Our dear friend and newlywed, Danielle, kindly offered up her recent wedding budget for your viewing pleasure. Danielle not only had a beautiful wedding, she had a big wedding... 450 guests! Needless her say, her budget was a huge factor in managing the needs of a party that size! She pulled it off... her event was not only completely gorgeous, it was filled with all the people she and her hubby love. We really appreciate her sharing all the details here at Montana Bride. You can see the article here in the 2016 issue.
From the bride... The day could not have been more perfect. After smoky days from all the fires and plenty of evening thunderstorms, July 4th was as beautiful and clear as could be. 450 of our guests had made their way from places spanning Washington and California all the way to South Carolina. The morning was a blur for me as I was pampered and loved by my mom, mother-law, sister, bridesmaids and family. We enjoyed mimosas and delicious goodies as we all got ready in the bridal salon. For Mikey, a quiet morning spent fishing on the Gallatin was exactly the way he wanted to start this day. When 5pm finally came, it was 93 degrees with the sun directly overhead. Everyone was sweating. At one point I remember looking over at my brother who looked as if he had just gotten out of the shower; we all just had to laugh. After a beautiful sermon by our pastor, Marc Johnson, everyone was ready to get the party started! Mikey and I, along with our 27 bridal party attendants, made a grand entrance into dinner, which consisted of a southern BBQ, buffet style. We cut our cake right away and let our guests dig in to the gourmet spread of desserts: we had triple berry pies and huckleberry cheesecakes, chocolate ganache coconut cakes and carrot cakes with cream cheese frosting, and even brownies and raspberry crumble bars. We made it through heartfelt toasts with tears and laughter before Mikey and I had our first dance. Between our first dance, and my father daughter dance to Sweet Home Alabama with my dad, I still can’t wipe a smile off my face. The dance floor was packed the entire night with an eclectic mix of music to suit all ages. Everyone was truly enjoying themselves. But the night didn’t end there…. because what’s a Fourth of July without fireworks? One of my dad’s favorite things in the whole world is fireworks. We moved all the guests back over into the meadow where we got married and watched an incredible display of fireworks right over our heads. It was truly the most magical night of our lives. Thank you again to everyone who was a part of it… we got our fairytale.
Photography: Doug Loneman / Ceremony + Reception Venue: Rockin' TJ Ranch / Catering: Rockin' TJ Ranch / Flowers: Mac's Florals / Cakes + Desserts: Elle's Belles / DJ, Sound, & Lighting: Bozeman DJ - Paul Churchill / Rentals: Montana Party Rentals / Hair + Makeup: Castine Fuchs-Capelli's, Ashley Dunkelberger-The Brooklyn, Amy Penwell / Wedding Dress: Allure / Gown Shop: Eskay Bridal / Tuxedo: Jason's-Billings / Rings: Toni Soueidi Jewelers / Officiant: Marc Johnson, Faith Chapel Billings / Invitations: Elum