In 1903, the Briggs family of Burlington, VT purchased land on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain and built "The Island Villa Hotel." This gorgeous mansion sits on the end of a peninsula and features an oversized porch that wraps around three sides, a huge lawn, and a view of the lake from every room. In 1957, it was turned into a summer camp for girls called Maycrest, which ran for over 30 years until it was donated to the Vermont Preservation Trust. Now it's a beautiful piece of history and a venue for weddings that feel both lavish and serene.
With Canadian and Vermont-dwelling relatives from either side of the lake, Colan and Tara had an easy time picking this spot, and they let the existing atmosphere provide inspiration for the details. The pops of summer color, classic elegance, and playful lanterns to light up the evening made it all feel like a scene from a book. Dinner on the porch provided an intimate gathering with a grandiose view, followed by a vibrant July sunset over the water. After a delicious meal and a walk around the grounds, the newlyweds enjoyed cake and dancing in the main room. After the festivities were over, they stayed another week to enjoy this secluded haven together.
Congrats to Colan and Tara, and thank you to the Grand Isle Lake House for hosting these breathtaking events.
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