Allie & Zach

Another beautiful summer wedding at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club – congratulations to Allie and Zach on their big day! This past Saturday July 12th the couple celebrated with family and friends with an “enchanted forest” themed reception. The ballroom was decorated with centerpieces of nature accents, including moss, flowers on birch bark stumps, and greenery mixed with pale pink flowers. These natural touches carried over to the place card table and cocktail tables too.

On the menu that night was Basil Chicken, Grilled Black Angus Top Sirloin and Farmer’s Market Risotto. Walnut chiavari chairs and ivory lamour floor length linen and napkins adorned the tables, and a gracious thank you note to guests was tucked into the napkins.

In lieu of a traditional guestbook, the bride and groom set out a canvas painting of a tree so that guests could use their finger prints to add “leaves” to the tree and then sign their names. A La Crate provided custom chalkboard signs for the photo booth, as well as directional signs for cocktails, dinner and drink menus at the bar. The “Signature Drink” at the bar was the “Perfect Stranger,” a drink from The Icon where the bride and groom went on their first date.

Reception entertainment included a photo booth, DJ and, in typical Madison fashion, a visit from Bucky Badger. Best wishes for Allie and Zach!

CAKE: Craig’s Cake Shop
DJ: Jukebox Bandstand
PHOTOGRAPHER: Captured Moments/Kate
FLORAL: Daffodil Parker
PHOTOBOOTH: The Traveling Photobooth

Megan & Kurt

Newlyweds Megan and Kurt also celebrated their wedding at The Madison Concourse Hotel on June 28th. Another simple but beautiful wedding, this couple stuck to colors red, yellow and orange. At the center of each guest table was a table number, one large and gorgeous sunflower in a monogrammed vase, and several small votive candles.

Dinner menu included: Roasted Chicken, Black Angus Top Sirloin, Farmer’s Market Risotto. The cake, another Carl’s Cakes classic, had butter cream frosting with red ribbon and bright fresh flowers.

The photographer surprised guests by doing same-day photo edits and presenting a gorgeous slideshow of pictures from the ceremony at the reception. Fun fact about this wedding: Megan and Kurt met in the 2nd grade! Hence, many people in the bridal party were childhood friends.

Cake - Carl’s Cakes
DJ - Celebrations Entertainment
Photographer – Amanda Red Photography
Floral – Petal Pushers

Lea & Lou

Congratulations to Lea and Lou, who got married on Saturday June 28th. The couple had a lovely, simple wedding with wedding colors of black, ivory and royal purple. Along with a color scheme, the couple tried to create something of a local theme. The centerpieces were composed of fresh flowers from the Saturday Farmers’ Market in Madison. Bride Lea and her bridesmaids bought the flowers from a florist at the Capitol Square and then arranged them the morning of the wedding.

Another great local element was the Wollershiem wine served with dinner – Wollershiem Winery is located in Sauk City, Wis. The dinner menu featured: Roasted Chicken, Lemon Dill Walleye, Red Wine Marinated Grilled Tenderloin, Farmers’ Market Risotto. Served at the reception was a butter cream cake (from local bakery in Sun Prairie, “Carl’s Cakes”) decorated with delicate frosting leaves - the cake was beautifully framed by scattered purple rose petals on the table.

A big surprise from the bride to the groom was the appearance of Bucky Badger himself – always a welcome guest in any Wisconsin wedding. Instead of signing a traditional guest book, the couple requested that guests sign leaves on a poster of the tree, so that they might later frame it to remember the special day for years to come.

Cake - Carl’s Cakes
DJ - Celebrations Entertainment
Photographer – Molly VanDamme
Floral – Lewiston Perennial Farm

Poulette & Andy

Congrats to newlyweds Poulette and Andy! The couple was married on Sunday June 22 and held a uniquely beautiful reception at The Madison Concourse Hotel. Wedding colors were silver, ivory and dark purple, with lots of gems. The ladies of the bridal party carried fresh white and pink flowers, and the bridesmaids wore knee length plum purple dresses with white/purple sheer tops and gems all over. The brave ladies even pulled out the high heels to polish off the look. The groom and his groomsmen were decked out in light grey suits with dark purple vests and purple bow ties.

Dinner entrées included: Basil Chicken, Black Angus Sirloin & Chicken, Chef’s Choice Vegetarian and a Kids’ Meal.

