Rocky Mountain Bride Montana 2018

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E V E R Y F A I R Y TA L E N E E D S A MAGICAL SETTING Nestled amidst 1,200 untouched acres on the banks of the Yellowstone River and at the foot of Montana’s Emigrant Peak, Sage Lodge is the perfect place to unfold the next chapter of your love story.

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in this issue Montana 39 homestead

The natural beauty of Montana meets refined style at Headwaters Ranch

50 the avant garde bride

Fresh and vibrant, let these gowns from Plume Bridal illuminate your natural beauty

94 paradise valley

An intimate and cozy winter elopement at Chico Hot Springs

108 flower farm fĂŞte

jennifer mooney photography

Plan a wildflower-inspired rehearsal dinner filled with curated bites, sweet sips and love


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beautiful beginnings

Surrounded with spectacular scenery, highlighted by the natural beauty of our rustic chic venue, the 320 Guest Ranch can be tailored to your style and vision. Let our dedicated event staff bring your dream to life for your wedding celebration.

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love stories

rmb finds

16 pretty little things Noteworthy Paper & Press

18 clink + cheers The Montana Distillery

style & beauty

50 the avant garde bride


39 homestead 58 the colors of fall 74 blush & burgundy

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kimi & eric - Big Sky emmy & jeff - Bozeman kat & jake - Clinton lindsay & mike - Whitefish

the snow report

94 paradise valley 102 vanessa & drew - red lodge

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118 montana credits 119 rmb wedding checklist


108 flower farm fĂŞte


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in this issue

behind the scenes

e d i t o r’s l et t er

Hello Darling, Fun fact: The ladies at RMB love to throw a good party! Whether it’s our team enjoying Pad Thai and sharing stories or hosting a cocktail hour for vendors we work with, our love for a good cocktail (preferably a dirty martini!)) and even better conversations runs deep. It’s in those moments when you are sharing a meal with someone that you slow down and truly connect. For this issue of Montana, we wanted to take that same hospitality and apply it to a wedding day! Creating moments and spaces where in the midst of the hustle and bustle of saying “I Do,” people are able to slow down and connect with all the loved ones around you. A wedding at its root is about two people becoming one, and families coming together, so make sure you plan a day that allows you to cherish those moments together! Through RMB Montana you’ll find love stories that focus on the love shared and the people by their side, inspiration that tells a story of more intimate weddings filled with creative ways to connect with your guests and breathtaking venues that will have you dreaming of your own Big Sky wedding. Alot of the inspiration was dreamed up by RMB’s Gem Collective Manager and Montana native, Mackenzie! With her family still living in Red Lodge, her love for this state and the amazing vendors who work here run deep and we are so excited to have her helping to create Montana’s inspiration in this issue! We at RMB are so honored and excited to help be a part of your wedding day planning. From inspiration to finding your perfect vendors in our Gem Collective, and all the Instagram stories of the team along the way, we love that we can help be a part of your Montana love story!

Taylor Chamberlain editor-in-chief


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I do in a beautiful mountain setting!

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S TO RY “My husband and I are from two different states so when we first sat down to plan our wedding we decided we wanted a destination wedding, but not your typical tropical one. We wanted a place that was significant to us as a couple, somewhere we could return to often and share with our children. We ultimately chose Duluth, MN where he has a family cabin. With that being said, I knew I still wanted some sort of wedding photos of us in the Montana Mountains. I grew up on a ranch in the Gallatin Valley, so I spent the better part of my life surrounded by those mountainous shades of blue. My husband and I decided to have a first look photo session in the Bridger Mountains a few days prior to our actual wedding date. This enabled us to capture photos without the wedding day pressure in a place that will always remind me of home.” - Natalie & Luke Orange Photographie

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distillery the montana distillery

One of the oldest distilleries in Montana since prohibition, the Montana Distiller y has proudly been distilling some of the best liquors in the Rockies. They use Montana and Idaho sugar beets to make thier award-winning vodkas and gin, with no added sugars or ar tificial flavors, and the result is delicious! Using their products, tr y your hand at some of their signature cocktails today!


