rooftop bridal portrait at the monona terrace

Mike and Charise – A Lake Monona Wedding – Madison WI

Mike and Charise 6.11.16 – A Lake Monona Wedding

Mike and Charise were married in his parents back yard overlooking Lake Monona.   The setting was gorgeous and close the heart.   Mike and Charise surrounded themselves with the people, places, and things they love the most.  They love the lake, boats, Madison, and Wisconsin.  But I’m pretty sure they love each other the most.

Did I mention they like boats and lakes?  Their engagement session took place this fall at Devil’s Lake State Park.  I should have caught on as to how much they loved lakes as they toughed out the engagement session with cold fall winds and a high of 33.

Mike told me he went to boat school in Maine.  THAT is boat dedication!

After the ceremony the bridal party boarded a pontoon boat for a lake tour and champaign toast before arriving at the cocktail hour at the Monona Terrace Rooftop (where they had the first look).

More boat fun….For the reception table cards, Charise made over 150 little paper boats.   There was a bottle for guests to write a message to the bride and groom, and oars for the guest book.  Her Captain and His First Mate signs adorned their chairs at the head table. Charise gave her bridesmaids little bottles with messages inside.  The boutineries had little ropes on them! AND they tied the knot during the ceremony.  OH and the wedding guest programs listed the latitude and longitude of the ceremony location.  I LOVED it! So creative and so very them!

Charise tied a momento to a lost friend that went missing out on his boat.  He should have been there to share in their joy.  But I think in spirit he was, because these two radiate love for all!

The first look was full with laughter, joy, tears and one “Holy Shit!” from Mike as he set eyes on his bride at the first look.  I kept shooting but laughed hard while doing so.  She was stunning!

A little country made an appearance as they danced the first dance to “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice.

Brothers, cousins, friends, and family all wished them well as the night wound down to the close.  I was honored to be part of their day.  And of course thanks to Wes Peck for seconding shooting for me!

Mike proposed to Charise on the rooftop of the Monona Terrace, so the last portrait I took was of them in that very spot on their wedding night. They are so happy in that moment!  YEaaassss!

Congrats Mike and Charise!

CHEERS! – Erin Melissa

 

Brides Dress: Buccis Bridal in Pewaukee

Tux Rental: Nedrebos

Her Ring: Jared

His Ring: Chalmers

Officiant: Bill Scanton – neighbor of parents

Flowers – Rainbow Floral

Transportation: Parents Pontoon Boat (from ceremony to reception) and Rite Way Leasing (for guests)

Cake: Karen the Cake Lady

Catering: Monona Catering

Reception Venue: The Monona Terrace

DJ: Kuhl Entertainment

Bling wedding shoes

Bling Details for the Bride

navy blue bridesmaids

wedding day love note with wedding ring

Mike surprised Charise with a wedding band as her gift.  She just had finished explaining to me how they decided not to buy her a wedding band until later.  Well, I was in on the secret, and she was thrilled!

grooms wedding gift

Mike got a little boudoir to keep for himself of his beautiful bride.

bride gets dressed

brides final touches

brides final touches

portrait of bride in black and white

first look on rooftop of monona terrace

first look moments between bride and groom

rooftop monona terrace bride and groom portrait

monona terrace gardens bride and groom portrait

lake themed wedding details

blue and white wedding flowers

backyard wedding

lakeside backyard wedding

when dad gives away the bride

dad gives away the bride

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lakeshore backyard wedding

tying the knot

you may now kiss the bride

bridesmaid selfie fun

hugs from wedding guests

lakeside boat themed wedding details

wedding rings with emeralds

bridesmaids at wisconsin state capital

groomsmen at Wisconsin state capital

bridal party at wisconsin state capital

casual bridal party at wisconsin state capital

bridal portraits on the rooftop of the monona terrace

bubbler bridal portraits

wisconsin state capital bridal portraits

wisconsin state capital bride and groom photos

Monona Terrace Wedding Madison WI 36

Nice car?  Hope the owner did not mind too much!  lol  Thanks Wes (my car photographer for grabbing this)

bridal party entrance at the monona terrace

bridal party entrance at the monona terrace

bridal party entrance at the monona terrace

wedding cake with blueberries

cake cutting

bridal toasts

wedding reception toasts

toast to the bride and groom

first dance at the monona terrace

first dance at the monona terrace

dad daughter dance at the monona terrace

dad daughter dance at the monona terrace

mother son dance at the monona terrace

married couples dance at the monona terrace

married couples dance at the monona terrace

garter toss at the monona terrace

bouquet toss at the monona terrace

 bouquet toss at the monona terrace

 bouquet toss at the monona terrace

night rooftop bride and groom at the monona terrace

night rooftop bride and groom the monona terrace

 

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