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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


Vermont Wedding: Two day Event with Heritage, Family and Classic Fall Beauty

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. Vermont luxury Weddings Vermont Wedding TentVermont Destination WeddingVermont WeddingThe 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).Vermont Luxury Weddings Vermont Wedding Vermont luxury Destination Wedding Planner Vermont Luxury Tented Events Vermont Destination Weddings Vermont Wedding Planner Vermont Wedding Luxury PlannerAn 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.


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.

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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.


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: 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 

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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Other happenings you may not want to miss:

Enjoy the weekend! (& Happy planning!)

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