This Weekend at Riverside Farm

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 in Riverside Farm | Comments Off

It was such a gorgeous Vermont wedding weekend at Riverside Farm with such a lovely couple we could not resist sharing a few behind the scenes photos with you.  Even better – we know the official photographer Sabin Gratz will have beautiful photos of it, we can’t wait to see those!  Congratulations Tara and Kent!!


*Wedding Venue: Ceremony – Riverside Farm Wedding Tree, reception – Riverside Farm Stone Well Barn, Rehearsal Dinner -  Riverside Farm Red Barn

*Flowers: A School House Garden

*Catering: Vermont farms Catering

*Linens: The Linen Shop

*Hair & Make Up: Marie Turmel and Vivian Infantino


To learn more about a wedding at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm fill out our contact form and we’ll get right back to you.



Real Wedding – Debora + David at Riverside Farm

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 in Real Weddings, Riverside Farm, Wedding Photography | Comments Off

Couples come to Riverside Farm for many reasons, the beautiful scenery, a connection to their alma mater (Middlebury College, Dartmouth College, UVM or Bennington,) the Skiing, the golf, the mountains, the rivers, the hiking, the mountain biking,  even Pittsfield’s special place in the world of Spartan Races.  Whatever their connection is to Vermont, when they celebrate with an exclusive event at Riverside Farm they enjoy our rustic Vermont country elegance, nearly three hundred acres of exquisitely manicured grounds and pristine Vermont mountain vistas.

We’re honored to be trusted with such an important day and always  excited by the level of talent the wedding professionals we work with bring to each event.  Thank you Daria Bishop for sharing your photos with us!


Getting ready in the Groom’s Cabin and Bride’s Cottage



Summer evening rehearsal dinner at the Red Barn



What’s more “Vermont” than a kiss at the covered bridge?



At the Red Barn



That perfect just married moment!



A perfect day for an outdoor ceremony by the Wedding Tree



On a warm summer day guests are welcomed with a refreshing drink



Enjoying a peaceful moment on the Stone Well bark deck



Dinner by Vermont Farms Catering in the Stone Well Barn


*Wedding Venue: Ceremony – Riverside Farm Wedding Tree, reception – Riverside Farm Stone Well Barn, Rehearsal Dinner -  Riverside Farm Red Barn

*Flowers: Pittsfield Garden Center

*Catering: Vermont farms Catering

*Cake: Irene’s Cake’s By Design

*Linens: The Linen Shop

*Hair & Make Up: Five Elements

To learn more about a wedding at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm fill out our contact form and we’ll get right back to you.







Do you need a Tent for Your Outdoor Wedding

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 in Expert Wedding Advice, Riverside Farm | Comments Off



Should I or shouldn’t I?  One of the most common questions couples who choose to celebrate an outdoor wedding ask us is  “do I need to rent a tent?”  We wholeheartedly answer yes!  Here are a few of the reasons.


Family is Important
While some of the strong and healthy members of your wedding party may love to bask in the sunshine, young kids and older relatives need a spot of shade to enjoy their time outdoors.  Having a tented cocktail hour means you get the best of both worlds.  Enjoy the freedom, beauty and fresh air of the outdoors, but share the experience with friends and family that need a bit of shelter.


Farm Fresh Foods
We’ve heard that a twinkie will last 300 years, but farm fresh foods and local cheeses can melt, wilt or even turn if they are left too long in the hot sun.  A tented cocktail hour will keep the gorgeous food displays looking their best so you and your guests can relax and enjoy them.  If it’s a sunny day you can always step out from under the tent to soak in the rays and enjoy the view unencumbered, but your artisanal cheese platters or your raw bar can stay cool.

