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Patty and Steve’s Surprise Vow Renewal

I literally squealed with excitement when I got the call from Patty, looking for someone to help her plan a surprise 40th Anniversary Vow Renewal.

Here’s a little back story: Patty and her husband are from New Hampshire and they have always dreamed about taking a trip to Yellowstone National Park. The vow renewal was actually the second surprise of the trip!

The first surprise she filled me in on was bringing their kids and grandkids along for the vacation. Steve didn’t know anything about it until they all showed up at the airport to check in. She wanted to be able to share this trip, and their renewed commitment, with their family.

The renewal ceremony was held on the lawn of their rental home on the shoreline of Hebgen Lake, just outside of West Yellowstone. The bride wore pale pink and her daughters and granddaughter wore white. The men wore simple white t-shirts and blue jeans.

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After the renewal, they enjoyed a champagne toast (with sparkling cider for the kiddos) and shared a dance to “Remember When” by Alan Jackson. (cue the sappy, happy tears!) A delicious dinner in West Yellowstone followed their family portrait session with Elements of Light Photography.

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As someone who’s been in the business of weddings for six years, I can’t express how special it was to be a part of this 40th Anniversary celebration. It was a beautiful reminder that there is so much more life beyond the wedding day. Love is such a wonderful thing!
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Our team handled the full planning process: budget, vendors, site selection, floral, timeline, and dinner reservations.

By the way, if you’re in West Yellowstone looking for something delicious, I HIGHLY recommend the huckleberry burger and the 44 North huckleberry lemonade at Madison Crossing Lounge. You won’t regret it!

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

See more from the amazing vendor team:

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.


Charlie and Dixie’s Vintage Yellowstone Wedding

This wedding will always be extremely special to me because it’s the first wedding day I ever professionally coordinated. Besides being genuinely kind, Dixie was an extremely hands on bride, DIYing almost everything for her elegantly vintage themed wedding. That lady has some serious talent and an amazing eye for detail! And I have to tell you, the fact that this wedding was held in Yellowstone National Park makes it one of my favorite weddings ever.


It was a typical rainy May day, but that didn’t damper the spirits of the day.
The ceremony was held at the historic Mammoth Chapel in front of the couple’s closest friends and family.
One of my favorite moments of the day was the ring exchange between Chuck and Dixie’s son. It was so beautiful to watch them all honor their vows and truly come together as a family.

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After the ceremony, everyone made the short trek down the road to the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, where the reception was held in the historic Map Room. The hotel provided full catering (a delicious Italian buffet!) and bartending services, but for desserts, Dixie had cakes brought from Bozeman, and they were displayed alongside a beautiful croquembouche .

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Joe’s Mobile DJ services provided the music that kept everyone dancing the night away (and helped Chuck to serenade Dixie with a super sweet surprise karaoke performance)

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So, here are some of my favorite detail shots from the day, taken by my amazing photographer pal, Missy Short Photography. Enjoy!

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2017 Montana Wedding Event

On February 18 we set up at A Montana Wedding Event. The past few years this bridal expo, put on by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, has be held at the Grantree Inn, but this year’s event was moved to a much larger venue, The Commons at Love and Baxter. There were dozens of quality vendors for couples to chat with, and some awesome food truck, coffee, and cocktail options to enjoy. I enjoyed walking around and seeing the different booths, meeting new vendors, and seeing familiar faces.

For the History in the Making booth, I envisioned a wall of greenery, a beautiful wooden table, and unique little accents to round out the tablescape (I’m obsessed with the wooden candle holders my husband helped me make) The floral design, created by the always amazing Sue at Wild Blume, had heavy focus on greenery with touches of white, and really tied together the organic, rustic vibe of the whole design.

Here are a few of my favorite images–Enjoy!








I have to send out a HUGE thank you to my husband Ryan who put up with my pestering and built me this gorgeous table and bench set.

He’s pretty much the best 🙂

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.



A few reasons to say “I Do” in Bozeman

I may be a bit biased here, but Montana is a seriously incredible state. Not only are we home to 2 national parks, but we have countless acres of state parks and forests, tall mountains, vast plains, national monuments, ghost towns–I could go on for days.

Bozeman, located in Southwest Montana, is an amazing place to live, work, and get married. Here’s a few reasons you should consider saying “I Do” in our little piece of paradise.

Incredible local vendors

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Here in the Bozeman area, we’re lucky to have an abundance of amazing vendors who can make your day everything you’re hoping for. Beyond the typical vendors, you can also find a variety of food trucks, dozens of bands and musicians (and we’re not talking crappy about wedding singers), liquor infused cupcakes, and a fresh oyster bar, to name just a few of our local gems.

Venues for all styles (and budgets)

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Whether you’re dreaming of a gorgeous rustic barn, an upscale ballroom, or a Victorian style mansion, we’ve got it covered! With so many options, there are price points to fit most any budget, from city owned venues priced at a few hundred dollars to luxury properties that run at several thousand. The best part? You’re guaranteed mountain views at almost every single venue, and no matter the style of the venue, there is always a feeling of authentic Bozeman.

