Danielle & Tommy’s Entire Day in Stop Action Motion
Dannielle and Tommy were married in a stunning ceremony on the rooftop of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The two originally wanted Jon and I to do a time-lapse of their wedding ceremony. Their request really inspired us and we spent most of the summer combining stop action motion with wedding photography. Our goal was to tell their entire story not only with photographs, but also with photos that are in motion. Please be sure to watch the video we made of their wedding day in stop action motion. You will notice the song Home by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros during part of the video. Danielle and Tommy’s friends performed a cover of this song during their ceremony. It was absolutely beautiful hearing this song played on the rooftop of the MMoCA overlooking downtown Madison.
Thank you Danielle and Tommy for inspiring both Jon and I and for pushing us to think outside of the box. Jon and I are very excited to now have something new and unique to offer in addition to our wedding photography.
Danielle & Tommy’s story
Tommy and I met freshman year of college at the University of Wisconsin. We lived in the same dorm—he was actually one floor directly below me. You might think the close proximity would have triggered an instant friendship, but it took us a long time to really get to know each other. We both admitted later that we had noticed each other, but it took a long time for one of us to act. Finally on a Friday night in the 2nd semester, Tommy came up to my room to ask if I would attend a White Russian party in his dorm room. I did. We spent most of the night playing Tommy’s electric keyboard, trying to speak Spanish to each other, and breaking down the plot points of Star Wars, all while the party went on around us. We stayed up late talking and the next day he asked me out on a date.
We were pretty much inseparable after that. We stayed together as he moved from one disgusting college house to another, even when I spent a semester studying abroad in Italy, and even when I decided on a whim to shave my head for a sociology project (he was not happy about that). After I finished my four years at Madison, I moved to Chicago to pursue a masters in Interior Design while Tommy finished school and began working as an engineer in Madison. For those two years we did our very best to see each other every other weekend, sometimes more, sometimes less. The long distance was really difficult at times, but it strengthened our relationship. Every moment we spent together was more exciting and every moment we spent apart was a moment of self-discovery.
Last fall, we began talking more seriously about getting married and being in the same city. Tommy had been searching for jobs in Chicago for about a year and I was quickly wrapping up my masters work. At thanksgiving, Tommy got an interview with an engineering firm in Kansas City. Three weeks later, I was preparing to defend my thesis and Tommy called and asked if I wanted to move to KC with him. Elated, I accepted and we began to coordinate packing two apartments in separate cities and moving 5 states away while also making sure to celebrate the holidays with the friends and family we’d be moving away from.
Tommy was due to start work on the 3rd of January. So after a friend’s New Years Eve wedding, we packed up the car and began our drive from WI to KS. We spent the night in historic Hotel Julien in Dubuque Iowa, where after taking a brisk evening walk in dark northern winter we went back to the hotel to cozy in for the evening. As I was brushing my teeth, Tommy came up behind me put his arms around me and began to tell me how even if he looked for the rest of his life he’d never be able to find a woman as perfect for him as I was. He got down on one knee and asked me if I would marry him.
We’ve spent the last 8 months settling in to a new city, learning how live in the same space, and planning our celebration for August 10th of next summer. We love coming home to each other, cooking together every night and exploring Kansas City through its restaurants.
We are partners in life and in the kitchen.
Wedding Venue: MMoCA, Madison Wisconsin / Reception Venue: HotelRED, Madison Wisconsin / Florist & Floral Decor:Daffodil*Parker, Madison Wisconsin / Hair & Makeup: Brideheads, Madison Wisconsin / DJ: Midwest Sound, Wisconsin /Officiant: Scott Marrese-Wheeler / Transportation: Badger Coaches / Graphic Design: The Bride, Danielle Vevea / Letterpress Printing: Skylab Letterpress, Kansas City Missouri / Dress: WToo From Nolte’s Bridal, Kansas City Missouri