Bridal Guide 2013
By Liz Kearney
Enterprise Staff Writer
xtended family, friends near and far, and evensome total strangers, came together to helpMichele Reinhart and Bill Levine save their wed-ding day — and prime rib for 200 people — whenthe Pine Creek fire closed their wedding venue.Reinhart and her family, of Livingston, had reserved theLuccock Park United Methodist Church Camp, locatedabout a mile and half up Pine Creek for her big day, Sun-day, Sept. 2, 2012. Unfortunately, the Pine Creek fire, whichlater spread to burn about 8,500 acres and destroy fivehomes, erupted nearby on Wednesday, Aug. 29, closing theEast River Road and access to the Pine Creek area, andthreatening the church camp.Despite their hopes and prayers, plans had to bechanged. In a hurry. Fortunately, the backyard ofMichele’s parents, Dale and Linda Reinhart, of Livingston,was large enough to hold an outdoor wedding.“I kinda had a hunch we were going to need a Plan B,”Reinhart said in early January. “We joked about having ourwedding at the family-owned Dahl Funeral Home in Boze-man, where they have experience dealing with large gath-erings on short notice.”On Thursday, Aug. 29, Reinhart and her mother, LindaDahl Reinhart, drove south of Livingston on U.S. Highway89, to Trail Creek, which had quickly become a popularlocation, across the Yellowstone River from the fire, toview the blaze — out of harm’s way and out of the way offirefighters.“It looked horrible,” Michele said.But despite the fire burning up to the camp’s perimeter,Michele later learned that firefighters had saved all theLuccock Park buildings.One of the many attractions of the Luccock Park campvenue, aside from its scenic mountain setting, was the factguests would be able to spend the night there, Michele said.When she and her mother decided it was time to launchPlan B, it would mean finding other venues for the rehears-al and dinner, ceremony, reception and lodging for guests.Michele contacted her guests, many of whom were com-ing in from out of town, via email and Facebook.“Come hell, high-water or wildfire, Bill Levine and I aregetting married in the Livingston area this weekend,”Michele’s Facebook post said.And then there was the problem of the food. A lot of food— enough to feed 200 people two separate meals, including12 prime rib roasts — had already been purchased andstored in the camp’s freezers and coolers.The Reinhart’s shared their plight with the fire’s incidentcommander, who told them they could possibly drive up tothe camp on Friday to get their food. Then they heard morebad news: The fire had taken out power lines, so the powerhad been off to the camp’s freezers and coolers. Fortunate-ly, by keeping the freezer and cooler doors closed, all thefood was still at the proper temperature.On Friday morning, conditions were favorable enoughthat the firefighters let the Luccock Park staff return tothe camp for the prime rib rescue.
Pine Creek fire meant last-minute venuechange — and memorable wedding
Local bride vowed towed ‘come hell, highwater or wildfire’
Michelle Nowels Photography
Newly wedded Michele Reinhart and Bill Levine walkdown the aisle in her parents’ yard Sept. 2, 2012.
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photo of Michele Reinhart Levine and Bill Levine by Michelle Nowels Photography