We are Hillside Organic Catering, a full-service catering company run by Craig White, co-founder of Hillside Organic Pizza of Deerfield, Hadley and Bernardston. We use only fresh, locally-sourced, organic ingredients, and have a broad menu of food selections ranging from casual fare to formal cuisine. We have catered events for up to 1,000 people and our corporate clients include Bement School, Deerfield Academy, Eaglebrook School, Hallmark School of Photography, Hauschka, Kringle Candle Company and OESCO. We enjoy being part of all your special occasions! Call Craig at 413.387.9343.
Seth Mias Catering has been serving the entire pioneer valley since 2003! All our menus can be found online at sethmias.com but keep in mind you may customize anything you see there to fit your budgets, tastes or needs. In addition to catering we include all setup, breakdown and clean up services for your event with a professional staff. We look forward to customizing a wedding menu just for you!
"My clients and friends often ask me why I opened a catering business, as opposed to starting my own restaurant. What I love about catering is the variety – in food, menus, clients, and special occasions. No two experiences are ever the same, and you have so much flexibility in creating a menu that is unique to the gathering. I like to create experiences where people feel comfortable – whether it’s a fancy sit-down meal, or a barbeque, it’s essential that the guests feel like they are in their element. If I can accomplish that, then I am doing my job."
The Blue Heron offers full service catering at the Montague Retreat Center. Our services include set up, event service and clean up as well as event planning assistance and on-site management. Our culinary team will work with you to design a custom menu that reflects your tastes and incorporates ingredients sourced ethically from our Valley and beyond. Visit www.blueherondining.com/catering for more information and to request a catering quote. Catering Manager: Kendra Nielson.
We cook with the seasons, sourcing all ingredients from local farms when they are at their peak deliciousness, and we make everything from scratch. Wheelhouse catering strives for delicious food and personable service, at an affordable price point. We will work with you to create a personalized, seasonal menu comprising the best of what Pioneer Valley farms have to offer. We offer multiple styles of service; food truck, family style, plated and buffet. Visit our website for more information and to submit a catering request.
At Smithsonian Caterers, we hope to have the opportunity to bring our culinary expertise to your special event. The food you chose to serve your guests is a reflection of who you are and is one of the things that will make your event truly memorable. Please feel free to call us anytime to discuss menu opitons and pricing. Or visit us at one of our Chowderhouse restaurants (1 West Street in Hatfield or 1 Roundhouse Plaza in Northampton).
At Elegant Affairs, we know how to create distinctive and memorable events. We are highly skilled in all aspects of our craft: design, brilliancy and flavor. Utilize our experience to manifest the occasion you’re searching for. Our staff will work with you on each and every step. We combine our abilities and your desires to create just the event you have envisioned.
Our reputation was built on wedding planning. We work hard to understand the expectations for your special day and your desires. Our knowledge of wedding planning, venues throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut, creative menus, wedding accessories – it’s all there for you. Whether it’s simple elegance, trendy elegance, or a unique wedding design, we will create the ambiance you desire. Please call we can discuss ideas and your thoughts for your wedding.
Chanterelle To Go is a complete farm-to-table catering service offering custom creative menus featuring only the best meats and produce from local Western Massachusetts farms. From cocktail hour to dessert, Chanterelle's dedication to using the highest quality seasonal ingredients and crafting each item from scratch ensures your menu will be just what you envision and more. (Plus, we have a food truck!)
As a child, Laurie Benton loved experimenting with her Easy Bake oven. However, long before that, her grandmother instilled into her a love for baking in her country kitchen in Gill, Massachussets.
From a small town in southern New Hampshire where Laurie was raised, to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, in the great city of Atlanta, Georgia, Laurie completed her professional baking and pastry education, graduating in 2011. She has interned under professional baking and pastry chefs with more than thirty years of experience, even including one chef who competed on the national television show, "Cupcake Wars."
Both her grandmother's love of baking and training from professional chefs throughout the country have inspired Laurie to use her baking skills and creativity to the fullest. She currently custom designs cakes in a small bakery setting. Such a passion for baking makes Laurie's work less of a job and more of a 'piece of cake'!
