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Glacier National Park Engagement Session

Call me biased (I am a Montana girl, after all), but this beautiful e-shoot is everything that is right in the wedding world.  Think a stunning duo meets a whole lot of adventuring meets my favorite national park as the always-breathtaking backdrop. It’s one awe-inspiring moment after another captured in brilliant images by the talented Katie DeLorme Photography.  See every last one in THE VAULT.

From Katie DeLorme Photography… Laura and Mac live in Montana and really wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous landscape. Additionally, they wanted to celebrate their engagement by doing an activity true to them. I always strive to find clients who want me to tell their story authentically – its always a bonus if they are adventurous spirits. We opted to hike through the woods and to canoe the choppy waters of Lake McDonald. Their lust for adventure became the cornerstone for this session and as such when the waves crashed against them and the chill in the air became bitter – the harder they laughed and the closer they became. This is just the epitome of love and enjoying life together.

This day was so special as the sun shined and they were able to explore with no time commitments or worries at all. The following day, which was their wedding, the heavens opened up but again, in their true form, they laughed it off and still insisted on an outdoor ceremony. Their hearts and love for this Earth is unyielding and truly inspiring.

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Photography: Katie DeLorme Photography | Event Planning: Field: A Wedding Design Studio | Venue: Joshua Tree National Park

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Classic + Romantic Backyard Wedding in Montana

Want to hear something adorable? Morgan and Brandon were married at her parent’s house. I mean, how sweet and intimate is that?! With Rebecca Hollis Photography capturing every lovestruck moment, it’s hard to imagine anything more beautiful than their Greenwood Events celebration. It’s a day that proves to be as classic as it is sentimental, and thankfully we’ve got it all to share via The Vault!

At Home

From the Bride… The first time Brandon and I ever saw one another was at a church clean up early one Saturday morning. We did not officially meet until some time later, but after the church clean up we both inquired to our pastor about each other. I had no idea who Brandon was or what his story looked like, but I knew I had to find out. He felt the same. We eventually got formally introduced one day after church by our associate pastor. As I walked away from the meeting, I turned around and gave Brandon my best “come and get it” smile that I could muster up. We continued to run into one another on campus and at church until finally one day, I approached him after the service. It was the beginning of Spring Break, and I wanted to know what his plans were. After making it very clear I wanted him to ask me out, he suggested we go on a hike over the break. I agreed. We met up to hike Mt. Sentinel and any and all awkwardness we felt evaporated after about three minutes. We hiked for almost three hours, talked the entire time, and laughed the whole way down. After that, the rest was history. We fell fast, and hard for one another.

It was only a short four months later that we were ring shopping together. Three months after that, we were engaged. Brandon proposed to me on Christmas Eve with my mom, dad, sister, and brother-in-law all there to witness it. It was perfect, simple, and 100% me. My family has a tradition where, every Christmas Eve after church, we sit around the fire and Christmas tree, and we open one gift. For the last 22 years of my life, that gift has been matching nighties for my sister and I that we eagerly run upstairs and put on to show my mom. This year, as my sister handed out presents, I knew there was no way a night gown would fit into the tiny sack I was handed.

The sack was gold and shiny, and inside it was a gold glittery Reindeer Christmas Ornament. Tied onto the Reindeer’s horn was something that out-sparked the sack and the ornament combined; a ring. Before I could really react, Brandon was kneeling by my side. At this point I blacked out…and so did he. We were both so nervous and excited that we were shaking. If it weren’t for my parents recording and us re-watching it, I don’t think I would even know what we said to one another.

My favorite memory from the wedding day was walking back down the aisle after being announced as Mr. and Mrs. Smith for the first time. As we made our way back down the aisle we were both so excited and happy. Once we got back into the house we had a moment to celebrate with each other, our groomsmen, our bridesmaids, and our families. That was so special!

Brandon and I got married in my parent’s home. That in itself held more value and sentiment than all the decor combined. Having grown up in that home with the mother that I have has given me a certain type of taste, so it was no surprise that the house and the yard matched the theme and colors I wanted. My sister and I were back upstairs, in our old rooms, and sleeping in my childhood bed the night before the wedding. It calmed me down a lot, and made me feel a lot more at ease. Waking up in my own bedroom the morning of my wedding day was something that I think is really special.

The overall theme and feel of our wedding was drawn from the home and yard it took place in; romantic, classic with a modern twist, and simple. My parents home is whites and creams surrounded by natural lush greens of tree leaves, the golds in the field grasses, and the soft colors of fall when the season starts to change. This color palette is my favorite of them all. The wedding colors, white, cream, gold and natural greens, plays directly into the property and vice versa. If there is one thing wedding planning has taught me it’s to work WITH your surroundings, not against them. One of my favorite part’s about Darci’s decor ideas was the pampas grass that she used to line the aisle, toss into some of the bouquets, and use at the head table. The grass was totally unique, and while not at all part of Montana’s natural grasses, fit in perfectly.

From the Groom… My favorite memory from the day was seeing Morgan walk down the Aisle with her Dad right there was something that I don’t really think I can describe. She and her dad have such a special relationship, she looked unbelievably beautiful, and it just suddenly all became real that I was seeing my almost wife walking towards me. That rocked.

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Photography: Rebecca Hollis | Cinematography: Britney Paige Cinematographers | Event Planning + Design: Greenwood Events | Floral Design: Greenwood Events | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Cake: Dani Smith | Invitations: Noteworthy Paper And Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Arte Latica | Catering: Smokin' Hot Mamas | Hair: Dani Hubbard | Calligraphy: Jessica Lee Calligraphy | DJ: Aaron Traylor | Groom's Attire: Saks Fifth Avenue | Desserts: Black Cat Bake Shop | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Private Residence: N/a | Ribbon: Tono & Co | Tables: Empress Tents & Events | Tabletop Rentals: Greenwood Events | Tent, Lighting, Chairs: The Party Store

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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.



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: 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

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