Real Milwaukee Weddings: Mellisa & Adam

Stories and advice from local couples who have been there, done that: Mellisa & Adam wed at The Landing 1841 in Burlington.

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Date: August 5, 2017

How they met:

Tinder! Just after Mellisa moved to Wisconsin to pursue her physician’s assistant degree, she and a few classmates made a pact to use the dating site to explore their new home. Their meet-up was Adam’s first (and last) on Tinder.

Photo by Studio 29 Photography

What they wore:

Mellisa chose an off-white Willowby by Watters gown from Miss Ruby Boutique in Milwaukee, accented with the necklace worn by both Adam’s mom and grandma in their respective weddings. Adam’s custom tux came from NL Suits in the Third Ward, and he wore his late grandfather’s shoes as an homage to his ancestors.

Photo by Studio 29 Photography
Photo by Studio 29 Photography


The outdoor ceremony and indoor reception were held at The Landing 1841 in Burlington, a leap of faith – it was under construction during the planning – that more than paid off.


A formal seated dinner featuring chicken Oscar and grilled salmon was designed by Sophisticatering out of Kenosha. Guests were especially thrilled by the hearty cocktail hour that included antipasto, Mediterranean vegetables, seared beef on crostini, jumbo shrimp cocktail, house-smoked sea scallops, deviled eggs, Moroccan-style chicken and beef kabobs, bite-sized quiche, glazed pot stickers and Rockefeller mushrooms.


Rustic elegance. Although Adam grew up in Wisconsin, Boston-born Mellisa is “not very country at all.” Still, she liked the idea of a barn venue, and found The Landing 1841 set the perfect rustic yet elegant tone.

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Inspired touches:

Mellisa incorporated elements from her Chinese heritage, including red lanterns, traditional red candy boxes for each guest, and the double happiness signs her brother displayed at his wedding rehearsal the year before. Her parents also enjoyed selecting and framing photos of late family members for the memory table, and Mellisa, her mother, mother-in-law and sisters-in-law worked tirelessly to create the 80 gold-painted wine bottle centerpieces, “a whole-family woman production.” Instead of traditional flower girls, three little girls walked down the aisle carrying three signs spelling out Here Comes the Bride.

Photo by Studio 29 Photography

Favorite moment:

“Standing in front of all of our guests and trying not to cry when I walked down the aisle,” says Adam. Mellisa loved sharing their vows, which they wrote themselves but kept secret from each other until the big moment.


“Don’t skip out on the small details. As annoying and frustrating as planning them is, they really do matter and people will notice them,” says Adam. Mellisa hired wedding coordinator Ashley Joy from The Midwestern Bride, who did a phenomenal job communicating with vendors and family, taking the pressure off and buffering the couple from any challenges along the way. ◆

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Maggie Ginsberg is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has also appeared in Madison Magazine, Midwest Living and Wisconsin Bride.