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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

Mason Jar Madness: 10 Wedding ideas for Mason Jars


When it comes to mason jars most couples either love them or leave them. This is for couples that love the look and idea of using mason jars.  From subtle, elegant details to large displays and common sense utilization, these our ten favorite ways to use these jars in a wedding.

1. Candlelight on tables. Leave the jar plain or add a bit of sand to the bottom, along with a votive or tea light candle and you have a simple, candlelit table. Adding a touch of raffia or ribbon to the mason jar can also help dress the jar if you are looking for a more detailed look.

2. Centerpiece vessels. One of the most effective ways to create a casual look for a country inspired event is to use mason jars. Simplicity at its best. Again, for a bit of dress up, add some ribbon, raffia or fabric to the jar. Hint: Opt for wide mouth jars.

3. Lighting in trees or tent. Hang mason jars (you can purchase jars with wire handles or get crafty) in trees or create a wonderful candle studded ceiling inside a tent.  Hint: You will need to use battery operated votives for longevity and ease of lighting.

4. Cocktails. Pre-ceremony drinks and signature cocktails are perfect for mason jar drinks. Add a funky stripped straw or creative stir stick and you have a delicious, detailed drink.  Hint: Instead of buying jars, check with your event rental company to see if they have any in stock.  You may also have an option of renting jars with handles.

5. Glorious Dessert! Mason jar pies. We adore pies cooked and displayed in jars.

6. Chandeliers. You can find several mason jar chandeliers on Etsy and other large home decor sites. We love, love the look. Hint: Be cautious on the purchase and do your homework. We ordered a few a couple years ago and the construction was iffy. In fact, too dangerous to use during the event. Bottom line: order from a reputable company far in advance, and have them tested by an electrical engineer.  Be safe, and LOVE your lighting!

7. Pathway lighting. Paper luminaries are great, but nothing beats the glass construction of a jar! Battery operated lights work wonder here too – otherwise a bit of sand and tea lights are perfect.

8. After the ceremony.  Not sure what to do with the wedding party bouquets after the ceremony? Have a mason jar filled with just a bit of water waiting for the flowers.  Re-use these new arrangements for additions on the random tables around a venue, on the bar or near the cake.

9. Pickled veggies on dining tables or bars. This is probably my very favorite – as I am a huge fan of pickled vegetables and love the look and guests reactions when something wonderful and surprising is on the table. If your as so inclined, make them yourself – what a treat for your guests! If not, have your caterer pickle some of your favorite veggie snacks and add them to your dining table or bar. Hint: add a label or tag to the jar so your guests  know what they are enjoying.

10. Favors. Mini mason jars make great holders for jams, honey and other items you may want to share with your guests. Hint: To save on time, find a local source for Vermont jams or honey.


Vermont Wedding: Preppy and Bold in Barnard

Barnard, Vermont is one of my favorite towns to host a wedding. The country charm, historic buildings, recreational activities and fabulous food all combine to create an incredible atmosphere to produce any event. Today, we are sharing one of the past weddings held at the Barnard Inn.

The couple adapted a citrus-y theme, using yellows, oranges, greens and grey. The beautiful blooms by Blomma Flicka were a perfect touch to the historic church and tented reception.Citrus Wedding inspiration Vermont Vermont Destination Wedding Planner Citrus Vermont Destination Wedding Church Vermont Wedding Planner Vermont Wedding Coordination Vermont Destination WeddingThe Barnard Inn is the prefect destination to host a tented event. Chef and owner, Will Dodson creates incredible menus with ingredients from the garden on property. Guests can enjoy the courtyard for cocktails and the manicured lawn for the tented reception. Vermont Destination Wedding Citrus inspiration Barnard Inn Weddings New England Destination Wedding Planner Vermont Wedding Design Vermont Weddings Vermont tent wedding Vermont Wedding Planner Vermont Wedding Planner Vermont Wedding Planner Sparkler exitThe night ended with a sparkler send off – and guests were shuttled back to Woodstock.

Thank you to the wonderful professionals that made this night happen.

Photography –  Daria Bishop Photography : Location –  Barnard Inn, Vermont : Rentals – Rain or Shine Tent and Events : Floral Design – Blomma Flicka : Linens – The Linen Shop.