For the first time in a long time, Flathead Lake Lodge was still shaking in its boots after a memorable Averill wedding celebration. Chase Averill and Kate Verhey tied the knot on the shores of Flathead Lake, surrounded by the old growth fir trees and family and friends from across the country. It was a 4 days extravaganza filled with the usual FLL favorites like steak fry, barn dance, mouse races and much more. Enjoy the photo’s below, and thanks to everyone who helped pull off this great weekend!
Family & friends filled the Lodge for the weekend. An action packed itinerary and a bottle of Saintsbury Pinot Noir (Thanks to Carly Verhey) greeted the guests at their cabins.”
A beautiful sunset on Flathead Lake started the weekend off right Wednesday Night.
Despite a rainy day, the skies cleared and everyone loaded up on the antique fire trucks for a classic steak fry cookout.
Cowboy Gene Gordner serenades Steak Fry with cowboy classics.
Family and friends chowing down at the chuck wagon cookout. As always: homemade cheesy bread, fruit salad, potato salad, Maureen’s famous cowboy beans, ‘undone’ brownies and mesquite fired steaks! Hasn’t changed in 40+ years.
Uncle Fred is the big winner at mouse races!
Family friend Jacques dances a hole in the barn floor with his Mom Cathy.
A group of friends and family take a morning fitness walk down the Swan River Nature Trail alongside the Wild Mile.
All aboard! Friday nights rehearsal dinner included loading everyone up on the Far West for a happy hour cruise to the Saddlehorn Marina for a delicious pig roast.
Rehearsal Dinner at the Saddlehorn Marina with the always entertaining Singing Son’s of Beaches. Thanks to the Lodge Chef Brian for another great dinner. He smoked a whole pig!
Never a dull moment…Ever since the Lodge was started in 1945 mischief, pranks and laughs have been as much a part of the Lodge as the rock fireplaces. Staying true to form, the infamous Boiteau brothers, with help from a few other guests (I’m looking at you Justin Kohl), replaced all the couches in the Main Lodge with canoes and pool umbrellas. It looks like the Saddle Sore Saloon might also have had a hand in the trouble. Nevertheless, it made for some great laughs on Saturday morning at breakfast. Unless of course you were tying to set the Lodge up for the reception!
No Montana wedding is complete without some flashy new cowboy boots.
A small group of old growth fir trees provided a beautiful lakeside setting for the ceremony.
The first kiss
Father of the bride Tom Verhey successfully sabres a bottle of champagne for a toast.
The whole gang.
Chase and Kate drive off in the ranch’s historic Checker limo.
Kate Averill with Driver.
A happy hour was held on the lakeside deck of the Main Lodge before guests entered the Lodge for dinner and dancing.
Longtime family friends Dan and Bucky spent most of the day posing for the cameras.
The delicious cupcake tower. Thanks to Aunt Susie who did all the beautiful flowers!
The happy couple.
What a great weekend with family and friends! Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen. We’ll never forget it!