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golden lamb buttery.






Connecticut and Autumn just go together. A drive in the country is something we rarely make time for but with a destination like the Golden Lamb Buttery it is the perfect excuse to hit the road. This past Monday on a recommendation and a misty grey day, my parents, sister and I headed out for lunch to this quiet little treasure in Brooklyn, CT.

This first photo from Sarah Yates Photography reignited my post and beam barn obsession and how I have been meaning to share this Connecticut treasure with you all.

The remaining photos are of the Buttery where warm hospitality and genuine home-cooked, locally-sourced and organic foods are a given. The meal was just the right balance of haute cuisine and comfort food, the lunch prices were very reasonable (soups, entrees, glass of wine and two desserts for four for about $100) and the setting and the experience just felt authentic. {ie: you walk right through the kitchen on the way to your table like you are at a friends house}. And after lunch, the sweet town of Putnam known for antiques and charm is a short drive away. Known as the 'quiet corner' of Connecticut, this is just the kind of quiet we all may be craving this Autumn!

{erica}

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September.

No wonder we are a bit tired and fighting the annual 'back-to-school' colds. Took a moment to download iphone photos this morning only to realize how busy the last few weeks really were. We are grateful September has taken us around the region. We headed out to the Hamptons for a wedding at Wolffer Estate Vineyard, New York City for an art opening with hosted dinner in SoHo after to celebrate talented artist {and client... collaborated on a promotional film short documenting his work+story} and managed to film five weddings in between! We look forward to sharing our work in the coming months. The candids of these moments {along with home improvements, first day of school and lazy Sundays on the deck} make up the iphone photo moments in our September. What are yours?










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nostalgic Super 8

Meg + Ty super 8 from Buzz Media Company on Vimeo.


Those little Super 8 clackity-clack-circa-1968 cameras we shoot with at weddings {along with our high def Canons} sure are magic. The images evoke such simple sweetness. Here is Meghan and Ty on Super 8 set to a whimsical song documenting the moments before the ceremony at their winery wedding. Last week, Style Me Pretty covered the pretty photography and our short film of this sweet wedding, sweet location, and yes, super sweet couple. Enjoy.

{mike + erica}

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Earl cleared the air.


Thanks Earl for being all bark and no bite. The hurricane heading up the Eastern seaboard yesterday got downgraded to not much more than heavy rains. It left in its path a gorgeous Saturday.

Buzz is headed out to one of our favorite spots, the Ocean House to film Caitlin and George's wedding. They could not have ordered up a more lovely day. Having a cocktail on the big wrap around porch to enjoy the crashing surf, blue skies and light breeze? About perfect. Thanks Earl.

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true love.

Danny & Annie from StoryCorps on Vimeo.


We are lucky to be a part of so many lovely, lovely weddings each year. Wonderful friends, families, venues and decor. Some of the best, truly. We love being a part of this industry and witness again and again the place where fresh romance and beautiful creativity meets pure emotion.

But love stories that stand the test of time are my real weakness. It is the same feeling I got from the cute vignettes of elderly couples that ended the movie When Harry Met Sally or the back story of love in the movie Up . The gentle, humorous and sensitive way older + in love couples talk about each other and marriage is an inspiration.

Thanks to this daily read, I got my happy tears in early today. Enjoy.

{erica}

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last days of summer.



Beautiful forecast ahead. What are your plans? We are working + filming some great events this weekend, but feeling a bit 'missful' that this is the last official weekend of summer. Sure, there is Labor Day weekend, but when kids go to school on Monday {rude! can't they just wait another week?} to me, that marks the end of 'lazy days' of summer.

But enter September... one of the most gorgeous months in New England. Indian Summer days turn to cooler Autumn evenings. The sun is warm but a blanket is welcome for outings after sunset and the sky turns a deeper shade of blue. The summer pace here in Mystic slows and locals return to patron the restaurants and shops after the tourists are gone.

As the seasons shift, we hope you enjoy the final weekend in August and soak in the last of the true summer skies.

{erica}

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spring weddings.



Summer engagements often bring spring weddings. How beautiful are those first warm days of April and May when the first pop of color---a pink cherry blossom, yellow daffodils and lavender tulips look even more hopeful and bright against the subdued skies? A time of year representing hope, possibility, new life and fresh beginnings. Is there a season that is a more perfect metaphor for a wedding day? As the seasons seem to be changing this week on the other side of summer, we thought we'd look back at a few Spring weddings we filmed a few short months ago....classic, sweet and perfectly. pretty. Spring. {plenty of color and detail inspiration to all you Spring brides!}

Karyn + Paul pulled together some of our favorite vendors for their big day at a local winery including the talented photojournalistic styles of Josh Behan, flawless event design and planning by Miss Sarah, gorgeous florals by Hana Floral Design and vibrant makeup+styling by Jennie Fresa Beauty Library.

Karyn + Paul from Buzz Media Company on Vimeo.


Melissa + Tom are another terrific couple using the talents of our photographer friend and colleague Carla Ten Eyck and her team at the Glen Harbour Island Club in New York. We love how this couple, this day lent itself to a highlight with a classic forties feel.

Melissa + Tom from Buzz Media Company on Vimeo.

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magpies cakes.




These gorgeous wedding cakes truly double as stunning floral sculptures and fine art. I have long been a fan of the wedding cake alternative {cupcake trees, dessert buffets with pies and cakes, ice cream sundae bars etc} but these just might make me reconsider. Thanks to 100 Layer Cake for pointing out the beautiful creations at the newly launched, Washington DC-based Magpie's Cakes. Gorgeous.

{erica}

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vow renewals+ beach sunset + ceviche



This past weekend, Buzz was lucky enough to film a very special vow renewal for Tucker + Katie on Nantucket. Anything that combines sunset on an island beach, 40 of your closest friends and family and gourmet Mexican food in a restaurant with an urban vibe has my vote as the perfect way to celebrate! We look forward to sharing the film short in the coming months.

The sorbet colors in the sky were the perfect backdrop for their vow renewals on the beach. The ceremony was led by the same minister who officiated their wedding ten years ago. He introduced the adorable brother and sister (9+7) who proudly projected the words from their sweet readings to their parents. The gathering of friends+ family circled around them and clapped as the kissed and the sun dipped into the sea.

Photo booths, high spirits, raw bars and top shelf tequila, the most delicious guac ever followed at a NYC-esqe gourmet Mexican bistro Corazon del Mar. I am trying to convince Mike we might need a scouting + research trip to see if we can steal this idea for our ten year anniversary!

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the perfect kiss.




We see our fair share of wedding ceremonies. Between the weddings at the winery and the several dozen we film each year, there are some aspects that remain the same. The look of anticipation on the grooms face, the teary and intense eye to eye contact, the nervous laughter, big smiles and tightly held hands. It is so special to bear witness to these moments in peoples lives and watch love come alive in its purest form.

But ah... the kiss. Those are all different. After watching a few ceremonies on film while Mike edits, I've been known to ask if I was too enthusiastic when we kissed at our wedding. Mike responded 'are you kidding me? It was perfect.' But I still wondered, should I have been more demure, more reserved ..maybe given more of a 'lady-like' peck on the lips like I see so often?

Our ceremony was one of my favorite parts of our wedding day. It was so us. There were many moments that stood out: from getting the first glimpse of all the friends and family that traveled so far to be at our destination wedding, to choosing somewhat unique but meaningful processional songs, to giggles and tears I wish I could've controlled, to writing our own vows from the heart and having our dear friend officiate... Even as poignant as these were, most of the ceremony was a blur. I do, though, have a vivid memory of resisting the urge to kiss him for the twenty minutes until cued. When we were finally announced, I got wrapped up in the most warm, sweet and wonderful kiss with my new husband.

Judging from our photos, I was this girl. {and how gorgeous is she in this dress at this location?} I love how she throws her arms around his neck, leans in and gets lost in the moment. So go ahead, make the first kiss together your own-- and when you do those are, hands down, the most perfect kisses.

{erica}

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soak in summer.







It happens so reliably every year, there must be a name for the syndrome. When the first of August hits, I start to panic that there are just not enough days left in the summer to do summery things. We are so fortunate to have such a busy high season- this weekend off to the Cape, next to Nantucket and soon a ferry ride to the Hamptons to film gorgeous weddings with talented people and the most gracious and happy clients. It is hard to believe we have already filmed more than ten weddings this season with our busiest months to come!

For all the couples who may be getting married in late Summer/early Fall and also in your own 'busy season', be sure to take a moment to soak in summer before it is gone. Take a pre-moon with your groom {a simple overnight somewhere close by does wonders}, put aside your to-do list for one night and kick back and take in Summer 2010. At least that is the conversation going on in our world these days.

These images from its mary ruffle might just be the reminder we all need to put down the checklist and check out for a day or two...Happy August weekend!

{erica}

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emersonmade




How great are these clutches? Perfect bridesmaids gifts for a summer wedding. Check out Emersonmade's newly expanded line to include clothing design....Pocket skirts in sorbet colors, pretty flowers for your loose up do and fresh summer time images. Still tops the list of 'oh I wish I knew of this vendor' and got one of her oversized flowers for my hair and our beach wedding a few years ago....


{erica}

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happy summer colors + framed wallpaper



Thanks to daisy chain, I may have resolved my big artwork dilemma for the our tv room. Framing beautiful wallpaper for the perfect, oversized pop of color. This is a great resource for wall paper. There is also this site and this one has great patterns, too.

