Today I want to share with you a gorgeous wedding that took place on a sunny day this past July. Joe and Darius were so much fun to work with. Being locals, regular visitors to The Mount, and fans of Edith Wharton’s theories on home and garden design, they had a very clear vision in mind. The aesthetic of their celebration complimented Wharton’s architecture and landscape perfectly. The day was a celebration that hearkened back to the beauty of a gilded age garden party. A guest commented that their wedding was very “Great Gatsby.”
Even more important than the decorations and details was the fact that every moment of this wedding was a tribute to the love of a couple who are clearly adored by their friends and family. I mean just take in the happiness and emotion in these pictures shot by the wonderful Christopher Duggan and his team. And if you aren’t tearing up by that point then watch this trailer for their wedding video and just try not to bawl like a baby. I dare you.
From Joe and Darius:
“The elegance and beauty of The Mount made it the perfect place to celebrate the most important day of our lives. We have visited many of the Italian villas Edith Wharton described in her book, Italian Villas and Their Gardens, villas that inspired Wharton’s own garden design. While the design of the home is magnificent, it is the design of the gardens that really make Edith Wharton’s masterpiece such a special place. As frequent visitors to The Mount, we knew instantly that we wanted to celebrate our marriage in a place where architecture and nature exist harmoniously.”
“One of the most memorable moments of the wedding ceremony was the release of the monarch butterflies. Each family member released a butterfly to remember the loved ones not physically present on the day of our wedding but whose spirits live on as positive influences in our lives. The sight of the 36 monarch butterflies taking flight at the same time was magical. Of course the backdrop of the flower garden made it even more spectacular!”
“After our ceremony, we snuck away to spend a few minutes alone before the cocktail hour. As we relaxed in Wharton’s bedroom, we kept peeking through the windows to watch our family and friends stroll down the limestone walk toward the Italian walled garden for the cocktail hour. How glamorous each guest looked, dressed in tuxedos and gowns, walking along the path, stopping to look at our family photographs tucked into the niches along the way. Each step one takes at The Mount reveals the estate in a new way.”
“When we first began planning our wedding, one thing was for certain – we wanted our guests to experience the Berkshires. We often say that we work in New York and live in the Berkshires! And there was no better way to share that with our guests than to celebrate at The Mount.”
“Wharton said, ‘There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.’ How wonderful it was to ‘spread that light’ by creating memories with our family and friends that will last a lifetime! The Mount will forever hold a very special place in our hearts.”