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Rustic + Intimate Northwest Montana Wedding

Now this is a wedding that does rustic romance right.  Think luxurious gold detailsstunning 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.

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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.

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Photography: Jeremiah And Rachel Photography | Cinematography: Blue Kite Cinema | Floral Design: Greenwood Events | Wedding Dress: Blue By Enzoani | Cake: Naked Cakes Montana | Ceremony Venue: Glacier Raft Company | Reception Venue: At Home | Catering: Oso Catering | Makeup: EmJ Cosmetics | Hair: Christina Stevens | Bridal Boutique: Posh Bridal Couture | Ceremony + Reception Music: Mike Murray Acoustic Duo | Invitations + Menus: Birdwalk Press | Rentals: The Party Store | Tabletop Rentals: Greenwood Events

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Victorian-Inspired Montana Bridal Session

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m ready to ask this photo shoot from Rebecca Hollis Photography to be my Valentine. After all, February 14th is all about love and I am oh-so-in-love with every detail of this inspiration session: the lush, bright floral arrangements from City Blossoms, the gorgeous Velvet Bride gown and the beautiful calligraphy from Seniman Calligraphy. See every magic moment in The Vault!

From City BlossomsFrom furniture dating back to 1823, to the teapot we used on the cake table that was given to my great grandparents as a wedding gift in 1912, we couldn’t help but be inspired to do this gorgeous Victorian inspired bridal shoot. Amongst the trees with the sun turning the wheatgrass to a golden shimmer and the rolling hills of the Bitterroot Valley of Montana as our backdrop, we were able to capture the beauty of a bride in her stunning long-sleeved backless gown with spring florals set in the frosty air.

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Photography: Rebecca Hollis Photography | Floral + Event Design: City Blossoms | Hair + Makeup: Boom Swagger Salon | Venue: Bitterroot Valley, Montana | Bridal Boutique: Velvet Bride | Calligraphy + Stationery: Seniman Calligraphy | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Model: Alexandra Lee

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Rustic Elegant Floral Inspiration From The Wild West Flower Workshop

I’ve always adored flowers (who doesn’t) but when I worked with our floral designers for my wedding, that adoration turned to a full blown love affair. So when these images by Rebecca Hollis came across my desk, I stopped and stared… and have barely resumed work since. Captured at The Wild West Flower Workshop, hosted by Darci Greenwood of Beargrass Gardens Florals + Events, floral designers came from all over to learn, grown, and create, and the finished results – all here in our VAULT – are downright frame-worthy. Take your pick among all this pretty!

From Darci Greenwood at Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events… The Wild West Flower Workshop was held September 21st-23rd, 2015 at the majestic Green Valley Ranch at the gates to Glacier National Park. Hosted and instructed by me, Darci Greenwood of Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events, 13 floral designers from all over the United States traveled to Montana for three days of flower camaraderie and fun. Nancy Teasley from Oak and the Owl and Ashley Fox from Ashley Fox Designs were my guest instructors and made this experience even more amazing with their smiles and expertise. The Wild West Flower Workshop is an all-inclusive package, as we all stay together on property at the luxuriously rustic lodge and all meals are prepared in the beautiful main kitchen. I can’t even begin to explain how much support and friendship developed in such a short time between these designers.

Our first day, after breakfast, we sat in the main living area and had amazing discussions on business and marketing. Everyone spoke of their story and the reasons they love the flower and wedding business. Just listening to each other, students were learning. Many questions were asked and we were thrilled to answer and discuss.

That afternoon we strolled down by the horse pastures to the pole barn and designed bridal bouquets. Students had hundreds and hundred of stems to chose from and it was so much fun to watch everyone pick the product for their design. Mayesh Wholesale provided some of the gorgeous blooms and botanicals and we also brought in local Montana grown dahlias and California grown garden roses. Foraging was probably what thrilled students the most. The Montana surrounding forest and fields provided students with hundred of acres of beauty for them to snip from. There were times when I could hear laughter and squeals of delight from deep in the forest.

A beautiful model was brought in to photograph with each of the students finished bouquet. Rebecca Hollis Photography worked with each student to perfectly capture their work. Our lovely model wore a LeeAnn Marshall gown provided by Velvet Bride.

The next day we worked on centerpieces and tabletop styling. Students again chose from beautiful floral product and forged for much of their foliage. Shape, style and design construction was discussed and everyone dove head first into their creations. Students also were given the opportunity to chose from The TOP tabletop items to create the perfect place setting that speaks of each of their style and their work. I had so much fun watching how each of their personalities and personal styles came out in each of their place settings. All of them very beautiful and unique.

That afternoon students traveled into Glacier National Park on a red jammer tour. Many of them had never witnessed the sheer and magnificent beauty. It was a treat. Rebecca Hollis was along for the ride and captured some of the jaw dropping scenery.

That evening was our Farewell Dinner. While the students were enjoying their tour to the Crown of the Continent in Glacier Park. Nancy, Ashley, Arden, Jessica and myself were preparing. We designed the florals and set the tables for the feast. So many laughs and many memories were made. We all dined that evening under the “big sky” of Montana with thousands of stars.

Showing off my beautiful state could not have made me more proud. And sharing such moments with so many special people was a gift, I was honored!!!

Special thank you to my amazing staff, Arden Greenwood and Jessica Gutierrez for all of your dedication, support and love!

The Wild West Flower Workshop & Retreat at Green Valley Ranch Montana has new dates scheduled: May 23rd-25th, 2016 and September 19th-21st, 2016. Email darci@beargrassgardens.com for all the details!

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Photography: Rebecca Hollis Photography | Floral Design: Beargrass Gardens Florals And Events | Wedding Dress: Velvet Bride | Calligraphy: Jessica Lee Calligraphy | Venue: Green Valley Ranch | Event Rentals: The Party Store | Guest Instructor: Oak And The Owl | Guest Instructor: Ashley Fox | Host + Instructor: Darci Greenwood Of Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events | Model: Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency | Ribbon: Tono And Co | Tabletop Rentals: Beargrass Gardens Florals And Events

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