An Affair by the Lake

8090 VT Rte. 17 W, Vergennes, VT 05491 Map · Phone number
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About An Affair by the Lake

An unforgettable wedding weekend awaits you at Cottonwood on Lake Champlain, an exquisite, one-of-a-kind lakefront country estate. An Affair by the Lake offers you the rare opportunity to experience complete privacy for your special event through the exclusive use of our beautifully restored 3 bedroom Victorian home, spacious grounds for your tented reception, custom-built ceremony gazebo, and lakefront that offers spectacular lake and mountain views. On your wedding day, we will be devoted solely to your event! As your personal wedding planners, we will work closely with you and your other wedding professionals both before and during your event to make certain everything is exactly as you wish. We offer wedding weekend packages for up to 150. Visit our website www.anaffairbythelake.com or email us at lorraine@anaffairbythelake.com for more information and to start planning your memorable wedding weekend!

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Your guests will have spectacular views as they await your arrival for the ceremony!
Your guests will have spectacular views as they await your arrival for the ceremony!
The setting sun sparkles on Lake Champlain.
The setting sun sparkles on Lake Champlain.
Customization is our focus!  This couple lit up the grounds in their theme colors!
Customization is our focus! This couple lit up the grounds in their theme colors!
Bridal portrait​
Bridal portrait​
The majestic cottonwood tree creates a dramatic backdrop for incredible photos.
The majestic cottonwood tree creates a dramatic backdrop for incredible photos.
Photographers and couples all love the historic barn.
Photographers and couples all love the historic barn.
The home's spacious front porch is perfect for photos - and relaxing to watch the sunset!
The home's spacious front porch is perfect for photos - and relaxing to watch the sunset!
Mother Nature provides spectacular sunsets over the Adirondack Mountains as an added bonus!
Mother Nature provides spectacular sunsets over the Adirondack Mountains as an added bonus!
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Dramatic, romantic photo taken under the lights of the Lake Champlain Bridge adjacent to the...
Beyond the carved front doors lies a curved staicase.
Beyond the carved front doors lies a curved staicase.
The gorgeous custom-built ceremony gazebo overlooks the lake, mountains, and a private beach!
The gorgeous custom-built ceremony gazebo overlooks the lake, mountains, and a private beach!
The majestic cottonwood tree, the namesake of the property, is the second largest cottonwood in the...
The majestic cottonwood tree, the namesake of the property, is the second largest cottonwood in the...
The reception tent awaits....
The reception tent awaits....
The couple with the bridesmaids and groomsmen
The couple with the bridesmaids and groomsmen
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Evening photo of ceremony gazebo for an October wedding
Evening photo of ceremony gazebo for an October wedding
Even rainy days are magical at An Affair by the Lake!  Raindrops create a mesmerizing illusion in...
Even rainy days are magical at An Affair by the Lake! Raindrops create a mesmerizing illusion in...

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4 Reviews for An Affair by the Lake

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5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0
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    Carissa · Married on 08/29/2015

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    An Affair by the Lake is like having a wedding coordinator and venue all in one. There is so much attention to detail and so much concern for what the couple wants to see on their day. I really felt like Lorraine personally cared about us and what our unique style is. I really didn't have to prompt them for reminders. Everything that could be thought of was presented to us in a timely manner and over the course of the year so as not to overwhelm us.

    The beautiful setting was transformed into something completely unique to us and shied away from the rustic look that we wanted to avoid. Lorraine helped us achieve our contemporary, simple elegance look that blended nicely into the Vermont backdrop but didn't follow the cookie cutter rustic wedding that is associated with Vermont (although she nails that look if desired).

    I loved being able to use the venue from Friday through Sunday. It allowed my wedding party to relax and enjoy getting ready the morning of the wedding having spent the night at the venue. It also allowed my groom and I an official night together and morning after since we are not taking our honeymoon right away. Lorraine brings special touches like breakfasts and snacks and surprises for the couple.

  • User4525347 · 2+ years ago

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    The owners and operators of Cottonwood Manor are very reliable and thorough from booking the venue until final cleanup and every moment in between! Lorraine and Cheri are wonderful at communicating, providing and coordinating local resources/ vendors, and troubleshooting every little detail that you didn't know you should think of. On top of a beautiful view of Lake Champlain, and a well-maintained lawn, the access and use if the beautiful Victorian house for the weekend is iideal, convenient, and cozy. We even needed the house for pictures, since it rained on our wedding day, and they're wonderful. If you're looking for a picturesque event with great coordinators and a beautiful place to stay, I wholeheartedly recommend An Affair By The Lake! You will have beautiful photos and nice memories for years to come!

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    Patrick · Married on 05/17/2014

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    From the moment my fiance-turned-husband and I met with the proprietors, I knew we were in good hands. We live in New York, so we had to place a lot of trust in our vendors while planning our out-of-state wedding. This mother and daughter duo is truly a dream team. They operate their business with the utmost professionalism and grace under pressure, all the while creating a very warm and inviting atmosphere. The natural beauty of the venue speaks for itself and the quiet elegance of the Cottonwood House only adds to its charm!

    Throughout every stage of planning, Lorraine and Cheri helped keep us organized and on task. They helped facilitate site visits with vendors and were able to coordinate with them while we were in New York. They were even kind enough to invite us to their home for a planning session.

    The Cottonwood House itself is gorgeous. It is beautifully furnished with a rustic barn and a gazebo overlooking Lake Champlain. Lorraine and Cheri even offered some of their own decorations to help put the finishing touches on our wedding day. We would both highly recommend An Affair by the Lake to anyone looking for the perfect Vermont wedding or any family affair. We can’t wait to go back and visit!

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An Affair by the Lake FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 6,550.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 500.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Clean Up, Event Planning, Parking, Set Up
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue? 150
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 2
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 2
  • Describe your venue: Mansion
  • What kind of settings are available? Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Elopements
  • What event services do you offer? Accommodations, Clean Up, Event Planner, Outside Vendors, Set Up, Wifi
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? May, June, July, August, September, October

Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements

  • LoveBuzz Photo
    LoveBuzz Photo Wedding Photographers

    I love this place! Lorraine and her team are truly great at what they do. You will feel special working with these wedding professionals at this magical venue!

  • Green Mountain Sound and Entertainment
    Green Mountain Sound and Entertainment Wedding DJs

    An Affair By The Lake is a beautiful wedding venue on Lake Champlain. Lorraine is very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and made everything so smooth for us as another vendor on her property. We really enjoy working weddings at An Affair By The Lake and highly recommend Lorraine and her beautiful venue to anyone!

  • VT Enchanted Events
    VT Enchanted Events Wedding Planners

    A romantic escape to the lakeside like no other. The owners are so wonderful to work with and really go out of their way to make your day amazing. Picture perfect waterfront tented venue! Jackie Watson

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