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REAL WEDDING BY THE SEASON: OCTOBER

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For this installment of Real Wedding I thought I would switch it up and feature my favorite month of the year, October. While the weddings look stunning all year round, being a bit attached to the vines as I am, October is a special month because it is when the Vineyard comes full circle in its growth cycle and the grapes are ready to be harvested.

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photo credit: Servidone Studio

Although the foliage of the vines will begin filling out by the end of June and rows of green will dominate the landscape, it’s not until early fall that the red grapes take on their bluish-purple hue and by the end of October they are about ready to burst – I swear you can almost smell them they’re so ripe.

Check out these two October SFReal Weddings and see for yourself…

Early October: Ashley & Erich

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Ashley and Erich were married October 3, 2015. Although the sky looked a bit unsettled, the couple willed the weather to hold and the outdoor ceremony went off without a hitch.

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They even found time to take a quiet stroll thru the vines to get some killer romantic shots.

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The groomsmen’s navy suits and bow ties perfectly complimented the red grapes that were hanging on the vines. Inside, garlands of greenery accented with seasonal flowers acted as table runners and brought the white linens to life.

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Both bistro lights and colored lighting were used making for a rustic-club party vibe for the reception.

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Even with the rocking party taking place inside the newlyweds found a moment to step outside for an irresistible photo op.

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The Real SFWedding Details 

Photographer … Jennifer Bach Photography

Flowers … Branford Flower Shop

Caterer … Coastal Gourmet Catering

Lighting and DJ … DJ Doug, Power Posse Productions

Make-up … Prepped and Primped

Dress … Ivy and Aster

Mid-October: Jennifer & Joe

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Jennifer and Joe were wed at Saltwater Farm on October 19, 2013. Prior to their ceremony, photographer Michelle Wade beautifully captured the couples “first look” between the vines.

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The seasonably pleasant day allowed the couple to do both ceremony and cocktail hour outdoors with the vineyard in full bloom and touches of autumn foliage in the distance.

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From the bridesmaids’ dresses to the groomsmen’s ties, linens, flowers and up lighting, purple was the color of the evening.

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In addition to their rocking party inside, Jennifer and Joe decided to incorporate the outdoor patio into their reception bringing in a cigar bar and fire pit for roasting s’mores.

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The Real SFWedding Details 

Photographer … Michelle Wade Photography

Flowers … Just For You Floral Design

Caterer … Coastal Gourmet Catering

Lighting and DJ … Jock in the Box

Make-up … Dana Bartone

Dress … Allure Bridals

Cigar Bar … CT Cigar Company

Oh, I just love October.

Cheers to Ashley & Erich and Jennifer & Joe and all our happy October couples,

JM

Want to plan a wedding at Saltwater Farm Vineyard for October 2016? Saltwater Farm still has Sunday, Ocotber 16, 2016 open. Email info@saltwaterfarmvineyard.com to get more information and schedule a walk thru to view our venue in person.

REAL WEDDING BY THE SEASON: MAY

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During the month of May the vineyard changes more noticeably than any other time of the year. For the first two weeks the vines look much like they would in the winter while the world is getting greener and the days are a bit warmer and longer. Bud break typically occurs around the 15th, give or take several days depending on the weather. And by the end of the month the vines are climbing up toward the second wire.

Check out these weddings and watch the vineyard change from bare to budding in thirty-one days.

Early May: Shaynna & Rob

Previously featured on Saltwater Farm Living was Shaynna & Rob’s May 9th wedding. See the entire post with all the details here.

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Mid-May: Lauren & Chuck

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Lauren and Check were wed on May 16, 2015. Just noticeable are the little green and pink leafs that are the first stage of growth for the Vineyard.

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While the Vineyard was in its earliest stage of green, Lauren and Chuck enlisted Hana Floral to bring in plenty of amazing florals and greenery indoors.

