Wedding Ideas? We Know A Few Special Places

While flipping through her boyfriend Aaron’s new OARS catalog one day, Erin landed on the Fiji trip page. “Let’s go here! It looks amazing!”

Although Fiji was not in the budget at that time, the two adventurers settled on the Yellowstone & Grand Teton Explorer for their summer vacation. Why not take a trip to Wyoming and visit two national parks?

Perfect. Fiji could wait until another time.

During a hike to Bearpaw Bay and Trapper Lake the group crested a rise and was witness to a breathtaking view before them, which nearly brought tears to Erin’s eyes.

Someone called, “Hey, look at this dead crow!”

“Stop the celestial harp music,” Erin thought. “There goes my transcendent moment touched by the hand of God. I guess nature will be nature.”

The remainder of the trip was just the adventure they had hoped for, with stunning scenery, good company provided by the other guests, and guides in particular, with whom they felt an easy friendship, and an overall “it-feels-so-wonderful-to-get-away-from-it-all” theme.

Aaron says, “It was during this vacation that I decided I wanted to marry Erin.” In fact, they casually browsed for rings in Jackson Hole on their way out of town, and unbeknownst to Erin, he special-ordered her wedding ring and had it shipped to him once they returned home.

Once the engagement had been set, the two went about planning the details for the upcoming wedding.

One night over beers at a local watering hole, they were lamenting the fact that they wanted a small intimate wedding — which would for all intents and purposes eliminate Aaron’s rather large family — and their friend suggested they just elope. The thought was more than a little appealing and when they got home later that night they agreed that they would love to return to Wyoming and get married in the little meadow overlooking Trapper Lake.

In the back of his mind Aaron remembered that one of their guides from the Yellowstone/Grand Teton trip, Matt Parker, was an ordained minister of the Church of the Latter-Day Dude. He sent Matt an email who happily agreed to officiate the ceremony.

On July 7, 2011, after a 4-and-a-half-mile hike in, Aaron and Erin were officially married by Matt in front of 12 close friends and family on a little rock in the meadow, exactly one year after their first journey to Wyoming. A picnic lunch followed.

Afterward Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan and their guests hiked out for a small reception at Q Roadhouse in Jackson Hole.

Were you married in a national park? Are you looking for a super-special destination to tie the knot? Let us hear about it in the comments below!

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