Visitors to the
upcoming Milwaukee’s Magnificent Bride Wedding Show will get a
chance to experience silver screen siren status, when the region’s
eminent wedding vendors converge to bring an Old Hollywood take on
wedding glamour and style.
theme seems especially fitting, as this year marks the 10th
anniversary of the event. Attendees can expect a lavish, sophisticated
and exclusive affair, says Kate Iggens, owner of Stone Manor Bridal in
More than 65
wedding vendors and artisans are slated to feature their products and
services, in carefully executed and creative vignettes throughout the
brides-to-be, it’s the ultimate dream wedding experience, says David
Caruso, show sponsor and owner of Dynamic Events by David Caruso in
Milwaukee, and one that will make the bride feel like a star.
see everything from, beautiful floral décor, linens, tabletops —
that are fascinating and inspiring — and you can plan your entire
wedding experience in one afternoon," he says.
sponsors handpicked the event’s purveyors, who cover nearly every
aspect of wedding event planning and design, says Debi Zeinert, owner
and calligrapher at the Blooming Quill in Port Washington.
is for the bride who wants something a little different, a little
higher end — everything about it is just beautiful," Zeinert
says. "It’s like going to all these boutiques without getting
in the car to drive to each one. There really is no show like
Magnificent Bride Wedding Show will be held March 1 at the Pfister
Hotel. The event begins with a brunch and workshop at 9:30 a.m., with
the show following from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the seventh floor
ballrooms. Tickets are $25 per person for the show, or $75 per person
for the brunch and show. Tickets are limited.
When it comes to
planning elegant weddings, David Caruso provides more than creative
details — he orchestrates the stories and beautiful moments sure to
last a lifetime.
Caruso is owner and creative director of Dynamic Events by David
Caruso in the Third Ward. The company is an amalgamation of Caruso’s
previous ventures, including a background in theater, restaurant
marketing and branding, and broadcast journalism — something he says
contributes to the distinctive "storytelling" features seen
throughout his work.
coming from broadcast TV, it’s all about telling and producing
stories," explains Caruso. "Weddings reflect personalities
and the union of two individuals, so those (stories) need to be larger
than life and go beyond clients’ expectations."
his company, Caruso has skyrocketed to success, gaining accolades and
recognition along the way, both for his personal approach and his
In 2013, he was
honored with the "Best Wedding of the Year, Budget Greater Than
$100,000" award and named "Planner of the Year" by the
National Association of Catering & Events. "What I really
like the most is getting to know the clients," Caruso says.
"You only get to create a wedding once, so we create an
fantasizes about the day she will walk down the aisle as a beautiful
bride. That dream always begins with the dress. Kate Iggens, owner of
Stone Manor Bridal, supplies those dreams by the rack.
Last year, Stone
Manor moved from its former location in Cedarburg to Grafton.
The store orders
nearly 90 percent of the dresses brand new. Iggens says her store is
unique in that it employs two seamstresses, who both work on site.
"A lot of bridal stores don’t have that anymore," she
In addition to
bridal gowns, the boutique carries bridesmaids’ dresses, accessories
and headpieces, as well as prom dresses. Recently, it also began
carrying tuxedos and suits in its offshoot, Wingman Formalwear.
to major bridal markets each year to hand-select hundreds of gowns.
a very emotional business. Sometimes you play the bridal consultant,
and other times you play the therapist," Iggens says. "But,
when you work with customers over a period of six months to a year,
you really get to know them. When they come to pick up the dress one
to two days before the wedding, it feels a little sad."
loves letters. As a little girl, she would find herself tracing the
various typefaces on greeting cards or copying the blurbs on the
covers of magazines. It was during this time that she also began to
create letters of her own — through the art of calligraphy.
adulthood, friends and family members asked Zeinert to pen their
announcements and invitations. Her hobby eventually turned into a
Zeinert is a
rare breed. Her craft specialty, American Calligraphy, adorns
everything from wedding invitations to envelopes, place settings,
menus and signs. She works from her home studio, where she uses a
collection of vintage pens and custom ink, fulfilling requests on a
specially made desk. In wedding calligraphy, handwritten perfection is
"I do the
very traditional, old-hand, but I can also do very whimsical, modern
fonts," explains Zeinert.
created wedding invitations for the CEO of NASCAR and the billionaire
son of Donald Trump, and was contacted by Martha Stewart’s team to
display her work in the mogul’s esteemed East Coast wedding show.
Oh, and she’s friends with the official White House calligrapher,
too. "I have a very cool job," laughs Zeinert.