MADISON WINTER WEDDING | JEN & RAJ / by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

You know how sometimes you meet someone and just immediately love them? That’s how we felt when we had the pleasure of meeting Jen years ago and, since then, we've enjoyed getting to know her and her adorable pup, Hazel. This summer, Jen reached out with the most EXCITING news and we couldn’t have been happier to hear that she had met a wonderful man who she couldn’t wait to share her life with. We instantly enjoyed the company of Raj just as we did years back with Jen and knew these two were an incredible couple! 

Just four months ago, Raj proposed to Jen under the stars in Utah, and they dove right into planning their Catholic-Hindu wedding celebration in Madison, WI. We’re still blown away at everything they planned in such a short period of time, and would joyfully go back to January 1st & 2nd of this year to photograph their wedding again & again. Raj’s family traveled great distances to be a part of their wedding, as did Jen’s and many of their wonderful friends. With the Concourse Hotel as their wedding ‘home base’, we photographed Jen getting ready surrounded by her friends and family in a giant room overlooking Madison’s charming downtown. The sun was shining, it was a perfect winter day in Wisconsin, and it was New Year’s Day! What better way to start the year than to get married to the one you love most?

After sliding into her sparkly kate spade flats and her Grandmother’s stunning fur-collared red coat, we were off to Blessed Sacrament Church. Jen & Raj's Catholic ceremony was officiated by Msgr Joseph Diermeier from St Mary’s Church – the church Jen’s family belongs to in Marathon, WI. After a beautiful ceremony and musical treat from Jen as she beautifully played the flute to “Ava Maria”, her & Raj were announced husband & wife. We had JUST enough time to make it back to the Capitol for portraits as the sun was setting, which made for the most romantic scene!

With the help of daffodil parker’s gorgeous florals, Jen & Raj filled their reception with elegance as well as splashes of Indian decor & flavor. Heartfelt toasts, a memorial table to honor and love on their cherished family members, and a delicious meal led to a packed dance floor with popular American and Indian songs, and they danced the night away!

We couldn’t be more thankful to have been a part of Jen and Raj’s wedding – and this is just day one!! Later this week we’ll be sharing photos from their Hindu ceremony and wedding day, so be sure to stop back because we are exploding-excited to share more from their vibrant celebration!

Lots of love,

Kelsy & Butch

Madison Wedding Photos captured with Contax 645, Pentax 67, Hasselblad 500cm and Nikon F100 on Fuji Pro 400H, Portra 800, Ilford XP2 and Ilford 3200 film. Processed by Fast Foto.

Wedding Ceremony: Blessed Sacrament Church, Madison  |  Wedding Reception: Madison Concourse Hotel  |  Wedding Invitation: Ajalon, Santa Rosa, CA  |  Hair & Makeup: Unit One Salon, Amanda  |  Eyelashes: The Lash Loft, Madison  |  Florist: Daffodil Parker  |  Officiant: Msgr Joseph Diermeier from St Mary's Church, Marathon  |  Cake Artist: Bloom Bake Shop  |  DJ: Juke Box Bandstand  |  Rings & Bride's Jewelry: Jim Kyrshak  |  Bride's Dress: The Bridal Event, Appleton  |  Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade  |  Groom's Attire: Campbell Haines Menswear