Moose Creek Ranch Blog
A MOUNTAIN WEDDING
Natalie & Dusty
By Natalie White • Photography by Jamye Chrisman
Despite living in Houston, Dusty and I wanted a mountain wedding. I suggested Jackson Hole as the perfect place to gather our families and celebrate our marriage. Once we settled on the destination, we started looking for a venue that felt intimate but could accommodate all of our family members in one place. We found just that place: Moose Creek Ranch in Teton Valley, Idaho, just over Teton Pass from Jackson. We reserved the ranch for the weekend and organized a bunch of activities for our guests, including on-site horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and a golf outing.
Planning our destination wedding proved to be challenging, so I enlisted the help of Lovely Day Events to make sure that everything went smoothly. In preparation, I searched online and reviewed A Grand Wedding to find vendor suggestions. I booked everything sight-unseen and food-untasted, and I loved every decision I made, as the food, music, and flowers were all better than I could have imagined.
When it came to wedding decor, Dusty and I knew we wanted to focus on our love of nature. The rustic, woodsy feel of Moose Creek Ranch and the classic-looking barn helped us bring our vision to life. I used antlers, large wooden slabs, wild moss, green mason jars filled with wildflowers, and burlap table runners to decorate.
The ceremony took place in a sagebrush field with the mountains as our backdrop and sixty of our closest friends and family members as our witnesses. After the ceremony, Judd Grossman played background music while guests snacked on stuffed mushrooms, lemon-dill chicken skewers, and fried pickles, and quenched their thirst with refreshing sweet tea and lemonade. For dinner, we enjoyed seared trout and flank steak along with side dishes that are favorites of ours—French green beans and macaroni and cheese. Our guests indulged in a variety of treats from our dessert bar, including red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, candied pecan pies, cupcakes, and root beer floats.
To cap off an unbelievable night, Judd serenaded us with “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison. Before long, our wedding guests joined in; it was a moment that neither of us will soon forget.
27 June 2015
ceremony & reception location
Moose Creek Ranch
Richard Lay (father of the groom)
hair & makeup
Hair & makeup—Stillwaters Spa
Bridal makeup—Melody Torno
Judd Grossman Entertainment
Lovely Day Events
Faughnd Of Cakes – Jessica Beard
Signature Party & Event Rental
We decided to go ahead and hard side the Glaping Tents and while you are still camping there will be windows and doors to your tents – battery operated lanterns and wood stove and ample bedding to keep you cozy. We also have a bathroom/shower facility for our guests to share as well as a guest laundry.
The lodge is open for your use the evenings and each tent has a private fire pit that we provide firewood for you.
Cross country ski or snowshoe like mad out your front door, Ski Glory Bowl or other high mountain free experiences, or try out Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King, Grand Targhee (our favorite), or even Kelly Canyon! All are a quick trip away.
This is the CLOSEST Ranch to Teton Pass in all of Teton Valley. You get proximity to Jackson Hole with a bargain rate and escape from the maddening crowds! It is surrounded by two creeks (Moose Creek and Trail Creek), one of which goes through the property. Trail Creek Pond is about one-quarter mile away, and is a great place for a picnic, swimming, and fishing! Trout fish right from home! Hike into first class National Forest ground from your front door! Nordic or Cross Country ski. Or, go to Grand Targhee/Snow King or Jackson Hole Ski Resort. The Pond is stocked by thwe State Of Idaho so you kids are sure to be able to snag a fish and rental are available in Victor, @ World Cast Anglers.
The kitchen is stocked with cooking utensils and pots and pans, brand new sleek range/stove, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator etc.
The adjacent dining area is roomy for your family or friends. Just bring the food!
Linens and starter bathroom paper products supplied. We provide a booklet along with suggestions of many other vendors for outdoor activities and restaurants in your units.
We do offer Wi-Fi – ATT is a phone service that does not work well at the Ranch.
There are miles and miles of trails surrounding this cabin. The Wyoming border is only about two miles away. Wildflowers are everywhere in the summer months. You can hike right into Grand Teton National Park if you are a serious hiker/mountainbiker/horsebackrider. Enjoy fine dining a few miles away–either in Victor, Idaho, or Jackson, Wyoming!
In the winter, you can cross country ski, snowshoe, or even snowmachine–some right out your front door onto miles of open country.
Check out our website for easy directions : Directions to the Ranch
Attend a great movie at the one-of-a-kind Pierre’s Playhouse first-run movie theater, the Spud Drive in Theater, Ice skate at our huge covered rink (rent skates there also!) in the winter… etc…
We also have weekly Rodeos both here in Teton Valley and Jackson Hole, Wyoming and they area the real deal !
I see many dresses that I love but would love to see this Pendelton dress at Moose Creek Ranch in Victor, Idaho
I bet it is heavy, but whatever the hardships can you imagine the unique pictures you would have as well as a true one of the kind for a Ranch wedding – envious !!!!
