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A Beautiful Winter Wedding at Tupper Manor

A Winter Wedding at Tupper Manor

Ryan and Erika had a beautiful, indoor wedding this past winter on a super cold February day. Tupper Manor at the Wylie Inn and Conference Center is located 20 miles north of Boston on the historic North Shore. The interior is so incredible, I can only imagine what the exterior must be like during the summer! We had planned on going outside for a bit to take some snowy photos, but it was just too cold. Enjoy!

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Erika with her sweet pup

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Details details details!

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The guys spent hours playing pool in the game room.

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Erika is so stunning

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First look in the huge entry way

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Erika got a little game in too!

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A very short and sweet ceremony

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Just HAVE to use that veil!

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We talked about sloping outside for a few snow photos… but unfortunately is was just WAY too cold

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The couple with their wedding party

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I love these two!

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I really love it when the guests surround the couple for their first dance

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Look at how gorgeous Erika is! And I love the matching blue shoes :)

I am available for your wedding throughout New England and destinations worldwide. Being based in the Western Massachusetts town of Great Barrington MA, I am centrally located between Boston, New York City, and Albany NY. I am close to Vermont and Connecticut and often photograph weddings in Newport RI. Please visit my other websites: www.maweddingphotographer.com - www.blacklightphoto.com - www.blacklightphotobooth.com - www.maweddingphotographers.com

Winter Wedding at Cranwell Resort in Lenox MA

A New Year’s Eve Winter Wedding at Cranwell

Kath and Joe threw an amazing party at Cranwell for New Years Eve. Oh yeah, they also got married!

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Kath and Joe had their rehearsal dinner at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge MA. They keep the galleries open late for the guests. It’s pretty freakin’ cool!

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Bride and Groom blinking cowboy hats? Um, yes please!

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Kath looking down into the lobby at her soon to be husband… This was an amazing first look!

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We slipped outside for a couple photos after the fist look. This is New year’s Eve… it’s COLD!

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They turned the dining room into the perfect spot for a ceremony.

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I love that they kept the Christmas decorations up. Look at the size of that tree!

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These two are so in love, I could feel it!

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Kath’s mom surprised the couple with a sparkler send off into a waiting horse and carriage. Although it was freezing, they jumped at the opportunity to take a quick trip around Cranwell

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Amazing horses.

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Cocktails in the lobby at Cranwell with a pianist playing softly. Perfect.

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The amazing staff at Cranwell managed to flip the ceremony room back into a dining room in an hour. Yes, that is a balloon drop!

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Their camp and school friends surprised the two of them with some seriously hilarious songs

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And they also had my Photo Booth!

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A balloon drop at midnight. Happy 2014!!!

I am available for your wedding throughout New England and destinations worldwide. Being based in the Western Massachusetts town of Great Barrington MA, I am centrally located between Boston, New York City, and Albany NY. I am close to Vermont and Connecticut and often photograph weddings in Newport RI. Please visit my other websites: www.maweddingphotographer.com - www.blacklightphoto.com - www.blacklightphotobooth.com - www.maweddingphotographers.com

Winter Wedding at Race Brook Lodge

Winter Wedding at Race Brook Lodge

From Ashley:

Winthrop and I really wanted something special and out of the ordinary for our wedding day. We are such individual people, yet we wanted our union to be the perfect marriage of our personalities. We thought that Halloween would be the perfect time, so we picked a vintage theme so that the 150 guests could really have fun and dress up, but still keep it formal. We wanted to keep it as green as we could, so we stuck with mostly local vendors. We chose one of our favorite lodges and rented the place for the weekend, so that us and our guests could have one place to just relax and have fun. Friday night, we had small eats and a pumpkin carving party, with pumpkins grown by our neighbors.

We couldn’t have planned a more perfect day to get married. Life is beautifully unpredictable, so we were blessed by getting married in Narnia. We got 2 feet of snow on our day, which provided the perfect backdrop for vows and photos.

For the party, we had a photo-booth downstairs set up by Eric, complete with props, which provided classic shots that we will look back on and laugh at forever. Upstairs, everyone danced their butts off to the sounds of classic and new by our favorite dj. My husband is an Arborist and I, an avid gardener, so our guest book was a hand drawn tree where people could “leaf” their fingerprints. We now have a personalized piece of art on our wall to remind us of our supportive and loving friends and family. Dinner was an amazing display of local, in season vegetables and beef roasted on an open fire. There were boxes and vases of antique colored flowers everywhere and trees hanging from the poles. Guests sipped on locally made alcohol while watching the talented caterers serve food from their steaming cauldrons. Dinner and toasts finished around a bubbling chocolate fountain while sampling miniature cupcakes.

