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mind travel.




This is the location of my head this sunny but cold January Monday. These are from the lovely Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

An all-inclusive getaway with yoga on the beach, grilled seafood and spa treatments seems about perfect to me lately. As a hit-the-road, submerse-in-the-culture, major-in-foreign-language kinda girl this is not my typical preference. But after a long New England winter, these images are calling my name. More research to share on some of the best deals, the best reviews and the best pricing I find. Might be useful to those of us out there who need a pre-moon, a honeymoon, a destination wedding or simply, a long overdue reason to completely unplug. With projects on deck straight through until early April, booking a trip in Spring could make this busy season {wait, I thought May-October was busy season?!} fly by. Need more inspiration? Check out the Costa Rica promotional piece Buzz did last year for another fantastic location. I can smell the tropical flowers watching this one!

I attribute this new obsession to all the Netflix streaming of Anthony Bourdain No Reservations show we have been watching and Miss Sarah sending out a message for hot tropic resort ideas! Thanks guys, the travel wheels are spinning.

{erica}

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snow days + winter whites.


brrr. via

Nearly two feet of the fluffy stuff when we woke up today! Since we missed the last big Nor'easter when we were down south over the holidays, it was a welcome snow day to settle in, make a monsterous breakfast of banana pancakes and bacon and later bundle up in search of the perfect sledding hill.

Here are a few winter white details we found {etsy is the best for wedding details!} to celebrate snow days.


I would've loved this style invite if the Rockies made it to the top spot for our wedding location. {we headed for the tropics instead!}


hand-felted dahlia brooch



A winter white cashmere wrap

{erica}

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dana + mark: newport




On a crisp and cold January day, we thought we would take it back to the summer seabreeze in Newport with Dana and Mark's elegant wedding at Astors Beechwood Mansion. As always, we feel fortunate to collaborate with friends and incredible talent in the industry, Trish of Snap Photography and Raina of Raina Dawn Events along with many,many others. Congratulations Dana and Mark for a gorgeous seaside affair and best wishes in your new lives together!

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urban loft: winter wedding.





Every January, for the past few years we have been lucky enough to head to Manhattan for an overnight. It is a great time with the holiday crowds gone and the perfect season to find a window seat in a new restaurant and watch the world go by. We have no plans yet to head to the Big Apple this month as we are filming a wedding next weekend and so busy finishing up 2010 projects. But we may have to start putting the wheels in motion for later in the month. Until then, this gorgeous wedding at the Foundry has me wide-eyed. How gorgeous is that Vera Wang gown and her pretty upswept hair?

{erica}

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resolutions.


Admittedly, we are doing pretty well on day four of 2011. We headed to the gym at the crack of dawn this morning, baked homemade wheat bread last night and put our shopping list on an excel spreadsheet with multiple copies in our newly organized junk drawer. We even spent time over dinner jotting our top five goals/resolutions list on a napkin. So it should feel good, right?

Sorta. But after seeing this, it may be time to scrap the top five list and take Ghandi's lead on this one. Seems to have all the resolutions we need to make this year even more rewarding and meaningful than the last. Happy 2011, everyone.

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bidding farewell to 2010.

family day from Buzz Media Company on Vimeo.



We just returned to the studios today from a very tropical Christmas with the family down South. We had a wonderful time away and are rejuvenated as we gear up for 2011. Before we bid farewell to twenty ten (you have been good to us 2010!) we thought we would share our holiday card with our Buzz friends and family.... a lively short film of a day in the life of our family.

Much love, joy, peace and gratitude for being a part of our world. The collaborations, creative projects, beautiful weddings and lovely friendships from this year are each so unique and special.

We look forward to making more memories {and films} with you in the new year.


{mike, erica + lucy}

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holiday gift guides.


If you are like me you are a.} a procrastinator b} love to window shop through the blogosphere. So it is really a treat when the two come together to help in the last minute holiday shopping many of us have left to do. The blog world has so many fantastic gift guides that entertain and delight at all budgets and for all potential recipients {pets, newborns, newlyweds etc. etc}. A Cup of Jo Gift Guide has become yet another reason I really look forward to December in recent years.

As a blog follower you have come to know and love the writers tastes and preferences. When Holiday Gift Guide time rolls around, just beeline to your favorites and its as if your shopping list has been handpicked by a friend! Lucinda Wesson of Chocolate Creative Design is one of these friends. With a formal background in graphic design and years of working in NYC, we love working together with Lucinda and other 'ex-pats' of the big apple on weddings, events and shoots throughout the year. She is the designer who conceptualized one of our favorite shoots and has an eye for the eclectic, the unique and the beautiful in all aspects of design. Miss Lucinda really unwrapped some surprises early this year. Along with her fantastic collaborations and partnerships in the industry, she launched out on her own with a brand new blog, Glitter, Glue and Fireflies! We were flattered when she asked us to submit our ideas for her 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide for Chocolate Creative Design. { my stocking stuffer ideas on day 2!} There are some really terrific nuggets and ideas culled from some of our areas best creative entrepreneurs and friends.

