Love at First Sight

Jenny & Patrick

Words by Jenny McReynolds Billard + Photography by Michelle Erwin

Patrick and I first laid eyes on each other at a hole-in-the-wall bar in Brooklyn, New York, in the spring of 2009. It was love at first sight. We were both transplants in the Big Apple—Patrick from Florida, and me, a California girl with Wyoming roots. I was working at an art gallery in Soho, while Patrick was working as an audio engineer at a music studio in the East Village and as a DJ at hot spots in Brooklyn. Our shared love of music and the arts fueled those early years of romance.

My parents knew our relationship was getting serious when I invited Patrick to join me on my family’s annual summer trip to Wyoming. Ever since I was a kid, we visited my paternal grandparents, Ione McReynolds, a ninety-eight-year-old Pinedale resident and cofounder (with my grandfather, Oren McReynolds) of The Pinedale Roundup newspaper. Summers were spent with my parents and older brother, Ryan, hiking, fishing, camping, water-skiing, boating, and relaxing in nature. That year, I wanted to share the tradition with Patrick at my parents’ new home in Victor, Idaho. A highlight of the trip was horseback riding into the sunset at Linn Canyon Ranch, where we were treated to an amazing cocktail reception outside and an intimate seated dinner inside the ranch house.

Fast-forward to spring 2014 when Patrick surprised me with a trip to Storm King Art Center, an open-air sculpture garden in upstate New York. I thought the trip was for my birthday, until the moment Patrick knelt on one knee, pulled out a ring, and asked me to marry him. Tears of joy streamed down our faces; it was a perfect day. We had just found out that I was pregnant and decided to wait until our son was born to begin wedding planning.

I had always dreamt of my dad walking me down the aisle, and no place seemed more perfect to do so than in Idaho, the place my family calls home. My brother had just relocated from New York to Driggs to start Bent Frenchman Selections, a distribution company of foreign and domestic small-production wines. Having settled on Idaho, we began looking for a wedding venue. We reminisced about our magical night at Linn Canyon Ranch and decided it was the perfect location for our wedding celebration.

We selected the Fourth of July weekend for our wedding celebration, as many of our guests would be traveling from afar (Florida, New York, California) and could take advantage of the long weekend to explore the sights and take in the natural beauty of the Tetons. Guests arrived in time for Thursday’s Music On Main outdoor concert in downtown Victor. The rehearsal dinner took place early Friday evening at Snowdrift Farms, where my brother, Ryan, and his fiancée, Martha, set up a custom table for our twenty-two guests in the barn. Chef Brian Laughlin from Snake River Grill, Field Rations, served a seasonal three-course meal, while my brother curated all the organic wines from his Bent Frenchman Selections. A reception was held at my parents’ home, where Bill Boney catered burritos and margaritas.

On Saturday, our guests enjoyed some local activities, like hiking, visiting Yellowstone National Park, and whitewater rafting on the Snake River. We capped off the day with dinner, live music, and spectacular fireworks at the Stars & Stripes celebration at Teton Springs Resort & Club.

Our Sunday wedding was held at Linn Canyon Ranch. On the big day, Patrick and his groomsmen got ready at a private cabin on the ranch, while I got ready with my bridesmaids at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. Guests were escorted to the ceremony location (the Alpine Meadow, located on the northern part of the ranch) in horse-drawn carriages driven by Peter Linn. With music by Snake River Strings, the ceremony was officiated by Patrick’s childhood friend, Bryan Massey, and the readings were performed by my best friend, Aimee Wilder, and my uncle, Dennis. Our son, Oren, named after my grandfather, was our ring bearer, wheeled in a red wagon by his two older cousins and two flower girls. The Miller Sisters performed an intimate acoustic set during the cocktail reception. Then, our guests made their way inside for dinner, toasts, and our first dance. We then had a family photo shoot outside, which was a perfect transition to the rockin’ reception where the Miller Sisters performed another set with their band Bootleg Flyer. Patrick and I left our guests through a sea of sparklers.

We owe a great deal of appreciation to my amazing mother, Maureen, who planned the wedding in its entirety. She understood exactly the rustic, simple, and elegant wedding theme Patrick and I wanted. And, we must praise Trudy and Peter Linn, who made the wedding planning process seamless, and our wedding day smooth and memorable.

wedding date
3 July 2016

ceremony & reception location
Linn Canyon Ranch

Bryan Massey
(groom’s childhood friend)

hair & makeup
Teton Springs Lodge & Spa

Michelle Erwin

MD Nursery

Snake River Strings (ceremony)
The Miller Sisters (acoustic for cocktails)
Bootleg Flyer (reception)

Linn Canyon Ranch

Elyse Archer (friend)

rental service
Canvas Unlimited

Salt Lake Express

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