Man’s Perspective of a Love Story

By: Tyler Burton

Have you ever been to a point in life where you wanted nothing to do with the opposite sex? This is exactly where I was ever since I moved to Missoula, MT in the Spring of 2017 to attend the University. After a year had gone by this is when my love story began. The pictures provided will be important events that happened in order.

On Thursday January 25th, 2018 I was reading The Duck Commander Devotional book (Image above) and the topic was on motivation. I’m not usually the person to post things to my instagram story but it motivated me and I wanted others to be motivated by it as well. With that said, it was uploaded to my story within seconds. Shortly after, a girl replied to my story and said, “Sooooo good”. What did I do next? You guessed it! I went to her instagram profile and scrolled through some of her photos. Of course she was attractive so I messaged her back and made conversation. After a week of messaging back and forth, an unplanned appearance occurred.

Downtown at a local coffee shop called, Zootown Brew, there was a church service being held. I decided to go with some of my roommates that evening and of course the most beautiful woman in the world was there that night. During the church service, I had the worst butterflies anyone could ever imagine. After the church service was over, I saw her and a friend heading across the street. I had to make up my mind and I had to do it quick. Do I try to run into her and make conversation or do I let this opportunity slide and maybe get another shot some other time? I wouldn’t be able to sleep that night if I didn’t go talk to her so I went and made conversation. From the very first time I made eye contact with her, I knew there was something special about her.

Over the course of a month we became really good friends and I decided I wanted to start pursuing a relationship with her. After discussing our feelings with one another, I decided to ask her dad if he wanted to get coffee at City Brew.

We had a great conversation and I asked him for his permission to pursue his daughter. He gave me permission as long as I would Respect her with a capital R. I would recommend this to any guy that wants to get on good terms with the father from day 1. Believe me, it will help.

After the conversation with her father, that night I wrote her a letter in a journal. The letter consisted of my intentions with her and I gave it to her when we were out to dinner at Jakers. After she read it I asked her to be my girlfriend. She said yes and when I dropped her off we shared out first kiss together.

Over the course of a few months we shared several memories and wrote back in forth in the journal to each other. Each and everyday I began to fall more and more in love with her. I had a plan in my mind to complete school before I would ever get married. God had different plans… I shared this with my girlfriend at the time and she felt God was leading her down the same path. After some time had passed, I went to one of the most nerve racking conversations I would ever experience in my life. THE CONVERSATION OF WHERE I WOULD ASK MY POTENTIAL FATHER IN LAW FOR HIS DAUGHTERS HAND IN MARRIAGE.

Him and I met at the Cracker Barrel at 9am on a Friday morning. We had some small talk conversation at first and then I lead the conversations into my feelings for his daughter. The rest was a blur until I asked him if I could marry his daughter. He said yes and we both shared some tears as well as some laughs.

Fast forwarding to the proposal! This was one of the most exciting moments of my life. The 1 time in my life that I will get on 1 knee to ask the woman I love, “Will you marry me?” The evening consisted of a nice dinner in Bigfork, MT at When in Rome. After dinner I asked her if she wanted to go catch the sunset on Flathead Lake at a state park called, Wayfarers. She didn’t hesitate to say yes and the ring in my pocket began to itch. As the sun began to go down we arrived at the destination where my sister and her husband were undercover taking photo’s. Neither of us saw them as we walked into my plan to ask her to marry me. I got down on one knee as she began to cry. Then I began to cry. I could hardly get out the words, “Will you Marry me?” I wanted to say all these things that I loved about her before I asked her but the tears down both of our faces said it all. After she composed herself, she said yes. This was the beginning step towards one of the most important days of my life, the wedding!

We had 100 days to plan a wedding over the summertime. My job was to say yes to everything and help where ever I could. It went by so fast and sooner than I knew it, I married my best friend. The 1 thing I wanted to do at our wedding was choreograph a special dance between the two of us. If you’ve gotten this far, don’t hesitate to watch our first dance (click on the picture below). YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.

Thanks for reading!