Event Flow
Most couples getting married at Riverside Farm choose our Red barn for their rehearsal dinner, lawn games and s’mores campfire.  They choose the Wedding Tree or Stone Cellar for their ceremony.  A tented cocktail hour on the lawn in front of the Stone Well barn provides a perfect transition point for guests to pause, reflect, and visit with friends before entering the more formal reception dinner in our Stone Well Barn.


photo by Barrie Fisher Photographers

The “R” Word
When you choose to celebrate your wedding surrounded by the beauty of nature, every now and then that beauty includes rain.  While we have dozens of white umbrellas on hand to move guests comfortably from place to place and several indoor spaces to serve as back up ceremony sites, it’s comforting to know your cocktail reception will go on as planned no matter what nature brings.  It’s a fact of life, sometimes it rains, but with a tent your party will continue uninterrupted rain or shine.
We Care
Providing an excellent wedding experience for all of our couples is our passion.  We truly believe a tent for your wedding reception will improve the experience for couples and their guests.  In fact, we think a tent is so important starting in 2016 it will be included in all our new wedding packages.


Would you like more information on a wedding at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm Lodge?  Please get in touch.











Real Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding – Amy and Matt

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 in Real Weddings, Riverside Farm, Summer | Comments Off



What a great way to start the season, with an incredibly down to earth couple.  Amy and Matt were fun and easy going and made the most of their time here at Riverside Farm with friends and family.  The group took full advantage of our Vermont location and spent tons of time outside playing lawn games, hiking and just being.


It almost seems old fashioned, but it was incredibly sweet when Matt and Amy took the time to visit EVERY table at the reception dinner so they could chat with each of their guests.


One of our favorite, and unique, wedding touches: their thank you gift of roast coffee beans! A gift with a story, as Matt used a bag of coffee from the very same shop to hide and transport their engagement ring before he proposed.






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





Welcome Spring 2015

Posted on May 15, 2015 in Riverside Farm, Spring | Comments Off

A long winter makes spring in Vermont that much sweeter.  We wish we could share the true feeling it brings.  The photos convey a small piece of the beauty, but if you come here in spring breathe in the spring air, hear the bird songs, and feel the sun on your skin.


This time of year Riverside Farm and our little town of Pittsfield Vermont comes to life.  Today we welcome the Peak Ultra racers to our Green Mountain Trails.  We welcome spring birds, buds and flowers too.  And then we welcome a season of couples, families and friends.


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


Real Wedding – Sara + Adam

Posted on May 7, 2015 in Real Weddings, Riverside Farm, Summer, Wedding Photography | Comments Off



As we begin the 2015 summer wedding season we discovered a few more stunning weddings from 2014 we never had a chance to share.  Looking at these photos from Sara and Adam’s wedding by Caprisio we can almost feel the awe of a gorgeous starlit summer evening in the meadow.  This photo by Caprisio captures that feeling perfectly.




And then there are the details.  The tender nervous moment when bridesmaids help the bride button her wedding dress, that card with the bride’s and groom’s names on the door of the bridal suite that makes it all finally feel “real,” the lemonade in mason jars that tell all the guests it’s time to relax and enjoy country elegance .









Of course the most powerful detail of all is the natural beauty that surrounds our restored farm barns.  The meadows, the mountains, the woods and the trails.


Yes, we’re ready for a 2015 full of weddings, bring on the joy!

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

























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



Vermont Wedding Planning Resources

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 in Expert Wedding Advice | Comments Off



We’ve worked with so many wonderful creative couples.  Over the years our team has taken many of the lessons we’ve learned from those weddings and shared them in posts on this blog.  Meeting with newly engaged couples we realized putting that library of resources together in one place might might make life just a little bit easier for them.  And that’s what we love to do, make life easier for happy couples.  Here are a few of our favorite articles:




First Things First

If you’re already planning your wedding, it’s likely you’re already engaged.  But in case you haven’t popped the question yet here’s some advice.  We surveyed our couples and friends in the wedding business to find out the best way to propose to your sweetheart.

Advice: How to Propose

Once that’s done, you might be wondering if you should schedule an engagement shoot.

6 Reasons to Make Time for an Engagement Shoot


Starting Your Wedding Plan

Here are a couple of articles we hope will get you started.

Planning Your Wedding, The First Steps

How to Choose your Barn Wedding Venue

7 Tips to Make Your Outdoor Wedding a Success

6 Reasons to Consider a Spring Wedding


Choosing and Working with Wedding Professionals

It truly takes a team to bring your vision to life and ensure you and your guests have a day to remember.  We asked some of the professionals we work with to share their advice.