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g r i z z ly b e r ry Woody St Premium Vodka, Organic Lemonade, Huckleberr y puree, topped with soda and lemon slice

d i rt y p ro f e s s o r Pepper Vodka, Olive Brine, 3 Green Olive Garnish

g o i n g to t h e s u n Bacon Vodka, pineapple juice, habanero simple, garnished with pineapple chunks and sprinkle of salt

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“I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.” - John Steinbeck

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Kimi + Eric big sky

In 2011, Kimi and Eric met in The Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan. They were in the same language group. Eric joined Kimi every morning for an early run - where he finally earned his first kiss with her! As expected, they connected deeply through the highs and lows of the unique experience. In 2013, both Kimi and Eric moved back to the states eventually calling Washington D.C. home. Fast forward three years later to Traverse City, Michigan where Eric’s family was vactioning off of the beautiful Lake Michigan. One morning, Kimi woke to find Eric’s mom in the kitchen shaking cocktails. Vacation minded, of course she grabbed a glass. Little did Kimi know that Eric had other plans for the two of them that day. After begging Kimi to go on a paddleboarding adventure, she finally caved. As the couple soaked in the calm and scenery lakeside, Eric pulled a ring from his swim suit and asked Kimi to spend the rest of her life with him. Completely surprised she said, “Yes!” The two made it back to shore safely, without losing the ring, to celebrate with their families. Kimi and Eric planned a destination wedding at 320 Guest Ranch in Kimi’s home state for August 26th.

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beneath the montana peaks “For me it was all about the vision, and I had envisioned my husband, our guests and I surrounded by mountains. We tied in a neutral color palette of champagne, sage and dusty roses to compliment the natural beauty of the scenery. But truly the people were the finishing touch.�

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welcome to the family “We had about 80 of our closest friends and family join us on our wedding weekend. It was the perfect celebration for us. The entire experience was relaxed and company centered. Watching people we love meet and connect over several days was the most rewarding.�


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wander with me It was important for Kimi and Eric to incorporate the places that were close to their hearts into their wedding day. Inspired by their roots, they had custom Michigan and Montana shaped escort cards created. As a nod to their travels and work, a Kyrgyz sign was hung above their sweets table that translated “Congrats, you found each other!” The perfect combination of local love and culture!

advice for rocky mountain couples “Celebrate your strengths, fill the gaps of each other’s weaknesses and plan your wedding according to your strong suits.”


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- VENDORS BEAUTY Ethereal Hair & Makeup Artistry | BRIDAL BOUTIQUE The Gown Shop | BRIDE’S VEIL Green & Blue Studio | BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES BHLDN | Dapper Gent | Revelry | BRIDESMAIDS’ JEWELRY Caitlyn Minimalist | CALLIGRAPHY Bon Temps Collective | @bontempscalligraphy CUSTOM CUP & MAP DESIGN KJ-Designs | FB: KJ-Designs DRESS DESIGNER Modern Trousseau | DJ Bozeman DJ | FLORAL Wild Blume | GIFT BAGS Stuff By Cait | GROOM’S SUIT Brimble and Clark | HONEYMOON Serbia, Bosnia & Croatia OFFICIANT The Groom’s Aunt! PAPER Just Paper & Tea | PHOTOGRAPHY Jacilyn M Photography | RENTALS Montana Party Rentals | RINGS Brilliant Earth | SWEETS Elle’s Belles | VENUE, CATERING & LODGING 320 Guest Ranch | WEDDING PLANNER Reed & Lee |

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Emmy + Jeff bozeman

kacie q photography

Modern love with a timeless story - Jeff’s life changed forever when he chose to swipe right on Emmy. From Shakespeare in the Park to drive-in movie dates, the couple hit it off immediately. Emmy fell for Jeff’s spontaneity and free spirit while Jeff couldn’t get enough of Emmy’s contagious smile. In March of 2017, the couple went glamping on an island off the coast of Baja, Mexico. One day they rented a kayak to explore the area. After a full morning of adventuring, Emmy and Jeff decided to dock up at the nearest beach to relax and catch some sun. Just as Jeff mustered up the courage to ask Emmy to be his wife, the wind picked up suddenly and their kayak started to drift away. In a complete panic they jumped up, leaving their belongings as well as the ring behind in the sand! After saving the kayak and settling back down, Jeff couldn’t find the ring anywhere. He started to casually pick up handfuls of sand without giving away his surprise. Finally, he confessed! Emmy and Jeff began their hunt for the lost engagement ring. A few minutes of chaotic searching later, Jeff pulled the ring from the sand and asked Emmy to spend the rest of her life with him. Of course, she agreed! The couple planned an intimate fall elopement in Hyalite Canyon just outside of Bozeman.