The venue was exquisite! Alternating centerpieces of tall gemmed pedestals with candles and fresh flowers, and shorter silver candelabras with gemmed holders, candles and fresh flowers lay at each table. The Couple rented dark purple linens with silver chivari chairs to set the tone of the reception, and an antique off-white parlor sofa sat near the dance floor. A three-tiered, gem-covered square cake sat atop a large gem-covered base box. There was plenty of good old-fashioned glam at this wedding! The cake was a delicious Chocolate with Mocha filling and Banana with French Vanilla filling.

The place card table was clean and simple, with lush white flowers to either side and in the center. Highlights of the night included a photo booth and mariachi singer flown in from California to entertain guests throughout the night.

CAKE: Craig’s Cakes
DJ & PHOTOBOOTH: Music Box Entertainment
PHOTOGRAPHER: Yvonne (from CA)
FLORAL: Laurel Gardens
VIDEOGRAPHER: One Fine Day Productions
MARIACHI: Grimemo (from CA)

Jenny & Brendan

Congratulations to Jenny and Brendan, who got married this past Saturday June 21 at The Concourse. The wedding colors were beautiful, a mix of coral, light blue and greens. Bride Jenny and her bridesmaids carried fresh flowers in shades of white, pink, orange, and purple, which worked to complement the dresses. The bridesmaids wore knee length coral chiffon dresses and the groom’s party wore dark grey suits with white undershirts, plaid purple ties and white Nike shoes. What a fun touch the sneakers were!

The menu consisted of:
- Roasted Maple Cured Pork Loin
- Basil Chicken
- Chef’s Choice Vegetarian
- Kids’ Meal

The elegant centerpiece at every table was some combination of a round, square or three-tiered glass vase with floating candles and/or fresh flowers. Sheerly Elegant provided the coral runners for the round tables, as well as the white chair covers and coral ties. Instead of a cake, the couple went with cupcakes in seven different flavors. The place cards were a clean, traditional white, but above the place card table was a lovely portrait of the couple from their engagement photo session.

The Mother of the Groom put together an incredible slideshow of photos and video of the couple, along with a special message from Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to the happy couple. The highlight of the evening, though, may have been the stunning dance floor: a beautiful assortment of 23 LED paper lanterns in a variety of colors hung at various heights just above the dance area. It was a gorgeous night.

CUPCAKES: Marianne Blaire
DJ: Majic Enterprises
PHOTOGRAPHER: Anderson Photography
FLORAL: Daffodil Parker
CHAIR COVERS: Sheerly Elegant

Carline & Eric

Another lovely Madison Concourse wedding – congratulations to newlyweds Carline and Eric! On Saturday June 14 the couple celebrated with family, friends, and some unique touches. The bride and her bridesmaids carried beautiful fresh flowers in shades of white and pink. The bridesmaids wore gray and mint green chiffon floor length gowns while the bride opted for a white strapless gown with sheer gray overlay. The groom’s party all wore grey suites with coral plaid undershirts and navy ties with coral stripes.

Bride Carline made gray chevron table runners and alternating centerpieces of: vases with sand & candles and vases with spring flowers. Another great d.i.y. touch was the tassel banners which hung behind the head table, cake table and bar. The wedding colors were gold, gray, light pink and ivory.

Dinner was delicious! Entrées included: Grilled Black Angus Top Sirloin, Seared Herbed Chicken Breast and Chef’s Choice Vegetarian. The cake was three-tiered, covered in ivory and gray polka dots, each layer a different flavor. Flavors were: White cake with raspberry filling, chocolate cake with peanut butter filling, and chocolate cake with chocolate chip cheesecake filling. The couple added a special touch of Madison with an after-dinner Babcock Ice Cream Station.

A few other fun features:
- Homemade caramels as wedding favors
- “Just Married” banner hanging behind the Head Table
- A custom nut bar with bags that said “Love is Nuts”
- A mixologist serving the couple’s favorite specialty drinks
- Place cards with gold stamps of chicken, cow or carrot (to signify meal choice)

CAKE: Creations for the Moment (brides aunt)
DJ: Mr. Kim Lepak
PHOTOGRAPHER: George Street Photography
FLORAL: family & friends

Anna & Jay

Congratulations to Anna and Jay! The couple had a beautiful celebration Saturday June 7 at The Madison Concourse Hotel, featuring a dark coral, gray and champagne color theme. Bride Anna and her bridesmaids carried vibrant fresh flowers in various shades of white. The bridesmaids, rocking mermaid style pink satin dresses with chunky pearl necklaces and bracelets, were accompanied by a dashing set of groomsmen in champagne suits with gray ties.

