By limiting their guest list to just 70 people, Erinn and Ryan were able to have the kind of wedding they wanted at the venue of their dreams, the rooftop of the Madison Museum of Modern Art, without having to sacrifice important details like good food and wine due to budgetary constraints. The small guest list also allowed the newlyweds to enjoy the moment – and to spend time with each of their guests!

A huge thank you to Katie Ricard for sharing Erinn and Ryan’s impossibly stylish wedding with us today!

intimate museum wedding

Erinn, 35 & Ryan, 32

Madison, WI

Wedding Date: August 16, 2014

Number of Guests: 70

Wedding Cost: $18,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Wedding Reception Location: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

water-colour wedding invitations

bride walking down the street

wedding party taking a selfie

bride and groom's feet on glass stairs

bride and grok walking down the street together

bride and groom sitting by waterfront on colourful chairs

bride an groom kissing on balcony

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We wanted the wedding to be more personal, and to keep the cost down while still having it someplace special.

close-up of wedding dress beading

bride's silver wedding shoes

bride getting buttoned into her dress

bride toasting with her bridesmaids

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Curating the guest list. Also keeping the cost down; everyone wants to upsell you.

groom's accessories laid out

succulent boutonnieres

groom using pomade

groom tying his bow tie

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

It wasn’t too terrible. We moved out of state the year before so we knew who our closest friends were at that point, and our families were okay with us not inviting every single family member.

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom kissing by the waterfront

bride and groom portrait by the water

bride and groom portrait with dog

bride and groom portrait

wedding portrait

bride and groom portrait outside museum

bride and groom sitting on glass steps

Bride and and groom portrait in Winsconsin

bride and groom kissing on lawn

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

I didn’t want a lot of children at the wedding, but my mom insisted that family members should be able to bring their kids so we said okay.

Museum rooftop wedding ceremony

groom watching his bride walk down the aisle

bride walking down the aisle with her parents

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

The highlights include the venue, our officiant’s speech, and the weather.

museum rooftop wedding ceremony

emotional groom at the altar

bride looking at groom during ceremony

groom putting ring on bride's finger

bride and groom first kiss

bride and groom rainy their arms in celebration at end of ceremony

What were the highlights of the reception?

The highlights of the reception were the food, the drinks, and again the venue.

museum wedding reception

wedding appetizers

water-colour wedding drink sign

passed wedding drinks

wedding madlbs

museum rooftop wedding reception set-up

white wedding centrepiece

single layer wedding cake with hugging bears cake topper

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

We were able to talk to everyone and enjoy ourselves. Also, that fact that we didn’t go into debt.

bride and groom making heir entrance at reception

bride and groom speech

bride and groom first dance

bride and groom first dance

wedding reception

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

If it feels right, do it. The best weddings I have attended have been intimate weddings.

bride and groom kissing at dusk


Food, drink and Venue: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art | MMoCA

DJ: Style Matters

FlowersSimply Glamorous Designs

Dessert: Batch Bakehouse

Photography: Katie Ricard