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a true montana “i do”

The couple enjoyed a short engagement as Emmy and Jeff always knew they wanted to get married in the fall close to home. It didn’t take long for them to fall in love with Hyalite Canyon as a ceremony location. The epic views, pristine elements and quiet surroundings were perfect. Emmy and Jeff’s closest family surrounded them as they became husband and wife.

the non-traditional bride

When Emmy envisioned herself as a bride, she dreamed of wearing a non-traditional, Bohemian inspired gown. She found her little white dress at Plume Bridal. The long sleeved, lace adorned gown was organic, comfortable and, most importantly, Emmy felt amazing in it.

the bison and the fox “Both Jeff and I are passionate about wildlife conservation and wanted to share our love with our guests in a creative and fun way. We gifted each of our family and friends a pint glass decorated with our names and spirit animals - Jeff a bison and I a fox! At the reception they were filled with MAP Brewing Company craft beer. One of my all time favorite details of the day!”

can we dance already?

“We were all ready to dance the moment we walked into our reception. My nephew couldn’t hold it in any longer and started the party early by jumping in mid first dance! I don’t think we left the dance floor once!”

advice to rocky mountain couples “Try not to get bogged down by what others think or feel about your decisions for your wedding day. Make sure that you and your husband will remember the day as your own.”

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- VENDORS BEER MAP Brewing Company | BRIDAL BOUTIQUE Plume Bridal | BRIDE’S DRESS DESIGNER Wtoo by Watters | BRIDE’S JEWELRY TDN Creations | Tiny Sparkle Studio | Vermeil Supplies | BRIDE’S SHOES DSW - Jessica Simpson | CATERING LaFoley Kitchen | CEREMONY LOCATION Hyalite Canyon FLORAL Wild Blume | GROOM’S SHOES Schnee’s | HAIR Ulta - Tasha Timmer | HONEYMOON New Zealand MAKEUP Ulta - Andrea Pidgeon | MENSWEAR REVOLVR Menswear | OFFICIANT Bride’s brother-in-law PAPER Designed by the groom! PHOTOGRAPHY Kacie Q Photography | RECEPTION VENUE Beall Recreation Center | RENTALS Event Elements | SWEETS Granny’s Gourmet Donuts | FB: Granny’s Gourmet Donuts WINE BARREL KEG DISPENSERS Bus & Barrel


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Extraordinary celebrations for extraordinary couples Take your special day to the next level with an urban chic celebration at the Rialto, in the heart of downtown Bozeman. From a romantic rehearsal dinner beneath a magnificent skylight to a rockin’ reception in a space built for entertainment, your wedding at the Rialto is sure to be a hit. Select your menu alongside our in-house culinarians, let our incredible team help you nail down the details, and then watch as your vision comes to life. The Rialto doesn’t believe in the ordinary, so your wedding is sure to be anything but.


406.404.7911 10 West Main Street, Bozeman MT 59715

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the spirit of montana meets the breathtaking headwaters ranch for a style all its own. with shades of mauve and blush accented by the rich texture of dried florals, events by autumn designed a day both modern and classic in its western feel and style.

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Full of texture and color, this dried floral bouquet from Agile Goat Flower Farm and Design Studio is a work of art. We love the idea of using dried and preserved floral as an eclectic and new way to incorporate blooms into your day that can be a keepsake for years to come.

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big blue sky

One of the best features of Headwaters Ranch is the expansive views. With over 500 acres of prestine hillsides and the mountains in the backdrop, its the perfect location for those looking for a wide open view and that stunning Montana sky. Natural cowhides line the aisle and whispy strands of glasses and dried floral add soft texture to the ceremony, blending in with the scenic backdrop for this elegant “I Do.�

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the round barn

The newly constructed Round Barn at Headwaters Ranch takes the term “barn” to another level.With it’s cathedral ceilings, multi-level mezzaines and natural wood finish, it will make your western heart flutter. Design a table to bring out the natural essesence of the space with a rosy mauve velvet runner accented by creamy and soft preserved floral and leather accents.


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sweet kisses

Decadent bites for fruit and berry tarts from the ranch’s in-house catering team will leave your guests with the sweetest thoughts at the end of the night. They are almost as sweet as the love you celebrated today!


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& the belief | bridal boutique plume bridal | chargers rustique rentals | floral agile & design studio | linen la tavola fine linen | menswear macy’s | models georgia & scott paper happy huckleberry studios | photography stella kelsie photography | planning events by autumn rentals montana party rentals | venue, cocktails & catering headwaters ranch | beauty beauty

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style & beauty

t h e ava n t g a r d e b r i d e

Be free to choose a wedding day look that highlights your natural beauty! A wedding is a celebration after all, so have fun with your style and let your personality shine through fabulously. Whether you lean more classical, creative or playful with your style, find inspiration in these gowns and paired floral for your Montana “I Do.�


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classic cues

We love traditional silhouettes for the modern bride. This off-the-shoulder A-line gown from Essense of Australia is timeless! Freshen up the look with rosy cheeks, a great lip and bright floral for the complete wow effect!

