Golden Damask Wedding Inspiration at Blantyre in the Berkshires

Golden Damask Wedding Inspiration at Blantyre in the Berkshires

Working in the wedding industry, we are constantly surrounded by beautiful imagery.  On an hourly basis, our inboxes and social media feeds are bombarded with gorgeous photos of flowers, tablescapes, wedding gowns...  Now don't get me wrong.  This is a pretty spectacular position to be in!  But we tend to become jaded, and things that may have at one time blown our socks off now elicit a rather mundane reaction.  

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Bohemian Chic Camp Wedding in the Berkshires

Bohemian Chic Camp Wedding in the Berkshires

When Leah and Erik called me, it was pretty late in the game.  We were only about three months out from their wedding, and though Leah had done much of the planning herself, she felt like she needed my help pulling it all together, as well as some design guidance that would help her unify the MANY (like many, many, MANY) vintage pieces she had already sourced from flea markets, estate sales, etc., with the chairs, linens, china and other rental items she still had left to secure from the rental companies.

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A May Wedding at Camp Lenox in the Berkshires

A May Wedding at Camp Lenox in the Berkshires

Many of the weddings that I do in the Berkshires are Jewish weddings; however, Brenne and Eli's wedding taught me more about a traditional Jewish wedding than I ever could have imagined (in fact, I even had "Jewish Wedding 101" classes with Eli's mom, Adina)!  It isn't only about having a Chuppah or a Ketubah signing (although those are certainly parts of it), but it's also about the amazing events leading up to the ceremony--the very special Tish and Bedeken.  It's about gathering your friends and family for Shabbat and Davening services, about the true meaning behind the Yichud (whoa!) and the boisterous Shomrim (wait, what?!), the breaking of the (Challah) bread and the ties that bind.  It's about family. And love.  And true commitment.

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Getting Married in the Berkshires

Getting Married in the Berkshires

In this post, we give you the answers to one of our most popular questions, "How do we get our marriage license in MA?"

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Event Chat--Wedding Industry Retreat

Event Chat--Wedding Industry Retreat

During this week of intensive group fireside chats (and super-loud nightly games of Heads-Up), we discussed not only our goals as small business owners, but we also got real about our fears and insecurities.  We gathered as a group to make breakfast in the kitchen, ate family style lunches and dinners, broke off into small groups, fell asleep on the couch, gained amazing insights into each others' businesses, stayed up way too late just hanging out and walked away from this stronger than ever before.  In every sense, we arrived as strangers and departed as family.

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Top 10 Wedding Venues in the Berkshires

Top 10 Wedding Venues in the Berkshires

Ah...the Berkshires.  A cultural retreat, nestled in beautiful rolling hills, beloved by young and old alike.  That is, if you've been here!  Those who visit our neck of the woods, tend to love it and want to come back often.  And those who have simply heard about us are usually the phone calls I get asking me to help them find a wedding venue in the Berkshires!  Now, I'm not sure if they think there are only two or three to choose from or what...but choosing the perfect wedding venue is something I take pretty seriously, so I begin by asking them a series of questions:

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A Fun-Filled Wedding at Tanglewood

A Fun-Filled Wedding at Tanglewood

When I was a little girl, before we moved to Virginia, my family and I were frequent visitors to the magnificent Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts.  With blankets and picnic baskets in hand, we spent countless evenings on the famed Lawn, listening to Seiji Ozawa, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, John Williams and many other world-renowned guests as they joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  I have such fond memories of the booming cannons (used for the 1812 Overture) and the starry night skies and always welcome the chance to step foot on those hallowed grounds.

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A Late Summer Wedding at The Mount

A Late Summer Wedding at The Mount

One of my favorite things about living in the Berkshires is the fact that we have a plethora of stunning wedding venues.  From elegant barns to revitalized mills, stately mansions to Boho chic properties, if you can't find what you're looking for in the Berkshires, you'll be hard-pressed to find it anywhere else.

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A Bohemian Chic Wedding Event in the Berkshires

A Bohemian Chic Wedding Event in the Berkshires

Have you ever noticed how so many of our literature and theatre greats highlight how opposites attract?  It's as though people--artists, especially--have historically been drawn to two things that just don't make sense together.  Beauty and the Beast.  The Prince and The Pauper.  War and Peace.  I'm not sure if it has anything to do with being a "creative" {or one who thinks outside the box}, but I, too, find myself fascinated with pairing two things that just don't quite add up.

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A Glamorous Wedding at Wheatleigh in the Berkshires

A Glamorous Wedding at Wheatleigh in the Berkshires

I am so excited to share Alexandra and Jeremy's Wheatleigh wedding with you guys today!  This wedding...so over-the-top gorgeous...was the perfect way to kick off my busy wedding season.  And in a way, I wish it could have been my last wedding of the season as well...I just hated saying goodbye to this newly-blended family!

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Ralph Lauren-Inspired Styled Wedding Shoot in the Berkshires

Ralph Lauren-Inspired Styled Wedding 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, showcases a stunning wedding venue in the Berkshires, and produces perfectly "pin-able" pictures!

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A Lenox Wedding at The Mount

A Lenox Wedding at The Mount

As a wedding planner in the Berkshires, I constantly count my lucky stars that I live in such a unique area, surrounded by natural beauty and filled with a rich cultural and historical presence.  And one of my favorite estates--even before I started planning weddings in Lenox--is Edith Wharton's stunning home, The Mount.  So when I received a call from Kathy (who grew up in the Berkshires but now lives in San Francisco) telling me she and Rusty wanted to host their wedding at this grand mansion, I was thrilled!

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A Venue Coordinator is NOT a Wedding Coordinator

A Venue Coordinator is NOT a Wedding Coordinator

A wedding planner will advocate for YOU at every step of the way, negotiating best rates with venues and vendors, making sure that YOUR needs are met as you get closer to ceremony time, and keeping your schedule on track. 

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A Fall Wedding at Jacob's Pillow

A Fall Wedding at Jacob's Pillow

I vividly remember the day that Emily reached out to me about planning her wedding.  My family was on a quickie summer vacation (since summers are our busy season, we can usually only get away for a couple of days at a time), and I was sitting by the pool when my phone rang.  (And now that I think about it, I shouldn't have even had my phone with me, so I guess it was fate!)  Emily explained that she had hired another wedding planner, had paid the deposit and never heard back from the planner again!  She explained that her wedding was only three months away, that nothing had really been done, and that she had seen some of my work in Well Wed Magazine.

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A Barn Wedding in the Berkshires

A Barn Wedding in the Berkshires

When I first met Nick and Sarah, I liked them instantly.  Both were new to the area, having just purchased a gorgeous farmhouse and barn in an idyllic setting, and both settling into their new jobs.  When I asked them what their priorities were in hosting this event, they talked about locally-sourced foods (including some veggies from Nick's gorgeous garden), great music and above all else...one that would include their closest family and friends, including quite a few children!

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A Wedding Weekend at Wheatleigh

A Wedding Weekend at Wheatleigh

The weekend began on Friday, with all of the NYC guests partying late into the evening, and then catching the private shuttle to the Berkshires as one big group!  By the time Saturday evening's welcome dinner and Kristin Chenoweth concert at Tanglewood ended, most of us would have called it a day.  But this group just kept ticking, like the famed Energizer Bunny!  Sunday morning, the day of the wedding, began with the beauty team coming in to pamper the bride, her sweet mom (seriously...I wanted to bring her home with me!) and sister, while the guys took off to Stockbridge to have a full-on basketball tournament (complete with custom jerseys and all)!

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