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soak in summer. part II


Atleast I am predictable. I realized a familiar panic set in just today. All it takes is one overcast day and I have visions of Fall turning into a long winter. August is just around the corner and we better get on our bucket list of things to do to take full advantage of a gorgeous New England summer before it is gone. Sound familiar? Maybe because I blogged about it last year almost to the day! Like I said, at least I am predictable.

In a perfect world, all things beachy would be carefully edited down and hand selected {reality: we use the same early eighties cooler and well worn beach towels} like the beach blanket I have mentioned before. Alas, these beach canopies, found here from Hollie & Harrie might just be worth the international shipping to jump start the inspiration! Here's to soaking in summer this August!

{erica}

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raina + guy: love in the Hamptons

Sometimes our lucky stars align so beautifully. Perfect September afternoon in the Hamptons at the

Wolffer Estate Vineyard

to film the wedding of our dear friend and colleague,

Raina

to the love of her life, Guy.

The feel was classic elegance meets rustic charm and with the warm breeze and the Autumn bluebird skies, the day could not have been more picturesque. Raina naturally thought of every last detail to create a magical vineyard affair. But it was the glow of true love that made this event truly shine. For more images, check out the work of renowned photographer,

Christian Oth.

Raina and Guy, we couldn't be happier for you two as you begin your lives together. Your kindness, grace and love for each other is an inspiration.

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what nice company we keep.




Sometimes the nicest surprises come in our in box on a random Monday. Like the lil' treat from earlier this month that popped up in our email. Thanks to Brides.com for the recognition! We are honored to keep company with so many of the region's best venues, wedding planners, graphic designers, couture dress boutiques and on and on. Go check out the link for more ideas on the 'go-to' list for Connecticut.

We love this description. "It's a way for the editorial staff and I to officially recognize the amazing, forward-thinking, art-creating, call-returning, trend-making wedding vendors who inspire and delight us every time we craft an issue of our magazine. And, most importantly, we're excited to share this winning list with all of you—it's a great place to start assembling your dream team." Thanks Brides.com- we're flattered!

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your style. Super 8 three ways.

Couples are inundated with choices for weddings. Not just location and date but what is the style, flow and decor for the big day that will perfectly reflect who they are as a couple and what they value? Are they more drawn to the rustic elegance of an autumn wedding at a vineyard, a classic beach vibe in Summer or an urban black tie affair in Winter or Spring?

Wedding films are no exception. Many more of our clients are incorporating vintage Super 8 into their films or even dedicating one full highlight to the sixties, nostalgic charm of this medium. Every couple is so different and unique and we love the challenge of finding new ways to share this through our shooting, editing and song choices.

We thought we would share three recent films to give you a sense of the way we incorporate Super 8 into three very different days.

Jenna + Aaron: Vintage, old world charm for their garden party

With a team of some very talented vendors including gorgeous photography from

Carla Ten Eyck

, stunning florals from

Datura

, delicious menu from

Gourmet Galley

, Jenna and Aaron hosted a quintessential garden party by the sea,

Harkness Park

. With many traditional elements and the simple elegance of their day- they were drawn to having one complete highlight in the simplicity of Super 8.

Courtney + Justin: Urban, sixties rock + roll in the city

The black and white film and classic rock gave Courtney and Justin's highlight a decidedly edgier feel for their downtown celebration (with photography by Vicki and Erik at

Victoria Souza

at the

Society Room

in Hartford.) In this film, we blended the hard edge of the clipped vintage film with beautiful images of their day on our Canons. They are a fun couple whose film we hope reflects their spirited wedding!

Jackie + Keith: Classic story telling with a sprinkling of vintage Super 8

Jacki and Keith hosted an elegant affair by the water at the the

Glen Island Harbor Club

with beautiful images from

Candice Jeffrey

and their film reflects just a peppering of vintage with what was a beautifully classic and traditional event.

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a month of silence?

(spring plantings on our patio)
Since this blog began in late 2008, we have rarely gone a week without blog posts, let alone over a month!
This blog is our little friend and we have been terribly neglectful. We missed our cyber journal as it measures our days, weeks and seasons in the studio here at Buzz. We enjoy sharing the projects, the moods, the films and the friends we make along the way. If you are a reader {we love when random comments show we have at least a couple!} , thanks for not giving up and checking back in. We are excited to share some recent film projects in the upcoming posts!

