One look at this wedding and you’re going to need to know the Bride’s three tips (included in her little writeup below)—how could you not with all this pretty? With a ranch-elegant vision in mind and stuuuning views to boot, she and her groom nailed it and we have Orange Photographie to thank for documenting it all so beautifully. The Vault holds all the lovely, right this way.
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From the Bride… I knew I wanted to get married on a ranch, but I didn’t want to have it feel too rustic. I focused on incorporating soft and romantic decor to create an elegant setting with a beautiful mountainous backdrop while highlighting some Montana details such as the horse-drawn wagons and a bluegrass band. It’s so rare that your closest friends and family will all be together with you, so plan and organize to the best of your ability and then just be present and enjoy the day.
There were so many incredible moments from our wedding day, but my favorite was the time we had during our sunset pictures. It was so special to step away and have a moment together to soak in the significance of the day, and getting some amazing photos didn’t hurt either! My three suggestions for a bride’s (and groom’s) sanity:
1) Make a decision and move on
2) Pick vendors that you enjoy working with and will make your vision a reality
3) Don’t sweat the details you can’t control (like weather in the mountains!)
Photography: Orange Photographie | Floral Design: Labellum | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Cakes by Jenn | Wedding Invitations: All She Wrote | Shoes: Benjamin Adams | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair Stylist: Revive Salon | Groom's Attire: Studio Suits | Wedding Venue: The 320 Guest Ranch | Ceremony Band: Laney Lou & the Bird Dogs | Cocktail Hour Music: Drink Me Pretty | Earrings: BHLDN | Groom's Accessories: The Tie Bar | Groom's Shoes: Magnanni | Planning: Gracefield Events | Rentals: Montana Party Rentals | Skirt Overlay: Watters
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