"A Vermont Dream Wedding
After living in Vermont for three years while attending Vermont Law School, our daughter and her future husband had a special place in their hearts for Vermont. As soon as they were engaged, they returned to find the perfect venue for their autumn wedding. It had to be in a beautiful area with a lot of fun things to do, as our guests would be traveling from so far away and staying for the weekend. The nature, mountains, and foliage had to be reflected in their reception. There also had to be nearby lodging at a variety of prices so no one had to drive after their celebration. The moment they saw Spruce Camp, they knew they had found all they had envisioned for their wedding.
The lodge and Spruce Camp are breathtaking. The natural wood and stone, high ceilings, birch branches, and open spaces mirror the beauty of Vermont. Wendy Collins and Lacy Mink are warm, talented, and professional wedding coordinators, and they helped us with every aspect of our planning. They not only made our every whim a reality, but they added all kinds of special touches we never would have imagined. Every effort was made to meet our needs and those of our guests. Wendy, Lacy, and Lana Labreque helped us with hair and makeup for the women in the wedding party, and they were so talented that every person looked amazing, especially our bride. They also arranged for a delicious and healthy spa lunch so none of the ladies would be hungry before the cocktail hour. When our bride came back from her photos outside she was cold and wet, but Lacy wrapped her in a blanket, turned on the fire, brought her a hot cup of tea, and couldn't have been more kind.
The wedding day was cool and rainy, and the ceremony was awesome. Our guests were brought by shuttle and golf cart, and walked inside with umbrellas. The space set up before the stone fireplace (and inviting fire) was very warm and intimate, with low lighting, soft candlelight, and flowers. The high ceiling and view of the mountain were the perfect focal point.
Wendy and Lacy had helped us find the ultimate band, florist, and cake designer to make the reception exceptional. Nancy Murray's floral designs were everywhere, including birch logs to hold our seating cards. Marion Peer's bourbon vanilla/chocolate chocolate chunk birch cake included flowers that matched Nancy's, as well as a swan she created to represent Vermont Law School. Kathleen Landwehrle was an outstanding photographer, always in the middle of everything but never obtrusive. She is a true artist! The cocktail hour and reception dinner were comparable to a gourmet meal at an elegant restaurant. There were even s'mores at the end. The entire night flowed so smoothly, and Lacy and Blythe were there to be sure everything unfolded seemlessly. At the end, whatever needed to go to our rooms was delivered to us, and our guests had the choice of taking a shuttle or walking to their rooms. For those who wanted to party a little longer, the bar in the lodge was the perfect place to end the evening.
There is no better venue for a beautiful Vermont wedding, and we are left with special memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you to everyone at Stowe Mountain Resort who made our dreams come true!"
~Linda & brendan
"Title: A Storybook Wedding!
We held our wedding reception at Spruce Camp at the Stowe Mountain Resort (SMR) on September 27, 2014. The months leading up to our wedding day were filled with anxiety due to the construction site developing outside the venue, but Stowe did a fantastic job of mitigating the effects of the construction and giving us the storybook wedding we'd dreamed of. It started with a toast for our guests as they boarded the "Over Easy" to travel to the reception. As our guests' ascended the outside staircase there were beautiful potted plants and trees strategically placed to disguise views of the construction. Once on the upper patio, SMR hung sheer curtains and placed more potted plants around the patio to provide a very warm courtyard-like feel to our cocktail hour, and once again, this effectively disguised any construction from our guests' views. Once inside, we were pleased to find that SMR and our florist had expertly decorated the interior using some of our decorations and their own. They used natural elements throughout the interior of Spruce Camp to bring the natural beauty of Stowe inside the Great Room. The staff was very helpful, responsive, and professional throughout the entire planning process and the service and food were exceptional for the reception. We'd like to especially thank Wendy, Lacy, Blythe, and Chris for all the hard work and long hours spent on making our wedding day so wonderful! Thank you SMR!!!"
