was most evident at the reception. Our guest book was a globe, our seating directory was bag tags directing you to a country, travel books and maps were everywhere, and we had photos of us from around the world on all of the tables.

An Enchanted Forest Wedding in Montana

An Enchanted Forest Wedding in Montana An Enchanted Forest Wedding in Montana

Everyone’s name was painted on a river rock from Glacier National Park and placed on their table setting.  I also photoshopped a greeting and thank you card that was on everyone’s place setting.

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I’m sure every bride says this, but it is truly hard for me to pick a favorite memory of the day. Everything was so special, that I was truly blissed out on love for months to follow, just reminiscing every moment and detail. From yoga with my bridesmaids in the morning, to serenading each other with our vows, to Tyler whispering how beautiful I am and how much he loves my dress (win!) during the ceremony.

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The dance floor was packed until nearly 2am! I have to admit, I do think we had the best wedding band ever!!

An Enchanted Forest Wedding in Montana

MY ADVICE:
I really struggled with the invite list since we are both from a small town and wanted so many people to be there, but at the same time, wanted that intimate feeling. Looking back at the wedding, I am glad I ended up sending out all of those extra invites and having more smiling faces there to support us. It is not everyday that you get to see everyone you love from all facets of your life get together in one place to support you: relish in that.

Secondly, only look at blogs and Pinterest in the beginning to gather your own ideas, but once you make a decision, move on! You can’t keep second guessing things and changing ideas because you will never get anywhere, and, not to mention, your vendors might get annoyed!

Plus, for me, who was getting married outdoors in Montana, I had to keep remembering that the natural setting is beautiful by itself, so I don’t need to keep stressing about dressing it up. There is something to be said about letting the surroundings speak for themselves.

Thirdly, DIY is great, but also stressful. Even without DIY, the week of your wedding can be overwhelming trying to navigate everyone, see relatives, get ready, RELAX, etc. So incorporate it where you can, and let your vendors do the rest. They are extremely good at what they do – just trust them!

 And lastly, take a few minutes throughout the day and night to soak it all in. Everything is moving so quickly that it is easy to get flustered and let it all slip by you in a whirlwind. Step aside and just look around you to take mental pictures of your hard work, the love that surrounds you, and the best day of your life!

An Enchanted Forest Wedding in Montana

RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photography: Marianne Wiest Photography // Coordination & Styling: Joyce Walkup // Videography: Britney Paige Cinematography // Catering: Cuisine Machine // Liquor: Casey’s Bar & Grill // Band: Savannah Jack // Rentals: The Party Store // Flower & Design: Beargrass Gardens Florals & Events // Photobooth: The Fotowagen // Cake: A Whole Lotta Yum  // Dress: Rue de Seine Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August // Groom & Groomsmen: J.Crew // Makeup: Kristen O’Leary // Hair: Zachary Morad

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A Rocky Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Details

Meghan & James  |  June 21st  |  Beaver Creek, Colorado

From the bride: We knew we wanted to be married in the mountains of Colorado.  When we were trying to decide where in the mountains to get married, we thought about how much we loved the dinner we had the previous winter at Beano’s Cabin. We wanted to recreate one of our best dining experiences for our family and friends so, we chose Beano’s as our wedding venue. It was perfect!

A Beaver Creek Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Details

Wildflowers were the only thing of color that I really wanted people to remember. I didn’t want people to leave and say, “Oh, that was a nice pink wedding.”  I made a point to use natural materials and mostly neutral colors for everything, but the flowers.

Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade DetailsI handmade hangers for my bridesmaids so they would be surprised to see their dresses.  A special day, a special dress, a special hanger!

Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade Details

My bridesmaids ended up wearing blush, lavender, and porcelain blue. I let them choose their own dresses and those were the colors they desired. After the girls chose their dress colors, I decided to accent the groomsmen with coordinating colors.

Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade DetailsI gifted my nice with her first pearl necklace. She wore this during the ceremony and will get lots of use out of it dressing up in the future. I also had a handkerchief made for her with a sentimental message to mark the memory of her being my flower girl.

Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade Details

Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade Details Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade Details

Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade Details

I made individual tissues in a bag stamped “Happy Tears” to place used tissues in during the ceremony. I also created a crossword puzzle with details of our relationship. I printed this on the back of the ceremony program for people to have something to do before the ceremony started.

Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade Details

Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade Details

Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade Details

I think my favorite memory was when I reached the aisle with my dad and I looked at James for the first time. When I saw him I just collapsed in a wave of emotion. What a powerful thing to be standing at the end of an aisle, looking at the man who has asked you to be his wife.

