The Great MONTANA Adventure! part II

The Wedding. 

The purpose of our great westward adventure, was to celebrate the marriage of our cousin Grace and her now husband Chad.  They are some of the most genuine and fun people I know, very much resembling the great state they got married in.
Laid-back, friendly, and up for anything. 

The wedding was outdoors at the Lodge in Whitefish, Montana. Set beside the lake with a beautiful mountainous backdrop. 

The ceremony was every bit as beautiful as you would expect from a Montana wedding.  Grace walked down the aisle to her favorite Eddie Vedder song (a huge hit with Kelly and I), managing to look both unhurried and glamorous.  The bride and groom danced the night away, feasting on huckleberry cheese cake and champagne. 

The backdrop for the ceremony at the Lodge

The backdrop for the ceremony at the Lodge

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Aunt Beth with her grandson Luke at the rehearsal dinner

Aunt Beth with her grandson Luke at the rehearsal dinner


Whitefish, MT. 

Our family loved Whitefish and should you ever have the pleasure of visiting, there are several places to you should be sure to see.  

The small downtown, ski-town of Whitefish has some great shopping to offer, where you can find all sorts of original artwork and unique gifts.

If you find yourself craving a delicious and hardy brunch, The Buffalo Café has some serious, not-messing-around delicious huckleberry pancakes, a Montana specialty.  For you beer lovers, there is The Great Northern Brewing company. Friendly staff, a great view, and amazing beer. I recommend the Buckin’ Horse Pilsner and picking up one of their super-soft brewery t-shirts. 

Other great local hot spots include Casey's Pub and Grill where by day you can dine on the rooftop, soaking up the amazing view and by evening the pub transforms into a three-story dance club.    

Once the noise ordinance shut the wedding down at the Lodge the wedding party and some of the guests wound up at Casey's dancing the night away and cheering on the bride and groom.  Oh, and yes, the bride was still in her wedding gown!