Thursday, April 30, 2009

Buzz Media Company...Your story. Your Day. Your Moment in Motion

I first had the opportunity to meet Mike Cyr, the man behind Buzz Media Company, a couple of months ago and was just blown away by his work. He truly has mastered the art of capturing your day on film and has such an incredible talent of combining film and music to tell the story of your day, and he is one of the nicest guys you will meet. After a decade of working in Manhattan in the music/film/video business for SONY, Miramax and others, he returned to Mystic to build a company he could believe in. Buzz Media Company was formed in 2003 but was years in the making.

The philosophy is simple: do creative work, collaborate with talented people and live and work in a beautiful community near family and the ocean. Most importantly- we feel fortunate that our work is about shining a light on some of the most meaningful moments in peoples lives. -Mike Cyr

On Sunday Buzz Media Company will present a workshop that discusses “Tapping into the rhythm: music and moving images. Each wedding has its own rhythm. Finding music to compliment the film is one of the most creatively rewarding parts of putting "it all together."

It is going to be such an incredible day filled with rockstar vendors! We are so excited to bring all of these amazingly talented people in one room for this event!


Michelle and John's Engagement

Laurin & Brad

The Art of Seeing...

Erin & Paul, Eolia Mansion, via Maggie Conley Photography

Deirdre & Jason, Elihu Island via Adeline and Grace Photography

With just a couple days away from the big event we are so excited to introduce you to a couple of amazingly talented ladies. Erica Coppell & Tiffany Fosnight of Adeline and Grace Photography and Maggie Conley and Maria Scaglione of Maggie Conley Photography. These ladies are truly incredible in capturing your day from behind the lens and have mastered the art of photography.

On Sunday they will be presenting a workshop together that will discuss the topic: "Presentation/Designing your Heirlooms." The design and art of making images is very creative however the more collaborative part is in the final stages, which is a great inspiration topic. Adeline and Grace and Maggie Conley are very similar in their offerings as photographers and yet distinctly different in their aesthetic sensibilities. This makes a great collaborative presentation! We are thrilled to have them collaborating with us on this event

Monday, April 27, 2009

Gourmet Galley Catering...

Gourmet Galley is a a premiere catering company located in Southeastern Connecticut, a real destination for gourmet food, customized menus, and an incredible staff with a passion for what they do. We are thrilled to have Anna Lathrop and her crew a part of Sunday's event, where they will present a workshop on “Working with your caterer to customize a menu that creates a sensory experience for your guests.”

Food is such an important part of any event, and will leave your guests raving long after they have gone if it is done right. This is a workshop you wont want to miss. Throughout the day you will also have the opportunity to sample food from Gourmet Galley and meet with Anna and Victoria to learn how they can be a part of your big day.

Workshop Schedule Announced...

Saltwater Farm Vineyard at night, image by Joshua Behan Photography

We have put together an incredible schedule of workshops that will run throughout the day on Sunday, from 1-5pm at Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Workshops will be limited to 25 people and will be filled on a first come basis. When you arrive we will have sign up sheets for the workshops and you can sign up for the ones you wish to attend, you will not be limited to the number of workshops you can register for.

While you are not participating in a workshop you will have the chance walk around on the lower level and meet the other vendors and view and taste samples of their work at their tables.

Workshop Schedule
Weddings the Creative Process 1-5:00pm

1:15pm-1:45 The White Dress by the Shore & Twobirds Bridesmaid
“How to wear one dress many different ways”

1:50pm-2:10 (upper level) Stonington Design & Paperie and Josh Chalmers, Chalmers Creative Group
“The creative process behind designing custom couture invitations”

1:50-2:10 (lower level) Hana Floral Design
“Incorporating the sense of smell into your event and how it affects the mood”

2:15pm- 2:35 The Copps, justice of the peace
“When we say I do, the art of the ceremony”

2:40pm-3:00 Jennie Fresa Beauty Library
“The sense of touch--the application process of makeup for your wedding day. {I.e. giving skin a flawless finish, longevity of makeup, the art of crafting a look that is custom, and the overall positive feeling one has when they are perfectly enhanced}.

