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Montana Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
Jul 292015

Sometimes in the great search for that one perfect dress, you don't even know where to begin. The answer? With an appointment at a top-notch bridal salon. In our new August/September 2015 issue (on newsstands now!) we call out the best 50 bridal salons — big and small, luxury and budget-friendly, boho and traditional — across America. How did we go about creating such a list? We asked more than 1,100 real brides nationwide to weigh in on the best spots to find that dream wedding dress by rating and submitting their own gown-shopping experience. From precious, personalized boutiques in the South to giant wedding dress meccas in the Northeast to intimate indie shops in California, we found them all. So take note, brides-to-be! These are our readers' favorite bridal boutiques in the West.

Bateau Bridal Boutique, Anchorage, Alaska
A chalkboard sign with your name greets you at this one-bride-at-a-time salon. It also has a consignment room, where some happy reviewers found their dream dress for way less than retail.

Lillian Lottie Couture, Scottsdale, Ariz.
"The salon is beautiful, and I was able to find my gown without spending a stupid amount of money," says a bride of this shop, which carries 400-plus gowns by popular labels like Allure Bridals, Pronovias, and Casablanca.

Erin Cole Couture Bridal, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Erin Cole is known for her eponymous accessories line, so expect the jewelry and veils to be on point. But what draws brides from as far away as Dubai are the gowns — think Monique Lhuillier and Carolina Herrera — and the expert seamstress. "She replaced the back zipper with 24 buttons. It looked flawless!" says a bride.

The White Flower, San Diego
At this chic and cheerful salon, paper parasols hang above styles by Hayley Paige and Lazaro. Brides love the friendly vibe and the fact that the shop is divided into two salons: one for gowns under $2,500, one for gowns over.

Loho Bride, San Francisco
This shop caters to cool girls, offering indie designers like Daughters of Simone and Bo & Luca and a custom soundtrack for your appointment. "They found out I like '90s R&B and played TLC my whole fitting," says a delighted bride.

See more: The Ultimate Wedding Dress Guide: The Best Necklines by Body Type

Marina Morrison, San Francisco
This airy space above Union Square carries all the wedding heavyweights, from Marchesa to Mira Zwillinger, and features a crack alterations team: "I was stressed my strapless gown would slip, but it stayed put all night," says a bride.

Anna Bé, Denver
This salon deftly mixes high-end labels (Sareh Nouri, Tara LaTour) with wallet-friendly lines (Watters, Gemy Maalouf). "My budget was on the lower end, but they still treated me like a VIP," says a fan.

Little White Dress Bridal Shop, Denver
"The staff made me feel treasured every time I came in," says a bride of this salon, the only one in Colorado to carry Rivini and Claire Pettibone — the label Mark Zuckerberg's better half, Priscilla Chan, snagged when she shopped here for her wedding.

Willow Bride, Whitefish, Mont.
This Rockies salon features in-demand names like Tara Keely and Sarah Seven. "I'd just had a baby, so I wasn't at my best," says a bride. "They helped me find a dress that made me feel beautiful."

Couture Bride, Las Vegas
"The staff treated me like family. They still keep in touch!" says a fan. The owner is a former Vera Wang exec, so you know the gowns are gorge: Think Anna Maier Couture and, natch, Vera.

Divine Designs Bridal Boutique, Portland, Oreg.
"I went to five salons in town. Divine had the prettiest gowns by far," raves a bride who swooned over styles by Elizabeth Fillmore, Anne Barge, and Liancarlo.

The Dress Theory, Seattle
"There was no taffeta, no cookie-cutter dresses," says a bride of this cozy boutique, with designers like Temperley London and Theia (and branches in Nashville and San Diego). "Every dress was unique!"

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES August/September 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish Are Married!

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Sep 022013
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Photo: Courtesy of Kate Bosworth

We've been eagerly awaiting the wedding of Kate Bosworth and director Michael Polish ever since the actress tweeted a photo of her vintage-inspired engagement ring thanking fans for their "wonderful engagement wishes." The stylish pair exchanged "I dos" during a four-day Western-inspired wedding celebration held at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana. The actress wore two wedding dresses designed by Oscar de la Renta, according to People.com. Bosworth donned an ivory radzimir-satin strapless Oscar de la Renta ball gown accented by an 8 ft.-long train for the wedding ceremony, then changed into a floral embroidered tulle dress for the reception.

