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.  

THE MAGICAL, MULTICULTURAL, INDIAN WEDDING OF A VT STATE SENATOR AND SON OF A DAIRY FARMER

Senator Kesha Ram and husband Jacob Hinsdale share a deep love for Vermont, and the beauty of the state was the backdrop for their unforgettable weekend-long Indian American fusion wedding at An Affair by the Lake in Addison, Vermont.

Kesha is a Vermont Senator (she’s the youngest woman in history and the first woman of color to serve in the Vermont Senate). Jacob is a born-and-bred Vermonter, growing up on his family’s dairy farm. Their lives intersected when Kesha returned to Burlington to work on a downtown revitalization project. She was introduced to Jacob because of his mild obsession with tiny houses, and they soon found they had a lot in common. Now, the couple lives in Shelburne with their dog, Miso.    

Honoring Her Indian Heritage with Special Wedding Ceremonies

Kesha is a biracial Indian American who is culturally Hindu and Jewish. Jacob is descended from French-Canadian Catholic ancestry and English Protestants. The couple wanted to honor both their cultural identities and their love of Vermont in their wedding. Lindsey Leichthammer Events helped to plan the beautiful, multicultural celebration, which included a Mehendi (henna ceremony), an Indian wedding ceremony led by a Hindu priest, a Sangeet, where family and friends performed their best Bollywood dances, and a more “conventional” American ceremony and reception on Saturday. It was also important to the couple for their celebration to be rooted in Vermont, so all of their vendors were local businesses.

“We wanted to honor and inspire our common narrative of love, family, and belonging,” says Senator Ram. The result is an inspiring, unique, beautiful celebration! See their gallery below. 

Couple celebrating an Indian wedding ceremony in Vermont

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A LAKESIDE SEPTEMBER WEDDING

Nikki and Ryan’s lakeside September wedding was a beautiful reflection of what they love most. They celebrated with friends, family and their beloved dog at An Affair by the Lake on Lake Champlain. 

“It was important to us to be on Lake Champlain and to hire our favorite local businesses,” says Nikki. “We are so grateful for all of the hard work put into our special weekend by each one of our vendors, especially Lorraine of An Affair By The Lake for helping us put all of our different pieces together seamlessly.”

“Our favorite moment of the entire weekend was our first dance. We danced to a funky rendition of one of our favorite songs, Danny’s Song. In that moment, we realized just how lucky we were!” See the couple’s full gallery below.

Bride and groom standing on the shore of Lake Champlain on their wedding day

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Wedding Venue: AN AFFAIR BY THE LAKE | Photographer: THE LIGHT AND COLOR