Bride and groom stood facing each other on steps

Lauren and Michiel met through Michiel’s sister. “We talked online for a while, but I first saw Michiel in real life when I went to meet him in Belgium,” says Lauren.

Bride having her hair styled with beaded decoration in hair bun

“He proposed after we had been together for four months. We were having dinner at the RAS restaurant in Antwerp. After dinner he gave me a letter he had written for me, and asked me to read it while he went to the toilet. At the bottom of the letter he had written, ‘Turn around’. When I did he proposed to me.”

Bride sat in wedding dress having her strap fastened on high heel

A dream sheath dress

Lauren found her dream dress at WED2B. “It was the first time I’d been to try on dresses and I didn’t have any idea that I would find my dress right away. That's why I only brought my mother and sisters with me."

Bride sat on chair as woman helps secure her shoe

"Logan was the fourth dress I tried on. When they saw it everyone was silent and then they started to cry. After I put on a veil, I started to cry myself!” (For similar styles try Oakley, Fraser or Theoni)

Front of the Lier town hall Belgian wedding venue

A stylish Belgian wedding venue

The couple married in Lier town hall then held their reception in a luxurious, converted horse stable in nearby Sint-Niklaas. “I immediately fell in love with the venue, it was so cosy,” says Lauren. “We got married on 14 January 2022.”

Bride stepping out of lift wearing wedding dress smiling

The big day

“Since I live in the Netherlands, we were in a hotel with all the guests from the Netherlands,” says Lauren. “That's where we got ready before the ceremony. We then had some photos taken outside, in front of a museum, and we also had some taken in the central station in Antwerp.” 

Bride holding groom's hand stepping out of wedding car

“We had great weather the whole day and the light was lovely for the pictures,” says Lauren. “The ceremony in the town hall was beautiful. I walked in with my mother to ‘Love You More’ by Racoon.” 

Miniature bottles of alcohol with Drunk in Love labels on

“For the decor we mainly had lots of flowers and a few romantic touches,” says Lauren. “My sister also arranged the wedding cake, which had Oreo, white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake flavours. It was amazing.”

Bride stood smiling with bridesmaids holding bouquets

“After the ceremony we had a dinner of winter barbecue food,” says Lauren. “It was with just a small group of family and friends, which was super cosy and fun.”

Bride and groom walking through central station in Antwerp

My top tips…

“Have  two masters of ceremonies who will keep the day well structured. And, most importantly, enjoy yourself!”

Bride and groom dancing together smiling

Lauren’s Dream Team 

Photographer & Videographer: Storyline Weddings Belgium

Bridal Shop: WED2B

Makeup: Keshia Antwerp 

Hair: Fancyfrou 

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