How to choose your barn wedding venue

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 in Barns, Expert Wedding Advice, Riverside Farm, Wedding Barns | 0 comments


 

Red Barn at Riverside Farm

Red Barn at Riverside Farm

 

The rustic chic option of a New England barn wedding is becoming more and more popular.  It’s a great way to combine fresh air, mountains and views with classic wedding traditions.  At Riverside Farm we offer several wedding barn options and hundreds of acres of trails, woods, fields and meadows to enjoy.  But how should you choose a barn wedding venue?  We’ve come up with the 5 key questions you’ll need to answer to pick the perfect barn wedding venue for your wedding day.

 

Choosing a Vermont wedding barn venue

Choosing a Vermont wedding barn venue

 

1. Do you just LOVE it?
What makes a wedding barn venue unique.  We believe details like our hand hewn timbers, stone work and rustic railings set our Stonewell Barn apart from newer “pop up” barn structures built to warehouse weddings.  Our Red Barn incorporates the classic New England red and white paint color scheme and wood plank floors. When you walk in the door of a wedding barn can you feel the history, passion, artistry?  Your wedding is a day to lead with your heart, so we think it’s important that the barn speak to your heart.

 

"The Stables" at Riverside Farm wedding venue

“The Stables” at Riverside Farm wedding venue

 

2. Can you light and decorate the way you want?
Once you love your wedding venue, you’ll need to check on some of the practical considerations.  Is there enough power, and well distributed outlets to allow you to light and decorate the space the way you need to and set the band up with their equipment without blowing fuses?

 

Power options for your barn wedding venue

Power options for your barn wedding venue

 

3. Can you keep your cool?
You want the rustic farm feel, but you don’t want to sweat like a farmer on your wedding day.  Ask if your wedding barn venue is equipped with air conditioning if you’re planning a summer wedding.

 

Wedding reception dinner in the Stonewell Barn - photo Jose Villa

Wedding reception dinner in the Stonewell Barn – photo Jose Villa

 

4. How can we say this politely?
You want your guests to be comfortable, even the distant relatives that aren’t so sure they want to leave the city.  The last thing you want to do is invite them to a wedding venue that doesn’t have modern on site bathrooms.

 

The ultimate barn wedding - photo Sabin Gratz

The ultimate barn wedding – photo Sabin Gratz

 

5. Will the food get cold?
Ask your wedding barn venue if they have an on site equipped space for the caterer to work from.  They’ll need things like a staging area, power, and water for dishes – so they can serve freshly cooked food right to your guests.

 

Dinner at our barn wedding venue - photo Sabin Gratz

Dinner at our barn wedding venue – photo Sabin Gratz

 

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

 

 

 

 

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue Photos

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 in Amee Farm Lodge, Real Weddings, Summer | Comments Off


As we look back through the weddings we’ve been honored to host at our Riverside Farm and Amee Farm wedding venues, we realize there are many great images we’d like to share.  We’re lucky to be located among these beautiful green mountain views, soothing vistas and Vermont barns…and even luckier to enjoy the couples they draw to us.  With that in mind, here are a few photos from a simple mid July summer country wedding weekend at our Amee Farm Lodge wedding venue from 2009.

 

Enjoy!

 

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - the waterfall site

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – the waterfall site

 

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - natural beauty

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – natural beauty

 

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - view down the valley

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – view down the valley

 

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - dinner

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – dinner

 

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - afternoon at the barn

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – afternoon at the barn

 

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - enjoying the grounds

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – enjoying the grounds

 

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - evening with friends

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – evening with friends

 

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - Vermont barn

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – Vermont barn

 

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue

 

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - reception dinner

Amee Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – reception dinner

 

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

 

 

 

 

Vermont Farm Wedding Film – Brianna and Michael

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 in Real Weddings, Summer, Wedding Video | Comments Off


We’re lucky at Riverside Farm that such talented film makers and photographers come here and capture our Vermont wedding venue.  We’re lucky too that we have such creative couples.  We’re pulling this joyful Riverside Farm wedding film out of the archives, we think it will make you smile.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Wedding Film by Paperweight Films

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

 

 

 

Vermont Spring Wedding at Riverside Farm – Corinne + Brett

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 in Real Weddings, Riverside Farm, Spring, Wedding Photography | Comments Off


For a Vermont wedding venue like Riverside Farm, the arrival of spring brings the arrival of wedding season.  Early Vermont spring has a unique beauty as nature comes back to life.  It’s a wonderful metaphor for a wedding, the start of a new season and a new life for each couple.

