Weddings: Kelsey & Hythem | A Match Made in Madison
Hi! Chastity here - your Wedding Sales Manager at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club. I have roughly thirteen years of experience in wedding and event planning, and I have loved every minute of it. I work with couples during every aspect of their wedding planning - from the initial tour, to the menu tastings, to being on site the day of the wedding. And now, I want to work with you even before we meet: by sharing my thoughts and expertise through this blog on our website! I'll be delving into some of my favorite wedding topics, whether it be highlighting weddings at The Madison Concourse, putting the spotlight on some of my most adored local vendors, or sharing my favorite tips, tricks, and advise when it comes to your big day.
My first blog post features one of my favorite weddings from January of 2017.
Last year I got the privlege of meeting Kelsey and Hythem. I instantly connected with them and their amazing family members. Our tasting and detailing appointments were filled with laughs and excitement in anticipation for their January 2017 wedding. The first thing I noticed was how considerate they are of the each other’s feelings and input. It was never about what one or the other wanted – Everything was a decision they made together. They are both extremely thoughtful and this showed through with every detail and arrangement they made when planning their wedding.
Kelsey & Hythem both attended UW-Madison so for them is was important to have a downtown Madison wedding where their guests from around the world could come and see the city that played such an important part in their lives and relationship. (Hythem even proposed to Kelsey on the UW football field - Touch Down!)
The couple’s first look took place on the 12th Floor of The Madison Concourse Hotel in our Governor’s Club Lounge. Breathtaking views of the Capitol building were the backdrop for this special moment. The couple and their wedding party then whisked off for some pre-ceremony photos at some of downtown Madison’s amazing landmarks including the capitol building and Camp Randall.
Their ceremony was held in The University Room with vows officiated by a family member. There was not a dry eye in the group as their guests left the ceremony room. I heard time after time, “these two are really meant to be together.” “This is true love.”
After many family photos on our hotel’s grand staircase guests enjoyed a signature cocktail (recipes created by Kelsey’s sister) and hors d' oeuvres in CIRC, our in-house restaurant. I can still taste that incredible twist on a Moscow Mule - a vodka cocktail with blood orange Peligrino and POM juice! So delicious! Everyone then headed up to our Grand Ballroom for a 4-course dinner including a yummy dessert buffet including desserts prepared by our hotel pastry chefs as well as some Arabic desserts provided by a favorite bakery of the groom’s family. The couple had the most thoughtful (and tasty) wedding favors: squeaky Wisconsin cheese curds (the perfect late night snack)! Their decorations featured natural woods contrasted with shiny gold accents and lush greenery, which was absolutely gorgeous.
Sound by Design finished the night with one crazy dance party and everyone snacked on late night pizzas provided by Ian’s Pizza.
It was an amazing day celebrating two of the kindest people I have ever met. Guests came from around the world to witness their love in the heart of a city so special to the couple - and to us!
Thank you for letting me be a part of it!
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Autumn & Melinda Photography