Saturday, January 14, 2012

Operation Wedding is Underway

Since our engagement, I'd been feeling rather antsy because we didn't have a venue. Luke and I knew that we wanted to get married in Madison. It's absolutely gorgeous in the summer. Our families live nearby. And we really grew together as a couple in Madison.

In our quest for venues, I think we both had a feeling that the Memorial Union would end up being our first choice. We looked into other gorgeous options, including the Overture Center and the Madison Club, but something about the Union just felt right.

We decided to get married in the summer of 2013, after Luke finished his MBA program. With his graduation date on June 15th, that only left two other Saturdays in June. Rather than trying to cram our wedding into that month, too, we decided to opt for a July wedding.

Given that the Union is a highly coveted venue, we had to enter a "lottery" and hope that our number was drawn before all of the Saturdays were taken. The lottery fell on Jan. 4th, which was Luke's first day of class and the beta launch date for the website I've been working on for the past few months. Thankfully, my dear brother, Ben, lives in Madison and attended the lottery in our place. He must be a good luck charm, because we got a date at our favorite venue: Tripp Commons at the Memorial Union, which overlooks the beautiful Lake Mendota and infamous Union Terrace.

Courtesy of Jeff Miller & UW-Madison University Communications
(Side note: I specifically remember sitting at the Terrace one Saturday during my senior year of college and looking up at the Tripp Commons deck. There was a wedding going on, and I remembered thinking at that moment, "What a brilliant idea. Could there be a better place for a wedding?" It's still a little surreal that we will be getting married there, too.)

And in other great news, we've hired a photographer: Kim Thiel Photography! Her work is stunning. I was first introduced to Kim Thiel's amazing photography back in 2007 when Ben & Tara got married. She exploded onto the Wisconsin photography scene and is in such high demand, I knew we'd have to book far in advance. (We're 18 months out, and she already had other couples who were interested in the dates we were looking at.) We skyped with Kim this week to make sure we'd all be a good fit for each other, discussed our vision for the day and chatted about our engagement session. Kim also suggested I start using Pinterest for inspiration & ideas.

(Pinterest is fantastic, by the way. You start pinning a few things here and there, and the next thing you know, it's two hours later and you have no idea what happened. It's great. I haven't experienced anything like it since The Sims.)

So, needless to say, it's been a big week in Wedding World.

p.s. I swear I will not turn this into a wedding blog. Promise.

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