Plenty to keep your bridal party and guests busy

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Best know as the “Gateway to Yellowstone”, Bozeman provided countless other opportunities for locals and tourists to get out and about every day.

Love shopping? We have a fair share of well known chain stores, and our Main Street is lined with small, locally owned businesses, restaurants, art galleries, and coffee shops.

If you enjoy history, Bozeman is home to the American Computer Museum, the Pioneer Museum, and the world famous Museum of the Rockies.

For the adventurous folks, Bozeman offers the “Main Street to the Mountains” trail system. There are 45 miles of trails within city limits alone–and hundreds more if you want to get out of town. Some of the most popular city trails are: The M hike, Bozeman Pond Trail, and the Highland Ridge Trail. Looking for something more? Check out the 6 rock climbing boulders scattered around the city for a fun climbing challenge.

After a hard day of adventuring,  quench your thirst at one of Bozeman’s local breweries. There are several breweries and tasting rooms to choose from, as well as a vodka distillery located downtown. Take a short road trip to the small town of Ennis to get a taste of Montana moonshine (and be sure to stop for a dip at Norris Hot Springs on the way)

Interested in learning more about getting married in Bozeman? Let’s chat! We love working with local AND destination couples to bring their wedding ideas to life.

Photo Cred: Missy Short Photography, Merissa Lambert Photography, Silver Orchid Photography, and Tracy Montoya Photography.

2016 Montana Wedding Event

This year marked my second year as a vendor at the Montana Wedding Event, and I was really excited about the opportunity to meet new couples and new vendors!

This year my booth design started with these ah-ma-zing giant letters! I had so much fun building them, and hope to get a lot of use out of them in the future.

Since I knew the letters would create a wow factor, I wanted the rest of the design to be simple but complimentary. As I was developing the design, it seemed to be heavily feminine so I consulted with my husband on a few different ideas to keep it “man friendly” while still pretty and elegant. But true to my typical design aesthetic, this table is affordable to re-create on almost any budget.

So, here are just a few pictures from the show. I hope you all like it as much as I did!


See those pretty chair sashes? Watch for my post on how to make them in the near future 🙂

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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.



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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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Vendor Interviews: 5 questions to ask a wedding planner

Hiring your wedding planner is a pretty big deal. Like every other vendor you hire, it is so important that you feel a sense of security and trust with your planner. They will become your biggest ally, as well as the person managing all of the chaos that happens behind the scenes on a wedding day.

Here are some of my favorite questions that potential clients ask me during our initial consultation:

1. “So, what do you do?”

This is one of my most frequently asked questions, and one that a lot of people don’t know to ask. This question is so, so important! It gives us the opportunity to truly walk a potential client through all of the ways we can help them. More often than not, clients aren’t aware of just how much work a planner actually does behind the scenes.This question gives us the chance to connect with each client on a personal level and address their needs–and the needs they may not even know they have.

2. “Why should I hire a wedding planner?”

This is a question that’s filled many a blog post. The planner you’re meeting should be able to give you legitimate reasons why, and how, a planner can be a vital part of your wedding team. Try not to think of this as a sales pitch– listen for answers that relate to you and your wedding. Need an example? Let’s say you mention a worry about Great Aunt Alice and her love of too much wine. A planner may respond with something like “I will keep a close eye on her and make sure she’s not over served. At the end of the evening, I’m happy to call her a cab, so there’s no concern about drinking and driving.” Isn’t that a better option than asking your new mother in law to keep tabs on her all night?

3. “Did you ever have a wedding day emergency, and how did you handle it?”

Oh my gosh, I cannot stress enough–no matter how meticulously you plan your wedding something always ALWAYS goes wrong. I haven’t worked at a single wedding where everything went according to plan or schedule. Any reputable wedding planner should be open to talking about their experiences and what they did to remedy the situation. This is an opportunity for you, the client, to learn how the planner works under pressure, as well as what you can expect from them on your big day.

4. “Are you willing to work with____________?”

The blank space really represents a number of things. Blending families and religions, hiring family members as vendors, wanting an “offbeat” wedding, or being a same sex couple are just a few things that come to mind. Based on personal beliefs, some planners may not be willing or able to accomodate your weddings needs. However, most planners are very open minded and more than happy to help you navigate the waters. It also allows us, as professionals, to help put you at ease. If we are aware of what is worrying you, we can do our best to mediate and remedy the situation. This question opens the door to communication and a more stress-free planning process.

5. “What’s your favorite part of the job?”

I’ve been asked this a few times, so I thought I’d put it on the list. I genuinely enjoy answering this question because I love my job, and I love sharing the reasons why I do what I do. If you’re going to ask your potential planner this question, it can really give you a glimpse into their personality and their passion–both of which will be an important presence on your wedding day.