Alternatives to a Traditional Wedding Cake

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 in Amee Farm Lodge, Expert Wedding Advice, Riverside Farm | Comments Off


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photos – Susan Stripling, Stephanie C. Olsen & Caprisio.

 

Wedding cakes are such an integral part of weddings they’ve become the symbol that represents weddings!  So how does a modern couple respect the tradition, but break free?  If you’re planning a rustic elegant wedding you’re not looking for a cookie cutter experience, but that doesn’t mean you want to cut your ties to history and tradition completely.

photos - Jose Villa, Cronin Hill & JL Photography.

photos – Jose Villa, Cronin Hill & JL Photography.

 

We’ve had the good fortune here at Riverside Farm of working with creative couples that have come up with a variety of solutions to the wedding cake dilemma.  Some couples chose to have a wedding cake, but display it or decorate it in a unique way that represents their personality as a couple. Some couples have served other wedding treats and deserts.  Couples celebrating the Vermont outdoorsy lifestyle might like s’mores over the fire.  For a folksy farm wedding feel pies are a great option.  Want cake, but can’t decide on the flavors?  How about a cupcake bar?  Looking for a desert guests can bring home with them?  Maybe a free penny candy shop.  Looking to entertain your guests, while celebrating the joy of youth?  How about a Make Your Own Sundae bar.  Here are photos of a few unique dessert ideas and displays we hope will inspire you.

 

photo - JL Photography

photo – JL Photography

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photos – Karen Von Voigtlander, JL Photography & Caprisio.

 

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photo – Cronin Hill

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photo – Barrie Fisher Photographers

 

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photos – Cronin Hill, Melissa Mullen & Kingdom Wedding Photography.

 

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photo – Barrie Fisher Photographers

 

Interested in a wedding at Riverside or Amee Farm in Vermont?  Contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Favorite Covered Bridge Photos

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 in Riverside Farm, Wedding Photography | Comments Off


Vermont’s covered bridges are the epitome of rustic elegance.  They embody the character and beauty that Vermont is known (and loved) for.  We’ve collected a few of our favorite photos featuring our on site covered bridge here at Riverside Farm in Vermont.  Couples with outdoor weddings in our meadow or woods love to document their celebration using our covered bridge as a backdrop.

 

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Covered Bridge at Riverside Farm | photo Susan Stripling

 

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Covered Bridge Riverside Farm | photo Jose Villa

 

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Covered Bridge Riverside Farm | photo Heather DiPiazza

 

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Covered Bridge at Riverside Farm | photo – Wayne & Angela

 

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Covered bridge at Riverside Farm | photo Jose Villa

 

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Covered Bridge at Riverside Farm | photo Barrie Fisher

 

Interested in a wedding at Riverside or Amee Farm in Vermont?  Contact us.

 

 

 

Summer Wedding Video at Amee Farm Lodge

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in Amee Farm Lodge, Barns, Summer, Wedding Video | Comments Off


Today we’re happy to share with you Janna & Don’s wedding video.  The video was shot by Love & Perry at our partner venue Amee Farm lodge.

The video begins with the world’s friendliest goats, they live right here in town at Sweet Georgia P’s at Amee Farm.  Our Amee Farm Lodge is a great option for couples looking for a smaller intimate venue with a rustic Vermont Farm feel, but still with the comforts of our fully restored lodge.

 

 

Interested in a wedding at Riverside or Amee Farm in Vermont? Contact us.

 

 

 

How to Propose to your Sweetheart

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 in Expert Wedding Advice, Riverside Farm | Comments Off


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Riverside Farm Wedding   [Photo: Cronin Hill]

 

We LOVE weddings, and without wedding proposals, there would be no weddings.  In honor of Valentine’s day this year we decided to help all of our love smitten friends with a little marriage proposal advice.  You may have seen the “how to pop the question” survey on our blog last week.  We’ve collected the answers here and hope we might have a small part in bringing joy to a few couples this Valentine’s day.

 

#1 Should the Groom Ask the Bride’s Parents for Her Hand in Marriage?

