Carly & David’s Madison Wedding

Once again, I’m at a loss for words.  Its been a crazy, awesome, emotional, busy, wonderful summer and I’m so thankful for each of the wonderful brides that have trusted me with their special days.  I’ve learned so much and learned even more about what I have yet to learn.  I’ve explored new places and met amazing people.  All that said, Carly and David’s wedding was the most perfect way to end my first wedding season.

We bonded at our first meeting – David grew up in my native New England, and Carly is a creative after my own heart.  Their sensitivity and sweetness to each other and those around them were evident also.  During our second meeting, I asked them if it was alright if my husband second shot the reception to get some more practice.  Their immediate reaction was excitement that I would be able to spend the evening with my husband!  I almost cried!

I knew that their wedding would be special, but I wasn’t prepared for the depth of the day’s emotions.

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Laughter reigned in the getting ready room, tears at the first look.  Every detail was meaningful, from her TOMS – a nod to her consistent concern for those she has never met), to a symbolic Irish ring that belonged to her grandmother.  And the dress.  The dress was simply perfect.  Perfectly Carly and perfectly beautiful!

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Laughter reigned once again during the portraits.  Such a fun wedding party!  carlydavid_madisonwedding-21carlydavid_madisonwedding-24 carlydavid_madisonwedding-20carlydavid_madisonwedding-23carlydavid_madisonwedding-26 carlydavid_madisonwedding-25

The ceremony took place at Olbrich Park in an outdoor garden.  Secret garden anyone?  carlydavid_madisonwedding-28carlydavid_madisonwedding-29carlydavid_madisonwedding-30carlydavid_madisonwedding-32carlydavid_madisonwedding-31carlydavid_madisonwedding-33carlydavid_madisonwedding-34

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Carly and David had family attending from Ireland!  So special!

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The cake table paid tribute to Carly and David’s rich heritage.

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The toasts were just the sweetest.  I teared up listening to Carly’s dad explain how he had fallen in love with his wife all over again, and laughed listening to Carly’s sister explain how she brought them together, and teared up again as I listen to her explain how she knew David was the one for Carly.

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carlydavid_madisonwedding-69 carlydavid_madisonwedding-70carlydavid_madisonwedding-71And then laughter again as David’s best man and close friend described their friendship.  It was clear that Carly and David’s sweetness had touched everyone in the room.

Instead of hiring a DJ, Carly and David compiled their own playlist of special songs and upbeat tunes.carlydavid_madisonwedding-75

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 <3 Amy & Brian