Arden Underwood and Hudson Dozier were high school sweethearts and met when she was 15 years old and he was the in grade above. After nine years together, he proposed after a horseback ride at his ranch. “There is a big beautiful tree with two chairs under it by the lake,” Arden begins. “We stopped there to sit and have a beer after our ride, and he got down on one knee.”
Since Montana is somewhere the couple go with their families in the summer, they knew it would make for the perfect wedding destination. Moonlight Basin has the best views with the Spanish peaks running right next to the golf course, so they booked it as their venue for July 31, 2021. Bash was brought in to help bring their vision to life, and Summit and Sage set the tone with elegant wedding stationery.
To walk down the aisle, Arden chose a Galia Lahav dress. “I didn’t originally think I wanted a strapless dress, but when I tried this dress on with the detachable off-the-shoulder cape, I knew I had to wear it!” she exclaims. On the morning-of, makeup artist Scarlet Demoss and hairstylist Sonia Trevino helped the bride perfect her beauty look. And after the ceremony, around 9:00 p.m., Arden made a quick change into a vintage dress from the ’60s that the bride found via a virtual appointment with L.A.-based boutique Happy Isles.
Bridesmaids complemented Arden in slate blue Amsale dresses. And the groom looked handsome in a navy tuxedo. “He looks great in blue,” the bride blushes.
On the driving range, Arden walked down the aisle, which was lined with beautiful delphiniums from The Flower Hat, with her father. “I felt so calm during the ceremony; I don’t know why, but I’m so happy I did!” she remembers. “At one point, I was whispering to Hudson and forgot to say one of my vows, and everyone started laughing.”
After sealing the new marriage with a kiss, the couple led guests to the cocktail hour with His & Hers drinks: a huckleberry vodka lemonade and cucumber margarita, poured in Tailored and Tied glasses. Then the seated dinner commenced under a white Montana Party Rentals tent, and elk, chicken, and striped bass were served. For dessert, the couple cut their tiered cake by Elle’s Belles Bakery.
The newlyweds had their first dance to “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” played by The Salamanders, and the dance floor was filled with energy for the rest of the night. A couple of shirts were ripped off by the groomsmen by the end.
Arden’s favorite part of the reception was when she and Hudson got on stage and sang Shania Twain’s song, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman.” The bride explains, “It’s a joke that he loves her because when he was little, he had the biggest crush on her.”
To formally end the party, the new Mr. and Mrs. ran through rose petals thrown by their loved ones and got in their getaway golf cart. Later, they headed to Kenya for their safari-filled honeymoon.