Some advice sites suggested that ” Asking for a bride’s hand in marriage, which typically means formally asking her father for permission to marry, is an old-fashioned tradition that is rarely followed nowadays. ”  But you disagreed.  In fact almost 75% of you said the bride’s parent’s should be asked.  Maybe we’ve come far enough as a society that we understand this doesn’t undermine a woman’s control of her own destiny, rather it’s a lovely way to show respect for her family and her history.

Most of you agreed it was not so much the location, as the thought behind it.  Some of your comments: “Somewhere well thought out or meaningful to the development of your relationship” and “Where ever your heart leads you.”  There were some quirky suggestions too ” At a ‘Kool & The Gang’ concert…during ‘Cherish,” we wonder if that’s a hint for someone.

 

 #2 What is the Best Location to Pop the Question?

Answers were mixed on this one, and there were a lot of comments.  The most popular of our suggestions by a small margin was “on a mountaintop,” but maybe that’s because we have a few perfect mountain tops right here.  We’re partial to the hand built cobble shelter at the top of the Stone Steps behind Riverside Farm, but Killington Mountain Peak has a gorgeous view and can be accessed by the K1 Gondola just a few miles south of here.

 

#3 Should You Have the Ring Before You Propose?

Close to 75% of you said yes, have the ring before proposing, but your comments were more varied.  Here are 3 of your comments that reflect 3 points of view: ” yes… but i thinking picking the ring should be a joint decision. The wife has to wear it for the rest of her life, so she better love it,”   “Not necessary. I don’t need a ring so just a romantic gesture is nice,” and this very pragmatic piece of advice ” If you want it to go well.”

 

#4  Is it Old Fashioned or Romantic to Get Down on One Knee?

While only about 65% answered “Romantic,” a full 20% of you replied with the comment “Both, old fashioned and romantic!”  We say go for it.

 

 #5 Anything Else you Think Couples Need to Know?

We think this one comment sums it all up: “You will always remember “how he/she proposed”. The asking doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive. If your doing the asking, make it memorable, thoughtful and with love. And hey, running a race at a Vermont ski mountain always makes a great story!”
Happy Valentine’s Day!  We hope you’ll share your successful proposal stories with us!

 

Interested in a wedding at Riverside or Amee Farm in Vermont?  Contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s the Best Way to Pop the Question?

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 in Riverside Farm | Comments Off


We love working with couples to create beautiful, memorable weddings.  For every couple there’s an engagement story, and no two are alike.  We want to share your thoughts and experiences with other couples looking for advice.  How did you propose or get proposed too?  How do you imagine the perfect engagement?  Please take 2 minutes to fill out our simple survey.

 

We’ll share the results here in honor of Valentine’s day!

 

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Photo: Cronin Hill, Flowers: Pittsfield Garden Center

 

We’ve sorted through your survey answers and posted the results in a the blog post “How to Propose to Your Sweetheart.”

 

 

 

 

Would you like to learn more about weddings at Riverside or Amee Farm?

Click HERE to contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of our Favorite Riverside Farm Wedding Invitations

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 in Expert Wedding Advice, Riverside Farm | Comments Off


We feel so lucky to host so many creative couples here at Riverside Farm.  Planning your wedding?  We hope this collection of wedding invitation photos provides you with some inspiration.  Enjoy!

 

Custom map invitation:

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Photo: Cronin Hill

 

Fun fall ski area theme, with an illustration of our Red Barn:

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Photo: Caprisio

 

Lovely illustrated style featuring our Red Barn and the mountains around it:

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Photo: Jenny Moloney

 

Classic rooster weathervane in brick red:

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Photo: Jen Curtis

 

Vintage illustration style features our barns:

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Photo: Sabin Gratz

 

Bright fall colors with a Vermont map and watercolor illustration of our Brown (Stonewell) Barn:

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Photo: Cronin Hill

 

Classic with a twist:

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Photo: Melisa Mullen

 

Wooded scene in a hand illustrated style:

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Photo: Kingdom Wedding Photography

 

Pen and ink with color pencil, love the couple’s VW bus:

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Photo: Jose Villa

 

Bright fresh colors with a nod to outdoor celebration:

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Photo: Jenny Maloney

 

Blue and yellow flowers tie in with the wedding theme:

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Photo: Molly Ann Photography

 

To find out more about a wedding at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm use our contact form or call or e mail liz@riversidefarm.com

 

 

 

 

Ending our 2014 Wedding Season with Snow Covered Barns and Bridges

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 in Barns, Riverside Farm, Seasons at Riverside Farm, Wedding Barns, Winter | Comments Off


Thank you to all our Brides, Grooms, families and friends for entrusting us with your weddings!  Today we look back with pride and warmth on another lovely wedding season and look forward to a snowy holiday season.  Here are a few photos taken today at Riverside Farm.

