Living In The Ledge
Heather Fulton, wedding coordinator for hair and makeup at Salon 219 on 219 S. Bridge St., is expected to be booked for an average of 22 weddings this season.
For the past eight years Fulton has been traveling throughout the state on location. Her and her team of a makeup artist and about five other hair stylists also provide services at Salon 219’s private bridal suite.
“Honestly, there’s a lot in Michigan about weddings. It’s kind of becoming one of those states where people now want to come here, because it is so pretty here,” said Fulton. “Fall weddings are becoming more and more popular than the summer and spring weddings.”
Some of the most popular places Fulton’s customers get married in Grand Ledge, she said, are the Grand Ledge Opera House, Bridge Street Chapel, and the islands.
Out of those top three destinations, the historic Grand Ledge Opera House is the most popular venue. For the past six years Fulton has also participated in the bridal show held there.
There are plans to take over the apartment above the salon to make room for a bigger bridal suite.
“We have the bridal suite in the back right now, which is temporarily a treatment room for my esthetician,” said Fulton. “We are supposed to take over the apartment upstairs.”
This move upstairs will separate the bridal suite from the rest of the salon, so when a bridal party comes in for an appointment they’ll have their own space and privacy while getting their hair and makeup done.
Fulton’s receptionist Sydney McLeod loves the wedding season just has much as Fulton. Her favorite aspect of the bride’s time at Salon 219 is the trial run. A trial run is when the bride-to-be comes into the salon to test makeup looks and hairstyles out.
“They will come in for their trial run, and it’s so fun to watch them transform,” McLeod said.
McLeod also helps Fulton run the salon’s Twitter. When asked what the best knowledge she has taken from working at Salon 219, the 18-year-old said, “to be passionate, and confident.”
“One of the most important things I tell my brides is that trends are amazing but remember to be you,” said Fulton. “Later down the road, when you look back at your photos, you will regret it if you don’t stay true to who you are.”