Stunning Styled Shoot at The Mount

As you probably know by now, I am seriously addicted to weddings!  I could look at Pinterest all day long, or surf my favorite wedding blogs on the web to soak up all kinds of gorgeousness--from vibrant florals, to decadent dessert stations, to beautiful table designs and more!  So when Grace, from The Mount, told me about this Sweet Monday Photography styled shoot that happened at one of my favorite Berkshires wedding venues, I just knew it had to be featured somehow on one of my blogs!  And here it is!  But be forewarned...staring at these images for too long will make you want to design your wedding all over again!  Enjoy!

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Allie & Kevin's Engagement Session at Berkshire Botanical Garden

When Allie and Kevin decided to book the Berkshire Botanical Garden as the site of their Spring engagement session, they envisioned a little less snow and a few more green buds in the background...  But Mother Nature had a different scene in mind, and we think this Berkshires e-sesh turned out just fine!  :)

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A Charming Engagement Session in the Berkshires

Maybe it's because we're all ready for Spring, or maybe it's because this couple is just too dang cute, but either way, I just knew this Berkshires engagement session by Christopher Duggan had to be shared today!  Alex and Justin are two yoga instructors who met and fell in love at Jacob's Pillow, where they both worked in 2013.  So when they contacted Christopher about shooting their engagement pics at Kripalu, it was like a match made in Heaven!  Check out these fun images, and be sure to hop on over to this post to see their sweet Berkshires wedding at the Dream Away Lodge!

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Winter Engagement Session in the Berkshires

A word from Tricia: I met Shawn and Mallory just after Thanksgiving for their engagement session at Kennedy Park in Lenox, MA. The couple currently lives in Denver, CO but was in town to spend the holiday with Mallory's parents. They brought Chester, their new puppy, with them to the session, which I loved!

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DIY Mercury Glass

I don't know about all of you, but there's just something about the holidays that make me want to DIY something.  Well, that's not exactly true, I guess.  I like to work on creative projects pretty much all year long--for weddings, birthday parties, home decor ideas, styled shoots...  Whatever the season, when I'm feeling unmotivated, it's usually worth a trip to Michael's or Lowes to find some fun, hands-on projects!

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Wintry, Edgy Styled Shoot at The Mount

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!)!

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A Surprise Proposal at Blantyre

Okay guys, listen up!  The most popular proposal season is now upon us (Thanksgiving through New Year's Day!), and if you're about to pop the question, you'd better make sure you do it right! Did you know that it has become increasingly popular to stage a grand proposal AND have it secretly captured by a professional photographer?  IT'S TRUE!  Just take a look at this cute couple, caught on camera by Tricia McCormack

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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!

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View our Launch Party Pics!

Many of you know by now that this summer had me not only running the new Berkshire Wedding Collective, but also planning our official launch party, held on Wednesday, August 13th.  And since my philosophy is "go big or go home", I knew this needed to be a big deal...and it was!  With over 100 people in attendance (which was no small feat, since the weather forecast was HORRIBLE!), our celebration was loads of fun--great food, great entertainment, great company--and found people lingering around until long after the music had stopped!

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Featured Member--A1 Enterprises

Having an outdoor event usually means seeing a row of portable restrooms...which most of us usually dread using, no matter how clean they may be!  But at A1 Enterprises, they've raised the bar a bit to provide beautiful restroom trailers--as nice as the bathrooms in our homes--for our gorgeous outdoor weddings in the Berkshires.  

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Featured Member--Sylvia Weinstock

I am beyond excited to bring you this fun interview with Sylvia Weinstock today!  If you haven't seen one of her amazing cakes in person, I highly recommend it!  The images we see in magazines and on television are amazing enough, but to see the detail of each flower petal and leaf up close is simply incredible.

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Featured Member--Daisy Stone Studio

Daisy Stone Studio is a brand new, long-time-coming venture by a girl who's been designing floral arrangements and organizing gorgeous events for years!  When I met Susie Agrillo over coffee and tea at Dottie's in Pittsfield, I immediately sensed that she was quite possibly the nicest person I've ever met and knew that I had to have her on the Berkshire Wedding Collective!  Read on to find out more about this sweet, talented gal!

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10 Reasons to Get Married at The Mount

To say that The Mount is a beautiful place to get married would be a huge understatement!  With its spectacular structures and magnificent grounds, The Mount makes the perfect backdrop for any special occasion.

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Featured Member--Ceci New York

As most of you know, the Berkshire Wedding Collective is a completely new undertaking in the Berkshires...an unproven endeavor that is fueled by my mission to raise awareness of the Berkshires as a premier wedding destination and by the amazing support of this group of wedding professionals that believes in this mission.  Because it is such a new concept, I am all the more grateful for the support of industry notables like Ceci Johnson (and Sylvia WeinstockLyndsey Hamilton and more!), and it gives me GREAT pleasure to get to know my members better through these fun interviews!  So, without further adieu, let's get to know a little more about the face behind the fabulous Ceci New York!

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Emerging Trend--Mad Men Wedding Theme

We all know by now that the current trends (rustic-chic, roaring 20's, industrial-chic, etc.) have a pretty strong hold on wedding design.  But I'm beginning to get a sense that in 2015, we may start seeing more retro/mid-century modern/Mad Men events taking place.

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Featured Member--Makeup Artistry by Liz

When Liz Washer approached me about becoming a member of the Berkshire Wedding Collective, I was positively thrilled!  Not only is she a super-talented makeup artist, but she's loads of fun and really savvy...so I knew I could turn to her for advice for a whole bunch of things!  She's already been able to suggest some minor tweaks to our website, and I'm so excited about growing our businesses together.  If you haven't already done so, be sure to check out her blog.  She's such a talented writer (perhaps we'll see a guest post or two in the near future??), and I always look forward to her funny Facebook posts, too!  Want to know more about this uber-cool chick?  Read on!

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Featured Member--Tricia McCormack Photography

When it comes to weddings in the Berkshires, there is no one else (besides me, of course!) who gets as excited about "talking shop" as Tricia McCormack!  She understands the trends, knows the venues and is connected to just about everyone in the County, through either her photography business or her fitness business!  Tricia and I have worked together on numerous occasions, whether it has been a styled shoot, a networking event (like the Lenox Wedding Tour) or our upcoming shared space!  I've really enjoyed getting to know her and had fun reading her responses to my interview questions.

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Featured Member--Classical Tents and Party Goods

Katherine (Kat) Lockridge, co-owner of Classical Tents and Party Goods, can really be credited as giving me my biggest push into the wedding industry.  

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Featured Member--Queen Anne's Lace (Carolyn Valenti Flowers)

I have to say that I've been enjoying these interviews just a little too much, and this one is no different!  Ever since I've been involved with weddings in the Berkshires, I have been a HUGE fan of Carolyn Valenti's work.  Her style is so romantic and flowing, and it NEVER fails to delight!  So when I finally got to meet her and realized what a wonderful person she is, it made her work just that much more enjoyable!  Here's how Carolyn answered my get-to-know-you questions:

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Featured Member--Rob Alberti Event Services

Rob Alberti is my go-to guy for just about everything.  Not only is he an amazing resource of knowledge (on just about everything), but he's built an amazing lighting and DJ business that's been serving weddings in the Berkshires, weddings in CT, corporate events, charity events, you name it, for going on 30 years (I'm pretty sure that's before most of us even knew much about lighting and DJs!).

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