Guest Speaker (Abby Larson from Style Me Pretty)
3:00pm-3:30 Style Me Pretty and True & Wesson
“Finding Inspiration everywhere; the creative process in putting together a design board of pictures and how to translate that perfect picture in your head into a day that will make you smile for years to come."

Mind, Body & Spirit
3:40pm-4:00 Mystic Yoga Shala

4:00-4:15 Buzz Media Company
“Tapping into the rhythm: music and moving images. Each wedding has its own rhythm. Finding music to compliment the film is one of the most creatively rewarding parts of putting "it all together."

4:15-4:40 Adeline and Grace and Maggie Conley Photography
"Presentation | Designing your Heirlooms"

4:40-5:00 Gourmet Galley Catering
“Working with your caterer to customize a menu that creates a sensory experience for your guests”

The first 50 guests to buy tickets in advance of the event will receive a gift bag, filled with amazing gifts from all participating vendors and will be registered for a chance to win one of many prizes in the raffle. (some of the prizes include, a Tocca Bath & Body Beauty Set, dress from Twobirds bridesmaid, vintage broach from White Dress by the Shore,
Gift Basket of products from Life is Good, and many more. You can purchase tickets directly online via paypal.

Stonington Design and Paperie

Stonington Design and Paperie is a design boutique specializing in honoring life's landmark events. Located in Clinton, CT in a super chic studio behind the White Dress by the Shore, Stonington Design and Paperie is a destination for couture paper. Christine Toner and her design team will take you through the process of creating a customized invitation that is reflective of you and your event. The process starts with a conversation to learn more about you and your big day and then for inspiration they bring out fabric, scented papers, color swatches, letterpress, engraved or offset samples from their collection. We are so excited to have Stonington Paperie as a part of our event on May 3rd, for her workshop Christine will be collaborating with Josh Chalmers, Chalmers Creative Group, to take you through the creative process behind designing the paper for your event.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

When we say I do... The Copps

A young bride and groom (Patty and Web) 1952
Patty and Web Now

Patty and her husband Web Copp are one of the most amazing couples I have had the chance to get to know. Patty has been a Justice of the Peace for over three decades and together with her husband they officiate wedding ceremonies together. Truly a unique and extremely special experience for a couple to stand before them as they say their vows. The Copps have been happily married for over 50 years, with four children, and eleven grandchildren, they are a true symbol of love, commitment and family.

In addition to marrying brides and grooms, Patty is the author of an incredible book, What we do when we say I do. The Book reflects the humor, poignancy, frustrations and joy that are a part of planning and officiating, surrounding the most important decision people ever make. It also carries an inspirational message that can be helpful to those about to get married, those already married, and all of the extended family who play a far more important part than they imagine.

We are so excited to have them be a part of our event on May 3rd where they will talk about selecting a Justice of the Peace and the art of ceremony writing. A workshop you won't want to miss!

A schedule of all workshops will be posted this week.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Vendor Spotlight...The White Dress by the Shore

Images by Justin & Mary Marantz Photography

Today's Vendor Spotlight is on the White Dress by the Shore. Beth Chapman, owner of the White Dress by the Shore, has totally redefined the bridal shopping experience. From the minute you walk onto the front porch and through the front doors, you are surrounded by an incredible energy, warmth and smiling, welcoming faces. Searching for a wedding gown is one of the highlights of the whole wedding planning process, it is such a special day that a bride will always remember. The ladies of the White Dress by the Shore, have created the perfect environment to take you through this process.

In addition to bridal attire they also offer a couture collection of bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and the most incredible line of Annie Girl dresses for the little ladies in your bridal party. The personalized service, attention to detail, and gorgeous collection of dresses and accessories that line the room, make this bridal boutique a one of a kind.

"Our objective is to ensure that the day that our clients choose their bridal attire is as memorable as the day that they wear it."

Friday, April 10, 2009

Vendor Spotlight... Twobirds Bridesmaid

Today the spotlight shines on a truly incredible lady and her company twobirds bridesmaid. Lucinda and I first met Ariane Goldman, the designer of this incredible collection of dresses, last year at the NY wedding magazine show in NYC. We were blown away by her energy, creativity and passion and immediately fell in love with twobirds bridesmaid. One dress that bridesmaids can easily wrap in over ten unique ways flattering all body types!

