Claire and Luiz's Wedding

Event Information


On Saturday,
At 05:30 in the evening.
Dressy Casual/Semi-formal attire, with the caveat of being able to walk on grass.

Pocket Park
(430) 206-1050
Philipsburg, MT 59858


Philipsburg Brewing Co. — The Springs
(732) 696-2009
Philipsburg, MT 59858

About The Couple

How they met

Claire and Luiz met in Philipsburg, Montana, in 2013. Luiz had been living there for a year when Claire moved there to work for the same nonprofit organization that had originally drawn Luiz there from Florida. With only about 820 people in Philipsburg, it was inevitable that their paths would cross eventually and, as Claire settled into the tiny town, they met through mutual friends.

At the Silver Mill, in Philipsburg.
At the Silver Mill, in Philipsburg.

They discovered their shared enthusiasm for exploring the rugged mountains that surround the remote town and spent much of their first summer together discovering new trails with Luiz’s dog, Scout. When they weren’t hiking, backpacking or climbing, they were cooking together, running races in Missoula, or enjoying the region’s many hot springs.

In Olinda, on the northeast coast of Brazil.
In Olinda, on the northeast coast of Brazil.

As their first summer together flew by, they started thinking about their next adventure, and began the new year together in Brazil, where Luiz was born. They spent the next six months immersing themselves in Brazilian life—spending time with Luiz’s family, camping on the beach, celebrating Carnaval, learning how to dance forró, and hiking through mountains completely different from those they’d left behind.

Enjoying the view after a long hike in Chapada Diamantina National Park, in the northeast of Brazil.
Enjoying the view after a long hike in Chapada Diamantina National Park, in the northeast of Brazil.

After coming home, they settled in Seattle, where Luiz began working for a new company and Claire immersed herself in local food system development. But a growing interest in farming and a year of hectic city life in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood led them to return to Montana.

Celebrating our friends’ wedding in Puerto Rico.
Celebrating our friends’ wedding in Puerto Rico.

Now in Missoula, about an hour from where they first met, they enjoy the best that Montana has to offer and are looking forward to sharing their life there with their families and friends this summer!

Kicking off the summer with our favorite race in Missoula!
Kicking off the summer with our favorite race in Missoula!

The Engagement

Luiz proposed on Christmas Day, 2015. He and Claire were spending Christmas with her family in Yellowstone National Park—a Battaglia-Christie family tradition—and while braving the cold and deep snow one afternoon so that Claire could show Luiz her favorite hot spring, he surprised her!


Philipsburg is located along the Anaconda-Pintler Scenic Highway about an hour from each of the next biggest towns in the area (from Missoula to the northwest and from Butte to the southeast). With an estimated 920 residents, it’s a small town! While it has (most) everything you would need on a daily basis, it’s not the place for last-minute shopping if you forget something. Offerings are basic and places close early! If you have specific needs, it’s best to make sure you have what you need before you leave Missoula or Butte.


While there are plenty of places to stay in Philipsburg, it is a small town. please secure your reservation early!


June is still early spring in Montana! While the days are (usually) sunny and warm, the nights will definitely be cool so be prepared! We’d definitely recommend some kind of covering for the evening (sweaters, shawls, etc.) And if you plan on exploring the hills around town or doing any serious hiking, good shoes, warm layers, rain gear, and bear spray are essential!


Missoula Intl. Airport ( MSO ) — Missoula, MT — 81 miles away.

Bert Mooney Airport ( 608-458-9543 ) — Butte, MT — 58 miles away.

Bozeman Yellowstone Intl. Airport ( (909) 784-2438 ) — Bozeman, MT — 130 miles away.

Spokane Airport ( GEG ) — Spokane, WA — 278 miles away.


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