Our wedding professionals will guide you through every detail, bringing your dreams to life and allowing you to relax and enjoy your unforgettable day. Our focus on culinary excellence ensures a feast for your palate, with an unmatched level of flavor and ingenuity. Our full-service Spa and Salon, ranked among the best in the world, beckons for copious amounts of “me” time. And our sprawling 18 acres invite you to take in the beauty of Vermont in its natural setting.
Whether you select The Essex Resort & Spa or The Ponds at Bolton Valley, you are assured a level of creativity and flexibility that will help make your wedding day truly memorable. Exceptional attention to detail and outstanding service are at the heart of everything we do.
Building on our unique standing as one of the country’s only culinary resorts, we strive to ensure that our passion for food is at the root of everything we do. Food & Beverage Director Arnd Sievers is a certified European Master Chef, one of less than a hundred in the world. Executive Chef Shawn Calley is a repeat winner of the Top Chef of the Champlain Valley. Together, they invite you to delight in a complimentary personal tasting, helping you select the menu sure to leave your guests speechless. We pride ourselves on using as many local ingredients as possible, including many from our own gardens.
The resort also features two restaurants: Amuse, our signature restaurant, offers sophisticated dining in a casual atmosphere; and The Tavern offers casual American fare, including steak house selections and Vermont microbrews. Is cooking your passion? Learn and create like you never have before with a fun, hands-on class in Cook Academy.
Choose from an outdoor ceremony, an interactive reception, or an elegant affair. Exchange vows pond-side or on the lush grass of our East Lawn. Or celebrate in our glass-enclosed atrium, traditional ballroom, or in the rustic beauty of The Ponds’s stunning great hall. There’s a venue here for every taste, and the beauty of Vermont is at the heart of them all.
The Essex offers more than 13,000 square feet of flexible space, accommodating up to 400 people, including:
The East Lawn, a perfect venue for a wonderful outdoor ceremony
The Atrium, our premier, spacious, sun-filled room overlooking the gardens of the East lawn, perfect for a rehearsal dinner, luncheon, or elegant wedding
The Ballroom, a large, versatile room, tastefully designed to complement your event
Salons I, II, and III, a trio of sunlit rooms that can be separated or combined as needed, creating the perfectly sized space for your celebration
The Ponds at Bolton Valley, just 30 minutes from The Essex, surrounded by 5,000 acres of Vermont forests and mountains