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Bohemian Montana Lodge Wedding

I love a pastel wedding as much as the next girl, but what really sets my heart a’flutter? A bride who’s not afraid to play with color. Just take this bohemian beauty who mixed shades of red, gold, gray and green for a design that blends seamlessly with the landscapes of Montana. Leslie Lukas crafted every bloom, from flower crown to centerpiece, and Rebecca Hollis captured perfectly behind the camera.

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Summer
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Lodge
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Bohemian

From The Bride…My husband Steve and I live a very Brooklyn existence, but we had no doubt in our minds that we wanted to get married in a place defined by its natural beauty. We looked pretty much everywhere (on the internet, of course), but had a lot of trouble finding somewhere that matched our criteria. We had a few major stipulations:

1. Gorgeous natural setting.
2. Amazing food.
3. Allow us to party until at least 1am.

We were lucky to find everything we were looking for in Rainbow Ranch Lodge, a rustic luxury (quite the oxymoron, but it does exist) hotel/restaurant/wedding venue smack dab in the middle of the Bob Ross painting that is Montana. We ended up visiting in January to confirm it was the venue we wanted and were floored by the quality of the food (hyper local and fresh, impeccable flavor), the picturesque surroundings, and the attention to detail of the rooms. This was it!

The planning process was definitely challenging as everything happened via email and phone, but our vendors all made the process as streamlined as long distance wedding planning can get. When we got to Montana, we only stressed for about a day but shortly found the peace bestowed upon us by our surroundings. We also did a ton of DIY-ing at home in Brooklyn. I put my graphic design background to use and designed our whimsical/rustic/luxe invitations, silkscreened our menus and welcome tote bags, hand painted our program, and designed a field guide. We spray painted toy animals gold for escort cards, and I made 80+ travel candles in my studio to serve as wedding favors. Whew!

The day of the wedding, as they always say, went by insanely fast, but it was absolutely the best day of our lives. We started hair and makeup 9am, and spent the morning chatting and admiring the beautiful scenery. Later that day, I saw the flowers for the very first time and was ecstatic about how they turned out. They were colorful in a warm and classic way — the balance of the neutrals to the colors were spot on and I loved how effortless the arrangement looked. The weather was beyond perfect, and the ceremony our officiant composed, centered around love and mindfulness was completely reflective of our bond and brought us all to tears. Cocktail hour featured delicious appetizers from bacon-wrapped figs, asian beef skewers, and eggrolls, and our signature cocktail, a Huckleberry Mojito. We chose to skip most of the traditions, opting to extend dance floor time instead. Music was mostly 90s hip hop, and tons of singalong inducing hits. The desserts, all created by the chefs of Rainbow Ranch, which ranged from eclairs to fruit tarts, to the most amazing naked (frosting-less) cake, were some of the best we’d ever tasted.

All in all, we would change absolutely nothing about that day. Just to have all our favorite people in one place was enough, but being surrounded by mountains and rivers and trees, eating insanely good food, listening to all our favorite music, was just a dream come true. We’d do it all over again if we could!

Photography: Rebecca Hollis | Videography: Linda Chow | Floral Design: Leslie Lukas Weddings & Events | Wedding Dress: Ve-ka Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom Dyed By Upstate | Catering: Rainbow Ranch Lodge | DJ: Joe's DJ Service | Favors: Brooklyn Candle Studio | Officiant: Beth Renick | Cake & Desserts: Rainbow Ranch Lodge | Makeup: Indulgence Montana | Paper Goods: Tamara Mayne | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Corral Bar | Wedding Venue: Rainbow Ranch Lodge

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Rustic Summer Wedding at Ranch at Rock Creek

After obsessing over every single photo from this Montana wedding, I’m adding The Ranch at Rock Creek to the top of my wanderlust list right away. From the tent poles covered with birch tree bark to stunning florals by Habitat Floral Studio, this summer celebration has me weak at the knees. Captured by Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio, and Ryan Hinman Films, I won’t be leaving this gallery anytime soon.

