With spring now in the air (or perhaps I should say: now that we’ve had three hopeful, sunny days in a row without snow in West Glacier), we are getting ready to visit the nursery, pull out our gardening tools and get to work. Our fantastic landscapers have begun bringing our grounds back to life these past few days, and before long the wedding meadows will be neat and green and ready for parties again!
All of this springtime buzz has us doting even more than usual on our favorite garden-inspired store, Terrain. I mean, who can resist gardening when it involves such beautiful goods:
And because in all reality it is still a bit chilly to go digging in our beds just yet, we have been scouring Terrain for warm-weather garden wedding inspiration too. We love their earthy, rustic style, and have been dreaming up fresh ways to style our tent in the same way. Check out Terrain’s garden wedding collection to see what we’re coveting:
And to see some of our inspiration in action, check out the style board for one of our totally lovely 2014 garden weddings:
Why, hello! We’ve been a bit quiet lately because our spring has positively flown by in a (wonderful) flurry of plans and meetings for weddings this summer and next. We are so lucky to work with so many imaginative and fun brides and grooms!
A highlight of our spring, in addition to watching crocuses begin to push up through the cold ground, was heading down to Los Angeles for THE CREAM EVENT, put on by the ladies of Bash, Please and featuring so many talented artists and creatives. Take a peek at this video from Wade at Shark Pig (courtesy of 100 Layer Cake) for a glimpse of the festivities and all the totally inspiring decor:
We took this little trip to THE CREAM with our lovely friends and powerhouse ladies at Habitat Floral Studio & Events, and we all came home inspired and (we’ll admit it) slightly suntanned. Can’t wait to share the results of all of our collective brainstorming!
The eye-candy at THE CREAM nearly left us blind with amazement. We were thrilled to lay our eyes on the work of Beau & Arrow, Pitbulls & Posies, La Bohéme and so many more designers whose work we admire. To see it all for yourself, check out 100 Layer Cake’s posts about THE CREAM, full of jaw-dropping photos, here, here, here and here.
Now that the ground is thawing and we’re preparing the venue for our summer weddings, we’ll be in closer touch! Promise.
Although we are more than partial to outdoor mountain weddings in Montana, and we do also relish the chance to be a part of gorgeous events elsewhere on the planet. Most recently, we had the total pleasure of traveling to Brooklyn, New York, to coordinate (and attend!) a wedding at The Green Building.
The Green Building, we found, is a kind of urban-ex-brass-foundry version of our Montana wedding venue. (Bear with me: it’s true.) Like us, they allow couples to work with the vendors of their choice, favoring flexibility and customization. Like us, they provide a kind of lovely blank canvas — original brick walls and exposed beam ceilings in place of our tree-lined meadows and classic white tent — upon which each couple can project their unique style and vision. It was a stunning space with a sweet, helpful staff, and we felt right at home.
The couple we celebrated that day has a novel-worthy story (which you can read about in the Vows section of the New York Times, and which you can watch a short film about at The Forward), and their story showed up in so many of the wedding’s very personal details.
We were thrilled to work with a whole host of exceptional vendors on this wedding, including Brooke Fitts of Brookelyn Photography, who can be thanked for these lovely sneak-peek photos, and Betty Brooklyn Catering Co., who blew us away with their super-friendly staff and (of course) delicious food. Two very smart people behind The Literary Man provided pitch-perfect dance music and a playful photo booth. The bride’s girlfriends fetched buckets-full of anemones and ranunculus and bells of ireland at the market for the fresh-picked centerpieces. Candles and chandeliers and string lights warmed up the space.
We adored every second of this wedding, and we were honored to be there among so many loving and happy people. Eating such ridiculously delicious chocolates made by the mother of the groom. Toasting two people who deserve all of the good things in the world. xo
We loved watching tonight’s episode of The Bachelor, filmed right here in our Montana backyard. Although we admit we tend more toward the Downton Abbey camp, we couldn’t resist watching The Bachelor himself and his cohort of ladies exploring Montana’s Glacier National Park, picnicking in the mountains, paddling canoes, riding horses, strolling around Whitefish, and in general gushing over the scenery that we’re so lucky to see from our desks!
Although we don’t typically milk goats ourselves, this episode of The Bachelor certainly did not exaggerate Montana’s totally stunning peaks and lakes and pine trees:
Inspired by what you saw of the Glacier and Whitefish area on The Bachelor tonight? We love to share all of it with our guests, our honeymooners, our brides and grooms. Check out our venue for a Glacier National Park wedding and our packages for a Montana honeymoon!
Another (digital) package recently arrived in our inbox from another of our oh-so-talented photographer friends, and as soon as we saw the first photo, we couldn’t wait to share. Take a peek at this little sample from the wedding of our smiley 2012 couple, Lindsey + Cesar, and then be sure to check out their entire gallery on our Real Weddings page:
Photographers Kene and Ryan of Eye in the Sky Photography went (quite literally) above and beyond to document every moment of this wedding. At one point, we looked over to see Ryan climbing a pine tree in his suit and bow tie, equipment in tow, in order to get these gorgeous bird’s-eye shots of Lindsey walking down our wooded path toward the aisle and guests assembled in the ceremony meadow with the peaks of Glacier National Park in the background:
Taking her inspiration from all of the colors of wildflowers in the woods and mountains of Montana, Lindsey imbued every detail with bright colors and rustic DIY style. Habitat Floral Studio designed colorful wildflower bouquets for the girls and centerpieces accented by driftwood collected by the bride and groom. Bridesmaids and napkins and favor bags came in pink and orange and blue and purple. Guests were given custom pint glasses decorated with the silhouettes of Montana (the bride’s home) and the Philippines (the groom’s home), and were invited to take home a bag of colorful candies from the old-fashioned candy bar.