Vandersommers-Brunetti Wedding Celebrates Family Traditions at Lakeside

Posted on January 10, 2014

Holly Vandersommers-Brunetti vividly remembers summers with her family at their Lakeside Chautauqua cottage.

Little did she know, this meaningful family tradition would become an even bigger part of her future. On July 13, 2013, Holly married her husband, Mark Brunetti, at the Steele Memorial Bandstand gazebo.

In love with the beauty and peacefulness of the lake, Holly knew that Lakeside was the perfect location for her dream outdoor wedding.

“When I was little, I always told my mom I wanted to get married at Lakeside,” Holly said. “I had kind of forgotten that. But, when we started thinking of places, we made a whole list. In the end, we chose Lakeside because of how pretty and quiet it is.”

Holly and Mark did a majority of the wedding planning themselves, in collaboration with the Lakeside Chautauqua Group Sales Staff. Holly was relieved to find out they could plan everything through one contact, rather than work with multiple vendors.

“The Group Sales Staff organized plans with the caterer, met with the florist for us on the day of the wedding and helped with so many other things. It was almost like having a wedding planner because they helped make the day perfect,” Holly said.

On the day of the wedding, the couple got ready in rooms at the Hotel Lakeside. It was a sunny summer day, perfect for their outdoor ceremony at the gazebo.  At 11:30 a.m., Holly met Mark at the end of the aisle, as her cousin accompanied the procession with beautiful violin music.

Following the ceremony, a casual lunch reception was held in the Hotel Lakeside Fern Room, allowing guests the opportunity to converse and mingle. The couple was delighted when people stayed after the reception to enjoy Lakeside.

“Everyone stuck around after the wedding, explored Lakeside and played shuffleboard,” Holly said. “Lots of guests even got pizza at Sloopy’s later for dinner. It was nice to end the day enjoying Lakeside. It was that same kind of relaxed feeling we were going for throughout the day.”

Lakeside Chautauqua hosts hundreds of groups year-round, including youth groups, weddings, family reunions, birthday parties, anniversaries, church groups and business retreats. For more information about booking your next group event at Lakeside Chautauqua, visit or email the Group Sales Manager.