I can’t help but feel nostalgic whenever I am in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison is where Brian and I started living together and where we got married, so it feels like home in many ways. It is also where I met Michelle! We were both going to school at the University of Wisconsin, and since we had all of our classes in the same building together, we often ran into each other. I was very excited when they reached out to me to be their photographer for their wedding that would be in…guess where…Madison! I’m biased because I also got married in May, but they chose a great month to have their wedding—hello peonies! It was a great way to start off the 2019 wedding season.
It turned out to be beautiful and sunny in Madison on their wedding day, which I was happy about because a few other days during the week had been rainy. There were so many things that made their wedding day unique. Michelle got Dan a floral tie that matched the rest of the flowers perfectly. Michelle and her bridesmaids had unique variations of braids done by Rae Lynn Lane. I loved how this led to a cohesive look in hairstyles within the bridal party while still allowing each lady the freedom to choose how she specifically wanted her hair done. The first look and portraits were taken in the Allen Centennial Gardens, which brought me back to the days when Brian lived in the Lakeshore dorms right down the street. The flowers were so beautiful! Madison-based Daffodil Parker arranged the stunning bouquets and boutonnieres and the gorgeous centerpieces were styled by their close friend, Evan Eifler. Michelle and Dan exchanged their vows at Union South in the Marquee Theatre, where Dan worked while he was at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Their dear friend officiated their wedding. They took full advantage of being in the theatre by showing an awesome trailer-like video to transition into their ceremony. The speeches stood out to me, Dan’s brother and sister sung the 2nd part of their speech to the tune of “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin, which filled the room with wonderful laughter. And then Michelle’s cousins gave such a heartfelt speech talking about how family is more than just bloodlines. Michelle’s dance with her dad was precious to witness and capture, and watching him get tearful made me emotional especially having a daughter myself.
Now that I have given you some context to the special moments throughout the day, please enjoy these photos that I hope captured the story of their wedding. Congratulations Michelle and Dan!
Thank you to the wedding vendors!
Ceremony - Marquee Cinema in Union South
Reception - Varsity Hall in Union South
Florals - Daffodil Parker
Hair stylist - Rae Lynn Lane
Makeup artist - Kelly Kamuchey
Wedding gown designer - Lea-Ann Belter
Wedding gown vendor - Town & Country Bridal Formalwear
Bridesmaid dresses - Stylish Shop
Menswear - The Black Tux
Stationary - Minted
Rentals - A La Crate
DJ - Soundsational DJ