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Vermont Real Wedding: Sweet Citrus Shades and Peaches

This was our first wedding at Reading Farms Estate and our first time working with Grazier Photography. All I can say is I am overwhelmed with how wonderful Enna and Matt captured this fabulous Estate. Reading Farms is about 20 minutes South of Woodstock. Its location allows guests to make the most of the Woodstock area, while still hosting your wedding at a very private, luxury estate.  Reading-Farms-Estate-Wedding in VermontPrivate Estate Wedding in Vermont by Storied Events Vermont Private Estate Wedding With Storid Events Private home destination wedding in Vermont

The grounds at Reading Farms Estate have it all. Gardens, Ponds, rolling hills, tree lined paths, barns and of course a great tent site. But as beautiful as the estate is, nothing compared to our bride this sun-soaked afternoon.  Vermont destination wedding planner Storied Events Vermont Destination Wedding Design Vermont Destination Wedding Flowers and Design Citrus inspired wedding in Vermont

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Blomma Flicka worked their magic to create a clean, citrus / peach inspired wedding. With a tree-lined ceremony site, a beautiful barn to display escort “felt acorns” to the clean lines of the reception tent, this couple’s vision was captured perfectly.  Private Estate Wedding in New England New England Destination Wedding Planner Vermont Wedding Planner Vermont Wedding Design by Storied Events

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A farm to table reception prepared by Let’s Pretend is always delicious and far from “wedding food.” Each bite is worthy of praise. Their creativity shines in all their presentations  – and guests (and wedding professionals alike) were drooling over the Lincoln log bacon towers.  Vermont Wedding Design Vermont Wedding Citrus Colors Vermont Wedding yellows and navy blue Vermont Destination Wedding Designer Vermont Wedding Planner Vermont Outdoor Tent Weddings Vermont Luxury Wedding Vermont Luxury Wedding Planner

The end of the night included a bourbon tasting bar complete with a bon fire and adirondack chairs by the fire.  Vermont Wedding burboun bar Vermont Tented Wedding at Private home Vermont Outdoor tent weddings Vermont Luxury tent weddings by Storied Events

A spectacular night for an incredible couple and family. Thank you for letting us be part of this memorable event.

A large shout out and thank you the wedding team:  Photography: Grazier Photography  – Location: Reading Farms Estate – Catering: Lets Pretend Catering – Rentals: Rain or Shine Tent and Events – Floral Design: Blomma Flicka – Lines: The Linen Shop – Cake: Irene Maston – Transportation: People Movers – Portable Restrooms:Luxury Event Restrooms.


Destination Wedding Planning: The Berkshires, Part One

It is no secret I specialize in sophisticated, country fêtes. So when the Berkshire Wedding Collective invited Storied Events to the Berkshire Wedding Tour, I rearranged my schedule and ensured I would be present for several days of venue touring and networking with the areas most talented professionals. To thank the Collective would not be enough, as the experience and knowledge I gained of the area during my stay offered the ability to confidently begin to expand our services to the Berkshires. I toured the area with a group of planners from Boston, New York, Newport and Connecticut. We were all very appreciative of the incredible amount time, effort and details we were graciously provided. Visit the Berkshire Wedding Collective – and enjoy the details of our trip – and follow our blog.  This is the first post of our Berkshire Wedding series.

Stockbridge, the last exit on the Mass Turnpike before you enter New York is home to the Red Lion Inn – my home for four nights visiting the Berkshires. I highly recommend this historic inn as a “home base”. So many attributes to ensure the wedding party, guests and family are delivered a charming first impression of your wedding weekend. The food and entertainment here are fabulous. I miss their breakfasts already!

Images below via Christopher Duggan

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Our first night in the Berkshires we were invited to Wheatleigh. Imagine a Florentine palazoo styled, private estate with 22 acres for your wedding.  Tiffany windows, rolling hills, century old trees, sculpture gardens, luxury appointed rooms and a European trained staff dedicated to ensuring warm hospitality all combine for an awe inspiring weekend wedding. Bliss. If cuisine is at the top of your list, you will be inspired by the menu and your guests are sure to claim your event is the “best wedding ever”.

Images below by John Seakwood Photography

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More to come on our Berkshire Wedding Tour, extraordinary venues and professionals to plan your Berkshire wedding.

xxoo – Carrie


Real Wedding: Laura & Robert in Chester, Vermont

Patience is so difficult when you really want to share something you love! I’ve been holding on to these beautiful images by Belathee Photography forever… and I am so thrilled to finally share the wedding of Laura and Robert. The wedding was featured on Snippet & Ink yesterday, so forgive us if you’ve seen some of these images already, but you can never get too much of stunning wedding!