Events by Jackie M is a full service Wedding and Event Planning company based in Western Mass, serving all of New England. Jackie provides a uniquely personal planning experience. She spends time getting to know you, ensuring that your wedding day is special and reflective of you as a couple. Jackie has been noted for her professionalism, positive attitude, and incredible passion for making each and every event memorable and seamless. Her attention to detail and hard work ethic will leave you feeling calm and assured that your day will be better than you imagined!
Services include full or partial wedding planning, “day-of” coordination, and detail & design services.
We are Eutopia Events, a wedding planning company well-known for helping couples design and create unforgettable weddings. Our experience and attention to detail ensures you'll have peace-of-mind throughout the wedding planning process, We are passionate about what we do and want to help make your wedding stress-free and enjoyable for everyone involved. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Leave the details to us and enjoy!
Our services include full or partial wedding planning, day-of coordination and custom stationery design.
Ruthie McDonald, Wedding Consultant, P: 413.475.2282
Lauren Mace, Coordinator & Designer, P: 508.735.1701
Have peace of mind, knowing that every little detail is taken care of, so that everything will be magical for your wedding day – specifically tailored to you and your guests.
With an eye for detail and a passion for planning, Evelyn brings a magical touch to your wedding experience. Offering delicate relationship diplomacy, navigation through design decisions and tips and tricks to not break the bank. Boutique Wedding & Event Planning for Vermont, Western Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.
Now offering vintage Depression glassware rentals! Compliment your elegant theme with our palette of pastel-tinted dishes, cups and saucers.
Popular Parties by Pam is an event planning business specializing in weddings and special occasions. I am based in Massachusetts, coordinating fabulous events throughout the state. I adore all of my clients and love making their day as personal and stress free as possible. I approach all of my events with a fresh perspective. My affection for love stories, families, celebrations and details creatively inspire me and are the reason why I love what I do.
WHY HIRE AN EVENT COORDINATOR? This question has a simple answer: Individuals often find they lack the time or expertise to plan events themselves. Event Planners can step in and give your special event the attention it deserves. Planning a big event can be similar to planning a big show. You are the producer, the director, the stage hand, and star in the leading role. I am able to help you with the responsibilities of your production. I can handle all of the stages of planning your event from the selection of the vendors to being present on the big day, making sure everything runs smoothly. You can choose just how involved you want to be and enjoy your celebration!
Parsimony Vintage is a boutique event planning company that helps our clients create special events filled with the details that keep your guests talking about your event. We offer many services including event planning, vintage rentals, floral design, graphic design and so much more! We know that today’s couples simply don’t have the time but they still want a wedding that is full of special details, so Parsimony Vintage is here to serve as your creative liaison to make
sure everything comes together perfectly. We know that no two events are alike, so we pride ourselves on working with each client’s style, budget and vision. Our simple goal is to provide you with beauty and inspiration.
Based locally in western MA we specialize in outdoor weddings with lots of natural light! Our goal is to tell the true story of your wedding day using a candid and natural photography approach. In additional to making great photos of our couples, we also document happy photos of the wedding guests as well as the natural scenery of the area! Our work has been featured in various publications, including Boston Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Ruffled and the Huffington Post.
I'm a Wedding Photographer / Photojournalist located in Southern New England. I currently reside with my beautiful bride & 2 adorable children in Rhode Island. My travels carry me all over the entirety of the North East. I photograph weddings in Boston, Providence, Newport, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Bar Harbor Maine, New York City, Philadelphia and everywhere else in between. My approach is very laid back and very hands off. The process is romantic and naturally organic. I want to share my stories with you. I want to know what makes you tick. I want to know what makes you love.
As a fine art portrait and wedding photographer based in Amherst Massachusetts, I travel throughout New England preserving memories and capturing my clients' stories with thoughtfully crafted, luminous and romantic imagery. It was through my BFA in fine art photography from the Hartford Art School that I developed a timeless and light-filled vision for my work. With an approach that combines documentary and fine art sensibility, cherished and joyful moments are caught in all their beauty. My work has been published by Artfully Wed, The Black Tie Bride and Vermont Vows.
