When choosing your flowers, the freshest and least expensive options are whatever is in season. Some people gather sage or perennials from their private gardens. Since most wedding professionals say that Summer remains by far the most popular season to get married in Montana -- “The sun doesn’t set until 10:30 p.m.,” says Shionagh Stuehler of A Big Sky Event in Flathead Lake. “Your choices range from blue hydrangeas to roses of all colors, to delphiniums and calla lilies. Many modern brides opt for brightly colored dramatic bouquets. One bride chose deep red roses accented with gorgeous lavender stalks to contrast, rather than blend in, with her white gown. Many bouquets are made of simple all-one-color arrangements or one kind of flower, calla lilies being a favorite for their unique and streamline shape and compelling color blends. And of course, there are the many shapes and sizes, from the traditional ball or rounded bouquet with a long stem, to the less formal, hand-tied nosegay or posy or elegant cascade from a train.
One of Missoula’s most-loved flower shops is the Bitterroot Flower Shop on the corner of Sixth Street and South Higgins. Perhaps what people like about it is the paradox that high quality and breathtaking arrangements and plants derive their beginnings behind a humble exterior. Their website showcases stair rail trimmings of deep green climbing base interspersed with cobalt-blue blooms tied with yellow roses and white ribbons, as well as gorgeous, copious white petals punched with deep red roses and framed with dark green foliage.
Converging minds and hearts inevitably make weddings festivals of sensual delight. Beauty can be lured into places normally unnoticed, such as stringing ringlets of daisies into the outlines of tiny bookshelves in a quintessential post-and-beam, or leaving pink rose petals haphazardly fallen over white-linen covered chairs and arranged for a ceremony in an open-field. Even the smallest touch, when done with some thought and care for the honored couple, can become the most spectacular source of light and drama.
One of the most sensual parts of a wedding is the cake, which blends fanciful beauty with delectable flavor. Missoula-based cake and pastry artist Margaret Ambrose-Barton offers choices such as “Caribbean Dream,” a cake that includes “delicate layers of rum-infused sponge cake and key lime curd, with whipped cream and coconut,” or “Hazelnut Dacquoise” that consists of layers of hazelnut almond meringues, raspberry puree, and chocolate ganache between thin layers of vanilla chiffon cake and finished with Italian butter cream. Choosing a cake is difficult choice to make in a hurry, but a pleasurable one. The most popular designs remain vanilla cakes with white-on-white frosting designs, although chocolate tends to be consumed more quickly.