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Erica & Lance had a beautiful and elegant summer outdoor wedding at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Thank you Style Me Pretty for featuring this pretty wedding today!


Bridal Gown: Vera Wang | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Event Planning: Denouement Weddings | Florals: Abby Flowers | Chandeliers: MdM | Music: Symphony Sounds | DJ: Toast and Jam | Videography: Well Spun | Reverend: Weddings by Reverend Bill | Silk Ribbon & Cloth: Silk and Willow | Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography

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Erin & Sean had a wonderful Montana outdoor wedding followed by a gorgeous reception accompanied by a beautiful wedding party. We were so lucky to be part of their amazing special day! See it all in Style Me Pretty today!

Hear more about Erin & Sean’s love story and their wedding inspiration from the bride Erin:

Our love story began about eight years ago. We met in college in Missoula, Montana. He was a Chicago boy, and I was a small town Montana girl. Although we crossed paths here and there, in classes and with mutual friends, it wasn’t until one night amongst friends that they realized their potential for happiness together. She remembers her first thoughts being “he is most handsome, sweetest gentleman I’ve ever met!” He called his brother later that night and told him he had met the woman he was going to marry. They’ve been together, through thick and thin ever since.

Sean loves to cook, and I love to entertain. Combine that with an affinity for fine wines, and you’ve got a recipe for a beautiful and memorable wedding! Sean and I hired a professional Chef to bring our own custom menu to life. I designed my wedding literally from the ground up, including pieces of my custom Hayley Paige gown. As well as ordering loose stems of flowers and having them arranged by family & friends. In lieu of traditional favors a donation was made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation, as my sister was fighting a strong battle against the disease. Since Missoula was a common bond for the couple, there were a lot of local elements added into the wedding – local microbrews at the bar, a family home that has been a part of Erin’s life since the day she was born and holds many cherished memories. Even the Mayor of Missoula as the officiant!

From Wedding Planner Autumn with Events by Autumn:
With all the local flair, you’d never guess that Erin and Sean planned the wedding from 1,000 miles away. They reside in Denver, Colorado, and discovered destination “DIY” weddings have a laundry list of challenges! That’s when Erin decided to hire me to assist with the “day of” planning. Together, there were many, many hours on the phone, talking and texting images back and forth of what they were looking for, and what was available locally. Erin had a great eye for style, and made all the planning and design decisions, but I provided support and guidance as she waded through all the details.

Montana is known as “Big Sky” country, and it was important to Sean & Erin that there was no tent (much to the dismay of many family members and myself). But Erin insisted, “It never rains in Montana in late July! We want to celebrate under the Montana sky!” So, of course, while stepping into her wedding dress, she remembers looking out the window to see a massive storm rolling through, which brought torrential rain! (There’s a popular Montana saying “If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes!”) Centerpieces began toppling over in the wind. . . All the handmade place cards, table numbers… C’est la vie! But despite these setbacks, in true Montana style, five minutes later, the weather cleared, and her amazing family and wedding staff jumped into action, drying linens, wiping tables & benches – pulling everything back together in perfect time! It turned into the most beautiful day she could ever have imagined. Every detail was perfect.

Erin’s favorite moment: “During the ceremony, we were surprised when our acoustic guitar duo played the song La Vie En Rose followed by a reading by my beloved cousin from “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”. Perfection. Tears of happiness filled her eyes
After that, rings were exchanged, a kiss, the world was presented with a new man and wife, and they celebrated into the night under the big Montana sky!


Bridal Dress Top: Keepsake brand dress Velvet Bride | Bridal Dress Skirt: Custom Hayley Paige | Sash: Sara Gabriel custom handmade (couture) sash | Jewelry: Cloth and Crown | Hair: Stephanie Koehl | Makeup: By the bride | Flowers: The Bouqs – Flowers arranged on site by Erin’s Grandmother Karmen Moore with help from local florist Lynda Bruskotter | Cake: Bernice’s Bakery | Chef & Catering: Guy Louis | Calligraphy: Jane for Yu | Rentals: Oh So Chic | Rentals: Vintage 44 | Rentals: Vintage Whites Weddings | Rentals: Party Time | Invitation Suite: Handmade by the bride | Venue: Private Estate | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musician: Charla Bauman | Reception Music: DJ Greg | Event Coordinator: Events By Autumn | Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography

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So thrilled to see our dreamy beach elopement wedding inspiration in Wedding Sparrow today! I absoluteey love the beautiful dress from Alyssa Kristin and the stunning flowers are almost unreal from Alice Hanson Floral Design. Add some tropical food design from JPB Designs and your dream is complete! See it all here!
From Alyssa Kristin – Jenny Bartkus of JPB Designs, Tamara Gruner of Tamara Gruner Photography and I were strongly influence by the softness and steadiness of the sea. We wanted to evoke a feeling of raw and romantic love through our sunset beach wedding shoot. To highlight the shade of the water, we selected an blue grey Alyssa Kristin gown that danced in the wind as the couple danced along the sand. Instead of a traditional spread of sweets, we opted for a spread of rich jewel-toned fruits and earthy greens to create an organic and lush table scape. Alice Hanson created a dreamy bouquet with hints of color that complimented the sun setting over Lake Michigan. Our newly weds embraced each other on the beach as the continuous rolling waves reminded them of their unwavering love for each other.

Bridal Gown: Alyssa Kristin | Event Planning: JPB Designs | Calligraphy: Emily Rose Ink | Flowers: Alice Hanson Floral Design | Makeup & Hair: Sonia Roselli | Tabletop Rentals: Nimble Well | Vintage China Rental: Vintage Plate Rental | Female Model: Evelyn Smesh | Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography

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A wedding inspiration in Marfa, Texas with the wonderful Belle Soul Weddings stylists! We are delighted to share our shoot with Magnolia Rouge today! See it all here.

Bridal Gown: Vera Wang at Casa de Novia Bridal | Models:
Emily Churchill and Tim Brenner | Dinner Table and other furniture:
Antique | Event Design, Styling, Cake & Florals: Belle Soul Weddings | Groom’s Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse | Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groom’s Ring: Moonlight Gemstones | Hair and Makeup: Lacy Schniers | Candle & Candle Holder (Window Sill): Pottery Barn | Altar Décor/Yellow beeswax candles/pillows: Vieux Interiors | Invitation Suite, Artwork and Calligraphy: Nib and Pixel | Silk Ribbons: Of the Earth | Rose Gold Ring: Brian Gavin Diamonds | Gold Shoes: Anthropologie | Veil: Casa de Novia Bridal | Earrings: Anthropologie | Silver Tray: Anthropologie | Tablescape Décor/textured candles/flatware/wine glasses/cocktail table platters and sangria vessel/lanterns/cake stand/leather top stool: Pottery Barn | Tasseled Blankets/gold rimmed glass tumblers/patterned champagne flutes/guestbook/carved wooden box: Anthropologie | Rocks and Gems: Moonlight Gemstones Marfa TX | Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography

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