From beginning to end, Kasey and Brittany’s love story is filled with personal and meaningful moments — and their wedding day was equally as special! Family love is engraved in every milestone, from the proposal to the wedding reception. With the help of SG Weddings and Events, Kasey and Brittany tied the knot in a beautiful celebration in Kalispell, Montana.
During their wedding day, the couple paid homage to their loved ones who were gone, especially their moms. With various little tributes and personal details making an appearance on their attire — Brittany wore an all-black tux ensemble for a gorgeous contrast against Kasey’s beautiful Martina Liana Style 1338 dress in an elegant ivory shade and sparkly accents.
Read on to find out all the sentimental elements of this love story that will have you reaching for the tissues. While you are there, catch the gorgeous photos by Aundrea Marie Photography — each image is lovelier than the last!
Tell us about your proposal…
My wife and I have known each other since 2008. We started dating in 2011, and she proposed on New Year’s Eve in 2019. After my sister spilled the beans during Christmas 2018 that Brittany wanted to propose on July 4th, our favorite holiday, Brittany was so mad that she did not propose on that date and even told me she didn’t know if she would propose anytime soon. That Christmas, I traveled across Montana to spend Christmas with my family, so my wife and I spent Christmas apart.
When I returned home after Christmas, I was extremely sick. My dad planned to travel to where we lived on New Year’s to see my then-girlfriend and give her the gifts she was not able to open on Christmas. My wife had made plans for us to go out on New Years Eve with her twin brother, his girlfriend, my father, my brother and my sister.
My sister knew Brittany planned to propose, and she tried to encourage me to dress up for dinner, but I just did not have the energy, being so sick. I was fine going to dinner in a sweater, jeans, no makeup, and my glasses. Besides, it was just dinner with family—why did we need to dress up?!
Once everyone arrived at our house, I was eager to go have dinner and get back home where I could crawl back into bed. Brittany asked if I wanted to open our Christmas gifts before we went. Brittany and I have a tradition where we buy each other an ornament every year, so when she asked which I wanted to open first, I said the ornament. It was a beautiful glass ornament with one of my favorite pictures of us. At first look, I did not see the writing on the ornament. Brittany then instructed me to hold it up to the light, and that is when I saw it “Engaged 2019” I turned and saw her down on one knee in front of my dad and our siblings. They were all in on it and caught the entire proposal on camera. My ring was the most beautiful emerald-cut diamond I had ever seen!
How did you know that the Martina Liana Style 1338 was the one?
I would describe my bridal style as classy, elegant and sexy. I wanted to feel beautiful on my wedding day with just the right amount of sexy and glamour. My dress shopping experience is a day I will truly never forget! After almost a year being engaged, I finally booked an appointment with Belle En Blanc in Billings, Montana, in November of 2021. Billings is a two-hour drive from where I live in Miles City, Montana, so we decided to make it a weekend trip.
We invited our bridal party, our fathers
, and my big sister. We planned for Brittany to go suit-shopping with her bridesmen and our dads while I shopped for my dress with my bridesmaids. It was going to be a beautiful weekend of wedding planning with our closest family and friends.
We booked their suit appointment at a different bridal shop in Billings for the same time and planned to go to dinner following our appointments. The next day, we would shop for bridesmaid dresses before returning home to Miles City.
It just so happened that there was a Martina Liana trunk show on the day of my appointment. I had fallen in love with a dress I saw on an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress,” I even took pictures with my phone from the TV. I tried to make an appointment at Kleinfeld Bridal (home of “Say Yes to the Dress”) while visiting New York in June of 2021, but it did not work out during our trip.
My wedding dress shopping party included my youngest sister and Maid of Honor, Dakota; my best friend of 17 years and bridesmaid, Tabatha; and my close friends and bridesmaids, Kenzie and Ally. My big sister Gina was also there to share this incredibly special day. We celebrated with glasses of champagne while I tried on each dress, sharing the beauty of this moment. We shared how much we wished my mother could have been there but knew she was watching down from heaven.
I went into my appointment, showed my inspiration dress to my AMAZING bridal consultant Vicki, and she brought me straight to the Martina Liana gowns —I was instantly in love with them all. I picked five to try on, and I almost said yes to number three, but it was my fifth and final gown, Martina Liana Style 1338 — that I knew was my dress! I felt beautiful, elegant, classy and sexy, all at the same time! This dress had everything I wanted. The long train, the buttons down the back, the unbelievable lace, beading, detailing and the glitter and sparkle exceeded my inspiration dress— this dress felt like it was made for me!
Then Vicki stepped it up and brought a veil with glitter and sparkle for me to try on, and that was it — we were done! I said “I do“ to the dress even before they could ask me! The tears of joy I saw in everyone’s eyes only confirmed what I already knew— this was my dress!
How did you make your wedding personal to your style and love story?
Our theme was elegant and classy— our colors were white, black, mauve and gray. We made our wedding personal to our love story with different details. We had rainbow suckers on our treats table, iridescent rainbow champagne glasses engraved with Mrs. & Mrs., and our dogs wore bandanas that said “love is love” to represent our same-sex marriage and pride.
We had a sign made that outlined our love story, the first day (03/26/2011), the yes day (12/31/2019) and the best day (08/13/2022). This sign showed when we started dating, when she proposed and when we finally said, “I do.”
We had another special sign made to display our signature drinks named after our fur babies, who are our world. The sign had hand-drawn portraits of our dogs: Roxy, Fox and Zoey, with their drinks by their picture. The Fox was a Moscow Mule, the Roxy was a Dirty Shirley and the Zoey was a Mimosa— all our favorite cocktails!
We had a bookshelf with pictures of our loved ones who could not be there with us — my mother, Penney; Brittany’s mother, Dawn Dee; my grandparents and Brittany’s grandfather.
On my bouquet wrap, I carried a charm with a picture of my mother on her wedding day and a brooch my cousin gave me. The brooch was a beautiful gold circle with blue sapphires that belonged to my mother’s mom. It reminded my cousin of a halo, and she thought it would be perfect for my “something blue.” My cousin also gave me a penny with the year 1997 on it, the year my mother became an angel.
I wore the penny in one of my shoes all night to keep her close. I was also gifted a sixpence from my sister-in-law that I wore in my other shoe. I wore the ring that belonged to my mom that my father gave me. Brittany wore her mother’s Black Hills gold bracelet and had a charm inside her vest that had her favorite picture of her and her mother.
What was the most special memory from the day?
There were so many special memories from our wedding day, it is hard to narrow it down to just one. If I had to choose, it was when my wife and I were dancing for our first dance and my niece Paisley walked onto the dance floor. She handed us one of the flower petals she dropped as one of our flower girls and then lifted her arms into the air for me to pick her up. She then wrapped her arms around my neck, squeezed tightly, and reached for my wife and wrapped her arms around her neck
, and we finished our dance with Paisley in her arms. There was not a dry eye in the venue! We are forever grateful for our photographer and family members who captured this incredibly special moment not only in pictures but video, too.
Cheers to Kasey + Brittany!
Photography: Aundrea Marie Photography
Planning: SG Weddings and Events
Bridal Salon: Belle En Blanc
Venue: Snowline Acres