Intimate New Years Eve Wedding 2018

Save the Date & Join History in the Making for a luxury, all-inclusive intimate Bozeman wedding on December 31, 2018!

The ceremony will be held near the East Gallatin Recreation area with a beautiful view of the Bridger mountains. This will be a true Montana Winter wedding, being held outdoors, snow or shine!

New Years Eve 2018 Pop Up Wedding Flyer

Here’s the “fine print”:

  • Invitations with RSVP cards and a custom Facebook event page are included.
  • There is a non-refundable booking fee of $1000. The remaining $2500 is due by December 21, 2018.
  • Payments can be made by check, money order, or credit card
  • The couple is responsible for proving their rings, attire, and marriage license

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Design Inspiration*:

New Years Eve 2018 Pop Up Wedding Inspiration Board


*These images have been gathered from Pinterest and will serve as general inspiration for the wedding, though the final design will be created by History in the Making.


unique wedding bouquet alternative ideas

Unique Bouquet Alternatives

I’m a sucker for a gorgeous wedding bouquet, but I also LOVE the freedom and expression that comes from unique, personalized bouquets. Whether you’re considering something different for yourself or your bridesmaids, I’ve put together this fun look book of some of my favorite bouquet alternatives.

Fabric and Wood

The fabric flower bouquet was handcrafted by one of our brides from a variety of silks, laces, pearls, and brooches. She used similar flowers to make matching boutonnieres and matching sweetheart chair covers.

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Wood bouquets, like this one from EcoFlower, are often made from sola wood. Not only were the colors vibrant, but it smelled amazing! (this was the bouquet from MY wedding and I chose the black vanilla raspberry scent, which was included for free)

Both of these options are extremely light weight, especially when compared to a traditional medium/large sized floral bouquet.


Wearable floral pieces are great bouquet alternatives, especially for bridesmaids. Some of my favorite ideas are anklets and armbands. They are versatile, chic, and unexpected. And of course, everybody loves a good floral crown! The best part is all of these can be customized in hundreds of ways, and can be worn down the aisle and on the dance floor.

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If you’re crafty, these are easy DIY projects to make with faux flowers, leather, and ribbon. If you’d prefer live floral pieces, I recommend using a professional florist to ensure they will be as fresh as possible and have the best chance of lasting through the wedding day.

Wreaths and Lanterns

alternative wedding bouquet lanternOk, so I may be a bit biased because I was dreaming of this cascading lantern bouquet for what felt like forever, but isn’t it gorgeous? Besides flowers, lanterns can be filled with candles, battery operated lights, or even special keepsakes.

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Wreaths are another fun option if you want to carry something down the aisle. Wreaths can be designed around the season, and can be as simple or elaborate as you want. After your walk down the aisle, it can become a piece of décor at your reception. Depending on the type of wreath, you may even be able to take it home after the wedding and enjoy it for a long time to come.

A few other ideas:

A candle bouquet would be beautiful for an evening ceremony. Dried herbs are budget friendly and smell awesome. Brooch bouquets, like this one made of heirloom pieces, are a great choice if you want something non-floral.

wedding bouquet alternative ideasWe’ve also seen brides carry vintage clutches, a favorite book, and paper flowers

Just remember, your bouquet will be one of the most photographed details of your day, so make sure it fits your personality, style, and vision.

Photo credits:

Wearables, lantern, and wreath florals created by Wild Blume.

Simple Elopement Styled Shoot

One of the things I love most about being in the business of weddings is seeing how special and unique each wedding is. Some folks want to throw a big party, surrounded by friends and family. Other couples would rather keep it short and sweet–hosting a ceremony with just a few witnesses, or even simpler as just husband, wife, and officiant. That was the inspiration behind this mini-shoot with Simple Reflections Photography.

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We wanted this elopement shoot to be simple, sweet, and romantic. We set up a picnic blanket and accented it with an antique basket, vintage jar lanterns, and a delicious pie. Our bride was decked out in an adorable dress from Moda Fashion Truck. She carried a simple bouquet of white hydrangeas, and our groom stayed casual in jeans and a tie.

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Can we talk about how stinkin’ cute this real life husband and wife are? Seriously the most perfect models for this shoot! 🙂

Here are a few more images for your viewing pleasure–Enjoy!

