Lydia & Bryce talk about their Northern California Private Estate Wedding…

 

“We both grew up in the same small town of Mendocino, California. Unknowingly, seeing each other in passing for several years through family friends, school functions and high school sporting events.
We joke that I remember Bryce as a scrawny kid that hadn’t grown into his ears yet, and Bryce swears he had a crush on me back when I played volleyball with his older sister.
Our families had always known each other, but being three years apart in age, we never had much of a connection. We both moved away from Mendocino after high school to attend college and start our adult lives.
I guess you could say we “re-met” each other several years ago while attending a mutual friend’s wedding in Oregon. We had an instant connection with each other, and have been together ever since.” – Lydia
How the proposal happened…
“Last December, we went on a vacation to Kauai. One of our planned excursions was a hike up to Hanakapi’ai Falls, on the Na Pali Coast. Bryce was really set on starting the hike before sunrise, so we could be the first ones to the falls.
We set out early, barely found the trailhead, and began our trek in total darkness. I’m always up for an adventure, but the unfamiliar, steep and muddy terrain was definitely a new one! It was a gorgeous hike, and we had the trail and all the vistas completely to ourselves. When we reached the falls, we began to unpack our bags and set up a little picnic. I turned around toward Bryce and he was behind me, down on one knee, holding a ring.
We exchanged our declarations of love, promises, and excitement in the journey ahead. We jumped into the crystal clear (and surprisingly frigid) pool under the waterfall in celebration. It was the most invigorating and exciting feeling ever as the reality of the moment set in!” -Lydia
How did you choose your wedding venue and what did it mean for you?
Bryce- For us, the decision of venue was simple, and for me, exceptionally significant and special. The big day all took place at my parents private 40 acres located 5 minutes inland from the small town of Mendocino, on the North Coast of California. This is the property I grew up on, so to be getting married there felt comfortable and so right. Further, it is close to where most of our friends and family. Further, it is close to where most of our friends and family live and is located just inland enough to be out of the fog belt, which can gloom over the coast on most summer days. It should be noted that our quick decision to get married here also had to do with the price tag, as my parents generously hosted the event free of charge.
Lydia- Having the wedding take place at Bryce’s family home was incredible. Their property is absolutely beautiful. We had our ceremony in the meadow, surrounded by redwood trees, and our reception took place a short walk away at their back lawn. It has been so wonderful to know that we’ll be reminded of that day every time we are back there.
What was the most important aspect of the wedding for you?
Bryce- Getting our favorite people from the various chapters of our lives together to party, celebrate and support our declaration of love for each other.
Lydia- We also really wanted out guests to feel comfortable, and have a great time. I enjoyed making lots of different areas for our guests to enjoy, such as vintage seating vignettes located around the reception area.
Family is so important to us, and we didn’t want to forget about our smallest guests…so we had fully equipped kids play area with a plush blanketed Moroccan tent, spring horses, play kitchen, and apple press for fresh juice.
What were your favorite memories of the day?
Bryce- Sitting at the head table, looking out at our loved ones enjoying themselves and laughing together. Dancing from one group to another, embracing, bustin’ a move, and laughing was also one of those moments where I felt like I was really soaking in the day. Also, of course, looking at my bride and feeling more than usual like the luckiest man in the world.
Lydia- I’d have to agree with Bryce, sitting at our head table, with our family (aka, everyone who made that day possible) watching the party unfold was unforgettable.
What were your favorite memories of the day?
Bryce- Sitting at the head table feeling like royalty, looking out at our loved ones enjoying themselves and laughing together. Dancing from one group to another, embracing, bustin’ a move, and laughing was also one of those moments where I felt like I was really soaking in the day. Also, of course, looking at my bride and feeling more than usual like the luckiest man in the world.
Lydia- I’d have to agree with Bryce, sitting at our head table, with our family (aka, everyone who made that day possible) watching the party unfold was unforgettable.

What do you wish you knew that you know now about planning a wedding?
Bryce- The wedding came off almost without at hitch, in brainstorming to answer this  question we really had to dig deep and get picky. Here’s what we came up with: -Further physical direction to guests after they park. Many went straight to the bar instead of making their way to the ceremony site.
Lydia- We had calculated our alcohol needs based on a standard 6-8 hour party. What we didn’t consider was that our venue, didn’t have a closing time, so neither did the party. Much of our 300+ headcount stayed until the early morning hours. Our signature cocktail ran out pretty quickly, and the next day I think I counted FOUR bottles of leftover wine!  Another piece of advice I would give couples would be to really walk around and enjoy the wedding day. It’s easy to get bombarded in one spot for hours as guests come up to greet you. Remember to excuse yourself, and take a moment to experience the party as a guest.
Anything else you want to add or say about your wedding?
Lydia- For us, we’re really glad we decided to book a live band. The energy of the music and the party was incredible as everyone hit the dance floor to boogie. We also loved infusing little parts of our personality into the event. We enjoyed concocting our signature cocktails based on our own personal preferences: the “Spicy Brycey” featured Serrano infused vodka with lemonade and mint, while the “Lydalicious” was a bourbon cocktail with homegrown blackberry syrup and lemon. We also decided to forgo the traditional wedding favors, and instead made a donation to a small library in the town of Barra De Potosi in Guerrero, Mexico. We had a collection of pictures and information on display at our wedding, so guests could learn more about our connection with the small town.
 
CCCW Creative Partners
Photography | Kim James | Kim James 
Floral Design | Mendocino Floral Design | Mendocino Floral Design with Susy Kitahara
Event Rentals | Matt Rowland Events | Matt Rowland Events

Additional Creatives   
Venue | Private home of  Tim and Khamoor Poehlmann
Music | Bright Events | Ceremony acoustic guitar by Keeter Stuart | Reception Georgia English | Reception The Mighty T-Bones
Sweets | Susy Kitahara
Officiant | James Sibbet

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