We know, we know. It’s the middle of summer, the sun is finally shining, the pool is finally warm. But for those of you planning a winter wedding, you’re entering crunch time. Time to make decisions, to start turning your inspiration boards into your big day. And, it doesn’t hurt that yours truly personally adores all things winter, white, and weddings. So therefore, we have a wonderful winter wedding in Wisconsin for you today. Photographed by Becca Dilley Photography, this February fête is all things snowy chic, and we just can’t get enough. From the pre-wedding rally, to the vintage-inspired gown, right down to the amazing florals from Fleurishes, everything about this cold weather affair is uniquely fab. See for yourself in the gallery!
David and I met in highschool and were good friends who drifted apart in college. We reconnected through friends in Madison and realized we had chemistry and started long distance dating.
We chose the Memorial Union because its an institution at the University of Wisconsin – growing up in Madison as teenagers we had both spent many happy memories there, taking classes, going to dances, watching live music shows, and enjoying the terrace on the lake.
Candles were a focal point for us, and we wanted to embrace the stark, winter look with birch branches and the ice sculpture. The dress was vintage inspired and evokes the silhouette of the dress Audrey Hepburnwore in Roman Holiday. We loved the way the venue looked with the flowers, the trees, and candles and the pictures turned out beautifully.
The ice sculpture of Bart Simpson was a surprise for David, who loves the Simpsons so much he can quote lines from the show for almost any occasion. The Latin Jazz Band was actually the band that several of my friends and I went to listen to nearly every week during college in Madison. And the prayer read during our ceremony spoke of the ‘unity of all in the sovreignty of God’. It was absolutely perfect given the threats to unions and workers rights in Wisconsin.
The wedding party protest is absolutely the most memorable part of theday. Many guests and all of the wedding party made signs and met uson the Wisconsin State Capital Square to stand with thousands of other people in the fight for workers rights. It wasvery exciting – we had lots of fun and we were even interviewed on TV!
Photography: Becca Dilley Photography / Flowers: Fleurishes / Event Planning: Ginger Gant, Ginger & Co. / Ceremony Location: Pres House / Reception Location: UW Memorial Union, Great Hall / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Dress: Justin Alexander / Hair: Muse Salon / Lighting: Schaefer Stage Lighitng / Music: Tony Castaneda Band / Cake: Scott’s Pastry Shoppe / Ice Sculpture: Black River Ice / Rentals: A to Z Event Essentials