real Lavender Hill Events wedding: jackie & nathan get married at the State Capitol


It has been a mild Wisconsin Winter this 2011-2012 season, and that was good news for my February 11, 2012 bride Jackie…but on February 10th, the temperatures dropped, but this didn’t stop the adorable Jackie and Nathan from warming up all of Madison with their sweetness, laughter, and beautiful love story.

While neither Jackie and Nathan are from Madison; Jackie was raised in Chicago and Nathan is from Green Bay; much of their love story blossomed in Madison with long date weekends, bike rides, and a Bascom Hill proposal in May of 2010. So it was only fitting that they got married here too! Nathan and Jackie dreamed of a wedding day that was fun and full of love – just like them. A wedding day that paid homage to Jackie’s Mexican heritage, and had good strong Wisconsin roots too…

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 meet Jackie…the stunning bride

 Hilton Grooms Hotel Room

and Nathan…her dashing groom

 Father of the Bride

Ascension, Jackie’s Father, sees his girl all ready for her wedding day.  Elena and Ascension are originally from Mexico; and for Jackie and her parents is was very important to incorporate Mexican Wedding Traditions

Mexican Wedding Lasso

The lasso…a symbol of infinity and an everlasting union. This lasso was Jackie’s mother’s, from her wedding day. While we didn’t use the lasso during the ceremony we were able to use it before the wedding in a special and sweet moment where Jackie and Nathan did not have a first look… but did have a first touch.

Hilton Madison Weddings

Jackie and Nathan’s first touch…I love this photo. Nathan is so calm, so in love…Jackie, so excited, so filled with joy, at the moment she took his hand she caught all of her anticipation in a single breath…it was, Perfect.

mexican wedding traditions

The Arras or the 13 Gold Coins. These gold coins were also from Elena & Chon’s (Ascension) wedding day. They are so tinie tiny, just a little bigger than a robin’s egg and yet they symbolize so much…a promise to provide for the family; good wishes for prosperity; and for Jackie and Nathan, wonderful examples from both of their parents of supportive and lasting marriages.

Red Grooms Boutonniere

Nathan and his mother Lori as she pins on his boutonniere…there is always something so wonderful in the love between a Mom and her boy.

Mariachi Band Wedding

 and it’s not a Wedding without a Mariachi Band, right? It was such an adventure to find a traditional 7 piece Mariachi in Wisconsin, it was also quite an adventure to have them play too…amist protestors, a ban on instruments in the Capitol building, some crazy misteps in police permits…the Mariachi Band shined through, filled the capitol with beautiful music and brought tears to many eyes…it was just wonderful. A huge THANK YOU is due to the Capitol Police Department, and in particular to Chief Tubbs, who really came through in the last minute (although I may have bullied him a little).

Wisconsin State Capitol Wedding

 Thanks to Mandie of Red Gecko Studio, Victor and the rest of the Mariachi of Trio Alma Latina/Mariachi Wisconsin, a very COLD bride and groom, and my son Thad who hauled equiptment in the freezing cold to get me this shot. This particular picture was my dream image of their wedding day and everyone was kind enough to humor me.

     Harvest Restaurant Weddings

To celebrate Jackie & Nathan’s shared love of great food (they are food scientists you know…) Harvest Restaurant was a perfect choice for them. Harvest’s amazing menu combines brilliant flavors and fresh Wisconsin food. The wedding party and guests also celebrated with Don Julio Tequila and Green Bay style Whiskey Old Fashioneds too!

(check out Lavender Hill Events on Facebook to see a video of the Mariachi Band playing at the Wedding)

Intimate Wedding Reception

 sweet moments…

Chi Omega Weddings and Owls

     Jackie is a Chi Omega gal. Chi Omega gals love owls. I collect owls, I wear one around my neck and have about 5 owls in my office alone.Jackie and I bonded over owls. We came up with the idea to have Jackie and all her Chi Omega besties in a photo op together with some owls!

Owl Wedding Decor

A particular owl sweetness, Jackie’s something borrowed…a little sparkling owl in her beautiful bouquet.

harvest restaurant bar

At the bar at Harvest and fun is being had.

 Wisconsin Winter Wedding

Congratulations Jackie and Nathan!

Thank you for letting me share in your story and in planning your wedding day.

Cheers! ~ Jenny


Wedding Planning: Lavender Hill Event Design & Planning

Photography: Red Gecko Studio

Wedding Officiants: Jim Engmann, Happily Ever After Wedding Officients

Flowers/Floral Design: Flora Designs by Jamae

Reception: Harvest

Accomodations: Hilton Monona Terrace

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One Response to real Lavender Hill Events wedding: jackie & nathan get married at the State Capitol

  1. The blog is beautiful Jenny, you really captured the special moments throughout the day. Our families have both commented on how professional and charismatic you were to work with. We will share the blog with them soon as they will be excited to see it.

    For all you future brides out there, here is our feedback for working with Ms. Jenny Sligh, wedding planner extraordinaire:

    We started working with Jenny on December 29th, 2011 for our February 11th , 2012 wedding and in that short time Jenny was able to help us coordinate our entire wedding from start to finish.

    We live in Michigan so Jenny was very flexible in meeting with us when we were in town and she did an excellent job of organizing all the exploratory consultations with the various vendors. She has a create list of contacts in the area and she always seems to “know someone” who can get the job done on anything we ask for.

    This excellent ability to arrange vendors was most on display for us with the Mariachi band that we had at our wedding. Jenny was not able to find a suitable band in Madison but we insisted that we have the band so Jenny found two separate bands in Milwaukee that met our needs and convinced them to form into one large Mariachi for our ceremony. The band was fantastic and it illustrates Jenny’s knack for getting things done.

    The day of the ceremony Jenny did an excellent job of handling the little “emergencies” that inevitably come up on the big day. We managed to get a weekend with the coldest weather of the year and we were planning to have everyone walk to the Capitol from the hotel, but with the weather we needed to get the hotel shuttle to take all of our guests to and from the ceremony. Jenny went above and beyond to work with the hotel on ensuring they took care of us before any of the other guests.

    This help continued right up to the start of the ceremony when the Capitol Police wanted to prevent our Mariachi from playing in the building even though we had permits! It didn’t help that our wedding was on the one-year anniversary of Occupy Madison. Jenny managed to have the chief of police at the Capitol oversee our ceremony and ensure that there were no interruptions from any wayward protestors and that the band could play.

    Overall, we highly recommend Jenny’s services and found that she was professional while still giving a very personal touch to things.

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Welcome to the LHE blog and my place to tell my couples' love stories and share random thoughts. A bit about me...I love weddings. I love my clients. I love comfy shoes and jeans. I am obsessed with EOS lipbalm. I talk too much about my kid. I drink way too much coffee. Often my clients and I become great friends, and mostly...I am so excited that you stopped by. 

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