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Lana + Dan

From the moment I met Lana and Dan, I knew they were something special.  Take, for instance, Lana’s insistence that the flower and dress colors be as simple as possible so that Dan’s military dress uniform would stand out from everything else.

I’ll wait while you pick your jaw up from off the floor.  🙂

As if we hadn’t totally fallen in love with Lana and Dan during our Consultations and their Engagement Session (and all the little points in-between), all wedding day long we were learning more and more about how much every single person in their lives adores these two. Big time.

The groomsmen entertained Bill with their teasing Dan over his abundance of medals and awards. There’s barely room on his uniform for anything else. But Dan’s all kinds of humble (and apparently is an awfully good sport, too 🙂 ).  Lana’s bridesmaids spent the better part of their morning encouraging her, praying with her, and helping to boost her confidence about the song she was planning to sing during the ceremony. (She pulled it off brilliantly–to the point that she didn’t miss a beat when her microphone cut out and she had to change mics mid-verse!)

The reception was interrupted by a fire alarm, but they didn’t let that phase them a single bit.  We just took some pictures with the emergency vehicles and laughed until we could go back inside. It was a day filled with some of the sweetest special dances we’ve seen (moms and dads dancing together with their families watching teary-eyed from the sidelines), a gaggle of nieces who practically swooned every time Dan said something sweet about Lana, and a sparkler send-off that really did light up a perfect night.

And, at the end of such a sweet day, on our way home, I received this text message: “Marnie, you guys did the best today. Thanks for making our wedding day amazing!!!!  Everyone loved you.”

Yeah, that was Lana, from her limo, as she and Dan headed off to their honeymoon.

Congratulations, Lana and Dan!  We love you both and are so happy that God brought the two of you together.  Thank you so much for letting us be a part of such a beauty-filled day!

In honor of Lana and Dan’s wedding, we donated $240 to Operation Smile.  That donation will cover the cost of one life-changing surgery for a child in need.  To learn more about Operation Smile, please visit them at

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