CAROLYN'S WINTER WEDDING AT MASS MOCA

A word from the Makeup Artist: I’ve always been fascinated by contemporary art – the weirder, the better. Although I certainly think of myself as artistic and creative, I’m also a fairly linear thinker, so I enjoy getting shaken out of my worldview a bit. When I have to ponder what an installation means (versus merely appreciating how it looks visually), it’s like seeing a brand-new color. I find it really inspiring.

So when I get the chance to do a museum wedding, I’m always extra excited. After Kristen and I finished Carolyn’s gorgeous wedding party at Porches Inn, we headed across the street to check out the exhibits for ourselves (and caught a sneak peek of the couple’s first look!)

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TARA AND AJ'S WEDDING AT THE MOUNT

A word from the photographer: I often think about what advice I’d give a bride or groom before their wedding day. When you experience weddings from start to finish each weekend like I do, I feel there should be one piece of exceptional of guidance that I could give. If pressed to share one thing I’d share, it would be that as a couple you will experience an incredible range of emotions on your special day – create a moment to take it all in.

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JACKIE AND HARRISON'S OUTDOOR WEDDING AT AUGUST MOON

A word from the photographer: There was no lack of love, happiness or smiles at Jackie and Harrison's wedding. The two have been together since high school, and have everything going for them. After dating for 9 years they decided to tie the knot with all of their friends and family there to celebrate with them. August Moon was the perfect venue for what they envision, a weekend of outdoor fun and hanging out. The house and adjacent garage allows friends and family to stay on site, and the beautiful forest and fields make for amazing photos.

Jackie got ready with her wonderful group of bridesmaids. She is so comfortable in her own skin and true to herself, it is something that I feel you don't see that often and it was a breath of fresh air. Her sister did a great job of keeping her laughing while she was getting her hair done, and her friends all looked beautiful in their two-piece bridesmaid gowns. I loved Jackie's details, right down to her converse after-party shoes.

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EMILY AND JASON'S WEDDING AT CAMP TACONIC

A word from the Makeup Artist: When June rolled around last year, I thought to myself, “why not head to summer camp?”

(OK, so I was only there to do wedding makeup, but talk about bringing back memories!)

Once I was all set up in a beautiful cabin in the woods, Emily and her family arrived for a touch of suitably summery, glowy glamour before setting off for one of the loveliest lakeside first looks I ever did see.

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BRENNE AND ELI'S MAY WEDDING AT CAMP LENOX

A word from the wedding planner: What can I say about Brenne and Eli??  From the moment I met them--eleven months before their wedding at Camp Lenox in Otis, MA--I fell in love with them and their family.  And with every meeting and phone call in between, I grew to love them even more!  I loved how involved their families were in the planning process (and that usually isn't the case when you have "too many cooks in the kitchen!"), and enjoyed seeing new documents pop up in our Google Drive, as I knew it was going to be some special writing for their benchers, ceremony programs or welcome packets!

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SARAH AND GEORGE'S BERKSHIRE WEDDDING

A word from the photographer: I wrote Sarah and George this,

” The Monday after your wedding, whenever someone asked me how it went, I just gushed over the two of you. You are completely sincere, generous, warm people. This goes for your family and friends too. I felt so happy after we met last fall for your engagement session that we were such a nice fit and after your wedding day, I felt just as strongly about the two of you. Thank you for the honor of being there to capture a day as special as this”

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CHRIS AND TAYLOR'S WEDDING AT THE LAKEHOUSE

A word from the photographer: Taylor and Chris married one another on the edge of Pontoosuc Lake. Friends, family and their little baby son watched on as the two vowed to be with one another for the rest of their lives. The Lake House is the venue they chose, and I can totally understand why. It is conveniently located, absolutely beautiful, and even has lodging for out of town guests.
Taylor opted out of having getting ready photos, so the day started with the wedding ceremony. She was escorted down the aisle by both of her parents. She looked radiant.

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SUZIE AND ROBERTS SUMMER WEDDING AT THE MOUNT

A word from the makeup artist: Susie came to me via a recommendation from my previous bride Katye, who also got married in the beautiful Berkshires (and with their similarly infectious smiles and easy laughter, I can definitely see why these two are friends!) And since Susie married on what turned out to be the most highly requested date in 2018 (June 23rd), I’m so glad that she contacted me a year in advance!

Susie’s goal for her wedding day look was classic, understated elegance: “I’m channeling Kate Middleton,” was how she put it at the trial. With that in mind, we kept her skin fresh and defined her features with delicate neutrals and soft flushes of pink. I think she knocked it out of the park, wouldn’t you agree?

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HOLLY AND BEN'S MASS MOCA WEDDING

Mass MoCA provided a safe haven on a stormy day for romance, love, and pie. Ben and Holly met while they were students at nearby Williams College. At one point during their early courtship, Ben baked Holly a pie, the first indicator that this might be more than just a college romance. Williams is only a short drive from Mass MoCA and the two would often wander around the epic space on dates, taking in the amazing art and falling even more in love with each other. Hearing these sweet little stories gave me insight into their wedding day.  Mass MoCA was a perfect venue. If you’ve never had the chance to explore it, you need to get yourself up to North Adams and take it all in. The space is alive with color, light, and energy.  Even with a noreaster raging outside we were able to create incredible images in the hallways and galleries of Mass MoCA. It was my first wedding here and I hope not the last.  Getting married in this space, that was so special to them in their early relationship lent a sweet nostalgia and easiness to the day. For dessert, pie made an appearance! Another nod to their dating. Everything about Ben and Holly’s wedding was perfection. The setting, her dress, the incredible food created by Mezze Catering, and most of all the love between them. Thank you, Ben and Holly, for letting me capture your beautiful day. Wishing you a lifetime of joy and love. 

