Tanner & Claire

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How They Met

We were set up on a blind date! Tanner had a minor procedure performed and his nurse taking care of him afterwards, who was friends with Claire, thought that they would get along. She gave Tanner Claire’s phone number, name and email address and left it at that. Claire knew nothing…not his name, information, anything…HIPAA rules! Tanner ended up calling Claire a few days later and it was quite the awkward conversation. “Hi….my name is Tanner and my nurse gave me your phone number. Would you like to go to lunch next week?” Claire obviously agreed and the rest is history!

The Happy Couple

BRIDE: Claire Piester
GROOM: Tanner Oertli

Fondest Memory from the Big Day

Getting married….of course! We are so blessed to have a huge group of family and friends who love and support us. We were overwhelmed with joy the entire day, everything fell in place perfectly…even the weather cooperated, 68 degrees and sunny! We were determined to ride our 1960’s refurbished tandem bike on our wedding day, and it was quite the attraction! We ride that bike all around town and it only made sense to ride it in a wedding dress!

Wedding Details

Wedding Date: June 25, 2016
Location: Corvallis, Montana
Venue: Teller Wildlife Refuge
Photographer: Drew Piester Photography
Flowers: Maureen Gary
Event Design: N/A
Catering: The Silk Road
Pie: Strawberry Rhubarb, Blackberry Peach and Triple Berry
Music: Gladys Friday Band
Bridal Shop: Breeze Bridal of Columbia, Missouri
Tux Rental: N/A
Other Rentals: Eastgate Rentals

How They Chose Vendors

We wanted to support our local businesses. The decisions were easy for us, we went to the businesses we loved and knew that we wanted to share them with our family and friends.

Best Advice

Don’t sweat the little things and do not put too much time or effort into decorations. Work with your environment and embrace what the Montana scenery has to offer…your out of town guests will be simply amazed! ENJOY your wedding day….take time to eat, dance and socialize! We held a BBQ the day before our wedding and invited everyone on our guest list. We were able to have real conversations with each person that we invited the day before, so the pressure was off on the wedding day. It allowed us to spend more time with our guests and enjoy their company more than just on the wedding day.

And they lived happily ever after...

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