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BRIDE Montana

The bride’s planning guide to a perfect rocky mountain wedding

Spring 2015

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Spring + Summer 2015 MONTANA FINDS 12 Flathead Cherries 14 Stanley Woodworking 16 Wild Horse Steel Works STYLE & BEAUTY 48 Matchmakers - Bride’s Style Guide for Summer 51 Reel Love - Ring Lookbook INSPIRATION 35 45 70 74 80 82 84


Venue Trends - 1915 Barn Meet - Big Sky Photo Booth RMB Vendor Feature - Planners The Twenties - Emerald Style Inspiration Get The Look Table - BruMar Estate Eat - Elle’s Belles Bakery Explore - Get Lost Travel


86 Honeymoon - Switzerland 88 Staymoons 89 Fairmont Hot Springs Resort 90 Lone Mountain Ranch 91 Ranch at Rock Creek


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IN EVERY ISSUE 8 Publisher’s Letter 92 Wedding Planner Checklist 94 The Montana Marketplace

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Clockwise from top: Orange Photographie, Kelly Kirksey Photography, M Kate Photography, Lockie Photography, Rebecca Hollis Photography




Spring + Summer 2015 Glacier Weddings 19 Katie & Kevin Whitefish 26 Shanna & Dustin Bigfork 30 RMB Weds! Anamarie & Shane

Clearwater River

Get The Look 24 BruMar Estate

Yellowstone Weddings 38 Kristi & David McAllister Get The Look 36 Rainbow Ranch Lodge 42 Union Pacific Dining Hall

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Weddings 56 Kristin & Chris Absarokee Get The Look 54 Northern Hotel 60 Red Lodge Mountain


Central Weddings 63 Ashley & Andrew Deer Lodge Get The Look 68 Paris Gibson Square Art Museum

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Clockwise from top: Buffalo James Photography, Amy Hallenius Photography, Macy Spencer Photography, KC Kreit Photography, Cassandra Eldridge Photography



Favorite Find s

There’s nothing like summer in Montana! The warm days, wildflowers and mountains are the perfect backdrop for your Rocky Mountain “I Do!” Check out our seasonal favorites for your summer soiree.

A Sweet Scent

($2.50, etsy.com/shop/MontanaBee)

We adore these organic beeswax candles from Montana Bee. They are a great addition to your home or the perfect favor for your wedding!

Jessie Moore Photography

For The Ring Bearer

($24, etsy.com/shop/MyMontanaHomestead)

Hello, Brides!

My Montana Homestead has fabulous finds for your home and your wedding day! We love this burlap and lace ring bearer pillow!

RMB is 20-years-old! In honor of turning 20, here’s a countdown of my top 20 favorite things... or at least a few of the important ones. Rocky Mountain Bride is my favorite thing, alongside my family, the city I live in and our amazing team. Montana hasn’t been in the Rocky Mountain Bride family for 20 years, but joining this legacy has already been an amazing journey. We LOVE the Rocky Mountains, and we LOVE inspiring brides. We invite you to get married in the Rocky Mountains, and to visit Montana where it is easy to fall in love with the professionals, places and possibilities. My hope is that when Rocky Mountain Bride turns 25, 30 or even 40, brides will still have a place to turn when planning their perfect Montana wedding. Happy Birthday, Rocky Mountain Bride!

Table For Two

($1.80, etsy.com/shop/MontanaSnow)

These rustic whitewash table numbers from Montana Snow are the perfect addition to your wedding look! You’ll also want to check out their collection of wedding signs and banners!

Cheers! Abby Turner

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Montana Party Rentals has been providing a wonderful selection of rentals for more than 18 years. We’ve made it easier than ever to plan for that special occasion. Now you can submit your very own wish list on our new website. Simply browse our unique collections, select those special items, submit your wish list, and one of our event consultants will follow up with you to help plan your one-of-a-kind event. MontanaPartyRentals.com | Surround Yourself With Ideas!

   MontanaPartyRentals.com | 17 All West Trail, Bozeman, MT

Photo credits left to right: Eye in the Sky Photography, Lauren Brown, Green Door, Janie Osborne, Lauren Brown

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Spring Cover Mackenzie Keough Photography

High school sweethearts, Kaitlyn and Trevor, were married on October 4, 2014. Undoubtedly, the most unique detail about their wedding was the ceremony location, which took place at a fire tower overlooking the Swan Lake Valley in the Mission Mountains. They had a gorgeous day with lots of personality, DIY flair and a stunning outdoor backdrop.

Beauty: Liz Welch Bride’s Dress: Preowned Wedding Dresses - Oleg Cassini | preownedweddingdresses.com Bride’s Shoes: Lord and Taylor | lordandtaylor.com Caterer: Ian’s Healthy Table | Facebook: Ian’s Healthy Table Ceremony: Mission Fire Lookout Tower in Swan Lake Ranger District | recreation.gov Floral: The Succulent Source | thesucculentsource.com Groomsmen Attire: Prohibition Clothiers | prohibitionclothiers.com Jewelry: Trijewels | trijewels.com Lodging: Bridge Street Cottages | bridgestreetcottages.com Music: Destination DJ | destinationdj.biz Officiant: Liz Welch Photography: Mackenzie Keough Photography | mackenziekeoughphoto.com Reception: Bigfork Performing Arts Center | bigforkcenter.org Rentals: Celebrate Events and Party Rentals | celebraterentals.com Rings: Arosha | etsy.com/shop/arosha Sweets: Bigfork Harvest Foods | harvestfoodsnw.com Videography: Storymix | storymixmedia.com/weddingmix

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Summer Cover Buffalo James Photography Kelley and Casey were married at a gorgeous ranch outside of Helena where their rustic theme collided beautifully with wedding classics. The bridesmaids wore purple gowns paired with cowboy boots, and carried matching bouquets with purple tulips. The bride’s bouquet was made of bright white peonies and sprays of wheat stalks. Among other fun details, the couple danced the night away to a live band under the stars. Bride’s Dress: Beautiful Weddings | beautifulweddingsbridal.com Catering: Bullman’s Wood Fire Pizza | bullmanspizza.com Drinks: Gusto Distributing | gustodistributing.com Floral: Floral Connection | Facebook: Floral Connection Groomsmen Attire: Murdochs Ranch and Home Supply | murdochs.com Invitations: Ann’s Bridal Bargains | annsbridalbargains.com Lodging: 4-R Ranch | 4-rranch.com Music: Ten Years Gone | montanabands.com/ten-years-gone Officiant: Michael Dexter, Trailhead Christian Fellowship Church | trailheadchristianchurch.org Photographer: Buffalo James Photography | buffalojames.com Rehearsal Dinner: Baum’s Pitch-Fork Fondue Rings: Diamond Dream | diamonddreamusa.com Sweets: Stacked Cake - Annie Novotny Sweets: Sheet Cakes - Van’s Thriftway Deli & Bakery | vansthriftway.com Venue: 4-R Ranch | 4-rranch.com

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Montana Finds

Flathead Cherries

Every August, the trip to Flathead Lake to pick from the dozens of cherry orchards is a must for each Montanan. As all natives know, the cherry is one of the state’s most favorite products. The luscious fruit provides so many fun products, works of art and delicious foods. Cherries are a great way to accent weddings and support local farmers in Montana. This Rocky Mountain fruit is a gem to have in welcome bags - whether in the form of jam or candles – or at your wedding atop the cake, on a salad, or on the side of a buffet for guests to grab and enjoy.

Amy Hallenius Photography

If you’re planning an August wedding, plan an outing for your guests who are staying around the lake to go hand-picking for this fabulous fruit, or have them stop by a local fruit stand to grab some on the go. Fresh from the source is the best way to enjoy Flathead Cherries. We love this local fruit. Consider adding a seasonal touch to your summer wedding with the Flathead Cherry!

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the perfect photo

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the natural candy bar

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What RMB Loves

The Rocky mountain region boasts some of the best

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Clockwise from top: Jessie Moore Photography, Lindsey Mulcare Photography, Lockie Photography, Lindsey Mulcare Photography, Amy Hallenius Photography, Jessie Moore Photography, Orange Photographie, Lindsey Mulcare Photography

The possibilities are endless!

