Jessica & Scott
Congratulations to Jessica and Scott, who tied the knot on Saturday, August 9th at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club. The couple celebrated with over 160 guests. Dinner included delicious Gnocchi, Seared Chicken Breast and Pork Loin. Family and friends were also treated to tasty appetizers and a late night pizza snack.
Wedding colors were navy blue and dark gray. Each table had a silky navy blue table runner down the center. The bride visited the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market on the capitol square the morning of the wedding to put together gorgeous fresh flower arrangements for the centerpieces. Near the guest book, the couple shared a sweet sign marking time in their relationship. The sign showed the dates of their “first day,” “yes day” and “best day.”
CAKE: Rosie’s Coffee Bar & Bakery
ENTERTAINMENT: B Kuhl Entertainment
PHOTOGRAPHER: Claire Ogunsola
FLORAL: Provided by Bride
Chelsea & Jordan
A total of 250 guests filled the Madison and Wisconsin Ballrooms at The Madison Concourse Hotel on August 9th to celebrate the marriage of Chelsea and Jordan. After a lovely wedding ceremony at St. Maria Goretti, family and friends headed to the hotel for festivities and a delightful meal of Salmon, Short Ribs and Chicken. A late night pizza snack pleased guests who were exhausted from lively dancing.
Wedding colors were eggplant, white and lavender. At each place setting was a cluster of Hughes Chocolates for guests to enjoy. Family and friends also had the fun opportunity to snap some silly shots together in the photo booth.
Adding to the venue décor were some custom-made wine boxes that held beautiful flowers. The bride provided much of the decoration, including the eggplant table runners, photos of the bride and groom, and the centerpieces.
Golf has a special place in Chelsea and Jordan’s lives together, as they met at University Ridge Golf Course.
CAKE: Craig’s Cake Shop
DJ: Todd Olsen
PHOTOGRAPHER: Lexi Ducommun
FLORAL: Flagstad Flowers
FAVORS: Hughes Home Maid Chocolate Shop
Leila & Jason
A second Madison Concourse wedding on August 2nd took place in the Capitol Ballroom. Bride and Groom Leila and Jason had a beautiful coral, silver and turquoise wedding reception. The centerpieces were surrounded by glowing candles and included a floral arrangement by Elegant Designs. The chair covers were tied with silver Rosettes. Elegant drapery hung behind the head table and the room was dimly lit for an intimate atmosphere.
The Bride and Groom shared a special meal of Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon and Broccoli Salad. The rest of the guest enjoyed the Madison Buffet which consisted of Salad, Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken with Stewed Peppers and Onions, Sliced Sirloin of Beef, Parmesan Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes, Asparagus and Carrots. Dessert included Mini Cupcakes by Gigi’s Cupcakes and a small cake for the Bride and Groom to share.
Guests were entertained with a choreographed fun dance by the Bride and Groom. It was a great start to an evening of fun-filled dancing. Another enjoyable aspect of the reception was the photo booth set up for attendees to use, equipped with lots of cool props.
DJ: Ryan Ettan
Photographer: Maureen Cassidy
Floral: Elegant Floral Designs by Maureen Esenmacher
Cake: Gigi’s Cupcakes
Jackie & Matt
Jackie and Matt tied the knot this past Saturday, August 2nd at The Madison Concourse Hotel. The couple celebrated in the Madison Wisconsin Ballroom with wedding colors of navy and burgundy.
Centerpieces were crafted by the bride, from wine bottles, corks and grapes. The groom is in the Navy, so the majority of the groomsmen wore their Navy Whites. In traditional military fashion the bride and groom cut the cake with the groom’s sword.
The Bride and Groom were served a special meal of Red Wine Marinated Grilled Tenderloin, and the rest of the attendees chose between Grilled Black Angus Flat Iron, Basil Chicken, Kids’ Meal or Chef’s Choice Vegetarian. For dessert, guests enjoyed and Italian Sweets Table of Éclairs, Cannolis, Biscotti, Cookies and Wedding Cake.
DJ: Jukebox Bandstand - Eric
Photographer: Adam Karl Photography
Cake: Craig’s Cakes
Floral: Daffodil Parker
Baker for sweets table: Dolci Italian American Sweets
Anna & Chris
Congratulations to newlyweds Anna and Chris, who shared their special day with family and friends on the 19th of July. Wedding colors were light pink and silver. Guests enjoyed a dinner of Atlantic Salmon, Seared Herbed Chicken Breast, Vegetable Gnocchi or a Kids’ Meal. Particularly popular was the salmon – wedding attendees raved, commenting about it melting in their mouths.
A blended Christian/Jewish wedding ceremony took place in the Capitol Ballroom at 4pm and the reception started at 4:45pm. A big hit at the reception was the UW Marching Band. As a special surprise for the bride and groom, the Mother of the Groom led the UW band into the ballroom to the tune of “On Wisconsin,” decked out in a Badger Jersey and Badger Hat and twirling a baton. The band entertained for about 30 minutes and the crowd loved it.
DJ: Jukebox bandstand
Florist: Daffodil Parker
Photographer: Laura Zastrow
Cake: Rolling Pin Bake Shop
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
SIGNAGE: A La Crate
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