DENISE & WELDON LILES
President & Publisher
Welcome! On behalf of the entire Veil family, we want to say congratulations. Being in love is an extraordinary feeling, and this is an exciting time of your life as you plan your wedding and venture into matrimony.
15 years ago I met and married the love of my life, the man of my dreams, my soul mate. As we planned our wedding—which I wish I could do every year—I felt that my passion for the weddings could culminate into something creative and valuable to other Wisconsin bridal couples.
Veil Magazine exists because of the support of my husband, Weldon, our loving families, our exceptional Veil team and our incredibly talented advertisers. Each year I fall in love over and over again with my Veil family and everything we have accomplished. It is a place for us to share what we love about weddings, what inspires us and to show local Wisconsin couples like you that there is more to telling your unique love story than all the bells and whistles.
Wisconsin couples have a unique sense of style. To help nurture that flair, we have produced a stunning magazine that engages with local bridal trends, sophisticated product features, beautiful weddings of local newlyweds and expert advice. Veil Magazine is also designed to connect wedding venues, businesses, retailers and planners to our readers: Wisconsin’s most discerning couples.
We hope you enjoy this issue of Veil Magazine. Among the many wedding artisans featured here that are personally invested in your day. We hope this experience helps you feel close to our team and our advertisers, with an underlying understanding of your unique tastes.
Cheers to the incredible journey that is marriage! Let us join you for the ride, and don’t be shy about giving us feedback along the way. You can connect with us on our website, on social media and through our blog for where people can interact with us.
May your future together be filled with love, happiness and family, leaving you feeling joyfully fulfilled.
I’m lucky that Veil Magazine keeps the romance of weddings alive for me every single day.
Director of Sales & Marketing
When Denise and I met in 8th grade as the "new girls" in town, we became fast friends. We had no idea where that journey would take us, but 41 years later, we are still best friends and have been through the highs and lows of life together. Denise and I have always dreamed about working together, but the timing was never right. I am a firm believer that life happens when it is supposed to. Low and behold, last Spring the company I worked for, went out of business. It seemed like the perfect time to realize our dream of working together, and I am excited to be a part of this great team!
Favorite Food: Italian
Guilty Pleasure: Days of Our Lives
Favorite Wedding Movie: Wedding Singer
Spirit Animal: Donkey
Secret Talent: Double Whistle
I got an amazing opportunity to design pages for Veil Magazine two years ago. Now I get to design the whole magazine with Denise, design miscellaneous collateral, and help plan and work at photo shoots. Being part of Veil and the wedding industry, talking to brides and working with advertisers, I have learned so much and could not imagine doing anything else.
Favorite Wedding Movie: Runaway Bride
Favorite Wedding Song: Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
Favorite Wedding Flower: White Daisies
Favorite Wedding Memory: Being the Maid of Honor and seeing my twin sister/best friend get married.
As the graphic designer for Veil, I get to translate my passion for weddings into creative and beautiful designs. I love being apart of this magazine and learning more about the industry every day. In addition to design, I enjoy writing and interviewing people. I am lucky that I get to share wedding industry tips, trends and love stories for newly engaged couples. I have finally found a place I can combine my passions and I am so thankful for every experience here!
Favorite Wedding Movie: Father of the Bride
Favorite Wedding Song: Like I'm Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor
Favorite Wedding Flower: White Rose
Favorite Wedding Memory: I love hearing the couple's vows. It is such an intimate
look into their love and it brings me to tears every time.
I began with Veil in 2011 after graduating from UW-Milwaukee with a Journalism degree. Writing has always been my passion, and combining that with the innate allure of the wedding industry has been beyond fulfilling. Being happily married myself, I love this opportunity to help couples plan their dream wedding and write about newlyweds’ Happily Ever Afters.
Favorite Wedding Movie: My Best Friend's Wedding
Favorite Wedding Song: Crazy Love by Michael Buble
Favorite Wedding Flower: Pink Roses
Favorite Wedding Memory: At the beginning of our ceremony, my husband held my hands, rubbed his thumbs over the tops of them and whispered, “So pretty” to me.
I’m a Chicago-native who moved to Milwaukee for college to study English. After moving around a bit, I’m back in Milwaukee and have been lucky to write and edit for Veil! Sharing love stories and advice to couples for such an important event in their lives is very gratifying work!
Favorite Wedding Movie: The Wedding Planner
Favorite Wedding Song: Lucky by Jason Mraz feat. Colbie Caillat
Favorite Wedding Flower: Tulip
Favorite Wedding Memory: Taking trips to attend weddings! I've been to Portland, Oregon and Xalapa, Mexico to attend friends' weddings.