I love the fact that a little rain couldn’t dampen this joyous occasion. Braving the chance of showers, this couple created a day decked out with Montana Party Rentals infused with Avant Floral blooms. Guests gathered at 320 Guest Ranch to celebrate and Orange Photographie captured a gallery proving that all the rain in the world won’t dampen true love.
From The Bride…When Daniel and I met, we fell in love over skiing, climbing and the outdoors. We wanted our wedding to be an expression of that bond, a piece of us that we could share with our family and friends. We chose to get married at the 320 Guest Ranch near Big Sky, MT for its rustic atmosphere and beautiful riverside location for the ceremony and reception. We were introduced to the 320 Ranch a few Christmases ago, when Daniel surprised me with a sleigh ride, and night in the homesteaders cabin on the property. This personal memory, along with my brother living in Big Sky, and the PBR rodeo during week prior, it just seemed like the perfect choice.
Our style for the day was a shappy chic and rustic, with many handmade aspects infused with love. Our gift to our guests was a mason jar mug; great for at the event, and something special to have at home. Around the neck of the jar we tied a string that held a medallion. On the medallions were one of 4 of our favorite quotes that a jeweler on Etsy custom engraved for us.
The week prior to the wedding all the wonderful women in my life, from aunts to neighbors to family friends helped to finish other details. We made hand stamped name cards to hang from a clothesline style seating chart. We glued flowers to clothespins for our table settings. We ironed burlap and decorated candle holders. Many hours were spent giggling, catching up, and telling stories over wedding day projects.
The day of the wedding was truly special, because as Daniel and I were away fishing with the bride and grooms parties, all of these fantastic women went and set up for the day. They decorated the archway with fabric, aspen boughs from my parents home in Colorado, and flowers. They set the tables and helped all our little details infused with love to become a reality. They had transformed our vision into our dream day. It was so special to look around and know that a community created the beauty around us. It was all full of so much love.
My favorite moment was setting off for the carriage ride to the ceremony. We had completed our first looks, which was amazing, and so the entire wedding party, including my parents, were together. It had been threatening to rain all day, and so the coordinators were watching the weather radar for a clear moment. They thought we had a window, and so they loaded us quickly into the carriage. The driver of the carriage gave us a warning that “We need to go, so hold on”, and the horses lurched to a canter. They were running down the road, the wind catching my veil and all of us laughing. Arriving at the location, they tucked us under the eave of a cabin to wait out the rain. The men gave their coats to the bridesmaids and my niece, and we stood there together, laughing, anticipating and enjoying this funny turn of events. We even shared a couple of beers. The blustery weather continued throughout the ceremony, but I believed it suited our relationship and ceremony perfectly. We were all laughing, and as the officiant spoke of wind and rain to serve as medicine for our marriage, the wind blew and some raindrops fell. It was perfect.
Photography: Orange Photographie | Floral Design: Avant Floral | Cake: Cakes By Jenn | Invitations: Express Yourself Basalt | Bride's Shoes: Toms | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Groom's Shoes: Johnston Murphy | Dress Boutique: Posh Bridal Couture | Music: Rocky Mountain Pearls | Ranch: 320 Guest Ranch | Rentals: Montana Party Rentals | Suit: Samuelsohn | Veil: Posh Bridal Couture | Wedding Dress Designer: Sareh Nouri