Monthly Archives: January 2014

Friday: Rewind the week and exciting news!

I am wrapping up the month of January with a very busy and exciting week, filled with real weddings and inspiring details. (Wonderful news – see below!)

Monday: A pretty, pretty winter wedding we designed and planned. If you missed it, checkout all the loveliness photographed by Nancy Cohn and Lauren Ross.

Tuesday:  Our hearts melted for this amazing couple – Kendyl and Chris – who married in Stowe last summer. Check out their feel good Edson Hill Wedding with pictures by 822 weddings. You can also see more of this wedding in the feature collections of their website.

Wednesday:  Designing with fruits, veggies and herbs! Tips and ideas to help pull this organic look together for memorable celebration.

Thursday: A little passionate about purple? Check out a few of our favorite color schemes.

 Other happenings you may not want to miss:

  • Today in Boston: Justin Alexander Trunk Show: January 31, 2014 . 10am to 5pm. for more information.

SageAnd the drum roll please…I am so excited to announce the engagement of one of our very own event producers  – Congratulations SAGE!  A summer 2015 wedding is in the works.

Enjoy the weekend! (& Happy planning!)

xxoo – Carrie

Inspired Design: Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs

I love flowers. Truly, deeply love everything about them. As much as I know our clients do as well, frequently couples request an alternative to flowers or wish to have more texture and different elements incorporated into their wedding design. Given we are in the glorious state of Vermont, our resources for fruits, vegetables and herbs are abundant and are no longer just reserved for couples planning farm to table receptions. Expand your horizons, as nature’s bounty is ready and more than willing to grace your tabletops.

How to incorporate these elements into the design? The go big or go home theory (aka all or nothing). Lush tablescapes resembling the harvest tables of the days of old – or a more modern take of beautiful vases, filled to the brim with root veggies and leafy greens. Add a few candles to create a very romantic environment.

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Have a more modern, clean style?

If the idea of adding fruits, vegetables or herbs to the tabletop is too organic, incorporate these details into striking displays on the bar, cake or other areas of interest at the reception.

If you are looking for just a touch, something special or can’t quite put your finger on what else the tabletop design may need, add a piece of fruit to the place setting or tuck a sprig of your favorite herb in the napkin. For a surprising element, add a vegetable detail to your bouquet.

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Style Unveiled

Spread an obscene amount of berries on a table for a great dessert display. Toss raspberries in the champagne glasses. Use artichokes, lemons or apples for escort card or place card holders. More of a foodie and prefer to eat your veggies? Answer: pickled vegetables on the table. Hands down winner all around. The possibilities are unlimited, the key is having a well, thought out display and design plan.

Interested in the look? Don’t make these 5 (five) mistakes;

  1. Mind your budget. The lush look is never inexpensive – given flowers or fruits, veggies and herbs. Even simple designs can be more expensive than you originally think.
  2. Grow your own herbs. Unless you are a gardener, farmer or have a complete understanding of how these will or will not grow – just don’t do it. Dead herbs or long, leggy spiky stems are not ideal – unless that is your desired look.
  3. Stress. Timing is everything when it comes to making your own jars of jams, pickled vegetables, etc. Don’t stress yourself out if the project is just too big. Its like ordering everything on the menu when your eyes are bigger than your stomach. It might be a great idea at the start of the planning process, but a few months before the wedding, it can be a huge undertaking. Thanks to the latest trends,  you can find these products with much ease.
  4. Under estimate. Designing an entire wedding using fruits and vegetables can be an overwhelming experience. Ordering, sourcing, storing (produce does go bad) and moving all those materials is a project on its own. This concept may be more than you bargain for if you are in the DIY mindset. If your heart is set on an artistic look, with fresh product and you plan on a stress-free wedding day – hire a professional designer. Then go back and read #1.
  5. Over-do it. Fruit and vegetable display for cocktail hour. Packets of seeds for escort cards. Fruits and vegetable names for tables. Vegetables for display, vegetables to eat, one on the plate, and so on… Too much! Keep it in check, keep it real.

For more great inspiration check out our Inspired:Fruit and Veggies pinterest board!

