Intimate, visually dramatic, full of laughter, and a few tears. It was an incredible April wedding at The Edgewater Hotel in Madison, WI. When we sat down and talked about what the couple wanted for pictures and the experience they wanted to have on their wedding day it was clear they are humble, loving, and part of a community so large they simply could not invite them all. They opted for a well planned yet whimsical wedding with just a few friends and family.
When I arrived at their home the morning of the wedding, I was greeted by the bride’s mother with a beautiful smile. She told me to come in and make myself at home. At least that’s what I hoped she had told me as I don’t speak a lick of Spanish. It’s a regret I ‘ve carried for awhile now. I waited for the bride to show up for about 45 minutes as her parents and I talked, with a mutual understanding that we may not know exactly what each other were talking about but we got the gist. In a blur, the bride and her daughter rushed in and got dressed in what seemed like three minutes. I’m not sure if we made it to the ceremony on time or a minute late, it didn’t matter. The couple kept the ceremony short, intimate and all about their commitment.
We took a few minutes for wedding portraits downtown near the Capitol in Madison, WI, headed to The Avenue Club and Bubble Up Bar for a few drinks, portraits, and laughs. We finally ended up at The Edgewater Hotel for dinner and dancing. As a testament to the bride and groom’s kind and generous hearts, speeches kept rolling and tears kept flowing.
The Edgewater Hotel is an incredibly cool place for a wedding ceremony or reception. There is enough visual diversity for a photographer to explore and find new things time and again. The staff is incredible to work with. They go the extra mile without you even knowing, which I think, is the greatest testament to customer service.