Lauren & Brad’s beer-tiful Cottonwood Barn wedding

When I met with Lauren & her lovely mother to talk about their wedding, I came home and said to Dan “I hope they pick us – she’s been to Delirium in Brussels!!” For those of you who don’t know, it’s a world-popular beer bar in Brussels, Belgium, and was on our agenda for our upcoming trip. Seriously though, I don’t mean to insinuate that you have to be a beer lover to work with us, but it does always bring something special to the relationship (and mainly, a great automatic connection with Dan).

Their wedding took place April 26th at the beautiful new venue – Cottonwood Barn in Dexter, MI – a beautiful old barn very skillfully turned into a beautiful wedding venue. For Brad & Lauren’s wedding style, it was absolutely perfect.

While Dan hung out with the guys, I of course hung out with the beautiful ladies just a few doors down from each other. With both of them getting ready so close, and everything being set up at the barn, it was such an exciting flurry of activity and anticipation.

The ceremony was officiated by Lauren’s own brother, who serenaded them during the ceremony, and provided such a lovely personal touch to it. Together with their parents they planted a tree to symbolize both their roots, and their future together. There was laughter, and tears of laughter, and tender moments, and references to beer….and an exit where the bride & groom were “serenaded” by guests playing blowup saxophones. It. Was. Lovely.

After some perfect photo time with the families, wedding party & the bride and groom, Brad & Lauren kicked off their beer-themed wedding reception (using some of the decorated bottles from our own wedding!!!) by cutting their cake surrounded by their wedding party. A fabulous, and I mean FABULOUS dinner was served family-style, and was followed up by one of the busiest dance floors!!

We can’t wait to be able to hang out with Lauren & Brad again some day – and this momma-to-be is looking forward to being able to officially toast their married life with a tasty beer some day soon! For now, we’ll just thank you for inviting us to be a part of your blessed day.

– Lynell & Dan

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