My husband, Dirk Gibson, grew up working on the Middle Fork of the Salmon, and then he owned a Middle Fork Company of his own for a time. This led to meeting many special people, including Jeremy Pisca and Laura Stott. It was on one of our trips that the two of them also found each other.
Now, years later, we all enjoy an annual river trip together with many of our friends with Helfrich River Outfitters. Last year started out with a lot of uncertainty due to the Coronavirus. We were not sure that our annual river trip was going to be possible. However, it ended up being a fantastic trip where our good friends, Laura and Jeremy, said I do. Although the virus forced them to cancel their summer wedding, Jeremy was not detoured. He decided he was getting married on our river trip. All he needed was for Dirk to become ordained and permission from Ken and Kelsey to have a wedding on the Middle Fork. All of this was decided with only a few short weeks before our trip was to begin.
Jeremy and Laura did not expect or request anything extra or special from anyone. They were just thrilled to be getting married. Laura had even told me, as we floated down the river, that we needed to look for some kind of flowers, or even weeds, to pick for her to carry. Unknown to both Laura and myself, Kelsey had already had some flowers arranged. Not only did she have the flowers taken care of, but the crew had also made a decorated arch with oars for them to get married under. It could not have been more beautiful with the river and fishing boats in the background. Kelsey and the guides again went above and beyond when the ceremony began by taking out their phones and snapping pictures of the wedding. They captured some beautiful moments. The guides took it even further by making a beautiful wedding cake. None of this was asked for or even discussed, and it could not have been more special. Dirk was honored to marry them and I was so happy to be the maid of honor. The whole event was a special experience in the most beautiful place.
The HRO Crew went above and beyond to make sure it was a memory of a lifetime. Jeremy and Laura’s weddinganniversary is only two days apart from Dirk’s and mine. So now this year, when we take our annual trip, we will get to celebrate our anniversaries together!
– Jo Gibson
Longtime River Guest