Ah the Hoan Bridge. A Milwaukee icon that if you’ve grown up in Milwaukee like me, seems to always have been part of our City’s skyline. Built in 1970, the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge has recently been brought into the spotlight (pun intended) due to the exciting Light The Hoan initiative!
The Light the Hoan initiative is a collective of local business and civic leaders who have joined forces to illuminate the Hoan Bridge with programmable LED lights. This exciting project allows people to “purchase” a light and dedicate it to someone they love or even commemorate an exciting life event such as a wedding or anniversary. Can you say awesome wedding gift idea?
Check out the Light The Hoan website for more info and how to get involved. Read on to enjoy some beautiful photos of some awesome couples showing their MKELove in front of the Hoan Bridge.
1. Hello Mr. Sun
A beautiful sunset shot of the Hoan Bridge by Roost Photography.
2. Big White Yeti + Hoan Bridge = Awesome!
3. And It Was Called … Yellow
One of our most popular Instagram posts ever — this dress, that car, the Hoan Bridge — this photo is pure perfection and just makes us happy. Photo by McNiel Photography.
4. Hoan Sweet Hoan
So many Milwaukee loving people grew up thinking the Hoan Bridge was actually called the “Home Bridge” — we couldn’t agree more! Fun fact — the Milwaukee Home brand recently partnered with Light the Hoan to create “Milwaukee Hoan” shirts! Check it out. Photo by Ellagraph Studios.
5. Under The Bridge
Architecture like the Hoan Bridge provides for some really great photograph angles like this one from Brian Slawson Photography.
6. Kisses and Cars
We’ve seen so many amazing photos of couples with really cool cars in front of the Hoan Bridge. It never gets old — well except for the car. 😉 This great photo comes from Dana Dufek Photography.
7. Hoan is Where the Heart Is
Who else is happy to call Milwaukee home! Photo by Lottie Lillian Photography.
8. Reflections of You
Taken from the east side of the Hoan Bridge after a puddle inducing rainfall — this reflection photo from Roost Photography is so creative!
9. Flawless Bride — Beautiful Backdrop
The Hoan Bridge spans over the Kinnikinnick River as the Milwaukee River joins and flows into Lake Michigan making for some beautiful and unique photographs near this waterway. Photo by Brian Slawson Photography.
10. Badass Car, Badass Milwaukee
Another badass car with the badass Hoan Bridge as a backdrop – are we starting to see a trend here? Photo by LFE Photography
11. All Smiles by the Hoan
This couple is all smiles and we love it! Photo by Holz Imagery.
12. Yes, Cars and the Hoan Totally Work!
13. This is Milwaukee
Wow, what an iconic Hoan Bridge Photo by Wind Willow Photography.
14. True Love
True love and the Hoan Bridge. Photo by Dana Dufek Photography.
15. Epic Milwaukee, Epic Hoan
Wow, just an epic photo of Milwaukee’s Hoan Bridge by Milwaukee Photo.
16. Hanging by the Hoan
Just me and my awesome life partner hanging out by the Hoan Bridge. LOVE! Photo by CJ Foeckler.
Learn More about the Light the Hoan Initiative
A group of Milwaukeeans want to light up the Hoan Bridge and we think that’s pretty cool! Their mission is to “illuminate the Hoan Bridge in recognition of the countless unseen or under-celebrated acts of kindness, generosity and service that give our city hope.”
And yes, you can help – For as little as $25, you can buy a bulb and add a dedication to their website. This could be a great idea for a wedding memento (hint, hint engaged couples). And how cool will it be to remember your wedding day each time you drive over the illuminated Hoan Bridge.