Meet Our Team

Our LaBelle Lake staff are experts at hosting weddings and special events and are committed to customer satisfaction. We bring the utmost professionalism and passion to our work and guarantee you will love what we do for you. Contact us to schedule a tour or meeting where you can meet our talented team in person.

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Jim and Shannon Youngstrom

Venue Owners

LaBelle Lake all began in 1989 when Jim and Shannon Youngstrom purchased a large piece of land next to the Snake River. They had one little daughter at the time and one more on the way.  The young couple started building their dream home in 1993. Jim and Shannon always encouraged their children to follow their dreams and work hard. They have been great examples of dreaming, building and never giving up. Since the beginning Jim has never stopped designing, creating and building this gorgeous log cabin and surrounding area. Together the couple raised six talented and successful children in this home and now are ready to share it with the world.

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Kira Martin

Venue Director

Kira is the daughter of the owners Jim and Shannon Youngstrom. She grew up at LaBelle Lake helping build it up with her family. She helped turn the family home into a beautiful wedding and retreat venue in 2017. Along with managing and marketing LaBelle Lake, Kira is the videographer here and loves capturing moments so her clients can relive favorite memories over and over again! (vimeo.com/kiramartin) Kira enjoys CrossFit, spending time with her kids and husband, camping, traveling, and photography along with running her and her husbands local businesses The Rock Gym - Rexburg and Teton CrossFit.

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Annika Frandsen

Venue Manager

Annika has worked with hundreds of couples to make their wedding day unforgettable. She knows the ins and outs of LaBelle Lake and can tackle the big picture as well as fine tune intimate details. After 5 years in the wedding industry she still gets teary-eyed during ceremonies and parent dances. Annika's favorite part about working in weddings is seeing everything come together, creating the couple’s perfect day!  


In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband Nolan and her Boarder Collie/Heeler mix Delta. She also enjoys painting with water colors, fishing, and power lifting.

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Jacob Johnson

Venue Assistant Manager

Jacob is from Meridian, Idaho, and is a Junior at BYU-Idaho where he studies Health Psychology along with Political Science. He married his wonderful wife in Meridian and then immediately moved to Rexburg for his schooling. So much for a honeymoon! However, he did propose in Hawaii, so that counts for something! Jacob loves fly fishing, whitewater rafting, and is an avid sports fan. He is excited to get to work and joing the LaBelle Lake team!

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Becca Backstein

Venue Consultant

Becca is originally from Northern Nevada where she spent her summers in Lake Tahoe. Now she lives in Rexburg with her husband whom she married last year in Seattle, Washington. She has a Bachelors Degree in Recreation Management from BYU-Idaho. Becca loves doing anything outside, but mostly hiking and backpacking!

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Kenadee Taylor

Social Media Manager & Venue Consultant

Kenadee has spent half of her life growing up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the other half moving from state to state which was quite the adventure! She is a junior at BYU-Idaho studying Catering and Event Planning along side Photography and Communications of Visual Media. In her free time she enjoys climbing, hiking, and taking photos!

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Joshua Robbins

Grounds Crew Manager

Joshua is a proud Missourian with many years of landscape & groundskeeping experience. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from Brigham Young University - Idaho. He loves working outside and seeing the world change with the seasons. You can often hear him say "Oh look, this is starting to bloom!"

In his free time, you can find him reading a good book, playing guitar, dominating at ultimate frisbee or soccer, or fighting through thistles and thorns to get closer to a plant he saw on a hike that looked cool. 

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Britton and Brigham Youngstrom

Tomahawk Throwing Instructors

Britton and Brigham are two of the 6 siblings raised at LaBelle Lake. They are incredible when it comes to throwing and teaching the skill of tomahawk throwing. They both competed in high levels of gymnastics and are very competitive with each other. They help Jim with projects on the grounds and own and operate Youngstrom Log Home Crafters with their older brother Garen.

Meet Our Interns

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Brinley 

Events Team Intern

Brinley is from northwest Indiana and spent her childhood on the coast of Lake Michigan. In her free-time you’ll find her making art, studying, or spending time with her husband. She met her husband at BYU Idaho during her freshman year and later reconnected with him after her 18 month mission trip to Salt Lake City. They were married last year and enjoy playing soccer, four-wheeling, and skiing together! Brinley is a senior studying public relations and is very excited to see where life takes her after graduation.

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Ellie

Events Team Intern

Ellie is from Mesa Arizona and is a senior in Business Management Marketing at BYU-Idaho.
She married her husband in 2021 and is expecting a baby girl the beginning of 2023. In her spare
time, she enjoys going to the gym, camping, and doing regular runs for her Dr Pepper. She has
always dreamed of owning her wedding venue and is super excited for the opportunity to learn
more about the industry

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Jordan

Events Team Intern

Jordan is from Portland, Oregon. She is a Senior at Brigham Young University – Idaho. She is
studying Interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in event planning and a minor in Public
Relations. She hopes to one day work as a full-time event planner. Jordan enjoys sports, hiking,
and volunteering in her free time.