Wintry, Edgy Styled Shoot at The Mount

Submitted by Liz Washer Makeup.  Originally published on October 22, 2014.

There are days when I find myself scouring the pages of Pinterest, or getting lost in some fabulous wedding blog spending countless hours enjoying gorgeous images from styled shoots.  There's just something so liberating about being a part of a shoot, and being able to design something beautiful that comes from your own imagination...not from the vision of a bride, groom or mother (who's living vicariously through her engaged child!)!

And then there are the days when one of my Berkshire Wedding Collective members sends me their own fabulous images from an inspiration shoot in which he or she took part...and to me, that's even MORE fun, because I actually know the talented people that were behind all the pretty!  This was the case with this fun wintry wedding shoot in the Berkshires that was sent to me by Liz!  Check out what she has to say...

A word from Liz: The inspiration for this styled photoshoot was all about juxtaposition: what would it look like if a pair of rough-around-the-edges, urbanite musician lovebirds got hitched in the bucolic, beautiful Berkshires? The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts – aka the Edith Wharton estate – was the perfect fit: not only are the house and grounds stunningly beautiful (even in February, when our shoot took place), but the theme of contrast is evident throughout Wharton’s writing, as well as her own life. She was the beneficiary of an upper class upbringing AND one of its most vocal critics, so we felt inspired to incorporate hints of an underground movement that sought to challenge the social elite (chiefly, the punk rock movement of 1970′s London) – and we like to think she’d approve!

We selected bold black and white prints (stripes & houndstooth), metallic jewelry and accents, and lots of layers – as well as plenty of musical aesthetic touches. Our florist incorporated antlers into the floral arrangements, and studded leather made its oh-so-necessary appearance for napkin rings, the groom’s boutonniere, and the bride’s gloves. And since this particular bride would undoubtedly change outfits at some point in the festivities, we made sure to feature two chic bridal gowns as well as a black cocktail dress (paired with patterned tights and bold red lips for the getaway).

I had a blast doing the dramatic cateyes, sculpted face and (for the getaway look) red lips – not something you normally get to do for a bride, so it was a fun departure for me! And doesn’t the Mount look amazing with the fresh snowfall??

Photography: Tricia McCormack Photography & Sandra Costello Photography
Wardrobe Styling: Bonnie Aunchman, Aunchman Style
Hair Stylist: Jenursa
Makeup: Liz Washer, Makeup Artistry by Liz
Florist: Lani Gillooly, Gillooly & Co. Design
Rentals: Classical Tents & Party Goods
Specialty Linens: Wildflower Linen
Venue: The Mount
Planning, Design & Details: Tanya Costigan, Bowties and Butterflies Event Planning
Models: Maggie Inc.
Menswear: Jackson & Connor
Bridal Dresses & Accessories: L’elite (1st: Carolina Herrera; 2nd: Custom Dress by Lena Kashmensky for L’elite; black cocktail dress: Marchesa)