Melissa & Trevor’s Elegant Wedding at the Milwaukee Marriott West

January 19, 2017

Melissa from St. Charles, Illinois (a Bears fan) and Trevor from Waukesha (a Packers fan) met at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and were friends right away. The two dated for four years before Trevor proposed. He planned a fancy dinner in downtown Milwaukee. On the way to dinner, Melissa spilled water all over her pants, the gas light started flashing, and Trevor missed the exit – things were off to a great start. When they finally arrived, Trevor suggested a pre-dinner walk along Lake Michigan, where he found a patch of clear sand and popped the question. “After that, the night was amazing!” Melissa says.

Trevor and Melissa planned an elegant wedding with both and ceremony and reception at the Milwaukee Marriott West. “We wanted everything to be in one spot because of how many people traveled a great distance to share our special day with us.” The bridesmaids wore black, the groomsmen wore charcoal grey, and Melissa found her beautiful gown at Amelishan Bridal. White, champagne, and light pink flowers accented the scene.

One of Melissa’s favorite moments of the day was the first look. The photographers blocked off a gorgeous, long hallway at the Marriott, and Trevor stood about halfway down with his back to Melissa. “When I got there, little did I know about 30–40 of our friends and family were waiting and watching,” Melissa says. “I started walking toward him and couldn’t hold it in any longer; tears were running down my face.” Melissa tapped Trevor on the shoulder, he turned around, and suddenly everyone else was crying, too. “To this day, people talk about that moment and how they’ve never witnessed anything like it.”

At the ceremony and cocktail hour, Melissa’s cousins Ryan and Connor played guitar. Later on, during the reception, Trevor and Melissa had a live band perform. “Having a band gave the night an electric feeling – the dance floor was never empty!” For DIY projects, Melissa made the ceremony programs, and her Aunt Rosanne arranged all of the flowers and centerpieces for both the ceremony and reception. Dinner was catered by the chefs at the Marriott: “They did an amazing job with our wedding day dinner – delicious!”

Melissa says that the best decision she and Trevor made was having their entire wedding right at the Marriott. “We didn’t hire a wedding consultant, but Ashley at the Marriott was such a huge help to us! She answered our questions in a timely manner, making all our wishes come true while also making the day stress free. In fact, everyone at the Marriott was so accommodating, professional, aware, and super nice. We can’t thank them enough for giving us a perfect day!”

Rehearsal Dinner~Boneyard Bar and Grill, Sussex, WI
Reception & Catering~Milwaukee Marriott West, Waukesha, WI
Cupcakes~Cheryl Weise, Frosted Memories
Flowers ( Bouquets, Boutonnieres, and Corsages)~Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop
Floral Reception~Bride’s Aunt, Rosanne Konar
Officiant~Rev. Jewel Olson
Photographer~Tony Just Photography
Bride’s Dress~Amelishan, Hubertus, WI
Men’s formalwear~Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse
Rings~Dan’s, Waukesha, WI

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