Lenox Design Competition

Back in November I was invited by Lisa Light of Destination Bride to attend a wedding planner tour in the town of Lenox, Massachusetts. Honestly, I had never been to Lenox or never really ever heard of it, before I was invited. When I think about destination weddings, I don’t think Massachusetts (no offense to the people that live in Mass.). So I accepted and headed on my merry way. It took just under three hours to arrive there from NJ and BOY was I surprised! Lenox or what’s it’s more popularly known as, The Berkshires, is such a quaint town, with so much history and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, with such amazing venues, inns and B & B’s. During the tour we visited many of the those great Inns and B & B’s and also some of the more luxury properties (more on all the venues in another post). I was chosen to stay at The Gateway’s Inn, a charming inn, smack dab in the center of town. The innkeepers Fabrizio & Rosemary were like my parents during my stay. They were so cute and would be down in the lobby every night, and as I was leaving to attend all the dinners prepared for us, they would say “have fun” and “be careful”. They were actually awake & waiting when I returned every night as well – just like parents!

During our stay we were also required to take part in a tabletop competition. The challenge was to choose an invitation suite from Crane’s invitation line, and design a table around it. I chose Crane’s Plum Blossom letterpress invitation. We were also allowed to choose flowers, linens, china and glassware, graciously provided to us by Classical Tent & Party Rentals and Seagroatt Riccardi. Then, we had to choose a location at our Inn to design the table. In researching my Inn, I found that the owners were from Italy, and the Inn had a very warm Italian feel to it. This was perfect to create a very vineyard like setting. I chose simple linens and orchids, along with a farm top table to make my idea come to life. I was lucky to have the very talented Tricia McCormack shoot my table design, she did such an amazing job capturing all the little details. Check out some images from the shoot. You’ll see the invitation I chose on the table and me in action. Also, below all of those pictures, you’ll see my friend Rudy Grant of Experience and Creative Design. Rudy also stayed at the Gateways Inn and he went with a beach theme for his design. After we poured all that wine in our wine glasses for the shoot, we realized that we had to drink.. I know what you’re thinking, poor girl….

PS- This shoot was also featured on Berkshire Wedding Style. Thanks Jessica! xo