 

Snow on the covered bridge at Riverside Farm

Snow on the covered bridge at Riverside Farm

 

Wreath in the Snow at Hangs from our Barn Door

Wreath in the Snow at Hangs from our Barn Door

 

The Red Barn and Snowy Mountains

The Red Barn and Snowy Mountains

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Snowy Meadow at Riverside Farm Weddings

 

Riverside Farm's White Barn in Snow

Riverside Farm’s White Barn in Snow

 

To find out more about a wedding at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm use our contact form or call or e mail liz@riversidefarm.com
 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Reasons to Plan Your Vermont Wedding in Early Spring

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 in Expert Wedding Advice, Riverside Farm, Seasons at Riverside Farm, Spring | Comments Off


Riverside Farm, Vermont - photo by Pam Cooley

Riverside Farm, Vermont – photo by Pam Cooley

 

Early Spring Flowers - Riverside Farm, Vermont

Early Spring Flowers – Riverside Farm, Vermont

 

Reason #1 Celebrate New Life!

This just might be our very favorite reason to plan for a spring wedding.  There’s a powerful symbolism to a spring wedding, especially here in the Green Mountains of Vermont.  In spring we celebrate life and light, literally.  The days are getting longer and brighter and the bushes and trees are budding.  You are surrounded by new hope, new life and new beginnings.  What better time to take a giant step into a new chapter of life.

 

Celebrate Spring Flowers - photos by Barrie Fisher and Riverside Farm

Celebrate Spring Flowers – photos by Barrie Fisher and Riverside Farm

Reason #2 Celebrate Spring Flowers

There are a variety of brilliantly colored spring flowers to choose from, some of our favorite traditional spring wedding flowers are tulips, daffodils and forsythia. For sweet smelling displays consider lilacs.  Looking for something unique?  Consider  a calla lily.

 

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Rain’s no problem when you have a back up plan – photo Barrie Fisher

 

Reason #3 We’ve Got you Covered

If you’ve heard the rhyme “April showers bring May flowers,”  you might be afraid to schedule an early spring wedding thinking it could rain.  The truth is, no matter when you schedule an outdoor wedding there’s always a chance the weather won’t cooperate.  That’s ok.  Find a venue that has rain options.  At Riverside Farm most couples have their ceremony in our meadow by the wedding tree.  But we have 4 beautiful covered options surrounding the wedding tree; our gorgeous Red Barn common room (often used for rehearsal dinners,) our downstairs Stone Room (a favorite for indoor winter ceremonies too,) our huge open Stonewell Barn (a favorite place for dancing and reception dinners too,) and of course a tent.

 

Wedding Campfire - photo Cronin Hill

Wedding Campfire – photo Cronin Hill

 

Wedding Guests Enjoy a Spring Evening - photo Cronin Hill

Wedding Guests Enjoy a Spring Evening – photo Cronin Hill

 

Wedding Guests Enjoy Lawn Games at Riverside Farm - photo Sabin Gratz

Wedding Guests Enjoy Lawn Games at Riverside Farm – photo Sabin Gratz

 

Reason #4 Longer Days Happier People : )

In spring people just feel good about the world, the days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter and we all just feel a little happier!  Longer days allow your guests to celebrate the outside with evening lawn games.

