Montana Wedding Planning: How These Local Creative Professionals Can Make Your Special Day
Preparing for your wedding can be a stressful experience.
With months of planning, hiring caterers, designing invitations, finding the perfect Montana venue - the process can be overwhelming. All this planning on the front end makes your special day even more memorable. Be sure not to forget the most important part of a wedding, you. Your family. Your friends. These are characters in a story you will continue to write the rest of your life - it's important to capture them!
Here at Montana Gift Corral, we love supporting businesses and professionals based in the Bozeman area.
Luckily for us, we have plenty of talented creative professionals in Montana to help make your wedding a day to remember. Here's a shout out to some of our favorites!
Cover photo courtesy of Ethereal Hair and Makeup
Stephannie Camosse Photography
“Trying to explain this without tears in my eyes seems almost impossible. Photography has taught me how precious time is, and just how little of it we truly have. It’s been a creative tool for me to capture the connection between people and the ones they love, a way for me to document my own life, and an outlet for self-expression and healing. Life is about experiences, subtle and intimate moments, and things that make our eyes sparkle. Photography allows us the opportunity to relive those experiences long after those moments and people have passed on. To me, that’s the most powerful and beautiful gift.”
A local Bozeman based fine-art photographer, Stephannie Camosse will take the time to make sure your wedding is perfect and memorable. All of her wedding sessions include an engagement photo shoot as well. That’s because Stephannie believes that not only is it a memory worth documenting, it’s a great chance for her to get to know you and your story! It’s important for the client and photographer to get a chance to connect. That way you can feel relaxed and comfortable during your big day, and Stephannie will be able to perfectly capture the moments that make it special. Stephannie has a special knack for capturing emotions and making people feel confident and at ease. And with her bold and unapologetic style, Stephannie will make sure that even after the music stops and the decorations are taken down, your memorable moment will last forever.
Photos courtesy of Stephannie Camosse
Every Pretty Detail
When you’re good at managing time, love designing things, and have difficulty staying idle, becoming a wedding designer is basically destiny. Which is something Chanda Wirtz realized during her years attending MSU for a B.A. in English. A year before she graduated Chanda founded Every Pretty Detail, formerly known as Details. Every Pretty Detail is one of the leading wedding production firms in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. Every Pretty Detail's goal is to help make your wedding day flow as smoothly as possible so you can enjoy your special day. Chanda is an expert at taking inspiration and turning them into something that is completely and uniquely you. She loves that wedding planning is always new and exciting and looks forward to finding the challenges and overcoming them with grace.
Chanda loves creating her couple's dream wedding, and now she’s going above and beyond with her new Every Pretty Detail Magazine coming out the fall of 2019! The Every Pretty Detail Magazine’s mission is to help build a wonderful community of wedding professionals from all over the Big Sky Country. Wanting to be more than just a look-book, the Every Pretty Detail Magazine will feature content from various vendors and will be any Montana bride’s must-have guide! Check out the social media for updates and pre-subscribe on her website!
To get an idea of the power of community, keep an eye out for the Pop-up Wedding taking place at the Rialto in a few short months. The purpose of a Pop-up wedding is to give vendors creative liberty without restriction, and in the meantime offer a couple the opportunity to use the creative space for their wedding. Due to the creative nature of a Pop-up, the design to the outfitting to the venue space to the photography is gifted or provided at a low cost by participating Bozeman wedding professionals. The couple selected for this Pop-up was getting too stressed with trying to plan a wedding with families on opposite coasts, resulting in conflict. But for a Pop-up wedding, the bride and groom simply have to show up on the date and invite the intimate number of guests, leaving all of the production and styling to Every Pretty Detail. Now, a bride and groom who were uncertain about their wedding future are having a wonderfully "Bozeman" wedding thanks to the beautiful community that is built here. To make it even sweeter, each of the Pop-up Wedding vendors is additionally putting into a giveaway that you will have a chance to win! Keep an eye out for those details and ways to sign up by following the participating vendors, which can be found on Every Pretty Detail's social media. It’s the perfect way to jump into a community who is passionate about telling personal stories and spreading the love.
