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My Town Coopersville: Southside Bar & Grill hosts first patron wedding
My Town Coopersville: Southside Bar & Grill hosts first patron wedding

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— A Coopersville couple who shared their first kiss at Southside Bar & Grill have now shared their vows at the very same restaurant.

Nicole Barrett and Rick Laug tied the knot at Southside Bar & Grill Thursday, March 6.  Barrett and Laug shared their first kiss on the restaurant’s porch a few years back. When the couple began talking about going to the Justice of the Peace during a recent visit to the restaurant, co-owner Scott Merveen suggested they hold the ceremony at Southside Bar & Grill. Southside Bar & Grill Co-owner Bob Sikkema says Merveen even became an ordained minister so he could officiate the wedding, which Sikkema recorded on his phone.

Sikkema says the restaurant was open to all patrons during the informal afternoon ceremony.  He says the couple left for their bowling league right after.