Believe it or not Champagne + Linen does more than just weddings. We also enjoy planning any kind of event imaginable (because every moment is worth celebrating, right?). We also have a soft spot for children as well… So when Missoula’s super adorable baby boutique, La Stella Blu, asked if we were interested in helping with their Sunday Streets Missoula festivities we were into it.
Sunday Streets Missoula is a super rad kid’s fair put on by Missoula in Motion
‘’Sunday Streets Missoula celebrates Missoula as a bikeable and walkable community. By temporarily closing one of our greatest public spaces, the streets, Sunday Streets Missoula encourages all ages and all abilities to be active, support local businesses, and rethink how our community can be more livable.”
The gals of C+L came up with Club Blu [Get it? Because of La Stella Blu?!]. Ahem, anyways, we wanted activites that was fun for the whole family. We immediately called our friends at RMF Entertainment because every club needs an awesome DJ to bump some tunes. Later we enjoyed some live music by Toni Nicole Music on her ukulele.
To make the party extra awesome, we invited some buggy friends from the Missoula Insectarium. The Insectarium brought a scorpion, several breeds of Mantis’, and some roaches, which weren’t as terrifying as we imagined them to be.
Ariel’s dear mother, The Montana Bird Lady, also showed up with the very adorable Tink the Saw-Whet Owl! Tink is only three freakin inches tall, and as adorable as they come.
Sticking with the buggy critter theme, we came up with some fun insect crafts and coloring pages to do with the kiddos. Too many bug headbands to count were made (which we helped each kiddo make by hand!). Alicia’s extremely talented friend, Cassie, did face painting for the WHOLE four hours we were there, painting Ladybugs, Praying Mantis’, butterflies, and snails on kids faces (seriously so good). We loaded up on sidewalk chalk and bubbles. While Hop Skotch wasn’t so popular, kids went cray cray with the chalk cause they were literally drawing in the middle of one of the busiest streets in town in the middle of the day. Best day ever, duh. What more does a kid need really?
We had so much fun on this beautiful Missoula fall day! We met so many new friends, learned some things about insects (did you know there are scorpions who are native to Montana?! We have mixed emotions about that...), hung out with Tink the tiny, adorable owl, and blew some bubbles! So many bubbles. We cannot wait to do it again next year! A huge thank you to all the people who made Club Blu extra amazing today!
All our love,
Alicia, Ariel & Mariah
**Do you have a children’s birthday party coming up and need more hands on deck? How about a baby shower?
Champagne + Linen is up for any children related event! Call or email for more information!**
Tyler + Zee || Sky Ridge Ranch, Ronan, Montana || Montana Destination Wedding || Champagne + Linen || Montana Wedding and Event Planners
We were lucky enough that our dear friend (and go-to wine connoisseur) Jessica refered us to her friends, Zee + Tyler. Zee + Tyler are currently living in Chicago (YAY Montana destination wedding!). We didn’t have the pleasure of meeting them in person until the week of their wedding. They are our ideal clients - their main focus was to make sure their friends and family were having a good time, and man, their attendees had a blast!
Z+T’s wedding was at Sky Ridge Ranch which is nestled in at the base of the beautiful Mission Mountains. There were so many different locations for photographs - birch forest, a bridge over the pond, the beautiful barn, the retro truck, gosh the list goes on and on.
There were so many meaningful touches incorporated into Z+T’s wedding. The first was that Tyler’s best man was their adorable german shepard Raji. He was there through the whole night soaking up love from all guests. We love a couple who includes their fur babies!
Side note: can we talk about how amazing the bridal party looked? We love the mismatched look for both bridesmaids AND groomsmen. Dusty bridesmaids dresses are one of the biggest trends this summer (Marissa + Jonah’s maids also had similar colors!).
The second highlight for us was that Zee and her dad decided to forgo the typical father daughter dance. Instead they had a competition to see who could make five baskets (with their beach balls) quickest. Cheating was highly encouraged. Zee also played in her crazy amazing heels!