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I made the table numbers out of wine bottles. I used photos from our many travels to customize the bottles and provided a story detailing why that location is important to us.

Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade Details

I had conversation cards on every table. This was special to us because we used these conversation cards on our second date and we also answer one card every morning over breakfast. We also thought it would help get the conversation going among the dinner tables.

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At the end of the night, everyone took an assortment of blank greeting cards home with them. My mother made the 300 cards using her own artwork.

Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade Details

Meghan’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: IN Photography  //  Venue: Beano’s Cabin   //  Day of Coordinator: Love This Day Events  //  Florist: Bouquets Denver  //  Cake: Mountain Flour  //  Bride’s Gown: Katy May from a & be bridal  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor

Honeymoon Location: Tortola, British Virgin Islands. This was a surprise destination for me. My husband planned the whole thing and simply told me to pack for warm weather. What a great surprise!

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Natural & Organic at Piney River Ranch

Emily & Cole |  June 27th  |  Piney River Ranch

From the bride: We love Colorado – in particular outdoor Colorado. So, we wanted the feel of our wedding to very natural and organic. Almost everything was recycled – from the fabric on the table runners, the wood used to make the signs, the mason jars, it was all found through thrift stores, treasure hunting and estate sales.

A natural & organic handmade wedding at Piney River Ranch, Vail Colorado

Just about every aspect of our wedding was personally touched by us or someone we love. There were many nights spent laboring over details, constructing signs, painting, ironing, sewing, drafting programs. Everything was carefully planned and perfectly executed.

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For my bridesmaids, I wanted dresses the girls could wear again.  We found them at Anthropologie and they were only $50. I loved them so much, I got one for myself!

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Piney River Ranch is amazing! The backdrop to our ceremony was so majestic, and couldn’t have been more perfect. We had Cole’s Uncle Robert officiate our ceremony because we wanted someone who knew us the best and loved us dearly to be the one to unite us.

A natural & organic handmade wedding at Piney River Ranch, Vail Colorado

We chose to write and share personal vows, and in honor of our athletic backgrounds, we asked Robert to flip a coin to see who would go first (to mimic a coin toss before a big game).

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A natural & organic handmade wedding at Piney River Ranch, Vail Colorado

 The table centerpiece boxes were made by Cole using reclaimed wood from an old fence.

A natural & organic handmade wedding at Piney River Ranch, Vail Colorado

The table runners were made using fabric found at an estate sale by Cole’s Grammie.

A natural & organic handmade wedding at Piney River Ranch, Vail Colorado

The wedding favors were homemade peach jelly, complete with hand crafted thank you cards.  

A natural & organic handmade wedding at Piney River Ranch, Vail Colorado

We chose not to put too much décor throughout the reception, mainly because we did not want to take away from the natural beauty surrounding us. And I think our guests would agree – the scenery of Piney River Ranch is more than enough.

A natural & organic handmade wedding at Piney River Ranch, Vail Colorado A natural & organic handmade wedding at Piney River Ranch, Vail ColoradoMy advice: Enjoy the time you have to plan. If there is something you truly want, you can find a way to make it work. Be open to alternative ideas, and be creative!

A natural & organic handmade wedding at Piney River Ranch, Vail Colorado

Emilyanne’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Luxe Mountain Venue & Caterer: PINEY RIVER RANCH {more info}.  Piney River Ranch was exactly what we were looking for, and all of our guests agreed. Open on 3 sides, the pavilion leaves you feeling connected to the fresh mountain air, yet protected from any unforeseen Colorado weather. The natural light throughout yields amazing photos, and the views throughout the evening are breathtaking.

Photographer: Chris McLaughlin, CMP Studios. Chris has shot two of my other friend’s weddings, and I had always told him ‘someday I will be calling you’. The night we met Chris for out consultation, he felt like a  longtime friend, and was so helpful in helping us create our wedding day vision.

Florist: 3 Leaf Floral. Kelly offers not only her services, but also a DIY route, in which she orders the florals for your vision, has them delivered to your venue, and sends along “recipes” on how to arrange them! It was perfect for our needs, and she is a delight to work with!

Cake: Mountain Flour.  Shawn came recommended from a friend, and his baked goods are some of the best I have had! He also has traveled the road to Piney many times, so he can safely maneuver the roads to deliver the cake unharmed.

Guest Lodging: Vail Cascade Resort and Spa. We were able to get an exceptional room rate for all of our guests, and the Vail Cascade is a little quiet oasis!

Musician: Blake Mundell

Honeymoon Location: Costa Rica!

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