New wedding trends continuously pop up, year after year. These include the Pantone color of the year, various patterns or textures, and even unique experiential components, like interactive champagne walls or beer burrows. Something timeless that will never go out of style though is neutral wedding colors. From a classic black and white wedding to a color palette of ivory, champagne, and blush, neutral wedding colors are always beautifully elegant.
That’s exactly why Monica & Kai chose to weave neutral wedding colors into their big day. They utilized ivory, white, a ton of natural greenery, and blush accents. These hues enhanced their mountain wedding venue’s beauty, allowing their guests to take in and appreciate the wonders of Montana.
Monica and Kai’s wedding was also a full wedding weekend experience! They planned four full days of festivities for their guests, which is a wedding trend that is becoming more and more prevalent post-COVID. This wedding story is for you if:
-You’re planning your own wedding weekend and need inspiration
-You’re looking for help infusing neutral wedding colors into your celebration
-You need a dose of happiness and beauty to brighten your day!
If you can relate to any of the above, sit back, relax, and keep on reading!
Monica and Kai’s wedding weekend kicked off with an epic boating adventure! This sweet couple treated their family and friends to a relaxing evening, sailing on Whitefish Lake. Boating is one of the many popular summer activities in Montana and the experience was a fun, low-pressure way to greet their guests and start the celebration!
The following evening, Monica and Kai held their rehearsal dinner at Abruzzo Italian Kitchen followed by welcome drinks at the Great Northern Bar. It was important to this couple to soak up as much quality time with their loved ones as possible, so they planned these more casual activities before the wedding day to do so.
We heard from guests all weekend that they were so excited to have this time with Monica and Kai! Their family and friends treated the long weekend as a vacation and a chance to catch up with one another. In this post-COVID world, this is a top priority for many of our couples. Monica and Kai pulled it off so well!
Monica and Kai’s wedding with neutral wedding colors was on a sunny day in late July. They selected Mountainside Weddings in Whitefish as their wedding venue. This was a great choice for them because the venue included everything they could need! There was a bridal house and groom’s tent on-site, a lush green meadow for the ceremony, and a rustic open-air tent for the reception.
Now Monica and Kai chose not to have a full “wedding party.” They had a matron of honor and a best man, but no other official wedding attendants. They did however, invite a bunch of their friends to spend time with them getting ready before the ceremony began.
Thus, the couple’s big day began on a festive note with the girls enjoying champagne and charcuterie in the bridal house and the guys indulging in champagne, scotch, and cigars in the groom’s tent. They all got to relax and hang out with each other, as the anticipation of the day grew and grew. Monica’s dog, Santo, even got to join in on the fun with all the girls!
When it was time to get dressed, Monica slipped into her stunning wedding gown! It was a white, A-line dress with lace all over the bodice and some trailing down the skirt. There were many layers of tulle that she definitely had fun playing with throughout the day! She accented this with her gorgeous bridal bouquet that consisted of tons of fluffy greenery and white and blush blooms.
Once her bridal look was complete, she held a first look with her gals. They stood in 2 rows with their backs turned to her. When Monica was in place, they all turned around and beamed as they saw their beloved friend as a bride for the first time.
After this, Monica also held a first look with her soon-to-be husband! I set them up in their ceremony space that featured their neutral wedding colors. Emerald green pine trees encircled the entire space. A square wooden arch sat at the altar with gorgeous floral sprays in the couple’s neutral wedding colors with blush accents. We also hung a small crystal chandelier from a tree to complete the wedding ceremony backdrop.
While Kai stood against the tree line with his back turned, I carried Monica’s train down the aisle. We passed the barrels with floral arrangements atop them that lined the start of the aisle. We also propped a welcome sign and a “pick a seat not a side” sign up against each barrel.
When we were close enough to Kai, I fluffed Monica’s dress and she continued on ahead to meet her sweetie! His reaction was priceless with a huge smile and arms thrown open wide. They embraced and had a moment alone to drink each other in.
Then, it was time to get married!
