One of the Berkshires' qualities that I enjoy the most is that we can't be defined by just one style of event. Sometimes, we host grand, elaborate weddings at historic castle-like estates. Sometimes we witness nuptials that take place overlooking a gorgeous mountain or lake vista from within a hillside garden. Still other times we'll have couples wishing to tie the knot inside a museum, surrounded by abstract paintings or other pieces of art meant to invoke deep thought.
And sometimes, we get a call from a groom who wants to have a simple, low-key, family-centered wedding on his brand new property. In his barn, which for the other 364 days of the year acts as a garage for his tractor, lawn mower and vintage car.
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!
Their barn, though mostly used as a storage area, was definitely party-ready, as the previous owners threw many a good party and had structured the space with a fun loft area, separate room for a bar and even a make-shift catering kitchen! I couldn't wait to transform this space into a Pinterest-worthy affair!
Fast-forward to their wedding weekend, the beginning of October. In the Berkshires, October can either provide us with amazing Indian-summer weather or something quite the opposite. And even after we've now survived our "non-winter," I still think they may have had the coldest, rainiest day of the season! But even frigid temperatures and a soggy yard couldn't dampen the spirits of Nick, Sarah and those closest to them. Possibly one of my favorite weddings yet...filled with family music, a children's choir and couple who simply adores each other... Enjoy these images, so perfectly captured by photographer Danielle MacInnes!
Venue: Couple's home in the Berkshires
Photographer: Danielle MacInnes Photography
Floral Design: Leah of the Valley
Lighting: Rob Alberti Event Services
Rentals: Classical Tents and Party Goods
Catering: Soma Catering
Ceremony Music: Berkshire Children's Chorus
Special Music: Nick's Niece
Band: Ben Demerath Trio