VENUE SPOTLIGHT ON AN AFFAIR BY THE LAKE

Do you love being by the lake? Are you looking for a wedding venue that provides a beautiful blank canvas you can transform into your wedding vision? Are you looking forward to relaxing on your wedding weekend with loved ones? If you answered yes, you’re going to love today’s venue spotlight on An Affair by the Lake. This unique property in Addison Vermont is located on Lake Champlain and combines the charm of a historic Victorian inn with picturesque lake views. Owner Loraine sat down with us to share more about this gorgeous, unique property. 

The space: What’s the vibe?

Imagine a relaxed, lakeside venue that’s elegant but unfussy with spectacular views.

The ceremony gazebo overlooks the lake and majestic Adirondack Mountains, which play host to spectacular sunsets. A spacious lawn provides lots of room for lawn games and cocktail hour lakeside. The original post and beam barn, while only suitable as storage, provides a rustic, authentically-Vermont backdrop for photos. Just beyond the barn, receptions can be hosted under a tent.

The amenities: What’s Included?

Couples can make use of the full property (grounds, lakefront, historic Victorian home) for 3 days. Our stunning lakeside gazebo provides the perfect backdrop for your ceremony. Couples rent their reception tent (we can fit one up to 200 guests) and a luxury restroom trailer.

We also provide onsite lodging for up to 8 guests in the gorgeous Victorian home, where the wedding party can also get ready in grand style the morning of the wedding. And, speaking of the wedding morning, we provide a mini brunch for houseguests!

We offer partial planning services and full day-of coordination. This includes finding vendors best suited to you, as well as creating layouts, timelines, task checklists, and an overall comprehensive wedding plan. You are not on your own, we are with you every step of the way! Our clients value their time, and love that we can take so much off their plate. Plus, our help means our clients can relax and focus on each other and those nearest and dearest on the weekend of their wedding. 

The area: What is there to do in the local area?

The charming towns of Middlebury and Vergennes are both about 15 minutes away, and offer eclectic shops, amazing restaurants (which are perfect for off-site rehearsal dinners), wineries and microbreweries. And we’re only 45 minutes from Burlington. 

Whether you’re looking for an early morning run or a more leisurely walk, step off the property and onto the new, spectacular Lake Champlain Bridge to explore the hiking trails and scenic views at the Crown Point Historic Site just across the bridge in NY. If you prefer a little more of a hiking challenge, Snake Mountain Trail is 10 minutes away and provides breathtaking views of the lake and Champlain Valley.

You can also find great golfing nearby at Basin Harbor Club, Ralph Myhre Golf Course at Middlebury College, or challenging mini golf just down the road.

The history: Does the property have a rich history? 

The Victorian home was originally built in 1873 and we’ve been lovingly restoring it over the past 20 years, balancing historic charm with updated styling. The property’s massive cottonwood tree, at approximately 200 years old, is the second largest cottonwood in Vermont.

Three rapid fire questions:

Favorite moment during a wedding: When the processional music starts and the walk down the aisle begins. This never stops being emotional and heart-stopping!

Favorite thing to do in VT: Hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing, anything outdoors!

Best advice for couples: Take time to enjoy the journey towards your wedding day, and especially the day-of. All of it will fly by, so don’t waste precious time getting caught up in the small stuff. At the end of the day, you will be married, and you’ll be surprised how many of the little details you fretted over really didn’t matter. And do yourself a huge favor, have a day-of coordinator so you can really relax and fully enjoy the day!

 

Thank you, Lorraine! Learn more about An Affair by the Lake in the vendor guide.  

MEET VERMONT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BEN HUDSON

One thing that really stands out about Vermont wedding photographer Ben Hudson is his love for his family, and how that inspires his work as a photographer. He commits to each couple’s wedding fully, and and honors the specialness of their weddings by only taking on about 15 clients a year so he can give his full energy to each. He describes his work as documentary style, intent on capturing the unforgettable moments of each couple’s celebration. Read on to learn more about this talented wedding photographer and visit the vendor guide to reach out to Ben! 

How did you get into wedding photography?

I fell in love with photography at a summer camp in Maine when I was 12 years old and that is where I learned how to work in a dark room and develop my own film. My passion for photography grew through high school and college when I focused mainly on landscape photography and concerts. It was in 2006 that a friend asked if I would photograph their wedding. I said yes and then from there forward I have not looked back. Weddings have been my focus ever since. 

How would you describe your photography style?

I am a documentary style wedding photographer. I want you to enjoy your family and friends and let me capture your day as it unfolds. I feel as though your wedding should not be a photoshoot where I direct you throughout the day. It should be your wedding. I will direct you when it comes to portrait time…other than that, I capture what happens.

What inspires your work?

My family. The most important thing in my life is my family and friends. I only take on 15 weddings a year so that I have time to enjoy my family. When I am photographing a wedding it is all about you, your family, friends and your day. Weddings are a very unique celebration as this may be the only time you are surrounded by almost every person you love in the world. My job is to document this day, the location and the people who are gathered around you.

Any special tips for couples for choosing a wedding photographer?

Have someone capture the day that you are comfortable with. If possible, meet in person before your wedding, read reviews and view a full gallery to make sure you are a good fit. They will be around you for one of the most important days in your life. 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

I love the beginning of the day and the reception. I feel as though this is when everyone’s true personalities come out. Things are not as stiff and formal and everyone is being their true self; their guard is down and they are just living their best day.

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? / Local spot to visit? Etc.

In the winter I love to snowboard and my main mountains are Sugarbush and Jay. In the fall and summer I enjoy getting out on my bike and exploring the swimming holes with my wife and kids. I also LOVE the ocean….so I go to Maine, North Carolina, or Puerto Rico.

If you weren’t a wedding photographer what would you do?

I would travel the world with my family, run a small travel company focusing on ecotourism and possibly run a B&B or hostel on one of my favorite islands in the tropics or the Greek isles. 

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

I was in the movie A Man without a Face, and my great grandmother was mother superior in the Sound of Music. When I got married, my mom chose the song we danced to, and she chose, “Climb Every Mountain” from the movie which my grandmother sang….It was interesting.

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor?

“Poker Face” – Lady Gaga

 

Thank you, Ben! Learn more about Ben Hudson Photography in the vendor guide.

 

A FUN BACKYARD WEDDING WITH A SPECIAL COCKTAIL HOUR PHOTO WALL

Jess and Ben’s backyard Vermont wedding was intimate, filled with thoughtful details and ended with a lively party. What could be better? 

Photographer Moriah of Moho Photos says that one of her favorite details was their cocktail hour decor. “The couple took over the garage for cocktail hour, and my favorite feature was the wall they covered with photos of them, their parents, and their grandparents. It was a really special touch!” says Moriah. It’s also a great reminder that personal touches don’t have to be elaborate to be meaningful and special!

Other highlights include the cutest, festive pup and lots and lots of smiles – you can totally feel excitement and fun of this day! Check out the full gallery below.