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 | 0 comments


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

Snowy Meadow at Riverside Farm Weddings

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 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 | 0 comments


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 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.

 

The Bride’s Cottage at Riverside Farm

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

 

Exclusive Wedding Lodging at our Vermont Wedding Venue – The Groom’s Cabin

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 in Lodging, Riverside Farm, Wedding Barns | Comments Off


Your wedding is a once in a lifetime opportunity to reconnect with friends and family in a meaningful way; nestled in the heart of Vermont we provide the venue for that.  We offer 8 unique lodging options right here on site at Riverside Farm, 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, River Studio and our Garden Barn.
 
Your destination farm wedding is more than just the wedding ceremony, it’s an experience.  When you come to Pittsfield, Vermont you escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and have the opportunity to spend quality time with your favorite people.  In summer enjoy our Green Mountain Trails – 50+ miles of mountain bike and hiking trails with a trailhead at Riverside Farm’s Stonewell Barn, walk our one mile hand built stone staircase up to a 360 degree view of the mountains, take a leisurely ride tubing down the unspoiled White River, or simply sit with friends and enjoy the views. If you’re a golfer head 1o minutes south to the breathtaking Green Mountain National Golf Course.  Planning a winter wedding? Even better.  Take your group for a snowshoe on our on site trail network, ski 15 minutes away at Killington or Pico Mountain, the cuddle around the fire for hot chocolate and good company.
 
In today’s blog post we’re taking a closer look at the Groom’s Cabin.
 

The Groom's Cabin at Riverside farm - photo Romana Vysatova

The Groom’s Cabin at Riverside farm – photo Romana Vysatova

 

Riverside Farm’s “Groom’s Cabin” can sleep up to 8.  Traditionally a place for the guys to hang out and get ready for the big day, the cabin is just a stones throw from the ceremony site. At many wedding venues so much attention is focused on the bride that the guys can feel overlooked.  Don’t worry guys, we’ve got your back.  We know this is your big day too.  We’ve designed the perfect man cabin for you.  Put your feet up and watch movies on the flat screen TV, hike the trails right out your back door, then get to work with your last minute ironing and toast writing all nestled on the grounds of Riverside Farm.

 

Our wedding venue doesn't overlook the guys - photo Melissa Mullen

Our wedding venue doesn’t overlook the guys – photo Melissa Mullen

 

Wedding photo at the Groom's Cabin - photo Melissa Mullen

Wedding photo at the Groom’s Cabin – photo Melissa Mullen

 

Vermont Winter Wedding Venue - The Groom's Cabin in Winter

Vermont Winter Wedding Venue – The Groom’s Cabin in Winter

 

Collecting thoughts at the Groom's Cabin - photo Cronin Hill

Collecting thoughts at the Groom’s Cabin – photo Cronin Hill

 

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

 

 

 

Summer Indian Wedding Flashback – Pia + Remy July, 2012

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 in Real Weddings, Riverside Farm, Summer, Wedding Barns, Wedding Photography | Comments Off


As we look out our windows and watch the change in seasons … fall coming to a close and winter on the horizon … the promise of cozy moments by the fire calls to us.  A favorite pastime when snuggled by the fire?  Paging through old photo albums.  So as the color of Fall disappears, join us as we enjoy photos from one of our most colorful weddings.  A full summer, full color Vermont farm wedding!

 

[Photos courtesy of Heather DiPiazza.]

 

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Getting ready in the Bride’s Cottage at Riverside Farm, Vermont

 

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Unique entrance by the groom at Riverside Farm, Vermont

 

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Beautiful bride in our Red Barn at Riverside Farm, Vermont

 

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Spectacularly colorful summer Indian wedding in the Riverside Farm meadow

 

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Beautiful decorations in the Red Barn wedding venue at Riverside Farm, Vermont

 

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Evening at Riverside’s Red Barn wedding venue, Vermont

 

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

 

Riverside Farm Hosts 431 Project Formed to Address Obesity Epidemic

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 in Press, Riverside Farm | Comments Off


431 Project at Riverside Farm's Stonewell Barn - photo John Werner

431 Project at Riverside Farm’s Stonewell Barn – photo John Werner

 

Riverside Farm was proud to host the inaugural 431 project conference September 21-23, 2014.  Inactivity rates for children continue to increase and childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In 2012 more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

 

431 Project at Riverside Farm's Red Barn Stone Room - photo John Werner

431 Project at Riverside Farm’s Red Barn Stone Room – photo John Werner

 

To stem the tide of this inactivity pandemic a passionate group of 120 elite athletes, nutritionists, fitness experts, technology gurus, and educators gathered at the Riverside Farm in the Vermont Green Mountains to develop actionable plans to increase the physical activity, nutrition and the overall well-being of our nation’s young people.
It was the first meeting of what has become known as The 431 Project, a Spartan Race-sponsored charitable organization whose goal is to drive social change through the works of non-profits, socially aware corporations and individuals committed to helping the next generation lead healthier lives.