Pendelton just bring all things National Parks to mind. Click on the link it is a must see.
Mike and Jenna hail from the Midwest and had their hearts set on a wedding in the mountains from the moment they got engaged. When they planned a trip out to Jackson Hole to hunt for the perfect venue, they only had to visit one and their hearts were won. Moose Creek Ranch provided the perfect setting for Mike and Jenna’s wedding. Wide open skies, tall summer grass and a big beautiful barn set the tone for the day. Family and friends flew all the way from Wisconsin to witness their union and were awed by the surrounding mountain vistas. A ceremony by the creek led to a summery outdoor dinner complete with a BBQ buffet. Guests danced the night away in the barn and enjoyed a gorgeous golden sunset that only the wild west can provide.
(Courtesy of Amy Galbraith Photography)
COME OUT AND PLAY !!!
Everyone’s go-to source for outdoor news, Forbes Magazine, has once again put Grand Targhee Resort on its list of the top ten ski resorts in North America … at number nine.
With insights such as noticing that Targhee isn’t as steep as Snowbird and that we don’t have the amenities of places like Vail (shocking, right?), the magazine ranked GTR just above Park City Mountain Resort and below Aspen Mountain, Highlands and Snowmass (which were scored as one resort.)
The review also perfectly describes the town of Driggs as, “once a typical western outpost of small, single-story aluminum-sided houses populated by a mix of hardcore outdoor people and Mormon families who had been around for a couple of generations.”
Oh, and they offer plenty of powder-day tips.
“Just make sure you’re skiing fast enough to get those critical face shots that fill up your wide-open mouth and nose.”
To be fair, the rankings are done by ZRankings, not by Forbes, and take in a ton of factors to arrive at a cumulative score called the PAF or “Pure Awesomeness Factor.” Aside from that overall rating, you can look at the specific factors that make up the PAF, like snow.
A much different picture emerges by looking only at the snow scores, and not the entire rankings. Based on snow score alone, Grand Targhee jumps from ninth to fourth with a 92.4.
For the holder of the top spot, and our dear neighbor, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, looking only at snow knocks them off their golden perch at number one all the way down to 28, with a snow score of 72.4.
In short, the ranking won’t come as a shock to anyone who has lived in the valley for over a season: our snow is amazing but we don’t have a Gucci Store downtown or a five-diamond restaurant hiding next to the Kwik Way.
And that awesome pow is made all the sweeter by the fact that crowds that flock to Summit County, Colorado aren’t present here in Wyoming. A fact that makes some valley residents wince every time an outlet like Forbes Magazine lets the rest of the world in on our secret.
Our second of three winter weddings this week at Moose Creek Ranch .
Last weekend was a destination wedding and this week is a local Victor resident.
The pictures from these weddings are yes cold to take but at the end of the day something really special and beautiful to hang on the walls. There is something so pristine about the cold and the white snow. The images of the couples are so clear with no visual noise in the background.
Local vendor – Dining In Catering, Bill Boney is on deck today for the food.
The lodge is decorated with a hint of lavender in the floral arrangements and in just a bit I will start a fire in the main Lodge room for the guests as they arrive to take the chill off.
Here are a few examples :
500″ Snowfall Avg.
2270′ Vertical Drop
$75 Adult Ticket
1 Terrain Parks
With an endless variety of luxury camping sites all over the world, glamping is a trend that can appeal to virtually all types of travelers. Here are a few reasons why you should make your next trip a glamping trip.
It’s Ecologically Friendly: With glamping, less is more. Whereas energy and materials used in the construction and management of a small hotel are quite high, in many cases glamping accommodations take advantage of surrounding elements of nature.
You Can’t Get Any Closer to Nature: Glamping lets you connect with and experience nature in an unforgettable way. Escape from the loud, impersonal city. Take a break from the busy suburbs. Glamping provides an opportunity to relax and recharge when life becomes hectic.
Driggs, Idaho named one of the top ten in Idaho
As tourists flock to Jackson, Wyoming, every summer to experience the Tetons, Driggs, on the other side of the mountains, offers an alternative and equally incredible homebase…minus the crowds. And with access to both Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole, Driggs is an amazing spot for skiers and snowboarders: Grand Targhee Resort, just 20 minutes from downtown, has a laid-back, family-friendly vibe and over 2,000 acres of varied terrain. It’s also the first resort in the country to offer fat biking — winter mountain biking on snow-covered trails. And in the summer, the mountain hosts the three-day Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival.
Driggs is also home to the headquarters of the National Outdoor Leadership School. One of the leading outdoor education centers in the country, NOLS has a massive range of Teton Valley adventure itineraries to choose from, including backcountry splitboarding, backpacking, and rafting.
Downtown, pull up your rig and head back in time at the Spud Drive-in Theater, sample local cheeses at the Teton Valley Creamery, or sip on potato vodka at the Grand Teton Distillery. For the best views of the region, take a scenic flight with Teton Aviation or a hot-air balloon ride with Teton Balloon Flights.