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Announcing Laurie Arons’ 2015 Wedding Planner Masterclass

Time and again Laurie Arons’ gorgeously designed events have graced our pages and wowed us beyond belief. And when you team her up with some of the industry’s incredibly talented creatives, set amongst the breathtaking scenery of The Ranch at Rock Creek, the Wedding Planner Masterclass by Laurie Arons is born. Take a peek at one of our most-loved soirees by Laurie, captured by the amazing Jose Villa, and see more details on the Masterclass below!

Ridiculously stunning, right?! We can’t wait to see the results of her Masterclass, taking place this April 20-24th, which will be beautifully snapped up by our dear friend Jose Villa and co-designed by Mindy Rice. Not to mention, Casa de Perrin will be sprinkling the tables with their pretties, Amber Moon Design will be providing graphic design goodies and Paula LeDuc Fine Catering of course, adding their delicious touch. And lucky us, we’ll be there to witness it all and provide some valuable tips on getting published! It’s a seriously amazing group, folks.

Dates: April 20th-24th, 2015

Location: The Ranch at Rock Creek

More details and reserve your spot here!

From Laurie Arons Special EventsI was inspired to create the Wedding Planner Masterclass after my experience collaborating with friend and colleague Jose Villa on four of his photography workshops. Held in intimate, beautiful settings, his workshops are an opportunity for students to step away from daily life and focus on education and creativity in an inspiring environment. I found it incredibly rewarding getting to know the next generation of wedding photographers and help them develop their businesses. I also cherished the design process with such talented industry professionals, as we dreamed up unique wedding scapes in these spectacular locales.

I realized there is a need for something just like this in the planning world – a workshop for young wedding planners to gain practical industry knowledge, but also be inspired to take their work to the next level. The Wedding Planner Masterclass is a four day intensive workshop where I’ll share substantial advice, resources and secrets I’ve learned planning weddings for over 20 years. Students will also hear from industry leaders (Jose Villa, Mindy Rice Design and Style Me Pretty to name a few!) to gain unique perspective into their disciplines and build valuable relationships.

I chose to hold the Masterclass at the Ranch at Rock Creek as a luxurious escape from the daily stresses of event planning. This five-star ranch is visually spectacular and has outstanding service, so students can take a deep breath and open their minds to the experience. As we share meals and enjoy activities at the ranch, there will be countless opportunities for students to ask questions, share stories and make new friends. We’ve also planned some beautiful wedding designs and special surprises to make this a significant and memorable experience for all.

The Wedding Planner Masterclass will be held April 20th – 24th, 2015 at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana. Space is limited, so visit lauriearons.com/masterclass to register. Email events@lauriearons.com for more details.

Masterclass Host, Guest Speakers & Contributors… Masterclass: Laurie Arons Special Events | Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Venue: The Ranch at Rock Creek | Floral and Event Design: Mindy Rice Design | Filmmaker and Photographer: Joel Serrato | Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Graphic Design: Amber Moon Design

Wedding Credits… Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Planner: Laurie Arons Special Events | Floral Design and Furniture: Kathleen Deery Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Perfect Endings | Invitations: A Day In May Design | Hair And Makeup: Jim Avila | Calligraphy: Maybelle Isama-Stukuls | Lighting: Illusions Lighting | Flower Girl Dresses: Crewcuts | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Tent: Zephyr Tents

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Winter Wonderland Engagement Session

This stunning engagement session? Well, it’s got me willing to brave freezing temps for a similar outcome. Surrounded by snowflakes, these scarf wearing sweethearts share cocoa and kisses, the result? Pure winter perfection. Jeremiah And Rachel Photography were behind the lens and snapped up every winter wonderland worthy moment here.

From Jeremiah And Rachel Photography… Aly and Nick are two beautiful souls, engaged, and embracing the snow Montana brings our way. We planned for their engagement session to set the tone for their upcoming Winter Wedding, and I think we got just that! It was practically a blizzard the entire time, but we didn’t mind as long as we got to warm up periodically! The snow was enchanting and we felt like we were in a giant snow globe as Aly and Nick snuggled a little closer together to stay warm. Both of them with their dark hair and porcelain skin looked like a fairy tale. I was half expecting Mr. Tumnus from Narnia to walk around the corner with his umbrella and parcels.

Photography: Jeremiah And Rachel Photography | Venue: Apgar Village Lodge

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Colorful Wild West Wedding Inspiration

Between this turquoise necklace and the stunning mare, I’m dreaming of my own wild west adventure. And that’s not even taking into account the gorgeous florals by Beargrass Gardens Florals & Events that have me completely reconsidering oranges and reds going forward. Rebecca Hollis captured this western wedding shoot and these stunning pics are my treat to you as we enter into the weekend ahead.