This season the first couple to marry at our wedding venue was Corinne and Brett.  They made the most of the Vermont surroundings as you’ll see in the unique photos by Daniel Aaron Sprague.  You’ll see a wedding weekend celebrated in all weather.  White umbrellas decorate the rain drizzled scene as the wedding party leaves the Bridal Cottage, white puffy clouds decorate the blue bird blue sky over the Riverside Farm meadow, the ceremony itself takes place sheltered among the classic hand hewn beams of of Riverside Farm’s Red Barn.

With the variety of spaces (Red Barn, Stonewell Barn, Stone Room, Wedding Meadow, Bride’s Cottage, Groom’s Cottage and even spaces at our own Amee Farm Barn and Amee Farm Lodge) Riverside Farm is a Vermont wedding venue you can make your own in sun, shade, rain and even snow.

 

Wedding Barn-Riverside Farm Red Barn

Wedding Barn-Riverside Farm Red Barn

 

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - Spring

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – Spring

 

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - Spring

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – Spring

 

First Look - Corinne + Brett

First Look – Corinne + Brett

 

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - Bride

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – Bride

 

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - joy, rain or shine

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – joy, rain or shine

 

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - ceremony in the Red Barn

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – ceremony in the Red Barn

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - more beauty, rain or shine

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – more beauty, rain or shine

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - good night from the Brown Barn

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – good night from the Brown Barn

 

 

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

 

Venue: Riverside Farm| Catering: Noels | Flowers: Pittsfield Garden Center | Photographer: Daniel Aaron Sprague|   Hair & Make Up: 5 Elements | Transportation: Gramp’s Shuttle

 

 

 

 

Real Vermont Farm Wedding – Zoe + Sean

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 in Real Weddings, Riverside Farm, Spring, Wedding Photography | Comments Off


 

Wedding season is in full swing at Riverside Farm in Vermont.  We’re excited to share our first Real Vermont Barn Wedding of the season, and so happy to be celebrating summer nights at our spectacular wedding venues.  How would you celebrate?  Cocktails on the porch at Amee Farm Lodge?  S’mores at a chic campfire by the Red Barn?  A family and friends brunch with farm fresh eggs from an on site Organic Farm?  These are just a few of the moments wedding photographers Rick and Paula of Cronin Hill Photography captured at Zoe + Sean’s wedding.  We hope they inspire great Vermont farm wedding ideas.

 

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue

The iconic Vermont wedding venue sign

 

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - Bride

The bride with flowers from Pittsfield Garden Center

 

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - the dress

The bride’s dress hanging in the Riverside Farm Bride’s Cottage

 

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - Wedding Meadow

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – Wedding Meadow

 

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - Classic

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue – Classic

 

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Venue - Bride's Bouquet

Bride’s Bouquet – Pittsfield Garden Center

 

Fram Fresh Organic Eggs for the Wedding Brunch

Fram Fresh Organic Eggs for the Wedding Brunch – Sweet Georgia Ps

 

Farm Wedding Venue Detail - Place Cards

Farm Wedding Venue Detail – Place Cards

 

Vermont Wedding Venue Detail - Rustic Table Setting

Vermont Wedding Venue Detail – Rustic Table Setting

 

Vermont Wedding Venue Detail - Classic Chic S'mores

Vermont Wedding Venue Detail – Classic Chic S’mores

 

Vermont Wedding Venue - Evening at Amee Farm Lodge

Vermont Wedding Venue – Evening at Amee Farm Lodge

 

 

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

 

Venue: Riverside Farm| Catering: Noels | Flowers: Pittsfield Garden Center | Photographer: Cronin Hill| Music: DJ Dave and Duane Carlton |  Hair: Leslie Begin | Transportation: Gramp’s Shuttle

