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Meant for Each Other
Dylan and Brittney began writing their story together 12 years ago, ultimately tying the knot on July 8, 2023. Introduced through mutual friends, their relationship ebbed and flowed until it blossomed into the realization they were meant for one another.

“We became good friends and dated and then went our own way, but we’d always come back together,” Brittney shared. “After we reconnected, we realized we were each other’s person.”

Dylan has always been attracted to Brittney’s smile and outgoing personality. He knew the proposal would have to be strategic so she wouldn’t figure out the when.

On a motorcycle trip to Eastern Iowa, the couple spent Labor Day Weekend 2022 traveling along the Mississippi River. They would make random stops along the route, savoring the area’s beauty. At one point, Brittney mentioned she wouldn’t mind stopping to take pictures. Dylan suggested the photo op for their way back to the hotel.   

“I kept hoping for THE question, trying to figure out the 'when'. I didn’t know my parents knew so when my mom called that morning, I now realize the questions she asked were seeing if the moment had taken place,” Brittney remembered. “I think ten minutes before he asked me, my friend was texting me wondering if it was going to happen.”

The wait would soon be over. After a stop in Guttenberg, IA, Dylan suggested they’d pull over at the location Brittney had previously noted. He had known this trip would be the proposal, he just wasn’t sure about the timing.

“I knew I wanted us to get engaged on this trip, because it was something special we both love to do together. I just didn’t have a plan in place on the when – I just waited for the perfect moment,” Dylan shared.

With Brittney’s hand on her hip and posing for a picture, Dylan got down on one knee and asked the long-awaited question. The delicate ring placed on Brittney’s finger came from Silver and Gold in Spirit Lake

“I was blindsided – I totally didn’t expect Dylan to ask me then,” Brittney said. “Surprising me was huge because I’m pretty good at reading people but Dylan also knows me well. It was such a special moment for us.”

Wedding Planning
With the help of her mother Kim, Brittney began planning for their special day. She desired an elegant, simplistic wedding and chose each piece to reflect this want.

There were several things the couple knew were musts, especially holding the wedding and reception at Swiss Acres Weddings and Events, near Terril. Dylan and Brittney are good friends with the owners Aaron and Carly Janssen, so they knew it was the perfect location.

Already booked into 2024, Brittney was thankful July 8, 2023, was available to them.

“It is so beautiful at Swiss Acres, and we love supporting our friends,” Brittney said. “The location was absolutely perfect for us. They have both a ceremony and wedding barn, allowing everything to happen in one place. Swiss Acres also completely fit our style!”

Brittney found her special dress at Elegance Bridal and Prom Boutique in Okoboji. She visited over Thanksgiving weekend with her mom and sister, trying on a number of dresses. She wasn’t sold on any particular one, but the attendant suggested trying on a dress one more time.

She felt like the wedding gown wasn’t her style, but it also looked nice on her. However, over the weekend, the dress wouldn’t get out of her mind! Brittney decided to go back to Elegance on Monday.

“I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and after I tried it on again, I knew it was the dress,” Brittney exclaimed.

The gorgeous Stella York wedding gown was breathtaking on Brittney, while Dylan wore a Michael Kors Ultra Slim Medium Grey Performance Suit. Brittney had her bridal party individually pick out their own little black cocktail dresses, and the groomsmen all wore gray tuxes from Elegance.

“Everyone’s dress was perfect for them! They did a great job, and they knew what type of shoe to get,” Brittney said. “Everyone looked beautiful, and it worked out so well!”

Several major planning pieces were lovingly created by family members, with one being the beautiful white bouquets of flowers. Dylan’s grandmother Glenda Roberts previously worked as a florist at Dell’s Garden Center in Spencer. Picking out the flowers at Dell’s beforehand, they let Glenda come back and help put the floral arrangements together for the wedding.

“It was so special to have her help create the bouquets,” Brittney shared.

Another aspect made specially for the day came from Brittney’s uncle Chris Janicek, owner of CupCake! Omaha. He made a beautiful white cake and a variety of tasty cupcakes for the guests.

“The cake was so good!” she said. “I’m so thankful he could make it for our special day.”

Wedding Day
A moment Dylan will never forget is the first time he saw his beautiful bride on July 8! Standing against the barn at Swiss Acres, he turned and Brittney was behind him. This memorable moment was captured by Brittney’s friend and photographer Alexa Dinklage Photos out of Wisner, NE. Videographer Katelyn Krieger of Spirit Lake brought the entire day to life through video.

“At first, I wasn’t going to have a videographer but then I saw Katelyn working out on the elliptical at the Y and decided to ask if she was available that day,” Brittney said. “Katelyn is great and one of the best choices I made!”

The wedding party celebrated with Dylan and Brittney the entire weekend! Whether it was bringing the favorite beer or the groomsmen all showing up with cowboy hats, laughter was commonplace. The weather was perfect for pictures outside at Swiss Acres or when they had West Lake Okoboji as a backdrop.

Kim Wermersen was the officiant, while Taylor Huseman played the saxophone before the wedding. During the ceremony, Brittney’s close friend and a bridesmaid Sara Taylor sang a beautiful rendition of “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain.

“It was breathtaking and so good!” Brittney commented.

The dance floor was packed all night long, with MOJO Productions keeping the party hopping. Back Alley BBQ catered the food for the reception.

“Besides seeing Brittney, one of the best parts of the day was being surrounded by all of the love and support from our friends and family,” Dylan said. “Plus, having one big party!”

Brittney agreed, “I’m so thankful! Dylan and I have an awesome group of friends that have supported us the whole time.”

After their special day, the couple took a brief honeymoon out to the Black Hills. They plan a longer adventure later this winter.

Dylan works closely with his dad in construction at Cornerstone Construction, while Brittney is the Fitness Director at Bedell YMCA.

After planning a wedding, Brittney suggested to future brides to not stress over the details.

“Everything will work out. No one will know if it was supposed to go a different way,” she said. “Just enjoy every moment of your day!”

Dylan’s advice to other newlyweds is to always communicate. “Communication is key; you can never be too busy to make time for one another.”

Dylan and Brittney are loving this next chapter in their story, remembering the words from the day, “Marriage is a gift – a gift of themselves to each other!”