Here at An Epic Elopement, we don’t just specialize in elopements. We’re also experts in micro and intimate weddings. You may be asking yourself, “What’s the difference, Katie?” The difference is mainly in guest size. An elopement is typically just the couple. A micro wedding normally has no more than 50 guests in attendance and an intimate wedding has somewhere between 50-75 guests. While the guest count may vary, the scope of the celebration doesn’t have to! An elopement with just the two of you can still be an elaborate affair, and an intimate wedding can be as simple as the ceremony followed by appetizers and cake.
Samantha and Michael opted for a micro wedding with six guests at Great Northern Resort in West Glacier, Montana. Since their big day was in July, they had a light blue wedding with yellow and white accents. Their outdoor tablescape had the most lovely and fun summer details! We got to play with colors, patterns, and textures while designing their wedding, and we must say that we pulled it off beautifully!
Read on to learn how you can also seamlessly incorporate unique colors and patterns without going overboard!
Light Blue Wedding Ceremony Details:
It’s no secret that we love Great Northern Resort! They have great lodging and dining options as well as both indoor and outdoor wedding spaces, all on property! Plus, they are only 10 minutes away from the entrance to Glacier National Park in case you’re up for an adventure during your stay!
Samantha and Mike’s light blue wedding ceremony took place at the resort’s meadow, where we set a square wooden arch at the altar. Conrad Floral installed two gorgeous floral sprays on either side of the arch, so this couple could get married underneath light blue, white, and yellow roses, sunflowers, and hydrangeas. The ceremony chairs were also wooden with rounded backs, which we later repurposed at the dinner table.
Light Blue Wedding Reception Details:
While Samantha was getting her hair and makeup done in her hotel room, we set up their light blue wedding reception table in front of the resort’s outdoor canvas tent. We set one long, wooden table with a light blue gauze table runner flowing down the center. This linen was so light and airy that you could see the wood grains of the table through it. We loved this because it gave the table a soft and romantic feel while also offering a pop of color.
We then scattered a variety of flowers and candles along the length of the runner, from bud vases to taper candles. At each place setting, we also set delicate, light blue water goblets. But our favorite part had to have been the geometric wicker chargers and blue and green watercolor napkins!
If you wish to incorporate fun colors and patterns in your wedding design, here are our top three tips to do so without going overboard:
Choose just one or two main colors to take center stage. Then, select complimentary colors as accent colors. Homing in on just one or two main colors will help give your wedding a bold look without it being too busy.
Don’t be afraid to play with different textures! From the linens to the chargers to the flowers, you have ample opportunities to include a variety of textures. Doing so will give an extra dimension to your wedding design, elevating your look.
Select just one or two patterns. Like the one or two main colors we talked about, choosing one or two patterns to include is vital in maintaining a clean aesthetic. Choosing 3 or more patterns is tricky and can make your design look cluttered.
All of Samantha and Mike’s design elements oozed summer, and all worked together to create the dreamiest, light blue wedding tablescape for this couple and their family. This has to go in the books as one of our favorite tables to plan!
Samantha and Michael’s Light Blue Wedding Ceremony:
As Samantha and Mike’s guests walked up to the ceremony site, our wooden “Welcome to our Happily Ever After” sign greeted them. We then invited them to sign the couple’s custom wooden guest book, bearing their last name and wedding date.
Prior to the ceremony’s start, Samantha and Mike had a private first look outside the lodge. Mike wore the biggest smile as he turned around to see his soon-to-be wife all dressed up in white for the first time. The only thing brighter was Samantha’s smile as she embraced her favorite person and future all in one!
When it was time to get married, Samantha’s father escorted her down the aisle to Canon in D. Samantha looked ethereal in her white floral wedding gown with off-the-shoulder sleeves and classic pearl necklace. Her bridal bouquet paired perfectly with the floral on the ceremony arch. She was simply a vision!
The ceremony was sweet and romantic. With just their closest loved ones there, it was intimate and tender, creating an even more magical setting for this couple.
After they exchanged rings and declared their love for one another, they were husband and wife! They sealed the deal with a kiss and somehow, even bigger smiles than before.
A Light Blue Wedding Celebration:
After the ceremony, the newlyweds took photos around the resort while their guests munched on some appetizers provided by The Kopper Kitchen. Although they made their way around property, Samantha was completely comfortable walking because she donned the cutest light blue Keds! They were so sparkly and served as her “something blue!”
Afterwards, Samantha and Mike cut their wedding cake and their family gave the toasts. Dinner was then served at their beautiful light blue wedding reception table. The rest of the evening flew by with good conversation, laughter, and great food.
And they lived happily ever after!
A Word from the Bride:
"Get a wedding planner! It is worth every penny. I did not have a single ounce of stress planning our wedding. I worked with Katie who took my vision and ran with it. We did not have to worry about vetting caterers or coordinating day-of activities or hiring an officiant. We just showed up and had fun. I truly cannot recommend hiring a wedding planner enough. "
A Word from Katie:
Samantha and Mike, your light blue wedding was an absolute dream! I loved planning this day with you and it all turned out even better than we thought! You guys are just the sweetest and I wish you much love and happiness together! Congrats!
Venue // Great Northern Resort
Planner // An Epic Elopement
Photographer // Kelly Kirksey Photography
Caterer // The Kopper Kitchen
Baker // Miss Patti Cakes
Hair & Makeup // Melanie Hobus
Florist // Conrad Floral
Rentals // Empress Tents & Events
Officiant // Wed by Anna
Linen & Chargers // BBJ Linen
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Based in Kalispell, Montana, An Epic Elopement specializes in all-inclusive elopements, micro-weddings, and intimate weddings. Here, you get the full experience of having a traditional wedding, but with a little more adventure included!
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