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Katie & Will’s Hayward Destination Wedding

Katie and Will traveled from their home base in Madison to get married lakeside in Hayward, Wisconsin at her grandparent’s summer cabin that has stayed in the family. The day began with pouring rain and right as things were about to begin, the sky opened up and sun shined down on everyone– which is rumored to be a special blessing from the grandparents who weren’t able to join them. From there on the out, the day continued organically and elegantly, with many fun surprises from Will coming out on a boat to Katie samba dancing. The images tell the story best. Enjoy!

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My favorite part was the day. It was the best day. We celebrated joy and love with all of our closest friends. I want to re-live that day over and over. Amazing people, amazing food, beautiful weather…could not have had a better wedding day!!madison destination photographershayward wedding photographyoutdoor lake ceremony madisonoutdoor ceremony madisonceremony on lake madisonnatural madison wedding photographygroomsmen photographybridesmaids photographyin the woods floralveil pictures madison wioutdoor lake wedding madison

One of Ray and Gina’s favorite things about the wedding: 

Katie and Will’s wedding was all on the same piece of land and they utilized the space and their timeline so creatively. Before the ceremony, guests were invited to a pre-reception where they could visit Katie in one area and Will in another. It was a unique idea and maximized time with guests.

Gina: Since Katie is a friend, it was especially meaningful to be behind the scenes and it was so much fun to samba dance along side her at the wedding reception (keep scrolling down to see the awesome action shots, obviously taken by ray)! It was soaking wet when we came out to the dance floor in our samba outfits, so we wore giant plastic garbage bags on our feet and did the dance an extra time upon Katie’s request.

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Planning: don’t fret about the details, just focus on the big pieces that are important. Ask for help, but remain focused on YOUR vision for your wedding. Take a honeymoon a few days after the wedding!! Will be great fun to reminisce about your big day. The day of: JUST HAVE FUN!!!barmadillo wedding madisonfather of the groom speechmother of the bride speechbest man speechwedding speech photographytent wedding madison witent reception madison wiotimo brazilian dance madisonsamba dancing bridegroom wedding outfit change

Why did you go with Gina and Ray as your photographers?

We chose Gina and Ray because of their beautiful editorial photos. We wanted to capture the moments of the day and their photography does exactly that. We wanted candid photos so that we experienced the day over and over again while looking at the pictures. They were such a great team to work with and somehow were invisible during the day! They made the family photos fun and easy with a lot of kiddos. Would suggest anyone to hire these two! They are such a great team and you will love the photos 🙂




Overall theme: French Garden

Ceremony Venue: Family cabin in the northwoods of Wisconsion- 20 min outside or hayward, wi

Reception Venue: Same family cabin

Wedding Dress: Vera’s House of Bridals in Madison WI, dress by David Tutera- Hillary in tea rose

Veil: worn by the mother of the bride at her wedding and passed onto the bride

Pre-Ceremony Dress: Iona, Boutique in Madison, WI

Bridesmaid Dresses: They chose their own dresses all while knowing it will be a green and garden background 🙂 they chose all colors in the rainbow and most of them were muted or greyed down to create that “mid-summer nights dream” look.

Hair: down, curly and romantic. Whistful. Done by one of the bridesmaids.

Makeup: romantic pinks, natural. Done by one of the bridesmaids.

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: 3 closest groomsmen: grey suits, any color with colorful bow-ties. All other 10 wore what they like.

Officiant: our friend Steve Ramig

Invitations: designed by Hannah Robus-sister of groom and bridesmaid. Made with same colors of table-cloth and in a French blue pattern.

Coordinator: Katie of Inn the Woods Floral

Flowers: In the Woods Floral, Motif was very organic and natural. Few flowers with lots and lots of greens.

Food: catered by Le Personal Chef. French themed. Chicken cordon Bleu, shrimp, strawberry salads, cheese and fruit trays for pre-reception.

Drinks: Barmadillo-craft cocktails

Music: the Deans list. A big band. 17 piece.

Entertainment: Otimo Madison Brazilian Dance!!!

Photographer: Gina Bower Photography!!!!

Honeymoon: buying a new house 🙂 and a week at the cabin in September (were too busy to go anywhere else )


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