An instrumental version of “Better Together” kicked off the wedding ceremony processional. Their officiant and Kai entered first followed by the flower girl, ring bearer, and of course, Santo! When it was Monica’s turn to process, she came down the aisle on the arms of both her parents.
During the ceremony, there were 3 different, meaningful readings along with many smiles, some laughter, and even a few tears shed.
When the proceedings concluded, the officiant pronounced Monica and Kai husband and wife! They raised their arms in celebration as their loved ones cheered them on. This is what they were all here for!
The cocktail hour took place in the venue’s boat house. We set up a large wooden bookshelf with champagne sitting on each shelf that guests could grab and enjoy. We also set up cornhole and their seating chart nearby.
After the newlyweds took photos with their family and each other, I bustled Monica’s dress. I then led her and her new husband into the reception space for a private grand reveal. The reception turned out beautifully!
Chandeliers and twinkle lights dotted the ceiling. Ivory fabric drapes framed the open-air tent sides. The guest tables were a blend of round tables dressed in ivory linen and long, wooden tables with greenery garlands running down the center. The round tables had centerpieces of wood slices, taper candles, mason jar candles, and greenery. All the flowers included Monica and Kai’s neutral wedding colors along with those beautiful blush blooms.
Monica and Kai’s sweetheart table featured a light gauze runner and greenery with gold votives interspersed throughout. Their chairs also played into their neutral wedding colors because they were tan with a simple black pattern across them.
I was so glad that Monica and Kai absolutely loved how the reception turned out! Seeing their reactions was such a fun moment for me. This was the culmination of everything we had been working on together, and it was perfect!
The party started when Monica and Kai took to the dance floor! They danced their first dance to “All of Me.” Then, both fathers gave a toast before everyone enjoyed a lovely dinner. Once all the guests had food in front of them, the rest of the toasts took place. You could tell that Monica and Kai are so loved because of all the sweet words said that evening.
When it was time for dessert, Monica and Kai cut their wedding cake that was dressed in, you guessed it, their signature neutral wedding colors! They had one cake tier to cut into and many other mini desserts for everyone to indulge in.
After the father/daughter dance, everyone flooded the dance floor! They had such a fun time together, dancing and laughing. They even had a surprise guest join the party! A shark character came to dance with everyone at one point, which only hyped everyone up even more! I guarantee there was no other group anywhere in Montana having more fun than these guys!
As the night drew to a close, I helped line all the guests up outside for the grand exit. I handed out the sparklers and helped the guests light them. When everyone was in place, Monica and Kai walked through their loved ones and the golden light. Kai dipped Monica for a kiss and then they raised their arms in the air; the perfect way to end a perfect day.
Even though the wedding itself was over, the fun was not! The next morning, Monica and Kai hosted a beachside brunch at the Whitefish Lake gazebos. I assisted them that day by picking up the breakfast pastries and coffee for them.
Although the group had been up late the night prior celebrating, you couldn’t even tell that morning! Everybody was still in high spirits and ready to have a good time. And that’s exactly what they did! They spent the entire morning and most of the afternoon together, simply enjoying each other’s company.
And they lived happily ever after!
Congrats Monica and Kai! I absolutely loved being a part of your wedding weekend. It was my honor and joy to witness your love throughout the planning process and big day. I was thrilled that the wedding day design we dreamed up with those neutral wedding colors came out wonderfully! Cheers to a lifetime together!
Venue: Mountainside Weddings
Coordinator: Big Day Celebrations
Photo & Video: Kelly Kirksey Photography
DJ: Spark Sound Entertainment
Officiant: Ravi Dashi
Florist: Alpine Designs
Baker: Montana Wildflour
Hair & Makeup: Melanie Hobus
Rentals: Celebrate Event & Party Rentals
Caterer: The Kopper Kitchen
Transportation: Wild Horse Limo
Big Day Celebrations offers full-service wedding planning, coordination & design services, and micro-wedding packages, so no matter how you envision your wedding, we will make it happen and have a whole lot of fun along the way!
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