Melissa + Kim || Cranwell Resort || The Berkshires, Lenox, Massachusetts

Hello everyone!!!

I figure everyone is at home all snuggled in, so what could be a better day to post a beautiful winter Berkshires wedding?

I had such a good time chatting with Melissa and Kim when they came to visit me at my (now snowed-in) studio that I knew we would have a fabulous time, and I was right! Melissa had said that she had always envisioned a winter wedding, and was really hoping for some “snow globe snow” for the wedding day. You know – the snow that looks perfect, but isn’t going to prevent all of your guests from attending?

I showed her an album from Mark & Emily’s wedding that I had shot in Vermont and she was like – yes! perfect!!!

Well, after almost no snow leading up to the weeks before their wedding, exactly one half-hour before we were supposed to start shooting, the first tiny flakes began to fall!

I started with Melissa in the mansion, and Jamie was with Kim in one of the cottages. Melissa already had her ceremony dress on, but her party dress was hanging up ready to go!

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Cue the snow!!! I opened the door in Melissa’s room and the snow came wafting in – I couldn’t believe how perfect it was!!!

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We had lots of time for portraits before hand – didn’t even matter that we couldn’t go outside, there were so many cool little nooks and crannies in the mansion that it was so fun shooting inside.

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The ceremony was right in the resort, I’m pretty sure it was exactly what they imagined!

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Married!

How fun is this staircase?! I felt like I was shooting on location at Downton Abbey! (For the record, Kim is a fan, Melissa is not)

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We even managed to talk them into going outside for a few – how pretty!

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Don’t know if I’ve seen a happier entrance!

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They added my photo booth option and definitely made the most of it! You can see the whole gallery here, or watch a slideshow here!

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And I couldn’t resist making a gif out of this group!!! :)

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Congratulations Kim and Melissa! It was such a great day for you two, and I didn’t even mind having to stay overnight at a mansion because of the snow! I’ll bet you wish you were still in Hawaii today, but hopefully you have fun looking at all these photos!

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details, details, details….
make-up + hair – Cranwell Spa
cupcakes- PattiCakes and Pies
flowers – Blooms for Rooms
ceremony & reception – Cranwell Resort
officiant – Jim Sexton

happy new year!!!! (and a handy leftovers to appetizer recipe!)

hello everyone!

hope you have all been enjoying this busy holiday season! I was super busy right up until Christmas getting everyone their holiday prints, cards and frames and I love that! I have also really enjoyed being able to spend some quality time with the kids, and actually using our * almost * done new kitchen!

I have something non-photo related to share with you all. It’s so delicious and perfect for this time of year.

When you have people over, do you sometimes put out a few different kinds of cheese? Are you now stuck with 3 random nubs of cheese that you don’t know what to do with? Do you need to bring an appetizer to a New Year’s Eve party?

I have the perfect recipe for you! It’s called Fromage Fort and it’s courtesy of Culinary Underground in Southborough. They came to talk at the October Southborough Gardeners meeting. (Yes, I am the newest and possibly youngest member of the Southborough Gardeners and loving it! Not that I know what I am doing yet…)

I made it today, good thing it’s delicious because I almost burnt out the motor of Stephen’s Nutribullet.

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Fromage Fort

You’ll need:
1/2 pound assorted leftover cheeses, at room temperature
2 T white wine
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 T fresh herbs (optional)
1 clove garlic, mince
freshly ground black pepper

The Steps:
Remove the rind, hard spots, and any mold from the cheese. Cut the cheese into 1/2-inch cubes, and grate any hard cheeses. Place cheese in a food processor, and process 20 to 30 seconds or until slightly smooth. Add wine, butter, herbs, garlic, and black pepper. Blend until very smooth, creamy, and spreading consistency, approximately 3-5 minutes. Add additional wine if necessary.

Remove the mixture from processor and transfer it to a crock, ramekin, or bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Serve immediately or refrigerate for at least 1 hour if you would like a firmer consistency. Best served at room temperature. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.

Hope you all have a Happy New Year!! I will enjoy the next couple of days off before I get to shoot in the Bershires on Saturday!!!

Happy 2015 everyone!