Triple Wedding Weekend

Congratulations to Naomi and Derek, who tied the knot on Friday August 15th at the Madison Concourse Hotel. The couple decided to treat guests to a fun Candy Bar, which was a big hit! Friends and family were able to fill silver “to go” boxes with candies and take them as a wedding favor.

Wedding Colors: Orange and Silver
Cake: Carl’s Cakes
Entertainment: Midwest Sound
Photographer: Pat Elfy
Floral: Custom Floral

The bride made the event even more special and intimate by incorporating lace from her mother’s wedding dress into some of the floral arrangements and laying it on the candy table.

Table centerpieces alternated between bright flower arrangements and three cylinder vases with a single flower in each.

Dragonflies were meaningful to the bride, so she decided to scatter them throughout the reception as a decorative element.

And on the 16th of August, we celebrated with Caitlin and Nathan at the Concourse Hotel. This couple had a sentimental zoo themed wedding, in honor of their special relationship with the zoo. The bride grew up going to the Henry Vilas Zoo, and now the couple lives in Chicago and regularly visits the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Each place setting had a box of animal crackers wrapped in gold paper, along with a gold animal figurine that corresponded with the table at which they were seated. Each table had a picture of that designated animal.
Centerpieces were a lovely mix of tall and short fresh flowers. The flowers were bright – including sunflowers, roses and greenery – and created a largely natural look. Votive candle clusters adorned each table.
Other fun elements of this wedding included a photo booth, an appearance from Bucky Badger, and an opportunity for guests to share wedding advice with the couple in a special guestbook “picture box.”

COLORS: Coral & Ivory
CUPCAKES: GiGi’s Cupcakes
ENTERTAINMENT: Celebrations, Geoffrey
PHOTOGRAPHER: Pierre’s Portraits
VIDEOGRAPHER: Shawn Christensen
PHOTOBOOTH: The Photobooth
FLORAL: Floral Expressions, Brad
FAVORS: Animal Crackers w/ animal figurine

Another fabulous wedding on August 16th was that of Ben and Nick. These guys chose a BOW TIE theme.
- Entrée choices were denoted by different colored bow ties.
- The card box was an oversized bow tie.
- The grooms wore matching blue and yellow striped bow ties.

Eighteen different kinds of candy in apothecary jars sat at the candy table, with bags for guests to fill to the top and dance the night away with plenty of sugar. At the center of each table was a cake on a pedestal. Guests could then serve themselves for dessert and “barter” with other tables for desired flavors.
The room setup was elegant, with floor length white linens and white chair covers, and blue and yellow table runners. Accompanying each table was either a blue or yellow number, fitting the color scheme. Guests were able to sign a painting as a modern guest book. There were four different custom cocktail napkins at the bar.

Colors: Royal Blue & Pale Yellow
CAKE: Carl’s Cakes
DJ: Amy from B Kuhl
FAVORS: Candy Bar

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
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

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)