An Elegant Gold and Blush Wedding at the Lodge on Whitefish Lake in Whitefish, Montana

Tia Raats (26 and a teacher) and James Black (39 and a mortgage broker)  met when Tia rented the lower level of Jim's house. They became best friends

Tia Raats (26 and a teacher) and James Black (39 and a mortgage broker) met when Tia rented the lower level of Jim's house. They became best friends and started dating, and in less than a year they were living together upstairs. “People love the story when we tell them,” Tia says. They chose their venue, the Lodge on Whitefish Lake in Whitefish, Montana, because it holds a special place in Tia’s heart: It’s where she grew up vacationing with her family, with memories of “being out on the lake all day with family and friends.” When Tia introduced Jim to the Lodge, they decided it was the ideal location for their nuptials. The couple personalized their wedding with a color scheme of blush, cream, burlap and sparkles, meaningful signs, and flowers and favors. "You never know where life will take you," Tia says. "Everything is truly meant to be.” —Chrissy Sorenson

Simple save-the-dates and gold and blush invitations set the tone for an elegant outdoor affair.
Tia paired a lace, strapless David Tutera gown with a traditional veil for the ceremony, then switched to a crown of flowers for the reception.
Jim's blush bow tie matched his ranunculus boutonniere.
Tia asked her bridesmaids' to wear similar blush-colored gowns but in styles they were comfortable wearing. “It made it more personal for them to actually pick out a dress they liked,” Tia says.
Blush drapery, gold chandeliers, tall floral centerpieces and sophisticated table settings created an elegant ambiance.
A personalized cake topper, found on Etsy, added an offbeat element to the gold and pink wedding cake.
The favors were huckleberry tea, huckleberry soap and personalized koozies in Tia and Jim's color scheme.
Blush roses, hydrangeas and ranunculus in vintage vessels decorated the reception tables, with sweet signs throughout.
The five flower girls waved wand ribbons as they made their way down the outdoor aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. The music was extremely important to Tia, who spent a lot of time painstakingly selecting the songs. The groomsmen and Jim walked to “Longing to Be” by Eddie Vedder; the bride walked to “The One” by Kodaline; the bridesmaids’ song was “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. The recessional was to “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons.
The ceremony and reception for 160 guests were held outdoors on the shore of Whitefish Lake, Montana. Tia and Jim worked with a local wedding planner at the Lodge on Whitefish Lake, Mara Strobal of Always Planning, to secure vendors. “She was a huge help,” Tia says. “She found all the perfect vendors and made our special day go as smoothly as possible.”
Jim, Tia and Jim's children poured sand from separate vessels into one container to symbolize the joining of their families.