Lynx Creek Farm Offers the Ultimate in Flexibility, Fun, and Relaxation for a Couple’s Perfect Day—Whatever that Looks Like
By Hilary Dartt
Over the past 30 years, Lynx Creek Farm has been the site of many memories made – and now, it’s a place for creating more.
Wendy and Greg Temple, the property’s owners, have lived in their home on the 30-acre property for three decades; in fact, they got married and raised three children—Grant, Raphael, and Harris—there.
About a year ago, they transformed part of their property into an intimate, secluded outdoor wedding venue with stunning views.
Although they’re new to the wedding business, the Temples owned a bed and breakfast for years—and they bring their hospitality experience to this new venture, offering brides and grooms the utmost in comfort, flexibility, and relaxation.
A Unique Venue for a Unique Experience
Although the Temples have lived on their property for 30 years, it wasn’t until their oldest son wanted to get married, just over a year ago, that they considered turning their acreage into an event venue (in addition to weddings, they’ve hosted family reunions, baby showers, and celebrations of life).
At the time, Grant and his fiancée Sofia couldn’t find a location that suited their needs. He asked if they could get married at home.
“We realized we really needed to fix this place up,” Wendy said.
They began the work necessary to transform the property: they put in a spacious lawn and a stage where couples could wed, and later added an arch (which Greg built) so couples have the option of getting married with the views of the valley below as a backdrop.
Greg put in outdoor lighting and wired the location for sound.
The result: a 6,000-square-foot outdoor venue that feels secluded and private even though it’s just minutes from town (which means hotels, taxis, and Uber rides are easily accessible).
Altogether, Lynx Creek Farm has space for more than 20 people to stay. The Log Cabin sleeps 14 and has two separate kitchens (which allow for self-catering) and three hot tubs. The Casita Indigo sleeps four and has a hot tub, and the Creek Cottage (also known as the Honeymoon Cottage) sleeps four and has a hot tub. These accommodations are designed with the farm’s whole-weekend packages in mind.
Plus, the Temples own a local property-management business and have access to dozens of local rental properties (including one just across the highway from Lynx Creek Farm that sleeps 18 people).
A Location that Stands Apart
Whole-weekend wedding packages, flexibility, and fun details make Lynx Creek Farm stand out.
Lynx Creek Farm offers wedding couples whole-weekend packages from April through October, Wendy explained during a recent interview.
“We created this so couples could spend the whole weekend with their guests, rather than just five or six hours,” she said.
They can have the rehearsal dinner at the farm on Friday evening, spend Saturday morning getting ready at a leisurely pace, enjoy their wedding Saturday night, and then take everything down Sunday, with the couple and their wedding party and some guests staying onsite.
“We really allow couples to be creative,” Wendy said, referring to how they choose to cater and decorate, “and that ends up saving them a lot of money as well.”
For example, some couples bring in food trucks (taco trucks are popular!), and some have their food catered by restaurants. Some choose lavish decorations, and others stay simple, using the farm’s landscaping and the natural setting as décor.
Lynx Creek Farm can accommodate it all.
Lynx Creek Farm offers couples the ability to personalize their special weekends, via special details, which include: a fire pit where many couples invite guests to make s’mores during the reception, outdoor games (cornhole, volleyball, badminton, and more), and a bar on wheels (which the Temples named Surely Temple). As a bonus, the moon rises over the back of the property, illuminating some of the best views Prescott has to offer.
At this time, Lynx Creek Farm provides tables, chairs, and tablecloths, and some décor items. Wendy is also building a showroom where couples can choose from various items they may want to use, at no additional cost: centerpieces, signs, tablecloths, candles, and other decorations. She plans to expand these offerings over time.
Plans for the Future
Raphael, who’s earning her business degree at Arizona State University, will return to Prescott soon to help run the family business.
In the meantime, she is interning with a wedding and event coordinator so she can learn the ropes and bring her new knowledge back to the home where she grew up.
“I’m just so excited,” she said, and Wendy added, “She’s going to bring a lot of young, ambitious ideas to the table.”
Her job, Raphael said, is to “understand what people want out of their day,” and “cater to them to make sure it’s exactly as they want it and as stress-free as possible.”
Combined with her “flexible, open-minded, and fresh” approach, she said, “we have everything [a couple] needs.”
Wendy said she loves creating special spaces for people, whether that’s a guest room or a wedding venue, and Raphael said that in that sense, she takes after her mom.
“I love to create a space people will remember for the rest of their lives as the best day of their life,” she said.
A ‘Happy Job’
Although running an event venue wasn’t in the plans for the Temple family when they were raising goats and chickens, swinging on their rope swing, and gold panning in Lynx Creek, it’s become a fun part of their lives.
“This is like a secret little hidden treasure,” Wendy said, adding that whenever they host a wedding, “It’s like we’ve all been invited to the same party.”
Just as the Temples have made a good life full of good memories at Lynx Creek Farm, they’re sharing their good luck, their love, and their fortune with other couples, Wendy said.
“Ours is a happy job.”
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