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As Shaynna and Rob experienced first hand on May 9th, 2015, even a grey day makes for the perfect backdrop for a  Saltwater Farm wedding.

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Having chosen to be married on the front patio, the beautifully adorned wooden gate, stone pillars and pre-budbreak vineyard served as the background for their ceremony.

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The bridesmaids wore seafoam green (a top color for 2015) and carried bouquets of lavender, a prefect compliment to the bride’s elaborate yet elegant bouquet of white and purple flowers, succulents and Dusty Miller.

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Before heading inside for the evening, Shaynna, Rob and guests headed to the back patio for cocktails and nibbles, taking a moment to snap some photos, including this group shot – love!

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Inside, pops of purple were found throughout the space, from the florals, lace accented linens and even the uplighting.  Succulents played double duty, acting as both place cards and wedding favors, a reminder of the evening for years to come.

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A long farm table and hanging birdcages defined the head table, while the remainder of guests were seated at round tables with stunning tree-like centerpieces. Twinkle lights canopying from the rafters added an air of whimsy, dare I say Midsummers Nights Dream vibe.

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A truly memorable event and amazing family to boot. The space looked spectacular and we were so happy to have shared in Shaynna and Rob’s celebration.

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As Shakespeare wrote, “The course of true love never did run smooth,” however these two high school sweethearts really did make it look easy and magical on their wedding day.

Cheers to Shaynna and Rob! We hope you make it back for a visit soon!


The Real SFWedding Details 

Photographer … Susan Sancomb Photography

Flowers … Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design

Twinkle Lighting & Birdcages … Ryan Designs

Wedding Coordinator … Brandi Lacoste & Jennifer Gee for Blissfull Events

Catering  Coastal Gourmet

Want to see more of Shayanna & Rob’s Wedding? Check out Susan Sancomb’s blog.

And see more Saltwater Farm Real Weddings here.



With Saltwater Farm Vineyard’s harvest of the cabernet franc grapes a week to three away (we promise, we will let everyone know as soon as we know), it is the perfect time to share a little insight into the “workhorse” red of our vineyard.


Cabernet Franc is one of three red varieties planted at Saltwater Farm and by far out produces the other two, Merlot and Pinot Noir. This is because the Cabernet Franc grape does not need as intense a growing season to reach full maturity (in other words, it does not require as much heat and sunshine to fully ripen) and it can also withstand the harsh elements of New England winters a bit better than its SFV red counterparts.

An article recently published in Ink Magazine by Saltwater Farm (written by none other than yours truly) had me researching the lesser known Cabernet, with some interesting finds. Click the article image to enlarge.

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Be sure to check Facebook and the SFV website for the Cab Franc harvest information and shop online or at the Vineyard for our limited edition 2015 Fall Harvest shirt, while supply last.

Want to know even more about Cab Franc? Check out these two recently published articles Chinon, a Red With Attitude (The New York Times) and Cabernet Franc: The Ideal Summer-Into-Fall Wine (The Wall Street Journal).

And don’t forget, we are open Columbus Day, Monday, October 12th with live music by Bob Lavalley from 3pm to 5pm. Watch FoxCT’s video below for an inspired day trip idea.

Cheers to the 2015 Cab Franc, in whatever form it may take!



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There are few things that make us at Saltwater Farm Vineyard happier than hearing from our past couples, so when Maria and Ed sent this note from Hawaii, we couldn’t help but share.

“Hi Merrily & Michael,

Thank you doesn’t seem to express how much gratitude we have for you!!  Our wedding at Saltwater was beyond our expectations and as we told you that evening our guests could not say enough wonderful things about the venue!!  It was a wonderful evening and we are so happy we chose Saltwater for our special day!  So glad we were able to see you that evening as well – thank you for stopping by to say hello!

We are happy to share our pictures from our honeymoon in Maui with our Saltwater shirts on – Aloha SFV!!!

Hope to see you soon!!!!

Maria & Ed “

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Cheers to the newlyweds Maria and Ed and a big SFV thanks for sharing the pics – we are flattered to have made it to Hawaii!


Brought your favorite egret on a trip, crazy adventure or just have a pic in your SFV gear you want to share? Tag us on instagram #saltwaterfarmliving or drop a line to tastingroom@saltwaterfarmvineyard.com  … we can’t wait to see it!