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Baroque meets Gothic Inspired Wedding Shoot

We’re all about light, blush infused festivities but sometimes moody, dark details are wildly gorgeous. Take a cue from Christina Bernales Photography + Erin Ostreicher Designs who were inspired by gothic and baroque art and how those dark details could be infused into a modern day wedding. With a simple color palette, touches of gold and historic details, this inspiration is all at once elegant and modern but with a gorgeous old world feel

From Christina Bernales PhotographyWe incorporated shed antlers, magnolias and very subtle shades of black, ivory and grey with hints of gold. Our goal was to use texture to add depth and keep our color palette clean and simple. A color palette reminiscent of Gothic or Baroque art. We also incorporated plum into the decor to add a little pop of color to the shoot. We were super excited to collaborate with the amazingly talented Rebecca Schoneveld who was kind enough to lend us a couple of dresses for the shoot from Brooklyn and worked with so many wonderful vendors in Vermont. While we used these historic elements to make the shoot unique, we still tried to maintain a clean, elegant aesthetic. 

Photography: Christina Bernales Photography | Stationery: Christa Alexandra Designs | Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids Dresses: Fiori Bridal | Groom's Attire: Miller Bros-Newton | Bride's Gowns: Rebecca Schoneveld | Cake Artist: Caketopia Cakes | Calligraphy & Lettering: Inky Quills Calligraphy | Cutlery, Glasses, Plates: Vintage Inspired Marketplace | Florals & Styling: Erin Ostreicher Designs | Hors D'oeuvres: The Wooden Spoon | Linens: The Linen Shop | Make-Up Artist: Flawless Cosmetic Design | Wedding Venue: Riverside Farm VT

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Riverside Farm Wedding from Wayne and Angela

Brides of the world, you are amazing. You guys stun me day after day with your talent. Take this beautiful bride. She handcrafted a storybook wedding, starting with the letterpress paper products, and following through with an entire library theme (done so, so right) to create a day that has all of us blown away. If Wayne and Angela‘s photos of the day are any indication of just how gorgeous this affair really was, you bet I’ll be reading along with their story in the full gallery!

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From the photographers… A classic boy-meets-girl college romance blossomed into love as Liz and Donny began to write their love story together through this journey down the aisle. Like many brides-to-be, Liz had been anticipating this day for a long time, and couldn’t wait to get busy planning the details of her wedding day! After selecting a beautiful retreat in the rolling hillsides of Vermont and inviting us to be a part of her adventure, Liz prepared herself for a busy year of wedding crafts and design, starting with a homemade letterpress station where she created her own storybook invitations!

It’s an understatement to say that this bride had gifted hands, as we soon realized she had made just about everything for the wedding! Most impressively, Liz had handcrafted an “antique” wooden library catalog chest to house her guests escorts cards, which were all custom-designed to look like library catalog cards—from the library’s romance section! They then had to find their seats as if looking for a book in a library, matching their catalog number to the row where their table was set. To carry over the theme, each long table was decorated with old library books cut out to hold fresh flowers, and each guest section had its own notebook (handmade by the bride, of course!) where they could share thoughts, well wishes, and wedding advice for the newly weds. The storybook theme continued as each menu was letterpress printed onto handmade bookmarks, and the cake itself was a masterpiece of stacked “books,” made to match the beginning of this whole inspiration, her storybook invitations. It was all so picture perfect, and the fact that the theme came full-circle was more than impressive!

Riverside Farm is a friendly, family-owned property that makes getting married a smooth and enjoyable journey. With a Groom’s Cabin and detached Bride’s Suite on site, it made getting ready a breeze; and with everybody on site, there were no logistical nightmares. The bride and groom met at a nearby church for their ceremony, and rode back to the farm as newlyweds in one of the Riverside families’ antique car, escorted by one of the family members himself! The property of the farm itself was quite breathtaking and held so many little treasures for picture-taking, that we spent a good portion of the afternoon exploring the grounds with the couple, while Liz strolled around in her yellow Hunter boots. While the weather in Vermont is not the most predictable, there’s nothing that a little (or a lot of) yellow can’t do to cheer you up!

Liz and Donny really put together a great experience for their guests. From the comfort foods served at cocktail hour (like mini grilled cheese bites and tomato soup) to the full Milk and Cookies Bar for dessert, every little detail was designed specifically by the bride and groom so that everybody there would have a memorable and pleasant evening. The live band started the party before dinner even began, and the dance floor was rarely empty after that! There was so much love and energy in the room that night—it was truly the perfect ending to a great story, and the start of a new one to come.

Photography: Wayne and Angela | Flowers: Trish Hegewald at Pittsfield Garden Center | Event Design: The Bride | Catering: Occasions Catering | Ceremony Location: Christ the King Church (Darien, VT) | Reception Location: Riverside Farm | Invitations: Handmade by the Bride’s own Letterpress | Shoes: Jimmy Choo + Hunter Boots | Dress: Tara Keely | Hair: Alexandre Chouery | Make up: Vivian Infantino | Cake: Irene’s Cake by Design | Live Band: Hal Prince Band

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Vermont Wedding + Honeymoon Films from Joel Serrato

Now it wouldn’t be a Jose Villa day without showing off work of his wildly talented other half, mister Joel Serrato. He’s one of those guys who picks up a camera and turns anything he captures into film world gold. No joke. And since Joel was there to document Dani and Ryan’s perfect day, we thought we’d set aside some time to swoon the footage inside and out.

And just when I was totally certain today could not get any better, I stopped to watch their fabulous honeymoon film. That’s right, a perfectly packaged video of Dani and Ryan’s post-wedding trip to Africa. With a portable super 8 on hand, they shot the special moments for Joel to craft into a lifelong treasure. It’s an absolute keepsake every couple deserves and is a service now offered by Joel to his lovely clients. Seriously, best idea EVER.

Cinematography: Joel Serrato Films

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