An Intimate Lakeside Wedding in the Berkshires

 

I often say how much I loved working this couple or that couple. Truth be told, I love working with all of them (well, most…lol) for different reasons.

As I’ve thought back on 2018, I’ve realized just how lucky I am to do what I do. Each event was spectacular in its own way. But I’d like to share with you why Becky and Marcus…and their super-intimate wedding with only a tenth of the guests I’m used to…were my ideal clients…

When Becky called me to ask about my availability, we chatted for a bit and I knew instantly that I wanted to work with her. She and Marcus wanted a small wedding at a beautiful, 16-room inn on Laurel Lake in the Berkshires. They wanted their entire guest count to fit in that building and they wanted their entire weekend to be in that space. Her favorite color was blue. She is a schoolteacher and he is an environmentalist. Annnddd GO!

She wasn’t telling me which flowers to use, or what style of chair they preferred. She wasn’t insisting on a certain brand of wine or filling out a spreadsheet with playlists and photography punch lists. She just said, “I know you’re good at what you do, so just do what you think is best. We trust you.” Wait, WHAT?!

Well, of course, I wanted to get a little more information, but didn’t want them to feel like I was asking a million questions. Instead of having Becky and Marcus put together any Pinterest boards, I asked them to take some pics around their apartment. Becky said this turned out to be a fun homework assignment, and I enjoyed getting photos of favorite artists and decor, the handcrafted bed they had commissioned, the book titles on their shelves, her unique taste in jewelry. Using the images they sent me and learning about them as people (not just clients) helped me put together a weekend that was relaxing and perfectly-suited to their tastes.

On the morning of their wedding, Becky and Marcus were seriously the most relaxed couple I’ve ever worked with. Becky and some girlfriends went thrift and bookstore shopping., and Marcus hung out with his buddies and played games in the inn’s dining room. When I asked each of them if they’d like to peek outside to see how the tent was shaping up, they separately replied, “Nah, I’ll just see it later.” And though the morning and midday rain meant that our alfresco lakeside dining wasn’t completely open-air (unfortunately, a “partial” Plan B went into effect), the drizzle subsided just before game-time and we were able to do the ceremony and photographs overlooking the lake.

With a guest count of only 25, their closest friends and family stood around them with drink-in-hand and bore witness to Becky and Marcus becoming husband and wife.

The decor was simple…wild, foraged greenery punctuated by lush white florals, wooden farm tables, simple coupe china and some vintage etched glassware that I had collected for the occasion. Our cocktail signs were printed and painted on vintage dictionary pages (page number 623 to signify their anniversary date!) and also on an image of a vintage library card…which is what Becky always used when she would write me a note. And of course, some sweet blue velvet ribbon to tie our vintage, mismatched silverware.

Thank you, Becky and Marcus, for putting your total faith in me on your most-important day! And please enjoy the images below, so perfectly captured by Allison Hopkins! (full vendor list below)

 

Wedding Planning and Design: Tara Consolati Events

Photography: Allison Hopkins Photography

Florals: Carolyn Valenti Flowers

Venue: The Lake House Inn in Lee, MA

Lighting and Sound: Rob Alberti Event Services

Hair: Donna Martin

Makeup: Melissa Bye

Music: Friends of the couple

Catering: The Swell Party

Rentals: Classical Tents and Party Goods

Friday Night Catering/Pizza Truck: SoMa Catering