Guys, Kirsten + Dakota’s September 1 wedding was like something out of a fairy tale. They were married at Le Petit Chateau in Bozeman, Montana, surrounded by so many loved ones. Something I’m seeing more of - that I’m absolutely loving! - is couples who have chosen to have larger weddings making time during their day for moments of intimacy as well. Kirsten + Dakota did this during their first look by opting to exchange the vows they wrote for each other at the same time, rather than during their ceremony. It was beautiful to watch them see each other for the first time in the privacy of a tucked-away corner, then to read the thoughts the other one had going into the day.
They also chose to have an unplugged ceremony (allll the praise hands). For those who haven’t heard of this, an unplugged ceremony is one where the couple has requested that guests not use their phones, tablets, cameras, etc. during the ceremony, allowing each guest to be fully present. You know what I saw, instead of people trying to get “the shot” with their phones? I saw a groomsman reach over to grab his wife’s hand while Kirsten came down the aisle. I saw friends take the hand of the person next to them and give it a little squeeze before letting it go to wipe away a lone happy tear rolling down a cheek. I saw family glance at each other and smile before reaching over to squeeze a shoulder. Big picture, I saw Kirsten + Dakota’s friends and family observing, contemplating, and being in the moment with each other and it was so beautiful.
After the ceremony, everyone ate, drank, and danced and it was a freakin’ blast. My favorite moment? Probably Kirsten coaxing her mom into a round of shots ;)
Scroll on through for some favorites from their perfect late-summer wedding day!
Hat tip to all the vendors who made this day so perfect:
Venue: Le Petit Chateau | Hair: Ethereal Hair & Makeup | Makeup: Running Bare Aesthetics | Dress: Plume Bridal | Tux: After 5 and Weddings | Florals: Carr’s Posey Patch | Catering: Sadie’s Catering | Desserts: Lux Spirited Sweets | Entertainment: Moshunal
Jessianne + Ryan said "I do" in the heart of Paradise Valley, Montana yesterday, surrounded by the mountains and their closest friends and family. It was truly remarkable: every last detail of their day bore some significance to them and shared a piece of their story. Ryan and Jessianne have created a life of adventure for themselves: he is a hunting guide and she can often be found right by his side. They even got engaged on an extended pack trip through the Beartooth Absaroka Wilderness last summer! This sense of adventure was present in every last detail.
Jessianne's mom made her bouquet, complete with a shed and a horsehair braid. They both wore custom-made cowboy boots with "R" + "J" inscribed on them. Ryan's mom did Jessianne's hair and makeup and adorned her hair with an oosik from a bear Ryan harvested (if you don't know what this is, Google it!). Ryan wore a silk scarf and a cowboy hat - a nod to his lifelong dedication to the cowboy lifestyle, and during the ceremony, Jessianne's cousin read a poem called "Cowboy Wedding." The sausage they served during cocktail hour was made from an elk Ryan harvested, and Ryan's mom also made the most beautiful Belgian Miserables cakes! During the reception, they showed a video of the pack trip on which they got engaged and it was such a beautiful portrayal of their adventurous life together: just them, three horses, and their hound dogs in the mountains, surrounded by the wildflowers. I know I'm forgetting so many details right now, but rest assured their wedding was a perfect depiction of their story.
My favorite moment of the day? The moment Ryan slipped Jessianne's gold band onto her finger. The look on her face was the most heartwarming combination of excitement, happiness, and realizing it was officially official. Jessianne + Ryan, thank you for having me!
Scroll on through for a few more of my favorite moments.
Venue / The Barn on Mullan | HMUA / Amanda Maxwell
Florals / Flower Happy Floral | DJ / RMF Entertainment
Brady + BriAnna said "I do" on Saturday, June 2 at the Catholic church in Hamilton, Montana, then made their way to the Barn on Mullan in Missoula for the reception. Guys, this was a particularly special wedding for me: I've known Brady since we were kids and BriAnna's mom was my boss for years. Over the last couple of years, I've gotten to know BriAnna as well. They are two of the most genuine, hard working people I know and they are raising the CUTEST two-year-old ever!
I've spent some time trying to come up with the right words to describe their relationship and their wedding day, and while I'd love to have some epic $5 word, the one I keep coming back to is "fun." They are just really, really fun people. And their day reflected that. The guys (Brady, his brothers, and two friends that date back to at least middle school) got ready in Brady's parents' basement as a throwback to their high school days spent in that basement and the girls got ready in BriAnna's salon. During the first look, before BriAnna reached Brady, I asked him what he was thinking. His response? "It's going to be a good day!" After the ceremony, the bridal party took the limo for a spin through the McDonald's drive-thru (good planning - there was a gap between the ceremony and the reception and a girl's got to eat, right??).
The day was light on formal photos and heavy on candids because they were fully immersed in celebrating with their friends and family and that seems just about perfect in my book. Side note: I ran into Brady and BriAnna the following afternoon at what was apparently the only restaurant open in Hamilton on a Sunday. Her parting words? "I regret nothing. I had fun!" Guys, it was fun. Really fun. Scroll on through for a few highlights from their day!