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An Elegant Country Wedding in Darby, MT

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Kim & Randy in Darby, MT
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Ceremony Site Rye Creek Lodge, Darby, MT
Reception SiteRye Creek Lodge, Darby, MT
PhotographyKristine Paulsen Photography, Missoula, MT
Event Design/PlanningPhilip Rice, East Sac Florist, Sacramento, CA
OfficiantPastor Matthew Woodward, CO
GownMaggie Sotero, Beautiful Weddings, Missoula, MT
HairBoomswagger, Missoula, MT
VeilBeautiful Wedding ...
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Rye Creek Lodge, Darby, MT
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Kim & Randy chose the cakes to go together as a set of three. Having three cakes ensured there was enough to go around for their guest count and also added character. The cakes were decorated on the outside with different ribbons, twine, burlap and small florals. The goal was to give the cakes a classic look, yet for each to be uniquely different.  ...
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These were chosen because Kim’s dad grows pistachios and sells them to Nichols Pistachios for processing, packaging and distribution. The burlap bags went with the theme & color palette, while the ribbon and the hearts/initials added a little color.
Nichols Farms, Visalia, CA
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The wreath-like centerpieces gave minimal, visual obstructions but still added a different volume & texture. All of the tables gave a look that this design could be seen in nature: the colors, the textures, and the even the bird feathers.
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The table linens were multicolored; some were a deep purple (to add a little color) and others were a floral tan. The bride & groom chose not to have a seating chart or table numbers. A few tables were reserved with a simple sign, but otherwise, guests could choose who they wanted to sit with so that there weren’t any hard feelings.
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The ceremony was held outside facing the mountains including Trapper Peak. The ceremony began just after 4pm. The guests'  benches were hammered together by the men in the wedding from stumps and wooden slabs. The aisle was decorated with old lanterns filled with florals, weathered tin pillars, aspen bark cylinders, and old wagon wheels.
Rye Creek Lodge, Darby, MT
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For her bouquet, Kim wanted a full look full of grasses and flowers as if she had just gathered a handful of flowers from a field.
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Kim & Randy in Darby, MT

Kim and Randy met at an outdoor concert at the Lumberjack Saloon in Lolo, MT when Kim walked up to Randy and asked him to dance. The couple met again a few months later at another country dance bar, and then started dating soon after. After a year of dating Randy asked Kim "Do you want to get hitched?" Kim was shocked at Randy's nonchalant request--he didn't even have the ring on him--but she said yes!

The Bride: Kimberly Strain, 25, homemaker
The Groom: Randy Jones, 34, inspector with the Department of Labor and Industry
The Date: August 2012

The wedding was somewhat of a destination wedding. The bride’s family is from California and the groom’s family was spread throughout Montana & Idaho. The couple had been living in the Bitterroot Valley & wanted the wedding close to their home. Kim and Randy chose an elegant, country wedding aesthetic with a green, brown & cream color palette to focus on the earth tones of the countryside. From the wildflowers, the attire, mountains, the décor: everything was peacefully incorporated into the color palette & theme.
- Simone Hill
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  • Rye Creek Lodge, Darby, MT
  • Nichols Farms, Visalia, CA

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