Montana made with love 

Four weddings and some advice for creating your own

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Sarah Raz and Josh Tack

How they met: The avid bicycling couple met when they both worked at Missoula’s Adventure Cycling.

The Proposal: After a bike trip through Baja, Josh proposed. The summer before the wedding they quit their jobs and rode across Alaska, Canada and down the Great Divide. “We decided to do it to test our commitment,” says Sarah, laughing. “Afterward we said, ‘Okay, we’re ready to get married.’”

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Wedding location: The couple got married at Snowbowl, where they rented out the lodge and decked it with lanterns and lights to give it a “mountain party” feel. Some of their biking friends rode up the mountain to attend the celebration. After they said their vows, the couple ceremoniously rode off on their bikes. “It’s actually a very steep hill,” Sarah says. “I was wearing my dress—it was a short dress—so it was easy to ride in, but as we started descending I thought, ‘If I wipe out at my wedding it is not going to be good!’” They parked their bikes and walked back up to join the party.

Dress made new: Sarah wore a dress from Beautiful Weddings in Missoula. The dress was originally a long one, but the shop tailored the dress to make it short and edgy. Her historical veil was flown to her from Lexington, Va. “It actually belonged to to an Italian queen,” Sarah says. “Any bride in Lexington is allowed to wear it now, but my mom bent the rules a little when she brought it to Montana to let me wear it in my wedding.”

Head of petals: The couple wanted a bohemian chic kind of wedding so Sarah ordered flower crowns from Missoula’s Habitat and had the bridesmaids wear Free People dresses. The groomsmen were more outdoorsy than bohemian in their REI outfits.

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Energizing dinner: Snowbowl’s pizza and Bayern’s Summer Honey made for a down-to-earth meal. It was a carbo-loading choice, Sarah says, for a crowd full of athletes.

Music to dance to (in shades): Missoula’s Full Grown Men played Chicago blues at the reception. For wedding favors, the couple picked out neon sunglasses, which the guests donned toward the end of the evening as they danced up a storm.

Final thoughts: “The night before the wedding somebody said to me, ‘Are you ready for the best day of your life?’” Sarah says. “And I thought to myself, ‘That is so old-fashioned.’ But, though I’ve had a lot of good days in my life, it really was up there at the top. It was such a fun day.”

Photography: Slikati Photography

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