Every time we take a peek at this real wedding from Montana, we fall more and more in love. From the boho decor to the beautiful bridesmaids in white, there’s no shortage of enviable details and inspiring elements. Thank you to Jeremiah and Rachel Photography and Mum’s Flowers for your work on this one!
From the bride, Mary: September in Montana is our favorite month. The days are long and warm and the wind is beginning to show the changing seasons. The day of our wedding was a reminder of why we love Montana in September the most. We were married at our neighbor’s field and the reception was in my parents back yard, under their beautiful barn they built for the wedding. It was the most exciting day of our lives! All of our very favorite people from all the different seasons in our lives came together to support our love and build friendship with one another. I felt an overwhelming calmness on the morning of our wedding, like all the decisions I have ever made (good or bad) had led me to this day and I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
The inspiration for our day came from our combined love for the outdoors and a trip we took together. We quit our jobs and spent a year traveling the United States the year before we got married in our trailer Lucille (who played a big role at our reception). During our trip we spent a lot of time hiking and photographing the South West. Much of our décor was inspired by the stucco homes of Taos, NM the cactus we camped next to in Tucson, AZ and the simple patterns of Navajo blankets. Adam is a native Californian and we live there currently, so we tried to blend in a lot of our life from Santa Barbara into the décor as well.
We took driftwood from Flathead Lake and drove drift wood out to Montana from Santa Barbara to create our driftwood arch. Adam’s Aunt and Uncle built it the day of the wedding and it still makes me cry thinking about how beautiful it looked out in the middle of the field. The most special part of our theme was the 215 individual canvas oil paintings my Aunt painted as a gift to all of the guests. She painted scenes from our road trip that Adam and I had photographed and shared with her. This wedding was such a labor of love.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice for future brides would be to do premarital counseling and make sure you are aligned with your faith and hopes for the future! We learned so much about each other during those few sessions and I fell in love with Adam even deeper. Remember, it’s about the marriage, not the wedding! Involve your bridesmaids, groomsmen and extended family in set up and decorating, they know you the best! My bridesmaids made all of our bouquets and my party flower crown for the reception. The morning of the wedding we ate a huge breakfast made by one of my bridesmaid’s boyfriend, who happens to be a chef! Let your friends help you! It’s creating more memories and reminding you to let go of all control. Also, know your style and what makes you feel the most like YOU, only do something because it feels authentic to you and your future husband.