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There’s no denying COVID-19 hasn’t affected all of us in some way or another at this point, especially brides. Whether you’re currently planning your wedding, or have had to reschedule, just know there is hope! Nicole and Jake’s story is proof of that, that no matter what ends up happening, even after a last minute change of plans, your wedding day will still be perfect, just like theirs.
Continue reading to hear the love story of Nicole and Jake, brought to you by Nicole herself.
Sarah Kay Photography

Jake and I met working together in Minneapolis in 2015 and moved eventually moved to Madison, WI where he is from!

After 4.5 years of dating, we started to build a house in Madison which is where Jake proposed! Right on our lot where our house was in the process of being built!
Sarah Kay Photography
Sarah Kay Photography
Over the past Christmas break, my mom, grandma, and best friend went wedding dress shopping with me. If you can remember, the day or two after Christmas 2019, there was a crazy ice storm that basically made all of the Twin Cities Metro area one large sheet of glass. Every road was an ice rink but we were determined to get to Burnsville for my wedding dress appointment!
(I should have taken this as a hint to how the rest of planning my 2020 wedding would go…)
Our process of wedding planning started out in January when we decided to have a destination wedding in Mexico. That quickly changed once Covid hit a few months later.
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We decided to have our wedding in Madison, WI where we both now live to avoid any flight traveling for our guests in case the pandemic extended to our wedding date in August 2020.
We chose the Edgewater Hotel as our wedding venue because of the breathtaking views of Lake Mendota and the Wisconsin Capitol. We have also spent many summers boating on the lake and I had secretly always dreamt of getting married at this beautiful hotel.
Sarah Kay Photography
Sarah Kay Photography
As time went on, I simply was holding my breath every month hoping that my wedding wouldn’t be cancelled like I had seen so many Covid 2020 Brides experience. Exactly one month before my wedding, the bad news I hoped wouldn’t come, eventually came. Our county in Wisconsin put into effect the rule that you could only have 10 people at a wedding or 22 people at a small dinner gathering.
Quickly we had to scramble to change our wedding plans dramatically and regretfully un-invite over 120 guests, allowing for only parents, siblings, and grandparents to attend our wedding.
Our day turned out to be incredibly intimate, formal, and special. I couldn’t have dreamed of a more unique day for Jake and I to be married.
Sarah Kay Photography

Wedding Details:
Venue: The Edgewater Hotel in Madison, WI
Photographer: Sarah Kay Photography
Wedding Dress: Bridal Accents Couture – Justin Alexander 88071

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