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Saltwater Farm Vineyard Wedding

You know what I love?  When a bride and groom want their wedding to be one fantastic party; a party that is chock-full of yummy food, great wine and fun-filled celebrations with their closest friends and family.  This, my friends, is just that wedding… a crazy gorgeous day filled with all of the aforementioned, set against one seriously stunning Saltwater Farm Vineyard setting.  See it all captured by Justine Yandle in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… From the start of our engagement all the way up until the night before the wedding – we knew we just wanted to have a really fantastic party. Great venue, great food, great cocktails, and great company to share it all with. One thing we wanted to make sure of was that the day was really personal and a reflection of us. Since our first vacation together four years prior (and still one of our favorites) was to Napa Valley, we knew we’d really love to get married at a vineyard. After stumbling upon Saltwater Farm Vineyard by accident, seeing the amazing space they had created out of an old aircraft hanger, with one of the most amazing views of the Connecticut Shore – we knew this was the spot.

September can still be pretty warm in southern New England, so we decided against jackets for Ken’s extremely large wedding crew. Picking a printed bridesmaids’ dress was a risky choice, but after seeing their dresses online and in the perfect neutral tones with a pop of peach and mint green, I knew I couldn’t say no. Ken and I also have two dogs, who we treat like children, that simply had to be part of our big day (complete with homemade dog leashes and bows). I had wanted a keyhole back dress from the start, and with some minor adjustments, I was able to find exactly what I was looking for in my Maggie Sotterro dress. And having worked in the athletic footwear/apparel material design industry for the past 10 years, it was also a MUST that I represented my current employer on my feet!

As for décor – my fiancé and I, as well as quite a few members of our wedding party and family, are all quite handy and knew DIY would be a big part of our day. With a location as beautiful as Saltwater Farm, there isn’t a lot that needs to be done! Having a graphics background certainly paid off in terms of creating such a large part of our wedding, from the invitations to the table numbers to the menus and thank you cards. My maid of honor, who is a master at antiquing, was able to find vintage lanterns at flea markets up and down the east coast, which proved to be absolutely amazing with a little bit (well, a lot…) of sanding and an array of gray spray paints. My mother is an amazing baker (and an even more amazing cupcake decorator), and a very good friend of ours simply has a knack for floral design. And finally, all the woodworking tools my fiancé and I purchased over our years together finally went to good use in making all the chalkboards, signage, birch accent pieces, as well as our amazing guestbook – three chalkboard wine bottle cut outs mounted on barnwood (yes, actually pulled off the walls from my MOH’s barn…) signed by all our guests, and now hanging on our living room walls to remind us every day of what an amazing time we had on Sept 7th.

Photography: Justine Yandle Photography | Catering: Coastal Gourmet | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Kennel: Tipping Rock | Venue: Saltwater Farm Vineyard

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Elihu Island Wedding

It’s not often I get to feature a wedding on SMP where I was actually a guest, but when it happens, I can barely contain my excitement. Mostly when it was a wedding like this. One where I  literally walked around with my mouth open in awe from the ceremony to the last dance because Lindsay, the Bride (and talent behind Woma Design), had picture perfect details tucked in every corner. She teamed up with some of my favorite vendors (Stoneblossom Floral and Event DesignRuffles and Tweed and Sperry Tents to name a few), and created a day dreams are made of (for guests and Brides alike). It’s all made even better because the lovely Erin McGinn was on hand to capture every fabulous moment, and you can see it all right here. Congrats Lindsay and Matt! xoxo

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Fall
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From Erin McGinn…Elihu Island, just off the coast of Stonington, CT, is one of the most special places I can imagine for a wedding. Not only is it absolutely beautiful, but with its multiple accommodation options, guests get to stay together, mingle, and bond before the big day. Bride Lindsay’s background in floral design and graphic design came together perfectly to create an air of elegance with a fresh farm feel for this early fall wedding. Also notable, Lindsay chose a color palette based around the farm and the farm houses on property, allowing for an organic feel to the design where nothing felt out of place. It was a spectacular event to be a part of, made even more amazing by Lindsay and Matt, two of the nicest and sincerest people I’ve met and whose love is truly tangible.

From the Bride, Lindsay…Most of the summers of my life have been spent boating around the waters of Little Narragansett Bay. Growing up on the water shaped my life, and is something that Matt and I immediately bonded over when we first met. When it came time to choose a venue to gather friends and family for such an important day, one of the first things that came to mind was wanting to include the ocean. Elihu Island is right around the river bend from where I grew up, has a unique, laid back charm, and is a place that we could show our out of town guests why we love the area so much. It just felt like the perfect fit!

Working within the wedding industry, you’d think that I would have dreamed up my fantasy wedding long ago…so not the case! I didn’t really have a plan, so I put all my faith into my favorite vendor clients, who have really made this day so special with their extra touches. We are blessed to have such talented friends who have made us feel so loved on this special day.

Photography: Erin McGinn Photography | Event Planning: Ruffles and Tweed | Floral Design: Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design | Wedding Dress: Andria Bird Bride | Cake: Mystic Market | Catering: B&M Clambake Co. | Hair and Makeup: Natural Creations | Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Dress Designer: Nicole Miller | Generator/Sound: Power Possee | Invitations and Paper Design: Woma Design | Music: The Honky Tonk Knights | Raw Bar: Behan Family Farms | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Tent: Sperry Tents | Tent Decor: Exquisite Events | Transportation: First Student | Video: Tyler Ray

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Saltwater Farm Vineyard Wedding from Eric Brushett Photography

This wedding had me at three words: Saltwater Farm Vineyard, aka, the pretty little Connecticut locale perfect for celebrating some downright awesome nuptials.  Because this is a place where gorgeous outdoor ceremonies play hand in hand with amazing receptions literally overflowing with lovely, and today’s shining example is this beautiful gem of a day captured by Eric Brushett Photography.  It’s natural + glamorous stylings meets all kinds of happy and you can see it all right here in the full gallery.

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From Eric Brushett Photography… Jenn and George got married at the incredible Saltwater Water Farm Vineyard in Stonington, CT. It was a hot, sunny, and beautiful day for a wedding. The day started in the vineyard’s bridal suite that overlooks the entirety of the property. From there we went down into the vineyard for the ceremony, and then moved into the old airplane hanger turned wedding venue.

Jenn and George’s love for each other really came out during two very emotional speeches before the dinner service, and carried all the way through the rest of the night.

My favorite moment of the day was when I caught Jenn and George dancing with each other off to the side of the wedding in front of a wall of wine bottles. I clicked on a long lens and snapped three photos before I left them alone to enjoy each other. It was a truly candid moment, and I was honored to be able to photograph it.

Photography: Eric Brushett Photography | Catering: Coastal Gourmet | Wedding Venue: Saltwater Farm Vineyard