What comes to mind when referring to weddings in the wild west? Cowboy hats and boots, barn venues, expansive views and square dancing, right? Although playing off the Montana way will never lose its authenticity, there is something to be said for ‘raisin’ sand’ by introducing concepts that are foreign (literally and metaphorically) to those determined to host their wedding day festivities in Big Sky Country.
The Renaissance Era, a European cultural shift in thought processes, art, architecture, politics, science and literature, piqued the interest of a planner, florist and photographer as they frolicked through a hidden grove at Headwaters Ranch in Three Forks, Montana. Drawn to the idea of using less known aspects of the property and a uniquely built structure, the team of vendors decided to capitalize on the opportunity to introduce unchartered territory (similarly to the explorers who exposed the west we crave to be a part of today), as well as play with color combinations, textures and lighting in a way that would make our European predecessors proud.
Using film was a priority. Film gives photographs an Old World feel, as does the use of lace, brass, royal color tones, vintage books and historical images in flat lays. A change of attire, hair and makeup between sets paralleled our deliberate attempt to shift mindsets and moods too.
The final wall deemed worthy of breaking down was incorporating “competitors” into the vendor lineup. Photographers shooting photographers – Now, there’s an advance in perspective. The team united as one and successfully rounded up a combination of local resources to pull together an enlightening editorial. Those cowboys better watch out! We reckon a new age of Western event design is waiting just on the other side of the Montanan mountains.
– Montana Event Planner, Beautifully Born Events