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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
More to come on our Berkshire Wedding Tour, extraordinary venues and professionals to plan your Berkshire wedding.
xxoo – Carrie
I love when clients bring their heritage into the mix on the night before. Call it a rehearsal dinner, a welcome party or in the case a “Polterabend.” What you say? A Polterabend. with this German wedding custom, the night before the wedding the guests break porcelain to bring luck to the couple’s marriage. This night, no dishes were shattered, but we rather shattered before the event and displayed in glass apothecary’s to pay homage to the tradition. The Stratton Mountain Boys entertained the guests this evening and Jasper and Prudence Floral created a festive atmosphere with hanging flowers and hop galands. The next day, the wedding celebrated in true Twin Farms style – pure luxury and elegance. Zoe Ink created the most stunning suite of printed materials (some pieces shown below). An incredible weekend, on an incredible property. Thank you to all those professionals that worked on this team to make it all happen.
Photography: Lauren and Abby Weddings – Location: Twin Farms – Floral Design: Jasper and Prudence – Rentals and Linens: Vermont Tent Company – Printed Materials: Zoe Ink – Calligraphy: Anne Vollum – Transportation: Ethan Allen Coachworks. Ceremony music: Heiland Consort – Stying: Natasha Hunter – Sound: Healy Productions – Band: Hal Prince Productions.
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! Working 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. The ceremony under the big tree was picture perfect. Sunshine, music, pre-ceremony lemonade and ice-d tea greeted guests. Stunning florals by Ariella Chezar graced the entire property. Laura’s bouquet was breathtaking.
Lets Pretend Catering delivered on an amazing farm to table dining experience during cocktail hour and the reception. I 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
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. Thank 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
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.
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!
Other happenings you may not want to miss:
- Philadelphia Brides: BHLDN has a sample sale at the Philadelphia Navy Yard January 25th. This event is from 10am to 1PM. All gowns are $100-$300, quantities are limited!
- Also this weekend Flair – one of the great places in Boston to find gowns for the wedding party – is offering 10% off Jenny Yoo dresses (one of my very favorite go-to desigers for bridesmaids!).
- Boston: Justin Alexader Trunk Show: January 31, 2014 . 10am to 5pm. www.bellaserabride.com for more information.
- BHLDN also just released their first look of the new line of spring bridesmaid dresses.
Enjoy the weekend! (& Happy planning!)xxoo – Carrie
The 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!).
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. 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.
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
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.
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.
The 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.
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