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A Walkable Wedding in the State Capital

Why choose one venue for your wedding day when you can choose a whole city? That's the approach Angela and Scott took when they decided to have their wedding in Madison, the place where they first lived together. This "walkable wedding" style allowed the bride and groom and their guests to visit State Street attractions, see the UW campus, and take in the greatness of the Capitol Building--not to mention have some amazing backdrops for pictures, taken by Erin Jean Photography. Talk a stroll through their gorgeous event and see what we mean...



From the photographer:

After living in Texas for 5 years, this couple chose Madison for their wedding celebration because it was the first city they lived in together. Growing up in Madison, Angela had always loved the UW Memorial Union Great Hall after attending events there when she was young. When Scott, a Texan, saw it, he loved it, too! This couple desired a “walkable wedding” for their guests, focused in the State Street area, so their ceremony unfolded to the strains of a brass quintet in the sunlit Sculpture Garden of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the downtown they loved as a backdrop.  They hoped their guests would delight in exploring State Street on the way to the reception at the Great Hall. Meanwhile, the wedding party hopped on their trolley and, while passing the Vilas Zoo neighborhood, Angela’s brother yelled out to stop for a picture in front of the couple’s first apartment. It was the unplanned moments of the day, like this one, that were some their favorites!  

Choosing travel as their theme at the Great Hall was natural after an 8-year long-distance relationship (Scott worked off the Brazil coast for several years) and extensive travel time together.  Angela’s beloved grandmother’s trunks took center stage in a vignette, accompanied by a world atlas for a guest book and leather luggage tags for escort cards/favors.  Also, since Angela was a UW grad and Scott would launch his MBA studies there in the fall, Angela’s mom enlisted Bucky Badger and the UW band to march into their reception playing a rousing “Fifth Quarter,” surprising newlyweds and guests alike. What a highlight of Angela and Scott’s entire day!

Amidst waving, jubilant guests, at midnight a friend’s 1964 white Cadillac whisked Angela and Scott away to climb Abe Lincoln’s statue atop Bascom Hill, a final celebratory note to a precious, magical day!

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