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Even down to the guys boutineers…

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The Real SFWedding Details

Photographer … Meg Heriot Photography

Flowers … Hana Floral Designs

Caterer … A Thyme to Cook

Dress … Sarah Seven, purchased at Everthine Bridal Boutique

Hair … Emily Reale

Make-up … Rosalba Martone

Late May: Jenna & Rich

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Jenna and Rich were married at Saltwater Farm Vineyard on a very summer-like afternoon May 31, 2014.

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This gorgeous day was only outshone by the gorgeous couple, both of which were captured flawlessly by Julia Jane Wedding Photography.

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The foliage on the vines is much more prominent than just a couple weeks earlier. By the end of the month it has really begun to fill in to create several inches of greenery above the vine’s trunk.

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The bridesmaids each wore their own shade of rosey pink in differing styles and textures and a farm table was used for the head table complimented by round tables with linens for guests.

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Non-traditional takes on wedding staples like a “guest book wine bottle” collection to commemorate anniversaries and monogramed cupcakes in place of a wedding cake added personal and fun touches to the evening.

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The Real SFWedding Details 

Photographer … Julia Jane Wedding Photography

Flowers … Fleurescent

Caterer … Coastal Gourmet 

Band … Eric Nicolas & One Love

Stay tuned for some equally stunning June weddings in our next Real Wedding installment.

Cheers to May!

JM

FIVE THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND

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As the weather continues to turn the corner to warmer and longer days there are more and more things to do around town. So whether you live locally or are planning a trip to Mystic, CT, this is what the Saltwater Farm Living crew will be up to this weekend.

Get a Grip at CrossFit Mystic

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Okay, I will admit, I am a little intrigued by this event. CrossFit Mystic is opening their doors this Friday night from 5pm to 10pm for an event that “bridges between mind and body, talent and skill… East Pops. GET A GRIP. Creative and analytical minds, more than a collaboration – a showcased celebration.” DJ Frank Lo (yes, the same DJ featured at Engine Room from time to time) will be there “on the 1s and 2s” along with food from Engine Room and a live mural painting by Jamie Pearson and Mark Sapia. $20 for 21+, $10 for under 21 with 30% of the ticket price going to charity.

Sip at Saltwater Farm Vineyard

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This weekend marks Saltwater Farm Vineyard‘s third since opening for the season – and our last before the Connecticut Wine Trail Passports are released. So swing in for a tasting or just grab a glass of your favorite SFV wine (the 2014 Pinot Noir is our latest release, available by the glass or bottle only). In addition to our 15% off case discount we are also offering a 5% discount off six or more bottles.

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And as always you can pack some nibbles. Just keep in mind we do ask all guests to make reservations for Saturday visits and we do close promptly at 3pmFridaySaturday and Sunday.

Live Music at Stonington Vineyards

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Since we do close shop a little early on Saturday, why not swing over to Stonington Vineyards and enjoy live music by one of our favorite local performers, Ben Freiert.

Cruise on the Argia

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Saturday, April 30th also marks the start of the season for the Argia, an 81 foot schooner sailing out of Mystic, CT. See Mystic, CT from a different perspective and relax as you sail by scenic coastlines and lighthouses or help the crew hoist and trim the sails. Snacks are provided, but you can also pack your own. View more details, schedule and ticket info on their website.

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photo credit: My Paisley World

Say Hello Spring at Salt Shop + Press

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Join Salt Shop + Press for a spring/mother’s day pop up in their shop! They’ll be offering tons of mother’s day gift ideas or bring mom and enjoy the fun!

“Enjoy sips + treats + discounts while browsing the shop!

Watch artist, Sheila Chen Art do a live painting of our gorgeous scenic view!

Ariel, of North Detail, will be here with her 2016 SPRING Collection…100% cotton home decor and kitchenware handmade in the USA…all designed with her unique hand lettering.

Nicole, from Ammophila will be here with her handmade products inspired by our coastal landscape. Her skincare products are made with the highest quality oils and 100% nature-derived ingredients. Nicole will also be sharing her popular sea salt hand scrubs!”

Cheers to getting out this weekend,

See you around town,

JM

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