All crazy beautiful photos courtesy of Erik Maziarz and Katie Slater for Carla Ten Eyck.
Sigh, I know. I got a massive lump in my throat too the first time I saw this incredibly touching shot of clients Lisa and Al as they sat for a quiet moment together and reflected on their wedding in the Berkshires. To me this photo communicates so much about Lisa and Al as a couple and about the wedding we planned words cannot describe. . .a genuine sweetness, true love, and an absolute splash of fun as noted in Al’s mischievous grin.
When we first met with Lisa and Al in the spring of 2009, they were in the process of selecting their exquisite venue, The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts, former private estate and gardens to author Edith Wharton. With a venue such as this, the literary themed wedding seemed to unfold right before our eyes - a bright and fun color palette perfect for late spring accented by eclectic and lighthearted bookish details. Beauty and buttoned up humor came together like ying and yang.
Saturday, May 29, 2010 started as an overcast day, but nothing could damper the spirits of Lisa and her maids as they had their hair and make-up done at Puffers Day Spa and Salon, owned by Lisa's maid of honor's family. Lisa was a vision in her Jim Hjelm lace gown and her girls were equally beautiful in their simple with a slight touch of vamp black cocktail dresses from White House Black Market. Marcy and Thom Green of Dragonfly Event provided all of the incredible flowers and did an extraordinary effort in bringing our cheeky vision to life in all facets. Lisa’s calla bouquet was accented by her wedding date with typewriter keys and the #1 key graced Albert’s calla bout.
The poignant ceremony took place at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Westfield. The pews were adorned by fun wreaths and we provided all the stationery.
It was raining when everyone left the church in anticipation of the grand celebration to follow, but by the time the guests arrived the skies had cleared and the most perfect evening remained. The Marketplace Catering greeted guests with many delicious bites, including lobster mac and cheese croquettes and definitely upped the party ante with salt rimmed margaritas!
The Mount, with its jaw dropping beautiful architecture and meticulous English gardens, evokes an incredible sense of history. Just walking within the spaces conjures up images of “The Age of Innocence.” The ballroom tables were dressed with a stunning champagne damask linen, gold rimmed china, rose napkins and tiny gold boxes filled with amazing truffles. They were further accented by old books, ink wells and other creative touches we all found on various antique shop treasure hunts. My favorite detail was the table numbers in which we adorned vintage books with old style house address numbers. The wedding featured a variety of centerpieces, although the glistening crystal candelabras really stole the show. All rentals were provided by Classical Tents and Party Goods.
We also incorporated vintage milk glass from both the bride the groom’s families in many nooks and crannies of the venue. The escort cards were in fact bookmarks with a typewriter font, placed around, none other than an antique typewriter and the sweetheart table was complimented with a vintage comptometer. And while I subsequently learned that our grand author famously wrote longhand and “let the pages gently drift to the floor” so that her secretary could pick them up and type them for her. . .I think she would have approved.
Following dinner, the couple and their guests danced the night away under a twinkle light lined awning. Our favorite DJ Rob Waldon of Standing Ovations provided the music and while the guest list was only 75, the party was huge success.
Lisa and Al, we enjoyed every minute of our collaboration together. The two of you are an inspiration to us all to stay young and in love forever. We wish you the best of luck in your new life here in Connecticut.
P.S. If you haven't already, check out this wedding as featured on Style Me Pretty!