With a background in business and eight years with American Express in marketing and and sponsorship Ariane left the corporate world to pursue a dream. Frustrated with spending way too much on bridesmaid dresses she never wore again, she set out to find a solution to the widespread debacle: how to enable your closest girlfriends to look and feel beautiful at your wedding while maintaining consistency and elegance for the pictures that will last forever.

In early 2007, Ariane was married in Jamaica and her bridesmaids wore the multifunctional dresses. Guests were enamored and her bridesmaids loved the dresses so much! She knew she had found a solution to the ever challenging problem, and watched her dress line boom across the country, with appearances on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Martha Stewart. And last month she expanded with the opening of a store in Sydney, Australia.

We are so super excited to have this lady as a part of our event on May 3rd, she is not only an absolute doll, but someone that I truly admire. I know you will just fall in love with her collection of dresses, they are absolutely gorgeous!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Vendor Spotlight... Jennie Fresa Beauty Library

Today we are shining the spotlight on Jennie Fresa Beauty Library. Jennie’s career in the beauty business began 10 years ago in retail before branching out to private clients. It was in New York City that she gained valuable experiences working with industry leader, Trish McEvoy. As a Trainer for Trish, Jennie traveled throughout New York City and internationally. She had the opportunity to work with top professionals and meet a diverse clientele. During this time, her fondest experience came from working one on one with brides. These intimate relationships developed into a passion for Bridal Makeup, which she carries forward today.

We are so excited to have Jennie as a collaborating vendor on our upcoming event. She is not only the sweetest, most genuine person you will ever meet but she is incredibly talented! The other night when we were out at an event I couldn't stop picking her brain about beauty secrets, my makeup regiment and how I could acheive a glowing complexion like hers. I couldn't get enough! On May 3rd you will have the chance to talk to Jennie and ask her all of your beauty questions as well, and sit in on an intimate workshop to learn about the process.

During her workshop, Jennie will discuss the sense of touch--the application process of makeup for your wedding day. {I.e. giving skin a flawless finish, longevity of makeup, the art of crafting a look that is custom, and the overall positive feeling one has when they are perfectly enhanced}.

Jennie just opened the most adorable studio in Madison, Connecticut and will travel upon request.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Guest Speaker Spotlight... Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty

Abby Larson and her absolutely gorgeous blog Style Me Pretty is a name and site we have all quickly grown to know. She has led the way in the blogging world in this industry since its inception and continues to inspire us on a daily basis. She admittedly will tell you she has the best job in the world. "I spend my days scouring the Internet for beautiful things, walking the streets of Boston waiting to be inspired, roaming the aisles of my favorite little bookshop…all day, dreaming about weddings. On any given Tuesday, you might find me on my sofa, hovering over my laptop creating inspiration boards and color palettes, constantly getting sidetracked by all of the beautiful sites I’ve found along the way." Which is something we could all say of the endless hours we can spend looking through the pages on Style Me Pretty.

Abby launched Style Me Pretty as a way to stay connected to the industry and to continue to challenge herself creatively. "As a blogger, I am forever in search of inspiration…whether it’s my grandfather’s sketches or my niece’s paintings, the perfect pair of ballet flats or a blush colored peony. There are no boundaries for inspiration. I write about all things beautiful. All things wedding. Everyday, I post my favorite finds, my latest loves…And in the midst of all the beautiful pictures and the beautiful weddings, my only hope is that I will inspire you in some small way, to translate that perfect picture in your head into a day that will make you smile for years to come." This is the creative process that Abby will share with us and take us through on May 3rd at our event at Saltwater Farm.

Aside from the inspiration boards, featured color stories, details and real weddings Abby has really done an incredible job of building her Little Black Book of the best vendors in each state. Michelle her right hand lady in the office and sweetest woman I have met in a long time, personally interviews and screens each invited vendor, of which they only select three in each category to be represented. There are many talented vendors that aren't listed in the book but the careful attention to detail and the personalized selection and extensive research that they do before you are invited to participate is truly amazing. Making the Little Black Book the most incredible resource for brides across the country. Lucinda and I are beyond thrilled and honored to have been invited to join the LBB, as have many of the participating vendors in our event.

We are so excited to be collaborating with Abby on this event which promises to be a day you definitely wont want to miss!