Nope, not a painting. (Although photog Ben Blood sure makes it look like one.) Alyssa and Paul just really lucked out in the venue department. Those wide-open spaces and mountain ranges belong to the bride’s parents’ ranch in Montana (the same spot where Paul proposed!)—the perfect setting for a modern meets rustic wedding full of DIY touches. It’s enough to make us city dwellers pack our bags and head for the hills…
The peonies came from Alyssa’s mom’s garden and the dried yarrow was from Paul’s family home in Oregon. How sweet is that?!
We built the farm-style community tables in a continuous circle and the stage in the center that also served as a dance floor during the reception. We built an installation of canvas and hanging lights in the trees 30 feet over the dance floor.
Another perk of having a homegrown ranch wedding? The beef for the dinner was raised by Alyssa’s parents on their ranch!
The most memorable moment was seeing all our family and friends sitting in a circle in the glow of the candlelight, listening to the toasts given by our dads and the wedding party. (That or surprising our guests with fireworks after we all let off Thai lanterns, with the lightening from an approaching thunderstorm in the background. It’s a toss-up.)
What a perfectly picturesque wedding! Congrats, guys!
Photographer: Ben Blood / Venue: private residence / Videographer: Eric Whedbee / Hair & Makeup: Bride’s sister / Florist: Alyssa Leanne Studio / Catering: Grills Gone Wild / Invitation designer: Paul Hoppe / Menu Illustrations: Alyssa Leanne Studio / Rentals: Celebrate Rentals / Day-of Décor Coordination: Made By Sohn / Bride’s Dress: Sottero and Midgley from Trudy’s Brides / Engagement Ring: Jennifer Dawes / Custom Fresh Flower Earrings: Life Science / Groom’s Suit: Zara / Groom’s Shoes: Gordon Rush / Flower Girl Dresses: Zara