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A “Classic With a Touch of Western” Mountainside Wedding at Green Valley Ranch in Montana

By Sara Dial | Photography by 

Julian Mackler

|Planning by 

Goldfinch Events

Following a morning in the water, at a quiet, secluded swimming hole in Spetses, Greece, William Wren proposed to Libby van Beuren—with a sparkling emerald diamond ring—under the European sun. “We’d been keeping a trip journal together and writing down jokes and things we saw in Rome and Greece, and William said he’d catch us up and write about the last few days,” Libby remembers. “He passed me the journal, and in it, he’d written a really beautiful love letter. There was this beautiful ring there too, and he asked me to marry him.” 

Libby and William ultimately enlisted Cara Lard of Goldfinch Events to plan the summer ceremony, and once the two came across Green Valley Ranch in Montana, they never looked anywhere else for the day-of. “Green Valley is a few miles from the entrance to Glacier National Park and is one of the most stunning places on earth. It takes your breath away,” she notes. “The vibe was fun, whimsical, classic with a touch of western. We also didn’t want to overdo the place—the mountains speak for themselves.” A friend of the couple, Gia Boyd created custom invitations in line with the bride’s vision. 

In a similar experience to finding the venue, Libby fell in love with the first dress she ever tried on. “I wanted something simple and classic and loved the clean lines of the Suzanne Neville dress. I felt like the asymmetrical detail in the front suited the mountains where we’d get married,” she says. “I’m not someone who’s dreamed up my wedding day since I was a little girl, so I wasn’t expecting to have an emotional response when I found my dress. But seeing myself in this dress with the veil made me cry, and I knew it was what I wanted to wear to get married.”

As for beauty, Livia Lastine applied the bride’s natural look—a sheer coverage base finished with a simple lined eye. Lilli at Covet Beauty styled her hair into a low bun. 

To accessorize during the wedding weekend, the couple had custom cowboy hats made by Whitefish-based Glacier Rim Hats. “It’s especially meaningful to me because it has my passed brother’s Teddy’s bolo tie, an eagle feather I found with my dad on a fishing trip in British Columbia, and it’s engraved with my new initials,” Libby shares.

Nell Diamond, CEO of Hill House Home and ultra-chic best friend to the bride-to-be designed custom dresses in white for the wedding party. “It was quite a vision—they looked angelic against the blue mountains backdrop,” Libby gushes. “I’m a proud Hill House fan girl— it brings me great joy when I get compliments on something I’m wearing and get to tell people, ‘Thanks, my best friend made it!’”

On August 18, 2023, Libby and William said, “I do” in an open field before the mountains. Mike Murray strummed “Into the Mystic,” as she made her way down an aisle lined with bright Mum’s Flowers arrangements. The couple shared personal vows in the ceremony led by their best friend. Afterward, the newlyweds exited amidst the cheers of loved ones and The Grateful Dead’s “Turn On Your Love Light.” “I didn’t know I had the capacity to feel that happy,” Libby smiles. “It was without a doubt the most euphoric moment of my life.”

Then everyone met under glittering lights in the tented reception space. Colorful tablescapes of pastel yellows complemented by pops of sunset florals decorated the room. Libby and William danced to Terry Reid’s “Faith to Arise,” before everyone noshed on a Bravo Catering meal. Fleur Bake Shop’s coconut wedding cake topped with caramel icing headed the dessert table. Metro Music Club ushered everyone onto the dancefloor. 

As for the after-party, the festivities went on all night long in the property polo barn which the newlyweds coined “the disco dance cave.” Libby reveals it was probably her favorite part of the night. DJ Graham played a set filled with hip-hop and dance tracks. “No one wanted to get on the buses to go home,” the bride remembers. “Our best friends stayed in cabins on the property with us and we partied all night. William and I never wanted it to end.”