This is a love story. In 1964, a husband and wife founded Vera’s. A professional seamstress and a passionate photographer, they vowed to help brides find the perfect gown that fit well, too.

James and Vera Stillmank opened Vera’s House of Bridals in 1964. Vera, a professional seamstress, and James, a professional photographer, opened their first bridal shop in a small farmhouse south of Janesville, where Vera balanced her time between helping brides select their gowns, fitting and sewing the gowns, and raising the couple’s seven children. In 1968, a new larger “house” was built for Vera’s brides in Janesville.

In 1981, Vera’s House of Bridals opened a second location in Madison. After 5 years, this location proved to be too small for the growing business, so Vera designed and built another “house” on Big Sky Drive. This 12,000 square foot Victorian mansion features 16 large showrooms to welcome brides and their friends and family. Featuring over 500 bridal gowns, 350 bridesmaids’ dresses, and a large selection of prom, social occasion and mothers’ dresses, Vera’s is the best place to shop in the midwest. A complete on-site design studio features professionally-trained seamstresses who put the finishing touches on the gowns.

Visit the Vera’s House of Bridals Website.

 

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