In my wall decor folder that is getting lots of ideas but no action {winter projects!} I have been storing away Alpha Workshops for more pretty wall paper ideas. Wouldn't three different but related patterns framed in white from their kimono series be so happy and fun?

{erica}

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sondra + ben: new haven, ct





Buzz was in New Haven this Saturday to document and celebrate Sondra + Ben's big day along with some of our favorite vendors with overall event design + planning lead by the talented Miss Sarah. We cannot wait to see the photos from the husband and wife team at Image is Found- fresh, fun and very LA. We love it. I have long been stalking Flashdance for progressive, alternative and very alive music. And with a DJ named Smiles Davis, how can you go wrong?

This couple is so unique. Their ceremony at Long Wharf Theater was more of clever and heartfelt off-broadway presentation with a gorgeous tented wedding at a private estate to follow. While the photos and film are in the works, here are a few of their hilarious photo booth moments and more found here. Sondra and Ben have interesting careers giving back to the world and a great love story. Read more about them here. {thanks for the NYTimes link, Sarah!} Oh, and how cute is her dress? Perfect for a summer fête. Congratulations Sondra and Ben!

We look forward to sharing their short film in the coming months!

Event Design + Planning: True Event, Sarah True
Catering: Jordan Caterers
Lighting/Sound: Power Posse
DJ: Flashdance, Smiles Davis
Photographers: Image is Found
Floral: KDJ Botanica
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited/AFR
MakeUp: Facetime Beauty
Ceremony: Long Wharf Theater
Tents: Sperry Tent

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lavender lemonade.


It will be a hot one this weekend with more 90+ degree temps. We served vodka basil lemonade at our wedding but this is another lovely, fragrant cocktail option fresh from the garden. Wouldn't this be perfect as a signature drink at the summer wedding? Courtesy of the always mouth watering daily read, Sunday Suppers. Wait, just realized this doesn't have any alcohol in it as written....I just assumed. You can see where my head is on a Friday!

{erica}

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al fresco weddings.



Perusing through Facebook last night, I tripped on a great photo album from a former Boston colleague who got married in California this month. Definitely have a love/hate with Facebook but this is one of the real perks. Here is a woman who I shared in fantastic work adventures overseas, office laughs and a mutual love of language and travel {we worked for this company}-yet would likely not have remained in touch. With Facebook, I am able to see her on her wedding day and all the photo captions that get me right up to speed on her life. She gave up a hectic PR/marketing career in the city to move to Northern California to work for a biodynamic farm, meet her husband and later get married right on site.

This is what she said in the caption below a photo of her wedding ceremony location spot.Our ceremony site at Campovida (field of life), a gorgeous arbor of weaving old stock vines of different grape varietals. We thought we originally wanted a church for this ceremony. This magical space filled with dappled sunlight and lush vines was our cathedral...of vines. Couldn't have been more perfect for a couple who loves wine and the earth!

Then I saw this wedding on SMP today---more of the same al fresco style beauty.

{erica}

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organic + pretty



Just took my engagement ring in to be resized slightly smaller {finally, after two years...not sure why I was afraid it would be too tight} Mike's saw my jewelry-less hands and started humming Beyonce's 'All the single ladies, all the single ladies, ah put your hands up'.... While my hands sit here sort of naked until Friday, it does get me thinking about all the pretty ways to chose rings to symbolize a union.

Wouldn't a natural bride with tan hands, short nails and a bit of bubble bath polish from OPI look great with this sweet engagement ring and band?

{erica}

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leave it to cali.


how great is this logo above?

I love {and yes I'll admit it, hate} it when an idea I think is uniquely my own, gets put into action before I get a chance! Leave it to gastronomically advanced Northern California to bring this vision alive. On NPR last week, I had a 'driveway moment' {as they call it when you sit in your car at your destination just to hear the end of a story} listening to this great new concept in food. A group of professional chefs in San Francisco who got disenchanted by the overhead and risk of having a bricks and mortar restaurant decided to bring food to the people, in different funky locations every two to three weeks. The pop up general store is built on the concept of promoting artisanal + organic food companies who may not have the capital or marketing engine to get the word out on their own. Cottage industry meets artisanal yumminess. My kind of business plan.

The Pop up General Store is more than a farmers market. They have an online shop to pre purchase orders, unique locations like Temescal streetcar depot to showcase the hidden gems of the region, a central general store check out and a fantastic line up of cooking classes. They are working on their website, but check out the recipes and descriptions on their blog.

I wonder if they want a new location on the East Coast for their next pop up? I may have just the place.

{erica}

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beach modern





As a follow up to the last post, if you are considering a destination wedding this winter (or any time!), how gorgeous is this beach modern look? Love the key lime green and cream. So classic. So tropical.

Then maybe you could give away one of these in your guest welcome bags. New favorite for beach towels--lightweight linen, oversized, quick drying and gorgeous.

{erica}

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