Great Hall Madison Wedding : Cortney and Kurt

Hello again, blog followers! I’m excited to share Cortney and Kurt‘s wedding at the Great Hall in Madison, Wisconsin with all of you today. You may remember these two from their Old Town engagement session all the way back in November of 2011. It had been so long since I had seen them, so I was looking forward to working with them again. I got to know some of Cortney and Kurt’s family and friends the night before the wedding at the rehearsal dinner, and it didn’t take long for me to realize that this was going to be a fun crowd. All it did was make me look forward to the wedding day even more! And now, I’m going to stop writing so that you can enjoy the day:


I started off my day with Cortney, her bridesmaids, and her family as they got ready at a nearby salon in the morning:

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When everyone had finished hair and makeup, we headed over to the church so that Cortney could get into her dress:

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Ceremony time.


One of my favorites from the day:


After the ceremony, the wedding party headed to the Essen Haus to celebrate.

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Beer served in giant glass boots may have been involved.


Afterwards, we headed to the Great Hall on the University of Wisconsin’s campus for the reception.

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Time for the dance party – it was a good one!

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Cortney surprised Kurt by having the University of Wisconsin Badger and a few members of the marching band storm the dance floor in the middle of the night!

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Near the end of the night, Kurt and several of his groomsmen had worked up a sweat on the dance floor, so they decided to remove a couple of layers:




Congratulations again, Cortney and Kurt! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your wedding day. I had a great time with you, your families, and your friends in Madison. I wish you nothing but the best!

Shout outs to the team of wedding vendors who helped make this day possible: 
Hair and Makeup: Jenna at Hair Excellence
DJ: Tom from Juke Box Bandstand
Flowers: Marius Bell Floral
Cake: Craig’s Cake Shop
Ceremony Venue: St. Albert the Great
Catering and Reception Venue: University of Wisconsin Great Hall
A very special thank-you to the amazing Kari Herer for helping me shoot this wedding!


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  1. Razvan

    That exit shot is so good!

  2. Woah! Those first two shots are money! Also the dancing photos are super fun, such great captures!

  3. You captured some awesome candids. What a fun wedding!

  4. I just love the composition and light in that opening image.

  5. Whoa Steve great stuff… All though I was hoping for a honey badger a Wisconsin badger will suffice :)

  6. dylan

    it looks like that reception got WILD.. great captures!!

  7. Wow, I love all of the little moments that you captured. Beautiful!

  8. Kyle

    Yo Steve. YO. These are REALLY good. I’m not just saying that.

  9. Amazing stuff you’ve captured here. That last shot is just so full of fun. Great stuff.

  10. this wedding looks like so much fun! love the creativity here, and that last shot is perfect.

  11. Shyann

    Looks like such a FUN wedding! Loved it!

  12. Great work Steve.

    Love the Bridal prep shots!


  13. So Fun !! you captured all the happy moment

  14. love your use of light and the different angles