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free flowing

We love separates for wedding gowns! They allow so much creativity and freedom in choosing a look all your own. The delicate lace top and silk skirt by Lumi Bridal, found exclusively at Plume, is the perfect blend of modern style for a casual bride! Accent the look with a braided updo with floral and you’re picture perfect.


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flower fancy

We love a bride that has some sass and this whimsical Wtoo gown delivers! The full skirt is light and airy with each twirl and floral-inspired fabric accents the modern floral wreath designed by Labellum for a look filled with fun!

- jodi | bridal boutique plume bridal | calligraphy brooke averill & design | floral labellum flowers | models bridget, mckenna & christa photography & studio amelia anne photography |

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the colors of fall

There is beauty in all seasons. Autumn while bright and vibrant with shades of orange, yellow and ambers can also be filled with gray skies and foggy mornings over the mountains. Embrace both color palettes for a modern, fall-inspired wedding day at the beautiful Silver Knot Ranch.


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shades of gray

Known for their layers of texture, embellishments and movement,Truvelle blended all those elements perfectly into this gown.The gray undertone compliments the season and creates the wow factor for any bride who takes a twirl in the “Alexandra� gown.

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wine and dine

Cozy up on a cool fall night with a table accented with modern finishings, gorgeous floral and a charcuterie spread that will leave you lingering there for hours enjoying good company and wine.We love the concept by the planner, Emily Summer, on creating a table that encourages guests to feel like they are at a dinner party with good friends. For the bride and groom looking for a more relaxed reception, this design is perfect for you!


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bubbles and bites

Champagne and wedding cake? Yes please! Add some excitement back into cutting the cake with a special champagne toast with your guests and cake served alongside. Enjoy every sweet moment as husband and wife, and all the love your friends and family have given you on such a special day!

& planning events by emily summer | bridal boutique velvet bride | decor and table rental vintage 44 | floral bitterroot flower shop | hair micah v beauty jewelry rogers & co. fine jewelry and design | makeup skin chic | menswear men’s warehouse | models erik and taryn paper august + stone design co. | photography paige marie photography | rentals montana party rentals sweets plum cakery | @plumcakery venue the silver knot | design dress designer truvelle


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Beautiful Views New Venue

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Ronan, MT


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Kat + Jake clinton

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Kat and Jake met through a Christian mission organization in Colorado Springs four years ago. The two were friends for several years. Until Kat temporarily moved to Amman, Jordan to work overseas and received a text from Jake on her birthday, which was also his birthday! From there, the conversation never ended. Kat began crushing hard on Jake, but it wasn’t until she moved back to Colorado in December of 2016 to find that Jake shared mutual feelings too. In April of 2017, Jake may have pulled off one of our favorite proposals yet. As he travels often for work, Kat never thought twice about his “long awaited trip to Lebanon.” She dropped him off at the airport, kissed him goodbye and headed to a friends to babysit. Just when Kat arrived, her girlfriend passed her a note from Jake. He had planned a fun day for her! Her girlfriends led her from a mani and pedi, to lunch and finally up to Cheyenne Mountain. As they got out of the car to take pictures, Jake was waiting there for Kat on a blanket with a set picnic and flowers. He asked her to spend the rest of her life with him. Completely surprised she said, “Yes!” The couple planned a destination wedding at Crooked Antler Ranch, just outside of Missoula, on their birthday, September 9th.


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a heart-fluttering wedding gown

Kat traveled back home to Chicago, where her family still lives, to go dress hunting with her mom and sister. The ladies went to over five local dress shops, yet Kat failed to find the one. That’s when she found BHLDN. In the shop, she tried on the classiest long sleeved gown adorned with the most beautiful lace. She immediately knew it was the dress she would walk down the aisle in.

the morning of “My wedding day was literally the best day of my entire life. The night before, my entire family stayed in the same cabin together, and the next morning we woke up slow and enjoyed each others company. I took my nieces and nephews down to the creek that runs through the property before getting ready with my bridesmaids. It was such a peaceful start to my wedding day. I wasn’t stressed out in the slightest. At that point I knew that whatever was going to happen would happen. Above all, I was about to marry the love of my life.”

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marry me “Our ceremony was a sacred celebration that both Jake and I hold very close to our hearts. We decided to not do a first look before our ceremony, and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. Walking down the aisle and seeing him for the first time that day was very special and set the tone for the rest of the evening.”

advice to rocky mountain couples “Always remember what’s most important and focus on that on your wedding day.”