Caterer’s Tasting Session – What You Need To Know

What Your Wedding Photographer is Probably Thinking

10 Wedding Day Makeup Tips from Pro




Outdoor and Farm Wedding Inspiration Ideas

11 Rustic Wedding Place Card Ideas

To Cake or Not To Cake

Riverside Farm Wedding Invitation Ideas

Classic Farm Wedding Details

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



Outdoor Wedding Planning Tips

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 in Expert Wedding Advice, Riverside Farm | Comments Off


Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding - JL Photography

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding – JL Photography


Tents are Beautiful

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding we highly recommend a tent.  A tent keeps the feeling of the outdoors, but gives shade from sun and cover in case of rain.  At Riverside Farm many of our couples have an outdoor ceremony in our wedding meadow, then walk up the hill for a tented cocktail hour before going indoors in our Stonewell Barn for a reception and dinner.

Pro tip: add a floor or put your tent over a patio for your guests comfort.


Wedding Tents at Riverside Farm Vermont

Wedding Tents at Riverside Farm Vermont


Don’t Forget Sunscreen
Mom’s right, wear your sunscreen! Wear it for all the obvious reasons, and here’s one more: If you don’t want sunburned faces appearing in your formal wedding photos wear sunscreen.

Pro tip: apply sunscreen before hair and makeup.


Sunny Outdoor Vermont Wedding -

Sunny Outdoor Vermont Wedding -


What Are Heel Caps?

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding many of the women there will be wearing heels.  Walking in grass can be tricky so we suggest heel caps.  They slip on to protect high heels and make walking easier.

Pro tip: give heel caps to the bridal party as a gift.


Have you tried heel caps?

Have you tried heel caps?


Ceremony Beverage

Welcome guests to your outdoor wedding with a special drink.  In summer lemonade keeps guests cool, in cooler weather we suggest hot cider.

Pro tip: Serve drinks in mason jars with handles.  They’re cute and easy to hold.



Serve your wedding guests a special drink.


Throw Flower Petals

Instead of rice, give guests flower petals to throw over the newly married bride and groom.  They’re beautiful, smell great, are biodegradable and don’t harm birds the way rice can.

Pro tip: Create little bags of dried Lavender flowers and set it out for tossing, it’s about the same size as rice.


Throw flowers instead of rice.

Throw flowers instead of rice.


Lawn Games

Lawn games are great icebreakers at your rehearsal dinner or on the morning of your wedding.  Putting out games like bocce, horseshoes, croquet and cornhole give guests a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get to know one another before your wedding.

Pro tip: Hand out “BRIDE” and “GROOM” T-shirts, pick teams and set up a tournament.


Wedding Lawn Games

Wedding Lawn Games


Some Practical Advice

That beautiful meadow in the middle of nowhere might not be your best bet. Be sure the venue you choose is ready for the weather.  Is there an indoor option on site in case the weather turns?  What about access to resources like restrooms, electrical outlets and kitchen equipment?  Does the venue have a way to get relatives to the ceremony who might have a harder time getting around, we use golf carts.

Pro tip: See if your venue has white umbrellas on hand for shelter from sun or rain.


Wedding umbrellas, rain or shine.

Wedding umbrellas, rain or shine.



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


Evening by a Vermont campfire.

Evening by a Vermont campfire.









Alternatives to a Traditional Wedding Cake

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


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


photos – Karen Von Voigtlander, JL Photography & Caprisio.



photo – Cronin Hill


photo – Barrie Fisher Photographers



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



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.



Covered Bridge at Riverside Farm | photo Susan Stripling



Covered Bridge Riverside Farm | photo Jose Villa



Covered Bridge Riverside Farm | photo Heather DiPiazza



Covered Bridge at Riverside Farm | photo – Wayne & Angela



Covered bridge at Riverside Farm | photo Jose Villa



Covered Bridge at Riverside Farm | photo Barrie Fisher


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