Hilary & Jonathan’s big day featured a real Berkshire wedding dream team – event planning and design by Tara Consolati, flowers by Crocus Hale, rentals by Classical Tents and Rentals Unlimited, lighting by Julie Seitel… These are wedding collaborators I have the good fortune to work with often, and they are so skilled and gracious and kind. It is a total delight to see them at work. Tara knows how to take a couple’s vision for their wedding day and bring it completely to life. Crocus’s floral designs are out of this world. Classical Tents has everything you could possibly need to make your wedding day beautiful and stress-free. And Julie gives each wedding such incredible light and energy. Being a part of the luxury wedding community in the Berkshires is a joy.
I loved all the seasonal touches that the bride and groom included in their celebration. The glow of small candles made every room festive and the soft gray and white palette of flowers was stunning. The antique silver clocks hinted at the countdown that awaited later that evening.
However it was how sweetly Lauren and Brian looked at each other that the real beauty of their wedding came through. Small stolen moments, like how Lauren would squeeze Brian's hand tight and then he couldn't resist giving her a kiss. I could feel the love and happiness they were feeling as they shared this New Year's Evening with the people they loved so much.
Sam and I knew we wanted to get married near his family's cottage in Stockbridge. Sam's family has been going to the Berkshires over the summer for generations, and I grew up in Massachusetts, so it is a very special place for both our families.
Some of our favorite times together when we were dating were visiting his family in the Berkshires--hiking, eating and touring the old mansions in the area. As soon as we toured The Mount we knew it was the right spot for us--we loved the idea of hosting all our family and friends in such a beautiful, grand house that also felt intimate and cozy.
LeeAnn and Sohit were married in the Berkshires at the same church where LeeAnn’s parents were married – St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The church was gorgeous, with beautiful Tiffany stained glass. Before the ceremony, we had a really nice time making portraits at The Mount of LeeAnn & Sohit and their families. Everyone was so kind.
Emily and James were married at Gedney Farm. The weather was perfect, and we were able to make some great portraits outside while the sun was setting. Gedney Farm always does a fantastic job at making couples feel at home and have exactly what they want for their wedding. I will never get over how gorgeous it is at Gedney!
I think if Gabi and Seth could hear me putting together their blog post they would get a kick out of it. I was full of oohhs and aahhs and "these two!!!!". We absolutely loved their day and so many things stick out in my mind about it. We love shooting at The Mount and I have to pinch myself sometimes that I live 2 miles from a location as beautiful as this. This day provided a break in the summer heat we had been experiencing and it was a crisp, clear day in September.
When Jessica and Corey wrote to tell me about their wedding. Jess said, "we like to have FUN and LAUGH! We speak our own language of inside jokes. We want our wedding pictures to reflect our love for each other, our dog Rao (who we love more than anything), and our life that we have together." After hearing that I was HOOKED on these two.
Kate & Evan were married at the Red Clover Inn in Killington, Vermont. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding & so full of love from family and friends. The fall colors were beautiful and we took advantage of them while making portraits. We were able to make a photo from above of all the wedding guests, which is one of my favorite things to do – my wife and I really cherish the photo we have of all our family and friends together on our wedding day.
Chelsea and her best friend had been at a Halloween party a few weeks prior to that night, and after that party, they had not been able to stop talking about a guy who had come to the party dressed as a chicken and was the LIFE of the party. Then, one night, they were in a bar in Boston when her best friend nearly tackled her out of her excitement to announce, “The Chicken is here!!!”
What sweethearts!! We enjoyed being with Brenna and Joe so much on their wedding day. Every friend and every family member of theirs were a joy to be with. It was a beautiful summer day on August 27th. Although it felt hot to all of us local to Massachusetts, it wasn't at all to our bride and groom who currently live in Texas. It was perfect, just like they are for one another.
On Saturday, September 24, 2016, Molly and Garrett were married at the Egremont Village Inn in Egremont, MA. The ceremony, cocktail hour and reception were held on the grounds of the Inn. The evening's itinerary created a dynamic flow throughout the beautiful Inn and property. The evening concluded with an after-party in the Inn's newly renovated Barn. The theme was "rustic chic"- combining the elegance of a classic formal wedding with the casual ease and informality of a weekend away at a country inn.
Mary & Todd were married at Gedney Farm. It rained, so the ceremony was inside, but a Gedney Farm wedding is beautiful rain or shine! They didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony, so we snuck a few portraits in between cocktails and dinner. The rain had stopped, and we were able to do them outside.
Oh this day!! This was the kind of day that makes you inhale deep and feel so grateful! On September 3rd, the day that Lauren and Jon were married, there wasn't a cloud in the sky and at Cranwell Resort & Spa all you could see was blue sky and mountains for miles and miles.
How I love shooting at Gedney Farm! It's the perfect balance of New England charm and elegance. Plus no matter the weather, the options allow guests to enjoy the rustic barn or the beauty of the property nestled here in the Berkshire Mountains.
Charlotte & Scott’s Seranak wedding at Tanglewood in the Berkshires was absolutely gorgeous with a magnificent view. They had their ceremony outside during a stunning sunset, so we were able to photograph them with an incredible backdrop.
