When you plan your wedding in Montana, there’s always a risk that mountain views might be obscured by wildfire smoke. Unbelievably, this year, we really haven’t had to deal with smoke all that much from our own fires…but smoke doesn’t obey state lines, and it drifted over from Canada, Washington and Oregon and planted itself right in front of the beautiful Mission Mountains – and on Mariah and Erryn’s wedding day. It’s a part of life here, so everyone took it in stride, but we all were secretly wishing and hoping it would dissipate, especially since Erryn’s family came all the way from Chicago, and we all wanted them to see just how amazing these mountains are.
Our wishes must’ve been heard, because the day couldn’t have turned out more perfect. The wind gently came in and pushed the smoke aside to reveal fluffy clouds, blue skies and mountains, mountains, mountains! And many, many smiles as Mariah and Erryn spoke their vows to one another against such a stunning backdrop.
After the two walked down the aisle as newlyweds, everyone gathered to enjoy cocktails and appetizers in the sun, and soon moved inside to dine on a meal put together by one of Erryn’s friends. Toasts began not long after and elicited a few tears and lots of laughs as well. Folks soon kicked off their shoes to dance – and dance they did! as the day made way to dusk.
Congratulations again, Mariah and Erryn! It was such an honor to be a part of such a special and beautiful day in your lives – and SO much fun to meet your great group of friends and family. (My face hurt from smiling – always a good thing!) Here’s to a long life of happiness, excellent food, even better company, and many, many mountains. :)
Venue: Sky Ridge Ranch, Ronan, Montana
Florist: Bev’s Bloomers, Ronan, Montana
Cake: Creations by Tamah, Missoula, Montana
DJ: RMF Entertainment, Missoula, Montana
Hair and Makeup: Sandra Morris with The Cutting Crew, Missoula, Montana
Wedding Dress: an Allure Bridal design from Weddings 826, Chicago, Illinois
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo designs
Men’s Suits: J. Toor, Chicago, Illinois
Linens, Plates and Rentals: St. Char Ro Floral and Event Rentals, Ronan, Montana
Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Red Onion Purple
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