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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!


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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: Annie Lee, Daughter of Design | Florist: Ariella Chezar | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Gedney Farm | Band: Soulsystem | After Party DJ: DJ Teddy Brown | Groom's Tuxedo: Tom Ford | Invitations, menus, programs, placecards and signs: Julie Song Ink | Tent: Classical Tents & Party Goods | 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.


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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

Gedney Farms Berkshires Wedding from Shane Godfrey Photography

Ever since my sister’s engagement last May, I’ve been spending every last second of spare time helping to plan her rustic barn wedding.  A task that is made decidedly easier given that my “non-spare time” is spent perusing beautiful details and drop-dead gorgeous weddings.  And on days like today, when I get to bask in a pretty little Gedney Farm affair from Shane Godfrey Photography, I don’t have to do one ounce of planning… because it’s all sitting right here, perfectly executed, in the full gallery.

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From Shane GodfreyIn the winter of 2010 I shot a wedding out in the Berkshires at Gedney Farms. Ever since then, I had always wanted to go back during the warmer months to really see what this venue had to offer. Anne and Whitney found my work online and once we met up, we both instantly knew we would be a good fit for their wedding last May.

We started the day out at the Salon, followed by a beautiful ceremony, officiated by Scott and Louise Walker, up in the fields at the farm. We then walked around the grounds for a bit and took some amazing photographs in front of a few of the barns as well as in front of the on-site orange old school Chevy truck, which made for an amazing picture. Anne’s mother did all the flowers for the wedding (Orchids, Etc.) and Gedney Farms was the caterer for the event, it was a very DIY style wedding. During the reception there was a sing along with both of their families getting on the mic towards the end of the night, which was a lot of fun, followed by some crazy dancing! It’s been a little over a year now, but this wedding still sticks out in my memory as one of the most fun and beautiful weddings I have ever photographed.

From the Bride… Michael and I are an incredibly low key couple and wanted to keep our wedding as stress-free and intimate as possible. We thought Napa would be the perfect local for a destination wedding because it offers a little something for everyone – not to mention it’s a great place to travel back to for anniversaries!

Planning a Napa wedding from Texas can have its challenges, but Michael and I really shared in the entire process together from start to finish. We made one trip out to Napa to scout vineyards and immediately fell in love with the grounds at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena. With its lush stone courtyard and stunning barrel room, we knew that it would provide the ideal backdrop for our big day.

The actual weekend of our wedding was perfect – crisp November weather, gorgeous fall foliage, and all of our dearest friends and family. We hosted a welcome celebration at a private residence in St. Helena on the eve of our wedding. This was a great way to relax with all of our guests and kick-off the weekend festivities. The following evening was truly more amazing than we could have ever imagined. Michael and I had our “big reveal” before the wedding at the Old Rutherford Train Station, and then enjoyed a pre-wedding libation with our best friends and siblings. Our ceremony took place in a romantic candlelit courtyard as the sun began to set, with a reception that followed in the winery’s barrel room.

Megan and Michael Gratch live in Fort Worth, Texas. Megan works at an art museum and Michael is in healthcare.

Photographer: Shane Godfrey Photography | Caterer: Gedney Farm | Band: The Pulse of Boston | Wedding Venue: Gedney Farm

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