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Whitney's Story

Whitney was born and raised in small town Wisconsin. She studied at the University of Minnesota, majoring in graphic design, and when she couldn’t shake a childhood dream, moved to Boston after graduating. After six years in the city that will always be dear to her heart, it was time to head back to her roots and moved to Madison. Today, she is a graphic designer for a marketing agency and lives in Springfield, IL (thanks, Josh).

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Josh's Story

Joshua Suhonen was born in Walnut Creek, California – land of eternal sunshine, wine, and the good life. At about 3 months of age, his parents decided they hated the sun and moved to the land of igloos: Northern Ontario, Canada, where he spent his formative elementary school years planning his escape. There was much rejoicing when his family finally moved to Wisconsin, and Josh learned to love the Green Bay Packers, even if his welcome was marred by trying to pronounce “Favre.”

Josh grew up, acquired some friends, and figured he’d go to school forever. It turns out that’s not free, so he signed up for Medical School. Mostly because his friend Logan Gorges kept talking about it and Josh was pretty sure that was a solid gig. Turns out that was hard, so he decided on Radiology – where he could look at pictures all day.

Josh met Whitney and she was the best. He would like to point out that he met her before he knew he was going to Springfield, so he’s sorry that this isn’t strictly the coolest town ever, but he’s totally a catch too, so it makes up for it right?

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Our Relationship

Josh and Whitney met the way most kids do these days – responding to personalized ads on the mobile interwebs. They immediately had high hopes for their potential relationship and decided to meet on Friday the 13th. After discussing religion, politics, future plans, and having a very heated debate over House of Cards, they both knew this was headed somewhere good…

… and then Josh moved.

Josh moved into a tiny downstairs apartment that was previously occupied by what was most likely squirrels or something. This beauty was “Newly Renovated, heart of downtown Springfield!”.

Not. A. Chance. It was more like “Definitely washed the floors this year!!! Smack in the middle of ALL THE PARKING LOTS!!!” It was a hot selling point for a big move to Illinois.
So there was a year of late night phone calls, Josh working late all the time anyway, and both of them making the 1000 mile (Okay, not 1000, but, like, a BUNCH of miles though) drive as often as possible.

Josh and Whitney were finally reunited for good when Whitney moved to Springfield in August. There was a good 6 months of deciding that, yep, they could definitely do this for the long haul (Because everyone knows that nobody can act sane for 6 straight months if they’re totally cray-cray). So yeah, NOW THEY’RE GETTING MARRIED!!!

 
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Welcome

August 18, 2017

Welcome: For those of you in town Friday night, come grab a drink with us Friday night and get in early hugs and laughs. Our plan is to hang out at the terrace at Memorial Union starting around 8ish. For those of you unfamiliar with the terrace, it’s part of UW’s Union and is open to the public, right on Lake Mendota, serves beer and brats, and usually has live music – it’s a favorite spot of ours in Madison.

Unfortunately, even though Josh probably single handedly paid for the recent renovations there, reserving tables or seats is not allowed. Therefore, we can’t tell you exactly where to find us on the terrace but feel free to call, text, or just wander around shouting “Kearns” or “Suhonen” and you should find us eventually.

 
 
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The Ceremony

August 19, 2017

3:00 PM

Olin Park Pavilion
1156 Olin-Turville Ct.
Madison, WI 53715
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Rain or shine, the ceremony and reception will be held at Olin Park. In the event of rain, festivities will be held inside the enclosed pavilion. In the event of shine, the ceremony and lawn games will be held on grass so please plan your footwear accordingly.

For those of you driving, please look for parking passes located near the shelter which will allow you to park longer than the posted three hours.

 
 
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Reception

August 19, 2017

3:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Olin Park Pavilion
1156 Olin-Turville Ct.
Madison, WI 53715

 
 

Things To Do

For the natives, you know the drill. To those of you experiencing Madison for the first time – Welcome! We hope you enjoy your stay and love it as much as we do. Here is a list of a few of our favorite things to do and places to go in Madison.



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Brittingham Boats

We love this place (maybe not quite as much as Kathy, but we’re a close second). They offer stand up paddleboard (SUP), kayak, canoe and paddle boat rentals. It’s a great way to enjoy the weather (fingers crossed), get a little exercise and see the city from a whole new angle.



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State Capitol

We aren’t in love with the current tenants of this place but the building itself is pretty cool. Forward!



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Henry Vilas Zoo

If animals are your thing, this is an awesome little zoo that’s free! Who doesn’t love visiting a free zoo?!



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BCycle

Madison is a super bike friendly city. Rent one of these bad boys and cruise around the town!



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State Street

State street is a pedestrian friendly street (careful, buses and lost vehicles still travel down the street) full of eclectic and unique shops, restaurants and bars.



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Farmers Market

The capitol square is always a buzz on Saturday mornings in the summer with the farmers market. Beautiful flowers, amazing produce and fresh cheese curds...farmers market never fails to satisfy and entertain. Even if you aren’t in the market (pun not intended) for some produce, the people watching alone is worth the trip.



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Olbrich Gardens

Olbrich has 16 acres of outdoor gardens that are free to roam and enjoy the beauty. (Are you getting the picture that we like the wilderness here in WI?)



Restaurants

Madison is home to so many amazing restaurants and bars. We couldn’t possibly list them all here but here are a few of our favorites:
Merchant
Lucille
Heritage Tavern
Graze
The Old Fashioned
Forequarter
Coopers Tavern
Smoky's Club
Tornado Room (this is your traditional “Wisconsin Supper Club” which everyone should experience at some point in their life)
 

Sheraton Madison Hotel

706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713
Booking deadline: 07/15
$129/night

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

9 E Wilson Street, Madison WI 53703
Booking deadline: 07/19
$186/night

 

Registry

 

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