Madison Club Wedding – Emma and Al

Celebrations matter. Celebrations matter because we bring our communities, our families, our people together so rarely. A wedding day isn’t the day that two people decide to spend their lives together – that is an ongoing process, started before the wedding, lasting throughout their marriage. A wedding day is simply the day that we choose to celebrate it – that we say to our communities “we have chosen each other”, and that your community gets to finally party! And that is pretty much what happened for Emma and Al’s wedding at the Madison Club. A totally gorgeous day, a breaking…

Madison Club wedding between two scientists – Erica and Erik

If what they say is “Nothing is forever” Then what makes, then what makes, then what makes Then what makes, what makes, what makes Love the exception? -Outkast (Hey Ya) One major problem with shooting weddings all year round is that I end up fairly busy all year round. It is lovely to have a mix of temperatures and seasons and people, but it also means I never have a long “blogging month” anymore. Which is to say, I’m only now catching up on blogging all the amazing couples I got to work with last year. Not least of which…

Betsy and Nic and Madison’s capitol from the Edgewater hotel

I don’t know that there is anything more I can say than this image already says – Betsy and Nic and Madison’s capitol from the Edgewater hotel, after a full day of wedding and celebrating and laughing. Also, no rain.

Madison Wedding at Memorial Union Great Hall – Kris and Michael

Thoughts on a Madison Wedding, finding inspiration, and civic architecture’s role on marriage. But how is a taste in this beautiful art to be formed in our countrymen, unless we avail ourselves of every occasion when public buildings are to be erected, of presenting to them models for their study & imitation? – Thomas Jefferson (in discussing the construction of the Capitol Building in Washington DC) Whenever I find myself in Madison I always hope to spend time at the Madison capitol building, one of the best pieces of civic architecture in the country. It is open to the public…

Wisconsin Wedding on the Prairie – Mindy and Peter

Everyone brings layers of meaning to every gathering they attend; their personal history, their hopes and goals, their experience, their relationships. Can we ever truly share an experience together? Perhaps we are always experiencing facets of the same event, even as we attend it together. After hundreds of weddings, I am even more enamored by the newness, the unique combination of events and people and emotion, that each wedding brings. I bring the memories and experiences from past weddings I’ve documented, but each wedding is a new opportunity, a new set of photographic challenges, a unique moment in time that I get to…

Memorial Union Tripp Commons Wedding – Amy + Trevor

I don’t always meet couples before their wedding – often they are planning from afar or we just don’t get the chance to do more than phone. I met Amy + Trevor in person at their Tripp Commons wedding in Madison, and I was immediately struck by what strong and driven individuals they are. It was such a pleasure to document such adventurous spirits who find so much joy in each other. When I was an undergrad at the University of Wisconsin, I worked in the Memorial Union planning some event programming and also managing the art collection there. I…

Madison Club Wisconsin destination wedding

It can be easy to get caught up in the details and locations of weddings – the pretty things that have been created and bought and altered and gathered to adorn the people and tables and buildings. And, of course, I do care about documenting those things – making pretty images that bring a texture to the documentation of a wedding day. But what I really love is the people. Because, at a wedding, there is just so much to celebrate. People being together for the first time, and for the last time, and for the only time. People surviving, and overcoming,…

Elisabeth + Brian’s Second Line Wedding with Mama Digdown’s Brass Band

Madison wedding at the Majestic Theater and Madison Central Library Is there a better metaphor for a wedding day than a second line brass band? To walk, with all your guests, in shared celebration. On display for the world to see, but also asking that larger community to join in your joy, to celebrate with you as well as witness your wedding? All of which is to say, Elisabeth and Brian’s wedding was so much fun. We don’t always think of a Second Line march outside of New Orleans (and they have it down to a science there!) but when…