Charles and Simonne
"My husband and I were married at Stowe Mountain Resort in August, 2014. The day was wonderful, the weekend of events around the wedding was fantastic and the experience planning and leading up to the day was smoother than we could have ever expected. We booked our wedding to be held at Spruce Camp just six months prior to the big day and the staff was wonderful in helping us execute our vision in a tight timeframe. Lacy and Wendy were extremely accommodating to some unusual requests and helping us plan a weekend full of events for our guests so that they had the full experience of Stowe. When my husband and I visited Stowe in July to do some last minute planning, I was surprised to see the extent of construction on the property and quite nervous about how it would affect the idyllic location and interrupt the picturesque mountainside wedding I had envisioned. Wendy and her team did a great job at putting up screens around the Spruce Patio and fences so that the construction was not a focal point and they made sure that the construction did not get in the way of our wedding. Our guests were so impressed with the atmosphere at Spruce and the rest of the resort, along with the friendly and accommodating staff, that the construction was a minor detail in the weekend. We can’t thank the folks at Stowe Mountain Resort enough for a once in a lifetime experience and memorable weekend!"
~ Dana and Aaron
"My husband and I got married at Spuce Camp at Stowe Mountain Resort on 10/12/14. It was an amazing wedding, somehow I was able to plan the wedding in 4 months with the assistance of Wendy and Lacy at Stowe Mountain Resort. When I first started the planning I was working with Wendy who was fantastic and had a really calming influence on me. As you can imagine, I was nervous wondering if I could really plan a wedding in such a short period of time. Two months into planning, Lacy returned from her materinty leave and was AMAZING! She clearly had been given ALL the info from Wendy and could not have done a better job. She was in constant communication with me and worked on every last detail. The Friday before the wedding (Sunday), I met with Lacy to review where I wanted everything and it turned out absolutely beautiful.
The venue was amazing! The food was out of this world. I have had several guests come up to me and say, "I don't know how they did it, but my soup was the best I have ever had and it was piping hot." How they got all the meals out to everyone with such ease and effieciency was beyond me. There were absolutely no issues or glitches. Lacy made sure everything ran so smoothly! I could meet with her as much as I wanted throughout the planning process and she was fantastic! Blythe was also another woman whom we worked with and she was there until the very end of the reception and made sure the rest of the evening ran just as smoothly as the beginning. She brought all of our gifts to our room and made sure that the shuttles ran as planned throughout the evening.The beauty of Stowe, VT in the fall is indescribable, my husband and I ski quite a bit and it just seemed natural to want to get married in Stowe. The view from Stowe Mountain Lodge of Mt. Mansfield is impressive and I can't wait to see our photos. We had a perfectly sunny day to top it all off. I would HIGHLY recommend Spuce Camp at Stowe Mountain Resort for a wedding location, couldn't beat it!"
~Lisa & Dave
"My husband and I were married at Stowe Mountain Resort in September. We had our ceremony, cocktail and reception all at the Spruce Peak Great Room and Patio. We had a brunch up the gondola at Cliff House the morning after our wedding. To say the wedding was perfect would be an understatement! We do not live in Vermont, so this was a destination wedding for us. We've be vacationing in Stowe for the past 9+ years and absolutely love this quintessential Vermont town. Whether you live in VT or simply love the state, Stowe Mountain Resort is the absolute perfect place for a wedding. It's location at the base of Mount Mansfield provides the best scenery in Stowe. The staff is so friendly, helpful and accommodating. Having a wedding 8.5 hours from where you live could have its challenges, but for us, the process was so easy thanks to the staff at Stowe Mountain Resort, notably, Wendy and Lacy! I was a pretty laid back bride, but even if I was total bridezilla, this place would get the job done! Wendy was constantly in touch with our other local vendors, coordinating everything for our big day, which allowed us to focus on other things, like being excited about our upcoming wedding! The resort is very rustic, which was exactly what we wanted. We'd been dining in the "Great Room" during ski season for years, so it was really fun to get married in a place we have enjoyed and will enjoy for years to