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February 2015

the attire

Amelishan Bridal

At 13,500 square feet, Amelishan Bridal is one of the largest boutiques in the Milwaukee area. The boutique boasts over 600 bridal gowns and a full figure department of more than 100 gowns, striving to offer you a stress-free and unique shopping experience. Bridal parties love the selection of more than 500 bridesmaid dresses and tuxedos by Calvin Klein and Tony Bowls, and mothers have 1,000 amazing gowns to choose from as well. Amelishan Bridal has been in business for 19 years and is currently undergoing an expansion and brand update. New look, same family business and great customer service!

1329 Highway 175, Hubertus | (262) 628-1217 



As a family owned and operated boutique, Aversa strives to offer the finest in special occasion fashions, but more importantly, an experience that matches the importance of the day. To quote Kari Rosen of Mequon, “The opportunity to have Maria dress me for my daughter’s wedding was truly an honor. I told her what was important to me and she did an impeccable job finding me the perfect dress, shoes and accessories. I can honestly say that I have never felt more beautiful thanks to Maria and Aversa.”

5800 N. Bayshore Drive, Unit B-118, Milwaukee | (414) 963-9963



Betrothed Boutique in Oconomowoc is a unique destination for your wedding day needs. In addition to offering gorgeous gowns for the bride, Betrothed carries an assortment of attire for mothers, maids and flower girls, and offers tuxedo rentals. Betrothed can also help you select the perfect accessories for the finishing touches — jewelry, shoes and lingerie — not to mention floral and linen rental services. 

203 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc | (262) 569-1000


Gigi of Mequon

As a family owned and operated business for more than 50 years, Gigi of Mequon is pleased to provide its customers with an unparalleled shopping experience while also offering the best, highest quality merchandise in the city. Experience a one-on-one bridal consultation as you visit with an expert team and shop for your gown. Gigi of Mequon also offers exclusive evening and daywear collections. Perfect for showers, bachelorette and engagement parties, mother-of-the-bride and more.

1550 W. Mequon Road, Mequon | (262) 241-1123


Stone Manor Bridal

Stone Manor Bridal offers brides a unique chance to view an eclectic array of bridal gowns. The store welcomes each bride to work with experienced staff to help find the perfect dress. The bridal boutique offers gowns with unique style and simple elegance to compliment each bride on her special day. At Stone Manor Bridal, they know you are not simply shopping for a dress, you are shopping for a memory that will last a lifetime.

1218 12th Ave., Grafton | (262) 377-5334


Harleys: The Store For Men

Harleys in Shorewood has been defining men’s fashion in Milwaukee for more than 66 years. Harleys offers an extraordinary selection of men’s apparel, including casual, corporate and formal, from today’s most exclusive designers. An extensive collection of elegant formal wear is available for purchase or rental. Trust Harleys for unparalleled quality, superior service, custom clothing and personal wardrobe assessments. Beautify Milwaukee®…wear something from Harleys!

3565 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood | (414) 332-3404


Zita Bridal Salon

Zita Bridal Salon offers beautiful wedding gowns from the top bridal designers, ensuring brides in southeastern Wisconsin have access to a wide selection of dresses that feature the best design detail, beautiful fabric and outstanding quality. They understand how important finding the perfect wedding dress is and what an emotional experience it is for brides-to-be and their families. That’s why Zita focuses on making the “Zita Experience” one that brides cherish forever.

761 N. Jefferson St., Milwaukee | (414) 332-9482


the cuisine

Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes

Serving Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes at your wedding, bridal shower or special event is a unique and thoughtful way to make the day extra special. The combination of incredible taste, elegant presentation and custom decorations by Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes will ensure that your event will be a rousing success.

308 E. Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay | (414) 967-2222


Larry’s Market

Larry’s Special Occasion Dining can do as much, or as little, as you wish. Larry’s will handle the whole production: full staff, bar set-up, tents, food, beverages, tables, rentals, tableware, paper goods and even table decorations. Or they can prepare the food — you pick it up and serve it with a few simple instructions from their kitchen experts.