 

431 Project at Riverside Farm's Red Barn Stone Room - photo John Werner

431 Project at Riverside Farm’s Red Barn Stone Room – photo John Werner

 

The conference was organized by Diane Stokes, 431 Project Executive Director, John Werner, founder of Ideas in Action, Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race, and a collection of passionate volunteers who are making it their mission to help make healthy the new normal for the next generation. The summit was also sponsored by Global Rescue, an organization which provides global medical assistance and rescue for travelers.

 

Spartan Race Founder and Riverside Farm host Joe De Sena - photo John Werner

Spartan Race Founder and Riverside Farm host Joe De Sena – photo John Werner

 

“The meeting was part Think Tank, part TED, part training camp,” said De Sena.  “We hope to set a clear course to change the world, providing catapults towards a more healthy lifestyle, and build the support network to drive results.”
De Sena continues, “The 431 Project is about mobilizing a community who wants to help future generations get healthy. By working with educators in particular, we can make a difference in changing these kids’ lives.”

 

431 Conference at Riverside Farm - photo John Werner

431 Conference at Riverside Farm – photo John Werner

 

“The 431 Project Global Summit was an inspirational and powerful gathering of dedicated individuals who have a common passion to take action in improving the health and well-being of Americans. I feel there is hope for my peers and the youth of America thanks to The 431 Project,” said Winter Vinecki, 15, Founder of Team Winter and 2018 Olympic hopeful in Aerial Skiing.

 

 

9 Fall Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Photos

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 in Barns, Fall, Riverside Farm, Seasons at Riverside Farm, Wedding Barns, Wedding Photography | Comments Off


There is an ongoing debate – what is the best season for a wedding at our Riverside Farm Vermont wedding venue.  Some say the new growth of spring is the perfect time to celebrate the new beginnings of a wedding, some believe the full lush green days of summer are the best time to celebrate life to its fullest, others insist the clean white snow of winter brings families and friends closer at warm fire side gatherings … and then there is fall.

 

A fall farm wedding is the classic New England wedding.  What is more Vermont than barns, covered bridges and fall foliage?  Here are a few favorite photos of the barns, meadows, mountains, covered bridge and natural beauty that make up our Vermont Farm wedding venue.

 

Fall color over the white and brown wedding barns at Riverside Farm

Fall color over the white barn and stonewell wedding barns at Riverside Farm

 

Spectacular Fall Fram Wedding Venue

Spectacular Fall Riverside Farm Wedding Image by Susan Stripling

 

Vermont Farm Wedding Place Card Display

Riverside Farm Vermont Wedding Place Card Display

 

Fall Bride at Riverside Farm by Jenny Moloney

Fall Bride at Riverside Farm by Jenny Moloney

 

Late afternoon fall wedding light at Riverside Farm

Late afternoon fall wedding light at Riverside Farm

 

Classic Vermont Fall Farm Wedding Venue - Riverside Farm

Classic Vermont Fall Farm Wedding Venue – Riverside Farm

 

One of 5 barns available to wedding guests at Riverside Farm

One of 5 barns available to wedding guests at Riverside Farm

 

Photographer Sabin Gratz works with newly married couple at Riverside's Red Barn

Photographer Sabin Gratz works with newly married couple at Riverside’s Red Barn

 

The covered bridge at Riverside Farm surrounded by fall color

The covered bridge at Riverside Farm surrounded by fall color

 

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

 

 

4 things to make the most of the tasting session with your caterer – expert advice

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 in Expert Wedding Advice | Comments Off


Every part of your Vermont Barn Wedding should be an expression of who you are and what you love. What speaks to the soul more clearly than food? Take your time when choosing the menu for your wedding. A tasting session with your chef or catering team is one of the most important tools you have available. We asked Katie from Vermont Farms Catering to share her suggestion on making the most of your menu tasting session.

 

 

Farm fresh salads

Farm fresh salads for your wedding

What’s in season?
One of the joys of a farm wedding is the opportunity to enjoy fresh seasonal foods, that’s why Katie suggests you schedule your tasting in the same season as your wedding. This takes a bit of advanced planning, but it’s worth it. When you eat in season your chef can prepare samples using the same fresh seasonal ingredients that will be available on your wedding day.

