Thursday, October 9, 2008

Lesley + Matt: August 9, 2008

Since I'm just getting started, I thought I'd begin by sharing one of my personal favorites for a "Michigan" wedding. This past August, a good friend of mine was married at Gull Lake, about 20 minutes East of Kalamazoo. The setting was not only a perfect fit for the couple's laid back and relaxed personalities, but it was the perfect salute to one of southwest Michigan's many small town lakes. The Gull Lake Country Club put on an amazing reception and the venue spoke volumes to the guests with Gull Lake sparkling in the backdrop the entire night.

My favorite thing about my friend's wedding was how she incorporated so much of the environment in her decorations. From the bright "water blue" bridesmaid dresses, to the grass-filled placecard holder, the bride's designs gave us all a sense of calmness while being at the lake, yet holding its traditional and elegant feel. Centerpieces switched between a multi-colored tablescape of three low vases and a single vase of blues and creams, while the cake dripped in purples and blues.

The bride and groom even had time to visit Bell's Brewery in downtown Kalamazoo before the reception, and saluted one of their favorite Southwest Michigan watering holes. This is such a memorable idea that won't break the bank and has your guests remembering something unique about your big day.

If you're from Kalamazoo or the surrounding area, Gull Lake Country Club is not only in a gorgeous location, but provides top notch, professional staff. It is close enough to downtown Kalamazoo to allow your guests easy access to hotels such as the Radisson, as well as allow you to utilize the areas dining and spas for all the pre-wedding fun. Look for an upcoming blog specifically saluting Kalamazoo brides!

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