Monona Terrace

Aubrey + AJ: A Downtown Madison Engagement Session


a fun jaunt around iconic madison landmarks and ending with a summer Thunderstorm!

Aubrey + AJ, who live in the great state of Texas but are having their wedding up in the Madison area to be closer to family, came into town mid-July to scope out wedding plans and had their engagement photos at some of the most iconic downtown landmarks.

We started off at the Memorial Union Terrace for waterfront photos (and Babcock hall ice cream!) then scooted over to the Capitol Building (look at that dramatic sky) and then hit the Monona Terrace just as the rain started pouring and by the time we got back to the car we were all soaked to the bone but laughing!

We can’t wait for Aubrey + AJ’s wedding! Enjoy these fun engagement photos (and go get yourself some Babcock hall ice cream while you’re at it!)

- Sam


Elaina + Nate: A Modern Monona Terrace Rooftop Wedding


A modern and sleek wedding, with loads of beautiful details, great laughs, and a ring-bearer doggo! 

Elaina + Nate met when they lived close to each other, and Elaina got stuck in the winter snow, and had to ask neighbors (including Nate) for assistance. Nate didn't get the car unstuck sadly, but he + Elaina really hit it off, and went on to be good friends for the next year or so, before they moved into boyfriend/girlfriend territory. Nate proposed on top of a mountain, which is only fitting... 

These two, with their love of adventure, physically challenging hobbies (Tough Mudder, anyone?), and each other, were the freaking cutest! They were soooo excited to see each other for their first look, and couldn't wait to walk down aisle! I love seeing folks who are so excited to be with one another, who get pumped to celebrate with their friends and family, and who are such nice people, that they are clearly beloved by all who attended the wedding to celebrate with them! How tight knit these two are with their families is something to see as well! Nate's sister even did a freestyle rap as part of her toast, to the tune of Fresh Prince of BelAir! So... we really have seen it all now! 

Enjoy the photos of this fabulous wedding on the Monona Terrace rooftop, and join me in wishing nothing but happiness to these two awesome individuals and their families! (Also check out their super cute ring-bearer doggo!) 



Here are the vendors (with links!) who made their wedding day A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! 

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Monona Terrace

Officiant: Patrick Gugliuzza (friend of the couple)

Wedding Dress: Amsale from Matina's Bridal

Wedding Shoes: Aldo His Shoes: J. Murphy

Tux: Vera Wang from Men's Wearhouse

Engagement Ring: Great grandmother's

Her Wedding Band: CatBird

His Wedding Band: David Yurman

Alternative Wedding Bands: Qalo

Hand-Painted Veil & Earrings: Paris by Debra Moreland

Bracelet: Swarovski

String Quartet (Ceremony): State Street Strings

DJ: Kuhl Entertainment (Patrick Archer) 

Florals: Sunborn Gardens

Desserts: Monona Terrace Catering 

Catering: Monona Terrace Catering

Wedding Party Attire (Ladies): Haylie Paige

Wedding Party Attire (Gentlemen): Vera Wang from Men's Wearhouse