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REAL WEDDING: SARAH & ROB

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Even an unexpected rain shower minutes before the outdoor ceremony was due to start could not put a damper on Sarah and Rob’s gorgeous wedding on June 20, 2015 at Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Sarah stunning in a beaded Rosa Clara dress and Rob and attendants looked absolutely dapper in black suits and ties (total ‘Men in Black’ moment) with a pop of color on their feet.

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The impromptu indoor ceremony was a wonderful alternative to outdoors and vibrant flowers by Stylish Blooms were just right with the bridesmaids neutral dresses.

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And after some fun on a bicycle for two, Sweet Tooth and the Sugar Babies rocked the house and got just about everyone up dancing.

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You go girl!

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After their rockin’ celebration, Sarah and Rob headed to Bora Bora for their honeymoon. So flattered to receive this photo (notice the wine!) and message from their trip:

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Sitting on the dock of the bay. 

Your heart is now in Bora Bora. 

Thank you so much. Love you guys, 

Rob and Sarah. 

 

Cheers to the happy couple,

JM

photo credits: jennifer bach photography

 

Summer is for Sundays

 Five Sunday Funday Ideas

Just on schedule with the calendar, summer weather has finally arrived in Southeastern Connecticut. And what is more summer than Sunday Funday-its like having an extra Saturday but with work the next day. So in honor of this warm weather tradition, here are some suggestions for this coming Sunday Funday:

1. Mystic Blues Fest

photo credit: cj yuhas photography

photo credit: cj yuhas photography

The third Annual Mystic Blues Festival (MBF) will be held June 26, 27 & 28, 2015 at the beautiful Mystic Shipyard. The festival showcases an array of blues legends, including Grammy Winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, and Blues Artist of the Year Award Winners. Although Sunday day passes are available, may we suggest the weekend pass ($90) to experience three days of killer music. Visit their website for ticketing and a full line-up.

2. ‘Proper Boozy Brunch’

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Every Sunday from 10am to 3pm, Engine Room hosts brunch with their take on some brunch classics like BBQ brisket eggs benedict served on corn bread with a cilantro hollandaise sauce (view their full menu). I mean seriously, hangover or no hangover, this is some decadent and down home cooking. If you are feeling a little guilty about all the calories, just remind yourself, they buy local, from the corn bread and brioche, eggs and even the pork and beef. And they have day drinking covered with an inspired cocktail selection. This Sunday from 12pm to 3pm, order a Bajan Mule (made from local Real McCoy Rum) and part of the proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life.

3. Oysters & Wine

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photo credit: made in 1987

This weekend marks the last Sunday afternoon for music at Saltwater Farm Vineyard, featuring musician T-Ray in the Tasting Room from 3pm to 5pm. Dave “the Oyster Man” will be there shucking the freshest oysters you’ll ever have (be sure to bring cash – 6 oysters for $10). Also enjoy the newly released list of reserved wines available in limited quantities by the glass and bottle only. Can’t make it Sunday? Don’t fret, Saltwater Farm’s Thursday Music Series begins Thursday, July 2nd, with oysters and live music from 5pm to 7pm every Thursday for the months of July and August.

4. A Scoop and a View

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photo credit: Hank and Willie

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Carrot Cake Ice Cream

A quintessential summertime favorite that transcends age is ice cream in a cone. No matter how messy or inconvenient it may be, it is a must. Although the age old debate of waffle cone v. sugar cone may persist, one thing we all can agree on: it tastes even better when there is a gorgeous view of the water. Our favorite local spot is St. Clair Annex, featuring house made ice cream steps away from the beach in Watch Hill, RI. Not only is the ice cream to die for (my choice, almond joy), but they also do a great low key breakfast and lunch seven days a week. A word to the wise, parking can be a bit tough, so wear your patience pants and circle around a bit if needed, it will be worth it; and who knows, you may even catch a glimpse of Taylor hanging beachside.

5. Reggae Night

If you are looking to get live Sunday night, The Captain Daniel Parker Inn hosts a reggae DJ from 10pm to close. Not what you would expect at a New England pub, but its a good time recommended for those who, like me, have Mondays off (net-neh-neh-neh-neh).

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And if shutting it down at Reggae Night’s not your thing, there is always the sunset over Stonington Harbor to wrap up a perfect summer weekend.

Cheers to Summer Sundays,

JM

WINE, CHEESE AND CHOCOLATE MARKET

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As if we’ve ever needed an excuse or occasion to enjoy the three together, the Coastal Wine Trail is hosting its fourth annual Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Market this Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the Westport Fair Grounds in Westport, MA.

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As one of several Connecticut vineyards new to the Coastal Wine Trail this year, Saltwater Farm Vineyard will be joining 13 other vineyards and wineries for the first time, each of who will be sampling four of their wines alongside an array of artisan foods provided by local vendors. Wine will also be available for purchase by the bottle to take home – a perfect way to stock up on the local juice!

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Don’t miss your chance to join in on this event representing the quality and breadth of wine that Southeastern New England has to offer. The day’s events will be held in three, two and half hour sessions, 11am, 2:30pm and 6pm. Tickets are available in advance for $25 at Saltwater Farm Vineyard or any other Coastal Wine Trail vineyard or winery, or on the Coastal Wine Trail website. Tickets are $40 at the door.

Cheers to drinking local & hope to see you there,

JM