Married in Montana: All in the Details (Part 1 of 2)


Today I’m delighted to share with you the first of two detail-oriented recap posts. These are sort of like recaps of the recap – focused on all the outfits, accessories, DIY projects, decorations, and edible/drinkable pieces of our wedding. Many of you have asked me questions about specific things that we wore, made, or did. Well, these detail posts are the best place to look for all that information, and to see new photos of all the little things that made our wedding day special.

Check it out!

Where to start? Let’s go waaaay back to the beginning and revisit our invitations…

Our gorgeous letterpress invitation suite was made by Twin Ravens Press. We created a custom tri-fold with our wedding details and directions to showcase the invitation, which was itself attached by photo-corners to the enclosure. You can see my past Weddingbee posts for more detail about the evolution of our design and to view the invite content up close.


Our suite also featured a letterpressed bellyband (not pictured), letterpressed outer and return envelopes, RSVP card, and matching thank you notes with envelopes. The enclosures and envelopes were Waste Not paper in Khaki. The invitation, RSVP card, and thank you notes were printed on luscious Rives BFK paper in Off-White.


My dress was Diamante by Pronovias Barcelona, purchased at La Belle Elaine’s Bridal in Seattle, WA. I also purchased my veil at La Belle Elaine’s. Though it’s likely I could have gotten a better deal elsewhere, it was somewhat of a snap decision, and I never regretted spending that $200.


My favorite accessory was my Ariat Laurel cowboy boots, which I purchased from Hurrah for free overnight shipping and comfy footwear! I seriously wear these 4 days a week now. Weren’t they cute under my dress?


These earrings were my wedding gift from Mr. Cherry Pie. They are beautiful Yogo Sapphires, which are mined in Montana and more rare than diamonds. What an appropriate present!

I wore my favorite fragrance, Tam Dao by Diptyque, on our wedding day. You can find it online or at the highly-reviewed Essenza boutique in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.


Our hair stylists traveled to the Lake McDonald Lodge from Sage Salon and Spa in Whitefish, Montana. My hairstyle was a low, criss-crossed chignon inspired by a few styles I found online. I absolutely loved this style and I think it was much better than what we tried during my hair trial.


Though I had a makeup trial at Sage Salon and Spa, I decided ultimately to do my makeup myself with a variety of products I already used. Saving $60 on professional makeup also allowed me to purchase some new products, and I think the results speak for themselves.

My earrings were made by local artist India Blu that were designed to match the Gypsie Bella necklace I wore for part of the evening. Both were purchased at Willow and Bloom in Seattle.

A lot of people have asked me about my hair flower. I bought it at La Belle Elaine’s in Seattle for $50 (or so). According to the label, it is by Pink Petal, but my web searches for the vendor have been fruitless. However, I will be selling this flower shortly!

My something blue was the “Something Blue” garter with 3 oz. flask from Juliette Garters. I filled the flask with 18-year old whiskey and used it to wet my whistle. It’s come in handy on other occasions since!


I carried my something old (a handkerchief from my great grandmother), a few makeup items, and some emergency cash in my champagne-colored Martine clutch from J.Crew. The clutch has since been discontinued, which is a shame, but I was able to get what I think is the last one in existence for a screaming deal.

In this photo you can also see my engagement ring and wedding band, which were custom designed in platinum with diamonds by Mr. Cherry Pie at Green Lake Jewelry Works in Seattle.


His wedding ring is brushed platinum with gold inlay by the Coge Design Group, purchased at E.E. Robbins in Seattle.

Here’s another photo with more detail. They’re so shiny!


We worked together to write our wedding ceremony from scratch (you can view the entire text on Weddingbee). This was one of the most important details of the day, and we loved going through it together to read how we’d put our commitment to words. Though our officiant had a personalized copy, we made sure to carry one everywhere.

Here, it’s pictured with our hemp hand-fasting cord, cut-and-dyed by our friend, Twisted Monk. Having Monk make our cord (and binding it for us) was both a tribute to him, as we’ve been by his side since he started his (now extremely successful) rope business, and a head-nod to our kinkier sides. Not many of our guests got that little in-joke, but now you know!


Mr. Cherry Pie had his suit and vest made by Kuhlman’s boutique & tailoring in Seattle. They have a reputation for amazing suits and they certainly didn’t disappoint. There were so many colors and textures to choose from, and a million choices of styles! I wrote about the design process, but I hardly did it justice.

