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Gedney Farm Massachusetts Wedding

This sweet couple is living proof that every now and then a good, old fashioned blind date ends in the real deal. Fast forward a couple years and many dates later and you get this gem of a wedding planned by True Event. It’s a celebration of all things New England, with amazing East Coast vendors like Paper Moss and Gabriella New York Bridal Salon making every detail perfection. Leila Brewster snapped the photos, Elysium Productions filmed the day, and you can follow me to THE VAULT for even more.


From The Bride…Dan and I met on a blind date, set-up by a dear friend of mine from college. My friend, Sarah, worked with Dan and according to her, thought of me “immediately” when she met him. Incidentally, the timing wasn’t quite right for us to meet until about two years after Sarah had her initial gut feeling. When we finally did meet in November of 2013, it was only a few months into our relationship that we knew Sarah’s intuition was spot-on. Dan was certainly worth the wait! He proposed to me in September of the following year.

Living in Brooklyn, Dan and I are both “city people”, but spent many of our formative years in New England and knew we wanted to get married in a more rural, rustic setting. We also couldn’t quite get the idea of a barn out of our heads. Not knowing quite where to start, we enlisted the assistance of True Event who immediately helped us crystallize our very rough ideas and led us to the charming and exquisite Gedney Farm, in New Marlborough, MA. Gedney Farm embodied the “rustic elegance” we were craving and The Berkshires seemed like a centralized location, with most of our friends and family coming from either New York or Massachusetts.

Dan and I are both pretty “go with the flow” people, which we learned is both an advantage and disadvantage when planning a wedding. We wanted to hire a team of experienced and trusted vendors who would help us figure out exactly what we wanted without us being able to articulate much of a vision. With the wonderful people at both True Event and Gedney Farm now guiding us, we soon surrounded ourselves with a stellar team, making the planning process infinitely easier and more enjoyable.

For flowers and lighting, we used Maryanne Gillooly of Gillooly & Co. Design, who knew the space at Gedney incredibly well and completely encapsulated what we wanted in neutral and natural tones (ivory, pale pink, green) with splashes of jewel toned blue and purple. I love soft lighting and Maryanne illuminated the barn with numerous candles and strings of Edison bulbs, keeping the “rustic elegance” theme very much alive. She also created the most picturesque and enchanting spot for our ceremony on the knoll at Gedney Farm.

One of the highlights of planning was the tasting and with the incredible chef Rob Burnell in the kitchen at Gedney Farm, we had a difficult time narrowing down what we wanted, but were incredibly pleased with our choices. The cheese board in particular was a highlight and so exquisitely arranged! Numerous guests told us the food was some of the best they had ever tasted at a wedding.

As the wedding day approached, Sarah True of True Event was instrumental in making sure all the details came together. She also proved to be an extremely calming and nurturing presence in a very vulnerable time. The same should be said of Colleen Granahan, Michael Smith and James Love of Gedney Farm who were the perfect combination of kindness and professionalism. Leila Brewster and Elysium Productions were incredibly talented, creative and easy to work with and did a fantastic job of capturing the beauty of the day. And big kudos to both Emily Reale and Katie Bouchard who made me look more glamorous than I ever thought possible, while ensuring I still looked and felt like myself. Ceremony musician Steven Rutledge “nailed it” (as Dan so succinctly put it) and Unity (Wedding Band) was an energetic musical force able to get the most unlikely of guests on the dance floor.

Somewhat unexpectedly, the ceremony was the highlight of the day for me. Jim Sexton (a local interfaith reverend) officiated and was someone we had just met, but with whom we felt immediately at ease. The atmosphere gifted us the most glorious weather and with the sun shining down on us while we recited our own vows in front of all our favorite people, I knew it was a magical moment I would never forget.

THANK YOU to all those who helped make our day better than we could have ever imagined!

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Photography: Leila Brewster Photography | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Wedding Planning: TRUE Event | Wedding Dress: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Invitations: Paper Moss | Catering: Gedney Farm | Makeup: Dana Chasen Thomases, Owner Of Beauty Muse Bridal | Hair: Emily Reale | Band: Unity | Ceremony Music: Steven Rutledge | Transportation: Ormsbee Transportation | Venue: Gedney Farm | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Floral Design & Lighting: Maryanne Gillooly Design | Officant: James Sexton

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Elegant Berkshires Wedding at Gedney Farm

New Year’s Eve calls for a bit of elegance, no? Well, we think this stunning Gedney Farm soiree fits the bill and then some. It’s overflowing with moments that are sure to inspire your evening (even if it’s just pinning every pretty image in the gallery, bubbly in hand), and was all captured beautifully by Roey Yohai. Gorgeous gold-rimmed goblets, a jaw-dropping Monique Lhuillier gown and breathtaking stationery from Julie Song Ink – I’d say this wedding is one fine way to end a stunning year!


