A Preppy Waterfront Wedding at The Riviera Ballroom in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Between the preppy black-and-white-stripe accents and sophisticated peony arrangements, Clare McDonnell (27 and an events and facilities coordinator)

Between the preppy black-and-white-stripe accents and sophisticated peony arrangements, Clare McDonnell (27 and an events and facilities coordinator) and Michael (Mike) Kalimuthu (27 and a developer) pulled off a preppy-meets-refined ballroom affair. Inspired by the bride's childhood summers at her grandparent's lake house, the couple decided on a Lake Geneva destination celebration. "When we searched online for Lake Geneva venues, the Observatory immediately struck us for our ceremony," says Clare. "And knew as soon as we saw The Riviera Ballroom that it would be perfect for our reception -- the lake views are amazing, and you can bring anything in to really make the unique venue your own." A traditional black, white, blush and gold color scheme with stripe accents created a classic-yet-nautical feel. Black and white stripes were carried through from the bridesmaids' clutches and bouquet wraps to the graphic napkins that popped against the pale linens. Milk glass centerpieces filled with peonies, hydrangeas and dusty miller were set on mirrored trays and created a vintage flair, while Chicago table names were incorporated as a nod to the couple's current city. The newlyweds have always loved summertime trips to Lake Geneva and hoped their guests would equally enjoy their weekend there. "We had our rehearsal dinner on a boat the night before, our ceremony outdoors and reception on the lake," says Clare. "Everyone loved being outside enjoying the beautiful weather and being on the lake!"

Polished Black and White Stationery Suite
Guests sipped on a pink vodka lemonade signature cocktails and champagne with red striped straws.
A black-and-white-striped ribbon wrapped Clare's bouquet of peonies, roses, hydrangeas and carnations.
Clare set the tone for her black and white strip motif by having her bridesmaids carry preppy clutches with their pink Donna Morgan dresses.
The bridesmaids accented their blush Donna Morgan dresses with white peony bouquets wrapped with black-and-white-striped ribbon.
White Peony Bouquet With Black and White Striped Ribbon
Preppy Pink Bridesmaid Dresses and Black Suits
"When we searched online for Lake Geneva venues, the Observatory immediately struck our eye," says Clare. "It's so unique and we knew from the moment we saw it that we would have our ceremony there!"
An embellished BHLDN belt added a touch of sparkle to Clare's sleek, strapless, mermaid-style Nicole Miller gown.
Preppy Black-and-White-Striped Escort Cards
"We knew as soon as we saw the Riviera that we would have our reception there!" says Clare "The lake views are amazing, and the venue is so unique -- you can bring anything in to really make it your own."
Gold accents and milk glass centerpieces set on mirrored trays created a vintage flair throughout the preppy ballroom reception.
Gold Chiavari Chairs With Black Signs
As a nod to where they newlyweds live, they brought Illinois to their destination wedding with Chicago table names.
A traditional black, white, blush and gold color scheme with stripe accents created a classic-yet-nautical feel.
White Buttercream Cake With Button Details
Clare and Mike's First Dance
The newlyweds have always loved summertime trips to Lake Geneva and hoped their guests would equally enjoy their weekend there. "We had our rehearsal dinner on a boat the night before, our ceremony outdoors and reception on the lake," says Clare. "Everyone loved being outside enjoying the beautiful weather and being on the lake!"