Happy Monday, friends. You’ll want to pour yourself a hot cup of coffee and linger over today’s mountain wedding at the most idyllic National Park in Montana. Olivia and Logan poured their hearts and souls into this destination affair, and we love the way they included all their loved ones in the action! Bridesmaid dresses in a periwinkle spectrum, family style tables beneath the sky-high pines and nature immersed bride and groom portraits that will make you weepy are just a few of the gold nuggets you can expect from this captivating day. Plus, a “wedding favor” for their guests you will never believe!
We just about needed someone to pinch us when we first saw these images from Jeremiah and Rachel Photography. Between the sun-kissed haze and the natural forest backdrops, every one of these shots is inspiring.
Glacier Mountain Lodge would make Bob Ross (and anyone, quite frankly) cry. With its rustic cabins, smoky bonfire pits and hundreds of happy little trees, our hearts are dancing.
Olivia’s Rue De Seine gown is totally angelic with its flattering silhouette and draped fabric train.
Mountain weddings are always so surreal, and if you like Olivia + Logan’s, you’ll want to bookmark this one too!
From the Bride: “Proposal story: We saved every penny over the course of a year to backpack through Europe together. We purchased the tickets 8 months in advance, did a ton of research and set an itinerary and goals of what we both wanted to see. It was an extremely exciting time for the both of us, as it had been on our bucket list forever. Little did I know, Logan was carrying around a ring in a “secret zippered pocket” in his pants that he purchased specifically for the trip. He said he was terrified when we were in Paris waiting for trains in one of the pickpocket capitals of the world. He couldn’t wait to get the ring out of his pocket, and onto my finger, but wanted to wait until the perfect moment.
We both fell in love with Switzerland, the people, the beauty, the culture… everything! We went on an incredible hike that ended at the top of a mountain overlooking a serene glacial lake. There were some benches nearby, and we sat down to rest our tired feet and take in the amazing views. Logan said, “I wonder what’s around that bend… we should go check it out”. Content with taking a rest I said, “Why?! I’m sure it’s not more beautiful than this, I’m fine right here.” Secretly he wanted to get away from all of the people around. After a few arm pulls I went with him. He led me off the gravel path through the snow, we turned the corner and it opened up to the most beautiful view either of us had ever seen; that’s when he got down on one knee, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him!
Logan and I met in Colorado but we had both lived and grew up in different states so we had friends and family all over the place. It was difficult for us to select a place to wed so we sent out a survey monkey to close friends and family with three different location options since most would be traveling. Glacier National Park was the popular vote so we started our planning there! We also loved that it was a place that neither of us had ever been to because we could create a special place for the two of us to go back and visit for anniversaries to come.
We fell in love in the Rockies, and Logan proposed to me in the Swiss Alps. Travel, adventure and crisp mountain air are a part of who we are and we couldn’t wait to share this experience with the ones closest to us. After reading wedding blogs and advice from other brides one thing that resonated with us was that there is a lot of planning leading up to one day, you blink and it’s over! So we decided to rent a lodge for the weekend so that we could spend more time with family and friends and create an adventure for all that would be remembered forever. The lodge had a great big kitchen and outdoor grills where people took turns cooking meals for 40 and a bonfire where we spent the nights watching the moon rise over the mountains. It had a pond that we spent the day after the wedding swimming and relaxing by, and nearby access to hundreds of hiking trails in the park where we went on group hikes together. We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.
We wanted to give our guests something special for traveling so far and being apart of our wedding journey. We brainstormed gift ideas but decided that an experience rather than an object would be something that they could cherish forever. The morning of the wedding we scheduled a scenic boat tour of one of Glacier National Park’s lakes. We sipped mimosas and cheered to love, adventure and nature’s beauty. Our photographers completely surprised us that morning and came along for the ride!
My inspiration for the design of our wedding day came from Pinterest, Instagram and wedding blogs. Since our wedding was a destination wedding I planned everything from my computer, which at times was stressful because until the day before the wedding I wasn’t sure if the venue that I had booked even existed, we didn’t get to taste the food or cake, and I prayed that the chairs and tables I had rented would be ready and available. Everyone that I worked with in Montana was so kind and helpful though and they were always there to answer any questions I had.
Our wedding was a complete DIY wedding. This day would not have been possible without the help of friends and family. After the boat tour everyone took a job, whether it was building the dance floor, running for beer, making the seating chart, putting together the bouquets, setting up chairs or setting the table. Each person chipped in and made the day possible and we will be forever grateful to you!”
My advice to other brides: Your wedding day happens so fast! So, don’t forget to enjoy the planning phase as well. Most couples plan an entire year leading up to the big day, make all of that time just as memorable. Logan and I made a trip to Chicago to find his suit and a trip to Toronto to find my dress. We made memories throughout the year leading up to the wedding so that it wouldn’t feel like it was over in a day! If you are indecisive like me, everything in the wedding industry is absolutely beautiful so it makes the decision that much harder! I would narrow things down to two favorites and then have others decide! My bridesmaids were able to pick out their own dresses, my photographer helped me decide on florals and décor, and I would constantly text my MOH two photos and she would make the final decision! Logan actually chose my dress and I chose his suit! Try not to let TRADITION dictate your day, stay true to who you are as a couple. Don’t overspend! It is so easy to get caught up and overspend on the big day. Make a list of what is really important to you, and what you can live without. No one will remember the table linens and place settings. Our two biggest things were creating an experience for our guests and having a great photographer. The photos last forever, the flowers will not.”
Photography: Jeremiah and Rachel Photography
Venue: Glacier Mountain Lodge
Paper Goods: Paper Source
Watercolor Escort Cards: Silbiaro
Table Numbers + Seating Chart Cards: Hanwriting
Linen Menu: inLoftcalligraphy
Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine
Bridal Boutique: Loversland Toronto
Bride’s Accessories: Anthropologie
Groom’s Suit: Bonobos
Boots: Red Wing
Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulus | BHLDN
Rentals: Empress Tents & Events
Catering: Desoto Grill
Linens: La Tavola
Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic