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.
The end of the night included a bourbon tasting bar complete with a bon fire and adirondack chairs by the fire.
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.
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.
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
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!
- Pinned from Elizabeth Anne Designs
Other happenings you may not want to miss:
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.
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
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.
The night would not be complete with little maple cremees and of course, cider donuts. Yum!
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
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
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.
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.
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.