Colors
Seasons
Fall
Settings
Ranch
Styles
Rustic

From Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events… The general idea for this shoot was to embrace the true and historic heritage of the entire Western and Southwestern US, yet combine the look and feel of a stylish, chic Bride. I kept saying to Rebecca as we were developing the idea, “Ralph Lauren Bride.”

This photo shoot took place on an actual working ranch in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana. We also wanted a model with short hair…something different and inspiring for all the young future Brides. Short hair can be very beautiful and ethereal, even romantic. I believe these images prove just that.

With each styled shoot Rebecca and I collaborate on we always hope to inspire future Brides and all the other creatives in our industry. Always looking to have fun with an idea and for something different, yet relative.

Photography: Rebecca Hollis Photography | Design: Beargrass Gardens Florals And Events | Floral Design: Beargrass Gardens Florals And Events | Jewelry: Jeannie Sattler With Premier Designs | Makeup: Skin Chic | Hair: Boom Swagger Salon | Bridal Boutique: Velvet Bride | Dress Designer: Wtoo | Film Lab: PhotoVision | Model: Kendall Sattler | Pendleton Jacket: The Village Shop | Private Ranch: N/a

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Weddings & Events by Meant2Be Events + A Discount!

If you are anything like me (and I know you are), there are three things your wedding NEEDS to be: personal, unique and, of course, unexpected.  Enter Meant2Be Events, a team of talented planners + styling superstars that will take all of those visions you can’t stop thinking about and make them a beautiful reality.  Check out their lovely work, in collaboration with Countryside Floral, below…

Meant2Be Events isn’t your standard event planning team.  Nope, they, along with their fabulous partner Countryside Floral, are an amazing group of creative minds that will craft an elegant + sophisticated experience for you and all of your guests.  Think custom linens, romantic lighting and crazy cool furniture that will make your wedding SING.  Even better?  Each and every detail of your big day will be meticulously organized with your personal style and personality in mind.  That means that everything, and I mean everything, will be a complete and total reflection of you and yours, from the florals to the place settings to the one-of-a-kind stationery.

Can’t wait to start planning your dream day?  We know you can’t.  Take advantage of this offer for new customers from Meant2Be Events and Countryside Florala complimentary design consultation, a personalized inspiration board AND a $100 credit towards your wedding floral order!  It goes without saying… call them ASAP!

Floral Design: Jon Throne at Countryside Floral | Event Planning & Design: Meant2Be Events | Photographer: Genesa Richards Photography | Wedding Dress: Cicada Bridal | Cake: Baked | Stationery: Songbird Paperie | Hair & Makeup: Urbanista| Linens: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance | Rentals:R&R Rentals | Venue: Vistas at Tolt Hill

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Winter Wonderland Holiday Dinner

Celebrating amongst snow capped trees, this beautiful trek in the woods captured by Jeremiah And Rachel Photography is a walk in a winter wonderland. Complete with holiday cookies, cocoa, and plenty of cheerful Mum’s FlowersGoldfinch Events & Design perfectly planned a cheerful celebration. Join us by donning your warmest of wears and come along for the ride here!

From Goldfinch Events & Design… Temperatures are dropping, snowflakes are beginning to fall, and the holidays are upon us. With that often comes the usual excitement and stress of decorating for large family gatherings, giving just the right present, and in all the chaos still remembering to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. May these few tips help inspire you towards a simple, stress-free holiday season.

When decorating your table, fresh cut bows such as cedar, douglas fir, and white pine provide fragrance and texture while an abundance of white pillar candles add warmth and coziness. Keep your centerpiece low to promote conversation and your color palate simple, in classic whites and greens with a hint of gold sparkle or pop of red to avoid looking over-decorated and tacky. Cedar trimmings make great napkin accents and snowflake sugar cookies add a touch of edible décor to everyone’s plate.

In all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, make time for those you love by: having an annual snowball war in the yard, a monopoly marathon, go caroling through your neighborhood, ice skate on a local pond, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or embark on a snowshoeing expedition. Instead of the stereotypical turkey dinner, make new traditions like hosting a tree-cutting party for family and friends with hot chocolate, home made treats, and a tree hunt. These timeless customs will be carried down by generations to come, building life-long memories with those you love.

During this shoot we had the pleasure of working with a family and styling their family Christmas photos as they sipped hot cocoa together and searched for a tree.

Photography: Jeremiah And Rachel Photography | Event Planning: Goldfinch Events & Design | Floral Design: Mum's Flowers | Venue: Private Residence

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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.

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Lodge
Styles
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 | Makeup: Indulgence Montana | DJ: Joe's DJ Service | Favors: Brooklyn Candle Studio | Officiant: Beth Renick | Wedding Venue: Rainbow Ranch Lodge | Cake & Desserts: Rainbow Ranch Lodge | Paper Goods: Tamara Mayne | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Corral Bar