Don’t be fooled by these elegant pics courtesy of Simply Sarah Photography; while we may have a classic wedding before us – we’re talking lace and pearls – look a little closer and what do we see? Bridesmaids with cowboy boots peeking out from under those pretty dresses of theirs! The perfect combination of rustic meets elegance, this celebration planned by Habitat Events melds both styles seamlessly for our eager eyes. See every detail and every moment in our Vault right this way!
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From Simply Sarah Photography… When Lauren and Andrew first got engaged, choosing their wedding venue was an easy choice! They chose the bride’s family’s private ranch in Red Lodge, Montana as a picturesque destination to bring their family and friends from all over the U. S. to celebrate their fun filled wedding weekend!
From the Bride… Andrew and I had met in passing several times, through introductions from a number of mutual friends, before he asked me out about a year later. We’ve both considered ourselves to be a couple immediately following that first date, a cozy dinner at Aqua Al 2 in DC, where I (admittedly) talked his ear off and he (admittedly) dominated the decorating of “our” very own plate for the restaurant walls. It is hard to put a finger on when or how we fell in love because it was effortless and nearly immediate once we had entered each other’s lives. He would say that it was his dashing good looks and two championship rings that sealed the deal, but in truth, seeing the way he is with our friends and family, it was easy to take the measure of this open, loyal and outgoing person and know that this would be the one for me. Luckily for us, the feeling was mutual!
Our favorite part of our wedding weekend was getting to share the moment, and the time surrounding it in a space that is special to us both, with so many of our friends and family. We are lucky to have found each other and are blessed with the love of and support of so many wonderful people. We dearly missed those that couldn’t be there and appreciated everyone who could make the long trek to experience it with us.
Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Event Planning: Habitat Events | Floral Design: Habitat Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Whipped Confections | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Zac's Montana Kitchen | Hair + Makeup: Indulgence | Groom's Attire: Read Wall | Wedding Venue: Private Ranch | Rentals: Montana Party Rentals
When you come upon a chapel this light and bright and beautiful, it’s really not even a choice, you gotta say “I do” there. After a meet cute at the airport, these two continued their romance and it didn’t take much to settle on Big Sky, Montana to start their official happily ever after – and Simply Sarah captured all the beauty. Fall in love with this couple – and this magical place – in our Vault right this way!
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From the Bride… Kyle and I met at the Minneapolis airport while we were both traveling for work. We started emailing and texting, which led to FaceTiming, which led to us deciding to meet in Kansas City for a sit down dinner date. I was living in Omaha at the time and he was in St. Louis. After our Kansas City date, we started seeing each other every few weeks. Flying back and forth to see each other every chance we got. Eventually we started seeing each other every weekend and couldn’t stand having to leave. Kyle would tell you we knew very quickly this was going to be it! I would have to agree! We got engaged in Charleston on a romantic getaway. I was hoping this would be the weekend we got engaged however, Kyle had me thoroughly convinced it was not happening any time soon! I was a bit bummed but did my best to enjoy the weekend anyway. The last night of the weekend we started walking to dinner and he kept naming the streets we were walking on. I didn’t think anything of it as we love learning about new cities and why things are named the way they are. Our hotel was on King Street and we started walking and made a turn on Queen Street and then another on Meeting Street and then one last turn on Church Street. He took me down a beautiful walkway between two brick buildings and proceeded to say,” the King can’t meet the Queen at the church without one of these…”as he pulled a ring out of his pocket! It was so perfect and I was so surprised!
We chose Montana for our destination wedding for several reasons… first, we fell in love with the little chapel we were married in. It was so neat that the church celebrates different religious services. I am Catholic and Kyle is Presbyterian and we wanted our wedding day to be a true representation of the both of us so it was a perfect fit! Having an intimate wedding was really important to us. I have a HUGE extended family and although I would have loved for every last one of them to be there, it just would have been TOO big to include everyone we love. Choosing Big Sky was an easy decision because we love the area so much and we wanted to share a little bit of that love with our closest friends and family. In the end we are so glad we opted for an intimate wedding in a place that means so much to us. As cheesy as it sounds, our wedding day truly was the best day of our lives. Everything worked out better than we could have imagined and I wish we could do it all over again!
Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Event Planning: Bash Bozeman | Floral Design: The Flower Hat | Wedding Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza | Cakes: Elles Belles Bakery | Hair: Ethereal Hair & Makeup Artistry | Venue: Moonlight Basin
‘Tis the season to spend time with our families, which is why this sweet Montana elopement feels so appropriate to share. Captured by the talented Danford Photography, it’s a seriously sweet reminder that family is first and foremost, and we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault!
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From Danford Photography…Melanie and James decided to have a simple elopement while they were on vacation in Montana with their two year old little boy and baby girl. They chose gorgeous Paradise Valley for the simple and sweet occasion. The day of their elopement, the mountains were blanketed in low-hanging clouds, but the rain held off. Melanie wore her beautiful red hair down her back, complemented by a lace BHLDN dress and her vintage emerald engagement ring. Her bouquet was a gorgeous pop of yellow on an overcast day. We all casually strolled up the hill to a field with beautiful 360-degree views of the cloud-covered mountains and the horses grazing nearby. Melanie and James made vows to their children and each other, exchanged rings and kisses, and then we took photos of their adorable family as their little boy ran off some energy. Afterward, they sent us off with a generous slice of the most incredible lemon blueberry lavender cake. The afternoon was relaxed, intimate and full of love.
Photography: Danford Photography | Floral Design: The Flower Hat | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Whipped Confections | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Officiant: Beth Renick