Valley View Farm | Haydenville, MA | European meets Country Styled Shoot | November 9, 2016
Really excited to finally share this creatively talented collaboration Styled Shoot at Valley View Farm in Haydenville, MA. I came across this venue in early fall because I live literally 2 minutes from here and I have visited the farm stand and its gorgeous area for a while. The barn itself has so much history and I loved hearing Sue's story of how it went from a Horse Barn in Hadley to a beautifully orchestrated event space in Haydenville, Massachusetts. When I met with Sue Fortang, one of the owners, I was given a tour of her beautiful venue and knew right away that I needed to get my sweet friend and amazing event coordinator Jackie Martucci of Events by Jackie M up there to see the newly designed wedding venue. When Jackie and I visited - I could literally see the wheels spinning in her head....and then this styled shoot was born!
I cannot begin to say thank you to the talented creatives who helped bring this vision together. BUT first - A Very Big Thank you to Sue and her husband Dave for graciously allowing us to showcase their incredible venue - Valley View Farm. Brooke of Brooke Ellen Photography who assisted and contributed her rock solid detail shots (seen in some of this blog-so good at those details girl), Stacey of The Tangled Grapevine, assisted by her sister Marcey took her floral design to a whole new level, Kelly Hart and Amber Weinberg of That Girl who worked their magic with beautifying our model Julia Lavigne with hair and makeup, Michaela of Jackson and Connor completed our male model's look to absolute perfection, Michael's Party Rentals provided yet again a fabulous choice of tablescapes, dinner and flat ware, Bridal Heirlooms brought the look all together, as always, Julia and Dale for your awesome modeling skills and LAST and not LEAST - Jackie of Events by Jackie M absolutely brought her "A" Game and styled, coordinated and perfected every aspect of this shoot!
I will end with sharing Jackie's write up on not only her inspiration for the styling but her ability to incorporate the venue's vibe and historic charm. Check it out:
"The inspiration for our European in the Country styled shoot was initially sparked when the photographer, Tiffany Chapman, and I (Jackie Martucci of Events by Jackie M) took a tour of the newest venue in the Pioneer Valley- Valley View Farm.Owner Susan Fortgang has created quite the gem for New England couples seeking the perfect venue. A meticulously restored barn- originally built by local Silk Mill Baron William Skinner as a gift to his daughter- serves as the main reception space. Gorgeous cathedral ceiings and corrugated metal accents complement the post and beam structure,along with a myriad of other thoughtful touches. In planning for this shoot, we wanted to consider the rustic charm of this space, but we also wanted to elevate our idea of rustic by carefully choosing sophisticated and timeless elements. It was important to showcase the wonderful elements that make Valley View such a unique space to tie the knot! So, how did we do it?We created an indoor ceremony space along with 2 unique tablescape concepts and added in some other fun accents! For tablescape number one, Stacey from the Tangled Grapevine drew from inspiration presented by Jackie. We were in love with some hanging floral bouquet s at a recent wedding event held in Italy, and we wanted to bring some of that love here to New England! Hanging bouquets wrapped in paper would serve as a show stopping centerpiece. Hanging florals would allow guests to mingle with each other easily across the stunning handcrafted wooden tables at Valley View. A shimmer white runner adorned the center of the table, dotted with carafes full of fresh flowers, strewn greenery, and golden votives.Gold chargers served as the base for vintage antique china, rimmed in an iridescent blue. Slate blue shimmering napkins hung just over the table edge, flanked by gold flatware. Handmade Italian stemware in varying shades of blue, green, and gold was filled with champagne. Rosemary rings marked each place card. Guests would sit comfortably in wooden crossback chairs, another amazing feature provided by the venue!For tablescape number two, we were feeling a little more “Farmhouse Chic”. Images of dining in a European vineyard setting inspired a stunning three tiered floral stunner of greens and deep reds. Our centerpiece sat atop a runner of floral fabric squares. Mismatched vintage china worked in concert with clean white china. Coupe champagne glasses gave a nod to the modern vintage vibe, along with some simple grey placecards, menus, and sprigs of Thyme. Vintage blue napkins flanked each place setting. To elevate the look, we added silver chiavari chairs. For our indoor ceremony space, Stacey created sensational rings of greens to hang from the beams. Just beyond this space, barn doors open to an endless view of the Pioneer Valley and open sky. Simply stunning! Susan has great accents around the property, including a farmhouse buffet table. We used for a dessert & handkerchief display. Guest handkerchiefs were showcased on a birdcage, sitting atop a wooden crate. Handkerchiefs in varying floral patterns evoked feelings of the French Countryside.Rather than have a traditional wedding cake, we decided to embrace the allure of Farm in the Valley by offering a Cider & Old Fashioned Donut tiered offering. We accented this showcase with famed Italian Ferraro Rocher chocolates.Our bridal model, Julia, donned a Grecian Maggie Sottero stunner. An incredible floral crown, dotted in rich jewel tones, highlighted the perfectly intricate up-do created by Kelly Hart of That Girl… Stylist. Kelly and Amber created a wonderful balance with makeup- giving Julia a perfectly bridal smokey eye, along with a bold berry lip.Our groom model, Dale, worked magic in a fantastically pieced mix of separates from Jackson & Connor. Pants by Michael Kors were paired with a cotton twill shirt from Enzo. The sportcoat- a very special piece- is from a family owned Canadian Company, Jack Victor. Tie was a Jackson & Connor classic and the pocket square came from Edward Armagh.Shoes were by Lloyd. Of course, none of this magic would have been possible without the contributions of our endlessly talented professionals?"