A Rustic DIY Wedding at a Private Residence in Helena, Montana

Unafraid to make their wedding their own, Rachael Pitrone (a sixth grade teacher) and Sean Dyk (self-employed) went super-DIY, with their casual personalities and rustic venue in mind. Rachael and Sean chose Sean’s father’s property just outside Helena, Montana, because they loved that the ranch wasn't just close to home, but was home. “This is a very special place to Sean,” Rachael says. “He had spent summers there previously working on the land, and this was where we lay under the stars and first started spending time together.” It also had all the best Montana landscapes—views of the mountains, lush aspen groves, forests of evergreen trees and even wildflower fields—that inspired the decorations for the day. One of our favorite details was the super-cool pheasant feather and .357 bullet-casing boutonnieres that Rachael made herself. The couple also incorporated shotgun shells into the centerpieces along with baby succulents in Tincup American whiskey-shot tins (their favorite) for plenty of added personality. The couple, with the help of their friends and family, made more than just the reception decor, though. Sean’s incredibly talented mother created, cast, carved and molded Rachael's and Sean’s wedding bands for the occasion. At the end of the day, Rachael and Sean wanted everything to embody the natural Montana elements they love so much. There are so many details we love about this super-personalized, rustic wedding. See them all, beautifully captured by Votive Photography, below. -- Carmen Huff