Summer Wedding in the Berkshires
It was a beautiful Fourth of July day in the Berkshires; an already romantically significant date about to become even more special. Jacob and I met for the first time at a friend’s house on the Fourth of July. We began dating two years later after a week of ice fishing, snowmobiling and snowboarding in the Catskills. From then on, we celebrated every Fourth of July in the Berkshires watching the James Taylor concert at Tanglewood. So, it seemed like fate when Gedney Farm, our dream venue, offered us an opening on the Fourth of July for our wedding day.
Jacob’s family lives in Western Massachusetts, and I grew up about an hour away in a rural part of upstate New York. We wanted the wedding to elegantly represent both of our nature-loving personalities and rustic backgrounds. The barn at Gedney was the perfect place to set the scene. We even included my love for ducks in the decor; the favors (beautiful marble coasters, courtesy of Rebecca Schreiber at Paper Confections Design), table numbers, cake toppers, escort cards, and the guest tree.
The day started out overcast and cloudy, and sure enough, the rain began to fall around mid-morning. What was supposed to be an outdoor ceremony in the knoll behind the barn, became an intimate gathering in the barn’s loft. Everyone’s excitement and happiness was almost palpable, though, and even the rain couldn’t dampen our spirits. As it turned out, the skies cleared and the sun came out just before we were about to sign the Ketubah! It was one of those moments that make you believe everything happens for a reason. The loft was the perfect place for the ceremony; not only was it easier for our elderly guests, who watched from below, but being indoors made it easier for everyone to hear as we exchanged our vows. The chuppah we stood beneath was an incredibly meaningful gift built by my sister and brother-in-law out of birch trees given to us by family friends. It was decorated with the memorabilia of our deceased loved ones, who we wished could have been there to share in our special day. Throughout the ceremony, soft sunlight shone through the windows, adding to the ambiance of the room and creating a truly magical moment.
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the patio before moving into the barn for a delicious meal prepared by Gedney Farm from locally obtained meats and vegetables. Jacob’s best man (best friend from college) and my matron of honor (older sister) gave hilarious speeches, the latter even bringing in a projector to enlarge photos of Jacob and I that supported her story. Then, with the slide show of photos rolling in the background, the music picked up and the party really started. The DJ’s amazing playlist even encouraged Jacob’s 96 year old grandmother to bust a move out on the dance floor. Guests swarmed the candy bar and filled up thank you bags full of some of our favorite treats. Later in the night, my sister surprised us with battery powered, light-up sunglasses. The props made for some really great photos and were so much fun! As the DJ wrapped up the music, we all devoured a flat bread pizza that was served as a late night snack before winding down and heading for bed.
It was the most AMAZING day! Jacob and I can’t thank Eric enough for beautifully capturing so many special moments, allowing us to relive what was easily the best day of our lives.
Flowers – Melissa Popp http://www.hugsandkissesflowershop.com/
DJ – JTD Productions http://www.jtdproductions.com/
Strings Trio – Tomas Rodriguez http://www.tomasrodriguez.com/
Photography – Eric Limon http://www.maweddingphotographers.com/
Hair – Lari Manz http://www.larimanz.com/
Makeup – Maria Pizzuro Cleary http://studiodayspa.com/makeup/
Dress – Melissa Sweet http://www.davidsbridal.com/Browse_wedding-dresses-melissa-sweet
Venue and Catering – Gedney Farm http://gedneyfarm.com/
Please contact me to see if I am available for your Wedding in the Berkshires.
Gedney Farm provides innovative and tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites in a restored, Normandy-style barn. The perfect venue for you wedding in the Berkshires.