Any bride who can rock a blush pink Vera is a fashion hero, in my book. So when I found out this stylish lady also happens to be one of Montana’s go-to planners behind Last Best Weddings, I wasn’t surprised in the least. It’s a glam-filled day drenched in mountainside scenery, and there’s much more to be found from Cindy Cieluch Photography right here.
From The Bride…Over 1,000 white candles, antique/vintage furniture, mason jars, soft,romantic colors and a hint of outdoor rustic appeal made our wedding the most glamorous event our small town of Havre, MT had ever seen.
The details…Music is a HUGE part of both of our families. It was the theme to most of our special touches. My Mom and Andy’s brother performed a rendition of “The Story” by Brandi Carlile during our ceremony. My grandparents are professional Jazz musicians and provided the live entertainment for the cocktail hour. Each table had an old fashioned cake instead of a table number and had a lyric, quote, or verse that resonated with Andy and I instead of an actual number. Our favors were CDs with a compilation of our favorite love songs, which were played throughout dinner and during a slideshow later in the night. All of our signage was custom made by a friend who is an incredible graphic designer. We had flowers and candles on logs from my family’s farm throughout the entire venue. Because our wedding was in a town without any wedding vendors I had to bring everything in.
I hand dipped our wooden silverware in gold paint for each place setting, used gold glitter on the bottom of the candles on the tables, arranged all of the flowers I had ordered from Mac’s, had mason jars with striped straws and champagne flutes next to vintage plates and gold chargers on each table setting and topped it off with mint napkins. Vintage Whites Market specially made an altar out of old doors, stair railings and curtains for the perfect handmade, antique look. They also provided vintage frames and seating to create an awesome photobooth area, which our guests loved. Cocktail hour had Montana whiskeys and my favorite pink drink we dubbed “Care Bears” after the family friend, Carrie, that concocted them. Chalkboard signs led people through the “rooms” since we had different areas for each part of the evening. Antlers from my family ranch were used on table tops and signs with our social networking hashtag, #andylovesliz, were in every detail. Because we were unable to get a videographer to travel to our location a dear friend provided a basic short video for us. Words cannot summarize how magical and touching our ceremony turned out to be in the soft glow of the candles in our gold painted wine bottles (another DIY) surrounded in all white.
Our Background…I am a wedding planner for the average bride and groom in the great state of Montana. I help ordinary couples have fairy tale weddings using the incredible outdoors as their backdrop. So when it came to my own wedding, clearly I knew each detail in advance. And then the worst thing happened, we LOST OUR VENUE! So some improvisation was needed. We changed the location of our wedding to our home town, to a place we spent most of our teenage years but it was not what I would call the ideal location. I knew the details, and our story, had to be what made the day magical.
Andy and I both grew up in the small town of Havre, Montana. He was my best friend’s next door neighbor and we became instant friends when I was 15, a freshman, and he was 17, a junior. After a year of friendship he was my first real boyfriend, my first real kiss, and my first heartbreak as we broke up when he went to college. We eventually reunited in Missoula at the University of Montana and after staying close friends for a few years began dating again. Timing was never on our side as he took a job in another city while I finished college. It took nine years before we decided it was time to be together. Andy proposed with a ring he had custom designed himself and it was the greatest day of my life. He has been my best friend for 10 years now and we couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate with our family and friends than returning to where it all began. Choosing an indoor venue (because of Montana’s unpredictable spring weather), was not an easy feat. Andy was the captain of his very accomplished hockey team and I spent a lot of time cheering him on so the hockey rink actually did have a sentimental quality to it.
Our wedding day was a small town reunion with almost 300 people from different graduating classes and most farmers and ranchers in a 200 mile radius. Our decor was very romantic with touches of the outdoors we both grew up in and love. Because Andy is known for being a total comedian, our uber soft, romantic setting and self-written vows really shocked our guests. It was a day the entire town had been waiting on for almost ten years. I am certain we did not disappoint. I hand selected my favorite vendors from around the state and the culmination made for the most magical day I could ever have dreamed of.
Photography: Cindy Cieluch Photography | Floral Design: Mac's Floral | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Lavender | Cake: Sweet Notions | Bridesmaids Dresses: TFNC | Catering: Just A Taste | DJ: Joe's DJ Service | Linens: BBJ Linen | Paper Goods/Balloons: TomKat Studio | Planning: Last Best Weddings | Rentals: Vintage Whites Market | Rentals : The Party Store | Wedding Venue: Havre Ice Dome