Elopement at Gates of Heaven Synagogue, James Madison Park Madison Wisconsin
They got ready at Mansion Hill Inn, which is simply BEAUTIFUL! The room they were in had a beautiful little dressing area that Kristen got dressed in. This room beamed light in, while John got ready in the bathroom that was the size of our apartment. Since they didn’t have anyone to help them get dressed, we helped them. Justin helped with cuff links, while I buttoned up Kristen’s dress. We’ve done this dozens of times before, but this time it felt different, a good different!
Kristen and John choose to do their elopement with five people in attendance.
Those five people included them, us and the officiant! We got to sign for them as witnesses and it was an honor. Their ceremony was filled with beautiful words from their officiant and their own vows. Justin and I beamed with joy while we photographed.
After the ceremony, we hung out at Gates of Heaven a bit, enjoyed the beautiful floral by Daffodil Parker as long as we could! I don’t think any of us really wanted to leave. Kristen and John were enjoying their time together too, they relaxed a bit at the altar before going outside for portraits.
We took their portraits at a new location in Madison we found.
They wanted photos that had green and woodsy. This was a location that had the most green at this time in Wisconsin. We sent them the information beforehand, and they were excited! Certain spots in the location made us forget that we were in Madison. The low hanging clouds covered the skyline.
My all-time favorite thing about these two was that Kristen was barefoot the whole time during portraits! Yes, barefoot! She agreed with me that being barefoot is better than wearing shoes! YES!
Here is a little bit from our rad couple:
Kristen, what do you love most about John?
John, what do you love most about Kristen?
Kristen is everything you could want in a partner. Beautiful, sincere, trustworthy, funny, intelligent and compassionate. There’s always more to learn about Kristen, and she’s always growing. I value someone who wants the most out of life, who will grow with me, and make me laugh, which she does all of the time.
What is your perfect Sunday together?
Kristen // Coffee on the roof, early breakfast at our favorite local place, wandering somewhere outside, cooking dinner together with the record player on and the windows open.
John // Walk in the woods, swim in the lake, read at the pool, and make dinner together. Kristen will always make everything better. If she’s there, I like it.
What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?
John // Watching her spin and laugh in the woods after her wedding. Kristen leads a busy life, and it was refreshing to see her totally let go. I could see that in her at that moment, and I was really happy to see it.
Kristen / /
The wedding day was a blur. I think the best part has been after the wedding – waking up every day and finally being married, after nine years together, and planning for the next season of our lives.
Why did you decide to do an intimate elopement?
Kristen // We’ve been together for nine years. A lot has happened over those nine years; we’re not the same people that we were when we met. After all this time, with all its change and growth, we wanted our wedding to be a space where we could truly rest and connect. We chose May 1, May Day, as a symbol of spring.
John // For a variety of reasons, we decided to wait to get married. It had been nine years. However, I knew I wanted to marry Kristen at two weeks. When the time was right for us, I wanted it to just be about us. And honestly, it went the way we wanted it to. I couldn’t be happier with it.