So what took us away for over a month? For starters, Buzz underwent a true overhaul. It continues to be a work in progress but we expanded our square footage, our calendar of events and soon, our staff. We wanted to share a few snapshots from around the studio today. C'mon in...


Our days, in addition to filming and editing full time, are spent trying to solve these puzzling questions...


...where can we find more space for new work stations and 'corner offices'?

...when and what should we hang on the walls of our bright new studio?

... where do we store everything needed for the ever-expanding life at Buzz?

... how do we not lose sight of life balance {family, music, friends, down time}?
Suffice to say, we have not answered those questions, just found more to ask. But we are working on it. And all that time, apparently, kept us from blogging.


In late April, we headed to The Plaza in NYC for a very elegant affair headed up by the very talented event designer and friend Raina Dawn along with photographer Christian Oth. A beautiful Spring day in New York City was the perfect way to kick off the season! The film to follow but here are few iphone photos from our day of shooting.





Just a quick hello & a brief apology before we get back on track with some fun films to follow!
Happy Spring.

{mike + erica}

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girl's weekend: nyc!



For the past few years, every winter or early Spring my dear girlfriends from my former life in Boston all get together for a weekend getaway. Looking forward to this weekend is the fuel that gets many of us through those long {short} dark {very} days of February. There is nothing like the warmth, laughter, good food and hugs with old girlfriends to recalibrate the soul.

This past weekend was the 2011 getaway. Thought I would post our two-day excursion if you are planning your own getaway before your big day. Some of these finds might be perfect for a big city bachelorette celebration!

The first night, we stayed at our girlfriend's brownstone outside the city and indulged in her warm hospitality and roomy accommodations. Kathryn is the quintessential foodie {factoid of the weekend: did you know there were actually six taste senses? Sweet, spicy, sour, salty, bitter and...umami---we came to learn that is the savory flavor and unofficial sixth taste sense} and we indulged in the largest selection of cheeses, eclectic crackers, olives, flatbread pizzas and lots and lots of wine. With this group of ladies who work in all sorts of interesting industries, we still hold up Kathryn's former job as a buyer traveling worldwide for Trader Joe's as the coolest of all possible professions.

The next morning, we woke up to bright sunshine streaming in her place with what must be 10 foot windows and ceilings a mile high. I felt like I was in Europe. Maybe it was how she steams her milk for coffee and served up the most delicious cranberry nut bread, fruit salad, greek yogurt and big,fat mugs of coffee. The sun was shining, the temperatures warm--Spring weekend forecast delivered!



We headed into the city and booked one night at Cooper Square Hotel near SoHo and the East Village. I cannot say enough about the wonderful customer service at Mr. & Mrs. Smith Hotels. With seven girls splitting the cost of two double/double rooms, we could afford to shop at this site with a small portfolio of amazing high-end boutique hotels worldwide. The hotel beds were like clouds {no creepy worries about NYC hotel beds in this place!}, the views were amazing, the showers divine and the champagne check-in was just our style.


That day we spent walking all around Downtown (NoLita, East Village, West Village, SoHo) with a few simple goals. Yummy lunch, mani/pedis and some casual window shopping. After lunch and mojitos at a delicious Cuban restaurant, we ended up at Spazio Nail salon and were, sadly, very unimpressed. Didn't find out until now it was such an 'it' place but when the entire mani/pedi takes about 15 minutes and are asked to wait outside with your toes barely dry, not sure if we care that Sienna Miller got pampered there, too! With so many inexpensive and wonderful salons on every corner in New York, you may want to avoid this one unless it is a quiet Tuesday in January. Regardless, we went on our way with shiny toes in search of a coffee and a late afternoon sugar fix. Billy's Bakery with cinnamon carrot cupcake, cream cheese frosting and a latte was just the way to boost the spirits.


Kathryn is newly engaged and in the midst of dress shopping. It was a thrill to meet the dress designer in her darling bridal shop Saja. We met the lovely Yoo herself and she recognized the bride-to-be from a connection they had in Los Angeles! Her dresses are so ethereal and light and I had coincidentally blogged about it here before.