come! There isn't a better room in all of Stowe, actually probably in all of Vermont or even the country for that matter when it comes to rustic wedding venues (I'm bias, but really it's beautiful). Massive wood beams run down the entire ceiling and stick furniture is positioned around the room for cocktail tables and lounge areas. The resort has wonderful rustic decorations including birch pillars and vases available for use. If it's chilly, there's a huge stone fireplace outside as well as a cozy fireplace inside in the same which could be used as a back-up location should it rain. So many brides worry about the weather on their wedding day, if you choose SMR, you can put that worry aside. Any place on this property, inside or out, is breathtaking! Our wedding food was absolutely delicious, the chef takes pride is using as many local and in season ingredients as possible. Everything is such high quality. Wedding food can be difficult to master and trying to deliver 100-300 excellent meals is quite a task, but the chef and his team at SMR absolutely delivered! It was so important to us that everyone have a really delicious meal. Our family & friends raved about the food, we've had so many guests tell us it was the best wedding food they've ever had, if not in general! In addition to the wonderful amenities for our wedding, our guests lodged at the Inn at the Mountain and Stowe Mountain Lodge. The staff at both places is so friendly and helpful. Whether they were providing information for our guests about things to do in town or delivering our welcome bags to each room, their professionalism and expertise was amazing. After skiing in Stowe for years, I've always known the resort staff is awesome and the quality of everything there is impeccable, their help with our wedding was even better than I could have expected. It was so important to us that our wedding really reflect our personalities and for people to look around and say, "yup, this is SO them!"...thanks to Stowe Mountain Resort, we achieved that! We couldn't be happier, GO STOWE!!!!! :)
~ Chelsea & Brandon
"Thank you so much for everything. I am still overwhelmed and reeling and frankly a little depressed that it's all over!! It was the perfect autumn wedding I always dreamed of having. Every little detail fell into place beautifully. Our guests are still raving about everything-- the venue, the food, the flowers, the cake, the ambience. It was all PERFECT. I'm going to start crying if I write anymore right now -- definitely come back for our anniversary if not sooner so you're not rid of us just yet :)"
~ Christie & Whit
"Thank you so incredibly much for all of your help and everything that you did to help make our wedding such an amazing experience! It was absolutely hands down perfection! We could not have asked for more!"
~ Danika & Matt
“The Cliff House was the first (and only) venue we considered for our wedding. The setting is incredible but once we met Lacy and the SMR staff we knew that’s where we wanted to get married. From start to finish, every detail was planned perfectly! The attention to detail made the entire planning process stress free and easy. We could not have asked for a better wedding weekend, the food was amazing and everybody had a great time. A huge thank you to the entire staff at Stowe and the Cliff House!”
~Betsy & Jake
“We want to say a huge thank you to the SMR team! We could not have been happier with everything you did and organized for us. Our wedding was exactly what we wanted and we feel that you all went above and beyond in every aspect! When we think back to our day it seems like there was nothing overlooked...everything went so smoothly and just happened in a “magical” way. We received tons of compliments from our guests – everyone commented on how smoothly things went and how friendly and helpful everyone at the resort was. Every single person has told me how much fun they had and how delicious the food was! We really cannot thank you enough!”
~Jen & Seth
“We could not have asked for a better day or weekend at Stowe Mountain Resort. Everything from the beautiful setting of our venue, the Cliff House, to the very accommodating staff made our entire wedding weekend one that we and our guests, will remember forever. Our wedding planner helped ensure everything was perfect for our big day and even helped assemble our wedding favors, something we had no idea she was planning to do. The Stowe Team made sure every wedding detail was taken care of including delivering boutonnieres to the groom and groomsmen and transporting the bridal party to the wedding. We could not have asked for a better venue, lodging site, or staff to work with. We are still elated after our perfect day and we are not sure if we will ever be able to express our gratitude to the staff of Stowe Mountain Resort.”