Fox Chair Mountain Farm in Chester, Vermont was the perfect backdrop to host a weekend full of events. This wedding location is truly a lovely blend of architecture, rivers, and fields. The small barn and perfect tent site are a bonus too! vt wedding_location_MG_2461Working with Laura and Robert was an incredible experience. I felt like I got to know them just a bit more than I do most couples. It might have something to do with switching venues (and regions of Vermont!) mid-way through the planning process, but we certainly found the perfect place for their celebration! From the incredible ceremony and details throughout you can see all the time and love this couple put into the festivities. It helps the bride is a talented graphic designer and the groom, a composer. Vermont Wedding Invitations Vermont Destination WeddingVermont Wedding Ceremony The ceremony under the big tree was picture perfect. Sunshine, music, pre-ceremony lemonade and ice-d tea greeted guests. Vermont Country WeddingStunning florals by Ariella Chezar graced the entire property. Laura’s bouquet was breathtaking.

VT Wedding_Ariella ChezarVT Wedding Storied EventsVT Wedding_MG_1925 vt wedding_ceremony_0757 vt wedding_couple_0276 vt wedding_flowers_0311Lets Pretend Catering delivered on an amazing farm to table dining experience during cocktail hour and the reception. Vermont Wedding Catering Vermont Farm to table receptionsVT Wedding_location_MG_2215 vt wedding_location_0671vt_wedding_couple_0792 Vermont Wedding Reception Vermont Wedding Planning escort cardsVermont Wedding Vermont Wedding Design Vermont Wedding Design Vermont Wedding Design Vermont Wedding DesignVT Wedding_MG_2067Vermont Farm Table Wedding Vermont Wedding Vermont Farm Wedding vt wedding_MG_3061 vt_wedding_1349I am so thankful for my journey with Laura and Robert. Sharing in their joy and happiness was truly a gift. Thank you to all the wonderful professionals we work with to make such wonderful celebrations a great success!

xxoo – Carrie

Photography: Belathee / Location: Fox Chair Mountain Farm / Planning and Design: Storied Events /  Floral Design: Ariella Chezar  /  Tent and Event Rentals: Rain or Shine Tent and Events / Catering: Lets Pretend Catering / Lighting and Photobooth: Rob Alberti  / Transportation: Ethan Allen Coachworks / DJ: JTD Productions / Stylist: Ria St Pierre of Hair Creations Etc.


Vermont Destination Wedding Planning: Catering for all Your Needs – Let’s Pretend Catering

Vermont has a wealth of talent when it comes to catering options, and Let’s Pretend Catering is one of our favorite go to event partners.  Storied Events has collaborated on events with Daniel Samson and Liane Mendez, owners of Let’s Pretend Catering, since our conception in 2006. Every event we produce together inspires creative menus, stellar customer service pre-event and during the wedding, along with an exciting melting pot of unique ideas specific to each client. Their love for food and bringing a  personal touch to each wedding are only a few reasons I love them. Read on to learn what makes them so wonderful.

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Lets Pretend Catering

Lets Pretend Catering

Lets Pretend Catering

The freshest ingredients. Daniel and Liane are committed to working with local farms, growers and purveyors to get the finest ingredients available. Each menu item is carefully thought out based on seasonal availability as well as cost to clients, keeping in mind budget and dietary concerns. Their flavor profiles are suitable for an experienced culinary palate to the pickiest eater.

Roasted Veggies

Roasted Veggies

Duck Tart, Lets Pretend Catering

Duck Tart, Lets Pretend Catering

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Hors d’oeuvre , Lets Pretend Catering

Creativity. The positive energy, creative force and attention to detail are incredibly evident in each course, during the service aspect of the event as well as the overall look and feel of the environment. A front of house manager, typically Daniel or Liane (the owners), are on the event floor with a keen eye for perfecting the smallest detail to ensuring the entire event is executed as planned.

Tuna, Lets Pretend Catering

Tuna, Lets Pretend Catering

Beet Salad, Lets Pretend Catering

Beet Salad, Lets Pretend Catering

Raw Bar by Lets Pretend Catering

Raw Bar by Lets Pretend Catering

Staff. Here is what Daniel and Liane have to say about the Let’s Pretend Staff. We could not say it any better!