Vermont Wedding Professionals Mixer at Riverside Farm

Posted on May 15, 2014 in Behind the Scenes, Riverside Farm, Spring | Comments Off


Last night we had a wonderful evening visiting with some of Vermont’s top wedding professionals.  It was a great opportunity to share ideas and inspiration before the wedding season breaks into full swing.  Thank you to the Vermont Association of Wedding Professionals, to everyone who came to our mixer, and especially to Kevin & Katie from Vermont Farms Catering, Connie, Hallie & Paige from Occasions & The Linen Shop, Irene Maston of Irene’s Cakes by Design, Marie-France Eloi from Cuisine Lucette, John King from Gramps Transportation, and Dave Hoffenberg of Artist Entertainment Agency for bringing musician Ryan Fuller.  Here’s to a great season of Vermont weddings here on our farm and throughout the state!

 

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Guests arrive at Riverside Farm for the Wedding mixer

 

Wedding professionals arrive at our Red Barn

Wedding professionals arrive at our Red Barn

 

One of the beautiful desserts from Cakes By Irene

One of the beautiful desserts from Cakes By Irene

 

Enjoying the company in our Red Wedding Barn

Enjoying the company in our Red Wedding Barn

 

Another lovely dessert from Cakes By Irene

Another lovely dessert from Cakes By Irene

 

Amazing spread from Vermont Farms Catering

Amazing spread from Vermont Farms Catering

 

 

Marie-France Eloi from Cuisine Lucette

Marie-France Eloi from Cuisine Lucette

 

Mini Burgers from Vermont Farms Catering

Mini Burgers from Vermont Farms Catering

 

Sweet treats from Cuisine Lucette

Sweet treats from Cuisine Lucette

 

Wedding photographers at Riverside Farm

Daria, Courtney and Barrie – it was a big night for group selfies

Enjoying the company in our Red Wedding Barn

Tom, Tim and Erlin – enjoying the company in our Red Wedding Barn

 

Fresh Foraged Ramps cooked up by Vermont Farms Catering

Fresh Foraged Ramps cooked up by Vermont Farms Catering

 

Bar & Linens provided by our friends at Occasions

Bar & Linens provided by our friends at Occasions

 

Enjoying the company in our Red Wedding Barn

Enjoying the company in our Red Wedding Barn

 

Enjoying the company in our Red Wedding Barn

Enjoying the company in our Red Wedding Barn

 

A summer evening with wedding friends at the barn

A summer evening with wedding friends at the barn

 

Coming back from the wedding venue tour

Coming back from the wedding venue tour

 

Jamie & Lindsey in the wedding meadow

Jamie & Lindsey in the wedding meadow

 

Ready for s'mores by the barn

Ready for s’mores by the barn

 

To find out more about a wedding at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm call or contact us by e mail 

 

 

 

Classic New England Farm Wedding Details

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 in Amee Farm Lodge, Barns, Expert Wedding Advice, Riverside Farm, Wedding Barns | Comments Off


We’ve had so many amazing and creative couples married here at Riverside Farm.  They have each brought their own ideas and flavor to the barns and meadow where they are married.  Here are a few of our favorite classic farm and barn wedding details.  We hope they inspire your planning.

 

Chic Farm & Barn Wedding Inspirations

 

One of the great place to flex your creative muscle designing your farm or barn themes wedding is designing place and table card displays like this lovely moss garden or birch log setting.

 

Farm wedding details - moss placecards

photo Schippert + Martin

 

 

Rustic barn wedding placecards

photo Ampersand Photography

 

At Riverside Farm weddings custom signposts direct guests, but also set the country chic vibe.

 

Custom Riverside Farm wedding sign post

photo Jen Curtis

Our guests love taking photos with antique transportation, this antique Ford truck or go back farther..a horse.

 

Antique Ford Truck at Vermont Wedding

photo Karin Von Voigtlander

 

 

Vermont Farm Wedding Horse

photo David Murray

 

Another great touch, chickens, sheep and other farm themed images on your invitations.

 

Classic Vermont Farm wedding invite

photo Jen Curtis

 

Love this fun farm themed wedding idea, give the ring bearer or flower girls a little help with  a little red wagon.

