Enjoy Your Honeymoon Glamping at The Resort at Paws Up

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If you’ve been a longtime reader of GWS, you may have heard us mention The Resort at Paws Up before, and if you’re new and planning your wedding + honeymoon now, this post is most definitely for you! I can personally vouch for Paws Up, after Jason + I experienced two amazing stays there. Today we’re excited to share that they have a brand new camp that opened last summer, which features two incredible luxury honeymoon tents.

Located across Paws Up’s famous covered bridge and atop a soaring cliff that overlooks the confluence of the Blackfoot River and Elk Creek, Cliffside Camp combines luxurious amenities with the resort’s most stunning views to create the ultimate glamping experience in Montana. Let’s take a peek…

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As Paw’s Up puts it, There’s nothing like sleeping under the stars, listening to nature, and calling your butler when you need an extra pillow. Each safari-style tent features fine linens, chic rustic furnishings, art adorned walls, electricity, cooling fans, heat and, most importantly, a camping butler at your beck and call. Refresh yourself in your private master bathroom with a Montana-sized rain shower, jetted tub, heated floors and indulgent organic spa products. Your skilled chef brings new meaning to haute grilling as he cooks before your eyes in the camp’s Dining Pavilion. Luxury camping at Paws Up is nature served on a silver platter.

Check out the view from the Honeymoon tent! What a view, right??!

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Enjoy an abundance of incredible activities, conveniently available right on the ranch’s property. From horseback riding, to hot air ballooning, to an adventurous rafting excursion, your trip will be filled with unforgettable + exciting memories — and isn’t that what a honeymoon is all about?!

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So if you’re up for the idea of a relaxing AND adventurous honeymoon, glamping at The Resort at Paws Up is definitely for you! Head over to their website for more details + photos of the new Cliffside Camp and to start to plan your dream honeymoon today!

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Intimate Morning Wedding: Dionna + Andrew

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Guys, meet Dionna + Andrew! They met in college while on a retreat + have been totally inseparable ever since. Their rustic-meets-modern NorCal fête seems like the perfect way to start the day here at GWS, and one of the reasons being that the wedding itself was a beautiful morning celebration! Morning weddings are still pretty rare, so it’s always fun to see how couples put their own spin on the idea. And how these two ended up tying the knot at Oakland Nature Friends Club (in Oakland, Ca) is a pretty unique story, too! We’ll let Dionna share the details:

We had our wedding planned at the Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Marin Headlands. It has been a special spot to both of us ever since we stumbled upon it several years ago, and we were dead set on getting married there. It’s very close to the Golden Gate Bridge on the Marin side, and the views are absolutely stunning. We even warned our guests (and vendors) that it would be a one mile hike down to the ceremony spot, and everyone would need to dress accordingly. Then the government shutdown happened, and because the lighthouse is in a National Park (and the lighthouse would be closed) we had no choice but to switch up our venue just a few weeks before the wedding. Andrew took a day off of work and had to research every possible ceremony venue in the Bay Area that would come in close to our budget and still be driving distance to our reception. Luckily, we came across the Nature Friends Club and were SO pleased with the way everything turned out. We got to keep our preference of having an outdoor rustic venue, and we got to add elements we couldn’t have at the lighthouse (ie champagne and coffee bar), etc. Everything happens for a reason right?

We totally think so! And as you’ll soon see their day was so, so beautiful. Thanks so much to Kirsten Julia Photography for the lovely photos + big congrats to Dionna + Andrew!

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Such a sweet ceremony set up!

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Dionna is currently the marketing manager for a large newspaper in Silicon Valley, and wrote for her college newspaper, so newspaper was used throughout the design as a nod to her journalism career!

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Everyone moved to Toast Kitchen + Bar for the reception, which had the rustic/modern vibe that Dionna + Andrew were going for. And choosing a restaurant reception was also a big money saver – total bonus!