Save the trip to the mall. Click that mouse and get {last minute} shopping!

{erica}

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white christmas?


As the last official shopping weekend before Christmas, it would really be so pretty if we could cue the white stuff on say, Thursday. This photo just has me ready. Was I the only one disappointed that the 'big storm' forecasted has been downgraded and will pass us by here in Connecticut? I love the excuse to slow down and do snowstorm kinda stuff {as in, nothing between mugs of hot cocoa}. How perfect was that last year?

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katie + tucker: nantucket, ma

katie + tucker from Buzz Media Company on Vimeo.



As our sporadic posts suggest, we are in full holiday swing. The studio is buzzing {sorry} with activity, creative plans for 2011 and wrapping, lots and lots of wrapping. We are wrapping up more than just gifts this year. A final wrap on many projects and the close of 2010. There are so many clients and new friends to be grateful for as we reach the end of a very rewarding 2010.

We thought we would take pause to share a recent short film. This one is special. We blogged about Katie and Tucker's ten year vow renewals a few months ago. Sure, it was a perfect beach sunset in Nantucket, intimate gathering and a festive reception at a fantastic Mexican bistro in town. But it is how this highlight {done exclusively in Vintage Super 8 film} shines a light on the real beauty of marriage found in family, simplicity, joy and gratitude. As the hectic 'keeping up' pace has a way of consuming us all during the holidays, this is a gentle reminder of what it should all be about.

We found new friends in Katie and Tucker and are so grateful they shared their meaningful, intimate celebration with us.
It is worth taking a moment to pause and reflect on your own family and friends by watching this to the end- and you may just tear up a little. We did.

{erica+ mike}

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rebecca + justin: cape cod

rebecca & justin from Buzz Media Company on Vimeo.



To us, this wedding captured a quintessential New England summer day. This couple is as fresh, sweet and refreshing as the breeze on the wide Cape beaches. We loved heading out to Wychmere in Cape Cod to capture a bit of Rebecca and Justin's heavenly day. All of our best Rebecca and Justin in your new lives together- you were a joy to work with.

Collaboration:

Venue: Wychmere Harbor Club
Event Planner: Cape Wedding Planner, Allison Liset
Florals: Lilacs Florals
Photographer: David Murray Weddings

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cozy kitchen + holidays



We are big fans of the banana pancake breakfast. Some of my favorite family moments happen in our kitchen on Sunday mornings. This film short from Jamie Oliver and his two daughters Poppy and Daisy {cute names!} to me is perfection. Casual, silly pancake tutuorial to get in the holiday kitchen mode. While it may not be the Martha Stewart perfection it wins for being inclusive, delicious and all about family. I especially love Jamie's rumpled shirt, bed head and ways he makes his girls giggle.
Happy holiday weekend in whatever way you may be getting your living space in the spirit!

{erica}

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kerry+ andrew: vineyard wedding

kerry & andrew from Buzz Media Company on Vimeo.








As we all patiently await signs of the first holiday snow, we thought we would take a step back to the seaside warmth of a beautiful vineyard wedding this summer. Congratulations on your new lives together Kerry and Andrew!

Collaboration with some of our favorite vendors includes:
Event + Tablescape Design: True Event
Papergoods + Graphic Design: Chocolate Creative Design
Floral: Hana Floral
Catering: Jordan Caterers
Venue: Saltwater Farm Vineyards
Photography: Justin + Mary

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sondra + ben: new haven, ct


sondra plus ben from Buzz Media Company on Vimeo.


Here it is. The clever, colorful, unique and truly joyful wedding of Sondra + Ben we blogged about a few months ago. This couple made their day so uniquely their own and their love shined.

We had so much fun working with such a talented group of vendors- several new to us and flown in from Southern California for their big day in New Haven. Talent abounds.

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

Best Wishes Sondra and Ben for a long and happy life together with {as the song says} fun.fun.fun. Where ever you go there'll be love.

{mike + erica}

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love story: simplified


I am in love with this story, this writing and this sentiment found here. If you are a bride to be, I think this is the true inspiration.

The night my husband and I met for the very first time, he asked me to marry him. I answered “Sure!” Because I felt quite sure I could spend the rest of my life listening to him talk to me. He had this accent that I couldn’t quite place. It was a blend of East coast, Midwest, a year studying in Europe, and thug Italian. It was devastatingly cool. Still is.

A few years later, we eloped to Nantucket; my dad had died the summer before, and neither of us could imagine such a day without him.

I wore a J. Crew dress long before they sold wedding attire. We remembered all our documentation, but forgot rings and the shoes over which I’d obsessed for months. Too bad, because they were perfection.

