9 Wedding Barns in the Berkshires

Whether we're in the Berkshires, Virginia, California or Texas, the barn wedding trend is one that's going to be here for awhile.  And personally, I think that's fantastic!  Because getting married at a barn venue doesn't necessarily mean mason jars and burlap (although sometimes those elements are perfect).  Some of the most elegant affairs I've ever seen have taken place in a barn.

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Our Top Ten Picks for a Charlottesville, Virginia Wedding

Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley, I often took for granted just how gorgeous my surroundings were...even with my weekly trips to Charlottesville over the beautiful Afton Mountain for orchestra rehearsal (thanks for all the rides, Dad!).  Fortunately, there were others who took notice and thought, "Hm, what a beautiful region this is for a wedding!"

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7 Unique Rehearsal Dinner Locations in the Berkshires

So for those of you looking for someplace "different," I've compiled a list of rehearsal dinner "venues" that are sure to please!  (Oh, and here's a little rehearsal dinner hint:  If you're looking to entertain all of your out-of-town guests with a welcome reception, but don't really feel like paying for essentially TWO weddings, host your intimate seated dinner first, then open the rest of the evening up as a cocktail/dessert reception for guests to come-and-go as they please.)

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6 Fresh New Wedding Venues in the Berkshires

Last year, I wrote a blog post titled the Top 10 Wedding Venues in the Berkshires.  The venues I highlighted--Wheatleigh, Stonover Farm, The Mount, etc.--are the ones that our region is best known for.  These are the traditional Gilded Age estates, the historic barn venues, the most-visited museums.  But over the last year or two, we have had new wedding venues popping up all over the county!

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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The Lazy Bride's Way to be a Gracious Host

I am over-the-moon excited to announce that Tara Consolati Events is now providing Guest Concierge Services!

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