Located about two and a half hours from both Boston and New York City, the Berkshires are a uniquely quaint, outdoor adventure, luxurious, artistic escape for the city goers. For the adventurer, there’s everything from kayaking to skiing depending on the time of year. For the artist at heart, there’s everything from Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s summer home, to the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The Berkshires provides a unique setting for a weekend wedding event. Here are two of our favorite luxury wedding venues located in the Berkshires, enjoy!
Wheatleigh – Lenox
Wheatleigh was built in 1893 by Henry H. Cook as a wedding gift to his daughter, Georgie, who married Carlos de Heredia, a Spanish Count. The Count and Countess spent six weeks a year at their “summer cottage” enjoying the beautifully peaceful Berkshire countryside. The home was designed by Peabody and Stearns and was inspired by a 16th century Florentine palazzo. Many of the materials and artisans involved in the creation of Wheatleigh were brought over from Italy and Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who designed Central Park, designed the gardens surrounding the palazzo. Wheatleigh is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, has been awarded AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star, as well as winning the Five-Stars in Forbes Travel Guide, truly a place to behold!
A luxurious 22 private acres for you and your guests with terraced lawns and guest accommodations, Wheatleigh provides a unique, high-end experience for all. European trained staff will look after every fine detail, a personalized menu for you and your spouse-to-be, and a venue that takes your breath away will be forever be embedded in your heart.
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The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home – Lenox
Photo: Calvin Elizabeth Photography
Built in 1902 by Edith and Teddy Wharton, The Mount was inspired by French, Italian and English architecture, but embraced the landscape of their 113 acres. Believing that interior decor belonged as a part of the architecture, Edith, and her designers created the movement for new American aesthetics in the late 19th century. Home to much of Edith Wharton’s original decor, books, and furniture thanks to the Edith Wharton Restoration, we now have a deeper understanding of the great American writer who broke through the restrictions society had placed on women.
If you’ve ever dreamed up a fairy tale wedding, The Mount is just the place for you. Imagine a ceremony in the colorful, award-winning formal gardens and reception on the Italian-inspired expansive terrace hugging the back of the beautiful main house. The estate is privately yours for your event, providing your guests with a beautiful opportunity to explore the home and gardens as if their own. The stunning white home becomes the backdrop for your special day, and whether it is an intimate 60 person wedding or a large 250 guests list, you will be the Belle of the Ball!
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Photo: Elario Photography Inc
Photo: The Mount
The Cape is a beautiful peninsula on the coast of Massachusetts and a popular location for summertime vacations, and weddings! It’s full of quaint villages, quiet beaches, lighthouses and fresh off the boat seafood. If a sunset beach wedding is something you’ve always dreamed about, but still want to invite all your friends and family, this may be the perfect location for you!
Ocean Edge Resort & Gold Club – Brewster
Photo: Ocean Edge Resort
The Ocean Edge Resort property dates back as far as 1890 as Fieldstone Hall, but sadly burnt down in 1906. The original owner was Samuel Mayo Nickerson, whose ancestors were Puritan settlers who landed on the Cape back in the 1600s. Then in 1912 construction on the new Mansion was completed and has been maintained since and purchased and turned into the Ocean Edge Resort in 1986. The beautiful waterfront property boasts a luxurious Victorian style and historic charm. Today it is a member of the Associated Luxury Hotels International and was named one of the Top Resorts in New England for Traveler 2016!
The perfect location for both large or intimate weddings, with both indoor and outdoor options, the Ocean Edge Resort is a very customizable venue for all your unique needs! Create a weekend getaway for you and your guests with access to the resort’s golf course, tennis courts, pools, beaches, and the nearby National Seashore and many overnight accommodations both at the resort and locally in Cape Cod!
Photo: Angela Greenlaw Photography
Photo: Ocean Edge Resort
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Photo: Mikhail Glabets Photography
Chatham Bars Inn – Chatham
Originally a semi-private hunting lodge boasting the highest end amenities in 1914, Chatham Bars Inn quickly became known as one of the most elegant, quality vacation destination in the Cape. Under the current owner, the property has undergone massive renovations and now the original Old-World charm is paired with updated modern convenience and beauty. The Chatham Bars Inn has since won the Forbes Four-Star award, is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and named one of the top resorts in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine and best hotel on Cape Cod by Boston Magazine.
The Inn provides a wonderful opportunity for both large and small weddings in a variety of venue options. With waterfront property and an on-site golf course, you and your guests are in for the ultimate luxury experience at this beautiful resort!