Guys, I can’t even tell you how stoked I am to share this wedding with you. I’ve known Marcus and Myndi for, like, ever. We all grew up together in Jackson, Wyo., and I have so much love for these two. There are few things more fun than watching old friends cultivate an amazingly strong relationship and grow a family later in life. Myndi and Marcus decided to stick totally true to themselves for their wedding ceremony — avid river rafters (as one does, in the Tetons), they opted to incorporate a day float into their nuptials. Priorities took a front seat for these two — a small budget, family, friends and fun were the name of the game and they pulled it off splendidly, as evidenced in photographs by Jeff Buydos of Teton Creative Visual.
Occupation: Energy Bar Slinger
Wedding location: Middle of the Snake River, Swan Valley, Idaho
Wedding Date: 9/19/15
Number of Guests: 40
How would you describe your wedding:
Our wedding was very intimate and heartfelt. We chose to write our own vows as we wanted deeply personal vows that we can look back on throughout our marriage to help us through whatever obstacles may arise. One of our dear friends, our daughter’s Godfather, officiated using an outline that we came up with, but he added some very touching personal details. Our small guest list made it easy for us to really express our love for one another without feeling nervous or exposed. Our guests were all asked to participate in the ceremony by promising to help us keep our vows to each other over the years and to encourage our love. They all responded with a resounding “WE DO!”
We didn’t have flowers or a fancy scene set. We got married on an island in the middle of the river with a driftwood arch that Marcus constructed and allowed mother nature to provide the remaining décor. We didn’t miss those extras either, with our heartfelt words and the natural beauty of our location.
Marcus’s older brother and my older sister with our Pomeranian and our 1-year-old daughter made up our wedding party. Immediately following the ceremony we busted out the cooler full of bubbly and our siblings each gave loving toasts.
Six rafts and two drift boats carried us and our guests down a calm and scenic portion of the Snake River to our ceremony site and then further down to South Fork Lodge where we took out to enjoy a fabulous dinner.
What was your favorite part of your wedding?
Everything was awesome, but the best thing would have to be the ceremony. Getting choked up saying my vows and Marcus taking my hand and encouraging me to go on with them was a really special moment. The fact that our ceremony and vows were written for us by us meant a lot to me. It was so personal and lovely I get a little choked up just thinking about it. There weren’t many dry eyes on the river that day!
What did you splurge on? Food and Photography
What did you save on?
Attire: My dress, shoes, hair accessories and jewelry all came out to $107.00
Flowers: We went without a bouquet and boutonnieres. I made centerpieces using pumpkins and succulents, but other than that we relied on the beauty the location to provide decoration.
Wedding Venue: The island on the river didn’t cost us a dime.
Reception: Floating on the river with our nearest and dearest, drinking beer and Champagne and laughing up a storm served as a substitute for a traditional reception. We opted to have an elegant feast and tremendous cake after the float and that was the extent.
Was there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect?
I feel like most everything about the day was perfect! If I had the privilege of doing it again, I would have freshened up my makeup after the river trip when we got to the lodge. I also would have forgone the corset I wore and just went with shapeware.
What was your biggest challenge in planning?
Figuring out how to get all those people down the river and coming up with a Plan B in case of bad weather.
What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself?
Nothing is worth worrying about. If you are surrounded by people that love you and you get to marry your one and only, you win!
What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding?
5. The wedding favors, I had custom reusable canvas bags printed for each individual or couple. Inside were goodies for the river trip — Kate’s Real Food Bars, mini sunscreen, custom printed cozies, leis, silly sunglasses and colorful reusable goblets for toasting Champagne. I wanted to give sustainable items that wouldn’t go directly to the landfill — thus reusable bags and cups.
4. South Fork Lodge was such a gorgeous setting for the end of our journey that day. The staff was so sweet and the food was fabulous.
3. The cake! It was 3 tiers of amazing. Two tiers of huckleberry buttermilk with huckleberry mousse filling and one tier of pumpkin spice with chocolate ganache filling. I will dream of that cake for years to come … No we didn’t save the top tier. I ate it all!
2. Floating down the river on a beautiful day!
1. Our vows and ceremony
Top 5 least favorite?
2.) My undergarments were uncomfortable
1.) The day had to end
What was the worst piece of wedding advice you received?
Don’t go to bed angry. In my opinion sometimes you need to sleep it off!
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Never say something you’ll regret later.
Any other bits of wisdom?
Kids change things! I’ve heard people say that introducing a child can put a huge strain on a relationship. While it presented new challenges for sure, having our daughter bonded us for life. Seeing Marcus as a father made me fall ever more in love with him. It proved to me that we make an incredible team and that he is a person that I can spend the rest of my life with.
Food/Cake/Booze -58% ~$3300
Photography – 26% ~ $1480
Attire Bride and Groom: 4% ~ $228
Raft Rental: 3% ~ $170
Favors and Centerpieces: 9% ~ $513
Venue: South Fork Lodge
Photography: Teton Creative Visual Photography
Myndi’s Dress: Prana
Centerpieces: MD Nursery
Favors: Kate’s Real Food
Congratulations, you two! Many happy adventures!