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The West Becomes A Romantic Oasis with this Elegant Wedding Inspiration

I wouldn’t really describe myself as a “rustic” person so I never felt the need to venture out to the “wild, wild west” but there has been a major change of heart around here and it’s all due to The Ranch at Rock Creek. This gem of a venue is an escape from reality and the wedding wonders created here never fail to leave us breathless. Case in point: this shoot planned by Habitat Events. Simply Sarah captured the rustic elegant details and the windswept romance between these two – head to our Vault for it all!

From Simply Sarah Photography… This lovely wedding editorial was designed by Simply Sarah Photography and Habitat Events to show off the beauty that is early fall in Montana. The Ranch at Rock Creek created the perfect backdrop and Jenny of Habitat Events created an elegant, rustic affair for our sweet couple Katie and Adam.

From Jennifer with Habitat EventsThe Ranch at the Rock Creek is one of the loveliest places on earth, especially during the fall months! The Ranch has such a relaxed and authentic Montana vibe we wanted to mirror that sentiment in the floral and decorative touches we brought to the shoot. The ceremony site is situated in one of the prettiest prairies, which we wanted to extend to the arch by covering it in soft flowy pampas grass and delicate vines to make it feel as though it was an extension of the tall grasses and aspens groves behind it. The table for two is set on the tippy top of a mountain, aptly named, The Top of the World. The 360 degree views of the Pintler Mountains makes for the most stunning dining views anyone could ask for! The vendor team on this shoot was an absolute dream to collaborate with; it is one of our very favorite intimate editorials to date!

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Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Event Planning: Habitat Events | Floral Design: Habitat Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Saint Isabel Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Calligraphy + Invitations: Spurle Gul Studios | Venue: The Ranch At Rock Creek | Rentals: Oh So Chic | Table Runner: Silk & Willow | Vow Book: Wedding Story Writer

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Laurie Arons 2016 Wedding Planner Masterclass Part II

Seeing as we’ve already witnessed the pretty that is Part I, it’s time we find our seats at the ever-so-stunning ceremony. And for those of you that question if you can pull off a modern affair in Montana, allow me to introduce you to the incomparable Laurie Arons. Complete with ice sculpture votives, cozy cashmere blankets, and the cutest bridal party EVER, this is once celebration that’s sure to have you on #teamwinter. Fall in love with every innovative detail captured by Jose Villa Photography below!


From Laurie Arons Special EventsThe location for our styled ceremony was an intimate pier over a small lake on the Ranch. We loved the cool reflection of the sky in the water, creating a wintery mood for the shoot. Weathered wood benches were draped with soft grey cashmere wraps, to keep ‘guests’ warm for the winter ceremony. Sarah Winward created ice candles for a modern approach to the ceremony design, and snowy blooms lined the aisle.

Want to personally partake in the pretty? Don’t miss out on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in next years Masterclass, get all the dreamy details below!

2017 Wedding Planner Masterclass by Laurie Arons

Dates: March 20th–24th, 2017
Location: The Santa Lucia Preserve, Carmel California

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Event Designer + Event Planner + Workshop Host: Laurie Arons Special Events | Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Styling: Daniel Tran | Floral Design: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Wedding Cake: Perfect Endings | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Groom’s Attire:Mr. Porter | Venue: The Ranch At Rock Creek | Beauty: Sherrie Long Makeup Hair & Effects | Brass Pencils: Modern Fuel | Bridal Boutique: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown: J. Mendel | Bridal Gown: Naeem Khan | Candles: Creative Candles | Farewell Dinner Rental Tables:Vintage Whites | Farewell Dinner Rentals Chairs: Montana Party Rentals | Farewell Dinner Table Top:March SF | Floral Assistant: Kelly Lenard | Graphic Design: Amber Moon Design | Models: Wilhelmina Denver | Printing: Czar Press | Welcome Dinner Rentals: The Party Store | Workshop Notebooks + Brass Rulers: Appointed

Peek the pretty that was Laurie Arons 2015 Masterclass, here!