 

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Fresh Farm produce from our neighboring farm Sweet Georgia P’s

 

Get to know each other
Planning the tasting session is not just a chance for you to get to know the chef, but for them to get to know you, your likes and dislikes. Help them get to know about you before the meeting, everyone’s tastes are different and it can be difficult to explain the kinds of food you like. Katie suggests sharing two or three of your favorite restaurants with the catering team, or starting a FOOD board on Pinterest and sharing it. You might also provide like and dislike list in advance of the tasting if there are specific ingredients you feel strongly about like mushrooms, bitter greens or pickled items. Be sure to give your chef a per person budget range too, that way you’ll be sure their suggestions are realistic.

 

Farm fresh catering at Riverside Farm

Know what ingredients you like

 

What will it look like?
Make the most of your tasting session and use the opportunity to select place settings and linens. Ask if your caterer can help you coordinate with your rental and linen suppliers for a full preview.

 

Vermont Farms Catering at Riverside Farm, Vermont

Vermont Farms Catering at Riverside Farm, Vermont

 

The extra step
If you are looking to take that extra step to express yourself on your wedding day ask your catering team about creating your own unique signature item. Katie and Kevin from Vermont Farms Catering have made late night pizza slices for guests to take with them when they leave the party and created custom ice cream flavors for the bride and groom. Look for ways they can help you make your wedding meals an expression of you you truly are as a couple.

 

Farm wedding reception dinner

Farm wedding reception dinner.

 

Bonus Tip
Love small batch craft beers? They are the perfect detail for a farm to table locavore style meal. If there’s one you fall in love with, be sure to let your caterer know as soon as possible. Craft beers are often made in small seasonal batches, if you don’t buy them now and set them aside, you could miss out.

 

Small Batch Craft beers for your wedding.

Small Batch Craft beers for your wedding.

 

 

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

 

 

A new gothic baroque twist on the Vermont barn wedding theme – wedding inspiration

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 in Barns, Riverside Farm, Wedding Barns, Wedding Photography, Winter | Comments Off


Weddings in the barns at Riverside farm are unique for their combination of the honest rustic buildings that hold them and the elegant chic events they contain.  We are always honored when a group of wedding professionals choose our barns for a styled wedding inspiration shoot.  Last winter photographer Christina Bernales brought a team to Riverside to create a Gothic Baroque spin on the Vermont wedding.  We hope you enjoy her photos and they inspire you to see new possibilities for traditional Vermont barn wedding venues.  Be sure to scroll down to read Christinas thoughts about the shoot and to see the names of all the artists and wedding professionals that worked together to create these beautiful images.

 

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A gothic / baroque twist on the classic Vermont barn wedding

 

Photographer and creative Christina Bernales’ thoughts on the shoot:

“Our main goal for the shoot was to put a new spin on the “Vermont Rustic Wedding Theme” by incorporating textures and bold dark colors reminiscent of Gothic or Baroque paintings while mixing in elements found naturally in Vermont. One thing people might not notice are the silk flowers we used in the arrangements. Since we planned our shoot in the winter, we decided to give silk flowers a try. Erin was able to mix live and faux florals to put together two stunning bouquets for our bride and bridesmaid.

On our main table we used driftwood and antlers for texture as well as pyrite and black tourmaline stones for a little bit of bling. One of my favorite details are the goblets, even though those particular ones could not be used to drink out of. The Red Barn at Riverside farm was the perfect location for our shoot bringing a balance of rustic and elegant. The dark patina of the wood inside and the beautiful light entering through the windows really brought the shoot and all the little pops of color to life.”

 

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Barn wedding venue at Riverside Farm Vermont

 

Rustic inspiration for barn wedding table

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Rustic Vermont meets baroque wedding details

Rustic Vermont meets baroque wedding details

 

Baroque meets Gothic Table Scape

Baroque meets gothic table scape

Barn wedding gothic chic inspiration

Barn wedding gothic chic inspiration

Vermont Barn Wedding meets Gothic Baroque credits:

Florals & Styling – Erin Ostreicher
Photography & Styling – Christina Bernales
Lettering, stationary, design – Christa Alexandra
Calligraphy – inkyquills
Make-Up - Marieanne Souza
Venue – Riverside Farm‘s Red Barn
Cake – Caketopia Cakes
Catering – The Wooden Spoon
Talent – Lulu Lovering, Hannah Hoffman, Andy Churchill
Bridesmaid’s Gown – Fiori Bridal
Bride’s Gowns – Brooklyn designer Rebecca Schoneveld
Shoes – Valentino
Groom’s Attire - Miller Bros-Newton
Cutlery, Glasses, Plates – Vintage Inspired Marketplace
Driftwood – Save On Crafts

 

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