This wedding was a BLAST.  Becky and Casey are a sweet and loving couple who know how to have fun and throw a party. I really felt like everyone there was having the times of their lives. I have to say that Casey was one of the kindest, most considerate grooms I have worked with. He was looking out for everyone the whole night, on HIS wedding night! If their wedding was any indication of their future together, Casey and Becky will be living it up and taking care of each other for years and years to come.  Special thanks to Amie Heeter for 2nd shooting! 

Casey & Becky’s Proposal: 

Casey and Becky got engaged on Christmas morning, 2013. Becky searched the Christmas tree for the traditional pickle ornament while Casey pretended to (but really he wanted Becky to find it).  Becky found not only the ornament, but also an engagement ring hanging on it.

Where was your wedding and how did you choose the venue(s)?

Our ceremony was at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kiel and the reception was at Victorian Village Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI.  We absolutely love Elkhart Lake.  It’s so pretty, with small town charm and the most beautiful, crystal clear lake.  For us, it was the perfect place to be for our wedding day!

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What was the most enjoyable part of planning your wedding?

My favorite part of planning was getting together with my bridesmaids and family to do it.  Dress shopping with the girls was so fun, and each time we would talk over wedding plans it got me more and more excited for the big day.

What was your greatest challenge in planning your wedding? What did you feel least prepared for?

The greatest challenge was planning the wedding apart from Casey.  He was not always able to talk, or be a part of certain decisions because he was in Spain for the vast majority of the planning process.  I can be very indecisive about things, and I didn’t like committing to decisions without him to confirm with.  In the end though, both of us were very happy with everything and it all worked out perfectly!

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What memory stands out most from your wedding day?

We both had the same response for this one: seeing each other for the first time while walking down the aisle- indescribable feeling!

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What advice do you have for people planning a wedding?

I think that the best advice that I got while planning my wedding was that no matter how planned or focused you are on little things, be sure to soak everything in on the actual wedding day with no worries.  I tried not to worry about anything that day and to just enjoy every moment, because all the planning was done.  It was the best feeling to be surrounded by people that we love.

What resources (blogs, friends, websites) helped you in planning your wedding?

Pinterest, The Knot, my bridesmaids, my matron of honor (who has been through wedding planning before), and both my parents and Casey’s parents were all very helpful.

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Which moment(s) are/were you most excited to see in your wedding photos?

Our wedding party actually had a lot of fun taking pictures together, and we are excited to see the pictures of the group.  We also can’t wait to see pictures of people at the reception and things that we may have missed in the amazing whirlwind of the evening.

Any funny moments to share?

There were so many funny moments!  Quite honestly, the bridal party had so much fun taking pictures. Some of our friends told me that usually taking pictures was the most boring part for them, but that taking pictures for our wedding was super funny.  Thanks Maureen and Amie for fitting right in with everyone and making it even more fun!  Also, singing and hanging out on the bus was super fun.

What personal touches did you add to the wedding to make it your own?

I’ve been known to be a little bit of a picture person (I have photos and frames all over).  So Casey and his brother hung up a little picture clothesline at the reception.  It had a ton of pictures on it of the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and us.  All the decorations at the reception had touches of us in them and we  had so much fun putting them up together and doing all of that ourselves.

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Casey and Becky met while bartending at this bar! During the reception they served shots together from behind the bar.

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If you had an unlimited budget or could simply redo your wedding day, would you have done anything differently?

We honestly wouldn’t change a thing.  However, if we had an unlimited budget we probably would have had a videographer as well.

Why did you choose Maureen Cassidy Photography?

We found Maureen online and liked her portfolio.  After meeting her and having her take our engagement pictures we were so happy and relieved that we chose Maureen for our wedding.  Not only is her work amazing and speaks for itself with the emotions that she captures, she makes everything more fun!

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Dancing at this wedding was sooooo fun. When I left the wedding, the maid of honor picked me up and all the bridesmaids circled around us doing crazy awesome dance moves. These people seriously know how to throw a party!

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Ceremony Venue:  Trinity Lutheran Church (Kiel, WI)

Reception Venue:  Victorian Village Resort (Elkhart Lake, WI)

Hair:  Matron of Honor: Heidi Tschudy (works at Image By Design in Kiel, WI)

Make up: Bridesmaid: Alisa Burgo (works at  Johnathan Breitung Salon & Luxury Spa in Chicago)

Wedding Dress: Brandi’s Bridal Galleria (New Glarus, WI)

Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera’s House of Bridals (Madison, WI)

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse 

Catering & Bar-tending: Victorian Village Resort 

Officiant: David Laabs

Flowers/Florist: Jesse’s Flowers & Gifts (Kiel, WI)

Invitations: DIY (had help from my mom and mother-in-law!)

Dessert (cake and such!): DIY (my dad and mother-in-law made all of the desserts.  I decorated the cake and cupcake with my mom.)

Photography- Maureen Cassidy Photography

DJ and/or band: Chuck from Disc Jockeys Now

Musicians: Jon Laabs (ceremony vocalist), Sharon Laabs (ceremony pianist)

Maureen Cassidy is a Madison wedding photographer, Madison family photographer & Madison boudoir photographer who loves capturing connections, love and beauty in Wisconsin and around the world. If you would like to send her a message contact her {here}.