Now this is a wedding that does rustic romance right. Think luxurious gold details, stunning florals from Greenwood Events and a setting that is all sorts of Montana awesome. It’s the perfect happily ever after for two sweeties who craved an intimate, tranquil affair that was all at once laid-back and elegant. (Read: They nailed it.) See it all captured beautifully by Jeremiah And Rachel Photography in THE VAULT, then press play on the sweet film from Blue Kite Cinema below.
From the Bride... We had been together for seven years before getting married, so we knew we wanted a small wedding, but it quickly grew to be much larger than we had envisioned. Nine months before our wedding date, we decided to cancel everything and plan a destination wedding in Montana with just immediate family. We both love the outdoors and wanted to enjoy the beauty and tranquility Montana had to offer, so we booked a cabin and planned everything in less than a month.
We had nine guests total at our wedding, plus our two Labradors, Kodi and Chase. It was intimate, romantic, relaxing, and a truly beautiful day for us. We decided to get married on a Tuesday, September 15th, 2015. Everything about the day felt right to us. While everyone else was working on a typical weekday, the world stopped in our eyes and became the happiest day of our lives.
Even though we woke up next to each other and had breakfast together, our favorite moment was still seeing each other for the first time after getting ready. The photographers picked a beautiful wooded spot and it was just the two of us with our dogs. That moment was full of emotions and private for us and didn’t take away any emotions when seeing each other again at the altar, so we would definitely recommend doing a first look!
Our photographers were the first people we booked because we love the use of film and were fans of their work. They captured the most beautiful moments and film gave the photos a timeless feeling. We saw our videographers on Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book and we thought no one else compared to their style. We couldn’t imagine not having them capture our day and we cry every time we watch the video. Plus, they are the nicest and most fun guys you’ll meet! The rest of the vendors were found through either Style Me Pretty or Instagram by having a connection with our photographers and yes, everything was planned and booked in under a month! It was the most relaxing and fun experience planning our intimate wedding versus planning the initial large wedding.
We did have a very last minute change with the ceremony venue and our officiant. We were going to have both the ceremony and reception at the cabin we were staying at but we decided last minute that it didn’t feel right for the ceremony. The day before the wedding, we decided to look at the site where we ended up having the ceremony and booked it that afternoon. We also went whitewater rafting a few days before our wedding and found out our raft guide was ordained. The day before the wedding, the person we had hired just didn’t feel like a good fit for us so we called up our raft guide and asked him to marry us! He ended up being the perfect fit and did an amazing job.
We wanted our wedding to be rustic, elegant, and relaxing with a mix of masculinity and femininity. In the décor, we used antlers, fur, and leather. Our invitations were custom using handmade paper and watercolors and had leather wrapped around them as well as our menus being leather. The bowties, groom’s tie, and best man’s suspenders were also leather. We had rabbit fur on the chairs at the reception and antlers throughout the venues.
The colors were dark brown, navy blue, forest green, and touches of gold. The flowers were subtle with various colors of cream and a variety of greens and touches of navy blue. Our florist actually clipped flowers and greenery from the woods near the cabin we stayed at to include in the bouquets and flower runner on the reception table. In honor of the late father-of-the-bride, the bouquets and boutonnieres were wrapped in gold guitar string.
For the ceremony, we had two wine barrels with flower arrangements on them and antlers and candles for the aisle. The reception was very romantic with lots of candle light and one long table with a floral table runner on the deck of the cabin overlooking a flowing creek and wooded area. We had whiskey, beef jerky, and cigars as well as crawfish, prime rib, and lobster for our reception at the cabin that everyone stayed at. One of the best parts about a small wedding is we got to have everything we wanted without worrying about cost! We also had an amazing acoustic duo play at our ceremony and dinner so we could still have a first dance even though we weren’t having a traditional reception and dance.
The one piece of advice we would give to brides and couples is DO WHAT YOU WANT! You’re going to get a lot of opinions when planning a wedding but ultimately the both of you know what is best for you as a couple. The day is truly about you and the love and commitment you are making to one another. We realized that a small wedding definitely isn’t for everyone but it was perfect for us. And even though people were disappointed that they weren’t invited, everyone seemed to understand after they saw the photos and video.
Photography: Jeremiah and Rachel Photography | Cinematography: Blue Kite Cinema | Floral Design: Greenwood Events | Wedding Dress: Posh Bridal Couture | Cake: Naked Cakes Montana | Ceremony Venue: Glacier Outdoor Weddings | Reception Venue: At Home | Catering: Oso Catering | Makeup: EMJ Cosmetics | Hair: CS Bridal Styling | Bridal Boutique: Posh Bridal Couture | Ceremony + Reception Music: Mike Murray Duo | Invitations + Menus: Birdwalk Press | Rentals: The Party Store | Tabletop Rentals: Greenwood Events