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The whole day was such a whirlwind it’s hard to pinpoint a specific favorite moment! If I had to pick one though, I’d have to say it was when we entered the restaurant as husband and wife and immediately went into our first dance. All of our friends and family looked so happy and excited to be sharing that moment with us, and I was so excited to be twirling around with my new hubby. I felt like I was in a scene out of a movie.

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Don’t miss D + A’s sweet wedding film by Joel Van Z!

Try to stay as organized as possible. Spreadsheets and checklists will make planning so much easier. Also, don’t be afraid to hire a wedding planner! Initially we thought we would just hire a day of coordinator since I plan events for a living, but at the last minute ended up employing the Going Lovely team for partial design. They were so helpful in coming up with decor and ideas that really made our wedding day.

photography: Kirsten Julia Photography // day of coordination + partial design: Going Lovely // videography: Joel Van Z // ceremony venue: Oakland Nature Friends Club Oakland, California // reception venue: Toast Kitchen + Bar // paper goods: Invitations and programs by the Bride, Guest book instructions by Hen & Co // chalkboard signage: Swoon Custom Chalk // florals: Bride – Prickly Petal Flower Co. // catering: Toast Kitchen + Bar // desserts: Lulina’s Cakes // dj: Macala Entertainment // bride’s dress designer: White by Vera Wang // bride’s shoes: Sam Edelman // groom’s suit designer: H&M // bridesmaid dresses: Assorted from LuLu’s // hair + makeup: Miabel //hairpiece: Twigs & Honey

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryGoing Lovely and Joel VanZ – Outdoor Wedding Films are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Bohemian-Inspired New Zealand Elopement: Carmen + Ingo

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Carmen + Ingo’s bohemian-inspired New Zealand elopement is one of those weddings that’s just so pretty it could easily be mistaken for a styled shoot. But alas, it’s 100% real and 100% amazing. These two reside in Germany, but after planning a month-long New Zealand summer vacation, they decided why not get hitched while there? They have a little secret spot, on a magical island near Auckland, that’s their favorite place in the world, so it sounded like a perfect idea + plans for a simple, intimate day got underway.

We’re not sure we could love the dreamy, romantic details of Carmen + Ingo’s celebration more. From Carmen’s breezy Miss Tashina dress, to the casual, boho sun-deck reception, the day had such a sweet + laid-back feel that we majorly, majorly love. And as you’ll see in just a sec, Nadia Meli Photography captured the day with the same soft, anecdotal vibe + the images are just so beautiful…

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Such a great bouquet, right? Leaf And Honey used picture-perfect garden roses and an abundance of pretty greenery to give it a whimsical, picked from the garden feel. Loving that gold sequin bouquet wrap, too!

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The most memorable moment is hard to pick, as there were so many, but it had to be when we saw each other for the first time under the tree. It was kind of magical…the wind, the evening sun, our song -- and it was just us looking at each other with tears in our eyes. Even though the ceremony wasn't very long, it was a very emotional and intense experience. We had some personal vows in German that made the ceremony very personal and special for us both.

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This has to be one of the most breathtaking spots to exchange your vows!

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The reception was as intimate as it gets, with a super pretty table decorated with an olive branch + garden rose garland. Pillow seating + oversized lanterns gave the deck a sweet, bohemian-moroccan feel.

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new zealand elopement

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If you are thinking about eloping, DO IT! We loved doing our own thing, and even though some of our friends and family were a little sad that they couldn't be a part of it, we knew that they know us and that they would come around. We talked with them (a lot), and over the time everybody understood that we had to do things our way. So if you are considering an elopement, don´t listen to anybody else, just listen to yourselves! Maybe you can do a little BBQ reception (this is what we do in summer at home) to celebrate it with your family and friends afterwords. Then everybody should be happy!

photography: Nadia Meli Photography // location: Waiheke Island, New Zealand // catering: Chef Deb Waiheke // makeup + hair: Estelles Makeup // florals + styling: Leaf And Honey // wedding dress: Miss Tashina // wedding rings: Aphrodite Diamonds // suit: Raymond India // shoes: Barker // officiant: Celebrants On Waiheke

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