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Montana Finds

Stanley Woodworking Specializing in handcrafted wood arts for the home Jay Stanley is the master artist and craftsman for Stanley Woodworking. He has an eye for the unique expressions found in wood, and is based out of Manhattan. Jay has been a carpenter for 10 years and has spent the last few years discovering his innate ability to turn wood into practical, yet beautiful, creations. He says, “the wood tells me what it wants to be.� He procures wood locally in Montana, from his family farm in Indiana, and throughout the United States. These creations are useful and gorgeous as ring bowls, wedding gifts, bridal party gifts, and beautiful additions to any home.

Stanley Woodworking | Facebook: Stanley Woodworking Photography: Lockie Photography | lockiephotography.com

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A unique shopping experience for the fashion forward bride.

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Montana Finds

Wild Horse Steel Works Handmade, steel belt buckles Like many other small businesses, Wild Horse Steel Works began in their garage as a hobby, building belt buckles for family and friends. Once they started marketing their belt buckles, they gained popularity and the demand grew. Their belt buckles have been sold to clients in nearly every state in the U.S. , as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, and all over the world. Additionally, they offer discounts for belt buckles bought for your bridal party. Coming up with new belt buckle designs and improving the quality of the craftsmanship are high priorities for the Wild Horse Steel Works team. They take a tremendous amount of pride knowing these belt buckles are individually handmade for clients. Because their belt buckles are made to order, the client may participate in some of the customization details.

Wild Horse Steel Works | wildhorsesteelworks.com

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Real Wedding

Katie & Kevin Whitefish

7.12.2014 Katie and Kevin met freshman year at the University of Montana, and have been together ever since. Kevin decided to propose to Katie during what she thought was a “spur of the moment” trip to San Diego. Little did she know, Kevin had been planning this surprise for some time. The two decided to celebrate their love on a gorgeous July day with all of their friends and family present to watch them say “I Do.” From the perfect weather, to the huckleberry ice cream, and all of the love in between, Katie and Kevin had an unforgettable day.

The Theme: Rustic chic was the look for Katie and Kevin’s wedding. They wanted it to be elegant, but also simple, and not over-the-top. The Colors: The color palette Katie and Kevin chose was pale pink and grey, with accents of natural tones - white, green, and brown. The Flowers: Pale pink roses, accented with white roses, dahlias, and greens, made up Katie’s stunning bouquet. Soft baby’s breath was used for the ceremony, along with potted petunias. The centerpieces were a combination of wood boxes filled with greens and white flowers, and silver trumpet vases with curly willow. The Dress: Katie wore a fitted lace gown by Mikaella Bridal. She loved how it

was the perfect combination of classy and sexy. Her accessories included a belt that her best friend and bridesmaid wore with her wedding dress - the perfect “something borrowed”!

The Favorite Detail: Katie tells us that the cross they were married in front

of was her favorite detail. Her dad made it for the couple, so it holds sentimental value, and also represents an important part of Katie and Kevin’s marriage. Kevin loved the popcorn bar!

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The Sweets: The bride and groom had cake and ice cream for dessert! Their guests enjoyed huckleberry ice cream, which was paired with sour cream white cake with raspberry filling, rum cake with cannoli filling, and German chocolate cake.

The Food: Guests enjoyed a feast for Katie and Kevin’s wedding! Mushrooms stuffed with crab, smoked salmon, and bruschetta were served for cocktail hour. Dinner included spinach salad, roasted seasonal vegetables, potatoes gratin, and roasted garlic and mushroom risotto; these dishes were complemented by prime rib, salmon, and chicken marsala - delish! The First Dance: Katie and Kevin danced to George Straight’s, “Give It All We Got Tonight.”

Advice for RMB Brides: “Try not to sweat the small stuff…no matter what happens, at the end of it all, you get to marry the love of your life and that is the best part!” Three Words: Elegant, Sentimental, Sensational

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Color Palette

Bride’s Dress: Schaffers – Mikaella Bridal | schaffers.com Bride’s Ring: Jared | jared.com Bridesmaids Attire: David’s Bridal | davidsbridal.com Caterer: The Cuisine Machine | cuisinemachinecatering.com Flowers: Mum’s Flowers | mumsflowers.net Groom’s Attire: The Tuxedo Gallery | tuxedogallery.net Groom’s Ring: Kay Jeweler’s | kay.com Hair: Chelsea Sprinkle Hair Artist | chelseasprinkle.com Invitations: Kathy Cotner, Mother of the Groom Lodging: The Lodge Whitefish Lake | lodgeatwhitefishlake.com Lodging: Grouse Mountain Lodge | grousemountainlodge.com Lodging: Pine Lodge | thepinelodge.com Lodging: Rocky Mountain Lodge | rockymtnlodge.com Linens: The Party Store | thepartystore.com Makeup: Alana Wright, Bridesmaid Music: D.J. J-Ster Jazz | reverbnation.com/DJJSterJazz Officiant: Pastor Raul Rodriguez | freshlifechurch.org Photographer: Carrie Ann Photography | carrieann-photography.net Rentals: Celebrate Event & Party Rentals | celebraterentals.com Rentals: Peewee | peeweeportapotties.com Sweets: Just Desserts by Joyce Dye | Facebook: Just Desserts by Joyce Dye Sweets: Sweet Peaks Ice Cream | sweetpeaksicecream.com Venue: Glacier View Lodge | f: Glacier View Lodge Wedding Planner: Always Planning

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Get The Look BruMar Estate Bigfork

Photography Rebecca Hollis Photography w: rebeccahollis.com

Model: Arden Greenwood

The Lookbook The glow of a big sky summer sunset is unmatched. This look was inspired by the vibrant colors Montana’s landscape produces. Rich ferns, fruits, and berries helped to add a pop of summer color to this look. Both the natural tones and accent colors incorporated throughout the table mesh perfectly with the bride’s whimsy style and Sarah Seven gown.

Velvet Bride

Cast Calligraphy

Kristin O’Leary

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Sweet Notions Cakes & Confections w: vintagewhitesweddings.com

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The Party Store

Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events w: beargrassgardens.com

Style Secret The summer’s harvest of fruits and greenery is the perfect place to find wedding inspiration. The rich colors make a statement and elevate any look. Keeping things local is the best way to bring the summer season into your look!

BruMar Estate

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Real Wedding

Shanna & Dustin Bigfork 9.1.2012 Shanna and Dustin met while in Vail at an art show, where both of their paintings were being featured, and they had an instant connection. Dustin planned a trip to Sri Lanka, where he completely surprised Shanna with a romantic proposal at the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy! The two chose to tie the knot in Montana. The day was filled with an abundance of Native American details honoring Shanna’s heritage, and a fabulous celebration of their love with friends and family!

The Theme: Shanna’s Native American heritage greatly

influenced the wedding theme, and many Native American traditions were incorporated throughout the day. Shanna and Dustin decided to incorporate the colors and textures of the season, which also complemented the Native American details.

The Dress: Shanna wore a long satin gown by Augusta Jones. She adored its vintage feel.

The Flowers: Shanna chose florals which paired perfectly

with both the season and Native American elements. She had a vibrant flower aisle of roses, lilies, and greenery, which we just adored!

The Favorite Detail: “The location. Flathead Lake is one of my favorite places on earth.”

Mr. and Mrs. Moment: “My husband surprised my family and me by singing two songs with his band. He usually just drums, but he also has a really good voice. It was great to have our two families come together.”

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Beauty: Colette Taber | johnandcolette.net Bride’s Dress: anna bé - Augusta Jones | anna-be.com Bride’s Hairpiece: Sara Gabriel | anna-be.com/saragabriel Caterer: BruMar Estate | brumarestate.com Flowers: Conrad Floral | conradfloral.com Groom’s Attire: Andrisen Morton | andrisenmorton.com Invitations: Bella Figura | bellafigura.com Jewelry: Karats | karatsvail.com Music:The Original Moonlighters Native American Marriage Blanket: Pendleton | pendleton-usa.com Officiant: Grandparents of the Bride Photography: John and Colette | johnandcolette.net Shoes: Aldo |aldoshoes.com Venue: BruMar Estate | brumarestate.com

The Sweets: Guests enjoyed Montana-inspired sweets, including huckleberry

pie and candy.

The Food: Shanna and Dustin still talk about how good their wedding cuisine

was! They served a variety of hors d’ oeuvres for cocktail hour, followed by steak and salmon for the main course.

