That’s the date we picked for our wedding.  Turns out it’s also Eric’s parent’s anniversary. I was a little worried about that, but when Eric called them to ask if they would mind if we used their date, they were excited.  So, next summer it is!  (And no, mom, I’m not popping a kid out on your and dad’s anniversary!)

Gorgeous views!

I always wanted to get married in the mountains, but since there are none to be found in Billings, we decided to check out a place just outside of  Bozeman called Springhill Pavilion.  We were impressed with its history, but we fell in love with the view.   I can’t even describe how beautiful it is to stand there and see a 360 degree view of the mountains and the valley below.  We just looked at each other and said  “I know we should probably look at other venues…but why?”  So, we made our minds up right then.

The dance hall and the dining hall

Springhill Pavilion is an old dance hall in the mountains built around the time of the Civil War (before Montana was even a state).  People in the surrounding area would come by horseback or buggy for the Saturday night dances that would be held at the Pavilion, and because there were no headlights, they would stay the night and leave the next morning.  It was added on to in 1907.

In case you have no idea what movie I'm talking about..

Apparently Robert Redford has a love for the Pavillion, too.  If you’ve seen the Horse Whisperer, do you remember the dance hall scene?  Yup, that’s the Pavillion.  When he was filming “A River Runs Through It”, the cast ate their meals in the dance hall.  Yes, the best movie about Missoula ever was filmed partially in Bozeman.  I don’t want to talk about it.

Ross Peak, directly above Springhill Pavillion

So yes, we’re excited to be getting married here.  And I can’t wait for everyone else to see it, either!