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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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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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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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--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--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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Tara Consolati--A Styled Shoot at MASS MoCA in the Berkshires

I loved being part of the creativity during the styled shoot in October at the Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA. Tara Consolati organized the day, which took place at Mass MoCA during the Xu Bing: Phoenix installation.

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Berkshire Massachusetts Wedding Venues

Submitted by member Rob Alberti.

Wedding at The Mount (the home of Edith Wharton), Lenox MA.  Photo by Christopher Duggan Photography.

Wedding at The Mount (the home of Edith Wharton), Lenox MA.  Photo by Christopher Duggan Photography.

To have a beautiful wedding, you need the perfect venue.  For Berkshire, MA wedding venues you may need the help of a professional to locate that oh-so-perfect place to continue your love story. Berkshire Wedding Collective can take all of the guess work and worry out of your venue search and wedding planning. They can accomplish great things for you and your partner. If you are looking forward to having one of the many destination weddings in Massachusetts, your search for the right wedding planner is over.

Berkshire Wedding Collective also handles Lenox MA wedding venues. They offer the best collection of professionals to cover everything in your wedding. They know that you need assistance from the design and choices of flowers to the cakes and desserts. There will be no detail left for you to worry about when the Berkshire Wedding Collective is handling your wedding and all of the details.

Wedding at Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club.  Photo by Derek Fowles Photography.

Wedding at Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club.  Photo by Derek Fowles Photography.

There are so many benefits to hiring the right wedding planner. One such benefit is that you no longer need to worry about finding Berkshires MA wedding venues as that detail is taken care of for you. Simply tell them what you would like for your wedding and they know just where to go.

You have no need to worry what the current most popular destination weddings in Massachusetts are. The Berkshire Wedding Collective will take the time to sit down with you and discuss every detail. The Berkshire area is one of the most sought after areas to have the perfect fairytale wedding. The Collective is a hand-picked collection of the very finest professionals that will assist you with creating the most memorable wedding they can.

The level of professionals that you will be working with are unsurpassed by any competitors. Each one has an exemplary reputation for being customer oriented and are perfect for resolving any details without issue. When you work with such professionals it makes your life much less stressful, and let’s face it, planning a wedding will be one of the most stressful times in your life. Worrying about who you’re working with doesn’t need to be one of your problems. When you are considering Berkshire MA wedding venues, consider working with the Berkshire Wedding Collective to make your life a whole lot easier.

The Red Lion Inn--Stockbridge, Massachusetts

When I first began telling people about the Berkshire Wedding Collective, I found myself visiting many of the businesses that I wanted to add to the membership.  And though I had been to the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts MANY times before (trips to the Lion's Den during my pre-motherhood days, visits to the Pink Kitty gift shop, where I used to sell my wares...), it wasn't until an overnight stay with my husband that I really got to know this amazing place.  

It all started with a simple (huge!) misconception that I blurted out while in a meeting with Brian Butterworth, Director of Sales.  When he asked what my thoughts were about the Inn, I stated that I've always thought of it as a very nice, very large bed and breakfast, (meaning filled with beautiful antiques and famous for its rich history and cultural activities.  There's nightly entertainment in the Den...sometimes even James Taylor drops by!).  Well, the expression on his face was one that made me say, "Oops!  Let me try that again...!"

It wasn't long after that meeting that I received an invitation from Brian for dinner and an overnight stay with my husband, followed by a tour of the properties the next day.  His only "demand" was that I NOT order my favorite Turkey Dinner or Chick Pot Pie, but that I truly sample the culinary artistry that has become a staple at the Inn at the hands of Chef Brian Alberg.  I agreed, and after my husband and I checked in to our gorgeous room (they gave us the bridal suite!) and headed downstairs to the Lion's Den for a pre-dinner glass of Malbec, we were treated in the Main Dining Room to a pre-selected pairing menu (seems Brian didn't trust that I wouldn't play it safe!).  And I have to say this was one of the most enjoyable experiences I've shared with my husband in a long time, as the menu was nothing that we would have ever chosen on our own (my husband only drinks Coors Light...don't hold that against me!), and really forced us to step out of our comfort (food) zone.  AND WE LOVED IT!  In fact, at the end, he even said, "Wow, I may become a wine guy!" (See?  There's still hope!)

The next morning, after a leisurely soak in the claw foot tub, I headed downstairs for a delicious breakfast, and then it was off for the tour with Denise and Megan.  I had already been blown away by our room, with its soothing step-back-in-time decor, yet ultra-modern amenities.  And when I was able to walk around the grounds and visit some of their nine guest houses, I saw that the Red Lion Inn is truly so much more than I ever could have imagined.  The Firehouse is AMAZING (the whole building is ONE suite!), Maple Glen is a state-of-the-art house filled with the most amazing, eclectic decor (I want to start collecting TV lamps now) and 17 color-filled rooms.  And did I mention the outdoor, year-round swimming pool and hot tub?  Not only is the pool heated (of course...this is winter in New England), but all of the stonework surrounding the pool area is, too, with radiant heat!  Seriously, there were people swimming on this frigid, February day complete with a little snowfall!

As you can probably tell, I could go on and on about this amazing place--which is perfect for intimate weddings with up to 80 guests, rehearsal dinners, executive retreats, romantic getaways...you name it--but I won't.  You're just going to have to go check it out for yourself!  Needless to say, I'm THRILLED that the Red Lion Inn has become a member of the Berkshire Wedding Collective and I can't wait to go back there again and again and again...!

Welcome to the Berkshire Wedding Collective!

Photo by Tricia McCormack Photography

Photo by Tricia McCormack Photography

It is with great excitement (and a big sigh of relief!) that I can finally announce the arrival of the Berkshire Wedding Collective!  As you may already know, this Collective is a curated collection of the finest wedding professionals we have serving the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.  These businesses are owned and operated by people I know and trust, with stellar backgrounds and exemplary customer service skills.  The quality of their work is impeccable and most (if not all) have been published numerous times by the likes of Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, The Knot, Boston Weddings, Wedding Chicks, Wedding Lovely...the list goes on and on.

Christopher Duggan Photography and Crocus Hale Flowers

Christopher Duggan Photography and Crocus Hale Flowers

Michelle Girard Photography, Eutopia Events and Makeup Artistry by Liz.

Michelle Girard Photography, Eutopia Events and Makeup Artistry by Liz.

It is my hope that brides and grooms in the throes of planning their destination wedding in the Berkshires will look to the Collective as an invaluable resource--a Berkshires wedding concierge service, so to speak.  The relationships we've built with our unique venues, photographers, cinematographers, stationers, florists and so on, will enable us to play matchmaker between the couple and our members, and collectively, we will be able to bring their wedding dreams to life!

Love Bird Studio

Love Bird Studio

Over the next several months, we'll be sharing member highlights through this blog and showcasing real weddings in the Berkshires that have been submitted by our prestigious members.  Basically this new website is going to bring a whole lot of eye-candy, valuable information and amazing networking opportunities to a whole new audience!

And so it begins...with today's website launch and our gorgeous brand new studio space (located right in the heart of Lenox village) coming in April.  Be sure to stay tuned for upcoming events at the studio--mixers, custom tours, workshops, lectures and seminars--as we take an active approach to marketing the Berkshires as the premier destination wedding location that it is!