8737 N. Deerwood Drive, Brown Deer | (414) 355-9650


Roast Coffee Catering

Roast Coffee Catering is southeastern Wisconsin’s premier espresso and coffee bar caterer. With more than 14 years experience in the specialty coffee industry, they pride themselves on quality and professionalism while making your wedding personalized and memorable. Call today to learn how Roast Coffee Catering can provide the perfect coffee for your wedding!

2123 E. Locust St., Milwaukee | (414) 828-2030


Rochester Deli

Chef Dan and his pastry chef daughter Alicia invite you to taste their beautiful cakes for your special day. Signature recipes include very light butter cream icing, richly decadent ganache, and their most popular cake flavor: Ribbon Torte. Ingredients are of the finest quality, and cakes are never frozen. Extraordinary and delicious — this is their promise to you! By appointment only.

143 W. Broadway, Waukesha | (262) 522-9613


Shully’s Cuisine & Events

Your wedding day is one of life’s most treasured moments. Shully’s Cuisine can help you realize the special day you’ve always dreamed about, creating wonderful memories you’ll cherish forever. The event coordinators can guide you through the entire process — planning engagement parties, showers, rehearsal dinners, gift openings, and of course, the big day itself. They’ll work closely with you, sharing their knowledge and expertise to enhance the entire wedding experience.

146 Green Bay Road, Thiensville | (262) 242-6633



the dance

DanceSport Studios of Cedarburg

Want to go beyond the high school prom hang or just not step on each other’s feet? A few dance lessons can turn your wedding dance into something really enjoyable, not to mention impressive. DanceSport’s professional teachers can choreograph a dance to whatever music you choose or just teach you a few steps to make you both feel comfortable. What’s more, they make it fun — even for the person claiming to have two left feet. DanceSport Studios offers group classes and private lessons for beginners. You can even design your own group class for the entire wedding party. Gift certificates available.

N144 W5710 Pioneer Road, Cedarburg | (414) 828-3322 



finishing touch

Blush Beauty

Blush takes pride in all things wedding and has been voted No. 1 by The Knot. We specialize in both traditional and airbrush makeup as well as provide services to create a flawless complexion prior to one’s special day. Our professional artists work closely with individuals to enhance their natural beauty and achieve the look they have always desired. In-store or onsite, our makeup artists will be happy to accommodate each person’s needs.  

249 N. Water St., Milwaukee | (414) 272-1718 1515 W. Mequon Road, Mequon | (262) 643-4700


The Eye Institute

Let Dr. Steven B. Koenig, fellowship-trained corneal surgeon at The Eye Institute in Milwaukee, help you look and see your very best for your big day! Repeatedly selected by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America” as well as “Top Doctors in Milwaukee,” Dr. Koenig has helped thousands of individuals realize the life-changing effects of iLASIK surgery by offering The IntraLase Method. Schedule a complimentary screening today.

925 N. 87th St., Milwaukee | (414) 955-7902


Halo Salon

Celebrate your day beautifully. Halo Salon’s team of bridal specialists will craft a customized look to complement your wedding theme. With unparalleled talent and experience, Halo remains the premier provider of high-end bridal hair and makeup services.

1221 E. Brady St., Milwaukee | (414) 272-4256


ReFresh Aesthetic Center

ReFresh Aesthetic Center is a tranquil destination in the Milwaukee metro area where the synergy of expertise, artistry and science offer you the ultimate in rejuvenation. The highly skilled Aesthetic team members are recognized leaders in medical aesthetics and embrace integrity, safety and customized care to provide you with beautiful and natural results. They offer an array of nonsurgical aesthetic services, from clinical skin care, aesthetic injectables and lasers to pampering treatments that will renew and refresh your body and soul.

130 W. Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay | (414) 964-1111


Neroli Salon & Spa

With five convenient locations and an award-winning team, Neroli Salon & Spa is committed to making your day special. Their complimentary Bridal Concierge will work with you to coordinate hair, makeup, nail and skin needs. On-location services, catering and car service are also available. Open seven days a week.

