RockCut Events Wisconsin Wedding | Lauren + Derrick

A Beautiful Fall Wedding

Lauren & Derrick got married in a gorgeous barn ceremony at RockCut Events in Dickeyville. Lauren’s dress was so uniquely beautiful and the flowers were bright and vibrant. However that was only the first layer of what I was excited to capture on their big day.

A Blended Family

Since I first met these two I’ve heard about another special somebody who would be a big part of this day. When I asked about their love story, Derrick said he first knew he wanted to spend forever with Lauren when he saw her with his daughter.

During their engagement session I saw both of their eyes light up when they talked about little Ella. They assured me she would be a HUGE ham, and loved getting her photo taken.

I’ve talked before about how blended families have a special place in my heart. My daughter was 5 when I married my husband. Her then “Tony Wony” has been a part of her life since she was 2.

During the “getting ready” portion of the day I saw so many Mommy-Daughter moments between Lauren & Ella. Lauren hugged her, comforted her, gently put in her flower crown. Afterwards, during the first look with the bridesmaids Ella’s face was so sweet, like she was looking at a real life princess, her eyes filled with tears.

Why We All Cried During The Reception

Later, during the reception, Lauren’s Dad played guitar and sang a song he had written for Ella. The lyrics were all about how “Today, your Mom married her Dad”. It wouldn’t be generalizing to say pretty much everyone had tears in their eyes. I heard the DJ say it was one of the most emotional things he’s ever seen at a reception, and I would agree.

In conclusion, it is an honor to witness days like this! Congratulations Lauren & Derrick! Your wedding was completely stunning, and so full of love. I know you’ll do big things together.

Don’t miss the end of this post for the happy couple’s advice + favorite moments, behind the scenes photos, & info on their wedding vendors.

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In Their Words

What was your favorite moment from the wedding day?

Lauren : “Everything about the day was amazing but my favorite part was seeing my husband’s face when I walked down the aisle. Also after the ceremony, celebrating with our wedding party and letting loose together.”

Derrick :”Seeing my beautiful wife walk down the aisle!”

Any advice for future wedding couples?

“Take the time to enjoy each other that day. The day really does go by extremely fast so you’ll want to make sure you step back and enjoy the experience together. Don’t stress about the small things.”

Funniest memory from your wedding day?

“The “lap dance” from my husband before the garter toss. He is NOT a dancer. LOL”

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?

“I would try not to please everyone else so much. Its ultimately you and your fiances day so make the choices that are best for you guys. Everyone will have their opinion but its your big day. Really enjoy every step of the wedding planning.”

Are you going/did you go on a honeymoon?

“We did a mini-moon to Nashville, then to the Florida Keys a few months later.”

 

Wedding Day Songs

wedding party introductions : Bring Em Out- T.I

first dance : Perfect – Ed Sheeran

father/daughter dance : Somewhere over the Rainbow – IZf

mother/son dance : A Mother’s Song – T Carter

catherine furlin photography behind the scenesRocking the getting ready shots with Donovan from Twelve One Videography.catherine furlin photography behind the scenescatherine furlin photography behind the scenesOn the left, one of my favorites & second shooter for the day, Amanda McLeod. Love this girl! Middle: I’m only 5’3″, therefore sometimes a stool is much needed. Right: Reception vibes, that’s all I can say.catherine furlin photography behind the scenes

Wedding Vendors

Ceremony | RockCut Events : Dickeyville, WI

Reception | Dubuque County Fairgrounds : Dubuque, IA

Dress Boutique | Brandi’s Bridal Galleria : near Madison, WI

Wedding Dress | Maggie Sottero

Tux Rental | Mens Wearhouse : Dubuque, IA

Caterer | The Barn : Sherrill, IA

Cake/Baker | Sprinkled Confections : Holy Cross, IA

Florist | Handpick’d : Dubuque, IA

DJ | Absolute Music : Dubuque, IA

Videographer | Twelve One Videography : Des Moines, IA

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