Locally Curated Welcome Bags

Hello GG friends & Happy Spring! Today we are showing our GG love for some of our favorite local businesses. It’s getting to be that time where couples begin to delve into the smaller details on their to-do list; things like ordering that pretty gown hanger, finalizing the (finicky) escort card display, and maybe, pulling together welcome bags for out-of-town guests. Dare we share our two cents on the topic? Here is our local low-down, comment below with your own shout-outs!

Let’s start with a custom bag, something reusable because we’re into the whole “sustainable thing,” and who doesn’t love a handy tote? Our go-to screen print shop? POORMORGAN located within the heart of the Velvet Mill, of course! They’re environmentally friendly too, and we like that! You’re “Totes Getting Married” so this just makes perfect sense.

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Speaking of the Velvet Mill, why not dream up a custom treat and pop it in your welcome bag with a little help from the Zest crew? Co-Owner, Gabriella loves details! She’ll have you talking through all of yours to come up with the perfect confection! Let your guests decide if they could use a sweet little pick-me-up before or after wedding festivities. We promise they’ll be by the bakeshop while they’re still in town to see what else is in Zest’s case. Zest sources local too, score for a double win!

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Traveling, hotel water, and, oh yeah, all of those cocktails can really take a toll… on your skin. Dehydration creeps up on you, you know what we’re talking about! Pamper your guests by including one of Firefly Farms new Lotion Bars and support a local farmer. They are certified humane and that’s pretty cool if you ask us. (“Spread the Love” label, anyone?)

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Show your guests around, give them their very own private Tour de Mystic Country with a custom map of all your favorite places; thoughtfully crafted by KRUSH Graphics. Our friend Kimberly is the creative soul behind KRUSH and her beautiful work can be found throughout the area. She’s also the brain behind a locavore movement branded as Support Local (for IG users: #ShopSupportLocal and #LocalStateofMind), because she thinks Local Matters and we do too. Be sure to click over to her online shop, a portion of every purchase goes to, you guessed it, local farmers.

***Places to highlight on your map: area vineyards and/or breweries, breakfast spots like Rise or M/Bar, brunch spots like Oyster Club or Red 36, hot spots like Engine Room for drinks and nightlife, and don’t forget our beloved Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream shop! Know what else tote bags are great for? Collecting seashells! Send them to Napa Tree Point for a beach walk and maybe they’ll catch one of those stunning Watch Hill sunsets.

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Since you’re featuring a vineyard or two, why not add a CT Wine Trail Passport and a bottle to the mix? Top it with a tag that suggests a BYOB. For instance, “Take me to Ford’s Lobster,” since there’s no better spot to stop for some seriously good New England fare on the water, and to soak in those coastal views.  Your guests will thank you, just look at that lobster risotto!

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You can never have too many good old fashioned bottle openers or wine keys. We love the selection at MW Coastal Goods.

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You are tying the knot after all… so of course you need to include some Mystic Knotwork! We love these nautical ornaments for the simple fact that they will bring back fond memories of your celebration for years to come.

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Before they bid adieu, help your guests get back on the road with a proper caffeine fix… a small gift certificate to Sift as a final token of thanks for sharing in your special day. They won’t make it out of there without something sweet or savory to go with that cup of java.

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Last but not least, stop by the Eastern Chamber of Commerce and pick up some tourist pamphlets to Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, and other area attractions personalized to the recipient’s interests.

Although our list could go on and on, our hope is that YOU will share your own ideas and inspiration right here in the comments. Let’s engage! Xo

 

 

 

PS: RESQWATER might not be local but it certainly does the trick after a night of celebrating, grab a case and tuck one for each guest into your locally curated welcome bag.

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Sue & Will

The first weekend of Fall brings about a welcome shift, a lovely jolt of energy like a second wind sending us off into the latter half of wedding season. It promises cooler days and fills our heads with colorful foliage, not to mention scrumptious new offerings to refresh our palates. Its arrival was especially sweet when with it came the wedding of a very special couple, Sue & Will. Yes, our team was abuzz with all kinds of excitement over our celebrity Groom, but as we learned more about these two kind souls, we couldn’t contain our happiness for them. Jennifer worked closely with Sue during the months leading up to their celebration, bringing her vision to life at Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Here are some images we are so lucky to be able to share, as shot by Joshua Behan Photography!