327 E. St. Paul Ave., Milwaukee 1919 E. Kenilworth Place, Milwaukee 3885 N. Brookfield Road, Brookfield 5714 N. Bayshore Drive, Glendale 10902 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon(414) 227-2888



Skiin anti-aging lounge is known for its team of highly experienced medical aestheticians. Under the supervision of Alex Colque, M.D., a board certified plastic surgeon, the team has more than 50 years of combined industry experience. The Skiin menu is host to a variety of anti-aging skin and body treatments, including oxygen facials, microdermabrasion, IPL, Botox and more. Skiin is also the only coolsculpting facility in southeastern Wisconsin under the direction of a board certified plastic surgeon. Reserve Skiin today for your private bridal event and save 20 percent. 

21675 Moreland Blvd., Waukesha | (262) 657-5446




Gregory and Company

Artistry, passion and knowledge are all elements vital to wedding and special event floral design. Striking colors, rich textures, lingering scents and inspired design combine to make wedding and special event flowers by Gregory and Company extraordinary. The distinct difference between Gregory and other floral shops is that Gregory will make each and every floral arrangement stunning, within your budget and made from the freshest flowers available. Each arrangement reflects artistic vision and no two arrangements are alike. 

18900 W. Bluemound Road, #127, Brookfield | (262) 827-8747


the gift registry


If you’re looking for a unique selection of merchandise, Argosy, Ltd. in Brookfield is the place to visit. The experienced, friendly staff can help your relatives or friends find the perfect gift. The store’s 17-plus years of success are the direct result of the wide selection of merchandise and the expert personalized service provided to all shoppers. Argosy also offers complimentary packaging in classic gift boxes and choice of beautiful gift wrapping. Make Argosy a must stop when choosing... You won’t be disappointed!18900 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield | (262) 821-6900.


Boston Store

Create your dream registry full of items to make your house a home with Boston Store’s gift registry. Choose from an assortment of dinnerware, flatware and crystal, plus items for your kitchen, bedroom and bath. Earn 5 percent cash back on qualifying registry purchases through the Registry Rewards program.


The Lemon Tree

Located in southeast Mequon, The Lemon Tree specializes in fine home furnishings, decorating accessories and gifts, including lamps, accent furniture pieces, decorative pillows and rugs, beautiful picture frames and tabletop accessories. The experienced and knowledgeable staff at The Lemon Tree are experts in helping bridal couples create a perfect registry of unique and beautiful items to fit their lifestyle.

1515 W. Mequon Road, Mequon | (262) 241-8787


Past Basket

Many brides and grooms want a practical registry — items that will be used every day yet have versatility to be dressed up. The Past Basket Bridal Registry team helps create a personalized registry. Our service is reminiscent of a day gone by. Couples can register in store or online, and their loved ones can purchase online. Traditional service meets the convenience of the Internet; the Past Basket Bridal Registry is the best of both worlds.

383 W. Brown Deer Road | (414) 247-9976


Xenia specializes in elegantly casual, carefree items and carries top designers for the home. Many items are crafted by hand, making Xenia the perfect place to shop for a memorable gift. Xenia provides one-of-a-kind, personalized bridal registry services to people from all over the country. From private consultations to last-minute changes, the knowledgeable sales associates always provide expert guidance and advice. They offer complimentary gift wrap and represent Made in the USA.

11031 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon | (262) 240-1480


the honeymoon

Lisa Hoppe Travel Consulting

Whether thinking about a destination wedding or just a fabulous honeymoon, Lisa Hoppe Travel Agency is your only destination. Lisa Hoppe Travel Consulting has been providing travel services since 1991. As members of, the largest consortium in the travel industry, the agency is often allowed preferred pricing and extra amenities for value added vacations. From luxury to value vacations, the personal service and attention to detail will ensure a memorable trip. With 21 years of service and 75 countries traveled – you can be assured you’ll have one amazing vacation. By appointment.

6005 W. Wisconsin Ave., Wauwatosa | (414) 258-8715


the invitations

The Blooming Quill

From beautiful hand calligraphy and custom invitations to envelope addressing, monogram design, place cards and menus, The Blooming Quill can help make your special day uniquely yours. Whether you’d like a fully hand-lettered invitation or the bride and groom names by themselves, your invitation will be the first impression your guests will have. Why not make it as special as the rest of your wedding?

