A Montana Birthday Weekend

2016.08.25_BlakeBirthday_1025Turning 40 is definitely a milestone, but turning it into a weekend adventure in Montana is surely the best way possible to celebrate! We couldn’t have been more thrilled to help Blake, his wife Heather and their friends celebrate Blake’s 40th Birthday in West Yellowstone.

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They called us five weeks out, told us they had 48 people coming from various places, but primarily in California, and what could we do in West Yellowstone? The staff at the Bar N Ranch and Under Canvas Yellowstone set the stage for what would be an incredible weekend.

This adventurous group thought glamping in Montana’s finest would be an experience of a lifetime – and they were right! Since we got to stay on sight, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us as well! We couldn’t believe that we were bringing this amazing group to nights of 29 degrees!

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Reed & Lee, with my now good friend, Britney planned a weekend filled with themes, surprises, amazing food, great tequila and some true Montana love. This weekend was filled with so much intricate detail that we’re going to take three blog posts to show you all the amazing detail.

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The guests arrived via bus from Jackson, Wyo and pulled up to the guest tent to staff wearing “Blake faces.” It was hilarious to see them pumped to jump off the bus and get the part started. As they checked in to their tents, they were greeted with gift bags filled with goodies and essentials that Heather had carefully chosen for each guest. Bug Spray, Sunscreen, chapstick, Yellowstone shirts and more! Plus…they had a surprise for Thursday’s evening – each guest has a carefully chosen Kigurumi animal costume. Chosen to match their personalities, it was the attire for the evening. It really broke the ice!

We threw a Welcome Fiesta and everyone enjoyed an amazing first evening under the tent!

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Vendors who rocked it:
Venue: Under Canvas Events & Under Canvas Yellowstone
Catering: Bar N Ranch
Design: Reed & Lee
Photography: Lindsey Mulcare Photography
Floral: The Flower Hat
Rentals: Montana Party Rentals
Cake: CottonTop Pasteries
Calligraphy: BonTemps Collective
Seating Staging: Centre Staging
Linens: BBJ Linens
Bartending: Bar N Ranch
Tequila: Clase Azul
Yellowstone Attire: Parks Project & Aviator Nation
Kigurumis: Kigurumi Shop
Music:
Yoga Instructor: Shelby Nordhagen

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Midnight Zodiac at Montana Bridal Tour

“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the starts makes me dream”
~Vincent Van Gogh

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At this year’s Montana Bridal Tour, we put together a design that would incorporate a lot of the current trends in weddings – flowing greenery, a garden feel, metallics and a nod toward the elements like stones, quartz stones, geodes, and wood. We also wanted to give our color scheme of gold, navy and blush a celestial feel to incorporate a theme that wasn’t too outspoken, but could be fun to play with.

We are in love with the idea of a sweetheart table! Our clients choose this option when they’re having a cocktail reception, especially! It’s a place for the couple to sit and take a breather, or eat some of their delicious food, when they need a break and want to cuddle in close with each other. It’s also a great idea when there isn’t a bridal party, or there is one but it comes with a lot of “plus ones”.

The details that we brought together included a variety of vintage and metallic elements in the place settings. Gold flatware is just amazing, especially with paired with a misty gray plate and a natural rattan charger.

Also – we built large gold constellations and hung them from the ceiling over our sweetheart table and guest tables! They were super fun to make, and added some height to our design.

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We’re so grateful for the amazing team that came together to make this venue at the Montana Bridal Tour such a success!

Venue: Hart Ranch | Photographer: Merissa Lambert Photography | Catering: Sadie’s Catering | Calligraphy: Ivy Taylor | Rentals: Montana Party Rentals | Linens: BBJ Linens | Floral Design & Event Design: Reed & Lee | Dresses & Attire: After 5 and Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Ethereal Salon | DJ: Bozeman DJ | Bartending: The Bay Bar & Grill

Hope you enjoyed this view!

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Happy Birthday to us!

Wow, here we are at another business anniversary/birthday/trip around the entrepreneurship sun. Nine years!

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February of 2008, I formed Icing on the Cake Events. Version 1.0 of this event management company. At the beginning, two of us with full time jobs and very little (ok, none) investment money needed something else to do with our time. We definitely weren’t busy enough. Sorry, honey! We started out with one client, which is really how the entire business took off – Thanks to Universal Athletics for trusting us with their anniversary party.

The past nine years have been an amazing time of uncertainty, growth, small set-backs, HUGE opportunities and a lot of fun. The business has been smattered with great young folk who have given me and the company a chance in order to test out the waters of wedding and event planning and what it’s like to work 14 hour days.

Our gals and guy deserve the most recognition, because without those interns who worked their butts off, we would not have been able to grow, add more clients, test out new strategies and designs, and basically survive. I remember one particular wedding, where we watched all of the vendors leave at the end of the night, turned around and saw the battle field of a 200-guest wedding laid out before us. We rolled up our sleeves, got to work, and then the next day said, “Ok, what did we learn?”

I owe so much to Aimee, Mariah, Nick, Mickenzie, Kaley, Abbey, Katie, and Cheyenne, for the work that they put in with the business and the clients over the past nine years. Each of them made such an impact on the reputation of Icing on the Cake Events. I owe a specific and very heart felt thank you to Sara, who started the business with me and allowed me to grow on my own and take the company on it’s current path. Thank you! To each and every one of you for being a huge part of my journey with Reed & Lee.

At year 5, I was very excited to have passed the “success” threshold for owning my business. Hitting the Five Year Mark meant that we had surpassed a point that most new businesses don’t make it to! And here we are – on track to double that. We threw a lovely party with colleagues and friends. I can’t wait to see what next year brings.

Then, a year ago, I had the pleasure of rebranding. Time for Version 2.0. We are thrilled at how changing to Reed & Lee has created an event management firm that has brought a new level of professionalism, vision and design to our company.

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I am so excited at what the future holds for Reed & Lee, and for the great team that I have assembled. I couldn’t be more happy to work with them in each of their individual ways to create a business and an event firm that provides amazing service while staying true to serving our clients and colleagues as much as we can.

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So, here’s to us! And here to my amazing team: Haley, Ivy, Marion and Emily. Love you gals!! Thank YOU for being on this journey and for dreaming big for the future!

P.S. Thank you Jessie, my dear friend, for the amazing photos and to Lauryn for the cake. Smooches. I adore you both.

oxo,

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