 

The Trails at Riverside Farm - photo JL Photography

The Trails at Riverside Farm – photo JL Photography

 

Spring at the Local Golf Course - photo Riverside Farm

Spring at the Local Golf Course – photo Riverside Farm

Reason #5 Ready for a Weekend Getaway

After a long winter your friends and family are ready for a weekend getaway.  In spring the world opens back up.  Early spring is the perfect time for guests to enjoy a little Vermont vacation.  They can play their first golf game of the season or get a first hike in on the trails.  For birdwatchers spring’s a magical time as the woods and meadows come back to life with sights and sounds.

 

Spring Wedding Fashions at Riverside Farm

Spring Wedding Fashions at Riverside Farm – photos Sabin Gratz, Jenny Maloney and Susan Stripling

 

Reason #6 Fashion Friendly Season

Spring is a fashion friendly season with endless options.  You can go full on black tie and full length gown without overheating.  Dress it up or down with accessories – a throw, shawl, even a hat.  Feeling a little less traditional?  How about a madras wedding, or rubber boots?

 

To find out more about a wedding at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm use our contact form or call or e mail liz@riversidefarm.com
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bride’s Cottage – Riverside Farm Exclusive Wedding Lodging

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 in Lodging, Riverside Farm, Wedding Barns | Comments Off


At Riverside Farm we offer 7 unique lodging options right here on site, each with it’s own unique character:  the Blue Mountain House, the Brown Mountain House, the Stables, the Caretaker’s Cottage, the Bride’s Cottage, the Groom’s Cabin and our Garden Barn.  The Bride’s Cottage looks like a tiny quaint brick red cottage, but inside it has all the amenities you need.  The night before your wedding you’ll want to rest well so you can look and feel your best on your big day.  Our Bride’s Cottage has a quiet private sleeping loft where you can take time to practice your vows, write that last minute thank you note to family, or just chill.  On your wedding morning enjoy the full kitchen while bridesmaids, friends and family gather to get ready.  This is the time and place where real memories are made, and because you are there on site there’s no last minute van ride, just walk out your door wedding ready.

There’s a lot to do on your wedding morning, and if your lucky you have a few close friends and family members you’d like to have at your side.  This is where our Bride’s Cottage comes in.  We’ve designed the prefect cozy space.  Our Bride’s Cottage serves as a gathering place; a home for the buzz of wedding morning preparations; and later it becomes the perfect romantic spot for you and your new hubby on your first married night.

 

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Riverside Farm Weddings Bride's Cottage - exclusive wedding lodging

Riverside Farm Weddings Bride’s Cottage – exclusive wedding lodging

 

Classic Wedding Prep Moment

Classic Wedding Pre-Wedding Moment – photo Daniel Aaron Sprague

 

The bride, the dress, the cottage - photo Melissa Mullen

The bride, the dress, the cottage – photo Melissa Mullen

 

Read more about our Bride’s Cottage and Groom’s Cabin.

To find out more about a wedding at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm call or e mail liz@riversidefarm.com

 

 

 

Our Barns are in Martha Stewart Magazine

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 in Barns, Behind the Scenes, Riverside Farm, Wedding Barns, Wedding Photography, Winter | Comments Off


As last winter was winding down we received an exciting call, Martha Stewart Magazine wanted to visit our Vermont Wedding Venue to photograph for this winter’s issue.  We’re huge fans, and from our first winter here in Vermont we’ve been host to annual Martha Stewart inspired holiday craft parties.  Needless to say this was a dream come true.  It’s been hard for us to keep it quiet, but now that the photos are published we can finally share it with the world!

 

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Martha Stewart’s photographers dodged the incredibly friendly goats at Sweet Georgia P’s at Amee Farm to create these beautiful images.  Farmer Joe climbed the ladder to hang these light up snowflakes on the front of the goat barn under the watchful eyes of the photo team (and the goats.)

 

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Courtney recruited her kids to search our wedding locations for the perfect tree for the team.  They found just what was needed at Riverside Farm.

 

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Martha Stewart’s team found our wedding venue in their hunt for snow, and Vermont nature did not disappoint, fresh snow fell through out the photo shoot.

 

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Thank you again Martha Stewart Magazine for coming to Riverside Farm and letting us show the world how beautiful it is at Riverside Farm, Amee Farm and Sweet Georgia P’s Farm in winter.

To find out more about a wedding at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm call or e mail liz@riversidefarm.com