As a mother living in a small town, I’ve had the really incredible opportunity to meet so many different families at local parks, parenting groups, music classes, performances, town celebrations etc. Just as it’s bittersweet to watch my own children grow, so it is to watch the children of my friends families grow. The dear family in the images below, I’ve known for many years, they talked about someday hiring me to capture their family portrait and when they did ask I was like, OH HECK YES!!! I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to photograph these sweet friends of mine, and thier gorgeous families connection. ❤️ Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I cannot get enough of looking at these photos of Arielle & David’s Fall Engagement Session at Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts! These two, are so sweet and adorable with one another, and it was so much fun to capture them in a place that is so special to them both. Arielle & David live close by to Tanglewood in Lexox Massachusetts, and spend a lot of time there in the summer. So, it was truly the perfect setting for their fall engagement session.
I had met Arielle a few weeks prior, and she expressed her deep wish to try and capture what was left of the fall before all the leaves had fallen from the trees on the grounds at Tanglewood. So, we quickly booked a date, and though many of the trees had let their leaves fall…there were still some willing to give to us their vibrant color schemes of yellow, orange and red. The afternoon of their engagement session was cool and crisp, and the light began to glow as it does this time of year…we strolled the grounds and found the locations that felt right, and then it became a little like a dance between the setting sun, Arielle and David. It really was quite beautiful.
In the end, we captured many sweet and tender moments and balanced them with the romance of the setting, and the sunset.
Thank you to Arielle and David, I had so much fun exploring the gorgeous grounds of Tanglewood with you, listening to you both laugh and giggle, and witnessing your gentle and loving embraces of one another. I’m SO excited for your summer wedding at Valley View Farm in Haydenville, Massachusetts!
This is a visual story of love. On a beautiful fall evening in early October, Jasmine & Tom and their pups Gunther & Lola lead me, their photographer, on a hike deep into a forest in Western Massachusetts. This forest, which I will call their forest, it is a special, sacred quietly blazed trail that Jasmine & Tom often hike with their dogs. They shared that they rarely see other people when they hike their trail, but that they do, at times encounter wild things. As we hiked deeper and deeper into the forest that evening, the sun did not slow its setting pace, which gave us the most gorgeous light for their engagement session. You will see this, the change in light, and tonality, as you move through the images, how the light changes…and grows more dramatic, until, at last you see the moon just over head as Jasmine & Tom’s engagement session comes to and end. We finished their engagement session just past twilight. Then there was the hike back to our cars. So through the darkness we walked, the air growing cooler as a gentle breeze whispered through the trees, and wild birds called their final calls, and then the only sounds, where that of our steps upon uneven ground, crunching over pebbles and dry earth. It was an inspiring and awakening walk through the darkness, the only light was the moon. Our time in the forest, for Jasmine & Tom’s engagement session had been one of the most unique engagement sessions I have had the pleasure of capturing. For me, during their session, I felt a constant driving feeling of being grounded and connected to the earth. An awareness of our wild nature, and of wild love. A wild love, that can be tamed if we listen, really listen and connect, if we turn to each other and really see one another then in that wild, we find a stillness that ripples love that we can hear and understand if we are ready. Jasmine & Tom’s love is that wild love, a love that is rooted in deep connection to each other and to the earth, they have found their love, because they were ready, because they were listening.
From every angle this wedding photographer’s eye was tickled with the creative photographic opportunities that abound in this one single location. This incredibly unique venue, a historic working farm, is perfect for the discerning wedding couple, for whom aesthetics are of big importance to their most special day. Tucked away in the Hidden Hills of Haydenville, Massachusetts, Valley View Farm is an all encompassing wedding venue. From it’s breathtaking views of the Valley, sprawling fields of sunflowers, and countless rustic features and details, Valley View Farm is by far the most beautiful and romantic setting for your Western Massachusetts wedding.
Valley View Farm is quickly becoming one of the most sought after wedding venue’s in Western Massachusetts that offers many custom options for your wedding ceremony and reception. There is no need to have your guests driving to different locations, and they even offer two properties right on the farm in which you can stay the night. The convenience of all the activities and lodging in one location is a definite plus! Owners David and Suzy Fortgang have taken what was once a fallow farm and created what is now by far one of the Pioneer Valley’s most magical wedding destinations. Valley View Farm is a working farm, with historic barns, original farmhouse, heritage maple and apple trees, and three centuries of farming tradition.
“The stunning 19th century post and beam Skinner Yellow Barn at Valley View Farm was meticulously restored in 2015. The Yellow Barn was rebuilt with Suzy and David’s 15th anniversary celebration in mind. It is a museum-quality example of historic agricultural architecture, yet is thoroughly modernized for hosting your perfect wedding. The space is designed to capture the essential elements of openness and comfort and to inspire you and your guests to live the magic of the moment. The windows let the natural light in; while the original exposed beams, and hand wrought chandeliers with alabaster candles transport you. Every piece of the old Skinner barn was used to create this rustic beauty—even the bathroom walls are from the antique red barn wood. It is a labor of love for a celebration of love. The Yellow Barn can at Valley View Farm can accommodate 200 of your favorite people. It features 4,000 square feet of indoor space with 33-foot cathedral ceilings, a rustic cowboy bar, a hayloft lounge, and a full catering kitchen. The barn is fully heated and air-conditioned. The 12-foot windowed barn doors open onto a sprawling slate patio with views of High Ridge. The hanging lights in the patio lead you to a second adjacent reclaimed barn, the Pavilion.”
Valley View Farm also offers a Barn Pavilion, The Hemenway Barn, which was transferred from down the road where it stood on the Hemenway Farm from before 1771 to the present. They moved it to their farm beam by beam. The Pavillion stands open on all four sides, and brings the outside in, taking advantage of the farms big sky view. The Pavilion stands as an outdoor roofed space. Letting nature in for your wedding ceremony. Dinner and dancing at Valley View Farm can be inside or outside, it is all about what your prefer, at Valley View Farm you will have plenty of entertaining options!
Also available at Valley View Farm, is The Stone Barn which welcomes your guests as they arrive. “With a 200 year old natural slate roof and locally sourced stone walls it is simply ART. Barns are not built like this anymore, each stone cut and placed with many hands. This building is built to last hundreds of years and is the only Sugar & Cider barn of its kind. It is designed to look like the original milking barn that sat in its place in 1848. The beams and stones are all local, most from our land. It serves as a reliable meeting post, an awesome hide out, and a goofy party spot that will not be forgotten.”
And finally, as we mentioned earlier, lodging is also available right there on the farm. Valley View Farm offers two properties at the farm, which are available for rent for yourself or out of town guests. These can be booked using Airbnb.
The rustic 1850’s Farmhouse is a perfect place for out of town guests. It sits where the original homestead was built in the early 1700’s by John Miller, age 23. The Farmhouse has seven upstairs bedrooms (2 King, 1 Queen, 2 full and 2 twin), one kitchen, two bathrooms downstairs (one indoor and one outdoor shower), many sitting rooms. Washed and pressed sheets and clean towels available. The Farmhouse sleeps fourteen (14), includes two (2) shared bathrooms, and a kitchen.
While The Apple House is just a stone’s throw away from the Farmhouse and Yellow Barn. It is a modern three bedroom house with a full kitchen and two bathrooms (one bath/shower). The Apple house sits in the middle of an heirloom apple orchard that once was called The Orchards. The fully-updated Apple House sleeps eight (3 bedrooms and a pull out queen) includes 1.5 shared bathrooms, and a kitchen.
Photography by: Erin Long Photography // NOW BOOKING 2018-2019 Weddings // CLICK HERE for more information.
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