.Photos courtesy of Notarius Photography
Moon River Cakes
“Working as a cake decorator and pastry chef in Montana has brought so many unique challenges and opportunities. I never imagined I would deliver so many wedding cakes down washed out dirt roads, but then I get to see the most beautiful wedding sites I could imagine. My signature trout cookies (made to look like trout, not of trout) are by far my most popular item, and I get frequent request for trout and nature-themed cakes. These are my favorite to make because I love the natural beauty of Montana and its wildlife."
Moon River Cakes is a wonderful artisan bakery based out of Livingston, Montana. Their mission is to make wonderful and unique cakes and other baked goods that are perfect for you and your event! Moon River Cakes was founded by Susannah, a passionate artist from Philadelphia. She grew up baking and decorating cakes and remembers helping her mom flour the cake pans and pouring over cookbooks for new recipes for every family birthday. It was a wandering path that took her from a traditional college to culinary school, to finally working as a professional cake decorator. After working at a popular Mom-and-Pop bakery in Philadelphia called The Night Kitchen where Susannah developed her exceptional skills, she packed up her car and headed west to Livingston, Montana.
Once there she began working as a pastry cook at a guest ranch for a few years before deciding that she wanted to get back to her first pastry love, cakes. Susannah had a vision of the kind of place she wanted to work at, but unfortunately, it didn’t seem to exist. So Susannah and her business partner spent the better part of a year renovating a historic building in downtown with an interesting history and a lot of character. Now Moon River Cakes creates breathtaking and vibrant cakes for any and every occasion. They understand how important the cake is at your wedding and are happy to work with you to create a one-of-a-kind cake just for you on your special day! Starting with a cake sampling so you can find the perfect flavor, Moon River Cakes can’t wait to be inspired by your dreams!
Katalin Green Flowers
Helen Keller said, “love is like a beautiful flower that I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” Immerse yourself in the fragrance of love with the breathtaking floral arrangements by Katalin Green Flowers! Katalin Green has a degree in fine arts and has experience in media management, combined with the breathtaking Montana scenery, Katalin Green Flowers has become a full-service event and design studio meant to help make your special day even better. From corsages and boutonnieres to arches, to centerpieces to the bouquet, Katalin Green Flowers understands that the perfect event is made up of all the small details carefully blended together. Katalin Green Flowers uses only the freshest flowers from local and international gardeners to help make your day a delight!
Wedding Design + Flowers: Katalin Green / Photography: Matt Ehnes Photography / Ceremony: The Element, Bozeman / Reception: Jam on Main / DJ: Missy O’Malley / Photo Booth: Montana Photo Lounge / Dress: Hayley Paige from Poppy Bride / Groom’s suspenders: Blacksheep Custom Leather / Rentals: Montana Party Rentals / Hair & Makeup: Saara
Cinnamon and Sage
“My favorite part of wedding catering is working with my couples to design a menu that reflects who they are. I think food is a wonderful way to communicate, food unites people of all different background, places, and cultures. A custom menu gives our couples a chance to put together a menu that really tells their guests who they are; where they have come from and where they are going. For example, for one couple we designed a Mongolian, Japanese, Montana fusion menu; the couple met in Mongolia, fell in love in Japan and with their wedding were starting their lives in Montana. Their menu told a story to their guests and I think that was really special.”
Cinnamon and Sage was founded by Ashley Gutmann, a chef from Le Cordon Bleu Paris with a degree in Hospitality Administration and SiLaine Closson, the general manager with a passion for meeting new people, hearing their stories, and creating their perfect moment. Cinnamon and Sage uses locally grown and seasonally available ingredients to give a fresh and unique twist to your cuisine. They also have a wide range of wonderful wine to choose from as well as locally brewed Montana beers. The best part about Cinnamon and Sage is that they know that “food communicates love” and will work with you to create your dream menu. Using your own personal taste, local ingredients, and the flavor-blending skills of world-class chefs, Cinnamon and Sage will help you create a customized menu that tells your story. After all, Cinnamon and Sage isn’t just about food, they are about presentation, friendly service, and making your day special and stress-free! From the appetizers to the entres, let Cinnamon and Sage tell your story!