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Interested in Eloping? We’re happy to help! We offer an elopement package that’s almost completely customizable and would love to talk with you about your dreams for your day.



Mountain Inspiration-a mini styled shoot

It was Super Bowl Sunday, and I had some time to kill before the big game. I also had a table and chairs in my car from the Montana Bridal Event the day before, so my mother in law and I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous 40 degree day and head up the mountain to Hyalite Reservoir for an impromptu mini shoot.

Luckily these amazing views make up for my lack of professional photography skills. It was such a fun day that left me feeling really inspired.

For an adventurous couple wanting an authentic Montana Winter wedding, it doesn’t get much better than this!

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Yes, even being buried up to my knees (and sometimes hips) in snow pack, I had such a blast!

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History in the Making @ the Helena Bridal Fair

In January, I made the trip to our state capital to “set up shop” at the Helena Bridal and Anniversary Fair. It was my first time at the Helena Civic Center, and after driving through a blizzard to get to the event, I was pleasantly surprised by the awesome variety of vendors, set up on 2 levels. I got to set up on the mezzanine.



Pretty cool view, right?

For my booth, I wanted the space to feel warm and welcoming.

My amazing hubby built me this gorgeous fireplace mantle.

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My favorite element? Definitely the table!


The inspiration started with a beautiful antique recurve bow. From there I decided I wanted to create a rustic, elegant design with a lot of natural elements.

I constructed the table runner from fresh ferns and alstroemeria. The bow rested on a small set of antlers. Candles, set in gold mercury glass and mason jar lanterns, were scattered among the ferns (with less overhead lighting, this design really comes to life!)

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The place settings featured gold chargers, ivory napkins, and a single alstroemeria.

To pull the design together, I rented wooden chairs from Montana Party Rentals. If I’m being totally honest, these might be my favorite chairs ever.


Behind the Design:

When I created this design, I really wanted it to show that it’s possible  to bring your passions into your wedding design. While I used a recurve bow (perfect fit for my love of all things authentically vintage and my husbands love of hunting), it could easily be altered to fit other elements, such as fishing rods, skis, or oars.

It was also so important to me to showcase a design that was unique, beautiful, and affordable. Trust me, this table looks way more expensive than it actually was! (and that makes me love it so much more!)

Here’s a few more shots. Enjoy!

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October 17–a beautiful day for a Bridal Tour!

I was so absolutely excited to be a featured designer on the Montana Bridal Tour 2015!

This year the tour featured 4 beautiful venues, and I was lucky enough to set up at the historic Story Mansion, located just blocks from downtown Bozeman.

Our venue featured authentic farm-to-table pulled pork created by Claudia’s Mesa, an amazing bluegrass trio called Acony Belles, gorgeous gowns from Plume Bridal, and model styling from Brooklynn Studio. Merissa Lambert Photography, our featured photographer, captured the fun moments throughout the day.

The Story Mansion sits on a full city block, and many wedding receptions take place on the grounds. Gallatin Event Rental set up a tent on the lawn to showcase one of the many ways that couples can use the space.

Oh, and a big congratulations to Zebra Catering and their delicious sangria for winning Bride’s Choice–Signature Drink!

Enjoy the images and behind-the-scenes design tidbits!

Story Mansion

Design Inspiration:

I really wanted the Story to have a feeling of richness and warmth that only seems to happen this time of year. Being inspired by the season, the venue, and the mixing of textures and materials, our design theme was Fall Sangria.

We used shades of purples, greens, ambers, golds, and reds for the focal colors. I chose ivory for the table linens, which allowed the other colors to pop. The wooden chairs, rented from Montana Party Rentals, matched the original golden wood trim that’s found throughout the Story.

As a literal nod to sangria, I cut the bottoms off of various wine bottles, illuminated them with flameless candles, and placed them on the staircase in the foyer. (FYI real candles look beautiful in the bottles, but they cause the glass to get extremely hot)

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menu and place cardStacy with Big Announcements did a fantastic job designing the custom paper pieces that accented the tables.

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The floral, created by Karen’s Floral Artistry, added a simple, beautiful elegance to the tables. Karen followed through with my idea of mixing fruits with florals by adding pears and grapes to the centerpieces.

