Tucked away in the rolling hills and verdant forests of Vermont’s Green Mountains, sits a working farm and sprawling expanse of pastoral land. On the grounds of Riverside Farm, you’ll find five beautifully restored barns that are used for weddings along with a couple of quaint cottages for couples to get ready in, and plenty of cozy lodging options for guests too. In the case of this beautiful couple, Danielle and Mark, the farm was the perfect spot to escape the NYC grind and take time to celebrate family, friends and marriage, surrounded by acres of fall foliage.
Photographer Eden Strader recently filled us in on all the details behind the warm, rustic wedding. From a parade of gluten-free carrot cakes to a ring exchange between the groom and the bride’s sister, thoughtful details were woven throughout the day. Read on for more inspiration and the full scoop below.
Tell us a little about the couple.
Danielle and Mark were based in NYC and both came from editorial backgrounds, so they wanted their wedding to reflect that as well as feel like an intimate party with their closest loved ones. They had less than 80 guests, and had everyone meet them in gorgeous Vermont to celebrate with them!
What makes Riverside Farms ideal for weddings and events?
Riverside Farms is one of my favorite venues on the east coast as it has such a wide range of looks, and fits every season. It creates a warm and rustic feel, but is also bare enough to style it to your own design!
Any standout moments from the day?
Danielle and Mark put so much thought into each and every detail of their wedding. Danielle got ready surrounded by her closest girls, and Mark with his guys. Danielle's sister, Julie, and Mark are good friends as well and he gifted her a ring prior to the ceremony. Danielle wore her grandmothers ring, and had an orange flower in her bouquet in her honor. The entire day was so family centered, and it had me constantly tearing up! They also had Ben and Jerry's since it originated in Burlington, and had a parade of GF carrot cakes so that each table could have one of their own. Prioritizing their friends and family made the day that much more meaningful.
One of my favorite parts of the day was after the ceremony: the bride and groom, as well as their immediate families, gathered in the back room for a private moment. Danielle and Mark opted to not do a first look, so since this was the first time they really spent together the energy was INCREDIBLE. It honestly looked like sunshine was pouring from everyones faces, and it was so incredible to witness.
What was your favorite part of shooting at this location?
Vermont is the perfect spot for a fall wedding and Riverside is so cozy and located in the beautiful, color changing hills. It really does feel like your typically "fall" inspiration dream. Surrounded by friends and family, it's the ideal spot to celebrate your fall wedding day!
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