 

Ring bearer with red wagon

 

Have fun with nostalgic farm themed wedding desserts like candy apples, pumpkin pie or fresh made donuts.

 

Farm Themed Wedding Desserts

photo Cronin Hill

 

 

Farm Themed Wedding Desserts

photo Cronin Hill

 

This is a great way to bring your old fashioned barn feel with you into the woods, hanging old family photos from the branches.

 

Barn & woods wedding details

photo Jose Villa

 

This Amee Farm wedding couple substituted a slice of a birch log for a wedding guest book.

 

Guest book made from a birch log

 

At Riverside Farm many of our couples choose to entertain their guests with s’mores by the campfire.  This a is a great classic New England touch.

 

S'mores at a Riverside Farm Wedding

photo Cronin Hill

If you’re planning a barn wedding in Vermont, you can’t go wrong including Vermont maple syrup.

 

Maple syrup wedding farvors at Riverside Farm

photo Ampersand Photography

 

To find out more about a wedding at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm call or contact us by e mail 

 

 

 

 

The Best Vermont Wedding barns at Riverside Farm

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 in Amee Farm Lodge, Barns, Riverside Farm, Wedding Barns | Comments Off


Favorite Vermont wedding barn for Dancing

Riverside Farm’s Brown Barn, also called the Stone Well Barn (named for the stone wishing well beside it.) is a favorite spot for couples and their gusts to dance the night away during or after their wedding reception.

 

Best barn for wedding dances

Brown Barn at Riverside Farm – photo Sabin Gratz

 

Favorite Riverside Farm barn for hanging out on a sweet summer evening?

Wedding couples at Riverside Farm love to host their rehearsal dinner in our Red Barn, outside guests play lawn games, enjoy appetizers and later huddle around the fire for s’mores.

 

Riverside Farm Red Barn on a summer evening

Riverside Farm Red Barn on a summer evening – photo Melissa Mullen

 

Favorite barn for ladies to get ready for the wedding at Riverside Farm?

The bride’s cottage at Riverside Farm offers a cozy upstairs sleeping space, and downstairs the perfect room for the bridal party and friends to get ready.  With a mini kitchen, sitting space, mirrors and lots of natural light the bride’s cottage offers a peaceful place to get ready to the big day ahead.

 

Riverside Farm Bride's Cottage

Riverside Farm Bride’s Cottage – photo Barrie Fisher Photography

 

The guys favorite spot to get ready for a Riverside Farm wedding?

Hands down our groom’s cabin.

Riverside Farm Vermont's Groom's Cottage

Riverside Farm Vermont’s Groom’s Cottage – photo Romana Vysatova & Melissa Mullen

 

Favorite barn for grown up summer camp and slumber parties?

The White Barn (also called the Stables) features unique bunk rooms, amazing antiques and funky details and the perfect space for late night hanging out.  This is a favorite lodging spot for bridal party.

Riverside Farm white barn lodging

Our “White Barn” also called “The Stables” – photo Jasmine Lee

 

The most rustic barn at Riverside Farm.

The Amee Farm barn is a great place for smaller parties who enjoy a view of Sweet Georgia P’s  Organic Farm and their happy goats and chickens. It’s a great location for the true farm to table experience.

Amee Farm Barn

Amee Farm Barn, home of Sweet Georgia P’s Farm – left photo by Mary Dougherty

 

Favorite Farmhouse Lodging

It’s not a barn by a long stretch, but contains inside it a classic Vermont farmhouse. Now fully-restored the post-and-beam lodge features 15 deluxe guest bedrooms with wide-planked pine floors, hand-hewn wooden furniture, and private bathrooms with stone-lined showers.

Best Barn for lodging at Riverside Farm

Amee Farm Lodge at Riverside Farm – photos Cronin Hill

 

 

 

To find out more about a wedding at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm call or contact us by e mail 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34 Classic Black and White Wedding Photos

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 in Amee Farm Lodge, Real Weddings, Riverside Farm, Wedding Photography | Comments Off


Rustic elegance, classic New England, Vermont farm chic – these are some of the terms people use to describe our classic Vermont wedding sites.  We think these 34 classic black and white wedding photos shot at Riverside Farm and our own Amee Farm Lodge show even better than words the charm of our Vermont wedding venues.  We are grateful to the inspiring couples, talented photographers, florists and craftspeople that make these spectacular images possible!