Advice for RMB Brides: “To relax and have fun in the moment because it will all come together in the end. What’s most important is being surrounded by those who you love the most and who love you too.” Three Words: Happy, Fun, Musical

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Your wedding day is one of the most impor tant days in your life. As a husband and wife photography team, we specialize in weddings full time, and we’ve been ser ving Montana brides since 1999. Let us help you tell your stor y with pictures that will last a lifetime. Call to see if we are available on your date: 406.600.4000

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Real Wedding RMB WEDS!

Anamarie & Shane Clearwater River

8.16.2014 Anamarie is the Online Marketing Manager for RMB, and when we learned about her wedding, we couldn’t wait to be a part of it! Shane is from Whitefish, and Anamarie is from Missoula. Although they live in Denver, they knew Montana would host their wedding. On a warm August day, they said “I Do” in the presence of over 300 friends and family at the family’s private cabin. It was the perfect day for a fabulous wedding congratulations, Ana and Shane!

The Theme: Anamarie went with a clean, natural

aesthetic with a bit of a boho-vibe for her wedding theme. They had a neutral color palette, crisp black and white paper designs, cafe lights, and pops of gold throughout the design. The most important detail was that their wedding was fun for all of their guests!

The Dress: Anamarie’s best friend and bridesmaid,

Lauren Snyder, opened Velvet Bride in Missoula, so it was meaningful and exciting for Anamarie to buy her dress there. She ended up buying the first dress she tried on: a gorgeous WTOO gown.

The Favorite Detail: “That’s hard! I would have

to say the ‘glamping’ honeymoon suite our neighbors surprised us with. They set up a walled tent and put down carpet, a queen sized bed, candles, lights, and flowers. It was incredible. Waking up in the middle of the woods in an incredibly comfortable bed was amazing. I also loved creating our programs, invitations, custom beer labels, and menus.”

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Color Palette Bride’s Dress:Velvet Bride – Wtoo by Watters | velvetbride.com Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | badgleymischka.com Catering: Le Petit Outre + the Lear/Hainline Family | lepetitoutre.com Custom Address Stamp: Cast Calligraphy | castcalligraphy.com Floral: Velvet Bride | velvetbride.com Flower Girl’s Dress: D. Liles Collection | etsy.com/shop/DLilesCollection Groom’s Attire: The Regiment Shops of Boulder | theregimentshops.com Hair: Kyla Kendall - Sugar Tree Hair Salon | Facebook: Sugar Tree Hair Salon Invitation Design: Anamarie Shober (the bride!) Invitation Letterpress: Birdwalk Press | birdwalkpress.com Music: Full Grown Men Band Officiant: Tom King & Amy Carter University Congregational United Church of Christ | uccofmissoula.org Photographer: Buffalo James Photography | buffalojames.com Rentals: Montana Party Time | missoulaeventrental.com Sweets: Rosauers | rosauers.com Transportation: Beach Transportation | beachtrans.com Venue: Family Cabin on Elbow Lake

Mr. and Mrs. Moment: “Shane and I didn’t exactly do things in traditional order - our daughter was a year old at our wedding - but saying our vows in front of our friends and family was so emotional and amazing. As far as I know, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It’s true what they say: weddings are fantastic, but being married is so much better. I get to wake up to my husband everyday.” Advice for RMB Brides: “Planning the details is fun and they do make things prettier, but at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that you enjoy your time with your new spouse and loved ones. Spending money on a good band and a good photographer is so worth it. Take a minute to take it all in; things go by incredibly fast. Things aren’t going to go perfectly, so go with the flow, and enjoy celebrating the love of your life!”

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1915 Barn

Larry Stanley Photography

Lockie Photography

Over the past ten years, the 1915 Barn has been thoughtfully transformed from a traditional, working dairy barn into a unique and beautiful event space that is alive with history, nostalgia, and hospitality. The 20-acre grounds boasts several original out buildings and assorted farm aspects, along with manicured lawns and mountain views. Five bedrooms, a full kitchen and living space, plus the beautifully converted hayloft upstairs make this “cool old barn� a completely restored special event venue.

The WOW Factor Part vacation home, part wedding venue - the versatility of this barn makes it a perfect place for destination brides. The bedrooms, kitchen, and living rooms allow families and couples to stay and relax, while the large reception area and grounds are a gorgeous setting for a wedding.

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Get The Look

Rainbow Ranch Lodge Big Sky

Photography Tori Pintar, Photographer w: toripintar.com Models: Lilly Herro & Patrick Cole

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Old Hollywood charm comes to Rainbow Ranch. White feathers, a vintage couch, and a timeless Mori Lee gown create the perfect blend of classic glam and Montana living. Add in a couple that is madly in love, and you have a dazzling scene.

Rocky Mountain Rug Gallery w: rockymountainruggallery.com


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Eskay Bridal

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Persnickety Formalwear

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Style Secret Lounge pieces placed outdoors are a great way to extend the reception into the Montana landscape! Another great idea is to add a rug to center the space and incorporate texture.


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Kristi & David McAllister 8.2.2014 Kristi and David were married on a warm August afternoon in McAllister, where they celebrated with all of their loved ones at the most fabulous barn in Ennis! The two decided to have a classic country-style wedding, which was created with an adorable vintage white church, wine barrels, and lighting that made the whole barn sparkle and glow.

The Theme: Kristi and David chose an elegant, country

rustic theme for their wedding. They used borrowed antiques for the country charm look. These items were paired with lighting and candlestick accent pieces which brought in an elegant flair. The color palette they chose was kelly green, rustic brown, and ivory.

The Dress: Kristi wore a gorgeous lace A-line gown, which matched her vintage-charm and country look!

The Flowers: A family friend and retired florist

ordered the blooms and put them together for the couple, adding a personal touch. The tall arrangements included curly willow, bells of Ireland, baby’s breath and daisies. The bridal bouquet was a lovely bunch of ivory garden roses and baby’s breath.

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The Favorite Detail: Kristi’s favorite detail was the borrowed jewelry, which came from her grandmother and great-grandmother. The pieces were stunning with her lace dress, and they also made for a meaningful “somethings borrowed.” The Sweets: Kristi and David decided to make a

statement with their desserts! They had a dessert bar which included lemon bars, cream puffs, and all of the couple’s favorite cupcake flavors, such as chocolate and lemon blueberry. A two-tiered, ivory butter cream cake was staged under a chiffon netting for the couple’s cake cutting.

The Food: In keeping with the country style, Kristi and David served a delicious Montana BBQ. Advice for RMB Brides: Kristi’s advice is not to get lost in last minute details, but rather to take in every second of your wedding day because it goes by so quickly. She also suggested designating a “go to” person to handle all the little things that may come up. Three Words: Crazy, Fun, a Blur

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Color Palette Bride’s Dress: Eskay Bridal - Allure Bridal | eskaybridal.com Bride’s Shoes: Roper Apparel and Footwear | eroper.com Catering: Country Boy BBQ Ceremony: McAllister Church Flowers: Larry Ott - Whole Blossoms | wholeblossoms.com Hair: Lorri Turner – Genesis Salon | Facebook: Genesis Salon Billings Invitations: Vista Print | vistaprint.com Jewelry: Family Heirlooms Liquor: Willie’s Distillery | williesdistillery.com Lodging: Lure Me Inn | luremeinn.net Lodging: Rainbow Valley Lodge | rainbowvalley.com Lodging: El Western | elwestern.com Men’s Attire: Eskay Bridal | eskaybridal.com Music: Bozeman DJ | bozemandj.com Officiant: Dr. Ray Teston, Madison Valley Baptist Church | mvbaptistchurch.com Photography: Amy Hallenius Photography | amyhallenius.com Reception: Jumping Horse Ranch | jumpinghorseranch.com Rehearsal Dinner: Banditos | gravelbarmt.com Rentals: Gallatin Event Rental | gallatineventrental.com Rings: Miller’s Jewelry | millers-jewelry-mt.com Sweets: Sweet Pea Bakery | sweetpeabakery.net Veil: handmade

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Union Pacific Dining Hall West Yellowstone

Photography Emily Barnhardt Photography w: emilybarnhardtphotography.com Model: Gretchen Sellegren

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The fashionista meets Yellowstone. This look was inspired by bright pink, bling, and an extravagant gown, which was paired with the iconic rustic stone look of the Union Pacific Dining Hall. In this case, opposites attract! We love the pop of pink in such an earthy space. And who doesn’t love a bride who can rock a bam-wow Martina Liana gown?

