Styled Spring Wedding Shoot – Gallatin River Hideaway, Bozeman, Montana

“Spring is nature’s way of reminding us that every day is worthy of celebration.”

Planning a spring wedding in Montana can be tricky. Will the snow be gone in time? What venues are open this early in the season? Will everything be green or still ugly winter brown?

But, one thing we do know is love seems sweeter in the spring. This all too forgotten time of year is the perfect backdrop for the beginning of a marriage. Surrounded by new life as you commit to one another in your new life, it is most poetic. A little extra planning of logistics can pay off in a big way, with your day sure to be memorable for all who attend.

In celebration of wedding season kicking off this weekend, check out our styled wedding shoot from last month. We drew inspiration from our name and wanted to incorporate leaves throughout the whole shoot. From the colors, to the wardrobe, to the season, we focused on bringing a fresh take on one of the world’s most beloved and oldest traditions. We teamed up with Tina at History in the Making Special Events who took our idea board and designed a glorious look that was even more beautiful than we could have imagined.  She brought together a talented group of wedding vendors who made this shoot possible. As wedding photographers, many times the day of the wedding is a flurry of activity so we loved the chance to spend the day being creatives and getting pumped for our 2018 weddings.

Styling the Groom: We are determined to bring bolo ties back.  Add in rolled up sleeves, a felt hat, and a non-floral boutonniere and you have the perfect manly look.  Earthy tones, metals mixed with organic textures, and of course a signature drink complete the groom’s style. Approachable, yet refined, this is the gentlemen’s fashion.

Styling the Bride: As Walt Whitman said, “Simplicity is the glory of expression.” Karli’s simple yet stunning style gives us a feeling of nostalgia with a breath of fresh spring air.  The leaf motif is carried into her gold hair piece and her all-greenery bouquet.  Shayla from Beauty and the Belief captured the romance of being a bride in a side swept updo and glamorous makeup.

The Details: Smaller, more intimate weddings allow for more time spent with guests and your new spouse, but also for some really cool decorating and details.  The bold color scheme of black, gold, and green may not be your first choice for wedding colors, but as you can see is quite striking visually.  Tina outdid herself on this table setting design with great use of leaves and greenery and hints of marble. It just drips with sophistication.

Dessert: Let’s be honest…the cake is everyone’s favorite part of the day.  This delicious cake from Elle’s Belles is just big enough for sharing, but no one said you had to. It’s your day, you can have your cake and eat it too!

Signature Drink: This refreshing signature gin drink is sure to please all guests. The mint and lime pair well with spring. Light and airy with a hint of days gone past.

Love Story: Real life couple Justin and Karli look right at home at the Gallatin River Hideaway wedding venue. Karli is sheer elegance in this divine dress from Eskay Bridal.

We can’t wait to celebrate with all our 2018 couples! Cheers!

Venue: Gallatin River Hideaway
Photography: Floating Leaf Studios
Design / Coordinator: History in the Making
Dresses: Eskay Bridal
Hair / Makeup: Beauty and the Belief
Cake / Dessert: Elle’s Belles
Rentals: Montana Party Rentals | Linen Tablecloth
Paper: Paper and Peonies
Models: Karli and Justin Mosey