Top 10 Montana Wedding Trends of 2015

Are you in need of some inspiration for you rustic-themed wedding? The state of Montana has long been known for its authentic, rustic charm. Through my experience in the Montana wedding industry in the last year, I have identified the top 10 wedding decoration trends of 2015.

1. Chalkboard Signs

          chalkboard sign

These hand-made chalkboard signs add a great element of intimacy with guests. The fact that you went to the trouble of hand writing messages for your guests shows personal investment in the project which creates a sense of closeness. The fact that you can dress up the board with re-purposed photo frames also adds a fabulous, personalizable, rustic design element!

2. Antler Flower Arrangements

Antler Arrangement

Honestly, what’s more rustic than a set of antlers? Grooms love this trend because it adds an element of masculinity into the flower arrangements that are featured in the reception area. And as if that wasn’t great enough, you don’t even need to feel bad about using the antlers of living animals. Antlers are shed annually by the animals that create them, so there’s no harm done!

3. Naked Cakes

Naked Cake

With the exposed cake translating earthy tones (and less calories), a naked cake is a beautiful statement piece in a rustic setting. My personal favorite thing about the naked cake trend is that you can dress it up or down with different fruit based on the color scheme that you choose for your wedding. It’s delicious and diet-friendly!

4. Re-Purposed Bar Signs

Re-Purposed Bar Sign

This trend is a perfect example of a project that will translate beautifully from your wedding day to everyday life. They’re simple to make, and hold a great atmospheric presence in a wedding venue. The best part? It’s also perfect to include in your bar space at home once the wedding is over!

5. Sparklers



Can you imagine a more beautiful send-off once the sun goes down? The soft light that the sparklers give off is very flattering, and stimulates a fun atmosphere. This is a great trend because it is something that everyone involved with the wedding can be a part of, kids and adults alike. They’re safe, interactive, and best of all, CHEAP.

6. Reclaimed Wood Bars

Reclaimed Wood Bars


Want to make a statement that also supports the environment? If so, this is the perfect way to go! Reclaimed wood is a cost effective option that produces the perfect rustic look. The fact that the wood is mis-matched is really charming and does a great job of making the project even easier! This is another element that can be either dressed up or dressed down to match the formality of your wedding venue.

7. Rustic Arbors

Rustic Arbor


With this trend, there is no need to push your budget to rent an arbor for your venue. These arbors are made from discarded branches from trees which are put together to create a really cool and  innovative design for an arbor. Since the charm in this project is imperfection, it’s really low-stress. All you need to do for this is go to your local wooded areas and get to work!


8. Muted Color Scheme

Muted Color Scheme

With the earthy tones and soft design elements that influence every rustic wedding, these muted tones of pink, purple, and blue are a perfect compliment. The colors bring about feelings of many things, some of which include femininity, purity, intimacy, and professionalism.

9. Pops of Deep Red

Deep Red Flowers

As you have read, there has been a movement in the rustic wedding scene to have a muted color scheme. Pairing this with the fact that brides sport pristine, white dresses, a pop of deep red is a perfectly captivating element that makes a statement. Since the connotations connected with a deep shade of red are passion and intimacy, your love for your spouse will be translated beautifully in a feature piece. (This trend can also be used in things like arbors, place cards, and drinks.)

10. Ranch-Style Barns


What kind of Rustic wedding would be complete without a big, beautiful barn to use as either a ceremony spot or reception venue? There has been a huge movement recently to hold rustic weddings at guest ranches that feature renovated barns that have been standing for 100 years, which have been perfectly tailored into a rustic wedding haven. Some Montana guest ranches to check out would be Paws Up,the Z5 Guest Ranch, and the Ranch at Rock Creek.


Well, there you have it! I hope that you not only enjoyed this post, but I hope that it also offered you some help in creating your perfect rustic wedding! Feel free to share this post and the ideas given with your friends! Thanks for reading!


Elizabeth Sicheri is a senior in the business school at the University of Montana. She hopes to complete her degree in the next year with a double major in International Business and Marketing as well as a double minor in Communications and French.