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- VENDORS BEAUTY The Bride’s Sisters BRIDAL BOUTIQUE BHLDN | BRIDE’S DRESS & VEIL DESIGNER Pol Nuñez | BRIDE’S SHOES Badgley Mischka | BRIDESMAIDS’ ATTIRE Forever 21 | CAKE Cakes in the Zoo | @cakesinthezoo CATERER Family friends! ENTERTAINMENT DJ Josh Gallardo Patrick Cook Vera Clay | FLORAL Habitat Events | HONEYMOON Maui, Hawaii LODGING Deep Creek Retreat OFFICIANT Stephen Venable PAPER Vistaprint | PHOTOGRAPHY Cluney Photo | REHEARSAL DINNER CATERING The Notorious P.I.G. | RENTALS Montana Party Rentals | RINGS Designed by a family friend VENUE Crooked Antler Ranch


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blush & burgundy

Plan a romantic and elegant day filled with rich colors and love in Columbia Falls. Blue Star Resort boasts some of the most secluded and private ceremony locations around and is perfect for those wanting an intimate “I Do� in Flathead Valley.


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the finer things

Stay on-trend with your wedding day and have your man sport a gorgeous burgundy jacket, complimenteing the blush undertones of this stunning, beaded gown from J Scott Couture. Some sparkle and diamonds from McGough & Co to tie together this dazzling duo.

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meet me by the creek

Summers in Flathead Valley transform the landscape. Woods and meadows become lush and vibrant, and the Creekside Meadow at Blue Star is no exception.Tucked away on property, enjoy a peaceful and intimate place to share your vows with friends, family and your fur baby!


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glowing brilliance

Indulge your guests with a dinner table filled with decadent fruits, floral and layers of taper candles. Designed by Conrad Floral, the gold accent chairs and a metallic hunter green runner transform the space into an elevated affair. Rich hues of plum, burgundy and lavender add warmth against the modern build of the Blue Star Resort and Retreat’s Event Center.


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shall we dance?

Dance the night away under Montana’s big sky and celebrate your first moments as husband and wife. We love classic cakes with gorgeous floral embellishmnets, and paired with a crisp rosé, how can you resist!

| dress, shoes & menswear j scott | floral conrad floral | hair cs bridal styling - christina stevens | jewelry mcgough & co | makeup la vita e bella | models kadie & joel photography kelly kirksey photography | robe & accessories naked princess | rentals empress tents & events venue blue star resort & retreat | cake miss patticakes

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Lindsay + Mike whitefish

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Lindsay and Mike met through a mutual friend at work, a place neither of them were looking for love. Immediately after meeting Mike, Lindsay reported back to her friend that she was going to marry him one day. There was just something special between the two of them! On their first date together they drove up to the mountains. From that mini road trip forward, Lindsay and Mike knew that their coming together was fate and they began doing everything possible to make their lives one. One day the couple went out fishing at Seebee Dam and spent the day casting, at the base of the Rockies, with no bite (per usual). As they packed up their rods for the day, Mike reached into his pocket, pulled out a ring and said, “Well, I guess there is just one thing left to do. It doesn’t even matter that we didn’t catch any fish today, because I already have the best catch of all. Will you marry me, Lindsay?” The answer was obvious. The two planned an authentic, mountain wedding on top of their favorite Montana mountaintop for September 17th.


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mountain mavens Lindsay and Mike were inspired by their deep love of the outdoors and incorporated a romantic, woodsy, yet garden theme to create their dream wedding. Stormy weather, unexpected adventures and layers of fall kissed mountains only added to the awe behind their day.

the perfect fit “Through countless searches and endless daydreaming, I always came back to one dress - The Remmington Gown designed by Mrs. Hayley Paige. I am the type of woman that once I have my mind made up about something it becomes my focus and I make it happen. After doing some research, I knew there was a boutique in Calgary that carried the dress. However, we quickly came to find that it was literally half of our wedding budget. For some reason, I just couldn’t let her go. It was the gown I pictured myself marrying Mike in. Back to the internet I went. That’s when I discovered a gal that had recently been married in the Hayley Paige gown. I took a leap and messaged her. Not only was she the sweetest, but our measurements were almost identical, and she was more than happy to see the dress worn again as she planned to sell it. We worked out the details and in just a few short months, I had the dress of my dreams in my possession.”

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husband and wife “As Mike and I walked down the aisle, hand-in-hand, our family and friends cheered us into married life. We took formal photos with our best friends, and were immediately swept away back down the mountain on the chair lift. It was such a special moment to share, just the two of us, soaking it all in.”

advice for rocky mountain couples “Embrace why you picked the Rockies and stay true to them.”