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Location: Saltwater Farm Vineyard

Linens: La Tavola

Photography: Joshua Behan Photography

Catering: Gourmet Galley

Florals: Hana Floral

Music and Lighting: Power Posse Productions

Hair: Beehive Salon, Stonington

Cake: Zest Fresh Pastry

Strings: Emily Chen String Quartet

Laura and Tim at Florence Griswold Museum

Hello GG friends! Oh my goodness has it been a whirlwind season! We’re having tons of fun but we thought, hey, let’s pause and take a look back on some of the special people we helped celebrate in 2016. This is why we get up and put on a pot of coffee every morning, after all.

Our first look back is of Laura and Tim who were married at the Florence Griswold Museum on the most beautiful of August days. To be quite candid, we feel this is one of the best kept secret {wedding venues} on the shoreline – great choice L&T! There are lush colorful gardens, interesting out-buildings, wooded areas, and a big open lawn along the Lieutenant River that’s just perfect for a tent. One thing is for certain, this is not your mother’s wedding hall…

Here is a quick peek into L&T’s romantic New England inspired day! We fell in love with them and of course all of her PRETTY pretty details! Thank you again for having us along and congratulations from your GG family!

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Catering & Cake: Gourmet Galley Catering

Band: Around Town

Florals: Guilford Greenery

Venue: Florence Griswold Museum

Photographer: Steve Depino

Tent: Chase Canopy

Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

 

2015 Annual Christmastime Teas at Florence Griswold Museum

Wedding season has officially come to a close and though that makes us just a little bit sad, we’re getting in the spirit as we prepare for the 2015 holiday season! First up, are the Christmastime Teas held throughout the month of December at the Florence Griswold Museum (Click the hyperlink to learn more or to make your reservation)!

Join us at the museum Tuesdays – Saturdays at 3pm for a beautiful spread of our infamous tea sandwiches, scones and sweets, served alongside “Miss Florence’s Tea”.

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This years menu will feature some favorites from years past as well as some new ones…

  • Black Forest Ham with Brie, Mustard and Apricot Butter on Whole Wheat
  • Granny Smith Apple with Whipped Cream Cheese and Crushed Candied Pecans on Marble Rye
  • Pistachio Christmas Trees
  • Mini Painted Christmas “Bells”

Christmastime Teas are by reservation only, please call the museum at 860.434.5542 x 111 for information and reservations. We hope to see you there!

 

 

{Venue Feature} Glastonbury Boathouse

The Glastonbury BoathouseHere at Gourmet Galley Catering, we adore anything nauti-chic. We love when our brides tell us about their visions of a seaside soiree, and we get excited any time a corporate client wants to highlight rope and anchors. That is why we are so thrilled to introduce our newest partnership with the Glastonbury Boathouse – a fabulously picturesque venue with unmatched New England charm.

The Glastonbury Boathouse is every nautical-inspired New England girl’s dream.

The breathtakingThe Glastonbury Boathouse 3 views of the Connecticut River from the event space are complemented by the light turquoise wainscoting and exposed ceilings. The mostly neutral color palate allows brides, corporate clients, and private clients alike the ability to bring in almost any color combination. I see soft gray linens with pale yellow napkins or cobalt blue glassware with gold Chiavari chairs, or even navy blue chevron and monkey fist table number holders made from white rope.

Did we mention the Glastonbury Boathouse is brand new? Construction ended in the Fall of 2014 and the Boathouse was officially open for business in early 2015. The Boathouse has an entire ground floor for boat storage and the second floor is exclusively for events. They welcome all types of events up to 150 guests for dinner and dancing. The patio overlooking the Connecticut River is the perfect spot for pre-reception cocktails and for guests to get fresh air later on in the evening.

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So what are you waiting for?! Click here to check out their Facebook page, email their Events Manager, Kristen {kristen.michaels@glastonbury-ct.gov}, and make sure you book your event there before it fills up {we can’t imagine this will take very long}!

 

Cheers to new partnerships!