Ralph Lauren-Inspired Styled Shoot in the Berkshires

One of my very favorite things to do is play dress-up.  But not dress-up like when we were kids, going through our mothers' closets and donning their long pearl necklaces.  I love to take a room--or a venue, blank piece of paper, etc.--and accentuate it with beautiful pieces of furniture, accessories, flowers...  I think this is why I love to design styled shoots so much.  Every once in a while (actually, quite often), I'll get inspired by something--a piece of moulding, the color of the sky, a weathered doorknob--and suddenly, I'll have an idea for a photo shoot that brings a team of professionals together and produces perfectly "pin-able" pictures!

This was the case when I first stepped foot onto the grounds of the Inn at Richmond/Berkshire Equestrian Center back in 2012.  With its rolling green pastures lined with perfect white fences, its big white barn displaying a huge American flag, its majestic tree-lined driveway with the stables as a backdrop, and of course horses, horses, horses (!), I knew that someone needed to draw attention to this magical place!

And finally, this October, I was given that chance.  I knew right away that this needed to be a very Ralph-Lauren-equestrian type of photo shoot, and that I wanted to include as many Berkshire Wedding Collective members as possible.  I also knew almost immediately that I wanted to use my younger daughter, Ava, as the model for a flower girl--because who doesn't love a little girl with long blonde hair in a lace dress and boots frolicking in hay lofts and alongside horses??  PINSPIRATION!  I had never done a shoot before with a child--let alone one of my own--but I just felt like it needed to be done!

I also wanted to include some new friends of mine--not Collective members (yet!)--who had some really cool products/talents--that would add a unique spin to the typical bridal shoot.  MacKimmie Co. sells some of the most amazing blankets and throws--perfect for a Fall shoot, and Joanie Ciolfi creates the most amazing paintings--of landscapes, buildings, DRESSES--see where this is going? :)

And of course, my main goal in creating these inspiration shoots, is to bring attention to the various Collective members involved.  People who are extremely talented, but aren't always the best at self-promotion!  I love for my members to show what they can do--whether it's the photography itself, or the unique custom jewelry they offer, or the vintage rentals they provide, or whatever--and then have the opportunity to get their work submitted to and published by bridal/design publications for a little bit of exposure.

So, without further ado--here are some of the images from our early-October shoot (yes, there's a late-October shoot to show next week!).  And forgive me if I'm on Ava-overload right now...typical mom!  Thanks so much to Jaclyn L. Photography for these amazing images, and be sure to check out the fun Summer Wind Wedding Films video, too!

Producer and Art Director: Tara Consolati, marketing + pr

Venue: The Inn at Richmond/Berkshire Equestrian Center

Photographer: Jaclyn L. Photography

Bridal Gown: “Magdalene” by The Cotton Bride 

Flower Girl Dress: D Liles Collection

Jewelry: Laurie Donovan Designs

Makeup: Ciao Bella

Flowers: Queen Anne’s Lace/Carolyn Valenti Flowers

Tables, chairs, place settings: Classical Tents & Party Goods

Table “Linens”: MacKimmie Co.

Stationery: Allure Invitations

Calligraphy: Megan Chapin Calligraphy

Cinematography: Summer Wind Wedding Films

Live painting: Joanie Ciolfi