Rustic Elegant Wedding in Montana

Janey and Logan had planned on a beautiful church ceremony and indoor wedding reception in Minnesota with 150+ guests, but like so many other couples right now, COVID had them scrambling to make alternate plans for their big day. Fortunately, they came across the gorgeous and secluded Mountainside Weddings just a few hours from their home, and since they’ve always loved rustic elegance, the new venue was a perfect fit! They stuck with their original attire choices and incorporated soft dusty rose accents throughout their decor, letting the natural beauty of their surroundings shine through. Although they were disappointed that they could not celebrate with everyone they had intended, they ended up having an intimate event that was perfect for them and after seeing these beautiful photos by Erica Johanna Photography, you’ll think that this was their plan all along!

How did you meet?

We worked together for over one year in a large department. During that year we were acquaintances. Slowly over the second year of knowing each other we became friends who occasionally played tennis together and went for bike rides. This eventually led to “officially dating” and here we are now- married! 

What is your proposal story?

I was told we were flying out to Montana for a long-weekend “business trip.” Little did I know that this business trip was entirely made up. We went for a hike in the early morning “to beat the rain and busy agenda the rest of the day.” While at the top of Mount Helena, he dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him! Eventually it came out that we had no business trip plans. We could relax, explore and relish in the newly engaged bliss!

What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?

Being flexible and going with the flow. As minimal stress as possible. I almost skipped bridesmaid flowers…last minute decision to get them and SO glad I did! Wouldn’t recommend skipping that one!

What were your favorite parts of the day?

Our first dance was choreographed- nothing crazy (we learned it in under 2 weeks). We had a blast and our guests were totally surprised. Overall, we loved just having time together with family. We really enjoyed the morning of the wedding day- relaxing and getting ready with our crew. Our venue took care of everything so I had 0 stress that day.

What did you do for favors?

We had a small wedding- 25 people in attendance. We gave our bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts out and then gave shawls/Turkish towels as a “favor” since it gets chilly during MT summer nights. Guests used their shawls rehearsal dinner night and wedding day!

Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?

Our unity candle was the same unity candle from my husband’s parents wedding. They just celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary!

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

After planning a wedding for 150+ and ending up with a wedding of 25 due to coronavirus… I truly would recommend a small wedding if you are on the fence! The weekend was so fun and we got quality time with all of our guests! We had family and close friends in attendance.

Why a Mountain Wedding?

My husband’s vision and rustic elegance for the win! We wanted our wedding to be in a private setting and as chill as possible.

What’s your biggest piece of advice for other couples planning a mountain wedding?

Embrace the area- explore/plan time to visit and site-see!