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REAL WEDDING: NIKKI + KEVIN

Before we get into Nikki and Kevin’s wedding, I want to share a sentiment held by the Saltwater Farm Team.  That is, the best part of our job at Saltwater Farm (and its not the free wine) is visiting with our past couples when they stop in for a visit. Getting to know couples throughout their planning process is great fun…and of course there is the Big Day. But it’s the visits on anniversaries, summer break or ‘just because’ that take the cake; when all the plans, details, weather forecasts and occasional obligatory wedding guests are all fond memories to be shared over a glass of wine.

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Last weekend was no exception with no fewer than five of our past couples dropping in (yes, that was us Saturday afternoon “cheesing” in front of the Christmas tree, I told you it was fun!).

One of the couples who settled in for the afternoon were Nikki and Kevin, who planned their visit to Saltwater Farm Vineyard to celebrate their two year anniversary. Kevin has the distinction of being one of only a few grooms who beat out the bride for the use of the – ahem – bridal suite the day of the wedding.

Their wedding day was much like the December afternoon we were experiencing: seasonably mild with pops of sun and  just enough of a chill in the air to put a little rosiness in your cheeks. The mild weather allowed them to take full advantage of the outdoors for their photos; even bare, vines make for a beautiful setting.

Their special night was kicked off with an emotional toast given by two of Nikki’s attendants and a romantic first dance, in the glowing light of the hangar

The Real SFWedding Details

Photographer … Endless Wave Studios

Flowers … It’s So Ranunculus

Catering  Gourment Galley

DJ … Sound Connection Event Group

A special shout-out to Jenn and Jon (upper left), wed August 2015, and Stephanie and Todd (lower right), wed April 2015, who were a part of our happy Saturday afternoon.

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Cheers to Nikki and Kevin on their two year and to all our past couples who drop in for a visit, we certainly do love catching up with you all!

JM

LAST MINUTE WEEKEND SHOPPING

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In case you are like me and in total holiday denial, this is your Saltwater Farm Living public service announcement, there are only 21 more shopping days until Christmas (not to mention those who are celebrating Hanukkah, that starts this Sunday). No need to stress, SFL has you covered with some last minute local happenings to jump start your season of giving, get you in the spirit and help you deliver some thoughtful gifts this holiday.

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Check out one of downtown Mystic’s latest additions Salt Shop + Press, specializing in local and handmade gifts, jewelry, paper goods and artwork. They are hosting their grand opening this evening at their store front in downtown Mystic or check out their Etsy shop and Facebook page for more of their offerings. They are open Tuesday thru Sunday, see sites for hours. And its not too late to send out your holiday cards, check out these fun prints available at Salt.

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Stonington Boro Holiday Stroll

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For the first time in my ten plus years working in Stonington, I will be joining in the strolling, shopping and sipping at the annual Holiday Stroll in the Stonington Boro this Friday evening. Santa will kick things off at 5:30pm with a tree lighting in the town square. Shops will be open late and the restaurants in town will be jammin’ with holiday cheer (and liquid cheer, wink wink).

Hana Floral Open House

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Whether you’re looking for the perfect hostess gift or something special to get your own abode dressed up for the season, Hana Floral is sure to have something that will stun this holiday season.

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Check out their website for more gorgeous pics of their work.

And don’t forget to stop in Saltwater Farm Vineyard to stock up on your favorite wines for all the holiday toasting!

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Cheers,

JM

REAL WEDDING: TARA + JJ

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Tara and JJ traveled all the way from L.A., pup Laila in tow, to be married at Saltwater Farm Vineyard on an absolutely stunning early October day this past fall.

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Tara and JJ, who met in their early college years and now both work in the entertainment biz, have been together for over a decade and decided to host their wedding closer to Tara’s family in Connecticut.

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Tara was simply breathtaking (the girls at the Vineyard are still talking about her Mantilla-style veil), her nephews were beyond adorable (cuteness overload, they were like real-life tuxedo-clad Russian nesting dolls), and JJ looked like James Bond’s younger brother (see black and white photo below).

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There was a timeless elegance to the table settings, from the flower boxes overflowing with garden flowers and greenery, beautifully calligraphed quotes on each table, the herd-accented napkins and “naked” wedding cake – not to mention cannoli-to-go wedding favors.

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Even Mother Nature was on board delivering nothing short of a picture perfect afternoon for these two lovebirds.

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And what better way to share the memories of all their years together with their guests than this LED fairy light photo display above the fire place which JJ set up with the help of the wedding party as surprise for his bride.

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Love these party pics!

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Cheers to Tara and JJ! It was truly a pleasure hosting your big day!

JM

The Real SFWedding Details 

Photographer … Maler Photography

Flowers … Hana Floral Design

Dress … Romantique by Claire Pettibone

Hair & Make-up … Larissa Lake Makeup Artist & Co.

Groom’s Attire  J Crew

Car Service … Viking Tours of Newport

Catering & Wedding Cake  Coastal Gourmet

Favors (cannolis to-go)  … Lucibellos Pastry

See more of Tara and JJ’s Saltwater Farm Wedding on Maler Photography’s blog post and check out more Saltwater Farm Living Real Weddings here.

When JJ was visiting a few weeks prior to the wedding he was awaiting the reviews of his recent project ‘Life in a Walk,’ a documentary especially fitting for this time of year. Check out the trailer below.