From the photographer, Stella Kelsie Photography:  There’s just somethin’ ’bout a cowboy. We wanted a western themed couple, but not the typical modern western bride and groom we see so often here in Montana. Instead, we drew inspiration from the past, with a groom that looked like he was straight out of an old west movie, a horse, and a ghost town that once was home to real life vigilantes. Our bride had enough of a modern touch to appeal to today’s brides, but not lacking in old west glam. Her bouquet was a reflection of the sunset, that one that every good cowboy rides into at the end of the day.

Our handsome cowboy stole his beautiful bride’s heart, and we all enjoyed the evening’s spectacular sunset over the sagebrush of the wild west.

The Style Team

Photographer:  Stella Kelsie Photography  |  Event Planner: Events by Autumn  |  Floral Designer: Earth Within   |  Dress Store: Velvet Bride  |   Makeup Artist: Shear Art Salon  |  Groom’s Attire: Jones Leather and Livestock  |  Location: Bannack Ghost Town
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From the bride: More than anything Joshua and I just wanted the day to be about us. We wanted to be focused and not stressed out about the tiny details that come with planning your traditional wedding. We wanted to savor every moment and be able to look back and remember our wedding like it was yesterday. I can honestly say that we can. It was perfect!

 

Advice

Elope! Take the money you would spend on a wedding and put it as a down payment on a house. Our family knew about our plans to elope so instead of inviting everyone to our wedding, we took pictures along the way (picking up our rental car, signing our marriage license, picking up our flowers, etc.) and posted them on Facebook so they could be a part of it.

 

RECOMMENDED VENDOR

 Meghan Rolfe Photography. Meghan took care of all the details and her photography is phenomenal.

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From the bride, Christy: We both love camping and first said, “I Love You” around a camp fire, and Will proposed to me while we were camping. We thought it was a fun theme and spoke to what we wanted to have, a nice getaway of an event for everyone to have fun!

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I chose a color palette of mustard yellow, teal and turquoise.

 

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Each bridesmaid had a different dress that they picked out during our day of shopping and my maid of honor was in teal while all other girls were in yellow.

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I was mesmerized when I walked into our reception.

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I loved the mixture of bottles and mason jars with the tall vases filled with yellow aspens. It looked lush and elegant like you were walking through the forest with bunches of flowers on the side of the path.

 

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During the reception, we decided it would be fun to have a conga line and pass out feather boas, glow sticks, hats, crazy glasses and turn the fun up a notch.

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Looking back, I wish I would have made the time to talk to all our guests.

 

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My advice: People will tell you it’s just a day and don’t worry about the details and that you are working too hard and blah, blah, blah. If you want to dig into the details and make stuff that you will only have for a day – do it. It is what makes the journey to your wedding day. Remind yourself that nothing else matters but being married at the end of the day. You get to marry your best friend and that’s all that matters.

 

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THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Amy Caroline Photography  |  Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch  |  Event Design & Planner: Sarah Viera Event Planning & Design  |  Florist: Hillside Consultants Inc.  |  Cake: Dream Pastries

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