Allison Brooke Design

Plume Bridal

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Union Pacific Dining Hall

Sarah Mossing

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Sara Kantorowicz f: Sara Kantorowicz, Stylist Extraordinaire

f: Making Life Beautiful – Sarah Mossing

Rondevu Events

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Style Secret Keep a look out for venues with unique architectural features! Create a more luxe look by choosing designs and colors, which bring the venue’s special structural features front-andcenter at your wedding.

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Big Sky Photo Booth Since 2010, Big Sky Photo Booth has been providing couples interactive entertainment, instant wedding favors, and nights full of laugher. They are the perfect party addition to your wedding!

We believe in what we do and our customer service is top-notch. Couples tell us all the time that our photo booth was the hit of the party. Our photostrips are stunning. They are perfectly exposed and created using studio strobes and high resolution cameras. Our print quality is unmatched with no smearing or wet surfaces. Our prints will last a lifetime when well taken care of. Our guest books are beautiful, acid-free, archival quality albums. We don’t skimp on quality or customer service because it is a really big deal to us. Plus, couples have to look at the total value of the photo booth—it is so much more than getting a photo taken – it is way to engage guests and capture the celebration. Seeing the photos of Grandma and Grandpa kissing in the booth is truly priceless.

Lauren Brown Photography

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What is it about Big Sky Photo Booth that is a must-have at a wedding?

What proves that hiring a professional photo booth company is worth the additional cost?

In addition to a standard photo booth rental, what other services does Big Sky Photo Booth offer? We’ve worked hard in our four years in business to stay on top of industry trends and to provide the latest and greatest for our clients. We now have social media and print stations, so when guests exit the booth, they can reprint photo strips or upload images to Instagram or Facebook on site. At venues where parts of the reception are happening in different places, we can remotely project the photos on a large screen. Guests also love video messaging the bride and groom - a popular feature we offer. Green screening, where the guests are superimposed over a background, can be great for a wedding with a specific theme.

Lauren Brown Photography

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Lauren Brown Photography

loneman Photography

Photo booths are what we do—they are our specialty! We love our niche, and we’ve excelled in our market. It’s our goal to be the best decision a couple makes for their reception. We work with each couple to create their unique photostrip message, fine tune the photo booth timing and location, and interact with their guests throughout the evening. Our photo booths provide a great, budget-friendly wedding favor for guests and all night entertainment. Hire a company that knows what it’s doing, not a fly-by-night company or an overcommitted vendor. Choose a professional who specializes in making lifetime memories and who cares about your big day as much as you do.

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Style & Beauty

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Meet your bridal match! Plan out your perfect wedding day look with these three style pairings for 2015, plus hairstyle secrets from the pros.

Beauty: Jessica Johnson – Amore Salon | amore-salon.net Bridal Shop: Willow Bride | willowbride.com Floral: Mum’s Flowers | mumsflowers.net Models (left to right): Kimberly Becker, Jessica Johnson, Cassy Thronson Photography: Kelly Kirksey Photography | kellykirkseyphotography.com Styling: Goldfinch Events + Design | goldfinchweddings.com

Love & Lace The Look We are smitten by this A-line, ivory lace bridal gown from Ti Adora, a collection by Alvina Valenta. The deep V in the front and in the back give it the dramatic wow-factor, softened by both the delicate lace detail of the dress and the Untamed Petals belt. The ivory tones in the dress blend beautifully with the rich reds and wild greens in the bouquet and create a look straight out of the Tuscan countryside.

Style Secrets With the dramatic neckline, Jessica, from Amore Salon, was able to create a bolder hairstyle to match the gown. She created a large, twisted braid to add detail to the back of Cassy’s hair, which is a great way to amp up a bridal look. The ensemble was designed to have an effortless, yet pulled-together motif, which is further complemented by the bouquet’s similar aesthetic.

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Classic Charm The Look Looking to channel your inner Grace Kelly on your wedding day? The “Clara” gown from Sareh Nouri is it. With it’s offthe-shoulder trumpet shape, low back, and French Alencon lace design, you’ll be sure to wow in this classic stunner. The look is complete with a delicate Untamed Petals belt. Add rich, romantic flowers with the gown in order to make the lace pop.

Style Secrets With a gorgeous lace neckline and back such as this, choose a hairstyle that doesn’t doesn’t distract from the gown’s intricate detail. For this look, Jessica decided to style Kimberly’s hair in the back, as opposed to on the side or left down. She used asymmetrical details, like her side part, soft braids, and pinned curls, to accompany the parallel attributes of the dress.

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Pink Pixie The Look Spring is in the air! This A-line “Houston” gown from Haley Paige has a blush tone which pairs perfectly with a romantic summer fete “I Do.” The draped, crossover bodice, alabaster-encrusted keyhole back, and beaded trim at the natural waist is the perfect amount of sparkle for the whimsical bride. The little bits of bling in the Untamed Petals headband are the perfect finishing touches to the look.

Style Secrets Jessica, the beauty stylist for this shoot, also had the opportunity to play dress up and to model! For her look, she chose a simple and textured, yet smooth style, which she coupled with a bold headband. She was sure to choose an understated piece which didn’t overly compete with the gown. For brides with short hair: don’t feel limited to just one style! Feel free to accessorize and to have your hair professionally styled to achieve the most beautiful you.

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R eel L ove Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but Montana is definitely her first love. We are smitten with rings which capture your unique style, just like this collection from Alara Jewelry. Merissa Lambert Photography | merissalambertphotography.com Bozeman Reel | bozemanreel.com

The Bling Book Daring Designs

Let your style be seen! Play with colors and shapes to find your ideal ring.

Erik Stewart - Contact Alara for Info Metro cube with flush set Diamonds

Banded Together

Dawes Designs - $688-$2,125 Sustainably responsible jewelry, 18K White Gold

The New Classics

Danhov - Contact Alara for Info 14K White Gold | 62 White Diamonds total 0.48 CTW with varied carat size center stone

B. Noelle - $29,500 18K White Gold | 2.02 ct Yogo Sapphire Diamonds 0.78 CTW

Alex Šepkus - $4,040 18K Yellow Gold “Candy” Ring | Yogo Sapphires 0.34 CTW | Diamonds 0.10 CTW

Bands are the new bling for 2015! Pair multiples for a left-hand stack that wows.

Suzy Landa - $1,515-$1,575 Stackable Diamond Rings in Yellow, White, and Rose Gold

Sarah Graham - $900-$1200 “Pebble” Rings in 18K Yellow and White Gold

The classics - updated! We love the new look for these timeless designs.

Suzy Landa - $18,178 Lady’s Diamond “Crown” Setting | 18K Rose Gold | 1.70 CT Peach Diamond | 0.06 Diamonds

Danhov - $13,450 Round1.50 Carat Diamond | Platinum Setting 0.43 CTW Diamonds

Alara Jewelr y | 42 W Main St Bozeman MT 59715 | alarajewelr y.com | 406.522.8844

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Get The Look Northern Hotel Billings

Photography Simply Sara Photography w: simplysaraphotography.com Model: Julie Campbell

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The Lookbook

Bring on the ritz and glitz! This look was inspired by spring floral with the elegant ballroom at the Northern Hotel. The tables were designed to mix vintage décor with upscale design. Between the mirrored floral runner for the head table, the sprigs of spring in the centerpiece floral, and the gorgeous lace Justin Alexander gown, it’s the perfect blend of vintage glam.

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Belle en Blanc w: belleenblancmt.com

Moments in Time

Northern Hotel

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Party Time Plus Rentals

Gainan’s Flowers & Garden Center

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Style Secret Adding a backdrop behind a head table not only highlights and accentuates the height of a room, but it also provides a beautiful background for photos. We are smitten with the chiffon-draped backdrop and lush floral!

TEN Restaurant

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Real Wedding

Kristin & Chris Absarokee 8.23.2014 When life gives you rain on your wedding day, wear fabulous rain boots! Kristin and Chris celebrated their love on a cloudy August day, yet the weather didn’t dampen their love or happiness in the least! Friends and family gathered for a rustic outdoor soiree. From accessorizing for the perfect rainy day to a rockin’ barn party, Kristin and Chris had their dream day while becoming one!

The Theme: The couple chose an outdoor rustic theme

which played off of the natural Montana landscape. They used a color palette of mint, tan, peach, and a variety of blush tones.