Happy planning! – Carrie

Real Wedding: Summer in Stowe with Kendyl and Chris

A lovely winter wedding yesterday, a fabulous summer wedding today! Kendyl and Chris are pretty much two of the most laid back people I have ever worked with planning a wedding. I loved collaborating with them, the vendors the selected. What is not to love… great colors, wonderful textures, tons of humor and great style. 822 Weddings photographed this wedding and captured all the fabulous moments. 822 Weddings. Kendyl and Chris 822 Weddings.Bouquet Kendyl and Chris 822 Weddings.Chris 822 Weddings.Escort Card Dislay 822 Weddings.K&C Ceremony 822 Weddings.K&C Flowers 822 Weddings.K&C tablescapes 822 Weddings.K&C.groomsmen 822 Weddings.K&C 822 Weddings.Kendyl and Chris.Bridesmaids

To see more of this great wedding, check out 822’s website and this feature collection. Thank you to the other fabulous vendors, including Erin Ostreicher Designs for the AMAZING florals!

xxoo – Carrie
Ceremony & Reception Location: Edson Hill Manor / Rentals: Rain or Shine Tent and Events / Photography: 822 Weddings / Floral Design: Erin Ostreicher Designs / Cake and Mason Jar Pies: Bakearia  / Linens: The Linen Shop / DJ: JTD Productions / Justice of the Peace: Greg Trulson 

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We absolutely adored working with Kate and Adam. This amazing couple hosted family and friends in Stowe for a winter wedding. From antlers to gold sparkle, the details are stunning. Thank you to all the amazing professionals that collaborated with us to create an incredible event.

xxoo – Carrie
Photography: Nancy Cohn and Lauren Ross / Ceremony Location: Stowe Mountain Lodge /  Reception location: Stowe Mountain Resort Spruce Camp / Rentals: Vermont Tent Company /  Floral Design: The Painted Tulip /  Lighting: Port Lighting  / Linens: BBJ / Band: The Elements / Seating Board and Calligraphy: Megan Chapin Calligraphy /  Invitations: Lilah Paper / Hair and make up: Hair Creations

Friday: Rewind the week

Here is what was happening around here this week and notable events and happenings for couples in NYC, Philadelphia and Boston!

Monday:  Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Tuesday: Real Wedding at one of our favorite locations, the Barnard Inn, captured by one of our most adored photographers Orchard Cove Photography. This wedding is filled with sparkles and sweet details!

Wednesday:  Planning an outdoor wedding? You find suggestions and tips here for lighting outdoor spaces.

Thursday:   Time to grab your dancing shoes again. Check out the boogie time post for all the details on these great band showcases!

We finished our Pinterest Page overhaul this week! Check our new boards for a ton of great wedding inspiration.  Here are a few pins from our ♦ Wedding Color: Pink ♦ Blush ♦ Board. Enjoy!



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Pinned from Elizabeth Anne Designs
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Other happenings you may not want to miss:

Enjoy the weekend! (& Happy planning!)

xxoo – Carrie

Boogie Time: Band Showcases coming up in Boston and NYC

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Couples in NYC and Boston (or if you are heading to the area next week)  there are a few opportunities to watch and listen to some great musicians if you are considering a band for your wedding.

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Smash Studios ♦  307 West 36th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave) 18th Flr   ♦   New York, NY 10018

Line up is as follows and RSVP is required!

Featured Entertainment:
 • 6:45pm Jazz & Cocktails
• 7:00pm The Brit Pack
• 7:30pm The Hudson Project

Check out Elan Artist’s website for more information.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Hooley House  ♦  25 Union Street  ♦ Boston, MA ♦ 617-742-2121

7:30 PM Start with Featured Entertainment:
 • Stardust, DC Project, Boston Party Ensemble and D2

Storied Events has worked with Stardust and DC Project – we love their sound and energy!

Check out Best Band’s website for more information.

Boogie time is a regular post dedicated to helping spread the word of band showcases for engaged couples. All the bands mentioned do travel and play often in Vermont. xxoo – Carrie

Wedding Design: Planning to light up an Outdoor Space

Wedding lightingThe beauty of building outdoor events is that you can create just about anything your heart desires and budget will allow. In my opinion, lighting is one of the most important fundamental keys to a successful event. We often classify two types of lighting you need to consider – the atmosphere lighting (what makes the event so pretty) and logistical lighting ( the ability to see is very important).  When considering an outdoor wedding, both types of lighting must be carefully planned.

Atmosphere lighting: Consider the overall feeling and look of your wedding. Different types of lighting fit well for rustic, casual events and others might be suited for crystal chandeliers, or simple iron chandeliers dressed in greens and/or flowers (so pretty!).

