I happen to be one of the many people that think Montana is the greatest place in the world to get married. So I totally understand why this MN duo (who also happen to be NHL + Division I hockey players!) tied the knot amongst its beauty. Think rustic awesome meets the floral power of Alison Brooke Design meets gorgeous images from Janie Osborne. See all of the pretty right here, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s film from Moonstone Pictures. It’s amazing, too.
From Janie Osborne… The natural beauty, rustic simplicity and magic of Montana inspired Cristin and Nate, who hail from Florida (but call Minnesota home), to get married at the historic Springhill Pavilion outside of Bozeman, Montana. Both Cristin and Nate are Hockey players: Nate currently plays for Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL and Cristin played Division 1 hockey at Boston College. A number of their wedding guests were hockey enthusiasts as well which made for a very fun-loving celebration. Cristin describes their wedding day as “naturally elegant” and “filled with unique personal details.” And, as the large sign posted on the outside of the Pavilion said, it truly was the “best day ever” for Cristin and Nate.
Photography: Janie Osborne | Cinematography: Moonstone Pictures | Catering: Zac's Montana Kitchen | Make-up: Indulgence | Ceremony Music: Robert Thompson, Christopher Kelley And Marley McMillan | Bartending: Top Shelf Bartending | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Springhill Pavilion | Dessert Biscottis: Katie Scharenbroich | Floral Design & Coordination: Alison Brooke Design | Hair Sylist: Jade Morris | Photography - Assistance: Adrienne Schroeder | Reception Music: Dirty Word | Rentals: Montana Party Rentals | Succulents For Center Pieces: DIY, Bride Cristin And Her Mother Nancy Stuart | Wedding Album: Priscilla Foster Handmade
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Whether your style preferences fall more towards modern, or perhaps you’re a lover of all things vintage, one thing is certain: a gorgeous wedding is a gorgeous wedding. And this? This is most assuredly a gorgeous wedding. Photographed by Katie Stoops, along with bright florals by Petals & Hedges and vintage styling by Something Vintage Rentals, the true love and beauty of this day shines extra bright – see it all right here.
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From the Bride… We had searched and searched for locations that were not only vineyards but they also needed a rustic chic outdoorsy feel.When we arrived at The Barns at Hamilton Station that’s exactly what we found. We loved it! Another great thing for us was it was only about an hour or so from the city which meant all of our guest could make it no problem. On top of all of that, the staff at the Barns are absolutely wonderful to work with. We couldn’t have found a better place for our wedding.
The whole day was my favorite, but two parts stood out. The first was me hiding in the farm house watching Ray get out of his truck looking all handsome in his kilt. I was so,so, SO excited that I was getting to marry my very best friend. The second was when Ray and I were standing outside of the dining area waiting to be introduced. We finally had a moment to ourselves to just be quietly together. He said some of the sweetest things to me in those 5 minuets before returning to the fabulous wedding whirlwind. Definitely my two favorite moments.
Favorite part about planning: This is a hard one! I am so, so grateful for my wonderful mother and our amazing wedding team. If it was not for them I probably would still be planning our wedding. I think my favorite part was dress shopping with my mom. She was a trooper! My sister lives in Illinois and all of my best friends are out of state. So she had to be like 6 people in one. I finally settled on the 4th dress I bought after months of searching (OMG that’s crazy to think I went through so many dresses!). I also really enjoyed the small things like wine tasting with my dad & step-mom and trying out different caters with Ray or even putting together our music for the dj. It’s fun to be able to spend time with loved ones while planning a huge life event.
Advice to couples planning: ASK FOR HELP. This is such a big day for the couple and I know every bride wants things to be perfect. I know for a fact that if I didn’t have my family and our wedding team I would have struggled through the planning. I went in with a plan to do a lot of things myself (flowers, cakes, take home gifts) and I am happy that I let other people take over those task for me. Working a demanding full-time job and having to find time to plan is next to impossible. I know I would have been such a wreck before the wedding if I was up all night doing flower arrangements or icing a wedding cake.
Photography: Katie Stoops Photography | Event Planning: Something Vintage Rentals | Floral Design: Petals & Hedges | Wedding Dress: J Crew | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: The Barns At Hamilton Station Vineyards | Reception Venue: The Barns At Hamilton Station Vineyards | Jewelry: J Crew | Catering: Kangaroo Boxing Club In DC | Desserts: Vegan Treats | Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals
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Living in a city can sometimes make a girl crave those wide open spaces. The mountains, the fresh air, and those rugged landscapes for as far as the eye can see. But lucky for me – and all you fellow city dwellers – we’re getting one such (virtual) escape via this Montana affair set at Moonlight Basin Resort. Snapped by the amazing Cluney Photo, it’s a gallery of natural beauty you don’t want to miss.
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From the Bride… We wanted our wedding above all to be a celebration with all of the wonderful friends and family who traveled so far to be with us. And the wedding was nothing if not an expression of those with us. My bridesmaids made bouquets and set up escort cards, friends arranged our flowers and set up our places, Dan’s grandfather played jazz at our cocktail hour and his aunt made a wedding cake. My father gave me away, and the priest who baptized me flew out to perform our ceremony. And after a beautiful and touching ceremony, we danced the night away to the terrible pop music which is a favorite of both my husband and I.
Dan and I were astounded by the wonderful vendors of our wedding. Ladyfinger Letterpress created our invitation which became the symbol of our wedding. Avant Florists gave me the most beautiful bouquet I could imagine with absolutely no guidance. Elle’s Belles made the most beautiful dessert table we have ever seen (or tasted.) Cluney Photography humbled us with such beautiful photos. When planning a distance from across the country, I could not have hoped for most wonderful vendors.
Photography: Cluney Photo | Floral Design: Avant Floral | Dress: Ramona Keveza | Invitations: Ladyfingers Letterpress | Invitations: Ladyfingers Letterpress | Ceremony Venue: Big Sky Chapel | Ceremony Venue: Big Sky Chapel | Reception Venue: Moonlight Basin | DJ: Bozeman DJ | Dessert: Elle's Belles Bakery | Dessert Table: Elle's Belles Bakery | Menu: Hummingbird Press | Musicians: Everett Lynn And The Rex Rieke Trio | Wedding Band: Everett Lynn And The Rex Rieke Trio | Wedding Venue: Moonlight Basin Resort