After the meaningful first, father/daughter, and mother/son dances, the guests partied the night away. RMF killed it with the music! The whole wedding day really showed us what was most important to Z+T - having a good time with their friends + family!
C+L had the honor of coordinated Jonah + Marissa 's wedding at a family friend's home in Red Lodge, Montana. Marissa happens to be Alicia and Mariah's sorority sister. She is also a talented wedding photographer who participated in our vintage spring styled shoot.
When we first launched Champagne + Linen, Marissa was one of the first people we told. She was so excited and supportive. Right then she would want us to coordinate her wedding (keep in mind she wasn't engaged at this time...). Flash forward a few weeks, Jonah + Marissa were engaged!
Jonah + Marissa are seriously the coolest couple. I mean, look at them. Their wedding attire is on point and so authentic to who they are. Their ceremony and reception space was even dressed up – their alter was complete with a Persian rug!
We love mismatched bridesmaid dresses and Marissa's ladies KILLED it. We love when brides give their girls the freedom to have different styled and colored dresses. It ensures that they can find a dress that looks amazing on them. The champagne, mauve and dusty blues looked beautiful with their wild greenery bouquets.
The men, oh the men. They all wore dark navy suites with a killer thin floral tie. They were such a fun group and Kristin capture so many fun moments, wait until you see them below!
We've seen Jonah and Marissa's relationship grow over the years and are so excited to see them in this next adventure - marriage!
How to build a kickass wedding timeline || Wedding Tip Wednesday || Champagne + Linen || Missoula, Montana Wedding and Event Planners
There's so much that goes into a wedding before the couples stands at the altar. Time to talk to logistics - the fun part of planning a wedding that everyone looks forward to. But really, I love the logistics. It’s like a crazy puzzle that you have to put together. One of the most important task you have before your wedding is finalizing your timeline. This is basically your guiding document for the entire day. It should contain the who/what/when/where of your special day. If you have a kickass timeline, you should be able to hand it off to your MOH, a family member, or wedding coordinator and not be disturbed your whole wedding day!
There are four guiding rules for building your own wedding timeline.
We assist our full and month of coordination couples with building their timeline, but we always want to give some pointers to our day of couples too! Do you have any questions on how to build your wedding timeline? Any additional advice? Maybe a timeline horror story? We would love to hear it!
Who is C+L? || Friday Introductions || Champagne + Linen || Missoula, Montana Wedding + Event Planners
We’ve been at this whole wedding and event planning business officially for almost SEVEN months. Can you believe it? We can’t. Time is seriously flying by. We realized that we’ve never done introductions. Our about us page does list some pretty good deets about us, but why not share some more.
How did these three bitches meet?! || Alicia and Mariah are in the same sorority (rah rah for Kappa Kappa Gamma). Homecoming of 2010 the Kappas were working on their homecoming float with Sigma Nu. Mariah was not in the mood for painting and hard labor, so she asked Alicia if she wanted to take shots in the parking lot instead. That was the start of a beautiful friendship. Little did they know at the time, Ariel lived across the street in Kappa Alpha Theta. Sadly, the three did not spend any time together in college. However, fate brought Mariah and Ariel together when they both became case managers at a mental health clinic in town. Ariel and Mariah immediately bonded over their inappropriate humor and mutual hate for their jobs as case managers. Mariah was the bridge that linked Ariel and Alicia together. Finally, after some casual conversations about how fun it would be to get into wedding planning, Alicia, Ariel and Mariah became the three best friends/business partners that anyone could have.
Our love for wine, pups, and planning a great party brought us together. Now we're on this amazing adventure together and wouldn't' change a thing.
Once upon a time…
The women of Champagne + Linen are so excited and proud to share with you our Snow White inspired styled shoot. We wanted to have a styled shoot that told a classic love story and something that was a little more dark and off beat. We became interested in the current fairy tale trend and decided to retell the classic story of Snow White. C+L knew that the design and styling possibilities with Snow White would be endless and could not wait to put our twist on the timeless tale. We wanted to emphasize light and dark. The pureness of Snow, and the wickedness of the Evil Queen.