Part One | Part Two

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Laurie Arons 2016 Wedding Planner Masterclass Part I

To simply state that Laurie Arons plans picture-perfect affairs would be the understatement of the century. For this mastermind? She is an expert in style, grace, and all-around gorgeousness, and her 2016 Masterclass at The Ranch At Rock Creek? Well, it is (and was) nothing short if incredible. From the warm welcome dinner to the fond farewell, this team of talented vendors orchestrated perfection and we’ve got it all captured by Jose Villa waiting for you here. P.S. Learn about the 2017 Masterclass below!


“In contrast to the moody, masculine Farewell Dinner,

the Welcome Dinner in the Blue Canteen had a lighter feel.”


From Laurie Arons Special EventsThe design inspiration for this year’s Masterclass was a Modern Montana wedding. It’s common in a natural Western setting like The Ranch At Rock Creek to see rustic or vintage inspired events. But I wanted the opportunity to show how a sleek and modern aesthetic could compliment the rugged environment, if the right elements were brought together. To do this, I balanced stark modern components with cozy knits & soft velvet textiles. Masculine colors like matte black, slate and chestnut brown, a nod to the wooden architecture at the Ranch, were contrasted with romantic, spilling flowers by Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers.

I chose the metallic accent of brass for the overall Masterclass design and farewell dinner, because it felt contemporary but is also a metal that is historically seen in a ranch location. The table top by March SF, a beautiful and luxurious home boutique in San Francisco, incorporated brass flatware and smokey amber glassware in a similar tone. The hand-crafted matte black wood chargers and slate stoneware dinner plates anchored the place setting.

The winter wedding design needed to feel cozy, so we lit tall black tapers, brass votives and iron candelabras to warm up the space. We also draped each black chiavari chair with a grey cashmere scarf as well.

Amber Moon Design created a beautiful modern invitation suite and menu card, but brought in Western elements with cow hide pouches and brass tags. Cowhide agendas and brass rulers, pencils and zip drives were used by the students in the class room.

In contrast to the moody, masculine wedding dinner shoot, the welcome dinner in the Blue Canteen had a lighter feel. We featured copper instead of brass because the canteen had an existing copper counter top that was a prominent feature in the room. Copper chairs, lanterns and a copper menu board brought those elements together.

The color tones were soft – ivory, tan, taupe & brown. Neutral toned splatterware and tan fabric panels set the table. Sarah Winward created an installation of pussy willow branches above the table and little wood bundles served as placecards at the table.

The attendees of the 2016 class were a fantastic group of planners, who sparked incredible discussions about our industry. We had a lot of fun getting to know each other while sharing delicious meals, kicking around the ranch in our matching Sorel boots, and laughing at late night karaoke. I’m excited to continue building this community at the 2017 class, at one of my favorite, most beautiful settings in the country.

2017 Wedding Planner Masterclass by Laurie Arons

Dates: March 20th–24th, 2017
Location: The Santa Lucia Preserve, Carmel California

Click here for more details and to apply!

Event Designer + Event Planner + Workshop Host: Laurie Arons Special Events | Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Styling: Daniel Tran | Floral Design: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Wedding Cake: Perfect Endings | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Groom’s Attire:Richard James from Mr Porter | Venue: The Ranch At Rock Creek | Beauty: Sherrie Long Makeup Hair & Effects | Brass Pencils: Modern Fuel | Bridal Boutique: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown: J. Mendel | Bridal Gown: Naeem Khan | Candles: Creative Candles | Farewell Dinner Rental Tables:Vintage Whites | Farewell Dinner Rentals Chairs: Montana Party Rentals | Farewell Dinner Table Top: March SF | Floral Assistant: Kelly Lenard | Graphic Design: Amber Moon Design | Models: Wilhelmina Denver | Printing: Czar Press | Welcome Dinner Rentals: The Party Store | Workshop Notebooks + Brass Rulers: Appointed

Peek the pretty that was Laurie Arons 2015 Masterclass, here!

Part One | Part Two

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