Ryan possesses a unique ability to find the diverse composition of his subjects and amplifies that creativity into a visual crescendo that leaves his clients feeling that they have truly been seen. Ryan has prioritized the quality of his work, honing in on a client-centered approach that is warm, welcoming, and enthusiastic. Sharing the experience of love is a deeply personal endeavor and Ryan handles the responsibility with depth and aplomb, seeing photography as the opportunity that it is. For every wedding I shoot, $100 is donated to Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.
Our style is best described as "photojournalism meets fine art." It starts with our approach, which focuses on candid moments. We have learned that by being relaxed and present (and encouraging you to do the same), we will catch those moments as they naturally unfold and capture images that are way more honest, emotional, and fun than anything we could have scripted.
Of course, at the same time, we are captivated by light and beauty. One of our favorite parts about shooting weddings is finding ourselves in unique places with incredible people, witnessing their love and connection and sharing some of the most intimate times of their wedding day. Our photos represent our reaction to this experience, and we do our best to let the natural elements of light, space, and expression shine through in the images we create.
I gravitate towards real, unscripted moments and am best at photographing you being you.
A consultation is included where I get to know you and your fiancee and we discuss your goals.
Packages are a flat rate (no additional sales tax or shipping fees) and you can view, share and download images fourteen days following your wedding.
Images are lightly retouched and delivered in three collections: true-to-life color, classic black and white, and a curated collection. The curated collection amplifies the emotion in each image with techniques I learned as a darkroom printer.
I look forward to learning more about you and documenting your most meaningful relationships.
Hello I’m JP Langlands, a Western Mass based wedding and portrait photographer. I photograph weddings from the Berkshires to Boston. My images are creative, fun, authentic and sometimes very sweet. My approach to documenting the day is quiet and unobtrusive. My style is natural and incorporates the environment that is unique to your location. I offer a mix of both storytelling and creative portrait which makes for a complete photographic story of your day. I’d love to be part of it!
Every photographer has a real strength – a superpower, if you will. Mine is making people look their best. Beautiful. Happy and natural and authentic. There is no formula for this. It's just a matter of how I see humans. Plus, I love weddings (as a lesbian, I have a soft spot for LGBTQ weddings of all stripes).
I like simple compositions, warm, natural light, and honest expressions of love and joy in my photos. I also like to sneak in a little grit sometimes – movement, grain, tears, and eye-squinting laughter.
Matthew Cavanaugh is a Western MA based wedding photographer and freelance photojournalist. Matthew excels at capturing real moments throughout the wedding day, working in a quiet and unobtrusive way, to tell your story with pictures. By keeping the posing to a minimum, Matthew provides his clients with a very different experience, one that isn't all about creating moments for the camera. It's about experiencing real moments and enjoying your day. "My clients get to really experience their wedding day and I love documenting the day for them."
Formerly based in Washington, DC, Matthew spent years covering the White House and documenting historic events. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and many other publications.
"Hi! We're Melanie and Brandon, a husband and wife, wedding photography duo, residing in Western Massachusett’s Pioneer Valley. We're fun-loving, easy going, young professionals who specialize in wedding, engagement, and couple's photography. We have photographed all over New England, from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, to Boston, to Maine, for the past five years. We are 2015 Wedding Wire Couple's Choice award winners, designating us in the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide, and have a stellar 4.9/5.0 rating from couples we have photographed!"
A good picture will transport you to a place; evoke an emotion, or a reminder of a certain time. Your wedding album should be a representation of this. I photograph the day as a storyteller, capturing the setting, laughter, funny looks, the food and events as they unfold. Couple photos should be natural so I encourage fondness and make suggestions on good lighting and where to “hang out”. Life is an adventure full of love and I would be very honored to capture yours.