We ended the night with 9:30 reservations {yep, we weren't sure we would make it} at Public. Delicious. The weekend concluded with a fat brunch, tired eyes {I can't remember the last time I was up until 3AM sleepover party style} and missful for our 'others' who make these getaways possible and such a wonderful reason to head home.


It is so special when life takes us in all directions with all different lifestyles {from single in the city, to engaged and newlyweds, to married for nearly a decade with little ones in the 'burbs} some things never change. The laughter, comfort, support and kindness of good girlfriends is truly food for the soul.

{erica}

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half pint art.



As a follow up to my last post about getting Lucy involved in decorating our space, I just saw these today from Blueprint Bliss.

About a year ago for some funky interior inspiration, I bought this book. The cosmopolitan husband and wife team {with homes from downtown in Chelsea to beach houses in Brazil} are masters at eclectic + chic, open and family-friendly spaces with kids framed artwork completing the look.

{erica}

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Spring?



This weekend was gorgeous. Budding daffodils, bright blue skies, soft breeze+ cherry blossoms peaking out of their winter slumber. Then today, not so much. Misty, grey and well, a little Monday chill. This inspiration board is just so pretty from 100 Layer Cake. Loving saffron yellow and those grapefruit pinks in that gorgeous painting in the board, while doing my best to appreciate those first fickle days of Spring.



The official 'Studio Expansion' project is well underway here at Buzz. We will likely not have the complete 'before and afters' until early Summer but these bold, spring colors are an inspiration. Our aesthetic definitely leans towards the muted grey/tans, white trim, lots of sunshine and hardwood floors. The hope is we find a few oversized art pieces with our spot lighting to give it a pop. Unfortunately, original art might just may take a little longer to find {read: budget}. I spotted this great piece, tracked down the gallery via SFgirlbythebay and realized, as happy and beautiful as it is, the $4000 they were asking might be better spent on the latest camera lenses...baby steps.

Given how colorful and free-spirited the artwork is, it seems like we may be able to put Lucy on that task? Have you ever taken on art projects to finish a space within budget? Any ideas warmly welcome!


{erica}

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jamie + george: north stonington, ct









Another gorgeous September evening wedding with some of our favorite vendors---the culinary genius of A Thyme to Cook, the gorgeous photojournalistic style of Maggie Conley Photography, the vibrant and rustic florals from Hana Floral and the idyllic setting, Jonathan Edwards Winery at Harvest time.

Filming the elegant and oh-so-in-love couple, Jamie + George made this wedding just about perfect. We so appreciate the notes of gratitude that absolutely capture why moving images are so important on the wedding day. "We love it!  I love the music that you used (especially The Rolling Stones ;) I love the way that you can hear the conversations in the background.. the tone that you set for each scene....we are so happy that we will have these memories forever and to pass on to our children.  When I think of my wedding day I now have the images of my grandparents dancing and the smiles on our friends and families' faces in my mind...."

Best of everything in your new lives together, Jamie + George!

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Jonathan Edwards Winery: Short Film

Jonathan Edwards Winery 2011 from Buzz Media Company on Vimeo.



As we mentioned in an earlier post, life has been a bit busy in the studio these days. We are so grateful that time and again our professional and personal worlds overlap and we get to take on yet another client and project we can pour our heart into. This short film is a perfect example. Last Saturday night we got to debut this short film to a warm audience of Case Club members at the annual Winemakers Dinner. Take a moment to relax into this nine minute Buzz film showing what makes this boutique winery so special. And it is not just the delicious wine.

(Up next, gorgeous photos from the dinner and the fantastic collaboration with some of our favorite vendors to get you in the Spring mood!)

{erica + mike}

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elements of fudge.


How lucky are we? Amidst the never-enough-time-in-the-day-to-pause-and-reflect moments in the studio, we got mail that was thoughtful, creative, homemade and just because. This happy winter package arrived at our doorstop from the talented folks at Elements Design. They are a fantastic design firm on the Connecticut shoreline that just gets it. Their portfolio speaks for itself. The work is elegant and diverse. Their blog is well written, relevant and fresh- pulling in all different 'elements' that make for good design, smart marketing and solid inspiration.