We're no strangers to the beautiful wedding venue selected by Bosworth and Polish. Check out the gorgeous wedding photos we featured from Lauren and Brad's sophisticated ranch wedding which also took place at The Ranch at Rock Creek. The sprawling 10-acre mountain paradise provides sweeping view of the Montana skyline along with wildflowers as far as the eye can see. It's popular for the bride to make her grand entrance in a classic stagecoach, as seen below. We wonder if Kate did the same. Congrats to the happy couple!

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Photo: Lauren Brown Photography

A Romantic Summer Wedding at Montana’s Ranch at Rock Creek

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Aug 202013

Lauren and Brad's romance bloomed over a bet. For a game in the highly-anticipated 2010 National Basketball Association finals—the Celtics versus the Lakers—Lauren sided with the East Coast team, while Las Vegas-resident Brad bet on the Lakers. "When the Celtics sadly lost, Brad called me to brag about winning the bet," Lauren recalls. "By the end of that phone call, he agreed to meet me in New York City for dinner the following day."

The pair went to lunch, "and by the time the bill was paid, I was in love," Lauren says. "We attempted a long-distance relationship for awhile, but it really didn't work for us." Within weeks, Brad asked Lauren to move to Las Vegas. "And after while, I agreed."

On the couple's weekly date night more than a year later, Brad escorted Lauren to La Cave, a favorite restaurant the soon-to-be groom had invested in. His two young daughters, Coby and Kenzie, awaited the couple on the balcony, and "while I was giving them hugs and paying attention to them, Brad got down on one knee behind me with the ring," Lauren recalls. "Then all three of them proposed. It was very sweet."

The couple chose The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana, as the location for their June nuptials. A horse-drawn carriage brought the bride to the ceremony site, an open field at the base of the mountains aptly-dubbed Paradise.

"Because we got married on a ranch, the wedding was fairly rustic," Lauren explains. Mason jars filled with white flowers and tied with twine lined the aisles, while guests watched the couple wed from rustic benches. "We kept the colors neutral for the ceremony, with mostly white and greens," the bride says.

Lauren's lace St. Patrick gown featured a cathedral-length train with a scalloped edge.

The bride did not wear a veil. Her only accessory, she said, was "a beautiful tennis bracelet that Brad gave me the night before the wedding."

Cheetah-print Ariat cowgirl boots peeked out from beneath the bride's gown.

Lauren's round bouquet was made of a mixture of white peonies, hydrangea and sweet-smelling freesia.

Brad wore a classic Brioni bow tie tuxedo. He also donned a white rose boutonniere.

The couple's four-member bridal party stayed within their neutral palette. Bridesmaids wore knee-length dresses in the palest pink.

While Lauren and Brad may have kept their ceremony mostly white, their "reception was the something blue," the bride says. Invitations, as well as Montana sky-blue napkins, were accented with horseshoe details.

Asked about the highlights from their dinner, Lauren exclaims, "Ice cream cake! I loved all the food—it is hard to capture just one thing."

Lauren and Brad also served a signature cocktail—called a Brown Sugar, the drink was mixed with pineapple juice and rum.

Before embarking on their honeymoon—a trip that included touring Paris, sailing the Greek Isles, wandering Istanbul, driving through Italy and more—Lauren and Brad returned to where things began. "We started in New York City," Lauren says, "going to our first date spot."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Katalin Green Event Design || Wedding Concierge: Life: Styled || Ceremony Venue: The Ranch at Rock Creek || Reception Venue: The Ranch at Rock Creek || Bride's Wedding Dress: St. Patrick || Bride's Shoes: Ariat || Bride's Wedding Ring: The Jewelers, Inc. || Groom's Tux: Brioni || Groom's Shoes: Gucci || Groom's Wedding Ring: The Jewelers, Inc. || Florist: Avant Floral || Caterer: The Ranch at Rock Creek || Stationery: Meant To Be Sent || Cake Baker: Cold Stone Creamery || Rentals: Montana Party Rentals || Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental || Entertainment: Evenflow of Dustree Productions || Sound and Equipment: Poindexter's || Videography: Moonstone Pictures || Photo Booth: Flip Side Photo Booth || Photography: Lauren Brown Photography

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