Our goal is to provide elegant bridal and formal wear that will fit your budget for all your special occasions. We are just across the Deerfield River from Montague Retreat Center, nestled between two magnificant tourist spots, Yankee Candle and Historic Deerfield.
We take pride in being the One-Stop-Shop with our outstanding customer service and trained consultants. Our staff provides a friendly, outgoing, helpful and relaxing experience for every customer. We offer bridal, attendants, junior attendants, tuxes, prom, mothers, shoes, accessories and much more.
Faith Reipold, our Store Manager, has a vast knowledge of marketing, design, color, fabric and customer service. She is known as the 'go-to' person to all the brides, customers and employees. Add our outstanding bridal consultants Shelley & Danielle to the mix and you have quite an amazing team!
Stop by and share your celebrations with us! We can't wait to be part of your special day and memories!
'Elegant Formal Wear & Exceptional Service'
Your wedding day is special, and Sweet Briar Bridal & Tux provides the individual attention that every bride deserves. With our location in the quaint New England town of Greenfield, Massachusetts, brides turn to Sweet Briar Bridal & Tux throughout the New England area, including Western Massachusetts, Southern Vermont, New Hampshire and Western Connecticut.
Whether you are planning a large, formal affair or an informal, intimate gathering, Sweet Briar Bridal & Tux has the perfect attire to fit the occasion. Our bridal gowns, mother-of-the-bride and bridesmaid dresses, or tuxedos can fit any budget. We LOVE DRESSING DREAMS!
I am a flower farmer and designer in Florence, offering seasonal blooms by the bucket as well as full service design. I grow over 100 varieties of annual flowers, and my style is lush, colorful, and natural.
The Botaniste specializes in making flowers look fresh from the garden - at once orgainic and polished. We work hard to tailor our arrangements specially to each client's individual vision and aesthetic. Designed to be a uniquely beautiful reflection of the celebration, our flowers are often locally sourced, with a look that is lush with unique blends of texture and color. Having begun the business as a florist in New York and then London, and now with a shop in Easthampton, MA, our arrangements encompass a variety of styles. We have lots of props and botanical treasures to help personalize your event. The tasteful canvas of Montague Retreat Center will allow for whatever look you would like. Please visit thebotaniste.com for more information and to book a free consultation.
Owner: Corina Miller
It is our great privilege and pleasure to be part of life's special celebrations - Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Graduations, Remembrances. With our gardens as inspiration, and the source of the many blossoms we use to create our 'Garden Touch' bouquets and arrangements, the floral decorations will compliment the beautiful bucolic setting of Montague Retreat Center. Coupled with our unrivaled service and attention to detail, your special day will be one of smiles and delights. We would love to be part of it!
Daisy Stone Studio is a boutique floral and event design company. Utilizing local flowers and resources whenever possible, we bring unique, fresh designs to any event. We love to enhance the event with flowers as well as other decorative elements, creating a cohesive and beautiful design. Owner, Susie Hanna received her Certification in Floral Design from the New York Botanical Gardens and has worked in New York City, San Francisco and currently Western Massachusetts. Susie and her team pride themselves in providing excellent service for an unforgettable experience.
Start (or end!) your celebration with a relaxing and rejuvenating massage!
A perfect way for the bride and groom to take a break from all the stress and strain before or after the Big Day.
And a great way to say thank you to the bridal party, relatives or vendors that help make it a special day.
Janice is a licensed massage therapist with over 25 years of experience. She offers a variety of therapeutic techniques to help you look and feel your best! Customized sessions to meet your needs - deep tissue, gentle relaxation, Reiki, or foot massage. Soothing music and essential oils.
50 minutes/ $100 or 80 minutes/$125
Gift cards available. Book four or more sessions and receive 20% discount
Are you ready for the biggest day of your life? We are! At Bob Raina’s Disc Jockey Service we offer more than quality entertainment, we offer memories. Memories that will have your guests talking about your event for years to come! Our goal is to deliver a delicate balance of character, experience, and personal touch in every performance. A creative and innovative presentation for a truly original bride and groom!
