Rustic Glam Montana Summer Wedding
December 8, 2015
Northwest
GlamorousLodgeOutdoor Weddings
What started as a family friendship turned into so much more after a fun-filled, fateful trip to Nashville. Fast forward a few years, and these cuties are saying "I do" at the gorgeous Glacier View Lodge. With Jeremiah & Rachel Photography, along with Moonstone Pictures, capturing every moment, it's a happy ending to one sweet fairytale. Hop on over to our VAULT to see it play out from start to finish!
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From the Bride... Justin and I first met at a high school golf tournament. Justin built a long friendship with my brother, Joseph. Justin began joining our family for many dinners, whitefish trips, rounds of golfs, and Griz games. From there, I tried to set up ALL my friends with this sweet, handsome, and laid back friend of my brother's. Eight years into our friendship, the infamous trip to Nashville, Tennessee happened. My family was headed to Nashville for the Griz Game. My brother could not make the trip so we had two open tickets. My Dad pressured Justin and Kevin O'Day to join us. (The point of the story here is that this trip was the first time Justin and I had hung out without my brother around!) On the last night of the trip, Justin and I were dancing and flirting all night in downtown Nashville on Broadway Street. Several cocktails later, he leaned in and whispered in my ear "If we're gonna do this, we have to, like, get married!" . . . and here we are!

We went to Whitefish, Montana for our two year anniversary. Justin had picked up the ring that morning and proposed to me just hours later in my favorite place! We celebrated by having a wonderful dinner at Stillwater Fish House and ending the night with champagne and chocolate! Justin and I wanted one thing when it came to our wedding, which was for everyone there to have a wonderful time and remember it as an incredible celebration. We wanted it to be timeless, elegant and magical. We knew right away Whitefish would be our location. We looked at Glacier View Lodge and knew it was the perfect location to host our 250 guests, for both the ceremony and reception. The color palette fell into place when I found my dress and bridesmaid dresses; ivory, blush, champagne gold and of course, sparkle! The floral was very important in our event design. We wanted the floral to set the scene right away for our guests… romantic and dreamy. Our wedding planner, Cara, did an amazing job on all the floral arrangements, centerpieces, rose petal aisle, and arbor. As the cellos played, our guests were greeted with gold sugar rimmed champagne - cheers to us! It was really important to us that our ceremony was very personal and special, not only to us, but all our guests too. We wanted everyone to enjoy this moment. We chose Justin’s cousin as our officiant to make it more personal. Tucker did an incredible job sharing our story. Our favorite moment was when we exchanged the vows we wrote together. A truly incredible moment. We walked out to “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne while our family and friends tossed Flutter Fetti on us, making for a great photo-op! Then came cocktail hour with live music by Fresh off the Vine and amazing passed appetizers by Bravo Catering! We moved to the beautiful huge tent for our reception. It was important to us that during dinner only Frank Sinatra was played, per Justin’s request, in honor of our late grandpas. We were moved to tears by the unbelievable speeches made by our Best Man and Tripod of Honor (I had 3 MOH). We shared this warm September evening, under a beautiful Montana sunset, surrounded by all those who love us. It was truly magical and the best night of our lives.

My advice to other brides is to do what makes you happy as a couple. It’s impossible to please everyone and ultimately it’s your day. If you can, hire a planner and a videographer. The day will fly by and you’ll need a go-to person for all those little things (and BIG things.) As the bride, you do most of the work leading up to that day, but on the day-of you are busy and it's impossible to do it all yourself. Having a videographer capture the details of the day helped me relax knowing that I will be able to relive all the parts of the day I missed. Pinterest is great but overwhelming with endless options. Decide what you want and stick to it. Finally, allow others to help. It takes a team to make the day come together, whether they are hired or not. Also, try to remind yourself to keep everything in perspective. At the end of the day, all that matters is the love you have for the one standing next to you.

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