This wedding by Raymond Siler has so many of the aspects that make me swoon when it comes to a wedding. Beautiful scenery, a truly in-love couple, a touch of eco (check out the LEED gold certification at the church), and details that perfectly fit the couple.
From the Bride:
Greg and I got engaged on his birthday, November 6th, 2009. We always go out for a nice dinner at the birthday person’s place of choice, so I didn’t suspect a thing! We finished eating and the waitress brought over the dessert tray, which included a beautiful diamond ring in the center. I was so full I didn’t even notice at first, and when I did notice, the thought didn’t even cross my mind that it was for me. All I thought was, “That is a very interesting choice for decorating the tray…” I turned to Greg and he was on his knee…that’s when I understood! Of course I said yes!
I had always wanted to get married in June, so we settled on a long engagement, about 19 months. Because we had so much time, I didn’t even think about any details for about 6 months. Then it hit me…I have to plan this thing! We started with picking a reception venue. Lake Windsor Golf Club was the only place we visited; I was sold after only one meeting! The scenery was gorgeous and the wedding coordinators were nothing but accommodating and knowledgeable. It didn’t hurt that the food was incredible as well!
Then we set out to find a ceremony venue. After looking at a few churches that weren’t all that special, we decided to visit the First Unitarian Society in downtown Madison. I knew it was the place from the moment I set foot in the building. Everything was just as I had imagined it: vaulted ceilings, amazing natural light, beautiful wood tones, and plenty of seating for our 230 guests. The laid back atmosphere was exactly what I wanted. Everything from there fell into place.
Each and every one of our vendors were amazing and over the top helpful. My favorite detail from the wedding was how we were able to tie in the custom stationery design I created with a graphic designer I work with into just about everything. My dad is a wonderful woodworker, so he created the frames for the seating chart and table names. Paired with the votive candles we hand tied little “M’s” on and the gorgeous floral arrangements, it made for a tablescape that was so “us.” Even our cake decorator was able to work in the green dot design that graced all of the decorations.
Our day was centered on having fun and celebrating our relationship with our family and friends. Judging by the number of smiles and the fact that the dance floor was always full, I’d say it was a success!
Photographer: Raymond Siler Photography | Ceremony Venue: First Unitarian Society | Reception Venue: Lake Windsor Golf Club | Florist: Flagstad Flower Shop | Bridal Gown: Pronovias from Brandi’s Bridal Galleria | Bridal Jewelry: Grandmother’s pearls (a family tradition) | Bride’s Shoes: Naughty Monkey | Veil and Headpiece: Brides of France | Wedding Bands: Condon Jewelers | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: Delicate Potato Designs | Salon: Studio Z | Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Nedrebo’s | Cake: Carl’s Cakes | Cake Topper: The Knot | Transportation: Abracadabra Limousine | Guestbook: Mixbook | Photobooth: The Traveling Photobooth | Ceremony Musicians: Rachel Avery and Terri Pepper | DJ: Grant Billings