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  • Writer's pictureGianna Connelly

Ruff Day Ranch: Morgan + Nick

April 13, 2024

Traditionally unconditional… Morgan and Nick’s spring Montana wedding at the Ruff Day Ranch in Helena, Montana was a perfect combination of love and unconventional twists. While many things were up for discussion, the most important thing was not. The love shared, and the gathered family, were the heart of this unique day.


Love conquers all, and these two are as traditional as it comes in that department

Love knows no bounds, and Morgan and Nick proved just that on their wedding day. 

In a celebration that defied convention at every turn, their union was a testament to the power of love and the beauty of individuality.

From the moment guests arrived, it was clear that this wedding would be unlike any other. Instead of the customary white, the color of choice was black, setting the tone for a day that would challenge tradition in the most delightful ways.

Breakfast for dinner? Why not! Morgan and Nick opted for a menu that reflected their love for the morning hours, serving up pancakes, bacon, and eggs. It was a feast that brought smiles to every face and reminded everyone that love is meant to be celebrated at any time of day.

But perhaps the most unforgettable moment of the day came when Morgan made her entrance, accompanied not by the strains of a classical wedding march or a ballad from Michael Buble, but by the electrifying chords of ACDC. 

As she walked down the aisle, her eyes locked with Nick's, and it was clear that this was a love story unlike any other.

Amidst the celebration, there were poignant moments that spoke volumes about Morgan's character and the depth of her love. Although she had lost her brother, she honored his memory by continuing to wear his dog tag—which she had not taken off for the seven years since his passing—keeping him close to her heart as she embarked on this new chapter of her life. His presence, though physically absent, was felt by all who knew and loved him.

And when it came time for the father-daughter dance, a traditional highlight of the day, Morgan chose to share that moment with her sister. Understanding the significance of the dance, she selflessly split the time so her sister could have the first dance with their father—a moment that she never had at her own wedding. It was a gesture of love and sacrifice that touched the hearts of all who witnessed it.

Morgan and Nick's wedding wasn't just about breaking tradition; it was about creating their own. Whisky shots during their vows added a touch of spontaneity and warmth to the ceremony, symbolizing their willingness to take risks together and embrace the unexpected twists and turns of life.

And let's not forget the rubber ducks! A whimsical addition inspired by the affectionate nickname bestowed upon Nick by Morgan's niece, "Uncle Ducky." These adorable ducks popped up throughout the wedding decor, bringing laughter and joy to guests of all ages and reminding everyone that love is playful, unexpected, and full of surprises.

In yet another twist on tradition, Morgan and Nick invited us to sign their marriage license, an experience neither Garrett nor myself had ever experienced. It signifies how welcoming Morgan and Nick are, inviting us to be a mark on their journey of love and a part of that family dynamic that was so apparent throughout their day.

While some may have raised eyebrows at the unconventional choices made by Morgan and Nick, there was one thing that no one could dispute: their love was as traditional as it comes. 

In a world where conformity often reigns supreme, they dared to be different, and in doing so, created a wedding day that was uniquely their own.

For them, tradition was not about following the rules, but about honoring the timeless values of love, commitment, and devotion.

In the end, Morgan and Nick's wedding was not just a celebration of their love for each other, but a reminder that love knows no boundaries and that sometimes, the most traditional thing of all is simply being true to oneself.




Venue: Ruff Day Ranch

Catering: Hardware Cafe

Photographer: Floating Leaf Studios

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