Christina and Ryan knew that they wanted to have a barn wedding in the fall in New England. We were thrilled when we heard that they were looking at an October date at the Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, VT, as this rustic venue has been on our “wish list” to photograph for a while now! Christina and Ryan eloquently summed up why they wanted a rustic wedding, “Rustic weddings are clean and unpretentious, and are charming in their warmth and simplicity. We felt that this would allow our guests to feel the depth and genuineness of our love, and would create an experience that was bigger than just the two of us.”
Surrounded by fall foliage, these two said “I do” during an outdoor ceremony with handwritten vows. Afterwards, guests were invited into the rustic reception barn, where they were greeted with hundreds of lit candles in the rafters and family style tables set with burlap runners and garlands of greenery. It was one of the most romantic scenes we have documented, and in contrast with the crisp fall weather outside, the barn felt incredibly cozy and welcoming!
Christina spent most of the day barefoot, and even during portraits, she was happy to romp through the woods without shoes… my kind of girl! This happy couple was also very lucky to have such a talented artist among the bridesmaids. Megan Weaver, owner of 200 Lemons, created all of the florals, stationary, and the tree branch guest book!
One of our favorite things about this wedding was when Ryan stood up to give an incredibly thoughtful and touching speech about his relationship with Christina, and I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the room while he was speaking. The evening was capped off with a “make your own cupcakes” buffet, and all of the guests gathered outside to send Christina and Ryan off with a blaze of sparklers! We were honored to document the moments of such a special day for these two, and wish them all the best as newlyweds.
And, here are the amazing vendors who helped make this day so lovely:
Wedding Coordinator – Sophie Parvez with Rivderside Farm
Florist – 200 Lemons
Caterer – Vermont Farms Catering
Hair stylist – Lisa Phelps, Briggs Carriage Co.
Makeup artist – Mirror Mirror
Bride’s shoe brand – Barefoot!
Fresh flowers in Bride’s hair – 200 Lemons
Bridesmaids dresses -Donna Morgan; purchased at Bella Bridesmaids
Rings – Dominion Jewelers
Bride and bridesmaid’s earrings – Bella Jewels
Groom’s suit – Joseph A. Bank, Traveler Suit
Groom’s shoes – Johnston & Murphy
Groom’s tie – Joseph A. Bank, Signature Collection
Groomsmen suits – Joseph A. Bank, Traveler Suit
Groomsmen ties – Joseph A. Bank, Signature Collection
Cupcake Bar –Vermont Farms Catering
Officiant – Kempe Scanlan, an old friend of Christina’s from college
Band – The Kenny Mehler Band
Invitations & other stationary – 200 Lemons
Guest favors, muslin bags – Clementine Bags
Wedding signage – Paper and Pine Co.
Tree Branch Guestbook – 200 Lemons
Guestbook: DSKI Design
Bridesmaid gifts, wooden boxes: Riverside Bridal
Flowergirl/Ring Bearer necklaces: Tom Design