Today’s styled shoot brings us the best spring has to offer, showcased in two striking scenes captured by Mackenzie Keough Photography: one, a rocky spot along the Yellowstone River, and the other, a modern industrial venue with exposed brick and romantic accents. We’re loving the fresh spring flowers at the reception from Macs Floral!
In my book, there’s never been a wedding that more closely personified “romantic elegance” than this one, a celebration of Cathy and Mark’s Montana wedding. Greenwood Events set to task making an incredibly beautiful wedding day, full of lush pink and white flowers and greenery as far as the eye can see. Their intimate ceremony captured by Rebecca Hollis is one to see — surrounded by nature and guests, we’re big fans this layout.
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.
Gluten/Dairy Free Cake
Today’s styled shoot from Rebecca Hollis and Beargrass Gardens ignites the inner nature lover in me, and it’s sure to do the same for you as well! This creative team used a bounty of ferns and fruits to create a fresh take on the woodland wedding, topping everything off with a berry wedding cake that looks almost too good to eat.
From the event designer and florist, Darci of Beargrass Gardens: This inspiration shoot was inspired by the lush ferns that grow abundantly wild in the Montana forests and the fruit trees that grow along Flathead Lake’s shores. Rich and royal colors can be so enchanting and generally stir emotion. Adding fruit and berries will also heighten the senses and therefore, draw your guests in for a memorable and delightful event.
When Velvet Bride recently got a new designer to their shop (the wonderful Leanne Marshall), they figured the best way to spread the news was to create a styled shoot showcasing the gorgeous gowns and fresh wedding decor. Obviously, we agree – the result is absolutely magical! A team of all-stars including Cluney Photo, Habitat Events, and Habitat Floral Studio came together to create a Cinco de Mayo theme with some lovely handmade touches.
From the owner of Velvet Bride: For this shoot, we styled it with a Cinco De Mayo theme. We recently added a new designer to our shop, Leanne Marshall, and were thrilled to shoot an all-time favorite dress from her collection, The Danielle! This dress is very soft and romantic so we wanted to style it against a rougher, industrial backdrop to get an interesting juxtaposition. We chose the historic Missoula Mercantile building as a venue, which is currently in the middle of an intensive revitalization project to reveal its original design and character. What we found in the venue was magic! Old brick walls, exposed vaulted tin ceilings, metal spiral staircases, and warehouse-style paned windows which paired perfectly with our theme.
For this shoot we wanted to showcase a vibrant color palette of pinks, yellows, peaches, and greens. The bridesmaids wore a pop of color on their lips with bold black and white patterned dresses while the bride remained softer with a gorgeously colorful bouquet. The bride’s dress features hand-dyed lace and a full, silk organza skirt that floats like a dream! The details included a taco bar from Five on Black, floral center pieces from Habitat Floral, and an invitation suite from Ink the Paperie. We loved this shoot and how beautifully Mark from Cluney Photo captured its essence.
Shoot Location: Missoula, MT / Photographer: Cluney Photo / Event Styling: Habitat Events / Floral Design: Habitat Floral Studio / Venue: Missoula Mercantile / Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall / Bride’s Flower Comb: Heart of Gold / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dress the Population via Velvet Bride / Hair and Makeup: Boom Swagger Salon / Caterer: Five on Black / Wedding Invitations: Ink the Paperie
The French countryside is just that kind of destination we all unanimously dream of living and breathing every inch of it. So when Alisa Lewis Event Design and Rebecca Hollis Photography sent us this French country inspiration we were in heaven. They met with a dream team in the equally inspiring Montana landscape to create this organic, airy and just plain gorgeous country chic story, filled to the brim with jaw-dropping images.
Photographer: Rebecca Hollis Photography / Art Direction, Styling, and Coordination: Alisa Lewis Event Design / Floral Design: Habitat Events / Dresses: Jenny Packham “Foxglove” and “Syrie” via The Dress Theory / Jewelry: Cloth & Crown / Hair: Boom Swagger Salon / Makeup: Skin Chic / Vintage Rentals and Styling Props: The Attic | A Vintage Rental Company / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Katie Linder Design
Have I mentioned lately how much I love non-traditional bridal wear? I could say it every day of the week and it still wouldn’t be enough, so it came as no surprise that I fell in love with Brooke’s wedding gown of choice — a green-y greige lace number from James Coviello for BHLDN. Add in a handsome groom, stunning images from Cluney Photo, and a bluegrass band, and you’ve got a wedding that has officially won us over!
From the bride, Brooke: When Scott and I got engaged, we knew that we wanted to get married in my Folks’ backyard in the Flathead Valley of Montana. Its bohemian charm was the perfect canvas for us to create a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere for us to share and celebrate with our friends and family.
In the months/weeks leading up to our wedding I collected vintage plates, tarnished silver platters and cut glass & metal goblets from every thrift store between Seattle and Montana; then proceeded to order muslin, burlap, jute, and lights. Family contributed 150 mason jars for glasses. My Dad collected 1 gallon jars that were used for the arranged flowers.
My Grandma and I tea stained the muslin and made it into tablecloths. My Grandpa built red barn wood boxes for the flower box centerpieces. Signs were made by my family using wood from my Dad’s wood pile. My Sister & her Partner cut tags from tea stained canvas, and assembled 150 mason jars with tags and jute for drinking glasses… She then cut 150 tags and wrote the names of our guests to be attached to the Flathead Cherry freezer jam I made for our favors.
Maximizing local resources was important to Scott and I. We picked 2 gallons of huckleberries which were incorporated into the wedding cakes I baked, and were also used for a sauce with the cheesecake. Other cheesecake sauces included: strawberry from our garden and raspberry from a friend’s garden. The cherries for the freezer jam I made for the Guest Favors were picked from a family cherry orchard on Flathead Lake. My friend incorporated our local distillery, Whistling Andy’s, Hibiscus Rum into Sangria she made for our “wine option”. And lastly we raised the pig ourselves that was enjoyed by all in the form of AMAZING carnitas.
Wedding Location: Flathead Valley, MT / Wedding Photographer: Cluney Photo / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Flowers: Bride’s Grandmother / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss, Rag & Bone, Billy Reid / Groom’s Hat: Goorin Bros. / Wedding Caterer: The Cuisine Machine / Beverages: Bride’s Friend, Kristen Lee-Charlson / Wedding Desserts: Bride / Wedding Music: Mountain Moongrass / Rentals: Northwest Canopy & Party Rentals
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!
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.
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.
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?
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