I forgot my something old and something blue, but my boy assured me that the blue of my eyes would do nicely. And the old would be what we’d grow together.

In the end, I can tell you none of the details mattered. There was no letterpress, no photo booth, no first dance jitters, no calligraphied place cards, no bouquets, and no color scheme except the blue of the sea and the green of the lawn at the Wauwinet. And, yet, there was so much more.

The night before we wed, my husband-to-be picked the perfect spot for our vows. They were simple; I promised to make him laugh every day and he promised to want to talk to me every day, and we both promised to choose each other for the rest of our lives.

Three lovely daughters and years and years later, I still count that day as one of our most perfect, clutter-free moments. It was me and him on the edge of an island, promising to try our best to live our best. Together and forever.

This morning, I shook him awake thirty minutes early. “It snowed last night!” I whispered excitedly. He jumped out of bed and looked out the window with the glee of a ten-year old kid. Then realized I’d been teasing him.

“After all these years, I still fall for you.” He said, shaking his head and laughing.

Okay. In all honesty, that wasn’t his exact quote. It ended more like
“…I still fall for your bull*#@!” But I knew what he meant. And it still thrills me to make that boy laugh.

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happy {almost} thanksgiving.





Last year, we hosted 20 people in our new {old} house. We were just reflecting last night, 2009 was one of our favorite Thanksgivings in recent memory. A lot of work. A lot of fun. This year, sure we are making a few side dishes but we are going to make the 2 mile circuit to Mike's sister's house, my sister's house and a pop in on some friends en route. When we get a chance to host again, I am all over this decor. It has a lot of my favorites---Home Goods craftiness, metallic spray on pumpkins, wide pin-stripes and organic and sparkly all at once. The story behind this photo shoot and tablescape is here. I particularly like how creative smarts and family-friendly casual can sometimes go together in a photo shoot.

There is so much to be thankful for this year....made even more sweet by moments when we got a wake-up call to recalibrate and focus on the essentials- health, family, friends and a warm home.

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

{erica + mike}

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random acts of culture



Getting into the holiday spirit. It is official. This video just bumps it over the edge, courtesy of Dad, a firm believer and advocate of all things cultural. Americans busy with their holiday shopping in Philly take pause to enjoy beautiful acoustics from a flash mob of 650 opera singers bursting into song. The people behind this are a non-profit dedicated to the transformational power of the arts. Hallelujah.

{erica}

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cassandra+bimal:Eugene O'Neill Theater

cassandra + bimal from Buzz Media Company on Vimeo.


On a grey and rainy November day, we thought we would get back to the Buzz business at hand and share this vibrant and colorful wedding from this summer. Cassandra and Bimal brought together their cultures and artfully integrated special touches in their food, decor, dress and traditions to give a nod to their heritage and family. And the dancing and music got people of all ages on their feet. A festive celebration in the truest sense of the word!

As with this short film, we are getting more and more requests for the three song highlight. This montage chapters their celebration and lends a different mood and feel to each part of their day. Among many talented vendors, this wedding was held on the expansive grounds of the Eugene O'Neill Theater, culinary delights and flawless catering was provided by the talented A Thyme to Cook, event design by the talented Josh Chalmers and photography from Erica of Adeline & Grace. Enjoy!

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pretty, pretty poms.



The paper laterns clustered or in a line, colorful or monochromatic are so pretty in event spaces from tents to lofts.
I love this new twist on the paper latern--small paper mache' swatches glued on to the side for a modern twist. Bridesmaids that lean towards crafty might like this excuse to all get together, have some wine and update the classic paper laterns for the big day.

{erica}

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photo booth cool.



Up there with artfully done short films, {yep, Buzz} I think a good photo booth at a wedding is key to preserving memories and seeing your day from a whole different angle. These images {and check out the rustic, urban and vintage wedding on Green Wedding Shoes} are such a great new spin on the classic photo booth.
A cool combination of a few of my favorites...gentle lighting, literary quotes and a sense of humor. Love it.

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fall inspiration.






Head down and projects galore this week. So we took the chance to relax on Sunday and tool around sunny Rhode Island in search of the perfect pumpkin experience. Lucy was thrilled with what we stumbled across---Shartner Farm. Yep, thats the name. Our take, the kids love it {hayride, corn maze, donuts} but a bit of an overpriced scene. But because Halloween rivals Christmas on the list of kid favorites, we went for it and took the Super 8 camera along.

Rhode Island is a little state chock full of treasures. For years, I have had this small Rhode Island bible called eat.shop.rhode island. It really is a carefully curated guide that does what is promises "an indespensible guide to stylishly unique, locally owned eating and shopping." This is one in a series of guides from some twenty different cities and regions around the country. The photojournalistic images and short, fun descriptive essays will make you want to hit the road in search of these treasures.

The rest of the Fall inspiration and good thoughts are courtesy of Mary Ruffle.

{erica}

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