~Marie & Chase
“We chose to have our wedding at Spruce Camp Base Lodge initially for a few reasons: sentimental (Stowe holds a special place in our hearts), natural beauty (the lodge itself is stunning, not to mention the views of the mountains outside), and for the rain plan (with a lot of previous experience with rain on important days, we knew we had to love the rain plan just as much as the outdoor plan). What we got in return was so much more than just those three initial reasons! The more we visited Spruce Camp over the course of our planning, the more we realized just how stunning the architecture of the building is, without any decorations. We loved that the building could stand on its own in terms of decor, and that we could add minimal accents to transform the room from a base lodge to our reception.
We worked closely with the wedding coordinator provided through Stowe Mountain Resort from the beginning to the end of the planning stages. This is Stowe's best kept secret - neither of us could imagine planning the wedding, or what it would have been like without her! The wedding planner helped take whispers of ideas we had and turned them into reality. Her calming reassurance made us confident that we were making the right decisions for etiquette and for our vision for the day. She was available to us to help answer any questions or problem solve any issues, before, during and after the big day. She also helped coordinate information to and from Stowe Mountain Lodge, which was incredibly helpful and made for a seamless weekend. When we think back on our wedding, and how happy we were to choose Stowe, our wedding planner always comes to mind!
The food was a very important element for my mother. Not having been able to taste the food before we signed on at Spruce Camp, she was a little nervous. However, at the tasting, all of her worries were put to rest; the food was fantastic! The chef was more than willing to help us create a menu that satisfied our guests, especially those with dietary restrictions. We felt incredibly comfortable after the tasting, knowing that the food was in his hands!
We couldn't imagine our wedding anywhere other than Stowe, and at Spruce Camp Base Lodge. We felt as if we were treated like royalty and they helped us create a perfect vision of what was one of our most important and memorable days. We are so thankful for the team of professionals at Stowe Mountain Resort!”
~Erika & Ben
"Thank you so much for all your amazing hard work! Our wedding was perfect, we could not have asked for a better planner! Everything went so well! We would not have changed a thing! Any couple will be lucky to work with you to plan their wedding! Please thank everyone from your staff for us. I still cannot believe it is all over! It went way too fast. Thank you again for all that you did for our wedding! All the best to you!"
~ Maggie and Scott
"Thank you so much for the fabulous service you provided for our event – EVERYTHING was awesome. Our guests raved about the food, the venue, the service and how much fun they had!! We had the best weekend of our lives and the Cliff House proved to be such a great decision!"
~ Gayle and Bob
“We thought the weekend went as near to perfect as anyone could hope for. Much of that was due to (the Stowe team) and your attention to every detail and desire to make our weekend as incredible and memorable as it was."
~ Rich and Aaron
"Thank you for all your hard work! I really appreciated your patience, timeliness and professionalism throughout the entire wedding planning process. We are both very happy we chose to have our wedding at The Cliff House."
~ Jamie and Adam
"I wanted to personally thank you for doing a terrific job of organizing Lil and Ari's wedding. You really did it flawlessly, and as a result, we all had a great time and fantastic memories."
~ David Knopman
"We wanted to thank you for everything that you did to make our wedding absolutely perfect. You had absolutely every detail covered to make the day as special for us as we ever could have hoped for. You were able to put the bride, the groom and both of our parents completely at ease when we were all too excited to sit still! All of your hard work paid off 100% and made for an amazing weekend."
~ Lily and Ari Beilin
"We wanted to take a moment to write a personal note to thank you and your staff. Jon and I always knew we wanted to get married in Stowe, but before spending a weekend in Vermont over Memorial Day, we didn't know exactly where. I had done my fair share of research before visiting possible venues, but once we arrived in Stowe we knew immediately that we wanted to be married at the mountain. Jon and I had some pretty tricky requests along the way, and wherever possible, you worked with us to make our vision possible. It's truly a testament to the staff at SMR that on my wedding day the only thing I was worried about was the weather! We can't begin to thank the staff enough for helping create the most memorable and incredible day of our lives."
~ Ali & Jon Schippers