This shoot gave us the opportunity to work with old friends and new friends. During our planning we met the wonderful Don & Julia Photography out of Spokane, WA who agreed to photograph our shoot. We cannot find words to express how thrilled we are with Don & Julia’s work, and cannot wait to collaborate with them again in the future.
C+L wanted to demonstrate the possibilities of having a more nontraditional wedding. There are so many imaginative brides out there who are marching to a different beat -- which we think is fantastic. We had so much fun planning and styling this shoot. We hope you love and enjoy the photos as much as we do. As always, a huge thank you to everyone who made this shoot possible including: all the amazing vendors listed below, friends, and family. Cheers to all the creative and lovely people who inspire and motivate us to do better.
And they lived happily ever after,
Alicia, Ariel & Mariah
Coordination + Styling || Champagne + Linen
Venue || Stone Tower Estates
Photographer || Don + Julia Photography
Bridal Skirts || Welcome to Royalty
Suite || Men's Warehouse
Sword || Zombie Tools
Rentals || Vintage 44
Rentals || Oh So Chic
Sweet Treats || Poppy
Calligraphy || Zoë Phelan
Florist || Flower Bed
Hair + Makeup || Montana Wedding Hair with Shear Art Salon
Drinks || The Montana Distillery
Rings || Young in the Mountains
Shoes || Bean An Ti
Styling cloth + ribbon || A Ribbon's Nest
Evil Queen Model || Megan Robson
Snow White Model || Alicia Houghtaling
Prince Charming Model || Kyle Houghtaling
|| Fairest of them all ||
Happy six month anniversary, C+L! || Champagne + Linen || Missoula, Montana Wedding + Event Planners
Last fall the women of Champagne + Linen sat down with a box of pizza and bottle of cheap wine. That night was our first official Champagne + Linen meeting. Although, at the time we were not called Champagne + Linen….. The three of us laughed, planned, got distracted and most likely ate way too much. That night we decided one thing: that we were going to launch our new website on New Year’s Day 2017.
Now it is June! It feels like we were just tugging on our Fuggs and praying to God we weren’t going to slip on the icy Montana roads. Now, we are drinking on patios and applying deodorant to our inner thighs/under boobs [At least Mariah is. She can’t speak for Alicia and Ariel…]. Anyways, IT IS OUR SIX MONTH ANNIVERSARY!! And here at C+L folks, we make every moment worth celebrating.
We wanted to do a recap of the goals we set for ourselves on New Year’s Eve and where we are at now…..
Coordinate one styled shoot per season
Summer -- Check!
Snow White styled shoot will be posted soon, stay tuned…
Hey Fall baby, we are coming for you!
Assist with three weddings
We are super thrilled about having three weddings booked for this summer! *Cue flying doves and wedding bells* Our couples are incredibly inspiring. We cannot wait for their big days. We hope to find some Fall and Winter brides to end 2017 with a bang.
Plan five events
Improve our brand
Not going to lie, this has been tricky. We have listened to many podcasts, read many articles, and have spoken to many business owners. All in hopes of really establishing our brand and figuring out what Champagne + Linen means to us. We want it to be great. Special. Unique to us. Every day we get closer to reaching this goal.
1k insta followers
We are a little over halfway there! Which is comforting considering we are halfway through the year! 527 baby!
We don’t want to brag, but real talk, WE ARE KILLING IT! We have already done some amazing things, have some amazing things planned for the rest of the year, and have met some amazing people. The women of C+L want to thank you for your love and support!
Lastly, in other news we want to do a video Q&A within the next few weeks! If you have any questions for the women of C+L please email us at email@example.com or drop us a line on Facebook or Instagram. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!! Please please please! It can be anything! Ask us wedding and event related questions! Ask us makeup questions [and by that we mean ask Ariel makeup questions….]! Ask us what our favorite pizza toppings are! We want to build personal relationships with our followers and supporters. What better way to do that than sitting down with a box of wine and having a good ol fashion Q&A??