“Our staff constantly receives compliments from our clients, their guests as well as industry professionals. Their pleasant demeanor and overall attentiveness make it easy for clients to simply enjoy hosting their event. Our turnover rate is very low and we are fortunate to have had several lead service members with us for over 6 years. Each year before our summer season begins our staff, new and returning, attend a training session to review our service expectations and etiquette standards. This team building work shop allows every member of our team to be comfortable and confident heading into all of our events. We believe in a small crew with a great deal of passion to produce all of the high quality food for each event. Our team of cooks work summer after summer alongside Daniel and Liane hand making all of our food items. We have chosen these individuals for their culinary skills and diverse knowledge within the culinary field as well as their pursuit for excellence. This small core team sets a strong foundation for the success of all events.”

Poached Pear, Lets Pretend Catering

Poached Pear, Lets Pretend Catering

Beef Entree, Lets Pretend Catering

Beef Entree, Lets Pretend Catering

Mango shot

Mango shot

Lobster Stack, Lets Pretend Catering

Lobster Stack, Lets Pretend Catering

My mouth is watering after all these yummy pictures. I hope your taste buds are tingling too. Let’s Pretend Catering is one of those caterers that no matter your style, family, formal or cocktail, their presence at your event will be remembered and it will never be just “wedding food.”

To learn more about Let’s Pretend Catering, visit their website for menu ideas, additional photos and company information.

Happy Planning! xxoo – Carrie


Real Wedding: Melissa and Jeff in Stowe

There is a tradition in Bermuda – everyone, I mean everyone gets on the dance floor for the electric slide. Who knew?! I found out at the wedding of Melissa and Jeff. From citrus, to bold purple – Melissa brought an infusion of Bermuda energy to the backyard of Edson Hill, with the help of Randi at Silver Toad Brilliant Blooms and Wedding Design. Behind the lens of these stunning photos is the keen eye of Nancy Cohn and Lauren Ross. Vermont Destinaton Wedding Photo by Lauren Ross nancy cohn Photography Nancy Cohn PhotographyStowe Vermont Wedding Stowe Vermont Destination Wedding Photo by Lauren Ross Photo by Nancy Cohn Vermont Destination Wedding Photo by Lauren Ross Photo by Lauren Ross Stowe Vermont Destination Wedding Planner Photo by Lauren Ross Escort Cards designed by Storied Events Fields-Franklin20110821_0804 Fields-Franklin20110821_0795 Picture 285 Picture 286 Picture 289 Photo by Nancy CohnThank you to all the lovely professionals who contributed to this great event. Oh, and if you get a chance to check out Meta and the Cornerstones – do! The link is below. Not to be missed!

xxoo – Carrie

Ceremony and reception location: Edson Hill / Photography: Nancy Cohn and Lauren Ross / Floral Design: Silver Toad Brilliant Blooms and Wedding Design / Rentals: Vermont Tent Company / Band: Meta and the Cornerstones / Cake: Perrin Williams @ The Vermont Cake Studio / Calligraphy: Megan Chapin Calligraphy / Invitations and printed materials: Elum Designs / Officiant: Mitzi McInnis / DJ: Supersounds

Real Wedding: Naturally Elegant in Stowe, Vermont

We are excited to bring back Courtney and Ian’s Stowe, Vermont wedding this week. It was such a pleasure to work with this couple and their families. Their down-to-earth, laid back attitude carried through the entire weekend. This three day destination wedding hosted guests for an Adirondack inspired rehearsal dinner at Trapp Family Lodge in the meadow tent, a ceremony at the iconic Stowe Community Church and a reception at the Bride’s family home. The weekend ended with a casual brunch back at the family home.

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We worked with Blomma Flicka Flowers to create a bouquet inspired by Courtney’s grandmothers. Nothing could beat the stunning Ferragamos – except for incredible custom Vera Wang worn by Courtney.

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Courtney is an incredibly talented artist and graphic designer. She created all the hand-drawn escort cards and table numbers, which were all of the couples favorite things – including striped shirts, pancakes, snow and hiking!  Beautiful centerpieces, in an ombre effect were created by Blomma Flicka. We adore the milk glass used for the flower vessels. A great way to incorporate a little vintage vibe, without going over board. The couple had not one, but five wedding cakes! When you cannot decide on just one – why not, five?!  A special thank you to Nancy Cohn and Lauren and Abby for capturing such amazing details and such joy.

xo – Carrie
Wedding professionals: Photography: Nancy Cohn and Lauren and Abby / Planning and Design: Storied Events / Tent and Event Rentals: Vermont Tent Company / Catering: Catering by Dale / Floral Design: Blomma Flicka / Ceremony Location: Stowe Community Church / Band: The Soul Band / Hair and Make-up Styling: Ria St. Pierre of Hair Creations, Etc.