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W images

photo: Sabin Gratz

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W images

photo: Sabin Gratz

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W images

photo: Melissa Mullen

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W images

photo: Melissa Mullen

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Bride B+W images

photo: Barrie Fisher Photographers

 

Classic Vermont B+W images Men at Wedding

photo: Barrie Fisher Photographers

 

Classic Vermont B+W images Covered Bridge Wedding

photo: Susan Stripling

 

Classic Vermont B+W Covered Bridge Wedding

photo: Romana Vysatova

 

Classic Vermont Woods Wedding B+W images

photo: Adam Frehm

 

Classic Vermont Mountain Wedding B+W images

photo: Sabin Gratz

 

Classic Barn Wedding Dress B+W images

photo: Michelle Gardella

Classic Vermont Meadow Wedding location

photo: Andy Duback

 

Classic Vermont Meadow Wedding location

photo: Andy Duback

 

Classic Vermont Wedding - Groom's Cabin

photo: Melissa Mullen

 

Elegant Vermont Barn Wedding Site

photo: Jose Villa

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo

photo: Birke Photo

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo - rings

photo: Birke Photo

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo

photo: Birke Photo

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo

photo: Dave Robbins

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo

photo: Dave Robbins

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo

photo: Dave Robbins

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo - dress

photo: Jose Villa

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo

photo: Jose Villa

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo - Bride

photo: Jose Villa

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo - toast

photo: David Murray

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo - Barn

photo: Jose Villa

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo - Bride and Groom

photo: Jose Villa

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo - ring bearers

photo: Jose Villa

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo - sparklers

photo: Jenny Maloney

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo - barns

photo: Barrie Fisher Photographers

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo - fun

photo: Barrie Fisher Photographers

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo - bride

photo: Wayne & Angela

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo - bride cottage

photo: Sabin Gratz

 

Classic Vermont Wedding Site B+W photo - covered bridge

photo: Romana Vysatova

 

To find out more about a wedding at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm call or contact us by e mail 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Vermont Farm Wedding – Summer

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 in Real Weddings, Riverside Farm, Summer, Wedding Photography | Comments Off


Wedding photo album

The wedding photo album

 

 

It’s always exciting when wedding photo albums arrive at Riverside Farm!  We love to page through the photos and see how each couple made our Vermont wedding location their own.  This week a beautiful album of Eliza + David’s wedding arrived full of gorgeous photos of this great couple, their friends & family, our wedding barns, meadows and cottages by Sabin Gratz photography.  If your planning a New England farm wedding we know these will inspire you.

 

Vermont wedding location

Riverside Farm – photo Sabin Gratz

 

The bride prepares in the Brides Cottage

In the Bride’s Cottage – photo Sabin Gratz

 

Wedding details - brides shoes

Wedding detail – photo Sabin Gratz

 

The wedding party surrounded by mountains

The wedding party – photo Sabin Gratz

 

Wedding ceremony in the farm's meadow

Wedding ceremony site – photo Sabin Gratz

 

Wedding ceremony in the farm's meadow

Wedding ceremony in the farm’s meadow – photo Sabin Gratz

 

The groom before the wedding

photo Sabin Gratz

 

The Vermont wedding venue - red barn and meadow

The Vermont Wedding – photo Sabin Gratz

 

Fun clothespin wedding table card display

Wedding detail – photo Sabin Gratz

 

Bride and Groom at the Vermont Farm
Bride and Groom at the Vermont Farm – photo Sabin Gratz

 

Venue: Riverside Farm | Catering: Delicata | Flowers: Pittsfield Garden Center | Cake: Cuisine Lucette | Photographer: Sabin Gratz Photography| Music: DJ Dave with Duane Carlton, Jamie Krents
& Dexter Lake Club | Make Up: Vivian Infantino & A SIgnature Day Spa | Tents: Weddings Tents & Events | Cake: A to Z cakes
To find out more about a wedding at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm call or contact us by e mail