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- VENDORS BEVERAGES Bulldog Saloon BRIDE’S RINGS Twoperidotbirds | CAKE Miss PattiCakes | CEREMONY VENUE Whitefish Mountain Resort | DRESS DESIGNER Hayley Paige | ENTERTAINMENT Casey’s - DJ Johnny | FLORAL Mum’s Flowers | GROOM’S RING Jewelry By Johan | HAIR CS Bridal Styling-Christina Stevens | MAKEUP La Vita é Bella - Britlee Penney | MENSWEAR Moores | OFFICIANT The bride’s uncle! PHOTOGRAPHY Jennifer Mooney Photography | RECEPTION VENUE & CATERING Casey’s | RENTALS Celebrate Event & Party Rental |


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Paradise Valley

Some of the most beautiful country can be found in Paradise Valley. Chico Hot Springs and Resort is nestled in the valley and for couples looking to take in all the beauty of the area, it is the dream location for an intimate winter wedding. From a cozy dinner in the wine cellar to an outdoor ceremony that will take your breath away, and even an adventurous dog sledding session for the newlyweds the next day, you’ll fall even more in love with this part of Montana.


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winter kisses

With it’s 360 degree views of Paradise Valley, The Field of Dreams gazebo is a picture-perfect location year-round. Greenery accented by wooden chairs and candles is all you need to create a dreamy ceremony space. We love a bride with style - stay warm through the vows in a fabulous leather jacket and celebrate with champagne afterwards!


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the wine cellar

Situated behind the historic main lodge you’ll find the rustic stone wine cellar. For those planning a smaller wedding, the wooden harvest table for up to 16 guests and old world charm plays perfectly against a navy pop and rich florals. Heavy candlelight and gold accents makes the room come alive and invites guests to cozy up for an evening of cheers, delicious bites and a good time celebrating the new Mr. and Mrs.

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beauty ethereal hair designs



makeup artistry




| dress eskay bridal

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| design menswear-formal macy’s



planning elm events

& sledding attire schnee’s

models bailey & alex photography macy spencer photography | rentals montana party | sledding yellowstone dogsled adventures | venue, catering & cake chico hot springs resort |

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newlywed adventures Dogsledding Tis’ the season for snow adventures! The day after your Chico “I Do,” plan a day filled with the best of Paradise Valley with a dogsledding excursion by the Yellowstone Dogsled Adventures, located at Chico! Celebrate after your run with hot cocoa and warm blankets while enjoying the landscape and wedded bliss.

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Vanessa + Drew red lodge

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Vanessa and Drew already had heard about each other through mutual friends in Austin but never met until they joined the same intramural softball team one night. That game, whether it was Vanessa or fate, Drew hit two home runs! His parents happened to be visiting and were in the stands enjoying the game and saw the sparks between him and Vanessa. On the drive home Drews mom said, “hey who was the woman on Third base?” As they say, mom’s know best! The rest was history. The couple dated for three years before taking a huge leap together, and moving to Cody, Wyoming in search of mountain living and outdoor adventures. That next summer, Drew surprised Vanessa with a guided ascent with Exum guides, up the Grand Teton to a summit of 13,775 feet. The trip turned out to be anything but relaxing as they endured thunderstorms and graupel, a frigid night at 11,700 feet, Drew’s horrible muscle cramps and frozen feet and almost 5,000 feet of ice axes and crampons. After overcoming all of this together and reaching the summit, Drew still managed to propose, making for an unforgettable experience on top of the world! Vanessa said “Yes!” and the two planned a sponataneous Setpember elopment in Red Lodge.


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the elopement story “We had decided early on that we wanted to get married surrounded by nature, and the Beartooth Mountain range was an obvious choice for us. Drew and I had driven the beautiful Beartooth highway about 10 days before the elopement, to scope out the spot. We camped overnight and had a wonderful summer night in the mountains. The weather from that point forward was beautiful. I had to fly to Denver for work and arrived back on the Thursday before the big day and the weather had taken a serious turn. Snow was expected at high elevations, then worse – the highway was closed, due to snow. So our spot we meticulously and thoughtfully picked was no longer an option. So with that in mind, we thought, well let’s get to Red Lodge, where we had dinner reservatons that night and go up into the mountains, working backwards. Drew went ahead to scout with his family and I stayed back getting ready with my family. Problem is once you get about 5 miles north of Red Lodge, you lose service. So my family and I made our way to Red Lodge (about an hr away) and I was going to meet my photographer at a coffee shop, and let her know about Drew’s quest to find the perfect spot.We anxiously waited there for probably about 20 minutes until Drew called letting us know he found the perfect location! The fact that I was hearing from Drew meant he was back in service range, so he had to climb the long and windy Beartooth highway, find a spot, and drive all the way back down just to be able to call me. We climbed up the highway winding around each switchback, and as we climbed the clouds got less and less dense, and you could see snowy mountain peaks in the far distance. Since it snowed so early, this was really a very rare view and the highway closed shortly after this day. The spot is called Rock Point Vista, elevation 9190’, and is a well-known stop during the summer months, usually over crowded with tourists, but this day it was just us,the chipmunks and the amazing view that belonged to just us!”

