A Backyard Wedding Themed "Upscale BBQ"
July 20, 2016
RusticSummer Weddings
This wedding? It deserves a standing ovation. Designed in the hands of denae brennan weddings & events, it's a celebration that makes "upscale BBQ" look completely elegant with too many pretty moments to count. Laura Ivanova snapped every second of the fun, cute babies and cute pups included.
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From denae brennan weddings & events... Courtney and Erik were married on what the weatherman called “the hottest day of the year” in Rochester, MN. Despite the sweltering heat, their day couldn’t have been more perfect as they celebrated on the bride’s family property surrounded by loved ones, including their beloved pup, Stella!

The ceremony took place in Courtney’s mother’s backyard, and when the couple read the heartfelt vows they had written for each other, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Guests then walked down the road to enjoy lawn games, cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres around the private pond on the property. Dinner followed under the tent strung with café lights, and the dance floor, adorned with the words “Everybody Dance Now,” was rocking well into the night courtesy of the Bluewater Kings.

The couple wanted the casual feel of a backyard wedding while keeping the aesthetic romantic and elegant. Farm tables were dressed in vintage lace runners and barnwood boxes filled with lush blooms and spotted with antlers (a nod to the groom’s avid love of hunting). An “upscale BBQ” was the theme of dinner, which was served family style and highlighted by pie à la mode for dessert.

The bride and groom (and the guests!) were treated to a few fun surprises throughout the day– a flyover with a banner showcasing their wedding hashtag, and a humorous song medley performed by the maid of honor and bridesmaids.