Tailored and Tied
From New York City’s Manhattan to Manhattan, Montana comes the creative Tailored and Tied! Tailored and Tied was founded by Lexton Moy and Cooper Madison Moy to help others communicate their unique story in creative ways on their special day! Lexton is the creator of custom “Tailored” pieces while Cooper is the curator of stunning decor that is elegantly “Tied” to each client’s individual ideas. The duo met in New York City and after spending some time traveling the world and having endless unique experiences they have been inspired to lead a life of “creation and curation.” Now Tailored and Tied helps others turn their love stories into breathtaking decorations to make their wedding day one-hundred-percent theirs.
Joe's DJ Service
Music is one of the most powerful forms of expressions humans have. It has the ability to conjure memories with more detail than we normally would, taking us to another time and place. And Joe Trudgeon knew that over twenty years ago when he founded Joe’s DJ Service in 1997, it was a licensed mobile DJ Service that specializes in weddings. Joe’s DJ Service has now served over three thousand weddings and averages roughly 160 weddings every year. And their goal is to help make your day as smooth and stress-free as they can. Joe’s DJ Service has multiple DJ’s in their employment that specialize in different genres and even venues, to help make your day as special as possible. Whether you need someone to play some country background music or a full-on rock and roll Emcee, Joe’s DJ Service has just what you need to make your wedding perfect for you! Today Joe’s DJ Service is owned by AJ Rohrer who joined the team as a DJ back in 2007. Four years later he was helping Joe run and manage the DJ Service. After managing for six years and helping expand the company from four teams to seven, AJ took over in 2017. With a fun and diverse crew, Joe’s DJ Service is more than ready to help you find the perfect music that tells your story.
Photos are one of the most wonderful ways to preserve precious moments through the ages. They’re more than just an image, they’re all the memories that come rushing back when you look at the photo. Which is why a photographer who can capture memories is so important on your wedding day. Tara Renie Photography is a Bozeman, MT and Seattle, WA based photographer who captures more than just a simple scene. Tara Renie Photography was founded by Tara Fincher in 2011. She had a passion for travel and wanted to be able to capture the beautiful moments in life. And becoming a professional photographer was a wonderful way to do that. Tara is a fun and upbeat professional who has a knack for making those around her feel comfortable and at ease. The friendly atmosphere she creates allows her to capture beautiful moments that go beyond the picture frame. With a knack for making things seemingly seamless and fantastic organization skills, Tara Renie Photography is a wonderful photographer for all of your Big Sky and Seattle needs.
By: Issa Rabideaux
AMBER HOADLEY PHOTOGRAPHY
I love to photograph people...weddings are some of my favorites!
When she was 13 years old, Amber Hoadley found photography through an old film camera passed down from her late grandfather. She hasn't stopped shooting since, and her work reflects years of honing her craft.
Three years ago, Brooke was an early childhood educator with no intention of switching careers.
"So I start writing down this "beyond my wildest dreams" list. I'm certain the first job I wrote down was something like "get paid to watch tv and grub in my pj's" because let's be real- that IS the dream. Now, who wants to guess the second job I wrote down? Anyone?! You guessed it, a calligrapher."
Now, her dream job as a calligrapher is in full swing, and her creations speak for themselves!
ETHEREAL HAIR AND MAKEUP
"As a hair and makeup artist, I love enhancing natural beauty ... I love making my clients feel their best."
A Bozeman local, Brittnee's business stemmed from her passion to illuminate the natural beauty that exists in all of us. Brittnee has brought hair and makeup into the spotlight as a powerful art form, uniquely portrayed in each of her clients. Her skills and ideas bring a creative element into the local wedding scene, and the results are truly stunning. Just see for yourself!
"I wanna get to the real stuff, the stuff that you two dream about, the hopes you share, the fears, all of it."
Yardley Daigneau's work as a photographer stems from her passion for capturing the intimacy of human connection. Her work conveys the northwestern dreamscapes that love helps us to discover.
We hope this helps you plan for your next big adventure. Be sure to support these local talents and start planning!
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By: Zach Altman
Edited by: Issa Rabideaux