The Dress: Kristin tells us that her Lillian West gown “was

made just for my body…it was a satin slip that was covered with a light lace gown. It was breathable and easy to move in.”

The Flowers: Kristin employed the talented Katie Bennett, from Mac’s Floral Design, to come up with the wedding’s flower arrangements. She loved the end result; it was exactly what she wanted!

The Favorite Detail: “I think our favorite detail was that

our family and friends came from all over to celebrate with us. It was truly phenomenal and heart-warming. The weather sucked, yet people were so ecstatic to be there. It was awesome. We also encouraged camping on the property for our guests, which lots of people took part in. My aunt prepared a delicious breakfast the next day for all of the campers and the wedding party. “ Rocky Mountain Bride Montana



The Sweets: The couple served a coconut cake with

cream cheese frosting to their guests. The luscious fare was covered in toasted coconut, and Kristin absolutely loved how delicious it was!

The Food: Kristin and Chris served guests fennel breadsticks, various cheeses, chips with fruit salsa, and caprese salad skewers during cocktail hour. For dinner, flank steak with a chimichurri-and-apricot-glazed chicken, homemade sourdough bread, strawberry and spinach salad, and a delicious roasted vegetable platter were served. For those still dancing away the night, the couple served late-night bean burritos. The First Dance: The newly-wedded Mr. and Mrs.

danced to Ingrid Michaelson’s “Wonderful Unknown.” Kristin tells us it’s such a sweet song about married life, having a family, and growing old together.

Advice for RMB Brides: “Don’t have pre-conceived notions of your ‘perfect’ wedding day. It’s going to be great, and you can’t always predict what will happen. Roll with the punches! Everything works out in the end.” Three Words: Us, Unexpected, Genuine

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Color Palette

Beauty: Nikki Giovannini - Aqua Salon | Facebook: Aqua Studio & Salon Bride’s Shoes: Journey’s | journeys.com Bridesmaids Attire: Nordstrom - Donna Morgan | nordstrom.com Cake: Jayne’s Signature Sweets | jaynessignaturesweets.com Caterer: Abby’s Catering Company | Facebook: Abby’s Catering Company Flowers: Mac’s Floral | macsfloral.com Groom’s Attire: Step’n Out Formal Wear | stepn-out.com Invitations: Minted | minted.com Music: Magic City Productions | Facebook: Magic City Productions Officiant: Zach Meyers Photography: Macy Spencer Photography | macyspencerphotography.com Rehearsal Dinner: Bride’s family home Rentals: Party Time Plus | partytimeplus.com Rings: Montana Gem | montanagem.com Transportation: Red Lodge Tour,Taxi & Limo | Facebook: Red Lodge Tour,Taxi & Limo Venue: Quaking Aspen Ranch | quakingaspenranch.com Videography: Jade Flanagan Video | jadeflanaganvideo.com Wedding Planner: Emily Hallock Weddings & Events | emilyhallockweddings.com

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Get The Look

Red Lodge Mountain Red Lodge

Photography Macy Spencer Photography w: macyspencerphotography.com Model: Bethany Hein

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The Lookbook

Be inspired by the forest! This look was designed to have an organic feel which is accented perfectly by the rustic stone at Red Lodge Mountain. The use of air plants, succulents, and moss create the texture and raw beauty of the design, complementing the Blush by Hayley Paige gown. The pairing with Wildrye Distilling caps off this earthy style.

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Belle en Blanc

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Lukas Trudeau Event Co.

Montana Bridal Artistry beautyfrenzymt.com

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Wildrye Distilling

Red Lodge Mountain

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Style Secret Get your design cues from nature! The texture and color variations found in the forest are the best palette to work with for your wedding! Using natural elements such as branches, stones, moss, and greenery will help to create this look. These natural hues and texture combinations work wonderfully for a summer wedding, so get outside and find your inspiration!

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Real Wedding

Ashley & Andrew Deer Lodge

8.30.2014 Who knew on a girls night out that Ashley would meet the man of her dreams? She was dancing with her friends when Andrew came up to them and introduced himself. From that moment on, Ashley and Andrew were inseparable! Andrew proposed to Ashley at Foley Rock at the Rock Creek Cattle Company, which is also where they decided to tie the knot! The two celebrated with friends and family at a gorgeous ceremony on the 18th green, which was followed by an outdoor reception at the Cattlemen’s Club. Ashley and Andrew’s day was filled with love, beauty, and unforgettable memories!

The Theme: Ashley and Andrew decided to have an

elegant, country-chic wedding. She loved rustic, but also wanted to elevate the design in order to make it unforgettable! Gold horseshoes, burlap, and floral-filled mason jars helped to create their perfect country-chic day!

The Colors: The wedding palette consisted of white, ivory, and gold with wood accents.

The Dress: Ashley described her fitted David’s Bridal gown as “simply elegant and timeless.” The scoop neckline and layered skirt made it a fabulous latesummer look!

The Flowers: To match her elegant, country-chic affair, Ashley chose rustic and loose white florals, which she paired with green accents and wood elements.

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The Favorite Detail: Ashley spent a lot of time creating and gathering her wedding details. She used gold-painted horseshoes as the escort cards, a gorgeous accent piece made of gold branches, burlap runners with gold dots, and gold-dipped mason jars. The guest book was a wooden cutout of the state of Montana, which guests signed with a gold pen. The Sweets: Ashley and Andrew simply adored their three-tier buttercream-frosted red velvet cake from Black Cat Bakery. The gold accents and floral garnishing on the cake made it a show-stopper! The First Dance: The newlyweds danced to Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing” for their first dance as husband and wife.

for RMB Brides: “Don’t sweat the small stuff. Things are going to happen that are out of your control, but it will all work out in the end. Take time to enjoy every minute and detail of your day because you have invested so much time and energy into planning this beautiful event; it goes by too quickly.”


Three Words: Romantic, Classic, Elegant

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Color Palette Beauty: Nicolette Plourd Pratt - The Cove Salon | thecovesalonbellevue.com Bride’s Gown: David’s Bridal | davidsbridal.com Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden | stevemadden.com Bride’s Accessories: Nordstrom | nordstrom.com Bridemaids’ Attire: Nordstrom | nordstrom.com Cake: Black Cat Bake Shop | blackcatbakeshop.com Caterer: Rock Creek Cattle Company | rockcreekcattlecompany.com Flowers: Bitterroot Flower Shop | bitterrootflowershop.com Lodging: Rock Creek Cattle Company | rockcreekcattlecompany.com Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | menswearhouse.com Music: Joe’s DJ Service | joesdj.com Officiant: Beth J Renick | bigskyweddingceremonies.com Photography: Cassandra Eldridge Photography | cassandraeldridge.com Rehearsal Dinner: Rock Creek Cattle Company | rockcreekcattlecompany.com Rentals: Montana Party Time | montanapartytime.com Venue: Rock Creek Cattle Company | rockcreekcattlecompany.com Wedding Planner: Icing on the Cake Events | icingonthecakeevents.com

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Get The Look

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art Great Falls

Photography KC Kreit Photography

w: kckreitphotography.wordpress.com Model: Cierra Conner

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The Lookbook

Step back into the 1950’s and channel classic Marilyn Monroe or the gorgeous Grace Kelly for your wedding day look. Playful pin-up hair, paired with an Elizabeth Dye gown, make the perfect combination for playing off of the modern feel and eclectic history of the Paris Gibson Square Art Museum.

Belles & Lace Bridal w: bellesandlace.com

Kim Kreit Makeup Artistry

My Viola Floral

p: 406.452.5087

Erin Loecker

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Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art

F: KBH Salon

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Style Secret Bold lips, rosy cheeks, and a smoky eye will make you feel like a celebrity for your wedding day. Consider complementing a classic gown with makeup that wows; it’s the perfect way to incorporate an era’s style without having it define your look!