beauty in the snow “This is a tough question, but I think I just was so happy and relieved with how beautiful it was that day, even though the weather leading up to the moment was just about the worst weather you could ask for, cloudy, and zero visibility it was somehow so beautiful, and felt like the moment was just ours.”

advice to rocky mountain couples “This may be specific to my very chaotic day, but I would say anywhere in the Rockies, you can’t ever predict the weather. I would say you have to be open to any of the possibilities (even snow in September) and know that no matter what it will be beautiful. My September elopement worked perfectly as our Christmas cards/elopement announcement!”

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color palette

- VENDORS BEAUTY The bride! BRIDAL DRESS Nordstrom | FLORAL A gift from the Bride’s good friends! FarmGirl Flowers | HONEYMOON Europe! LOCATION Rock Vista Point off the Beartooth Highway, Red Lodge OFFICIANT Drew’s Brother-in-Law PHOTOGRAPHY Gerry Myers Photo | RINGS J.C. Jewelers |


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E le va te your wedding, par t y o r specia l ev ent wit h o ur elega nt l y

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g at h e r Be present in the smallest of moments leading up to the big day, and cherish the newlywed celebrations as husband and wife. Gather often, laugh always and love endlessly.

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f l ow e r fa r m f ĂŞ t e

Make your rehearsal dinner a celebration just as fabulous as the wedding day! Be inspired by the wildflowers in the summertime in Montana and plan a soiree before the big day to bring loved ones together! Beauitful blooms, outdoor dining and smiles all around will set the stage for an unforgettable wedding weekend.


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let’s eat!

The wide open spaces on Rathvinden’s Flower Farm is everything we love about outdoor events in Montana. Greenery and bistro lights hang from the ceiling over the long table adorned with a bright blue linen and rich floral from the farm.The golden yellow pop in the placesettings and vintage china pull together this organic and eclectic table designed by Gather in Montana and Labellum.


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montana moves

End your rehearsal dinner with moments alone, dancing under that Montana Big Sky.Take in the love and laughter experienced and excitement for your wedding day.



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| menswear revolvr menswear rentals


| floral labellum ladies attire

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| hair brooklyn studio leather bags brick bound


| @brooklynnstudio

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| models healy & matt paper ice pond press | photography fran ze photography & table decor peligro rentals | location & flower farm rathvinden farm |

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Reception and Ceremony Venues at Glacier Park Lodge and Grouse Mountain Lodge 406.892.6710 |


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montana credits = RMB GEM Vendors


Element Bozeman | The Firebrand |


Beauty and the Belief | Brooklynn Studio | @brooklynnstudio CS Bridal Styling | Ethereal Hair & Makeup Artistry | Fumi Nagai | Indulgence Beauty Bar and Salon | La Vita é Bella | Skin Chic | Theory Hair Salon | Ulta |

J.C. Jewelers | Jewelry by Johan | McGough & Co. | Rogers & Co. Fine Jewelry and Design | TDN Creations | The Gem Gallery | Tiny Sparkle Studio | Trumpet & Horn | Twoperidotbirds | Vermeil Supplies |


Bozeman DJ | Vera Clay |

Paper & Calligraphy


Badgley Mischka | Bash Bozeman | BHLDN | Brick Bound | Brimble and Clark | Dapper Gent | Dillard’s | Eskay Bridal | EVRGREEN Clothing | Forever 21 | Green & Blue Studio | Hayley Paige | J Scott Couture | Macy’s | Men’s Wearhouse | Modern Trousseau | Moores | Naked Princess | Plume Bridal | Pol Nuñez | Revelry | REVOLVR Menswear | Schnee’s | Step’n Out Formal Wear | The Gown Shop | Truvelle | Velvet Bride | Wtoo By Watters |


Agile Goat Flower Farm & Design Studio | Angie’s Greenhouse | Bitterroot Flower Shop | Conrad Floral | FarmGirl Flowers | Habitat Events | Labellum | Mum’s Flowers | My Viola Floral Studio | Rathvinden Flower Farm | The Flower Hat | Wild Blume |