We snapped this photo from their February Giveaway---the package consisted of a nice note, an adorable metal lunch box, rustic flannel pouch, clever Elements pencils and the most delicious homemade (with hand-stamped packaging ) Fudge. Fresh fudge arriving in the mail on a random Wednesday? This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Thank you, Elements Design!

{mike + erica}

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living life.


We have been a bit quiet on the blog front this week finishing up one exciting commercial project (think wellness, yoga and cooking inspiration) and starting another (think wine, relaxation and farm life) and look forward to sharing the finished projects in the coming weeks. The past two weekends have included travel to Boston and Newport to meet clients and finishing up some gorgeous weddings from the summer. February has been busy and our hunch is March will come in like a lion and out like a lamb. Buzz has got our sights set on April daffodils, warm earth and a moment to breathe before the next high season!

In all the winter hustle (sadly, no time for vacation this year), this quote is inspiration for keeping it all in balance. While not necessarily a fan of inspiration books- this one has been a great nightly read on just this sentiment.

{erica}

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Anthropologie: BHLDN



All the buzz in the bridal blog world. Cannot wait to see the launch of Anthropologie's wedding line-BHLDN. PR geniuses that they are, the website does not reveal too much until next week. A good reason to look forward to Monday morning! February 14th-no better day to roll out the love.

{erica}

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etsy love: valentines


affordable, clever, original art for your love from tastesorangey

handknit hearts from feresa


darling warmth for a lil valentine from fiddlestyxstudios.



vintage valentine on 5gardenias

xo letterpress love from dempsey press

With Valentines day a week away, it seemed like a good time to share a few of my favorite handmade and vintage sweet treats from the artisans at Etsy. It is refreshing in the era of computer generated receipts, bar codes and mass produced goods, to find gifts that come in hand-addressed packages {often artfully done as with my last purchase} and a card from an artist halfway around the country {or across the big pond.} My most recent purchase at tastesorangey was truly the best $20 I have spent in a long while. We heart etsy.

{erica}

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sunday morning made sweeter.


a french press method from hufort on Vimeo.



With our delight in Sunday mornings , good photography, thoughtful short films and all things food- these posts on the art of the french press and this recipe on yummy pear and buckwheat pancakes makes sprouted kitchen blog a true favorite. The zen simplicity of this video is the best. {not to mention, their recent wedding at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs makes me wish these adorable newlyweds would invite us over for some coffee!}

Happy winter weekend.
{erica + mike}

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Caitlin + Greg: Essex, CT








Home is where the heart is. Engaged at home and rooted in home, Caitlin + Greg planned this lovely wedding, where else? At home. We were so thrilled to be a part of their special day along with some fantastic artists + vendors. The rustic elegant look designed by the talented ladies of Bellafare and gorgeous photography by the husband + wife team (love their tag line saying simply 'true and beautiful') of Iris Photography. This wedding brought together the intimacy of a backyard affair with organic and monochromatic details {Sperry tents!} of an elegant summer fete.

Be sure to check out the full details, our short film and more gorgeous photos featured today on Style Me Pretty!

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ban.do beautiful






Just what January in New England ordered. Pretty. pretty. pops of spring. Ban.do's new website delivers. These could be perfect for rehearsal dinner outfits {shoes, corsages} and in your hair on the big day. Must still be missing that lost opportunity to pick one of these pretty flower accessories { giving the right dose of whimsy, modern and girly} for our beach wedding long ago. Sigh.

By the way, that beautiful veil is being sold in the awesome online marketplace 100 Layer Cake for $100!


{erica}

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caitlin + george: watch hill, ri




On a January day that promises to hover just under ten degrees, we thought we would take you back to this gorgeous day in September. The bright blue sky, majestic yellow of the Ocean House and the happy smiles of Caitlin + George (extra big because big, bad Earl passed them by) this day could not have been more perfect. Best wishes in your new lives together, Caitlin and George!
Collaboration:
Venue: Ocean House
Photographer: Maggie Conley Photography
Florist: Hana Floral

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