This beautiful destination wedding to the Rainbow Ranch Lodge in Big Sky Montana was such a joy! Corey and Kiersten were filled with love and laughter throughout their wedding weekend. They had the resort all to themselves (with their closest family and a couple of friends), which made for such an intimate feel to their big day! So many stories! I can't tell them all, but I want to share some of the highlights!
These two met at a bar where Corey was celebrating a milestone in his life - his divorce was final! Somehow the two ended up at the same bar 3 days in a row, and from that point on, there was a "thing" with them. Kiersten told me with a bit of a giggle "he wasn't single very long!" If you saw the ease of interaction, the joy in being with each other, and the focus on love, family, and fun with these two, you would agree, this wedding was meant to be!
Along the way in their relationship, Corey and Kiersten picked up a vintage house to restore, and a super cute and friendly puppy, Penny. What could be better than a couple with a dog like Penny? She was so cute, so sweet, and she and I hit it off right away! There is no better wedding attendant than Penny! The only thing - she was clearly afraid of the wedding bouquet! Try as I might to get her to pose by the flowers, she didn't want that at all! Best I could do was try to sneak it into the background with her because if she noticed it, she was out of there! And honestly, a chew toy was a great distraction!
Speaking of the bouquet, in the interest of an eco-friendly wedding, this bouquet and all of the table flowers came from Eco Flower Weddings - you've got to read about these flowers and how they are made - or really, what they are made from! Forever flowers that are biodegradable, non-toxic and beautiful. And, knowing this frugal bride (yes, she was teased about this, and she teased others about her frugality!), they were a good value!
Oh, and forget about frugality, lets talk about Kiersten's wedding shoes! A friend impressed on her how important it was to have special shoes for her wedding day, and Kiersten bought into that wholeheartedly! And to all you future brides out there, let me tell you, Kiersten raved about her shoes! Betsey Johnson wedding shoes are the type that give wedding Photographers butterflies of excitement in their stomach's when they see them in a brides' details. There is just something exciting about great wedding shoes!
Corey and Kiersten were the first to get to use Rainbow Ranch Lodge's newest tent - an expansion and upgrade from the tent of the past - and a perfect venue for a wedding, with lots of room for parties small and large! Rainbow Ranch Lodge also did their catering (think Montana Wagyu Cattle Co beef and you'll understand just how good it was!) and provided their beautiful wedding cake exactly to Kiesten's specifications! I heard it was delicious!
And, my favorite story of the day happened at the first look: Kiersten and Corey decided they would exchange cards at this point. It's actually a great tradition to exchange gifts and/or cards during the first look if you are doing one. So, you need to know that Corey wears a brown uniform at work, and works for a company you will recognize. As already stated, Kiersten is a frugal person, and prides herself on helping Corey to see the value in such a lifestyle (I think he kind of likes that frugal stuff too, but Kiersten is the champion of making a game of it). So, Corey one-upped her on this front, with his wedding card for her. The pictures tell you all you need to know!
See, I told you they were a joyful and fun couple!
Photographer: Elements of Light Photography
Venue: Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Catering and Cake: Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Shoes: Betsey Johnson