Experience is a key factor in selecting your professional entertainment. The success of your event is in the hands of your disc jockey. There is no single entity that will have a greater influence on your day. Since 1990 Bob has been entertaining audiences throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. Our referrals from prominent banquet halls and happy customers speak for themselves.
We are aware of the countless hours that are spent planning your event. Let us help you along by giving you the confidence you need to enjoy your day. We are the Master of Ceremony for your occasion, conducting every detail of your function. Each event is set up individually with our client so that we can put together a unique and personalized show. You will feel confident in knowing that your day is in the hands of a true professional. Together, an exciting and personalized event will be planned.
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When rustic charm and beautiful surroundings come together, you must be at the Montague Retreat Center. MARX entertainment is a unique company that offers a classy white glove variety of services, inclusive of Disc Jockey entertainers, Photo Booths and Uplighting. When experience counts, MARX has performed at thousands of weddings with testimonials that speak for themselves. With an an awesome full time staff and pricing that won't break your bank, reserve MARX entertainment for your Montague Retreat Center wedding and both you and your guests will be thrilled!
DJ Maitri will keep your party rocking with a unique mix of funk, electro-swing, world fusion tunes full of organic and electronic beats. He will work with you to tailor the music to your particular needs and requests. This will be a dance that people will remember!
Classically trained at Oberlin and New England Conservatory, Dan Kennedy has been a performing musician since the 1980s. Heard on over 200 radio stations, as well as Pandora and Spotify, Dan’s music has been in rotation on Sirius XM Satellite Radio ever since 2009. His debut EP LANTERN was produced by the legendary Will Ackerman. His second release INTUITION (2012) went to #7 internationally and was produced by Grammy Award winner Corin Nelsen. His current album BLOOM ROAD peaked at #5 in the UK.
The Bernstein Bard Trio has become an acoustic phenomenon in the Hudson Valley for the last 12 years. They are known for their imaginative arrangements, eclectic repertoire, and infectious rhythms. The Trio features brothers Mark and Steve Bernstein on vocals, guitar and mandolin, and Robert Bard on upright bass and vocals. Latin, swing, waltz, tango, world, (even a couple Irish tunes for St. Patricks Day!) popular melodies and beyond… anywhere you can imagine... The Bernstein Bard trio will take you there!
Capture the magic and passion of your romantic affair by setting the mood with the music of "After Ours" to make your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony/ reception extra special!
Acoustic singers/songwriters, Bonnie and Mark can be low-key ambient musicians or featured entertainers to fit your needs.
Always willing to expand their repertoire with your special song requests and accommodating to special circumstances, such as multiple location set-ups.
"After Ours" is all about celebrating love and romance!
Justin Calcasola is a music teacher and a singer/songwriter from Western Massachusetts. He specializes in acoustic settings, performing for weddings and special events. He enjoys learning new songs and connecting with diverse audiences.
Note from the venue owner: Justin's music mysteriously stays in the background while at the same itme drawing you in - just perfect cocktail hour. We highly recommend him.
Joyful musical accompaniment for all occasions!
John Hughes is an innovative kora player, percussionist and vocalist whose style ranges from elegant and stately West African classical harp music to jazzy, hypnotic grooves that cross cultural boundaries and fuse disparate cultural influences. Playing ancient traditional instruments not often heard in the United States (many of which he builds himself), John takes his audience on an intimate tour of universally musical expressions of joy and hope, at once soothing and up-lifting.
Based in the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts, Nur performs all over the country as a producer/DJ with his solo project, Sojourner, and as a member of the DJ duo, Beta Ghosts.
Nur is a true innovator and artist in the world of electronic music, blending beautiful textures and beats to take listeners and dancers on a musical journey. You can hear his work at:
We provide live music and DJs for weddings (ceremonies, cocktail hour and reception), bar/bat mitzvahs, anniversary parties and other private events.