While you think of questions we will continue to plan, hustle, and play with our puppies at the doggo park!
Cheers to our six month anniversary and cheers to the next six months!
Alicia, Ariel and Mariah
|| Confidence Level: Kanye West ||
Mascara, Mascara. Wherefore art thou, Mascara? || Fresh Friday || Champagne + Linen || Missoula, Montana Wedding Planners
The one consistent obsession I’ve always had with products is mascara. What’s the perfect brush, how wet should the formula be, waterproof or not?! The choices are literally endless, the packaging is all so damn cute, and it’s the one necessity that I always use. So it has to be perfect, right?! Well, I’ve discovered that unfortunately it’s not as easy as that. I have tried I don’t know how many mascaras in my lifetime. Mary Kay, Maybelline, L’Oreal, Tarte...on and on and on…...I have pretty long lashes to begin with, and it’s tough for me to find a balance between volume and length, without have too much or too less of both. More often than not when I try a new one, I find that it doesn’t give my lashes the curl or length that I’m looking for, resulting in lashes that fall flat and a bad attitude on my end.
Soooooo is there anything you DO like?
Why yes, as a matter of fact there is! I’ve been pretty obsessed with Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara lately. My BFF and MOH had an emergency stash of this in waterpoof that I ended up using for my wedding (because I’m a dumbass and didn’t think of waterproof mascara), and it was amazing. This bad boy gives me the volume and length that I’m looking for, and it’s not super clumpy so I don’t end up looking like I have spider lashes. It’s not flakey or cakey, it goes on smoothly and comes off just as easily. The only caveat with this product is that Maybelline tests on animals. Sad face. I’m on a serious kick right now about finding brands that don’t test on animals that still deliver an excellent product, and Maybelline is clearly one of the huge brands that tests on our fluffy friends, so take that for what it is. I’m working on phasing all the evil companies out of my makeup routine, but it’s a slow process.
My holy grail mascara is by far Mary Kay’s Lash Love Mascara in black. I’ve been using this stuff since the dawn of time, and it’s freakin amazing for my long lashes. This mascara distributes the perfect amount of product over my lashes, and it stays all day, and doesn’t make my lashes feel crunchy or gross. I slay the day with this mascara, but I don’t use it all the time, cause, well, it’s expensive ($15 is better than some other prestige brands, but still….). As I told you guys, I’m a cheap bitch. I may have a love affair with makeup, but I also am a baller on a budget and have to be careful cause I could legit spend $500,000 in Ulta in one trip if I had unlimited resources. I can sometimes get this at cost through a supplier friend, so when that comes around I stock up. Piggybacking on the earlier discussion regarding animal testing, MK does still test on animals, but in limited doses and has been working for many years to eliminate it in their products. Here’s an article on it if you’re interested.
Rules?! There are rules to using mascara??? Yasssss, gurl, yassss there are RULES! And here they are….
There is soooooo much to talk about with mascara, and this certainly won’t be the last blog on it. What’s your favorite mascara, your special occasion one, or you HG one? Drop us a line, comment, or suggestion!
Where are our DIY couples at?! You don't want to miss this shoot.
During our first shoot we wanted to collaborate with as many amazing vendors as possible. It totally paid off, we threw ourselves into styling and coordinating. We learned so much and wouldn't change a thing.
This time we wanted to do something different. We decided to really showcase what we can do. We might be new - but we bring a lot to the table.
Including two sweetheart tables.
Mariah and Alicia each put together a sweetheart table. All these items were purchased at thrift stores or were things we already had. When planning your own wedding, go shopping in your own house! You'll be surprised what you can incorporate into your special day.
Next, was the florals. We sourced local, organic flowers - which was surprisingly easy for April in Montana. We got beautiful ranunculus and eucalyptus and went to work.
See that dreamy smokey eye and elegant hair? That was all Ariel.
Recognize this couch? Mariah talked about it in her Thrift Store Hits blog post. Next week we're going to dive into the inspiration for the shoot. Stay tuned!