Dinner included: Grilled Black Angus Top Sirloin, Rosemary Chicken, Chef’s Choice Vegetarian and a Kids Meal. Table centerpieces were circular vases with floating peach roses and a set of cylinder vases with floating candles and flowers on the mirrors. Designer gray tablecloths and white chair covers with dark coral ties completed the look.

The wedding cake was absolutely gorgeous! Three-tiered with white chocolate shavings and a luxurious array of pale flowers engulfing it, this cake turned heads from all the guests walking past. Flavors were chocolate w/chocolate mousse & vanilla w/cheesecake mousse and strawberry jam.

The wedding favors were sweet – Veterans poppies at each seat. Because the bride works with the Veterans organization, the couple decided to make a donation. And just for the fun of it, the couple opted for the antique photo booth. Guests were certainly entertained. What a hit!

CAKE: Craig’s Cakes
DJ: Jukebox Bandstand
PHOTOGRAPHER: Natural Moments Photography
FLORAL & Design: Korrine Engelke from Event Essentials

Sommer & Bryan

Congratulations to newlyweds Sommer and Bryan! The couple put on a beautiful teal and grey wedding reception this past Saturday, May 31st at The Madison Concourse Hotel. In accordance with the chosen wedding colors, bride Sommer brought teal and white paper lanterns to hang over the dance floor. The round globes hung at various heights and highlighted the dance floor in a fun way. Gunmetal shantung table runners and white chair covers with ties gave the room a polished, elegant look. At the center of each table was an assortment of delicate candles and lush fresh flowers placed on top of a mirrored square plate.

The menu included Seared Herb Chicken, Salmon and Grilled Black Angus Top Sirloin. Green beans were added as an accompaniment as a node to the bride’s family business. The three-tiered wedding cake was simple yet elegant, covered in white chocolate shavings and topped with a huge, vibrant, fresh pink peony flower. In place of favors, the bride and groom made a donation in honor of their guests and placed cards in each napkin letting the guests know of this gesture. In typical Wisconsin fashion, Bucky Badger made an appearance.

Congratulations again to Sommer and Bryan on a beautiful wedding and may you bring each other years of happiness down the road!

Cake: Craig’s Cake Shop
DJ & Photobooth: Celebrations Entertainment
Photographer: Jennifer at Amelia Johns
Videographer: Brad Weier Gallery
Florist: Daffodil Parker
Stationary: Paper Piper Designs

Comer & Smith Wedding

Wedding Season is officially here! This past weekend we had the Comer and Smith wedding in our Capitol Ballroom here at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club. Spring was certainly in the air and could be seen in both the ceremony and reception through the fresh floral arrangements, bridesmaid dresses, and centerpieces. Whites, oranges, pinks, yellows, and light grays were used all throughout the ballroom to ensure that spring feeling.

The Bride prided herself in incorporating great DIY elements into her reception. These included bows for the chairs, signs for the evening’s activities, place cards, candy bowls, and many other little touches like a “Guest Book of Wed Libs.” Another personal touch this couple included in their reception was the photo slideshow during cocktail hour. However, our favorite touch of personality was the bottle of bubbles that was attached to each guest’s place card for guests to blow during the couple’s first dance allowing everyone to contribute in romanticizing the first dance as man and wife.


Cupcakes: Melanie’s Cake Design
Entertainment: Capital Sound DJs
Florist: Daffodil Parker
Photographer: Lola Mae Images
Ceremony Draping: Event Essentials

Emily & Brian

Congratulations to Emily and Brian! The newlyweds recently celebrated their spring nuptials with us here at The Madison Concourse Hotel.

The couple welcomed spring in style, with their glamorous purple themed reception. The bridesmaids carried beautiful fresh flowers in shades of white and purple to match the theme and their purple dresses. The groomsmen also wore purple vests and ties, along with a corsage of the same color.

The room was decorated with flower petals and diamond gems on each table, making the room sparkle. Their simple and elegant centerpieces were mirror and votive candles, and they also had plum colored table runners.

Next to their guest book, the couple displayed a photo book of their recent Caribbean cruise for guests to enjoy in our chilly, early spring Wisconsin weather.

Chocolate truffles made by the couple were given as favors to each guest.

The three-tiered heart shaped cake was decorated with beautiful gem beading and a purple ribbon. The flavors alternated between white cake with raspberry and Bavarian cream filling and white cake with strawberry and cream filling. Yum!

Congrats again Emily and Brian! Best wishes from all of us at The Madison Concourse Hotel!

Cake: Chris’ Confections
DJ: Midwest Sound
Photographer: O.I. Productions
Floral: Floral Designs by Paul