Amy Zhang Creative | August + Stone Design Co. | Bon Temps Collective | Brooke Averill Calligraphy & Design | Happy Huckleberry Studios | Ice Pond Press | Just Paper & Tea | Noteworthy Paper & Press | Vistaprint |


Amber Renee Photography | Amelia Anne Photography | April Sky Photography | Ashley Caitlin Photography | Autumn Cutaia Photography | Cluney Photo | Erin Kaye Photography | Fran Ze Photography | Ingrid Svare Photography | Jacilyn M Photography | Jennifer Mooney Photography | Kacie Q Photography | Kelly Kirksey Photography | Kristin Jean | Lindsey Jane Photography | Macy Spencer Photography | Orange Photographie | Paige Marie Photography | Stella Kelsie Photography | Tabby Miller Photography | Zak Jokela |

Planning & Design

Amy Deering Events | ELM Events + Design | Events by Autumn | Events by Emily Summer | Gather in MT | Reed & Lee |


Gifts & More

Glacier Raft Company Weddings & Events KJ-Designs | FB: KJ-Designs MAP Brewing Company | Stuff by Cait | The Montana Distillery | Yellowstone Dogsled Adventures

Jewelry & Accessories

Alara Jewelry | Brilliant Earth | Caitlyn Minimalist |


Celebrate Events & Party Rental | Empress Tents & Events | Event Elements | La Tavola Fine Linen | Lux Lounge | Montana Party Rentals | Peligro Rentals | Rustique Rentals | Vintage 44 |


Food for Thought | LaFoley Kitchen | Plonk Wine |

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The Food Studio | The Notorious P.I.G. |


Cakes in the Zoo | @cakesinthezoo Elle’s Belles | Granny’s Gourmet Donuts | FB: Grammy’s Gourmet Donuts Miss Patticakes | Plum Cakery | @plumcakery


320 Guest Ranch | Beall Recreation Center | Billings Depot | Casey’s | Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa | Foster Creek Farm | Glacier Park Weddings & Events | Glacier Raft Company Weddings & Events Headwaters Ranch | Lone Mountain Ranch | Montana Wildflower Weddings | Moonlight Basin | Rainbow Ranch Lodge | Red Lodge Mountain Weddings | Rialto | Sacajawea Hotel | Sage Lodge | The Baxter | The Lodge at Whitefish Lake | The Silver Knot | The Woodlands at Cottonwood Canyon | Whitefish Mountain Resort |


Mudshine Media | Samuel Roland Films |

m o n t h ly w e d d i n g


2–4 mon t hs Plan fun group activities for guests Plan a hair & makeup trial run Book rehearsal dinner Begin wedding dress alterations

12 + mon t hs

Finalize menu & flowers Give vendors a first draft event schedule

Determine a budget

planner Gather ideas & inspiration

Send out formal invitations (Mail out invitations 6-8 weeks before wedding day)

Choose a date & location

1–2 mon t hs

Choose your bridal party Begin creating a guest list Hire a wedding planner

Pick up wedding rings

Design a fun wedding website

Purchase wedding attire accessories

Research marriage requirements

Schedule final dress fitting Purchase wedding weekend attire

6–9 mon t hs

Schedule spa services for bridesmaids Finalize event schedule

Select a photographer

Confirm bridesmaids’ & groomsmen attire & gifts

Have engagement photos taken

Confirm photo list with photographer

Finalize guest list

Create guest favors & welcome bags

Send out Save-the-Dates

Finalize rehearsal dinner & mail out invitations

Pick a caterer

Enjoy a bachelorette weekend with the girls

Select a florist Select a DJ or band

4 week countdown

Appoint an officiant Purchase your wedding dress

Obtain a marriage license

Decide on bridal party attire

Pack for your honeymoon

Register for gifts

Break in your wedding shoes

Decide on color palette & style of wedding

Confirm transportation & travel Confirm all wedding details with vendors

4–6 mon t hs

Provide final guest count to caterer Create final seating chart & escort cards

Reserve rental items

Send timeline & contact info to the bridal party

Order wedding cake and/or desserts

24 hours

Get groom & groomsmen fitted Purchase wedding rings Order invitations & other stationery

Confirm all details with planner & officiant

Reserve a room block for out-of-towners

Drop off welcome bags to lodging

Plan your honeymoon & apply for any passports

Create vendor check & tip envelopes

the big day enjoy every little detail of your fabulous rocky mountain wedding!

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