Today I have a radiant June wedding to share with you. This celebration of 200 really showcases how wonderful it is to have all your family and friends with you on your wedding day. Jess and Jake were amazing clients, so fun to work with every step of the way. Their love for each other, and their friends and family, really shines through in these photos by Tricia McCormack. Enjoy these gorgeous shots and some memories and advice from Jess and Jake.
“How did we choose The Mount?
With both of us having family connections to Stockbridge, Jake and I knew that we wanted to get married somewhere near there. We also knew we were looking for a venue that could accommodate a fairly large gathering so our choices were fairly limited. We visited The Mount to scope it out in August of 2014. Immediately, we were entranced. It was so breathtaking, elegant and also steeped in history. We ourselves actually connected over our shared love of a celebrated American author. No, it wasn’t Mrs. Wharton but as literature-lovers, we felt it was close enough! We wanted to get married at the Mount so much that we even decided to change our projected wedding to another month when The Mount had availability. We weren’t sorry!”
“Everything about this place was perfect. We can’t imagine having gotten married anywhere else. We were excited to offer our guests a bit of Berkshire history, an interesting museum-quality experience, and then just a breath-taking atmosphere and view. Everyone loved it!”
“Our favorite moment of the day was the ceremony. Jess was so overcome with emotion that she cried right through the whole thing. The depth of feeling and love was indescribable and we cherish those moments of being able to say our vows in front of people we love in an incredible setting.”
“The inspiration for our wedding was the location. We wanted The Mount to really shine as the magnificent place that it is. With a venue like that, you really don’t need to dress it up with tons of lights or fancy flowers. It just speaks for itself. Jess chose sage-green for the bridesmaid dresses and we wanted our flowers and decor to be very natural– green and white and lots of fresh herbs like lavender and rosemary. This was in keeping with the house (green and white) and just made everything feel natural and elegant. It came out exactly as we hoped. For the reception tables, we used a lot of birch and named each table after places in the Berkshires that were meaningful to us. Birch makes us both think of summers on the Stockbridge Bowl. We spent hours last spring driving around to take pictures of the signs of these places so that we could print them in sepia and use them as table signs. We wanted the wedding to feel like “us,” to reflect our love of the Berkshires, and to be intimate, even though it was quite large –somehow, we felt like that happened!”
“Advice for people planning a wedding now? That’s hard. People told me not to sweat the small stuff and that it would go by very quickly. Both those things are true. I would say most importantly though, surround yourself with vendors you can really trust, like the staff at The Mount. It was so important to us that I felt we had hired a stellar team of outstanding people who I really felt understood what we wanted and cared about us. It’s really helpful to know that you feel good about all of the people who are actually executing the wedding because at some point, it’s out of your control! The Berkshires is an amazing place to get married because there are a number of top-notch wedding vendors who you will want to keep seeing after your wedding (at least we do)!”