Healy and Dan chose the beautiful backdrop of Glacier National Park, Montana, for their rustic and bohemian- style wedding and reception.
Venue: Green Valley Ranch, Coram, MT. (Just outside of Glacier National Park)
Photographer: Lindsey Jane Photography
Healy and Dan really wanted to get married in or near a National Park, and since Glacier is Dan’s favorite, they were thrilled to find that Green Valley Ranch, located just outside of Glacier National Park, was available for weddings. Healy and Dan were living in Downers Grove, IL, at the time, so Montana was quite the destination for the couple. Green Valley Ranch required a wedding planner, and Healy was able to use the florist (that she had already chosen) as the wedding planner as well. The wedding ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner were all held at the ranch and it’s lodges.
Caterer: The Cuisine Machine
Officiant: Marty Stuehler
Florist & Wedding Planner: Darci Greenwood
Band: Spring Wagon String Band (based out of Kalispell, MT)
Cake: Sweet Notions
Linens: The Party Store Columbia Falls, MT.
Healy and Dan met in Naperville, IL, through a mutual friend. They knew each other for about 4 to 5 months before becoming a couple. Dan then moved to California with his family and Healy stayed in Illinois to finish her education. He ended up moving back about 6 months later, because they couldn’t stand to be apart for that long.
Dan proposed in the hallway of a house we were renting at the time in Downers Grove, IL, with our daughter on his lap on one knee right before I had to go to work one morning. It was so special and sweet. Even though I knew beforehand he would be proposing (we looked at the rings together) it was a wonderful and spontaneous way to ask!
Wedding Dress: Hippie Bride from Atlanta, GA.
Color(s): Cream with a light green slip and subtle green leaves sewn into the bottom
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal in Green
Groomsmen Suits: Brown with green accents
Flowers: Healy wanted to use as much locally-sourced flowers as possible. She chose dahlias, thistle, roses, hypericum berries, ranunculus, solidago, fresh mint and rosemary, Montana grasses, seeded eucalyptus, succulents, jasmine vine, astilbe, geranium foliage, poppy pods, chamomile, scabiosa pods, freesia, spray roses, fresh wheat, millets, amaranthus, berries, orchids, lotus pods, fresh hops, and mini sunflower eyes
Rings: Chasing Victory (from Etsy)
Jewelry: Pearl drop earrings with a whimsical dragonfly beaded necklace in fall colors
After the wedding, we went on a road trip through Colorado and back to Illinois with our two children. Spending time together as family was special and lots of fun.
Bridesmaids/ Groomsmen: 2 bridesmaids and 2 groomsmen
Vows: Semi-traditional with the Apache Blessing at the end
First Dance Song: All I Want Is You by Barry Louis Polisar
Healy’s old, new, borrowed, & blue: Borrowed and old was my aunt’s diamond and pearl earrings and blue was a beautiful beaded blue and gold necklace that I wrapped around my wrist as a bracelet.
Healy’s advice: Do things together in the planning process. Dan helped me pick out my dress and we chose our rings together, including the engagement ring. He was a solid rock and a tremendous help. And hug and kiss each other, daily! Keep the passion alive. I still feel a spark when I see him pull in the driveway and I still wait for him at the front door.
What was the biggest roadblock that you ran into while planning the wedding? Picking the right décor. Dresses (flower girl and ring bearer outfits) took me a while as well. I had the good fortune of having a wonderful wedding planner who was also my florist with the same style as I, so that helped tremendously!
Who/what gave you the most help in the planning process? My florist/wedding planner Darci, my best friend, and Pinterest!
How much influence did your family/ fiancé have in the planning process? My (now) husband had a lot of say and I welcomed every suggestion and thought! It was great having him involved. My family had a lot of influence as well and they helped quite a bit. I was very fortunate and lucky to have them.
Which part of the process gave you the most stress? The one thing that was giving me stress was renting everything; From linens and place settings, to lighting and seating. That’s when I had my planner come on to a fuller extent, and she handled pretty much everything. I didn’t have much stress in the planning process, mostly because of this. It was lots of fun otherwise!
What did you do that you found helped out with stress the best? My best friend helped and having an awesome planner was also a huge bonus. If I had an issue or was overwhelmed, I could go to her.
Is there anything that didn’t go as planned? No. Everything went better than planned. It was truly a magical and amazing experience and every single thing was done to perfection and a half.
Favorite part of the event?The reception in the pole barn. Especially, as evening hit and the string lighting came on. It was magical! The sunlight on the mountains in the background looked beautiful, and the string band playing in the chilly night was an amazing experience. And when night came, we were pretty far out in the mountains and you could see what seemed like millions of stars.
If you could go back in time, what would you have changed? One thing only: I would have worn my floral crown higher and more up out of my face/eyes. Everything else was a dream come true!
What was your biggest splurge? Flowers, booze and food! The essentials. Since it was a destination wedding, I thought it was best to have open top shelf bar, with a coffee and hot chocolate station and the food and florals had to be out of this world. The wild rice-encrusted walleye was the standout! I loved it. The elk was fantastic as well!