The bands in our roster play R&B, Soul, Motown, Reggae, Latin, Funk, Afrobeat, Jazz/Swing, Bossa Nova, Oldies, Klezmer, Celtic, Calypso, Samba, Dixieland, Classical and other genres of music. The size of the bands can range from 1-7 musicians. We also offer Band + DJ packages.
DJ, Lighting, Photo Booth & Live Musicians
You will not stop smiling all day.Your guests will be amazed, entertained and fully involved in your celebration. Your dance floor will be packed - happy guests with tired feet. We will help you create unique and memorable moments!
I am more than a standard wedding officiant - I am a Story Catcher. I catch stories and turn them in to memorable, personalized ceremonies. Most often, the stories I catch are love stories, and the ceremonies I officiate are weddings. Because your story is unique, your ceremony should be, too. The weddings I create are wholehearted, handcrafted ceremonies that you and your guests will remember always.
Please be in touch and schedule a free consultation at my Amherst office or at a coffee shop nearer to you. We'll discuss your vision for your celebration and I'll explain how I will write a ceremony just for you. Learn how I help clients enjoy the process and focus on the true meaning of crossing this threshold. It all begins with me asking meaningful, thoughtful questions about your relationship, your dreams, and your life together.
I am a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant and an ordained interfaith minister, and I can't wait to hear your love story.
Heather G. Richard has spent most of her life in towns along the majestic Connecticut River. She has devoted her life to the power of story - as an English teacher, librarian, children's book writer, and workshop leader. She lives in Montague, Massachusetts.
Laura Wildman-Hanlon has been performing wedding and other celebratory rites for over 20 years. A Wiccan priestess, Laura works closely with each couple to create a ceremony which reflects the couple's spiritual beliefs, cultural practices and personal interests. Laura specializes in multi-faith union ceremonies as well as nature-centered rites, creating rituals which embrace the couple's individual personalities and dreams, ensuring their day will be both memorable and magical.
Hello, I am Rev. Lynnea Brinkerhoff. Are you preparing to take a very important step in your life? If so, I would be happy to help you honor it the way you envision it to be.
I am an equal opportunity celebrant! Whether you are marking a loving union with your partner, mourning the loss of someone special, or wishing to welcome a new being into your life... Bring with you your deep faith or your atheism.
What do you value most? What is your vision for how this will be shared with others? What tone do you want to strike for your event? Simply share with me your answers and I will find a way to craft a meaningful experience with you.
I will meet you where your needs are...simple to complex, rustic to elegant...
This day is about YOU! I am here to help you design vows for your special day that you will remember for the rest of your life. I start with your ideas and I also come with a rich palette of past successes to share with you.
Many will say that i am well-known for my genuine, engaging and calming energy. I am a fun person to work with, but at the same time, I am a professional. I love what I do ~ honoring life's passages! There is no better feeling than knowing I have helped bring that something special to the important events of others! I invite you to contact me now to engage and discuss your special day and make it an extra-ordinary and memorable occasion.
Ceremony is all about you. I listen to you and weave your story with your beliefs and desires to create a ceremony for you, your family, and your community. I believe in the power of taking time to make a moment special. Whether it is to honor a being coming into the world, the transitions one goes through in life or a life that has past; it is all important. Every life, every story deserves to be told with love and grace and joy. Ceremony can range from large and formal to the most intimate of a single person lighting a candle. It is that time of reflection to honor where you are in life that makes it all worthwhile. I will help you to create the most amazing ceremony that suits your needs, by being present with you, sharing my knowledge with you, and being with you every step of the way.
Located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Northampton, Don Muller Gallery Inc. specializes in fine jewelry and unique hand-crafted gifts by local artists and award-winning designers. Offering one of the largest collections of bridal jewelry in Western Massachusetts, dmg carries a beautiful hand-selected array of engagement rings and wedding bands. You'll find traditional gold and platinum settings with white diamonds, as well as a broad selection of natural color, rose cut diamonds, and colored gemstones. Let our friendly and knowledgeable staff help you find the perfect engagement ring or wedding band and assist you with the following services:
Custom Jewelry Design Services
Custom Bridesmaid Jewelry
RSVP for our Annual Spring Bridal Jewelry Show
Delight in the Discovery!
