Rachel and Brian created a beautiful soiree set in the picturesque Montana mountains. Just about everything was handmade by the bride during a very short period – one month planning their wedding which even included making her own wedding dress. Captured by Rachel Nickel of Nickel Images who sent over this wedding. Brace yourself for an intensive DIY session!

 bride and groom with montana mountains and arch
 homemade directional signs ideas

From the bride, Rachel: Brian and I planned our wedding in a month! I don’t think anyone was too surprised because we are known for being sporadic and adventurous. Our vision for the wedding was to make it inspirational, meaningful and different. We love nature and are very outdoorsy so we wanted that to be a key element. We also wanted our friends and family to feel special and valued and incorporated that into our wedding. I’m a huge fan of all things vintage and Do It Yourself so I wanted that to be a key element as well.

 bride and groom in outdoor montana wedding
 pretty horse in field
 hanging frames wedding decor

We were vintage farm and nature inspired. Our colors were blue, peach, yellow, green and brown. Our DiY projects were almost everything. Decorations, food, invitations, flower girl dresses, bridesmaid bracelets, my wedding dress and flowers.

 bridesmaids in grey skirts and red and pink flowers
 old typewriter for guestbook and old suitcase plus flower decor
 DIY mini pie buffet ideas
 display of small vintage wedding decor items and chalkboard
 lounge area with draping and antique wedding decor
 hanging lanterns and wedding lounge seating
 tent wedding with bunting in grey pink and peach

Advice for brides planning their wedding now: Stay true to what’s important. What was important to us was our friends and family celebrating our marriage everything else was less important. Since we planned a wedding in a month there were definitely times I was overwhelmed and stressed and times I thought things were less than perfect but then I realized all that stuff didn’t even matter. The day’s perfect even if everything else is imperfect because you are marrying the man of your dreams. What’s more perfect than that?

 outdoor wedding with vintage convertible

Wedding Vendors (Whitefish, Montana):

Ceremony and reception location(s): Private residence / Wedding planner or event designer: Rae Clausen / Florist: DIY by bride’s sister, purchased from Eldens Gardens Dahlias / Photographer: Nickel Images via Two Bright Lights / Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes and other accessories: Vintage + upcycled / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom / Caterer: DIY by family / Wedding Cake: Groom’s mother and aunt / Wedding invitations: DIY