Chesterwood is a beautiful and memorable backdrop for a Berkshires wedding or other special event. Daniel Chester French masterfully combined the elegance of his formal Italianate gardens with the natural rural landscape, creating unique settings and locations for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and dinner parties from small, intimate gatherings to events with up to 500 guests. The panoramic views, historic terraces, hydrangea walk, perennial gardens, and sweeping lawns make gracious settings for your wedding and photographs. Chesterwood staff will work with you to plan a beautiful wedding.
Chesterwood was the summer estate and studio of American sculptor Daniel Chester French located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Most of French’s originally 150-acre (61 ha) estate is now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which operates the property as a museum and sculpture garden. The property was designated a National Historic Landmarkin 1965 in recognition of French’s importance in American sculpture.
The Chesterwood estate covers 129 acres of forest and field in the heart of the cultural region of the Berkshires. Most of the estate’s buildings are clustered on the north side of Williamsville Road, including the house, studio, a 19th century barn which has been adapted as a museum gallery and visitor center, and other small outbuildings. On the south side of the road are a c. 1860 farmhouse, adapted for use as a caretaker’s residence, and a smaller studio space built by French to escape the sometimes busy atmosphere in the main studio. A path meanders through the woods to the north, which was used by French, and which is now seasonally decorated with sculpture by currently-active artists.
Eric Limon is a Berkshire Wedding Photographer located just minutes from Chesterwood. My goal is to create wedding images that capture the feelings and emotions of your special day.