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The people you work with closely during your event will shape your experience dramatically.  Choosing the vendors  that will make up your team makes all the difference in the world!  So here is a little intro to us, the good people whom you will be touching base with throughout your planning process.

My name is Elsa, owner and founder of The Woodlands.  My team and I set the stage for many important weddings and celebrations in connection to Montana‚Äôs natural beauty.

I love to be part of life’s amazing milestones and watch as people weave their moments and memories from The Woodlands into the fabric of their lives.  Being a part of writing personal history is such a blessing.

I grew up here in Bozeman and couldn’t ever bring myself to leave except for the occasional travel adventure. I am married to an incredible man that built The Woodlands as a manifestation of our dream, and he keeps me laughing harder and loving deeper as the years go on.  He is my best friend and my forever.  I am the mama to two dynamic and joyous little girls.  I am supported by an amazing network of beautiful friends and family who have been there for us in countless ways throughout our journey.

I adore great food (Sushi, Thai, Indian, wood-fired pizza you name it!)  a glass of bubbly, big sunglasses, and hammocks.  I love the real-life chaos that occurs when I  get together with my girlfriends and we all try to cook dinner, keep track of whose wine glass is whose, and catching up with one other while kids are whizzing circles around us.  We love soaking in local hot springs, river floats under the summer sun, and a great powder day on the hill.

Enough about me. . .let me introduce you to Taye Bennett, Woodlands Manager Extraordinaire!  She has developed expert status working with weddings here for many years and provides me the support that allows me to step away from the day to day tasks to be the visionary for growth and improvement at The Woodlands.  Taye brings knowledge to the process of planning a wedding and with her experience, she helps things flow smoothly and is ever a guiding light for our couples and clients from the beginning to the celebratory wrap-up.

Her kindness and strength and her innovative resourcefulness are such assets to people’s experience here.  How often do you meet a beautiful, tech-savvy, former Marine, Esthetician who gives an amazing facial when she isn’t out with her horses, being a mom to three kids (four if you count her husband ;)) or making a fondant cake like a pro?  She is a rock in the foundation of The Woodlands and I can’t wait for you to work with her!

I also love that you read this entire thing. . .really, way to go the distance!  You will do just fine with this planning stuff.  We got this!