Susan Bumbeck, Director of Special Events

What are some of the key criteria for selecting the perfect setting for your special day? Beautiful views, delicious food, charming accommodations? The Grand Isle Lake House has a long and proud history of delighting couples with all of these essential elements, resulting in the wedding of their dreams.

But, we believe what truly sets our venue apart is our exceptional and dedicated team, which includes our celebrated wedding planner, Sue Bumbeck.

Client Testimonial
“Our wedding at the Grand Isle Lake House was perfect in every way, and we give enormous credit to Sue Bumbeck and her amazing staff for making the experience so easy and fulfilling. Sue is so relaxed, capable, efficient and supportive that the entire experience went without a hitch. We are an older (60+) couple who decided to have a “real” wedding, and Sue made it feel like it was our first time–so, so special and elegant. The venue is spectacular, the food was amazing, the staff was excellent–I can’t rave enough about our experience. It exceeded our expectations. Thank you!” – WeddingWire 2016

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Sue started working with owner Bev Watson in 1997, when Bev owned and operated The Willard Street Inn, a local legend known for its hospitality and charm. Sue managed the elegant B&B for years, and during that time, the Grand Isle Lake House property became available through a partnership with the Preservation Trust of Vermont.

Sue and Bev worked as a team to establish the property, choosing the name, decorating, selecting the quilts and carpet.

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After running her own business, Trillium Interiors, while continuing to help with events, Sue got married at the Grand Isle Lake House in 2003, and less than a year later she closed her shop to raise her twins. In 2006, she was asked to join the team full time as the dedicated wedding coordinator. Fortunately for us, she jumped at the chance!

Because Sue has been working with other members of the Grand Isle Lake House team for almost 20 years, there is a sense of teamwork and family that makes every event even more special.

“Our team of professionals has one goal – that every detail of every wedding is taken care of seamlessly, so that our brides and grooms enjoy every minute of their day without a worry or care in the world. We have all worked together for so long that there is never a concern that each of our weddings will be anything less than perfect. My favorite aspect of my job is getting to know our couples, and their families, and friends. We work closely together to create the ideal wedding, which is different from couple to couple. All we want is for people to have the best wedding. Our super friendly and accommodating staff will kind of do anything to make that happen.”
– Sue Bumbeck, Director of Special Events

Sue is a true hospitality professional who will expertly assist you with every aspect of your special day. Her institutional knowledge and skill built up over a career in hospitality, catering, interior decorating, event planning and management, ensures your wedding will be memorable and one-of-a-kind.

We invite you to visit Sue and tour the Lake House in person, as it is the only way to experience the natural beauty and truly unique setting that we offer.