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EMIL AND KORI'S BARN WEDDING IN THE BERKSHIRES

A word from the photographer: Emil and Kori held a charming wedding in a beautiful, rustic barn in the Berkshire area of Massachusetts. Emil has been a family friend of mine since I was little, and I have come to know the beautiful bride through him as well. It was so sweet to see the tender way that Emil cared for his wife on their wedding day. If they were near one another you could be sure that he was gently showing his love for her, by having his hand on the small of her back, by holding her hand, or giving her a big hug. It was very easy to see the love and joy between these two and their young son. 

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GRETCHEN AND COREY'S WINTER WEDDING IN THE BERKSHIRES

A word from the photographer: I don't know where to start. This wedding had all of the luscious details a photographer dreams about shooting. I was so excited as I saw the flowers, the dress, invitation suite...but then I met the couple and oh my goodness I cannot say enough how much I adored them.  It was a perfect way to end the incredible 2017 wedding season we had and a perfect first blog for 2018. 

They designed a day that was exquisite, from the details to their incredible first dance. They surprised and wowed their guest with a sultry tango they had been practicing for months. I know it will go down as one of the BEST first dances I've ever seen. I hope you enjoy catching a glimpse of their day here.

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JOANNA'S SPRING WEDDING IN THE BERKSHIRES

A word from Liz: This wedding makes me smile so hard – everyone is clearly having so much fun (especially on the dance floor!).

As a media professional, Joanna knows what looks good on camera (and as a comedian, she knows how to keep a potentially stressful event light and fun). I defined her eyes with sculpted earthtones and winged eyeliner, and kept the lips light and glossy – and definitely made sure not to conceal her beautiful freckles!

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CINDY AND JAMES' WEDDING AT GEDNEY FARM IN THE BERKSHIRES

A word from the photographer: I was so looking forward to seeing Cindy and James again. We had such a great time during their engagement session this winter. It was a frigid afternoon and Cindy and James were so "go with the flow" that I knew we'd have a lot of fun during their wedding day.  If you remember their story, this cute couple met in college at Hofstra University, where they were both chemistry majors.  They started dating after James convinced Cindy to spend more time with him under the disguise of a chemistry study group.

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JEN AND DARYL'S WEDDING AT TANGLEWOOD

One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to know the couples with whom I work while planning their dream weddings. I love to hear their back stories and thoroughly enjoy seeing their eyes light up (or hearing the joy in their voices on the phone) when they share how they first met, funny antics on first dates and when they first knew they were falling in love.

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EMMA AND LUKE'S WEDDING AT HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE

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A word from the photographer: The day started off in the Library room at Hotel on North in Pittsfield, where Emma & Luke got ready with their closest friends and family. We originally planned on a first look down in the lobby, but the Library room is so amazing that we decided to kick out the wedding party for a little bit of privacy as the couple saw each other for the first time since their welcome dinner the night before.

After a few photos we all traveled together on a sweet party bus to Olivia’s lookout in Lenox for some family photos. Luke grew up in Lenox and really loved the view of Stockbridge bowl that you get from Olivia’s lookout, and thankfully we had the whole spot to ourselves!

We all got back onto the party bus to Hancock Shaker Village where Emma & Luke and I took a walk around the property for some photos fo just the two of them. The ceremony was held under two beautiful old trees with the 1826 Round Stone Barn in the background. After a short and sweet ceremony, we all headed over to the old Brick Poultry Barn for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Emma’s father surprised the couple with a giant hand made picture frame, and a couple of Emma & Luke’s friends walked around with me to “frame” the guests. What a blast!

After a while, the entire wedding moved over to the 1910 Barn, a newly opened space available the Hancock Shaker Village has been using for their Shaker Barn Music Series. The day ended with a few super funny toasts and a whole lot of dancing.

Congratulations again Luke & Emma!

SAMANTHA AND PATRICK'S BACKYARD WEDDING IN THE BERKSHIRES

Samantha and Patrick wanted things to be laid back and easy. Their wedding day went so smoothly, and I don't think there was a single minute that went by without smiles on their faces. Samantha was so graceful and beautiful, you would have never thought she was carrying a child with her the entire day. Especially once the dancing started, she danced like no ones business, I was so impressed.

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KEREN AND JESSE'S WEDDING AT GEDNEY FARM

Their wedding exuded elegance in a country setting at Gedney Farm in New Marlborough Massachusetts. Gorgeous flowers decorated the barn and guests sat by candlelight, bistro lighting was strung to give the entire location a romantic feel. Everything felt timeless and cozy. I even loved how Keren had a dress change for cocktails and dancing but wore her wedding gown and cathedral length veil to walk down the aisle. 

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