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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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 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

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

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

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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Alison + Walter + Jonas: A Wedding Story

This past weekend, I had the honor of producing a wedding that was 16 years in the making.  A wedding that united two wonderful families.  A wedding whose guests traveled from all over the world to attend.  The setting would be a stunning modern venue, overlooking the East River, with all of its twinkling lights from the buildings beyond.  The tables would be illuminated by soft candlelight and the guests would be in their finest attire.

Sounds pretty perfect, right?

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Three Steps to New Year's Eve with Tweens

As a mother to two tween daughters and a wife to a man who doesn't like crowds, I often find myself searching for ways to satisfy my not-so-inner desires to throw a fabulous party that suits everyone's tastes--especially on New Year's Eve.  Luckily, we're fortunate enough to live on an awesome country road with neighbors we love, who all have children around the same ages as ours and just happen to be some of our best friends!

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