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Perfect Planners For You

Carrie Ann Photography

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Simplicity, Creativity, Seamless Detail... Celebrating 5+ Years of Gorgeous Weddings in Montana and Idaho Full Event Planning & Design | Day-Of Coordination | DIY Brides, Too! A 3-time Winner of WeddingWire’s Bride’s Choice Award 406.924.9884 abby@icingonthecakeevents.com www.icingonthecakeevents.com facebook.com/icingonthecakeevents

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Montana Dream Destination & Event Planning

Specializing in a Rustic decor with a touch of elegance. Event location is a historic 1800’s schoolhouse, located South of Sheridan, MT. Property has an elegant lighted tree grove for evening events. An onsite cabin with a jacuzzi bathtub and outdoor hot tub is available in a package or by itself. Location is also available for event only. We offer event planning for alternate locations. Several packages can be purchased to mix and match, facility, planning and cabin. For more info contact owner & planner Shelley Dietrich, 406-925-0445 Facebook: Montana Dream Destination and Event Planning

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Wanting a Montana destination wedding?

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The Premier Red Lodge Wedding Venue. A beautiful indoor/outdoor setting for up to 150 guests.

Catering - Full Bar - Planning Assistance

716 Central Ave. • Great Falls, MT phone: 406.771.6828 • P\YLRODÁRUDOFRP

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Grand Union Hotel Where dreams become real.

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The Twenties Emerald is the twentieth wedding anniversary stone, so we thought we would celebrate RMB turning twenty with beautiful things and a timeless look. We gathered our inspiration from the opulence and elegance found in The Great Gatsby, and we created a Montana version at the historic Hotel Finlen. Curated cocktails, rich gold accents, and a gorgeous bride made for a breathtaking look!

Cheers to twenty beautiful years and many more to come!

Emerald Enchantment

Make a statement with your head table. The use of greenery mixed with white florals acts as a runner and adds depth to the design.

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Table for two

Emerald satin linens, paired with antique mismatched china and a gold charger, is the perfect look for a black tie soiree.

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Shaken, not stirred. These cocktails are the perfect nightcap to a fabulous wedding. Try a classic Manhattan, or a Lime Gimlet - a twist on a favorite.

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Mirror Images

We love the use of the mirrored wall feature at Hotel Finlen to create this sultry moment between bride and groom.

Beauty Cydnie Perkio Styles | F: Cydnie Perkio Styles

Cocktails Headframe Spirits | headframespirits.com

Dresses Eskay Bridal | eskaybridal.com

Floral Knox Flowers & Gifts | knoxflowershop.com

Jewelry Aimee Spivak Designs | premierdesigns.com

Menswear Persnickety Formalwear | persnicketyformalwear.com

Models Erin Wells Jourdan and Carlisle Bridwell

Paper & Calligraphy Birdwalk Press | birdwalkpress.com

Photographer Mkate Photography | mkatephotography.com

Rentals & Linens Montana Party Rentals | montanapartyrentals.com

Venue Hotel Finlen | finlen.com

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Retail Therapy Spray Tan • Skin Care • Fragrances Nails • Waxing • Blow Outs • Cosmetics Wedding Hair & Makeup • Walk-ins welcome

406• 586• 1020 121 EAST MAIN STREET

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BruMar Estate Table Fresh, vibrant, and wild. With its bright red accents, native ferns, and rustic wood, this table captures everything we love about Montana summers.

Beauty: Kristin O’Leary | Calligraphy: Cast Calligraphy | China:Vintage Whites Wedding Rentals | Design + Floral: Beargrass Floral & Events | Dress: Velvet Bride | Photography: Rebecca Hollis Photography | Rentals:The Party Store | Sweets: Sweet Notions Cakes & Confections | Venue: BruMar Estate

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S weet L ove A Tasting with Elle’s Belles Bakery

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Elle’s Belles Bakery was established in 2003 by Elle Fine. It has grown into one of the most respected wedding cake bakeries in Montana, as well as in the region! From creative and unique cakes, to the famous cookies, cheesecakes, and pies that are shipped all across the US by Goldbely, a curated marketplace for gourmet foods, the talented team Elle’s Belles Bakery continues to emerge as an industry leader. Once a bride and groom decide to have Elle’s Belles craft their perfect wedding day cake and dessert table, a tasting is scheduled. But it’s not just any tasting. Every client of Elle’s Belles has a completely personalized cake tasting and design session with Elle herself. The bakery gives couples the opportunity to try various combinations of fillings and cakes in order to help them find a creation unique to each pair’s theme. Elle is obsessed with incorporating the best ingredients into her sweet creations like real fruit, whole nuts, European chocolates and fresh caramel. For those who request it, they will often have mini desserts and or pie bites available as well. The tasting seals the sweet deal. Oftentimes, Elle’s Belles works with out of state brides. In this case, it all happens over the phone usually after some treats have been sent. To learn more about the couple’s style and wedding theme, Elle takes the time to complete a survey with each bride and groom. She wants to learn each couple’s love story so that she can capture its essence in her delectable creations. “I love seeing them enjoy the tasting and hearing their story, seeing the inspiration boards, the dress, the vibe” says Elle. “They become our story in the Summer season and especially for the several weeks leading up to their special day. We enjoy crafting a beautiful presentation that reflects the bride and groom. We really like to connect with the couples we work with. It’s important to us.” Elle often hears back from brides and grooms about how wonderful the desserts were and from their families and friends who are still raving, even years later. The icing on the cake for both Elle and each client is when the bride and groom get to share their first bite together as husband and wife.

When we were interviewing Elle, we couldn’t help sneaking a peek at her thank you board. We loved reading all the sweets words from her past cleints!

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Get Lost Travel GET LOST Travel is owned and operated by a 5th generation Montanan, Taegan Walker, who was born into the travel and tourism world as the granddaughter of John R. Quigley, founder and creator/builder of Frontier Town, the once famed pioneer fort city outside of Helena. GET LOST Travel specializes in honeymoons, leisure and luxury travel, in addition to destination weddings and other event travel. As a Virtuoso Advisor with Coastline Travel Advisors, Taegan has used her ten years of experience in the travel industry to build a world-wide network of friends and colleagues at some of the most exquisite properties on earth. Because of this expansive network, GET LOST is able to pass along VIP perks not available to the general public. Within the realm of amazing opportunities, consider access to private jets, complimentary upgrades, breakfast included, early arrival and late check-outs, as well as occasional spa credits or other VIP recognitions.

Meet Taegan!

A self-proposed sucker for any hotel where the walls could talk your ear off, farm-to-table dining, and luxurious bath tubs, Taegan is a western girl at the heart of it all. In her business, it is her goal to let clients focus on their vacation and enjoy their pre-departure excitement while she handles the planning of the entire trip in order to create customized dream vacation for her clients. She values honesty, integrity, and good old-fashioned customer service. She prides herself on building lifelong, working friendships with her clients. As she says, “getting to work with a couple from when they first start dating, to an engagement trip, to a destination wedding, followed by their honeymoon and then on down the road booking multi-generational family reunions with all of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. THAT is my ultimate goal.�


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Take the road less traveled to see the Alps! Mürren is a traditional mountain village unreachable by public roads, but it has the most breathtaking views of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau Mountains.


The Lake Geneva region is also known for it’s wine. Local vineyards will do tours and tastings throughout the year.



The Matterhorn in the Alps is said to be one of the most photographed mountains in the world.


While in the Lake Geneva region, take time to check out all of the castles which surround the lake!

Lake Geneva is a must-see when in Switzerland. Stay at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace.

A Bride’s Top 10 Tips for a Switzerland Honeymoon By: Kelli Paull

photos: Switzerland Tourism and Kelli Paull


The four national languages spoken are German, French, Italian and Romansh.


Choose a locally owned chateau for a romantic and personal experience!


The village of Gimmelwald in the Alps is your destination for hiking trails, scenic mountainscapes, a funicular, and gondolas.



Enjoy every adventure and memory you make on your Switzerland honeymoon!

