Testimonials

Our most treasured testimonials are the ones that aren’t written.

Because we work so closely with our couples, the accolades we receive are often delivered personally throughout the wedding weekend.  The bride who exclaimed, “I feel like a princess today, and you’re my fairy godmother because you make everything I want happen!” …the bride who tearily packed up her things on the morning after the wedding and told us she didn’t want the weekend to end because she loved it so much…the couples (and their families and friends!) who hug us randomly at various times during the weekend and thank us over and over for making everything so easy and perfect…these are just a few of the incredibly rewarding moments.   But thankfully, many of our couples also share their thoughts in writing so that we can share them with you:

“We could not have asked for a more beautiful venue or a better team to help us pull off our perfect day. Lorraine and Cheri are amazing! They are thoughtful, organized, and know what they are doing. We enjoyed every phase of the planning process with them and wouldn’t change anything about our wedding!” – Kaitlyn & Mike, September 2017

“Lorraine and Cheri are heaven sent! Both are so wonderful to work with & truly want to make sure you & your family enjoy the ENTIRE weekend, not just the actual wedding day! I cannot say enough good things about them & would absolutely recommend them in a heartbeat! They go so above & beyond – I had a dream wedding at An Affair by the Lake & a lifetime of happy memories!” – Brittany & Nathan, August 2017

“Lorraine and Cheri, there are no words to express how thankful we are to have found An Affair by the Lake for Britt’s special day!! It takes a village to pull off a wedding and you both made sure that it went seamlessly! We couldn’t have asked for more professional and kinder people to work with and the venue was beautiful!! Thank you so much for taking care of us from beginning to end and guiding us through our momentous occasion!! Hugs, C & P” (parents) –  August 2017

“We wish we could rate this a 10 at least because that is what they deserve. Lorraine went above and beyond, and really helped keep us on track. Since we felt it was hard to plan from far  away, Lorraine and her daughter really made us feel so at ease and took our worries away. Our friends and family truly had the best time and loved the venue that showed everyone why we love Vermont. We first fell  in love with Lorraine and then the beauty it showed. I truly recommend having your wedding here because you will more than be treated well,  you’ll be treated like family. Even though our wedding is over, we will never forget Lorraine and Cheri and will continue to keep in touch with them. They will always hold a special place in our hearts as well as the venue and its beauty.” – Sue & Matt, August 2017

“Ohh Lorraine where do we even start.  You were the first and last place we looked.  From the beginning we both felt totally at home at your beautiful venue.   We couldn’t have imagined having a better place to have our wedding.  You and your daughter made us feel so special!  We thank you so much for your love and hospitality!  We will for sure spread the word about your wonderful venue!  Love, Devon and Chris” – October 2016

“Thank you so much again for everything.  You made our wedding day absolutely perfect and exactly what we had envisioned.  I cannot thank you enough for all that you did for us and our families!  Everybody was raving about how much fun they had and how beautiful the spot was.  Thank you!” – Jill & Ross, October 2016

“Lorraine & Cheri, we can’t thank you enough for such a beautiful wedding!  You went above and beyond to make our wedding a dream come true!  I wouldn’t have changed a thing.  Love, Em and Jon” – September 2016

“Just wanted to thank  you again for such a great wedding!  It really wouldn’t have been possible without you and Cheri!  Everyone LOVED (American) Flatbread and the cafe lights were perfect.  We couldn’t have asked for a better place to get married!  (Everyone who came also loved it, too!)  Some pictures are being posted but this really captures the night and I wanted to forward it to you because it’s just so perfect.  Thanks again!” – Sonoka & Nate, August 2016

“Dear Lorraine, we just wanted to thank you again for being such an amazing host for our wedding.  We are still getting comments/compliments on how wonderful the wedding was, and we couldn’t have managed without all your help!  We really cannot thank you enough for all you have done for us but we will be sure to recommend An Affair by the Lake to any of our friends who get married in Vermont!  Best wishes, Clark and Coco” – May 2016

“Thank you so much for a beautiful day and evening!!  You did a fabulous job and an absolute joy to work with!!  Everyone was raving about you and your venue. Absolutely amazing and you were so calm through it all which helped me a lot!!  Thank you to the moon and back!!!!!”  Diane, mother-of-the-groom, October 2015 

“Lorraine & Cheri, although this card is late – that doesn’t mean we have not been thinking about how truly magical our wedding day last September was – due in large part to your expert wedding planning services and gorgeous, one-of-a-kind venue!  We could never really thank you enough!  You are artists at your craft and bring so much warmth and love to your work.  We hope you’ve had a great season and I really miss our planning time together!  Love, Michael and Elissa” – September 2015

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.”   – Carissa and Wendell, August 2015  

“We were so blessed to have such a beautiful setting and Lorraine’s meticulous attention to detail all coming together on August 29th for Carissa and Wendell’s wedding. It was an awesome celebration…family, friends, and as Mother of the Bride I was actually able to enjoy the day AND have fun preparing during the months preceding. THANK-YOU!”   – Barbara, mother-of-the-bride, August 2015

“I haven’t had time to send you a proper thank you yet – but I can’t get over how perfect our day was and how amazing you were in helping everything go smoothly! You’re truly a wonderful woman to work with and I can’t rave enough about our experience with you and the venue! Thank you endlessly for making our wedding unforgettable and spectacular!”   -Jackie and Shem, June 2014  

“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!”   –Jan and Pat, May 2014

“Lorraine, we have enjoyed telling everyone we know who wasn’t at Jan & Pat’s wedding what a magical day it was and how wonderful you, Cheri and the venue are. Almost everyone that attended have said it was one of the best venues they have ever been to. You have a very special place and a gift for helping people’s visions come together.”   – Bill, father-of-the-bride, May 2014

“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 of the beautiful Victorian house for the weekend is ideal, 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!”   – Julie and Josh, October 2014  

“We planned our rehearsal and wedding with Lorraine and couldn’t have picked a better location! Their property is absolutely gorgeous and the quality of service provided was impeccable. Lorraine went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect, and I would absolutely recommend An Affair by the Lake for a special occasion. There are not enough words to describe how amazing this place is!”   – Katie and Jason, August 2010