The price tag on Mr. CP’s suite was something steep (it cost more than my dress) but he gets a lot of chances to wear it, and damned if it doesn’t look sharp on him. It was made for him, after all!

His tie and dress shirt are also from Kuhlman’s.


The groomsmen all wore grey Pronto Uomo suits from Men’s Wearhouse with burgundy ties that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses. The suits were priced 2 for $500, and we asked each groomsman to purchase his own, but we would have contributed to anyone with financial need. You can read more in a previous post about why we decided that purchasing suits was the way to go.

I think they’d have looked silly wearing tuxes in the middle of the Montana countryside, but these suits matched Mr. CP’s ensemble nicely.


Here, groomsman Tom models his suit for you. Tom was also our unofficial videographer, because we hadn’t budgeted enough to hire one. He took a lot of footage of our day with his HD camcorder but we haven’t seen any of it yet. (Moral of the story: when your busy friends volunteer to do something for you, you might just get what you pay for! 😉 )


The groomsmen and fathers also wore lovely wheat, grass, and hypericum boutonnieres by Glacier Wildflower, who supplied all of our floral elements. I thought the bouts came out quite well, but might have been a bit on the large side.


The bridesmaids dresses were Sophia short silk dresses from J.Crew in vintage burgundy. They purchased them on sale for $139 back when the regular price was $195. I chose this dress for the bridesmaids long before I had my own, or even a coherent idea of what colors and themes I wanted to use in our wedding. I just knew I loved the Sophia dress (having worn one in my MOH’s wedding) and that burgundy was the perfect color. Thank goodness for intuition!


The bridesmaids’ bouquets were orange and red/yellow variegated dahlias with wheat, grasses, and montbretia. The color provided a nice, bright contrast to their dresses. In the left-hand photo below, the bouquets are being stored before the ceremony in the jars with name tags I made for each girl.


My bridal bouquet was darker, heaver, and bigger than the bridesmaids’. It was made with a mix of burgundy dahlias, chocolate cosmos, montbretia, brown hypericum berries, wheat, and other grasses. Just what I wanted. It was beautiful, and had a striking wild, rustic, fresh-picked look that I loved. A definite stand-out in photographs.

My something borrowed was my grandmother’s brooch, which I pinned to the ribbon in the bouquet stem.


Our flower girl Charlotte was given a little nosegay made especially for her baby hands. She was just too small to scatter petals! But, on the upside, she’s also the cutest thing ever. Charlotte wore a little white dress that her mama bought at an antique store during her 20th week of pregnancy, the day she found out she was carrying a girl. Charlotte’s grandma knitted her little yellow cardigan.


Finally, our ring bearer made us our ring platter from a sliced tree branch. It was his wedding gift to us, inspired by the birch platters at Muscari Design. He held it quite proudly as he walked down the aisle.


These are the people and accessories that gave our day special warmth and feeling. Stay tuned for my next post, wherein I showcase the details of our DIY decorations for the ceremony, reception, dance floor, and more. And after that, the budget!

[Credits: All original images and post-processing courtesy of Piknik Studios.]

Married in Montana: The Rehearsal
Married in Montana: The Girls Get Ready
Married in Montana: The Guys Get Ready
Married in Montana: The Bus Ride to Polebridge
Married in Montana: Pre-Ceremony Preparations
Married in Montana: Staging the Ceremony
Married in Montana: Our Wedding Ceremony (Part 1 of 2)
Married in Montana: Our Wedding Ceremony (Part 2 of 2)
Married in Montana: Receiving Line & Refreshments
Married in Montana: Cocktail Hour
Married in Montana: Bride & Groom Portraits
Married in Montana: Family Photos
Married in Montana: Wedding Party Portraits
Married in Montana: Our Rustic Reception
Married in Montana: Toasting
Married in Montana: Just Desserts
Married in Montana: Making it Official
Married in Montana: Glamour Shots!
Married in Montana: Portraits of Our Guests
Married in Montana: First Dances
Married in Montana: Bouquet and Garter Toss
Married in Montana: The Grand Finale


Mrs. Cherry Pie

Seattle/Polebridge, Montana
Wedding Date:
September 2008
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