Jessica and Kristina came to our team in search of a beautiful Milwaukee lakeside locale to match their wedding vision. With a gorgeous view and remarkable accommodating event spaces like the Miller Room and Coast, Zilli Lake & Gardens is an absolute dream wedding venue that this couple fell in love with right away. We were excited to show them the space and bring their vision to life in its one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
Here are some of our favorite highlights of the event from the storybook photos captured by Alex de Fleron Photography.
Jessica & Kristina’s wedding welcomed 136 guests. Our on-site staff in professional attire made this special evening stress-free, allowing the couple to enjoy each other and their company without worry.
Guests began arriving around 5:30PM. They were welcomed by a greeting table with some clever initial accents. Our design team from Adorn contributed a lovely “fingerprint tree” concept where guests were encouraged to sign with their fingerprints and create a tree design to “light the night sky” for the couple. It made the experience that much more personal because the families and friends got to actually play a part in setting the tone for the evening.
The dance floor (elegantly decorated with suspended lighting) inside Coast Restaurant hosted the ceremony. The interior is sizable enough to accommodate up to 400 guests. It provided a large space with a welcoming atmosphere and spectacular outdoor views of the lake. The venue was everything the couple asked for in a backdrop to exchange their vows and commemorate the occasion in pictures.
While typically chilly in January, this Milwaukee evening was abnormally balmy for the couple’s special day. It allowed them to enjoy the full splendor of the venue together and capture it in photos, including several magnificent shots of the Pier Wisconsin and lighthouse.
Once the ceremony concluded, the restaurant transformed into an amazing reception space. Tables were decorated with assorted red poinsettia and holly florals (a seasonal favorite and perfect design complement for this wedding) courtesy of Larry Fisk.
Our creative culinary team really went above and beyond in creating this couple’s spectacular menu. They filled it with platinum package set hors d’oeuvres, dinner stations and dessert selections.
Chilled hors d’oeuvres included:
Warm hors d’oeuvres featured:
Guests were treated to two chef-prepared dinner stations and a late-night snack station.
And the miniature dessert selections had something for everyone.
There were plenty of hallmark beverages and spirits as well. In addition to a coffee bar station, guests enjoyed several splendid varieties of wines, such as:
Beers included domestic brews like Miller and Spotted Cow. A Lakefront IPA was also added to complement the lakeside concept.
After dinner, the dance floor at Coast came alive. The team from Smoov Music Services turned up the tunes and got everyone out of their seats and moving. An elegant wedding venue turned into a club-like party where guests were dancing late into the night.
When all was said and done, the atmosphere at Jessica & Kristina’s wedding made the evening incredibly special. It was a memorable night of friends and family coming together to celebrate Jessica and Kristina’s love in an iconic spot on the shores of Lake Michigan. Our team was honored to be part of it, and we cherish the opportunity to do it for every Milwaukee couple that comes our way.