We really had an all-star cast to make this night happen. Everyone was amazing and so professional. We really couldn’t have asked for a better night. All the elements that we chose really painted the perfect wedding for us. We feel truly blessed to be able to have shared this night with everyone.

Throughout the storm, the electricity stayed on, as if on queue, until the last song finished. We finished the night speak-easy style by candle light with a friend playing quietly on the piano.

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The snow started to fall as soon as I arrived

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Ashley realizing how awesome the snow is!

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A pink wedding dress!

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Fall themed wedding, with custom made train ticket invites.

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The bride was NOT going to let the snow get in the way of an epic wedding.

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This is where the ceremony WAS supposed to happen… just a little change of plans!

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The beautiful back yard at Race Brook Lodge, covered in what would become over two feet of snow

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They attached a tent to the barn for dinner. What nobody was expecting was the heavy snow. All of us, the guests, the staff, the groom… we all had to help push snow off the tent because it was getting too heavy!

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Ashley ROCKED the birdcage veil!

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The snow got so deep, they had to put the bride on the back of this tractor to get her from her room to the barn!

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The barn was a little crowded for the ceremony, but it really made it that much more intimate!

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I had to literally chase Ashley & Winthrop outside. They RAN! I couldn’t believe it, and the photos are epic!

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Her friends are CRAZY! They al wanted to get a photo in the snow. Look, BARE FEET!!!

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Winthrop owns a tree removal company. They had this amazing “guest book” hand drawn tree where their guests could “leaf” their fingerprints.

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Open fire cooking under a tent in the snow? OK!

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And a photo studio set up downstairs by me. And then the power went out because of the snow! What an amazing day.

Vendors:

Venue: Race Brook Lodge – http://www.rblodge.com/

Hair: Holly Broga - http://michelessalon.com/

Dress: Vera Wang - http://www.davidsbridal.com/Browse_White-by-Vera-Wang

Suit: Hugo Boss - http://www.hugoboss.com/

Make-up: Ren Marasco - http://renewskinwellness.com/Home.html

Rings: McTeigue and McClelland - http://www.mc2jewels.com/

Design and Flowers: Gillooly Design - http://www.gilloolydesign.com/

Catering: http: Jeremy Stanton – www.themeatmarketgb.com/

Chocolate Fountain: Chocolate Springs - http://www.chocolatesprings.com/

Cupcakes: Barrington Bites - http://barringtonbites.com/

Photography: Eric Limon - http://www.maweddingphotographers.com/

Invitations and Programs: Laura Nehls - http://www.etsy.com/shop/LetterBoxInk

Guest Tree: http://www.etsy.com/shop/bleudetoi

Dj: DJ GIO - https://www.facebook.com/MOVEMENTwithDJGIO

Alcohol: http://domaneys.com/http://berkshiremountaindistillers.com/home/

Wedding favors: “wedding tea” - http://www.harney.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=wedding+tea

pumpkins: http://www.howdenfarm.com/

Guest Favor Bags: berkshire bark - http://www.berkshirebark.com/

I am available for your wedding throughout New England and destinations worldwide. Being based in the Western Massachusetts town of Great Barrington MA, I am centrally located between Boston, New York City, and Albany NY. I am close to Vermont and Connecticut and often photograph weddings in Newport RI. Please visit my other websites: www.maweddingphotographer.com - www.blacklightphoto.com - www.blacklightphotobooth.com - www.maweddingphotographers.com

 

A Berkshire Wedding at Gedney Farm

A Berkshire Wedding at Gedney Farm

Kristen & Ron had an amazing wedding weekend here in the Berkshires a few weeks ago at Gedney Farm in New Marlborough MA. Gedney Farm is an ideal destination for a Berkshire wedding weekend. Located in the “Old Berkshire” village of New Marlborough, Gedney Farm is a complex of spectacular period architecture with gambrel slate and cedar roofs, and beautifully detailed dormers and cupolas. The property is comprised of two Normandy-style barns and  surrounded by 37 acres of pastures and high open meadows.

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I arrived at Gedney Farm on Friday night to cover their rehearsal dinner. It was a blast! I spent a couple of hours spent meeting Ron & Kristen’s wedding party and family, and it really makes a huge difference when everyone becomes comfortable around the camera. gedney_farm_004

 

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Kristen and her bridesmaids with their super cute matching robes

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The boys goofing off!

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Kristen and Ron decided to have a first look on the lawn behind the barn. I love this!

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We shot all of the family photos before their guests arrived by bus.

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They obviously spent a lot of time on these details!