Photography || Marissa Barone Photography
Bridal Gown || Lorelei by Leanne Marshall from Velvet Bride
Ribbon || A Ribbon's Nest
Wooden Farm Table || Oh So Chic
Cupcakes || Black Cat Bake Shop
Styling, coordination, hair, makeup + floral || Champagne + Linen
Raise your hand if you have ever wondered how to make your lips sexy foxy lady lips! *everyone raises their hands* Repeat after me, NO SHAME. I like having sexy foxy lady lips just as much as the next sassy broad. But, how do we get them? I swear to sweet baby Jesus, there are more shitty lip products on the market than there are good ones. It is so damned hard to find a good lipstick that has excellent pigment, staying power, and doesn’t make your lips feel like crap.
So what do you recommend?|| Wellllllll, if you have ever wondered what the Kylie Lip Kits do for you, but are too damned poor to shell out the cash, I am here to give you all the dirty deets. I only got one cause my BFFL bought me one of the holiday edition kits, it was literally like Christmas. I have been DYING to try one of the lip kits since those stupid things hit the internet, cause, well, Kylie. Even if you are too damned ashamed to admit it, you KNOW you wanted one too. So for those of you who are hiding behind the pretense that you hate everything Kardashian, I am here to give you an honest review and opinion on how this worked out for me so that you don’t have to fess up.
First off, my kit came in a LUXURIOUS AF package. The packaging is, as you all know (cause you have been stalking the kits since their birth), the drippy lip gloss signature is on the outside of the box, and it came in a damned velvet pouch. Happy Holidays, y’all. My heart was beating out of my chest, my eyes glazed over, and my mouth was drooling a little bit as I took the liner and gloss out of its packaging, preparing to apply for the first time. Now, this color is called Merry. AKA the perfect red. Not too bright, but not too vampire either. Perfect combo.
The directions instruct you to line and fill in your lips with the liner, which I did. Now, this liner is really smooth, almost a little too smooth. Borderline slippery, which isn’t cute. It makes it hard to get good traction on your lips to make a steady outline. But, it’s good pigment and seems pretty high quality to me, so I kept on going. Next I put on the gloss. Guys, this stuff smells like MUTHAF*CKING VANILLA CUPCAKE. I shit you not. Putting this on was kind of tough...It’s pretty liquidy on the wand straight outa the tube, which can be hard to maneuver, but it dries pretty quickly once applied. Now, I had to apply several layers to get a solid overlay of color, which was annoying, because the more layers you apply the tackier it gets and the harder it gets to keep applying without looking like you have a million layers on (not cute).
I’ve used this several times, and each time I have this difficulty. Once on though, this shit doesn’t budge. Literally all night (or day). It lasts me all night through multiple drinks and dinner. However, it actually feels like a literal straight jacket on your lips, if you can freakin imagine that. It’s tight, dry, and uncomfortable. You kind of feel like maybe it looks like shit on you, and maybe you look a little like a hot mess because of the way it feels on your lips. It doesn’t look bad though, if I have anything to say about this product it’s that it doesn’t move, which is every woman’s biggest trouble with lip products.
So, do you recommend the Kylie Lip Kit?|| Yes, for sure. I totally recommend it, if you’re willing to shell out the cash. This is well worth the money in my opinion, regardless of how it feels when you put it on. Now, hear me out. When I go shopping for lip products, I’m honestly looking for the product that is going to look the best on for the longest period of time. I’m looking to invest in a specific or certain look, and sometimes I’m willing to pay the price of the comfort level for how bomb ass it looks on. So I would probably give the Kylie LIp Kit a 3.75 out of 5 stars, taking 1.25 stars off for how it feels when it dries and the difficulty of application.
Side note, sista!|| Don’t have $30 laying around? Me neither. An excellent dupe for the Kylie Lip Kit is NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick. They have some super sexy nude shades, and it feels very similarly to the Kylie Lip texture and it has staying power that’s really on par with Kylie. Definitely recommend these! I have several shades.
What’s your fav lipstick right now? Drop us a line!