Kate’s from the Berkshires and Emir is from Turkey, which is why the Country Club of Pittsfield was the perfect spot. This couple’s story is one of pure love and joy! Everything at this wedding from the venue down to the smallest of details has a reason and a personal story. Since Emir is from Turkey and his entire family flew over to witness this event, a few turkish elements were included. One of those elements was a beautiful dressing robe which was given to the bride by Emir’s mother. Another element were small gold ring holders, gifts to all the bridesmaids.
Before the ceremony started we headed over to the beautiful estate, The Mount. Here we took all of our photos using the architecture of the building and it’s extraordinary gardens. This is one of my favorite spaces to photograph in the Berkshires! After we were through with photos we headed back to the Country Club to get ready for the ceremony.
The ceremony was especially touching as this was the first time both families met! It was a very personal and intimate ceremony including some turkish blessings, a sand ceremony and personal vows said in both English and Turkish. Once the ceremony concluded it was time for the real fun to begin. The rest of the night was filled with two cultures and two families combining into one. The evening ended with a sparkler send off and some amazing fireworks!
Check out the highlight reel from our friends, Summer Wind Wedding Films
Ilda & Mike’s fall Berkshire wedding at Cranwell Resort was just stunning. The couple chose the Berkshires because of the beautiful mountain views, the fall colors and the grandeur of the historic estate.
Ilda and her family are from Albania, a country which is rich with tradition. Ilda’s grandparents made the journey from Albania and were a very important part of the wedding. Not only did Ilda’s grandparents raise their own children but also raised Ilda, her brother and her cousins. She has a very strong sense of family and a close bond with them all which was very apparent throughout the day. Ilda’s cousins were her flower girls and they wore the most beautiful Albanian costumes. I loved the red accented with gold as it added a richness to the ceremony. Ilda had a family member officiate the wedding which included some beautiful Albanian poems and a beautiful song played by close friends. The reception also included a beautiful speech given by Mike’s parents, a slideshow presentation from the couple to their guests and the most hilarious slideshow given by Ilda’s parents to the couple.
Mike and Ilda are both very much into physical activities; rock climbing, running and most of all crossfit. They also both enjoy chocolate! Each of the tables were named after chocolate truffles such as dark chocolate, milk chocolate and peanut butter. Each of the place settings also had a Lindt truffle so perfectly placed across the napkin. One of the couple’s favorite part of the day was when they got to eat their Banana chocolate-chip cake!
The evening continued with excellent food, lots of laughs and a ton of dancing! Mike and Ilda we had a blast at your wedding!
Venue: Cranwell | Florist: Queen Anne’s Lace – Carolyn Valenti | Band: Black Tie Band | Officiant: Family Member | Cake: Andrea of AW Confections | Hair/Makeup: The Spa at Cranwell | Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero | Wedding Planner: Megan Hajduk of Cranwell
Jamie and Kurt chose Zukas Hilltop Barn as their wedding location because they had visions of a “rustic fall New England wedding”. They got that and more! It was the perfect time in October; the sky was blue with big puffy clouds, the mountains were speckled with orange and red and the forest was filled with yellow leaves doused with warm golden light.
The ladies were dressed in a beautiful burgundy which complimented the fall colors of the background and the boys were dressed in navy. Jamie’s wedding gown was stunning, lots of fluffy layers toped with the most beautiful beaded bodice. The bride chose to wear gorgeous blue shoes as her “something blue”. We got creative and used the crystals of the shoes to showcase the rings.
One of my favorite parts of the day was frolicking through the woods. The couple, especially Jamie, were troopers. They trusted us 100%, and it was worth the “hike” in heels and a dress. After we spent sometime in the peaceful woods we headed out the the field where the light was just incredible. The ceremony was a heartfelt one for both the couple and the audience and once cocktail hour was over it was time to party! That party included light up wands and the family’s famous mullet wig, it was so much fun.
Venue & Caterer: Zukas Hilltop Barn | Florist: Judy’s Village Flowers | Officiant: Art Tatro | DJ & Lighting: Greg Bedard | Hair & Makeup: Kirsten Hickman of Zuka’s Day Spa | Transportation: Le Limo (trolley) | Bridal Dress & Veil: Watters | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew
Being in the mountains of the Berkshires in the fall is the best! I photographed this fabulous equestrian-inspired styled shoot on the grounds of the beautiful Inn at Richmond. Tara Consolati had a Ralph Lauren inspired vision of long farm tables, herringbone and leather, warm wool throws, whimsical vintage china with gold flatware and the beautiful fall color pallet of deep plums, creams, golds with a punch of tangerine.
All who participated are proud members of the Berkshire Wedding Collective!
Venue: The Inn at Richmond/Berkshire Equestrian Center | Photographer: Jaclyn L Photography & Sara Bawtinheimer | Dress: “Magdalene” by The Cotton Bride | Jewelry: Laurie Donovan Design | Makeup: Ciao Bella | Flowers: Queen Anne’s Lace/Carolyn Valenti Flowers | Tables, chairs, place settings: Classical Tents & Party Goods | Table “Linens”, Blankets and wraps: MacKimmie Co. | Stationery: Allure Invitations | Calligraphy: Megan Chapin Calligraphy | Cinematography: Summer Wind Productions | Live painting: Joanie Ciolfi | Producer and Art Director: Tara Consolati
Rebecca and Carlton’s fall Berkshire wedding at the Country Club of Pittsfield was filled with lots of love and emotion. Rebecca and Carlton are both fabulous musicians and met 11 years ago while working on a college musical production. It wasn’t until years later they found true love. The two of them are “old souls rekindled by each other’s passion for life, love, laughter and music.”
The inspiration for Rebecca & Carlton’s wedding was old Hollywood glamour of the 1920’s. Their wedding had touches of vintage lace, elegant pearls and sparkly rhinestones. Rebecca kept the color palette soft and romantic; black and whites, crèmes, blush, and touches of pink. Rebecca and her mother worked hard on all the fine details of the wedding including a beautiful Chupah created by her mother and friends. Rebecca’s hydrangea bouquet was filled with beautiful vintage brooches and from the stems hung a locket which held photos of each of her grandparents.
This was a wedding full of surprises. Not only for the guest but, for the bride and groom as well! The first surprise came right after the best man gave his speech. He invited everyone up on the to the dance floor to get the party started! The next surprise came to both the guests and to the groom! Rebecca sang the most amazing rendition of Etta James’ “At Last” I have ever heard! Before she could finish the entire room was giving her a standing ovation. The most emotional surprise of the evening was when Carlton’s brother and sister-in-law sang Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love”. It was a very sentimental moment and the couple couldn’t have been more surprised.
Congratulations Rebecca & Carlton!