From the Bride…Jason and I got engaged in our NYC apartment in February of 2012, and then he whisked me off to Paris that afternoon, where we spent a weekend roaming the city and talking about our future together. Once we got back, the search for the perfect wedding location began, ultimately bringing us to the Berkshires, and specifically to Gedney Farm. We wanted to get married someplace we had visited together before, and we loved the idea of a full weekend wedding (we liked to call it a “mini” destination wedding since everyone had to travel, even if it was just a few hours drive). The Berkshires provided the perfect country setting and made for a gorgeous backdrop thanks to all the fall foliage.

Our custom-illustrated watercolor invitations (by the wonderful Julie Song) really set the tone for a chic barn wedding. They were inspired by antique mirrors and bohemian floral imagery and so different from a typical wedding invitation. Once the invites arrived I think a lot of our guests were intrigued and excited to see what we had planned. We carried a lot of Julie’s artwork over into the day of our wedding too — using her designs on our welcome bags, menus, programs and on our chuppah for the ceremony, which was a truly special touch.

We both love a good dance party, so fun was the most important factor for us while planning the wedding. We incorporated formal elements like a black tie dress code, gold-rimmed wine glasses and chandeliers, but it was also in a very laid-back, natural setting, and we put a lot of effort into things like food, comfortable seating areas and music to make sure our guests had an amazing time!

Many details went a long way to making our wedding really special (all of which were made possible by the brilliant Annie Lee and her team at Daughter of Design). I know a lot of grooms are not really into wedding planning, but Jason helped me with everything, and we had a ton of fun working together during our engagement. Two moments that really stand out are shopping for pashminas downtown (we didn’t want our guests to freeze during the ceremony!) and Macgyvering regular mirrors into vanity mirrors for our table numbers. We also wanted to bring the comfort of the indoors outside so we decided to set up a lounge area in the tent and added a faux fireplace for effect. When Jason and I walked into the tent for cocktail hour, all of our friends had gathered together in that space – like they were waiting for us in our own home! Both Jason and I feel that no party is complete without a good cheese plate, but instead of having a cheese station, we had cheese platters set up on all the tables, so people could eat what they wanted without having to get up from their seats. At the end of the night, we had cake and dessert bars plated to the table, but the majority of our desserts were passed straight to the dance floor, so everyone could enjoy them without having to sit down. Our guests seriously danced all night!

All of the fun moments with family and friends were the best, but I also loved the quiet moments too. Following our first look, Jason and I spent a few hours taking pictures at various spots in the Berkshires, and it was during that time that we were really able to be excited about the night ahead of us, together. The rest of the wedding weekend feels like a total whirlwind but that period of time is vivid in my mind and really stands out as the start of our lives as husband and wife.

Photographer: Roey Yohai Photography | Videographer: Moho Creative | Wedding Planner: Daughter of Design | Florist: Ariella Chezar Design | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Gedney Farm | Band: Soulsystem Orchestras | Tent: Classical Tents | After Party DJ: DJ Teddy Brown | Groom's Tuxedo: Tom Ford | Invitations, menus, programs, placecards and signs: Julie Song Ink | Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Gedney Farm

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Berkshires Gedney Farm Wedding by Christopher Duggan

I remember my very first trip to the Berkshires. That gorgeous countryside definitely took my breath away when I first laid eyes on it, and made me feel like I was worlds away from the city of Boston not a mere hour. Every corner you turn looks as though it came straight from a storybook, so whenever I see a wedding there, my heart leaps. And when that wedding is as pretty as this one from Christopher Duggan at the Gedney Farm, I can barely contain my excitement. See why here.

From Christopher DugganI’ve been dreaming of a Berkshires barn wedding for years.

I work as the Festival Photographer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires each summer and photograph weddings in New York City, the Berkshires and destinations worldwide throughout the year. My wife, daughter and I live in a cabin in the Berkshires woods near Jacob’s Pillow June through August, and I was dying to photograph more weddings in the Massachusetts countryside.

So you can imagine my excitement when I met Paige & Scott, and they told me their wedding was going to be at Gedney Farm in New Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Paige & Scott are great together and a lot of fun to photograph. They live in New York, and my studio is based in Manhattan during the non-summer months, so we were able to do a New York City engagement shoot. We had a great time making engagement pictures on The High Line.

Linda Baldwin did a beautiful job with floral arrangements and table decor. Paige designed all the wedding invitations and stationery herself! Everything was romantic and inviting. From the venue’s chandeliers to the signs pointing guests to the reception. It was a magical day, and I’m so glad I was able to share the experience with Paige and Scott. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to Gedney Farm.

Photography: Christopher Duggan | Flowers: Linda Baldwin Flowers | Band: Jon Bates Band | Ceremony & Reception: Gedney Farm | Video: Veracious Productions