After taking a few weeks to enjoy some engagement bliss, I started to get serious about wedding planning. The first decision I felt was necessary to make was about the venue. It’s always been my dream to get married in or around my hometown, and Mr Trail Mix has known this for some time. So luckily, choosing the area was easy.
At first, I started looking at some beautiful Bed and Breakfasts in the Berkshires, MA (I grew up about 20 minutes away in a teeny little town on the New York side). One of the first places we looked at was The Seven Hills Inn located in Lenox, MA.
I also liked this one…
Or the Apple Tree Inn, also in Lenox?
All were gorgeous, located in the Berkshires, but alas, all out of our price range. Le boo. Then two separate friends from high school recommended a place right in my hometown, and after looking at pictures of my friend’s sister’s wedding there, I made a decision immediately. It’s called Tannery Pond and it’s a part of the Darrow School. I quickly got in touch with the school’s events coordinator, asked for available dates in June, and she gave me the choice of 2. We picked the date, put down the deposit and voila—venue done!
Mr Trail Mix and I visited in June to check out the spot, but sadly, my camera died and I couldn’t take any pictures. However, I do have a couple from my friend’s sister’s wedding last August:
How gorgeous is this picture?
I’m hoping for the ceremony to be outside by the pond but if it rains, there’s a beautiful old Shaker building for us to use:
The reception will be in a tent in the field next to the Tannery and will look like this:
(All photos courtesy of Maura Mattoon)
Now do you see why I’m obsessed with our venue?
This venue does have some drawbacks, namely the fact that we have to rent every single fork, knife, cup, plate, table, chair, etc. etc. etc. But it is my dream wedding venue and we’re going to somehow, someway, make it work.
Anyone else crazy enough to have a tented wedding? What are some of the pros and cons of hosting a tented wedding?