Two University of Wisconsin Alums Headed Back to Campus to Say "I Do"

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Margaux and William met as students at the University of Wisconsin, where they were close friends for years. "Will and I set one another up with other friends, and were so close that we even lived together," remembers Margaux. "Eventually, we realized what our friends and family had seen for years: That we belong together." After a romantic dinner in Madison and a walk around the capitol building, Will got down on one knee and proposed.

For their November 1, 2014 wedding, the Badger alums knew they wanted to celebrate the city where they met and fell in love. While a November wedding might inspire thoughts of dreary days, Margaux saw it differently. "I was inspired by a quote from Anne of Green Gables that says, 'It was November — the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines.'" So the couple focused on the season's best elements, lending an old-fashioned, romantic air to their wedding. See how they made the best of the season, photographed by T. Lynn Photography.

After an exhaustive dress search that failed to yield the old fashioned, elegant, and simple silhouette she was looking for, Margaux had a stroke of luck. "My mom found a gorgeous Watters sample gown online. It was several sizes too big, but the shape and fabric were just right," she says. She purchased a beaded lace jacket to wear over the strapless bodice, and when the dress came, she tried them on together and burst into tears. "It looked terrible, and the wedding was two months away!" Thankfully, the biggest problem was that the dress was simply too large, and a tailor took it in and created exactly what Margaux had dreamed of.

The bride paired her romantic gown with a fall-hued bouquet of dahlias, garden roses, and antique hydrangeas.

Will wore a dark navy suit with a blue tie, as well as a billy ball and peach spray rose boutonniere.

Margaux's bridesmaids wore gray dupioni silk dresses by Alfred Sung, each choosing a different silhouette. To combat the November chill, the bride gave them each a cream cable-knit sweater.

Will's groomsmen matched the groom in navy suits and brown shoes. Their gray ties were the perfect complement to the bridesmaids' dresses.

The ceremony took place at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Madison.

Guests headed to the University of Wisconsin Student Union for the reception, giving them a real Madison experience. Margaux, who has coordinated a number of weddings in the past, took on the wedding planning herself. "I avoided too many DIY projects, and focused on the details I knew were important to me," she says. Centerpieces included books, moss, and apothecary jars full of antique hydrangeas, ranunculus, and yellow billy balls.

The cake combined chocolate cake with mocha filling, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, and vanilla cake with raspberry filling. Fresh flowers covered the tiers, and shaved white chocolate gave the frosting a unique texture.

The couple surprised their guests with an appearance from Bucky Badger, the university mascot. "He came out as we played 'Jump Around,' and everyone flooded the dance floor!" says Margaux.

After a whirlwind weekend, the bride and groom honeymooned in Charleston and Savannah, wandering the historic streets and eating amazing food. Says Margaux, "We really emphasized the guest experience while we were planning. We thought a lot about what would be fun, and convenient, for our guests to make the most of the weekend."

Ceremony Venue: St. Bernard Parish || Reception Venue & Catering: Wisconsin Union || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters || Shoes: The Frye Company || Veil & Jewelry: Aeva || Hair & Makeup: Anaala Salon || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung || Bridesmaids' Sweaters: Gap || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: JC Penney || Wedding Bands: Armbruster Jewelers || Florist: Bloom Floral & Event Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Creative Werks || Music: Midwest Sound || Cake: Craig's Cake Shop || Photographer: T. Lynn Photography

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