Swiss cuisine combines influences from its bordering nations of Germany, France, and Italy, and varies by region. Some popular dishes are cheese fondue, Raclette, and of course, Swiss chocolate. Rocky Mountain Bride Montana



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Fairmont Hot Springs Resort The Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is an all-inclusive honeymoon destination for the couple looking to experience all Montana has to offer. Fairmont’s two-story honeymoon suite will have you feeling like royalty, with all the comforts of home. You will be welcomed with a bottle of champagne, a cheese and cracker platter, and two complimentary waterslide passes. This recently remodeled suite includes not only a king bed and dining area, but also a hot tub built for two. What made the Fairmont famous was their natural hot springs, which are located on the property. As a guest, enjoy unlimited, 24-hour access to their two swimming pools and two natural hot springs. One of each are located indoors and outdoors. The pools are fed by a virtually unlimited supply of 155 degree natural hot spring water, which are cooled to various temperatures for maximum comfort and enjoyment. Looking for a little excitement? Try out their 350-foot waterslide! Cap off a day at the hot springs with a visit to Fairmont’s Whispering Willows Spa. From the River Rock Massage, to the Native American Raindrop Therapy, all of your post-wedding stress will disappear. For those looking to explore the outdoors, the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is the perfect hub for adventure. Fairmont’s 18-hole golf course was just named by Golf Digest as one of the “Best Places to Play,” which makes for a perfect day on the greens! Looking to explore the Rocky Mountain landscape? Some of the best fishing streams, and hiking and biking trails, are just an hour from Fairmont. End a perfect day together at one of Fairmont’s restaurants. For a true celebration, the Mile High Dining Room offers gourmet cuisine with wine pairings. For a bite on the go, the Springwater Café has sumptuous sandwiches, paninis, salads, and local favorites like The Pork Chop Sandwich. Whiskey Joe’s Lounge is a late night spot perfect for toasting to a wonderful marriage!

1500 Fairmont Road, Anaconda, MT 59711 406.797.3241 | fairmontmontana.com Rocky Mountain Bride Montana



Staymoon Lone Mountain Ranch

Lone Mountain Ranch is nestled in the heart of Montana in Big Sky country. The views from every vantage point on this ranch are breathtaking. There is nothing better for a Rocky Mountain Bride than a perfect Montana sunset or sunrise and the Lone Mountain Ranch features some of the best in the state. From the incredibly kind and welcoming staff to the delectable gourmet meals, Lone Mountain Ranch is the ideal getaway for couples looking for a relaxing and picturesque honeymoon. Upon arrival, you are welcomed to your cabins with basket featuring a delicious meat and cheese plate, crackers and chilled water. The cabins feature classic Montana décor with cozy, comfortable beds with soft linens. The ranch has cabins in sizes that can accommodate two guests or as many as eighteen guests. Many of the couples that spend their honeymoons at the Ranch loved their experience so much that they have started traditions by bringing their families back year after year for even more Montana adventures. Lone Mountain Ranch offers a myriad of activities for every sporting enthusiast. They offer horseback riding, guided Orvis fly-fishing excursions, cross-country skiing and sleigh rides. The adventures are endless! The Ranch’s unbeatable location and magnificent views offers the perfect getaway for every couple. Relax on your private porch with a fresh cup of coffee as you listen to the running creek or enjoy the stunning sunrise or sunset. Enjoy a thirst-quenching Montana Mule on the deck of the main lodge for a wonderful afternoon or evening beverage. The Ranch offers world-class meals featuring the freshest local ingredients and boasts a wine list, which is sure to impress even the most savvy of wine lovers. The Wild Mushroom Risotto, paired with the Mapema Malbec comes highly recommended by several of their guests. Whether it’s winter or summer, Lone Mountain Ranch offers everything for a perfect Montana getaway.

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750 Lone Mountain Ranch Rd. Big Sky, MT 59716 406.995.4644 | lonemountainranch.com Photography: Lockie Photography By: Abbey Lee Cook Rocky Mountain Bride Montana


The Ranch at Rock Creek Nestled in a valley near Philipsburg, Montana is The Ranch at Rock Creek. This all-inclusive, five-star guest ranch is the perfect staymoon location, combining world-class service with a chooseyour-own-adventure philosophy. The Ranch is situated on 6,600 acres full of all the activities Montana has to offer. It truly provides everything you could want on your honeymoon and more. Your day at the Ranch starts with a cup of local coffee and a made-to-order breakfast at the Granite Lodge. All of your meals at the Ranch are fresh, locally-inspired cuisine which will have you wanting to come back for more. We recommend trying the bacon; it may just be the best we’ve ever had! After breakfast, you will head to the Rod and Gun Club, which will be your home base for all of the activities the Ranch has to offer. Spend the morning on horseback with an expert wrangler while experiencing breathtaking views of the Sapphire Mountains. Afterwards, enjoy a massage at the Granite Spa. After your Montana-filled day, head back to your accommodations to prepare for dinner. The Ranch has 29 different lodging quarters to choose from, with the Trapper Cabin being our favorite spot for honeymooners. While it is the most secluded accommodation on the Ranch, it isn’t lacking in amenities; a fridge stocked with local beers, a king size bed, and a gas fireplace, make it difficult to leave the Cabin. The Trapper is “glamping” at its finest: a canvas tent married with a wood cabin and stone. It boasts a wrap-around deck with a custom soaking tub, which is the perfect location to spend your nights stargazing. If you manage to leave your cabin, you might consider returning to the Granite Lodge for the evening, where you can spend cocktail hour in the Great Room, while enjoying a beer from a local brewery and appetizers by the fire. After a couple of drinks, go next door to the dining room for a seasonally-inspired dining experience. After staying at The Ranch at Rock Creek, you will want to return for years to come!

79 Carriage House Lane, Philipsburg, MT 59858 406.859.6027 | theranchatrockcreek.com

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Monthly Wedding Planner


One Year

Six to Nine Months

Gather a list of potential guests to get a ballpark number for your count

Select a photographer

Create a separate wedding email address to keep track of contacts & vendors

Have engagement photos taken Create a final guest list

Hire a wedding planner

Send out your save the dates

Determine a budget

Select a caterer

Choose a date & location

Select a florist

Research marriage requirements

Select a DJ, band, or live music

Choose your bridal party

Select an officiant

Design a fun wedding website

Purchase your wedding dress

Start to gather wedding ideas & inspiration

Select bridal party attire Register for gifts Decide on the colors & design of your wedding

Four to Six Months Reserve rental items Order wedding cake or desserts Get groom & groomsmen fitted Purchase wedding rings Order invitations & other stationery Reserve a room block for out-of-towners Start planning out your honeymoon & apply for any needed passports or visas

Two to Four Months Research activities available for guests Plan out fun group activities Do a hair & makeup trial run

Four-Week Countdown

Send out formal invitations * The rule of thumb is to mail them out 6-8 weeks before the wedding day with an RSVP cut-off 3 weeks prior

Obtain marriage license

Book your rehearsal dinner Begin wedding dress alterations Finalize your menu and flowers Give your vendors a first draft event schedule

One to Two Months Pick up wedding rings

Pack for your honeymoon Break in your wedding shoes Confirm transportation & travel Confirm all wedding details with vendors Provide final guest count to your caterer Send a timeline to the bridal party - include everyone’s contact information Create final seating chart & escort cards

Purchase wedding attire accessories

24 Hours

Schedule the final dress fitting

Confirm all details with planner & officiant

Purchase wedding weekend attire

Gather & organize all the last-minute details

Finalize rehearsal dinner plans and mail out invitations

Create check and tip envelopes to be given to vendors the day of the wedding

Schedule spa services for the bridesmaids

Drop off welcome bags to lodging

Enjoy a bachelorette weekend with your ladies Discuss and finalize ceremony details with officiant Finalize your event schedule Confirm bridesmaids’ & groomsmen’s attire Confirm photo list with your photographer Purchase bridesmaid’s & groomsmen gifts Create guest favors & welcome bags

Wedding Day

Relax and enjoy every little detail of your fabulous Rocky Mountain Wedding!