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the table designs:

While both tables had the same plates, flatware, and glasses, I used accent pieces to create two different designs. Both tables featured beer bottle candle holders, which were cut in a similar way as the wine bottles. They were one of my favorite design elements.


Table #1

The place settings on the first table featured golden woodgrain chargers, a menu card, place card, and a golden fabric accent band. Alongside the beer bottle candle holders, the centerpieces also featured red pears and gold mercury glass candleholders. The look was completed with a thin green fabric band wrapped around the tops of the chairs.


Table #2:

The second table had a completely different design, and was meant to be a bit more interactive from a guest’s perspective. The place settings were simple, featuring a rustic woven charger and a small bowl of fruit.

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Yes, real, edible fruit. (A lot of people were surprised by this) There was a mix of red grapes, purple grapes, and blackberries. The bowls that held the fruit were made from the bottoms of the wine bottles I had cut for the stairs. Interesting AND economical.


sweetheart1Finally, there was a sweetheart table, placed in front of the beautiful fireplace. Karen decorated the mantle with a large wooden garland and floral arrangement. The place settings included glasses of fruit, mercury glass candle holders, and a small floral arrangement. The chairs had strips of gold fabric wrapped around the top.   sweetheart2

So, there you have it! I really loved how the whole design came together, and it was so much fun to work with all the other vendors. Here’s a few more shots of Team Story:


Finding Inspiration, a rustic fall stylized shoot.

Last week, with the help of some amazing local vendors, I had the opportunity to bring a dream to life. Every vendor I had hoped to work with agreed to be a part of this shoot, and I’m humbled and honored that they wanted to work with me, too! This blog post is a bit unconventional, but all of this could have never happened without these fantastic professionals, so I thought I’d dedicate this post to them and their incredible contributions to my first ever stylized shoot. Enjoy!

Missy Short Photography

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I may have done the grunt work, but Missy brought this shoot to life. She gave it meaning and personality. The lighting and details wouldn’t have meant anything without her vision and talent. I feel like I could dedicate an entire blog post to how crazy amazing she is as a person and a photographer! She was my go-to for advice and suggestions throughout the planning process, and I couldn’t have done this shoot without her.

Budget Bouquet and More

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Oh my gosh, those flowers! They smelled heavenly, and looked even better. I felt like I could look at them for hours and STILL discover new things to “Oooh” and “Aaah” over. The amount of artistry and detail that these ladies put into the floral arrangements was nothing short of incredible! The women at Budget Bouquet are true artists! It was an honor to have them on the team.


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To me, this shot is straight out of a magazine. Indulgence did the most amazing job with Angie’s hair and make-up. It was soft, natural, and romantic. The women at Indulgence are experts at what they do, and they perfectly enhanced her natural beauty. Isn’t she stunning?

Sweet Pea Bakery

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I contacted Sweet Pea Bakery for a few reasons. Firstly, they are a delicious staple within our community–their name is synonymous with quality baked goods. Secondly, I knew I didn’t want cake for this shoot. The tarts that Sweet Pea Bakery created were beautiful and fit so absolutely perfect with the theme. And yes, I can confirm that they tasted just as delicious as they looked! (The tarts were: Spiced Pumpkin with fresh whipped cream and sweet & salty pumpkin seeds, Banana Cream, and Honey Moonshine Pecan with chocolate dipped figs.)

After 5 and Weddings

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Not only did After 5 happen to have THE most perfect dress, they also had this amazing suit. They are experts at making couples look good!

Rocky Creek Farm

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The folks at Rocky Creek Farm are the most laid back, kind hearted people. They were more than happy to give us permission to use the farm however we saw fit. The location and the lighting couldn’t have been any more perfect!

Frolli Studios

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As a coordinator, I can become a bit obsessive over small details, so I really wanted to incorporate something fun. Erin at Frolli Studios did an incredible job making these custom printed pieces for the shoot. Seriously, how stinkin cute it that little envelope on the Save The Date card?

The table, chairs, and plates were rented from Montana Party Rentals

Also, HUGE shout out and THANK YOU to Angie and James for being the most amazing models. Your love is contagious and I’m so glad to share this experience with you both.