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The backstory
We met in college at a 90’s party. Cassidy was dressed as Baby Spice and I had acid wash jeans on. Interestingly, we grew up in the same town in New Jersey. Our parent’s houses are only a mile away. We went to the same middle school together two years apart but never met. From there, we followed each other to Boston, Atlanta, and then New York before finally settling in Madison this summer for Cassidy to start medical school. I think I knew marriage was imminent when we shared a 200 square foot efficiency apartment in Manhattan and came out liking each other even more than we did when we moved in.
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Planning the proposal
I had the ring made over the summer, but I knew that I wanted a fall proposal. Fall is when we met and has always been our favorite season. I considered a few outdoor locations but ultimately decided on Picnic Point. I liked that I could reserve a fire pit to create our own space in a public area. My grandparents went to UW and I grew up hearing about walks to the point.

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I wanted to strike the balance between it being a private moment for just us and being able to share it with our families and friends. We just moved to Madison from the East coast and are both close to our families; I wanted them to be able to experience the moment with us from far away. I absolutely love the pictures! Looking at them brings me back to how I felt in the exact moment– the nervous energy leading up to the proposal and the elation following the “yes”. I never want to forget how it felt!

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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}.