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Get inspiration from real Montana weddings at The Woodlands at Cottonwood Canyon

Danielle & Scott’s Montana Memories in Motion

It’s a great question. . . What do you hope we remember about this day?

Some memories embody a feeling, an overall experience or even a snapshot in your mind that you will never forget.  Perhaps it’s the butterflies of excitement or the way your dad’s eyebrows crinkle up in emotion as he sees his little girl walk around the corner to take his arm for that walk down the aisle to a new beginning.

Danielle and Scott experienced their wedding day here in September 2011.  They were thoughtful enough to have a book where they invited everyone at their wedding to share with them a different perspective of what to remember on their special day.  {Brilliant!}

My mom always said ‘perspective is everyone looking down on the same valley from different mountain tops’.   You won’t remember it all, and yes, it will fly by no matter what.  But even if you are on the best mountain top in the world, what will that mean to you to see it from another perspective, to live it all over again?

That is why a videographer is such a important part of the picture.  What Randi Jacobson with Moonstone Pictures did here and what she does for all her weddings is such a gift.  To capture the sounds, the experiences, the words and then to put it all together is a way that gives new birth to your day.  To see it in ways you didn’t get a chance to, while you were playing your own part in creating your life’s moments.

What was the one single regret of my own wedding nearly 12 years ago?  I thought I couldn’t afford a videographer.  What I would do to snuggle in with my husband on our coming anniversary and just re-live the moments of our day.  I hold snapshots in my mind and treasured snippets, but some of the memories are lost to time.  Kudos to Scott and Danielle for having the foresight to bring in the talent of Moonstone Pictures.

So step back into September 4th 2011 and visit Danielle and Scott’s beautiful day at The Woodlands.  It was my pleasure to work with them closely, to handle all the details as their day of wedding coordinator so that they could be living it up like you are about to see.  Click below to live it up with them!

Nicole & Jason’s Montana Wedding: Personal touches and radiant sunshine

Nicole brought in some wonderfully personal touches to her and Jason’s July wedding here at The Woodlands.  Nicole collected milk glass vases for over a year (that is dedication!) and then had them filled with the simplest hydrangea in vibrant periwinkle.  The cake (Good God, it’s gorgeous) was a design by Carrie at Sweet Pea Bakery and featured an antique broach embellishment that complemented the broach on Nicole’s dress and in her hair. They chose a more intimate half circle ceremony layout so their guest would surround the chuppah and the couple as they said their vows.  I have great appreciation for the beautiful traditions and ceremony the Jewish faith brings to their celebrations.

The Woodlands is honored to share some snippets of the day provided by talented local photographer Charlie, with Eubank Photography.  The photos are outstanding!   I can’t get over how dreamy the whole day looked as the summer sunlight filtered through the trees and touched the ceremony with it’s warm rays.

Congratulations Nicole and Jason!  It was a beautiful day and we were so honored that you chose The Woodlands.

Each Woodlands wedding is a personal translation.

Our first wedding of this weekend by Icing on the Cake was beautiful, fresh, and completely elegant with various shades of green and slate accented with beautiful white flowers in silver oversize mint julep vases.  The following day, a new wedding came through and translated our space into a punchy, relaxed and fun-lovin’ atmosphere with bright orange crinkle linens, colorful Chinese lanterns, happy Gerbera daisies, a killer photo booth in the trees and our relaxed bride in a short lacy vintage dress and cowboy boots. 

Instead of a cocktail hour after the ceremony, they did it before, so their guests drifted in and mingled on the patio with drinks and appetizers.  It may not be for everyone, but I personally loved the way it opens people up.  By the time the wedding ceremony rolled around, everyone was cheering for the wedding to start instead just cheering at the end!  What a great way to relax the intensity and formality of a ceremony if that is something you may be apprehensive about.

Every Woodlands translation tells a story about the bride and groom.  Weddings of our generation are so much more a personal expression then ever before, so what would your Woodlands translation be?  

Here on The Woodlands blog, we will be continually sharing our brides and grooms unique translations to inspire you as you shape your own.  When your celebration is sprinkled with elements that are truely yours, the day will only mean that much more.  When it’s at The Woodlands it will only be that much more amazing. 

A Italiano Rehearsal Dinner, al Fresco!

We were blessed to have the warmest and most wonderful set of families here at The Woodlands this August for the Stevens wedding.  The bride was savvy and took advantage of our weekday discount and then added the option for the discounted ‘day before the wedding’ for their rehearsal dinner.  Jenni and Sy were engaged in Tuscany, Italy (so romantic. . .sigh) and Sy’s mother, Denice wanted to honor that special wedding proposal by hosting a rehearsal dinner in true Italian fashion.  A mobile wood-fired pizza by the groom’s sister was serving individual pizza’s (one featured a red wine-rosemary sauce and shaved dark chocolate!).  With a look at the beautiful country Italian style that was created in the beautiful afternoon light of The Woodlands, it is safe to say that fun was had by all.  What a wonderful way to start a weekend of celebration.  That’s Amore!

Wedding Color and Decor Inspiration

Good heavens!  I was shocked to see September knocking at the door.  Time files, life flies and I have been soaring right along with it.  It’s been a gloriously busy and wonderful summer as we mold and shape the space where brides and grooms can breathe the Montana mountain air, capture memories under old growth trees and dance the night away in great celebration.  I typically try to find a calm moment to take some images of each event to inspire brides-to-come with color combinations and decor ideas that will help them springboard to their own personal look in our always evolving great room.  I thought I would take a moment to re-live a few of the weddings we have seen here at The Woodlands this year. All the linens below are from The Woodlands.

Dory and Mike’s fresh color combo turned out great.  Satin brown runners, with teal accents and napkins.  Flowers by Bloom and the antique double wash bins for drinks are a ‘Finishing Touch’ offered by The Woodlands.  *Feel free to click on each image for a larger view of all the beautiful details. Here are a few to feast your eyes on.

Aqua has been a hot wedding color this year.  Fresh like the Montana sky. . . and if you look close enough, you will discover fresh rosemary tucked into the arrangements.  I love herb accents, they are so aromatic and earthy!

Amanda was very hands on in all her decor.  She went with the bold and vibrant orange Gerbera daisy and brought in the element of organic texture with the burlap.  I think Montana weddings do burlap with amazing grace and style!  And she featured her arrangements in the ever popular, always charming and yet economical mason jar.

Another Amanda chose The Woodlands for her wedding a week after the Amanda I mentioned above, which definitely kept me on my toes.   I have seen purple in The Woodlands great room for wedding receptions plenty of times yet I was struck by the fresh look the added white overlay brought to the room.  Hello again, my friend the mason jar.

Adam and Amber embraced their colorful side in all its hot pink glory!  The guests picked up on the couples energy for life and danced the night away on the patio under the stars.  I am pretty sure I saw a groomsman that abandoned the white suit jacket and shirt leaving only his hot pink vest for the sake of aerodynamics on the dance floor. 😉  Oh,yeah.

Please forgive me for not crediting all the floral or cake vendors that contributed their talents for these events.  I don’t always have that information on hand, but if you do, send us a shout.  I would be delighted to honor them with a mention.