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!)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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”
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.
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?
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.
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.
A word from the photographer: Sarah & Josh were married at Chimney Corners, a YMCA camp nestled in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains. This was my first time shooting at Chimney Corners, and it was a lot of fun finding beautiful spaces on the grounds to make wedding portraits.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A word from the photographer: Miri & Dan were married at Gedney Farm, one of my favorite venues in the Berkshires. I’ve photographed many Gedney weddings over the past few years, and it always feels like home to me. The weather was sunny and warm, and the light made for the most gorgeous photographs.
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.
AnnMarie grew up in Western Massachusetts, and decided the Berkshires would be the perfect place to host their weekend-long event…close enough for family members who couldn’t travel far, yet vacation-worthy enough for their guests would could!
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.
When I met with Jen and Katie, the recurring "theme" of their "dream wedding" was that their guests felt welcome and taken care of throughout the entire weekend. They wanted to create an intimate setting where they could spend the most important day of their lives with the most special people in their lives. And despite the chilly temps and light drizzle of the late September day, the warmth of this group was what stood out the most.
I love when a camp wedding crosses my desk. Not because “camp” automatically fills my head with sweet childhood memories, but because it’s another opportunity to show people that camp weddings aren’t about obstacle courses, bunkhouses and mess halls! In the Berkshires, so many of our famed summer camps are located on grounds with breathtaking vistas and gorgeous large buildings…perfect for large crowds. And yes, the grounds do also have bunkhouses, cottages and cabins, but this is part of what makes a camp wedding a perfectly logical choice for a destination wedding!
In this day and age, it is so common to see weddings with guest counts of 250, 350 and more. It is so refreshing to see a smaller wedding that includes only their closest friends and family members. There might be power in numbers, but there’s truly warmth and love in intimate settings!
Nestled in the beauty of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, the Clark Art Institute is an incredible venue for weddings and other special events. The beauty of the Clark campus and its exceptional spaces create the ideal setting for a wedding you will always remember. STARR Catering Group, the Clark’s exclusive caterer, creates an experience personalizing every detail to provide an event that is truly unique. Innovative cuisine, inspired by the farm-to-table spirit of the Berkshires and the abundance of locally sourced ingredients, is crafted to delight guests with bold and unexpected details. An expert team of culinarians, mixologists, and service professionals ensure guests are served with sincere hospitality for an event beyond all expectation.
A word from the venue: Erin and Evan planned their wedding in a short 6 months, and planned it to perfection. Beautiful handmade signs took the center stage while simple florals were scattered throughout the space.
Savana and Justin found me through the Berkshire Wedding Collective. They put their wedding together in three months. They booked the space, they booked me, they booked everything in such a short time. They’ve been together for several years, but when they decided to get married they wanted to do it quickly. And they did it beautifully! They knew what they wanted, and I was impressed.
A word from Tara: When this real wedding submission crossed my desk, I was instantly smitten (I'm a sucker for tea length dresses and a vintage bicycle with a basket)! I loved the bright, vibrant colors and the intimacy of it all. There's just something to be said for a wedding that includes only your immediate family and closest friends. And between this creative bride and the Federal House Inn, the adorable details are to die for!
A word from Liz: I was pretty psyched about Ellen’s wedding because it was taking place at one of my favorite places in the Berkshires: Mass MoCA, where I have been many times (come to think of it, I should really reactivate my membership). Since Ellen was getting hitched surrounded by the bright geometric colors of the Sol LeWitt exhibition, we opted for a neutral eye with plenty of individual lash clusters, and a flush of berry on the lips. The perfect mix of classical beauty amidst contemporary art!