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Zachary + Emily | Married | A Golden Flower Garden-Inspired Wedding at the Paoli Mill + Terrace in Madison, WI.

August 5, 2015

The couple on the blog today has already created such a buzz on our social media accounts + I am not even the slightest bit surprised!! These two are dearly loved by SO many – their relationship, story, + love for one another is truly irresistible + contagious. I am just thrilled to be sharing a glimpse into their wedding day with you!! A magical day that brought together hundreds of people from around the country in celebration + worship.

Zack + Emily met during their undergrad at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, + their friendship is one that turned into a love story. Zack courted Emily for several years as both pursued their degrees, volunteered on campus with several different ministries, + while Emily spent six months overseas serving women in Thailand. At the center of their relationship + who they are is a love for + desire to serve Jesus, + they would want you to know that!! During their ceremony, several of their talented friends sang + played worship songs, + Zack’s youth pastor-now-friend spoke beautiful words about the incredible man that Zack has become + how Emily has only added to that transformation. How together they are unstoppable, FULL of love to GIVE, + seekers of justice with everything in them for those who need it. During their vows, these two promised forever to one another – through the ups + downs, no matter what – and Zack even surprised Emily with a special song that had everyone in tears. It was a powerful + emotional experience, that’s for sure!!

The day ended at the Paoli Mill + Terrace just outside of Madison – a perfect backdrop for Emily’s garden inspired celebration, floral crown + all : ) The lights glistened beneath the white tent, Zack + Emily SERVED their guests ice cream when time came for dessert (who does that on their wedding day?!?), + everyone danced beneath the garden lights + stars late into the night. 

What a true HONOR + privilege it is to know these two + to call them friends. Enjoy some of our favorites from their day + may their love + servant hood inspire all who know + witness them!!! We love, love, LOVE you, Z+E!!!! 

The colors of this day are my love language ; )

Beautiful gifts for her bridesmaids!!

I LOVE their bands!!!!! So timeless 🙂

Emily’s dress was her “something old” – the bottom satin half from her grandmother’s wedding dress + the top Italian lace portion from her mother’s wedding gown, crafted seamlessly together by the ever talented Monirose-Bespoke Gowns <3

Unreal, Emily – you take my breath away!

The cutest flower girl!!!!

A surprise candy treat for the flower girl for doing such a good job!! : )

Zack surprised Emily with a song for his vows!! There wasn’t a dry eye in the room once he was done <3


I think he loves her ; ) !!!

Now THAT’S a bridal party!!! Holy cow!!

As you can probably imagine, I am in LOVE with this look!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous girls!!!

That bow!! My favorite!!!

These are their BIG smiles ; ) 

Brothers : )

I love this English cottage style house!!

Emily’s gorgeous cathedral veil was MADE by one of her grandmothers! : ) 

Oh, Em <3

Emily absolutely hates wearing shoes, so her wedding day was a barefoot one! : )

The magical garden : )

We are LOVING this food truck trend!!!!

SO sweet I can barely handle it!!!

Thank you, THANK YOU to the wedding day vendors!!!!

Getting Ready Location: Private Residentce | Ceremony Location: Blackhawk Church | Reception Venue: Paoli Mill Terrace + Park | Tent + Tables: Gallagher Tent + Awning | Catering: Good Food, Blowin’ Smoke BBQ, Caracas Empanadas | Coffee: A Just Brew | Day Of Coordinators: Sarah + Amanda Waller | Flowers: Stephanie Sklba | Wedding Gown: Monirose-Bespoke Gowns | Chairs + Curtains: Event Essentials | Plates, Runners, Table Cloths, Chalk Door: Something Borrowed WI | Chalkboard Design: Chalk + Charm | Mobile Bathrooms: Bucky’s Rentals


  1. Amanda Waller

    August 5th, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I hoped out of bed first things when I saw this posted on Instagram! Maison, WOW. Not only because I know this couple or because I got to coordinate their day, but also because its true, these are THE BEST wedding photos I have ever seen! Seriously, I can’t stop looking at them! Each one is breathtaking!! Amazing job!!

  2. Maison Engel

    August 5th, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Oh my goodness, girl. You are TOO KIND.Thank you thank you thank you for your love + encouragement!!!!!

  3. karen galvan

    August 5th, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    This was just a magical shoot, Maison and Caleb!! And not only cuz it brought back sweet memories. Wow, so many gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Maison Engel

    August 5th, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Awww, thank you Karen!! Hope you + Rafael are doing so well!! 🙂

  5. Niccole Khail

    August 5th, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Hollllllllly cow, Maison and Caleb! Stunning. Great job!

  6. Maison Engel

    August 5th, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Ahhhh-thank you, Niccole!! SO GREAT hanging out with you + Scott! We love you guys!

  7. Sarah Waller

    August 5th, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Every single photo is breathtaking! You captured the day perfectly!

  8. Maison Engel

    August 5th, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Awww, thank you, Sarah!! And THANK YOU for bringing everything together + all of your hard work making sure the day was exactly what Em + Zack were dreaming it would be!

  9. Sara Lerdahl

    August 5th, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Thank you, both of you, for using your God given talents and blessing us with your beautiful photos!!! So not only the happy couple but the rest of us can share in the total joy of that special day 🙂

  10. Maison Engel

    August 5th, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    You are SO welcome, Sara!! Great to see you!

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