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Summer
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Ranch
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Rustic

From The Bride… The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana is a very special place to my family where we have been vacationing for years. My husband Sam immediately fell in love with the Ranch too and it has always felt like a magical home away from home to us. When Sam and I got engaged, there was no other place where we could picture getting married. The Ranch is a perfect mix of being rustic and elegant, and that is exactly the feel that we wanted for our wedding.

Planning a western wedding from New York City was a daunting task at first, but ended up being such a fun and easy process thanks to Jennifer Horsely and Jenny Hurst from Habitat Events and the whole staff at The Ranch at Rock Creek! With the green Montana landscape as a backdrop, I envisioned a reception tent with neutral tones that would complement the scenery and a few simple rustic touches that would tie in birch trees, one of my favorite western trademarks that dot the Ranch. For this, Montana Party Rentals wrapped the tent poles in real birch bark and branches which added a rustic feel to the elegant tables.

We wanted to spend as much time with our friends and family as possible who flew so far to be with us, so we planned a whole weekend that kicked off with a ‘hoedown’ on Friday night with live bluegrass from the Lil Smokies, followed by the wedding and reception on Saturday, and ending with a western rodeo and brunch on Sunday. It was a time that Sam and I will never forget and the best way to start a new chapter of our lives together!

Photography: Sue Kessler/Christian Oth Studio | Videography: Ryan Hinman Films | Event Planning: Habitat Events | Floral Design: Habitat Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: The Ranch At Rock Creek | Reception Venue: The Ranch At Rock Creek | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: The Ranch At Rock Creek | Hair & Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Band: Durell Coleman Band | Ceremony Musicians: Mountain Strings Quartet | Invitations & Papery: Calabash Card Co. | Rentals: Oh So Chic | Rentals: Montana Party Rentals | Rentals: Ultrapom | Rentals: The Party Store | Rentals: RC Special Events | Welcome Letters & Guestbook Map: Noteworthy Paper And Press

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Montana Estate Wedding Film

This wedding made me weep. I’m not afraid to admit it, wedding films have a way of doing that to me. But this one, it got me. From the moment Moonstone Pictures opened on this gorgeous couple getting ready for their best day ever to the sweet speech from the Father of the Bride…really just all of it – it’s beautiful in every sense of the word, and Moonstone Pictures captured it perfectly.

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Summer
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Rustic

From Moonstone PicturesFollowing a torrential downpour the day before and the entire morning of the wedding, the skies miraculously opened up just before the start of the ceremony for the most glorious day EVER! Big skies of bright blue with puffy clouds and the scenic mountain backdrop just left the guests breathless. Amazing personal and stylish touches were everywhere, including handmade bells for ringing after the first kiss, a custom barn-wood door and frame for the dramatic bride’s reveal, the beautiful handcrafted arch, vintage benches and furniture, the barrel guest book, tree planting and picture frame photos for the guests. It was a perfect match of elegance meets Montana chic for Kelsey and Austin, who met at DePaul University (he from Chicago and she from New York.) Their wedding took place at her parent’s vacation home and their love for the region has lured them to now call Montana their home.

From The Bride…This was truly the “Best Day Ever” for me and Austin. It was the day I married my best friend and soul mate. We felt so much love surrounding us on our special day from our friends and family, as well as all of the wonderful vendors who made our day so incredibly memorable. What better place to have a wedding than in the backyard of our family’s home in beautiful Montana. We watched our dream vision come together on our big day with all of the little details, some handmade and some rented, as we walked down the aisle to the beautiful sounds of the piano and cello. After the ceremony it was one big celebration! We can’t thank the entire team enough for making this day one we will always remember – the word “perfect” comes to mind. We feel very blessed and are excited about our future together as husband and wife!

Photography: Notarius Photography | Cinematography: Moonstone Pictures | Event Planning: Primrose Event Design | Floral Design: Allison Brooke Designs | Wedding Dress: Jenny Lee Bridal | Wedding Cake: Cakes By Jenn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Koolfire Catering | Hair And Makeup: The Loft Spa | DJ: Puttin' On The Hits | Audio Support: Jereco Studios | Bride's Jewelry: Anna Campbell | Live Music: Orson Whitfield | Rentals: Montana Party Rentals | Venue: Private Estate | Wedding Arch: Secora's Dead Wood Creations

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