This gorgeous wedding was Montana in spirit with a shot of southern charm. Walt, who hails from Georgia, had much of his family in attendance making for lively hospitality and gregarious laughter throughout the night. This spirit was amplified with authentic southern cuisine complete with cheesy grits, sauteed Brussels sprouts, and peach ice-cream made with love by Joe, the proprietor of Roost Fried Chicken and Victory Taco here in Bozeman. Of course, this was primarily a Montana wedding (yes, there was huckleberry ice-cream too) nestled at the foothills Ross Peak in the Bridger Range, and taking place at the historic Springhill Pavilion, which was built 17 years before Montana became a state! Back then, people came from miles away on horseback, by buggy, and on draft horse-drawn sleds to attend the weekly Saturday night dances. All night, my mind drifted back to that time 100 years gone as The Dirt Farmers belted out the whines and yodels of early American roots music, while children slid across the well-worn floors, and sound filled the old walls of the dance-hall. The natural beauty of the place was only made richer by Kate of Lukas-Trudeau Event Co. who's lovely floral arrangements left me wishing the night and celebration didn't have to come to an end.
In any case, a time was had by all that won't soon be forgotten :)
To Hilary and Walt! Your joy for life, zest for the outdoors, and, above all, love for one another, is remarkable, and there is no doubting that you will live long lives, happily married, fully alive and in love. Cheers!