(262) 268-0525


Three Wishes Fine Gifts & Stationery

Your invitation will be the first impression, so let Three Wishes be your first stop for a full array of bridal stationery needs. A knowledgeable and friendly staff will guide you in finding the perfect wedding invitation, save the date, bridal shower and rehearsal dinner invitations, place cards and thank you notes. From contemporary to classic, the selection includes Crane, William Arthur, Karen Adams, Carlson Craft, Embossed Graphics and more.

304 E. Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay | (414) 837-5062



Paperwhites offers a selection of timeless classics and unique, fresh designs — all as beautiful as the day you are celebrating. Invitations from the exquisite wedding collections can be personalized or serve as inspiration for your own signature creation. From save-the-dates to complete wedding day stationery, experience the Paperwhites difference.

5307 S. 92nd St., Suite 100, Hales Corners | (262) 224-1134



the jewelry

A Trio

Specializing in one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, A Trio offers a unique concept by providing artistry and technical ingenuity while also placing creative control in the hands of the client. Clients are limited only by their imagination. At the heart of A Trio is fifth generation jeweler Amy Shallow. Amy personally designs each piece in harmony with her client’s specifications. By her side is husband Noah Bern and father Michael Shallow. A Trio is a true family business; they invite you to join their family by stopping in or contacting them today.

215 1/2 N. Water St., Milwaukee | (414) 431-7112


East Towne Jewelers

East Towne Jewelers emphasizes the individuality of each couple, offering everything from contemporary, hand-forged Todd Reed bridal jewelry to custom heirloom-quality settings in sterling silver to platinum. The small, accomplished staff works in a big way to make your shopping experience enjoyable, sharing their expertise and making you feel confident that your purchase will be a timeless symbol of love that joins individuals and generations.

1515 W. Mequon Road, Mequon | (262) 241-8007 


Steven Paul Designs

Steven Paul Designs creates custom jewelry in its nationally award-winning studio in Delafield. Their one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces are a work of art built in the vision of both the artisans and their discerning clients. Steven Paul Designs creates jewelry heirlooms to share for generations. As two brides are never alike, you will never see two pieces alike at Steven Paul Designs.

700 Genesee St., Delafield | (262) 646-3310



the music

ACA Entertainment

ACA Entertainment represents the finest bands in the Midwest — including Platinum — for wedding ceremonies, cocktail and dinner hour and, of course, your reception. Options of three, four, five or more live musicians produce the “wow” factor that is instrumental in making your wedding a truly remarkable event. Prefer a disc jockey for your wedding? ACA also represents Milwaukee’s hottest DJs, each responsible for making your wedding a memorable, entertaining, once-in-a-lifetime event.

1025 S. Moorland Road, Suite 505, Brookfield | (800) 279-7909



the photography

Artist Group Photo & Video

Artist Group Photo & Video has been creating beautiful, modern, relaxed event photography and video for more than 18 years. They service the greater Wisconsin and Illinois areas and travel to destination events all over the world. Artist Group’s photography has appeared in many well-known publications like Oprah, Vanity Fair, Details, GQ, Chicago Style Weddings, The Knot and Wisconsin Bride, among others. They have also photographed many celebrities, including Robert De Niro, U2, Prince Charles, Peter Fonda, Christina Aguilera, Jay Leno and more. 

(262) 387-1001



the planning

Dynamic Events by David Caruso

Creativity, elegance and attention to detail are evident in every wedding David Caruso designs. He is regarded as Wisconsin’s premier wedding planner and designer and is celebrating 12 Years of Signature Style. He regularly appears on television and radio shows as a wedding expert. Recently, David received three top national awards in the following categories: Best Table Production of the Year, Best Wedding of the Year—Budget Greater than $100,000, and the ultimate industry accolade, Planner of the Year.



the reception

1451 Renaissance Place

A jewel among Milwaukee’s historic structures, 1451 Renaissance Place offers unparalleled elegance and distinctiveness for any bride. From the glint of the gilded columns to the richness of the mahogany, the venue provides a stunning setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions and showers. The staff of 1451 Renaissance Place provides personal service and heeds every detail, making it easier for you to enjoy the process and look forward to your wedding day.

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee | (414) 272-1451


The Delafield Hotel

The Delafield Hotel offers a unique venue for weddings, receptions, engagement parties, showers, bridal teas and rehearsal dinners. Even the smallest gathering takes on new charm with the casual elegance and meticulous attention to detail at The Delafield Hotel. Every detail is handled by a dedicated wedding professional who cares as much about your day as you do.

