Country Wedding Ideas and Inspiration Shoot

September 6, 2016

When Janelle Carmela Photography approached us about using our venue for an early spring styled shoot with  Darling Creative Co. we knew they’d have some spectacular country wedding ideas and inspiration to share.  Our spring wedding season is busy, but we were excited to make this work!  We took a chance on the weather and set an early date before our first spring wedding.

When the day arrived there was a chill in the air and a thin layer of snow on the ground, still Janelle and her team had a vision and chose to continue as planned outdoors.


Here’s what photographer Janelle Carmela wrote about the day:

Getting to collaborate on a spring themed styled shoot with an amazingly talented group of vendors was truly a treat.  We chose to use the venue of Riverside Farm to embrace the new life spring brings and working with the baby lambs, angora bunny, and diva-esque chickens (who wanted nothing less than to get photographed) provided a challenge that was too adorable and fun to pass up.


Spring Color Palette

To put a twist on the traditional barn wedding, we chose to shoot outside, and the ladies of Darling Creative Co. chose a light, spring color palette and adorned the table with a warm familial feeling set to host a delicious farm-to-table feast.  Laura Thomson created florals with a charming, organic feel that perfectly dressed the gold designer lace table cloths and both of our bride’s BHLDN wedding dresses.  The watercolor and calligraphy embraced the youthful spirit of the shoot and helped the theme “spring” into life.  Taken together, all the talents of the women involved created a fairytale inspirational shoot that I am sure will provide ideas for many spring brides and made my job of capturing every detail, a complete dream.


A few words from Darling Creative Co.:

When Janelle Carmela asked us to be involved in a March shoot we jumped at the chance.  Then when Janelle told us her grand idea of shooting at Riverside Farm in Vermont we were hooked.  Our minds swirled with endless ideas: adorable farm animals being a must.

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Chickens, Bunnies and a Baby Lamb

Riverside never blinked at our insane plans, like when they offered a chicken and we immediately countered with, “how about 5 chickens?” We wanted a twist on a your basic rustic farm wedding, so we decided to glam it up with sequin patterned linens from Nuage Fine Linens allowing the authentic Vermont Farmers table to shine through and a mint plate for a fun pop of color from Peterson Party Center.

Keep it Green

Laura Thomson’s flowers were the topped off the table. She mastered the color palette and added the perfect amount of texture. We wanted to keep this as farm-to-table and green as possible right down to the seed paper programs, FYI you can plant those and grow ferns! The favors were organic, half dozen free range farm fresh eggs, which were not only keeping with our farm-to-table theme but also quite beautiful, half were the prettiest, palest shade of blue. Apparently farm fresh doesn’t only mean healthier but prettier.  Ultimately one of my most favorite details, besides the lamb adorned with a peony necklace by Laura Thomson, was the amazing custom watercolor art you can find on the escort cards, animal feed bags, and the bar menu.


I asked Haley Mistler to create vegetables for the escort cards and animals adorned with floral crowns for the bar/feed bags. She exceeded all my expectations and lent this shoot a beautiful softness. Paired with Leveret and Hare’s calligraphy, it was a match made in heaven. Once we had our design plan set in stone it was time to dress our models in something stunning. Enter the Black Tux and BHLDN.  The Black Tux outfitted our male model, Kyle, with a navy suit, brown shoes and mother of pearl cuff links.  We loved the dark blue as a contrast against out light color palette.  We choose 3 different looks for our female model Olivia on top of a beautiful robe and jumper to get ready in.  We wanted her to be have an elegant look and another more fun look! BHLDN lent us amazing hair accessories to top it all off. Styled by Hannah and Axle Color Studio did a perfect job switching up her hair and make up depending on each look. This was truly a dream shoot, everyone brought their best to the table, the venue was stunning and there were baby lambs there, I don’t know how a shoot can really go better.


The Country Wedding Inspiration Shoot Team:

Photographer: Janelle Carmela Photography
Design: Darling Creative Co.
Venue: Riverside Farm
Hair: Styled by Hannah
Make-Up: Axle Color Studio
Cake: Liztisch Cakes
Dress: BHLDN Chestnut Hill
Farm Animals: Sweet Georgia P’s at Amee Farm
Food & Beverage: Vermont Farms Catering
Favors: Pittsfield Original General Store
Flowers: Flowers: Laura Thomson Design