Married in Montana: The Little Things

What better way to finish my guest recap posts than with some photographs of details from the day!

First, to set the mood, a shot of the Polebridge Mercantile, home of the Polebridge bakery (responsible for our cake and tartlets). This sight greets guests as they drive into Polebridge. You can see our tent in the field behind it…

Our ceremony site was also set back and to the left of the mercantile, along the banks of a small creek and overlooked the peaks in the Northwest corner of Glacier National Park (hidden by clouds in the photo below)…

We lined the aisles with shepherd’s hooks hung with dahlia-filled mason jars. In the background of the shot below, you can also barely see a crate which had programs and bottled cokes set on top…

Here’s a gorgeous close-up of some variegated dahlias in one of the mason jars. Doesn’t the raffia look nice as a hanger? I tied all those myself! Twenty for flowers and twenty for candles…

This is my bouquet, held by my Maid of Honor during the ceremony. Burgundy dahlias, brown hypericum berries, montbretia, chocolate cosmos, wheat and other grasses. I wish it could have lived forever… sigh.

On her arm, you can also see one of the Swarovski pearl bracelets I made for all of the bridesmaids…

Next, the bridesmaids’ bouquets: Orange dahlias, montbretia, and grasses. Very simple and vibrant…

And here are a few of my own accessories – my cowboy boots and garter-flask in action! Pardon the bustiness of this shot. I got a little TOO much support from my dress when bending over…

One of our guests took this photo of the reception tent as it was being set up. I would have liked it better if the tent walls had been closed to keep people from peeking at the details, but whaddayagonnado, eh?

You can see our centerpieces of dahlias and grasses in antique mason jars, wooden hand-tooled table numbers, khaki and chocolate linens, and Polebridge-baked cookie favors if you look closely….

This table had set upon it our seating “cards”, which were river rocks from the inlet of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, each with a guest’s name hand-written on one side and the table number on the other. Many people took these home as souvenirs.

In the center is one of the cheap frames from Michael’s that I hand-stained. It says “Find Your Name”…

Here is our vintage mailbox and antique-replica Montana postcards, set up on an old cherry box in lieu of a guestbook. The sign in the frame reads “Write a letter to the bride and groom – They’ll get it after their honeymoon!” We addressed all the postcards to ourselves and Mr. CP’s dad mailed them to us. It was so much fun to get them after the wedding was over…

Our photo-line was set up in the little sheltered alcove beneath the tree-house sound booth near the stage. Strung with clear lights and outfitted with a wooden bench, it proved a great place for guests to sit, sip, and socialize. Everyone looked at the photos, even if we only ended up stringing about half as many as we had…

Another of my favorite details was the outhouse. It was actually very spacious, clean, and airy for an outdoor toilet. There were actually two flush toilets in the saloon, but I think many guests primarily used the outhouse for its proximity to the tent. We stocked bathroom baskets in all three, and they definitely seemed well used. Whether their use was from our guests or other patrons of Polebridge’s saloon, we’ll never know…

Finally, I can’t leave you without this one non-wedding related detail. Most of our guests were introduced to Glacier Park wildlife during their stay in the Park, but a few were lucky enough to see black bears. Check out this picture one of them took from their car on Going to the Sun Road…

Run for your liiiiives!

After this, I have a few more photos I took in the Park to share with you, and a full honeymoon recap, while we wait patiently for the pro-pics. Stay tuned!


Mrs. Cherry Pie

Seattle/Polebridge, Montana
Wedding Date:
September 2008
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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    Mary, Guest @ 5:13 pm

    Mrs. Cherry Pie, did you end up lining the path with those punched can lanterns you had made? I just loved that idea!

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    cherrypie 1059 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:26 pm

    @Mary: We used those all over the soft seating tables during dancing. To line the path, we used the shepherd’s hooks with votives in mason jars hung from them. I’ll have photos of both when we get our pro pics!

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    Mrs. Penguin 3508 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:15 pm

    Your decor was so rustic I love it so much! I’m dying to see your pro pics, although I have to say your guests were quite professional photo takers in their own right! I love how you incorporated the wheat, I remember wheat in your design elements from when you were a very new bee!

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    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:32 am

    The dahlias are gorgeous!!!! I love how the rustic elements came together — it looks like a movie set.

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    Lauren, Guest @ 9:24 am

    Ugh! SO GORGEOUS Mrs. CP!

    This question goes back to the gorge gifts you created. I totally want to jump off your bracelet and was wondering about how many pearls you needed for each and what size pearl you used?

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    Chocolate cosmos smells like dessert – Flaming Petal Blog, Guest @ 11:46 pm

    […] blooms partner surprisingly well with tough grasses. You can see just how well in this bouquet (featured over at Wedding Bee), which includes fancy grass seed heads, dark red dahlias, orange crocosmia and red-tipped […]

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