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Guests start to arrive in the courtyard

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Inside Gedney Farm is AMAZING!

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The walk to the Knoll, one of the most beautiful ceremony sites in the Berkshires

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Kristen and her dad

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Under the tree on the Knoll

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The super happy couple!!

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Cocktails on the lawn. Such a great space!

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I love the balcony at Gedney farm

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Their band totally rocked the house!

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And a sparkler send off. Congratulations again Kristen & Ron, you’re the best!!!

I am available for your wedding throughout New England and destinations worldwide. Being based in the Western Massachusetts town of Great Barrington MA, I am centrally located between Boston, New York City, and Albany NY. I am close to Vermont and Connecticut and often photograph weddings in Newport RI. Please visit my other websites: www.maweddingphotographer.com - www.blacklightphoto.com - www.blacklightphotobooth.com - www.maweddingphotographers.com

A Summer Wedding at The Mount – Edith Wharton’s Estate

This is a repost from The Age of Elegance: the Weddings at The Mount

Original post is by The Special Events Coordinator at The Mount, Grace Leathrum - gleathrum@edithwharton.org

The Mount – Edith Wharton’s Estate

The wedding I’m sharing with you today is one that has been in the making for years. Megan and Rob were high school sweethearts! How romantic is that? I’ll let Megan tell you how they went from neighbors to walking down the aisle at The Mount:

“Rob and I were both raised in Worcester, MA. Despite growing up down the street from one another we didn’t meet until we were 16 at a mutual friend’s basketball game! Rob moved out to LA after high school and is currently working as a producer. He has worked on the television shows Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men, and American Hoggers just to name a few.  I moved out here about 4 years ago to be closer to him and am currently working at the Los Angeles Film School.

We got engaged right before Christmas 2011. It was our first Christmas alone in LA (we couldn’t go back East because of work) and I was super depressed to be away from our families. When I got home from work Rob told me that he got a new ornament for our Christmas tree and asked if I could find it. I couldn’t…. So he came over to the tree and pulled a ring off one of the branches. I literally started laughing and said “Yah….OK!” I completely thought it was a joke. I only realized he was serious when his face dropped and he was like “no.. Meg..seriously…will you marry me?” I was so shocked! Obviously I said yes!”

Holiday proposals are so sweet! Keep scrolling to read more of Megan’s insights on the big day and take in some super glamorous shots from Eric Limon Photography.

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What made getting married at The Mount a special or unique experience?

“I always knew that I wanted to get married at a big, old estate. My Mother grew up in the Berkshires and I spent a lot of time there growing up. The Mount was one of the first places we went to and when we saw it we just knew it was the perfect place for us to have our wedding. The location was perfect, the house amazing and the history of it being Edith Wharton’s house just sealed the deal for us.

Although The Mount is a national historic landmark I never felt like my day was restricted – or that I wasn’t allowed to make my wedding day my own. Everyone at the Mount made us feel like the home was literally mine and Rob’s for that day. They were open to my ideas and willing to work with me to make my day special. I must say that getting dressed with my bridesmaids in Edith Wharton’s bedroom was a bit surreal!

I also felt so fortunate that we were able to take advantage of both indoor and outdoor settings. Being the indecisive bride that I was this was amazing for me! We had our ceremony in the flower garden and our cocktail hour in the Italian garden. Then we moved up to the terrace and half of our guests were seated outside while our families were in the main living room and dining room. The flow was perfect! To say all of my guests were blown away by the beauty of the property would be an understatement.”

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What was your favorite moment of the day?

“My favorite moment of the day was immediately following the ceremony when Rob and I were walking hand in hand down the rose petal covered path from the flower garden to the Italian garden. It just kind of sunk in that we had just gotten married(!), the stress of planning was over, and now we could enjoy ourselves and celebrate with the ones we love.”

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Did anything surprise you on your big day?

“The only thing that surprised me was how smooth everything ran! I was expecting to be stressed and a bit of a bridezilla but luckily our caterer; Marketplace, florist; Trilium and everyone at the Mount, especially Ross & Grace, helped us pull things off seamlessly!”

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Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding in the Berkshires?

“The best thing about having your wedding in the Berkshires is that you have so much at your disposal – so my only advice would be to just take advantage of that! The scenery is already perfect- historic and beautiful-so you don’t need to go overboard bringing in flowers, etc.”

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I loved the way Megan and Rob chose to compliment the natural beauty of The Mount’s gardens and the Berkshire foliage with simple and sweet details. The whole day radiated classic romance. Thanks for sharing it with us, Megan and Rob! For more info on getting married at The Mount contact me at gleathrum@edithwharton.org.

Cheers,

Grace

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