Ring-a-ling, C+L babes and dudes! It’s February, which means it’s the season of loooovvvveeeeeeee *heart eyes emoji* We LOVE love over here at C+L, which means February is one of our favorite months. Bust out those Russell Stover heart shaped boxes and buckle up kids, cause we’re here to bring you our top picks for Valentines Day date ideas!
Frugal // Build a blanket fort in your living room and have a movie marathon! Order pizza (or if you’re feeling fancy make your own. Dough is super easy to make. This is my favorite recipe - thanks, Bobbie!)
Local // The first official date that my husband took me on was the Finn & Porter. Ever since we’ve tried to hit up some swanky Missoula restaurant for dinner. My current fave is Plonk. Be sure to get yourself a GFC and cheese board to start. After a delicious dinner, hit up Sweet Peaks!
Boujee // Boujee is hard for me. The first thing that comes to mind is the episode of Friends where Monica’s dating a millionaire and he casually whisks her away to a pizzeria in Rome. Even though logistically that just wouldn’t work - a flight from NYC to Rome has to be a few hours and I would most definitely get hangry. Buuuuuut when in Rome?
Frugal // Lovely long walk together. Even better, bring your doggy friend(s). When you get home snuggle in with Chinese take out, get in your comfy jammies, and binge watch your favorite Netflix series. If you really want to add some cheesy romance - chocolate covered strawberries are very simple to make (and low cost!).
Local // My boo and I LOVE breakfast/brunch. When we want to treat ourselves we go to Paul's Pancake Parlor, and indulge in all our favorite breakfast food. Then we go home and nap.
Boujee // I have always wanted to ride a hot air balloon. So riding a balloon to a scenic remote location. When we land we find a beautiful picnic spread waiting for us. Along with a fine gentleman playing the harp. Also white doves.
Frugal // All the chocolate strawberries. Milk chocolate with white drizzle *hint hint* and a homemade meal that we make together. Cast iron steak, mashed potatoes and green beans anyone? And a classic romance to end the night. And by classic I mean Princess Bride, Pretty Woman, Jerry MaGuire, etc. Flowers are optional.
Local // I adore wine, especially good wine and trying new wine. I would want to do a wine tasting at one of our favorite local restaurants (Stone of Accord, I’m lookin at you). And then sushi for dinner (Hey yooooooo Saketume), ending the night at a cute movie at The Roxy or playing arcade games below our new brewery, Guild.
Boujee // There is nowhere in the world that is so magically romantic as Venice, Italy. I would want to start our day with cappuccinos in a side street cafe, and then walking through the side streets until we get to Piazza San Marco where we eat the MOST amazing gelato and watch all the (excessive amounts) of pigeons. We would take a gondola ride through every single canal, have an outrageously romantic kiss under the Bridge of Sighs, followed by drinking all the table wine at a quiet corner restaurant, where we eat all the food. Preferred desserts would be tiramisu.
Frugal // Due to the current winter Missoula is having... grab some sleds and a cozy outfit and hit the slopes. Don’t forget the hot cocoa and the peppermint schnapps if you're realllllly feelin' it. Then head home, get cozy, make dinner and binge watch your favorite show/movies.
Local // If you’re into brunch like I am, and in Missoula, head to the Catalyst, their cheesy potato casserole + the espresso bar are life-changing. If you’re not in a food coma from that, then make your way down to Jerry Johnson Hot Springs and relax.
Boujee // Ok since we are going allll out for this one here we go and buckle your seatbelts. Like really, we’re going on a private jet to Bora Bora, poppin’ the bubbly and staying in one of the overwater bungalows. While at our sweet bungalow, we’d obviously be jumping off our deck, enjoying all the paddle boards, and snorkeling in the crystal clear water.
Hey Ariel, What's Good?? // 2019 // Champagne + Linen //Western Montana Wedding Designers + Planners
What’s gooooooood C+L Babes and Dudes?! Last year brought a ton of new changes in my life, and I’ve been focusing on things that make me happy and bring me joy in the new year (no, that does not include any Marie Kondo BS). So what are my favorite things these days?? Let’s talk about it.
C+L Road Trips // Every. Single. Time. Alicia, Mariah and I come up with life changing ideas for C+L every damn time we get in the car. Why?! Who knows...maybe it’s the McDonalds…???? Last time we brainstormed all kinds of new, fun ideas to keep ourselves entertained (and all of you entertained) with more than just wedding details. We’re talking lots of boozy Saturday afternoons and some Dungeons and Dragons. Stay tuned.
Parmesan Pesto Chicken // I’m working on not eating out so much lately (those holiday pounds are real, ya’lll). One of my favorite recipes is one that I got from Hello Fresh. Basically slather some chicken breasts with pesto. If your name is Ina Garten, if you can’t travel to Asia to hand pick your own Genovese Basil or travel to Europe to harvest your own pine nuts and make your own pesto, store bought will do. Then cover it with a mix of parmesan, olive oil, and italian bread crumbs that you mix in a bowl. As it cooks it creates a hard crust over the pesto chicken, and voila! It’s freakin amazing. I like to serve it with a side salad or some cooked broccoli.
Real Housewives of Potomac // Listen. I love the Real Housewives franchise. Why? Cause it’s entertaining, that's why. RHOP is next level though. These ladies know how to throw some SHADE and look damn good doing it. It can never compare to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for me though. LVP and Kyle are goals. When I was in LA I got to see Pandora walking out of Pump. I’m not even ashamed to admit that I fangirled. Like. A LOT.
