Today’s real wedding gallery was submitted by the bride. And this particular bride has since turned wedding vendor. She’s THE Kate of Cookies by Kate! She and her husband Kyle planned a wedding day that honored their love story and was ensured their guests had an amazing experience. It’s with that same love and attention that Kate creates her amazing cookies for other local brides too. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out Cookies by Kate!
From the Bride: Kyle and I met at the UW Survey Center in the spring of 2009 when I was an intern and Kyle was a phone room shiftleader. Over the next few months, we got to know each other better and starting dating. We both went on to work full time for the Survey Center (where we still work today, in separate departments), adopt a dog together, Mac, and start to make our home in Madison.
Over the years, it was clear that Kyle and I were so compatible because of our mutual outlook on life. We have similar values and goals and have always been able to easily to talk to each other. We both have an incredible love for sports, particularly football. Although Kyle is a Packers fan and I am a Bears fan, *somehow* we made it work. :) We’re huge fantasy football fans, so often Sundays in the fall mean all football all day.
Our proposal was sweet. It wasn’t typical or theatrical, instead it was a conversation that we had together 4th of July weekend in 2014 after Kyle’s very vocal but ever-loving grandmother had a few words to say about the “state” of our relationship. We had always talked about getting married, but it was that conversation, that moment, that we decided to go head and start planning. Even though I insisted that I didn’t need an engagement ring, Kyle surprised me a week later with a ring.
Kyle is from the Stevens Point/Wausau area and I am from the Chicago suburbs but we knew that we absolutely wanted to get married in Madison, where we fell in love. It was very important to showcase our city to all of our out-of-town guests, which is why we chose to get married at the capitol and have our reception just a block away at The Concourse.
At our ceremony, my godfather/great uncle David, who is an Anglican priest married us. Neither of us are very religious but it was important to me that he marry us. We wrote our own vows and had picked our favorite modern songs for the string quartet to play (our processional was to “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros).
We wanted to make sure our wedding was fun, not just for our guests, but for us as well. (Sometimes it’s so easy to get bogged down with the details, you forget to think about yourself!) So after the ceremony and after traditional family/wedding party photos at the capitol, Kyle and I, our wedding party, and the photographers went down to the Memorial Union Terrace for a beer before the reception. (Kyle and I are both UW graduates.) It was a wonderful, perfect day for a beer on the terrace.
At the reception, the most notable highlight was the speeches. My stepdad welcomed everyone before dinner, and my uncle Tim and Kyle’s dad gave speeches after dinner. (My dad passed away when I was 11 years old and my uncle Tim, while raising his own family, took on helping us as well. I also danced with Tim at our wedding to the song “Lullaby” by Billy Joel, that is a song that reminds me of my dad.) My brother-in-law Luke, Kyle’s twin brother, a normally somewhat quiet guy, gave THE BEST speech. It’s in the pictures, I was dying of laughter. I had no idea he could deliver!
Also notable at the reception: a go-pro was attached to a bottle of Fireball and passed around. My brother-in-law posted the video and set it to music, it’s a pretty great. We also had Ian’s pizzas for late-night food. It was a must!
Wedding Date: August 1, 2015
Ceremony Venue: WI State Assembly Room
Reception Venue: Madison Concourse Hotel
Photographer: Red Wave Pictures | Bride, Bridesmaid & Mother of the Bride Dresses – Vera’s Bridal | Groom’s Tux – Nedrebo’s | Groomsmen Tuxes – Men’s Wearhouse | Florist – Daffodil*Parker | Desserts – Rolling Pin Bake Shop | Hair – Alan Koa Salon and Spa | Wedding Bands – Chalmer’s Jewelers | String Quartet – Sophisticates of String | DJ – Sound Mindset