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Top left: Lanterns hanging in a clear top frame tent from VT Tent Company. /  Top right: Sperry Tent with dance floor lighting by Darkstar. Image: Duback Photography. /  Bottom left: pattern wash on pole or century tent by Rain or Shine Tent and Events. /  Bottom right: Festoon Lighting aka G-50 bulbs or vintage string lighting in pole tent.
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Top left: iron chandelier dressed in greens and flowers / Top right: custom drum lighting on center-poles in pole tent by Rain or Shine Tent and Events / Bottom left: Paper lanterns in clear top frame tent by Vermont Tent Company. Photo by Duback Photography. / Bottom right: Paper lanterns. Image by Michael Riddell Photography.

Never under estimate Candle light and simple perimeter lighting if you are on budget as well. Just be sure to check with your event professionals to see if this is enough lighting in your tent for your specific needs. Some tents reflect light better than others.  Hanging lanterns, mason jars, string lights are also beautiful especially grouped in mass. Some of these projects will take much longer than anticipated. Couples with a DIY mindset should plan extra time to install these details. Consulting with professionals will also help determine what works well, what is more complicated than necessary or will work within your budget.

Logistical lighting: This is the lighting needed for safety and for event professionals and guests to make their way around the event areas. Pathway lighting and catering lighting are the two must have details. Spot lights will certainly work, in the catering spaces however for other “guest areas” we often suggest complimenting your logistical lighting to the environment created inside the event space. This is a nice way to tie the entire event together. Some great examples are luminaries, lanterns (both hanging and pathway), mason jars, string lighting and up-lighting trees and pin spotting gardens.

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Top left: Stowe, Vermont Wedding. Photo courtesy Eyes 2 See. / Top right: Adirondack Wedding. Photo courtesy Duback Photography. / Bottom left: Craftsbury, Vermont Wedding. Photo courtesy Brian Post Photography / Bottom right: Barnard, Vermont Wedding. Photo courtesy: Lauren and Abby.

Tip: Double check your power needs. Ensure all your lighting plans are reviewed with event professionals hired. It is also a good idea to cross check band lighting needs.

May your wedding be bright!

xxoo – Carrie

Real Wedding: Culinary delight in Barnard, Vermont

With frigid temperatures outside this morning, we are warming up with a bit of sunshine and warm colors! One of our sweetest couples (we are respecting their privacy – and their names/faces will be withheld) hosted their wedding and reception at one of our favorite locations, the Barnard Inn.

This is one of those great wedding locations we can always count on for AMAZING food, great service and a fantastic environment. The close proximity to Woodstock is also a bonus. There are no rooms here, but you will find breathtaking gardens, several opportunities for ceremony locations and a true farm to table dining experience. Dinner is often gathered from the gardens in the back field.

When our couple from Washington, D. C. placed their trust in Storied Events to find the perfect location for them, we knew right away the Barnard Inn was perfect for their ceremony and reception. Turned out we were right and the details were stunning.

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We were so thrilled to work with one of our favorite photographers, Orchard Cove and collaborate with the very talented Erin Ostreicher Designs to make this wedding day a laid back, yet elegant affair.

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Escort CardsCocktail Hour VT The Family TreeThe reception was a casual family style, bbq in true Vermont fashion. A local pig was roasted and served with traditional bbq sides. A little sparkle and elegance was added to the tent via sequin chevron runners on farm tables. Complimenting linens dressed the remainder of the dining tables.

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Beautiful wedding, beautiful people! Thank you to all the professionals that collaborated on this event. We could not create them with out you!

xxoo – Carrie

Photography: Orchard Cove / Venue, Catering: Barnard Inn / Planning and Design: Storied Events / Event and Tent Rentals, lighting: Rain or Shine Tent and Events / Floral Design: Erin Ostreicher Designs / Linens: La Tavola / Band: Soul Kitchen / Hair and Make-up Styling: Ria St. Pierre of Hair Creations / Maple Cremees: Morse Farm / Transportation: The Good Bus

Friday: Rewind the week

Wow, our first rewind of the week. Exciting. We have a few events coming up over the holiday weekend as well!

Monday:  A Stowe, Vermont private home wedding. Classic with gorgeous details. View HERE.

Tuesday: A mason jar fan, but not sure how to use them well? Check out this post for multiple ways to incorporate these jars into your event. Even the most sophisticated events can find use for mason jars.

Wednesday: Our first feature on Snippet & Ink. The beautiful wedding of Stephanie and Mike can be seen here. Our post link is here.  This wedding has already inspired another one of our couples!

Thursday: Boogie Time! Yes, If we know about it, we will YELL about it. If you are in NYC this weekend, a band showcase not to miss!

Our week-long wrap up is complete. Other events you may not want to miss:

Enjoy the weekend! xxoo – Carrie