An Elegant Waterfront Wedding at the Edgewater Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin

Jenny Gaynor (27 and a physical therapist) and Mark Ignatowski (29 and a journalist) were married in an elegantly understated wedding ceremony on the banks of Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin. The newly renovated Edgewater Hotel checked all their boxes: It was located in Madison, where they met and fell in love, and it was by the water, a nod to Mark's proposal on a lake. Jenny's mom came up with the day's overall theme of "casual elegance," which they brought to life with dreamy "beach glass" blue and accents of pale blush, coral and peach. After a ceremony next to the lake on the hotel's sweeping terrace, the party moved inside for cocktail hour in the Nolan Gallery and dinner and dancing in the Grand Ballroom. After dinner and the first dances, Jenny and Mark surprised their guests with a appearance by Bucky Badger (the University of Wisconsin-Madison mascot) and the UW marching band. "It was an especially hard secret to keep from my mom during the entire planning process, because she kept insisting that Bucky should be invited," Jenny says. "We had to adamantly turn her down over and over again, in order to keep it a surprise." —Meghan Overdeep