It’s great when two families come together and it’s a perfect fit.
For Lynze, Dan and his two kiddos Kyler and Monroe, they found their stride early on and have created an approach that helped ensure their new family was a success.
I got to witness first hand during a portrait session how this new family was becoming one, and how the kids held equal footing as Lynze and Dan’s relationship.
During their High Country Orchard wedding in Green Bluff, this new family was the focus. From Dan walking down the aisle with his children, to how they all gathered together to light a unity candle during the ceremony, this was a celebration of family.
As with any wedding, these things don’t magically happen. There’s a lot of work involved.
Being an extreme planner, every wedding detail was thought out and planned by Lynze. She even made itineraries for every member of her family, telling them what to do, when to be where, and whatever else she could think of for them.
But when picking her wedding venue, a premonition about family traditions dictated her choice.
“Originally we wanted a barn to be married in. It has no significance to us or our life style, so it didn’t seem like the obvious choice,” Lynze said about her venue criteria. “However, when we were searching for our venue, we realized thats we could cut down our Christmas tree at our location and pick apples, which are both family traditions. So it seemed perfect, that we would continue to visit the location of our wedding every year.”
Now that she had a perfect venue, and all the details planned out, the only thing left was to experience the hectic wedding day. But the thing that most surprised Lynze was how calm she was.
“I hardly even cried!! I thought I would be a wreck and I just felt so happy, at peace, at ease.”
A big part of that sense of peace probably came from Lynze’s ability to simply “let go” and realizing, “Letting go and reminding myself that it is just one day and that it will be perfect and gorgeous in its own way, kept me grounded.”
Lynze’s top three moments of her wedding day:
- Our first look. It was exactly as I wanted it to be. It was quiet, personal, romantic, and full of so much love.
- Our vows, but especially Dan making a joke as he started. “Lynze. I think you are great,” and then he folds up his vows!!! HA! I was dying!!!
- Leaving the venue. It was beautiful to see people we loved all gathered and cheering us on. I burst into tears! I could not believe it was over!!!
The best part of working with me for Lynze and Dan:
“You understood who we are as people and as a couple and as a family. You were firm about what you knew would work best, because you are the expert, but always took into consideration our desires. You are HILARIOUS and we love Marie!!! Best Assistant Ever! We loved opening our private world to you and knowing we could trust you. Your style is beyond words. We feel like the pictures of our wedding will be the best thing we walk away with.”
Lynze’s wedding planning tips:
- I would have worried less about pleasing everyone…. Its hard not to care about the people you love but the day is not about them or accommodating them!
- Before you book or plan a single thing, envision what you want it to be. Write that down and anytime you feel like you are getting caught up in the trends of the moment or what other people are saying, go back to your game plan!
- Also, don’t overshare what the plans are. The more you share, the more people will pick at your ideas.
- Lastly, but most importantly, plan and book your honeymoon FIRST. By the time you plan it, you are so deep into the wedding planning that you don’t want to spend anymore money or think long and hard about other plans. I know it sounds backwards but I swear, plan it first and pay it off. Any gifts you receive or honeymoon presents will only enhance your time together!!!
Venue: High Country Orchard
Hair and Make Up: Embellish Salon
Florist: Rose and Blossom
Catering: Feast Catering
Cake: Lake City Cakes