Let me just say that I am a big fan of warmth. Ok, a huge fan! I like hot summer days feeling the heat of the sun on my back or at the very least in the winter snuggling under a warm blanket (I have a great fleece one made by my husband, Earl’s, grandmother!) with PLENTY of clothes on. I definitely belong in Virginia or even further south… or at least that is what I thought.
During the winter, Earl and I were invited to visit Vermont. 700 miles north in the middle of winter. The purpose was two-fold. First of all (and mainly!) to visit both Riverside Farm and Amee Farm and secondly to meet other wedding vendors. So, Earl and I bought some extra-warm outdoor clothes (yay, Under Armour!), made plans for the kids to stay with friends, and we took a fun road trip (yes, I did say road trip) up to New England. We headed to Pittsfield to Amee Farm, which would serve as both our inn and home base for the weekend.
As you can see below, it was definitely a wintery day when we arrived! Amee Farm serves as both a bed and breakfast, yet it also services Riverside Farm (just down the road!) during wedding weekends. It’s the perfect place to have guests stay overnight for your destination wedding, or if you want to head to Pittsfield for adventure (check out both Perfect Vermont – we hiked and snowshoed with them… SO fun, yet they also offer yoga and wellness retreats – and Great Bike Tours, which would be perfect for getting out and exploring the trails and town).
Take a peek below at what Amee Farm has to offer both inside and out, upstairs and down. Oh, and you will see #perfectvt, so if you are a fan of Twitter or Instagram, just check out the hashtag for fun, personal photos from the weekend (thank you to Jasmine Lee Photography for these professional photos for our posting!).
We also had the opportunity to experience making ricotta cheese (it’s a lot easier than you would think… check out our blog posting here
), and we even explored the local Pittsfield General Store in the center of town.
Amee Farm is just a short jaunt down the road from Riverside Farm, which is a lovely place for destination wedding, and the owners, Joe and Courtney Desena have literally thought of everything to make a wedding run smoothly! In fact, the couple themselves was betrothed on the property just 10 years (and 4 children!) ago, and they currently reside on the farm.
Riverside Farm consists of a brides cabin, groom’s cabin and a white barn, all of which can be used for overnight stays on the farm. The two large brown barns are able to be utilized for weddings and receptions, and the possibilities for the property itself are truly endless!
Of course we were there during the winter, yet a majority of the weddings take place during the peak warm months. If you would like to view weddings that occurred at Riverside Farm just click here to view a celebration photographed by Jose Villa or here for one photographed by Pam Cooley. Both are worth a look! Ok, on to all of the lovely photos from Riverside Farm.
And then, last but not least, I had a wonderful, amazing, lovely time meeting so many of the people that were also part of the Perfect Vermont weekend with us! There were wedding professionals there from all over… California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Canada and more (and of course me from Virginia). Take a peek at some of the fun we had touring and enjoying a lovely meal together.
Here are some of the great pros we met on the trip… be sure to check them out!
Again, if you are thinking of a New England wedding, be sure to take a peek at what Riverside Farm has to offer. It’s lovely!