Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort & Event Center
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Interview with Crystal Bakker
How did you get your start in the business?
Our family bought our resort in 2004. At that time I was attending University of Minnesota Duluth, for elementary education. After graduating and spending a few years teaching in North Minneapolis I decided to join the family business as the Promotional Director. The resort has been a huge passion for our entire family ever since we purchased it and are all still very involved. My parents are the owners and my siblings and husband are all very involved with the continued growth and development as well!
Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
Yes! My husband and I got our first puppy in May 2011. Our golden retriever named Okefenokee (Okee for short) has been a true blessing. She is very playful and consistently brightens our day!
Who is your favorite sports team?
Hands down, the Minnesota Twins.
What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort… of course! I also really enjoy visiting my parents in Cape Coral, Florida every year.
What is your motto or favorite quote to live by?
“Those who say only sunshine brings happiness have never danced in the rain.”
What has been your favorite wedding and why?
My own! We decided to plan a day full of fun, family and friends. We did everything from renting out a bowling alley for our rehearsal dinner to having a surprise choreographed dance break out halfway through our first song. Our photo booth and late night pizzas really helped us personalize our special day. I hope to be able to bring this feeling to all of our brides at Appeldoorn’s and ensuring that they also feel their wedding is as unique and enjoyable as possible!
Learn a little bit more about Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort and Event Center:
Your dream wedding venue is here! With Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort and Event Center you no longer need to travel to the tropics to get that destination location you’ve always dreamed of. Located on the southern part of Lake Mille Lacs you are able to choose from a sandy beach or courtyard ceremony followed by a reception in our 2,000+ sq. ft ballroom seating up to 200 guests. Our new event center offers private bathrooms, coatroom, and catering kitchen for your convenience. Choose from a variety of wedding packages or create your own to ensure you have the wedding of your dreams! After your special day, choose our resort as your honeymoon destination. Stay in our honeymoon suite overlooking the lake featuring a Jacuzzi tub and pamper yourself with our ‘Rest, Relax, and Revive’ package for two. You’ll also be able to enjoy our sandy beach, complimentary use of our kayaks and paddle boats, hiking, swimming, evening campfires, sunset cruises and much more! For reservations or more information call 320-676-8834 or visit http://www.sunsetbayml.com.
Appeldoorn’s now offers photo booth rental not only at our event center but throughout the Twin Cities! Our ‘Wedding Photo Booth’ offers state of the art technology allowing you to choose from a variety of templates, colors, and option for your guests to immediately upload their photos from the booth to Facebook or Twitter! Use of props and creation of a personalized scrapbook make for a fun addition to your wedding reception. Having a photo booth at your wedding is not only a fun activity for your guests but supplies you insight to some great moments you might have missed! Looking back at your photo booth scrapbook will be one of your most cherished keepsakes. For photo booth rental, contact Crystal at 651-276-4028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capacity: up to 200 ppl
Catering: Site Provides
Liquor: Site Provides
Rental Fee: $400 – $2,800
Per Plate: $10.99 – $16.00
Ceremonies: Indoor and Outdoor
Contact Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort & Event Center
Contact: Crystal Bakker
Main PH: 320-676-8834
45401 Mille Lacs Parkway
Isle, MN 56342
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