I’m pretty sure an audible squeal was let out all over the SMP offices when we opened this gorgeous wedding from Cluney Photo at the Butte Masonic Lodge - because it has SMP written all over it. From the beautiful blush color palette to the gorgeous florals, it’s safe to say we are in love with every image sitting in this gallery, and it’s really not hard to see why.
From the Bride…I dreamed of planning my wedding, since I was four years old. For a year and a half I looked at Style Me Pretty with my morning coffee on my days off & then would call my vendors. When my wedding week arrived, I decided to “Let it go” (advice from my sister) and let the amazing vendors I hired do what they do best.
My husband & I met in the third grade and reconnected in Seattle in our mid twenties. It was very important to us that our wedding reflected our hometown, Butte, MT where we were both born & raised. Butte is an old mining town, rich in historical buildings and Irish Catholic tradition. Our invites & photos showcased a gallus frame, from which copper was mined. Our evening photos feature us in the historic uptown streets surrounded by Butte architecture. Mark, of Cluney Photo, was especially wonderful, he understood my vision and incorporated it to the photos seamlessly. There is not a single thing I would change about the day and my husband agrees.
“If music be the food of love, play on.” Written by none other than Shakespeare, these are the beautiful words that breathed life into this insanely gorgeous inspiration dreamt up by Orange Photographie. And lively it is, thanks to Habitat Events wildly exquisite florals. Amongst the refined details, a tablescape made pretty by Montana Party Rentals and a flowing Rosa Clara dress from Velvet Bride, this well-orchestrated gallery will have your heart skipping a beat.
From Orange Photographie…“If music be the food of love, play on.” Shakespeare wrote these now famous words in his play Twelfth Night, and they have always inspired me. Coming from a musical family, music has been a huge presence in my life since I was tiny (I play the violin and sing). Often called the universal language, music contains such beauty and power to communicate across boundaries, cultures, and languages. Because of my love for it, I wanted to see if I could merge my two loves of music and wedding photography together in an inspirational shoot with the very talented Jennifer Horsley of Habitat Events.
When music is incorporated into wedding design, I feel it’s often taken too literally and can come across as kitschy. As I began to conceptualize this shoot, I started envisioning the couple who would have the kind of wedding I was dreaming up. In my imagination, I brought to life a bride and groom who might both be members of a major symphony in a metropolitan city. The bride is possibly the first-chair violinist in the New York Philharmonic and perhaps the groom is in the brass section. Surrounded by the culture in a city such as New York, their taste is exquisite and refined. Although they love the city, they want to go far away for their wedding, perhaps to a European chateau. The couple wishes to include small touches of their mutual love of music, but nothing blatantly obvious.
I explained this all to Jennifer, who then brought my whole dream to life in such a magnificent, tasteful way. Subtle nods to my imaginary couple’s passion for music were incorporated in the table, where a little horn was discretely placed within lavish greenery and flowers that wove around it, almost hiding it from view. I found a collection of antique piano composition books we used to style with, as well as an heirloom music stand Jennifer styled with an overflowing symphony of flowers. One of my favorite parts of the day was when Jennifer created an absolutely breathtaking living chandelier of greenery and flowers that cascaded down from an arch above and encircled the glowing couple.
Any bride who can rock a blush pink Vera is a fashion hero, in my book. So when I found out this stylish lady also happens to be one of Montana’s go-to planners behind Last Best Weddings, I wasn’t surprised in the least. It’s a glam-filled day drenched in mountainside scenery, and there’s much more to be found from Cindy Cieluch Photography right here.
From The Bride…Over 1,000 white candles, antique/vintage furniture, mason jars, soft,romantic colors and a hint of outdoor rustic appeal made our wedding the most glamorous event our small town of Havre, MT had ever seen.
The details…Music is a HUGE part of both of our families. It was the theme to most of our special touches. My Mom and Andy’s brother performed a rendition of “The Story” by Brandi Carlile during our ceremony. My grandparents are professional Jazz musicians and provided the live entertainment for the cocktail hour. Each table had an old fashioned cake instead of a table number and had a lyric, quote, or verse that resonated with Andy and I instead of an actual number. Our favors were CDs with a compilation of our favorite love songs, which were played throughout dinner and during a slideshow later in the night. All of our signage was custom made by a friend who is an incredible graphic designer. We had flowers and candles on logs from my family’s farm throughout the entire venue. Because our wedding was in a town without any wedding vendors I had to bring everything in.
I hand dipped our wooden silverware in gold paint for each place setting, used gold glitter on the bottom of the candles on the tables, arranged all of the flowers I had ordered from Mac’s, had mason jars with striped straws and champagne flutes next to vintage plates and gold chargers on each table setting and topped it off with mint napkins. Vintage Whites Market specially made an altar out of old doors, stair railings and curtains for the perfect handmade, antique look. They also provided vintage frames and seating to create an awesome photobooth area, which our guests loved. Cocktail hour had Montana whiskeys and my favorite pink drink we dubbed “Care Bears” after the family friend, Carrie, that concocted them. Chalkboard signs led people through the “rooms” since we had different areas for each part of the evening. Antlers from my family ranch were used on table tops and signs with our social networking hashtag, #andylovesliz, were in every detail. Because we were unable to get a videographer to travel to our location a dear friend provided a basic short video for us. Words cannot summarize how magical and touching our ceremony turned out to be in the soft glow of the candles in our gold painted wine bottles (another DIY) surrounded in all white.
Our Background…I am a wedding planner for the average bride and groom in the great state of Montana. I help ordinary couples have fairy tale weddings using the incredible outdoors as their backdrop. So when it came to my own wedding, clearly I knew each detail in advance. And then the worst thing happened, we LOST OUR VENUE! So some improvisation was needed. We changed the location of our wedding to our home town, to a place we spent most of our teenage years but it was not what I would call the ideal location. I knew the details, and our story, had to be what made the day magical.
Andy and I both grew up in the small town of Havre, Montana. He was my best friend’s next door neighbor and we became instant friends when I was 15, a freshman, and he was 17, a junior. After a year of friendship he was my first real boyfriend, my first real kiss, and my first heartbreak as we broke up when he went to college. We eventually reunited in Missoula at the University of Montana and after staying close friends for a few years began dating again. Timing was never on our side as he took a job in another city while I finished college. It took nine years before we decided it was time to be together. Andy proposed with a ring he had custom designed himself and it was the greatest day of my life. He has been my best friend for 10 years now and we couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate with our family and friends than returning to where it all began. Choosing an indoor venue (because of Montana’s unpredictable spring weather), was not an easy feat. Andy was the captain of his very accomplished hockey team and I spent a lot of time cheering him on so the hockey rink actually did have a sentimental quality to it.
Our wedding day was a small town reunion with almost 300 people from different graduating classes and most farmers and ranchers in a 200 mile radius. Our decor was very romantic with touches of the outdoors we both grew up in and love. Because Andy is known for being a total comedian, our uber soft, romantic setting and self-written vows really shocked our guests. It was a day the entire town had been waiting on for almost ten years. I am certain we did not disappoint. I hand selected my favorite vendors from around the state and the culmination made for the most magical day I could ever have dreamed of.