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.
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
A bleak Vermont winter day just got a little bit sunnier! Nothing like seeing a quick post on facebook stating Snippet and Ink featured Stephanie and Mike’s wedding! I suggest everyone stop browsing and head over here. The beautiful images are by 822 Weddings. It is always such a pleasure to work with them and they always capture stunning moments and great details.
The wedding was held at Beaver Pond Inn – one of the first two weddings ever at this stunning wedding location in the Mad River Valley, near Sugarbush, VT.
Cheers to Stephanie and Mike! Thank you for including us in such a wonderful celebration.