What better way to entertain friends, family and colleagues than with hilarious drawings of themselves? Make your wedding or special event the SMASH HIT of the year by having me provide a unique show for you and your guests!
Primarily servicing the areas of Western Mass (but willing to travel further if required), my caricatures offer a personal, unique memento that will last a lifetime. Having me perform is also an enormously fun source of entertainment and comedy for ALL guests, not just those in the artist’s chair!
DON’T HIRE JUST ANY ARTIST!
Talented caricaturists are rare. It takes years to build up the skill necessary to draw accurate likenesses, as well as being able to draw fast enough to keep up with demand. With over twelve years of live experience, I have personally drawn thousands of caricatures at hundreds of events and locations. My ability to quickly and skillfully capture a humorous likeness of each individual has put me in high demand, with many clients requesting that I return time and time again!
WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE ME FOR YOUR EVENT
There are many caricaturists working in the US, however the main quality that differentiates one artist from another is TALENT. I am renowned as one of the NE's premier live caricaturists, with a confident, playful style and ability to capture uncanny likenesses. Combine this with a natural artistic ability and friendly, professional manner - and you have a truly unique entertainment choice that will keep your guests talking long after the day!
In addition to twelve seasons at NE’s largest theme park, I have caricatured people from all walks of life in such far-flung locations as New York, Orlando, Las Vegas, at my own retail location at WMass’ premier tourist spot, Yankee Candle’s flagship store. That's before you even get into the many weddings and events which have enjoyed my presence across NE!
I can draw 12-15 faces per hour (or one face every 4-5 minutes)which allows me to draw a sizeable percentage of guests whilst never sacrificing the great quality for which I am known. After all, do you want your guests to go home with a drawing that they will shove in a drawer, or a keepsake that they'll proudly hang as a treasured memento of your event?
When you hire a caricaturist, you're not just hiring someone to draw funny pictures, but also someone who is able to chat with your guests and put them at ease. The experience should be just as enjoyable for those watching as it is to the person being drawn! I am well known for my friendly, laid-back personality, and I love chatting to folk while I'm creating art. This immediately allows guests to relax, and in turn enables me to capture their personalities effectively – a vital ingredient to a great caricature.
I'm frequently asked: “Don't you get bored drawing faces all day long...?”
I get paid to draw funny cartoons, how could that ever get boring?? I remain fascinated by our individual differences and quirks as human beings, and it is striving to capture this uniqueness that keeps things constantly fascinating and entertaining, both for the audience and myself. Seeing the looks on guests’ faces when they view their drawing for the first time - and sensing the room fill with wonderful happy energy as a result - is a truly magical moment!
PRICES & BOOKING PROCEDURE
I am capable of drawing 12-15 guests per hour. Travel to the venue is FREE within 20 miles of Easthampton, MA, beyond this a fee of 50 cents per round-trip driving mile will be added to the overall total. I use Google Maps to determine distance. If time and budget allow I HIGHLY recommend booking me for as long as possible, as my caricatures are usually overwhelmingly popular!!
As an added option, I can also include a customized message and/or full color logo, pre- printed on each sheet in advance of the booking. This is a great way to add an extra personal touch, and be extra sure your guests won't forget your event in a hurry! I charge $50 for the "Customized Paper" option, which is a one-off fee regardless of the number of sheets printed.
PRIMARY SERVICE AREA: Pioneer Valley, Central/Western MA
SIZE OF DRAWINGS:12 x 16"
SPEED: 12-15 people per hour
2014/15 RATES: First 2 hours of service $250, then $100 per hour thereafter. (Beyond 50 miles a 3 hour performance minimum applies.)
MILEAGE EXPENSES: FREE within 20 miles of Springfield, MA, then 50 cents per round-trip mile. Travel estimated using Google maps
OPTIONAL EXTRAS: Customized Paper $50, regardless of number of sheets printed.
Please contact me with any questions or details. Thanks for your interest!