When I first got into wedding photography and videography, outdoor weddings were rare; vendors were just figuring out how to move the show onto the grass, while brides and grooms were put off by the risk of bad weather. How far the industry has come!
I would say more than half of the wedding ceremonies I shoot are outside, with about a quarter of the receptions under the sun and, later, stars. Us vendors have gotten the hang of working with Mother Nature and have developed ways to keep the good times going even if she doesn't want to cooperate by bringing the good weather. Capitalizing on this shift, The Log Cabin in Holyoke, Massachusetts, recently added “The Upper Vista” to its event spaces.
The Upper Vista is a completely outdoor wedding venue on The Log Cabin property. It's outfitted with a luxury tent that can accomodate an entire wedding celebration complete with a dining area, bar and dance floor (if you’d like). I’ve shot weddings there before including the one where I was the videographer for Kayla and Michael's fall wedding at the Upper Vista. They worked with staff to create a posh wedding that takes full advantage of the Western Massachusetts scenery. (Check it out in my video below.)
If you have any attachment to the Pioneer Valley, it’s all but guaranteed that you’ve been to some function at The Log Cabin. I can’t even begin to count how many weddings and other celebrations I’ve attended as a guest. (If you’re looking for appetizer suggestions, the bacon-wrapped scallops are great.) Set on Mount Tom overlooking acres of trees and quintessential New England towns, The Log Cabin has a number of event spaces on site. They cater and provide bar service as well as customized decorations.
Even though I’ve been to The Log Cabin many times, there are some aspects I still haven’t experienced. Like, did you know you can have a late-night mashed potato bar at your event?
The Log Cabin is co-owned by Peter Rosskothen (he launched Boston Chicken, which later became the Boston Market rotisserie chicken franchise) and executive chef Mick Corduff. With his former business partner Larry Perreault, Rosskothen resurrected the Log Cabin in 1996 as a banquet facility. Since then, Rosskothen has added to his empire to include the Delaney House (amazing brunch!) and Log Rolling (The Log Cabin's food truck) among other hospitality and food related ventures.
For more information, check out The Log Cabin’s website.
Click to watch a wedding at The Log Cabin, Upper Vista in Holyoke, MA