Writing about Sarah and Dan feels like writing about two friends. I've had the wonderful opportunity to get to know both of them over the last 3 years. They have both been part of the bridal party of other weddings, guests of a wedding, Sarah has taken my fitness class and I've even done a family photo shoot for Sarah's family. Dan and I have bonded over our loyalty and affection for our alum, Siena College (FREE NARDO!!).
Elana & Ben were married at The Mount in the Berkshires. My heart is still overflowing with gratitude and joy. I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have been a part of Elana & Ben’s wedding and to have had the chance to get to know them as a couple. In spite of a heavy rain that presented some challenges that were unexpected, the unstoppable forces of love, kindness, family and teamwork made the wedding sweet and beautiful. The quote of the day was “Man makes plans and God laughs.” Everyone just smiled and rolled with it. Plus, they say that rain on your wedding day is good luck. =)
We chose the Berkshires because we first met as freshmen at Williams College. We were both heartbroken to leave when we graduated, and we’ve been back to the area every year since. We loved the idea of having an outdoor wedding in an area that is so naturally beautiful and that means so much to us. We loved the barn at Stonover, the fact that our families could stay on the property, the beautiful pond and the willow trees – it was just a fantastic setting. We quickly snatched up their last available date of the year!
It's pretty incredible when two people grow up together, fall in love and decide that they can't imagine life without the other. Chad & Brittany became engaged on their 10 year dating anniversary, and then became husband and wife last month on July 9th.
When I met Roxanne and William together at their engagement session I could see these two were a perfect match. They have so much passion for one another and there is such a kindness and vitality to their partnership. We had so much fun together.
Sarah and Greg were married on June 18th, with a ceremony and reception at Wheatleigh in Lenox, MA. They love each other so obviously, and it was so beautiful for me as a photographer to watch.
This wedding was out of this world amazing!! And the impending rain storm that threatened to open up at any minute only made it that much more special and exciting. The day was perfect. The energy was brimming with heartfelt emotion from every single corner that just swept us away. My cup is full. Cheers to E&B and their incredible future together.
Kathleen and Jim were married on June 4th, a gorgeous day with blue skies as far as you could see. The entire celebration was held at Cranwell Resort & Spa in Lenox, MA. Lisa, my second shooter and I split up to take pictures of Kathleen and Jim getting ready. Both Lisa and I agreed that the couple were beaming with anticipation separately, they COULD NOT wait to see each other for the first time when Kathleen would walk down the staircase of the Cranwell terrace towards Jim.
A word from the photographer: When I first met Tricia + Ariel last year I felt as though I had known them my whole life and on their wedding day, I could not have felt more at ease around the two of them. They are just so genuine, honest, funny and warm that you instantly feel a gravitational pull towards them. Their Fall wedding at Stonover Farm in the Berkshires of Massachusetts was radiant and beautiful just like the two of them and every moment and detail was photographing paradise. I especially loved the bride's ridiculously elegant gown, the seamless dual-faith ceremony and just how effortless every handmade detail was -- it was just perfection and I am so excited to share a little selection from it!
Gabrielle and Dana were married on May 14th, with a ceremony and reception at Santarella, also known as the Tyringham Gingerbread House, this place is amazing in so many ways. It was a gorgeous outdoor ceremony at this fun and whimsical venue. The forecast had called for rain, but instead, the sun broke through the clouds to light up the ceremony by the pond. It did end up raining once, but guests were safely in the tent enjoying dinner at the time.
A word from Tara: Weddings at Stonover Farm never disappoint. With it's expansive lawn and magnificent barn, it combines generosity of space with a feeling of intimacy. And you can't beat the colorful chickens wandering around the lush landscape!
Katie Ann & Christopher made me feel like I was capturing royality! I am not aware that Katie Ann nor Chris have any direct lineage to queens or kings but their wedding had such an elegance and was so rich in tradition that I felt as though I was with an Irish Princess and Prince among the backdrop of their castle.
A word from Tara: Stonover Farm is truly a magical wedding setting. Situated on 10 beautiful acres with a duck pond, Stephanie and Jake were able to take advantage of the field, surrounding woodland and the magnificent haybarn for some truly stunning pictures captured by Boston based photographer, Ben Schaefer. The wedding party was able to utilize the luxury suites on the property for all their pre-ceremony activities which allowed for a relaxed day filled with family fun.
Jenn & Brian were so fun. They didn’t want to see each other until the ceremony, but then made plenty of time to make portraits during the cocktail hour. It worked out better for them and for the pictures, because the light after the ceremony was so much prettier, softer and dramatic. Pre-ceremony portraits that day would have been tougher to make in the direct overhead sunlight.
Erin married her longtime love Tim on a frigid February day in Lenox. Despite the sub-zero temperature, the couple was beaming all day and never once complained about being cold! All three venues- Hotel on North, Church on the Hill, and the Lenox Library provided a timeless, vintage feel to the event. The icing on the cake? when Erin came down the aisle wearing her grandmother's wedding dress. Simply stunning! It was such a joy to capture the day for this lovely couple in the Berkshires!