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Today's real wedding takes place in the heart of beautiful downtown Madison at the Monona Terrace on a perfect summer day. With the shimmering waters of Lake Monona in the background, Erin & Sammy tied the knot on the gorgeous rooftop. Pink and white peonies, roses and berries from Alluring Blooms and gold vintage mirrors from A La Crate adorned the tables with photos from Azena Photography

WEDDING DATE: 08/01/2015

HOW DID YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND MEET?  We met when we both worked for the Wisconsin Historical Society.

HOW DID YOU KNOW HE WAS "THE ONE"? We started dating after a night out listening to a local bluegrass band. We had so much in common and clicked that night, I knew we would be together forever after that.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: We frequently went on walks through a conservation park near our house. One day he stopped me and pulled out a ring box and asked me to marry him. We had been planning on getting married for some time, but it was still a surprise!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DRESS: A-line strapless dress with lace, pearls and crystal beads.

DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: Pink and white flowers: peonies, roses & pink berries.

WERE THERE ANY PERSONAL TOUCHES OR DIY ELEMENTS? I had photo collages of our parents and grandparent's weddings on the back of the table numbers. I used a vintage brooch of my grandmother's on my flower bouquet. I made a lot of the decor myself: wedding wands, paper bunting and signage for sweets, welcome, and gift table, I also made the table assignment cards.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT FROM YOUR WEDDING? My favorite moment was our first look. It was our one moment of just the two of us and it was so fun to surprise Sam with my full look.

Ceremony & Reception Location - Monona Terrace | Bridal Attire - Vera's House of Bridals | Groom's Tuxedo - Nedrebo's Formalwear | Hair & Makeup - Be Inspired | Jewelry / Accessories - James Gattas Jewelers | Floral - Alluring Blooms | Cake / Confections - Monona Terrace Catering | Event Designer/Wedding Planner - Brides on a Budget | Paper Goods - Minted | Photographer - Azena Photography | DJ / Reception Entertainment -  Art Stevenson and Highwater & Vo5 | Rentals - A La Crate | Photo Booth - The Traveling Photo Booth