The Montana Marketplace = RMB Gem Vendors


Mac’s Floral | macsfloral.com Mum’s Flowers | mumsflowers.net My Viola Floral Studio | myviolafloral.com

Bridge Street Cottages | bridgestreetcottages.com El Western | elwestern.com Fairmont Hot Springs Resort | fairmontmontana.com Grouse Mountain Lodge | grousemountainlodge.com Lone Mountain Ranch | lonemountainranch.com Lure Me Inn | luremeinn.net Pine Lodge | thepinelodge.com Rainbow Valley Lodge | rainbowvalley.com Rocky Mountain Lodge | rockymtnlodge.com The Lodge at Whitefish Lake | lodgeatwhitefishlake.com The Ranch at Rock Creek | theranchatrockcreek.com

Bozeman Reel | bozemanreel.com Montana Bee | etsy.com/shop/MontanaBee Montana Snow | etsy.com/shop/MontanaSnow My Montana Homestead | etsy.com/shop/MyMontanaHomestead Rocky Mountain Rug Gallery | rockymountainruggallery.com Stanley Woodworking | F: Stanley Woodworking Wild Horse Steel Works | wildhorsesteelworks.com



Jessica Johnson - Amore Salon & Spa | amore-salon.net

Alara Jewelry | alarajewelry.com Diamond Dream | diamonddreamusa.com Miller’s Jewelry | millers-jewelry-mt.com Montana Gem | montanagem.com

Nikki Giovannini - Aqua Studio & Salon | F: Aqua Studio & Salon

Chelsea Sprinkle Hair Artist | chelseasprinkle.com Cydnie Perkio Styles | F: Cydnie Perkio Styles Kristin O’Leary - Envy Spa & Salon | skinenvydayspa.com Lorri Turner - Genesis Salon | Facebook: Genesis Salon Billings

Indulgence | indulgencemontana.com Erin Loecker - KBH Salon | F: KBH Salon Kim Kreit Makeup Artistry | 406.452.5087 Montana Bridal Artistry | beautyfrenzymt.com

Sara Kantorowicz | F: Sara Kantorowicz, Stylist Extraordinaire Sarah Mossing | F: Making Life Beautiful – Sarah Mossing Kyla Kendall -Sugar Tree Hair Salon | Facebook: Sugar Tree Hair Salon

AJ Robinson - Theory Hair Salon | theoryhair.com

Drinks Gusto Distributing | gustodistributing.com Headframe Spirits | headframespirits.com Wildrye Distilling | wildryedistilling.com Willie’s Distillery | williesdistillery.com



More Beth J Renick | bigskyweddingceremonies.com Blue Cross Blue Shield Montana | bcbsmt.com Fresh Life Church | freshlifechurch.org GET LOST Travel | get-lost.org Madison Valley Baptist Church | mvbaptistchurch.com

Trailhead Christian Fellowship Church | trailheadchristianchurch.org University Congregational United Church of Christ | uccofmissoula.org

Flowers Allison Brooke Design | allisonbrookedesign.com Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events | beargrassgardens.com Bitterroot Flower Shop | bitterrootflowershop.com Bloom | montanabloom.com Conrad Floral | conradfloral.com Floral Connection | Facebook: Floral Connection Mum’s Flowers | mumsflowers.net Gainan’s Flowers & Garden Center | gainans.com Knox Flowers & Gifts | knoxflowershop.com

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Wandering Albatross Photography | wanderingalbatrossphotography.com

Planning Bash Events | bashbozeman.com Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events | beargrassgardens.com Emily Hallock Weddings & Events | emilyhallockweddings.com Goldfinch Events + Design | goldfinchweddings.com History in the Making Special Events | historyeventsmt.com Icing on the Cake Events | icingonthecakeevents.com Lukas Trudeau Event Co | lukastrudeau.com Montana Dream Destination Planning | 406.925.0445 North Sage Events | northsageevents.com RONDEVU Events | rondevueventsbozeman.com Time of Your Life Events | timeofyourlifebozeman.com


Bozeman DJ | bozemandj.com Destination DJ | destinationdj.biz D.J. J-Ster Jazz | reverbnation.com/DJJSterJazz Joe’s DJ Service | joesdj.com Magic City Productions | F: Magic City Productions Ten Years Gone | montanabands.com/ten-years-gone

Celebrate Event and Party Rentals | celebraterentals.com Gallatin Event Rental | gallatineventrental.com Moments in Time | momentsintimemt.com Montana Party Rentals | montanapartyrentals.com Montana Party Time | missoulaeventrental.com Party Time Plus | partytimeplus.com Peewee’s Porta-Potties | peeweeportapotties.com The Party Store Rentals & Supplies | thepartystoremt.com Vintage Whites Wedding Rentals | vintagewhitesweddings.com



Amber Blazina Design | amberblazina.com Bella Figura | bellafigura.com Birdwalk Press | birdwalkpress.com Cast Calligraphy & Design | castcalligraphy.com

Abby’s Catering Company | F: Abby’s Catering Company Banditos | gravelbarmt.com Bullman’s Wood Fired Pizza | bullmanspizza.com Ian’s Healthy Table | F: Ian’s Healthy Table Le Petit Outre | lepetitoutre.com TEN Restaurant | northernhotel.com/ten The Cuisine Machine | cuisinemachinecatering.com


Beautiful Weddings Bridal & Eveningwear | beautifulweddingsbridal.com

Belle en Blanc | belleenblancmt.com Belles & Lace Bridal | bellesandlace.com Eskay Bridal | eskaybridal.com Persnickety Formal Wear | persnicketyformalwear.com Plume Bridal | plumebridal.com Prohibition Clothiers | prohibitionclothiers.com Schaffers | schaffers.com Step’n Out Formal Wear | stepn-out.com Tuxedo Gallery | tuxedogallery.net Velvet Bride | velvetbride.com Willow Bride | willowbride.com

Lauren Brown Photography | laurenbrownphoto.com Lindsey Mulcare Photography | lindseymulcare.com Lockie Photography | lockiephotography.com loneman photography | lonemanphotography.com Mackenzie Keough Photography | mackenziekeoughphoto.com Macy Spencer Photography | macyspencerphotography.com Merissa Lambert Photographer | merissalambert.com MKate Photography | mkatephotography.com Orange Photographie | orangephotographie.com Rebecca Hollis Photography | rebeccahollis.com Simply Sara Photography | simplysaraphotography.com Sophia Photography | sophiaphotographycon.wix.com Tori Pintar Photography | toripintar.com

Photos Amy Hallenius Photography | amyhallenius.com Ashley Stevick Photography | ashleystevickphotography.com Big Sky Photo Booth | bigskyphotobooth.com Buffalo James Photography | buffalojames.com Carrie Ann Photography | carrieann-photography.net Cassandra Eldridge Photography | cassandraeldridge.com Emily Barnhardt Photography | emilybarnhardtphotography.com Jana Graham Photography | janagrahamphotography.com Jessie Moore Photography | jessiemoorephotography.com Johanna B Photography | johannabphotography.com KC Kreit Photography | kckreitphotography.wordpress.com Kelly Kirksey Photography | kellykirkseyphotography.com Larry Stanley | larrystanleyphotography.com Rocky Mountain Bride Montana

Sweet Black Cat Bake Shop | blackcatbakeshop.com Elle’s Belles | ellesbelles.com Harvest Foods | harvestfoodsnw.com Jayne’s Signature Sweets & Supplies | jaynessignaturesweets.com Just Desserts by Joyce Dye | F: Just Desserts by Joyce Dye Rosauers | rosauers.com Sweet Notions Cakes & Confections | vintagewhitesweddings.com Sweet Pea Bakery | sweetpeabakery.net Sweet Peaks Ice Cream | sweetpeaksicecream.com Van’sThriftway Deli & Bakery | vansthriftway.com

2015 We d d i n g S h ow s

Transportation Beach Transportation | beachtrans.com

Red LodgeTour, Taxi & Limo | F: Red LodgeTour, Taxi & Limo

& Events

Venues 4-R Ranch | 4-rranch.com Big Sky Resort | bigskyresort.com Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts | bigforkcenter.org BruMar Estate | brumarestate.com Glacier View Lodge | F: Glacier View Lodge Grand Union Hotel | grandunionhotel.com Hotel Finlen | finlen.com Jumping Horse Ranch | jumpinghorseranch.com Mission Fire | recreation.gov Northern Hotel | northernhotel.com Paris Gibson Square Museum | the-square.org Quaking Aspen Ranch | quakingaspenranch.com Rainbow Ranch Lodge | rainbowranchbigsky.com Red Lodge Mountain | redlodgemountain.com Rock Creek Cattle Company | rockcreekcattlecompany.com The 1915 Barn | 1915barn.com Union Pacific Dining Hall | townofwestyellowstone.com

February 21, 2015

My Montana Wedding Expo Flathead County Fairgrounds w: mymontanawedding.com

March 7, 2015 Montana Wedding Bozeman w: dailychronicle.com

April 11, 2015


Downtown Bridal Walk Bozeman DowntownBozeman.org

Jade Flanagan Video | jadeflanaganvideo.com

Upcoming Shows September

Montana Bridal Tour Big Sky w: montanabridaltour.com

Bridal Fair at the YAM Billings w: artmuseum.org


Montana Bridal Tour

Bozeman w: montanabridaltour.com

To learn more about shows and happenings near you, visit our “Events� page at rockymountainbride.com Rocky Mountain Bride Montana



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