415 Genesee St., Delafield | (262) 646-1600


Milwaukee Art Museum

From breathtaking lake views to grand, light-filled halls, the Milwaukee Art Museum is the perfect place for the perfect wedding. With extraordinary settings, meticulous service, personalized support and fabulous food offerings, an unforgettable event experience awaits you and your guests. Beneath its soaring wings, the ultimate stunning venue will inspire you. The museum defines elegance, culture and beauty for your ceremony, reception and celebration. Indulge your guests in an once-in-a-lifetime experience that reflects the wedding of your dreams.

700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee | (414) 224-3287


Milwaukee County Historical Society

The winner of the Knot’s 2013 Best of Weddings, the Milwaukee County Historical Society offers two unique locations for weddings, daytime meetings and corporate events. The elegant Historical Center, located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee along the Milwaukee River, and the rustic Trimborn Farm in Greendale, have received praise from leading wedding industry publications, including the Wedding Channel and Married in Milwaukee, and are sure to make your special day one to remember.

910 N. Old World Third St., Milwaukee | (414) 273-8288


Milwaukee Yacht Club

Host your wedding at Milwaukee Yacht Club and enjoy the lakefront as your backdrop. The superior staff will cater to you and your guests to ensure that your day is special. Experience the benefits of membership at this private club for a day. Membership is not required to host a wedding. The Milwaukee Yacht Club is able to offer both indoor and outdoor venues. Contact them today to start planning your dream wedding.

1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee | (414) 271-4455


Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Your wedding day should be special. Professional catering managers at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino will help you create an unforgettable event that perfectly suits you and all the facets of your personality. When you book your wedding, you will work with the same catering manager from start to finish to ensure your vision becomes reality. After all, this is the one day, the one magic moment that is the beginning to your happily-ever-after.  1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee | (800) 729-7244


War Memorial Center

Located on Milwaukee’s lakefront, this stunning architectural achievement of renowned Finnish architect Eero Saarinen stands as a memorial to those who have served in the United States Armed Services. The site is a premier location for weddings, social and corporate events. The beautiful Memorial Hall features sweeping views of downtown Milwaukee through floor-to-ceiling windows, while the outdoor plaza offers spectacular panoramic views of Lake Michigan. With an extensive catering list and state-of-the-art amenities, the War Memorial is certainly a place to have an exquisite and memorable event.

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee | (414) 273-5533


Watermark at Shully’s

The exterior façade of the Watermark embodies the charm of Thiensville with Victorian influences in the gabled structure, wrought iron fencing and natural landscaping. The banquet room can accommodate groups of up to 350 seated guests, depending on configuration, and 400-500 guests for stand-up events. The Watermark’s elegantly appointed interior provides an understated, neutral backdrop for you to create your own custom look with linens, centerpieces and decor.

146 Green Bay Road, Thiensville | (262) 242-6633

the rentals


Canopies is Milwaukee’s premier event rental company. It’s expertise and dedication to service excellence will make your wedding a beautiful, one-of-a-kind occasion. From state-of-the-art tenting and flooring to table linens, chair covers, china, flatware and stemware, Canopies offers a wide array of the most current products available and is full of inspiring ideas for every season and occasion.

7234 N. 60th St., Milwaukee | (414) 760-0770



the special touches

Design Vision Optical

Wauwatosa’s newest eyewear boutique offers beautiful eyewear for brides, mother-of-the-brides and bridal parties so everyone can look their best on the special day. Their rimless frames will “disappear” in the pictures, but offer timeless style. See the beautiful you instead of a thick, clunky eyewear frame that will look outdated in years to come. Designer brands include Ray-Ban, Maui Jim, Coach, Gucci, Prada, Versace, Kate Spade, Caviar and more. Special pricing on sunglass orders of three or more. Call to schedule a private showing or host a sunglass party for your bridal party.

8720 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa | (414) 774-0200 


Dove Release

Add a touch of elegance to your special day with Dove Release, a full-service company that can release one, two or an entire flock of doves on your wedding day. The company serves Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha and Chicago. Contact for more information.

(414) 483-1059

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