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Montana Barn Wedding

March 7, 2018
Montana Barn Wedding

As both Ian and I are from Montana, we wanted to incorporate our beautiful home state into the day as much as possible. The instant we had a site visit at the Big Yellow Barn, we knew it was the perfect place for our wedding. We wanted to blur the lines between a traditional barn wedding and a more formal event; the design, layout and features of the Big Yellow Barn made that possible. We chose white, gold and light gray as our colors to create a clean, elegant and minimalist aesthetic. As the views from the Big Yellow Barn are outstanding, we did not want to try and compete or draw attention away from the natural beauty.  We tried to have formal balanced with western throughout the entire evening: vintage dining room chairs for ceremony seating combined with gold framed signs, a mix of traditional white roses, peonies and ranunculus with antler sheds on the tables, long flowing bridesmaids dresses with cowboy boots and a plated beef/salmon dinner with elk appetizers (made from elk shot by the bride!) are some of my favorite examples.

Overall we wanted it to be a fun event for us and our guests. As important as the decorations and details were (especially to the excessively detail oriented bride), we prioritized the venue, caterer, bar and band. We chose Memorial Day weekend for two reasons: 1. It is our favorite time of the year in Montana, with the valley turning green and snowcapped mountains in the background 2. The long weekend made traveling easier for our friends and family. However, we knew the weather risks. I had my grandma’s white fur coat out and ready to go if needed, and we had a very thought out plan B for the ceremony and reception. The BYB was perfect because it provided lots of indoor space if needed. We set up seating areas downstairs near the bar and used fleece blankets as guest favors so that people would be comfortable if it were raining or snowing.  We got very lucky with the weather that day, but we headed into the weekend feeling confident that we’d have a wonderful time no matter what Mother Nature decided to do. 

~Bride, Sarah

Photographer: Orange Photographie Wedding Venue: Big Yellow Barn Accommodations: Gallatin River Lodge Accommodations: The Element Accommodations: The Lark Bozeman Band: The Tiny Band Bar Service: Sidecar Bar Service Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo Bride Bag + Bridesmaid Clutches: New Orientation Bride's Boots: Old Gringo Bride's earrings: Borrowed from mother of bride; originally from Miller's Jewelry Bride's Eyelashes: Maurissa's Skin Care Bride's impromptu dance outfit: Meridian Cake & Cupcakes: LUXE Ceremony microphone & Speakers: Music Villa Engagement Ring: Groom family heirloom Rentals: Montana Party Rentals Fleece blankets (party favor) & cocktail napkins: Brand-It LLC Flip Flops: Old Navy Floral Design: Labellum Catering: Lafoley Kitchen Groom's Boots: Ariat Hair & Makeup Artist: Canyon River Spa & Salon Officiant: Lorca Smetana Outhouses: Montana Johns Paper Products & Signage: Cast & Company Ring box, wire baskets, hanger, easels, flower girl dresses, cake toppers, cake knife: Etsy Transportation: Karst Stage Tuxedo Rental: After 5 and Weddings Wedding Dress Designer: Lazaro Bridal Boutique: The Bridal Collection Wedding Planner: Bash wedding Website: Minted Wedding Bands: Miller's Jewelry Wedding Bag Items: Montana Monster Munchies, original recipe cookies Wedding Bag Items: Bozeman Spirits and Distillery, vodka and whiskey nips Wedding Bag Items: Bequet Caramels, bag of caramels Wedding Bag Items: Quipet, "Funtana" hand towel Wedding Bag Items: GVLT, trail map
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