Shawn and I wanted to get married in our favorite place, Bozeman, which turned into a destination wedding for all but ourselves and three bridesmaids. Guests traveled from both coasts, eight states in total, to fill our day with joy and laughter. To call this wedding a “labor-of-love” may be an understatement. In our 14 month engagement, we raised a barn, moved 40 dump-truck loads of dirt to create the ceremony site, crafted a mason jar chandelier, constructed a bar, and the list goes on.
The week of the wedding the ladies of our families were slicing watermelon, making honey butter, sewing calico pillows for the hay bale couches, and infusing vodka with huckleberries. The men were building buffet tables, creating trails for guests to follow, and stringing lights. The old saying “blood, sweat, and tears” doesn’t even begin to cover it.The flower girl, my cousin’s daughter, wore the dress her mother had worn in my parent’s wedding. My boots were an early wedding gift from Shawn. Shawn wore a thistle boutonniere after spending months trying to kill every thistle plant on the property so the wildflowers could grow. We wanted our wedding to reflect what meant the most to us: family, friends, and good old Montana living.
(Courtesy of the bride)
If we could choose one place to be on this dreary Saturday, it might just be in the Seeley Swan on a warm summer day. Ben and Marya were lucky enough to say “I do” in the middle of the valley at the historic and lovely Holland Lake Lodge. The pretty pair choose a soft gray and blush palette to contrast with the rustic lakeside venue. Natural wild flowers and reclaimed wood accents gave a little bit of a boho edge to their very Montana affair. Ben’s parents made huckleberry wine and DIY’d the bottles for the tables – talk about a labor of love!
We can’t get enough of Canadian couple Rya and Josh’s destination wedding in the Flathead Valley. With Glacier National Park, Whitefish, Flathead Lake, and the Mission Mountains all within easy driving distance, there isn’t any question as to why they chose to head south to Montana.
They transformed the stunning Weatherwood Homestead into a woodland fairy tale. Lush greens and delicate flowers adorned everything from the ceremony arch to the gorgeous bride’s hair while natural wood tables and chairs fit in seamlessly with the rustic venue. Marianne Wiest did a flawless job at capturing this dreamy event – we can’t stop swooning!