2019 started off with a bang for me, I can’t wait to see what else is REAL GOOD this year. I can’t wait to start the wedding season off with a Gatsby themed wedding, and arranging SO many flowers this year. I see you 2019, and I’m not scared.
A HUGE thank you to Of the Wolves for capturing these absolutely amazing pictures of me and my entire family.
2018 Review // Recap on 2018 Goals // Champagne + Linen // Western Montana Wedding Designers and Planners
How it is almost 2019? I feel like we were just slipping into those sparkly gowns from our C+L anniversary shoot. This year has been a whirlwind both in C+L land and our personal lives. Even though life gets crazy, we need to remember to take a step back and reflect.
2018 has been a wild crazy ride for the ladies of C+L. We are so incredibly lucky for all of the vendors and C+L couples we have gotten work with this past year. Because this year has been so amazing we wanted to share our favorite moments with you all.
Strap in friends, this is going to have lots of pictures of pretty things.
Last year we posted our goals for 2018 and now it's our time to tell you how we did!
PERFECT OUR CLIENT PROCESS // First of all, is this ever perfect? The answer is no. We're constantly improving our client process whether that is noting down questions we need to ask them, budget templates, welcome guides, all the things. We're in a much more streamlined place than we were last year, but cannot wait to keep improving!
STYLED ELOPEMENT // Level up: planning a Glacier National Park elopement for 2019!
BLOG POSTS // Our goal was to have one blog post a month. Well we did have 15 blog posts, but we missed posting in March, June, July, and August...have you noticed that since we hired an intern, we've had more blog posts? #blessMaredith
NEWSLETTER // We started a newsletter last new years and had some great interactions! We chose to put this on the back burner while we worked on our client experience. Maybe we'll bring this back to life in 2019?!
BOOKINGS // We didn't set a number goal for 2018, but we had ten! We currently have seven for 2019 and are completely content with that number. This year we're getting more large packages - our fave!
NETWORK // 2018 was the year of networking. We have straightened our relationships with vendors we've already had and created new bonds. We hosted our second annual vendor appreciation with the help of White Raven. We ate delicious Clove Cart Pizza and drank festive holiday punches.
FOCUS ON OUR FRIENDSHIP // Boy, did we. The first year of C+L was all about hustle. We were stumbling along trying to figure out our new business and it's all we could talk about. This year, life happened for all of us. We leaned on each other more than ever.
THANK U NEXT 2018!
Blake + Melanie // White Raven // Champagne + Linen // Western Montana Wedding Designers and Planners
We have been extremely lucky to be able to work with many delightful couples since the start of Champagne + Linen in 2016. We like to work with couples who reflect who we are and what our brand is - contemporary couples who want to enjoy what Montana has to offer with their loved ones. Melanie and Blake are a true C+L couple through and through. Their summer wedding last June at White Raven in Alberton, MT was the absolute perfect day filled with lovely little details that we still dream about.
It all started with some gold flatware from Target. Melanie saw photos from our White Raven winter styled shoot that featured this flatware, and gave C+L a call. She wanted to know if we would be able to help her find similar gold flatware. Although, Melanie and Blake did not end up using the same concept for their tables, the table setting at their wedding is still one of our favorites (Yes, we say that about every table setting).
The simple and clean decorations complimented White Raven’s modern elegance perfectly. They had a friend bringing ferns all the way from Washington for their centerpieces. Melanie and Blake had Polaroid cameras for their guests to document the day with. Homemade lip chap as a party favor. And a table of delicious finger desserts provided by Poppy Bakery (Mariah ended up ordering a dozen potato chip chocolate chip cookies from Poppy after that wedding…).
The highlight of the wedding however was seeing how close friends and family were. Their special day included:
Lets not forget the fact that Melanie and Blake modeled for our 2017 Hallowedding shoot in Seattle, WA.
Venue // White Raven
Photographer // Bianca Sciotto
Catering + Bartenders // Seasonal Montana
Dessert // Poppy Bakery
Flowers // Earth Within Flowers
Makeup // Emily Salewsky
Rentals + Coordination // C+L
Montana is no stranger to wildfires. We get them almost every summer, but that doesn’t mean the weddings stop coming. Quinn and Jared were no exception. Quinn is a Montana girl, and she met the love of her life while at school in Minneapolis. They decided to tie the knot in not only her home state, but Glacier Park, one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Glacier was on fire all summer long, but that didn’t stop Quinn and Jareds celebration of love. They came with their families ready to get hitched! While their day was full of smoke, it didn’t take away from the beauty of their Montana ceremony. Quinn’s mom told them she hoped their love would be a “slow, burning love” and told the best stories about Quinn as a little girl. Jareds family came from all over the country, with nothing but love and affection for both him and Quinn.
The reception was held in the lodges brand new pavillion, that the venue built just in time for Quinn + Jareds celebration. The natural wood of the Pavillion was perfect for Montana, and C+L had the honor of arranging their centerpieces with gorgeous wild blooms! The wildfire smoke did nothing but add an extra unique twist to their day, and we gotta say that the photos from Dina Remi Studios are absolutely stunning.
The ladies of C+L had a pretty unique Montana experience, staying in Ariel’s mom’s camper in an RV park with no cell phone service (we also forgot to bring the laptop and movies). We entertained ourselves by filming endless Insta stories (Ummmmmm did you see C+L Cribs on our Instagram?!), and drinking all the wine, eating all the chips, and telling lame scary stories and laughing until our ribs hurt.
Quinn and Jared are proof that no matter the weather, rain or shine (or LITERAL FIRE) you can still have the wedding day of your dreams. Thank you Quinn and Jared for allowing us to be a part of your totally unique wedding day!