Homegrown at The Bee…. Posted July 10, 2012



While deciding to move our vegetable gardens this year, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to improve! David decided to take the matter in to his own hands, literally, and with a little help from the family (Especially sweet little Harper), he constructed a brand new herb garden and a separate vegetable garden. Linnea and David decided to purchase all of their new plants and herbs from right here in Old Lyme, at Judges Farm. Even though they only are available as whole sale, it is a great place to visit. The Judge’s have named the new herb portion of their farm, “Wilder”, after their adorable four-legged friend. We just updated our cocktail menu with our Summer inspired libations. Come try one our new garden fresh cocktails and let us know what you think!

 Lemon Drop Verbena


Fifty-Fifty Manhattan

Watermelon Mojito

Basil Martini

Blueberry Sage Bramble

Champagne Cocktail

What a Hoot… Posted May 28, 2012


Dawn-Marie and Doug made us fall in love with Owls…. Their April nuptials was one of careful planning, attention to detail, and no leaf left un-turned. Dawn-Marie and Doug have been together for quite some time, and were looking to make it official with their close family friends. Even though they reside over an hour away, and with most of their family traveling quite a distance, they knew the Bee and Thistle was the right place to host such a special weekend.

With an Italian themed “Welcome Dinner” the Friday night before, complete with enough Manicotti and Profiteroles to feed a small army, the celebration began. With both Dawn-Marie and Doug being vegetarians, their menu was carefully selected to make them happy, but to also satisfy their guests. Their dinner was held on our ‘North Porch’, and as guests ate and imbibed, our strolling musicians crooned in to the evening. After dinner, guests were invited to enjoy a bonfire and S’mores that had been set up on our Boules Court.

With Dawn-Marie and Doug opting to have the ‘Bee’ as their private guest house for the weekend, their guests made themselves right at home. Saturday morning, a beautiful brunch was displayed as guests meandered down in their pajamas. However, there wasn’t much time to relax as it was time for the bridal party and groom’s men to get the show on the road…

The amazingly talented Jennie Fresa came on location to get Dawn-Marie and her bridal party’s faces all dolled up, while Amanda Ripley simultaneously secured their tresses in to gorgeous curls. Our Chef prepared tea sandwiches and freshly baked cookies for the ladies to enjoy as they were getting ready. The bridal party and grooms men were whisked away by limousine to the Church ceremony.

Dawn-Marie had a vision for her ceremony and reception to be Emerald Green, Muslin White and ‘Tiffany Blue’ themed. Linnea and her worked closely together to make this vision become a reality. Between decorating the church and preparing the table scapes, it came together beautifully. The “Tiffany Blue” place cards and ribbon accents popped among the burlap and lace table runners. Between the Owl cuff links, hand made cake toppers and statues, the Owls were tastefully and beautifully placed.

Chef Kris was up for the challenge of preparing a five course vegetarian feast.  The apple and gruyere soup was exceptional, but the main course of a Vegetable “Wellington” with Shishito Peppers and wild mushrooms floored our ‘foodie’ couple. After the chocolate ganache and mint cake was cut, it was on to the dance floor…Carla from Elements added her touch to the dance tent with perfectly placed ribbons and draping. Guests put on their dancing shoes as “Party Pro’ Deejays played all of their requests.

Every time we hear an Owl ‘Hoot’, we’ll think of you Dawn-Marie and Doug. Having you and your family spend the weekend at the ‘Bee’ was truly magical, and we wish you all the best.

Photography Courtesy of Unique Concepts Studio, Inc.


Kick off Those Heels…. Posted May 22, 2012


As soon as Maria and Alice starting planning their July wedding weekend, we knew we would never want them to leave. Once they shared their  vision of all their friends and family coming from Brooklyn and Manhattan to unite for a  “Chic, Country”  wedding weekend at the Bee and Thistle;  complete with guests being urged to bring their biggest, best hats and sundresses we knew that the “Bee” was the perfect fit for such a fete.

With both Maria and Alice having very busy schedules, much of the planning was done over the phone or via email. Once Linnea received their inspiration images of flower and decor, her creative process began….With color palettes of orange, pinks and greens for the bridal party flowers and soft blues and purples for the table arrangements, Linnea chose to use cala lilies, hydrangeas, and roses. Their ceremony aisle was lined with sheperd’s hooks that were adorned with blue hydrangeas. After the ceremony, the guests moved in to the English Sunken Garden for cocktail hour, and noshed to a swanky play list the ladies had put together.

After a fabulous four course dinner and the towering, hydrangea adorned cake had been cut, the real party began…an impromptu “Dance Party” gave way in the breakfast porch, which had guests kicking off their heels, and their amazing photographer, Carrie Roseman,  petering on a chair to catch the action.

Maria and Alice, we wish you all the best, and can’t wait to have another “Dance Party” with you for your anniversary!

A Feast for The Eyes… Posted March 23, 2012


The clouds parted, as if on cue, as Wendy and Nicole shared their vows in an emotional river side ceremony. It was a crisp New England Fall afternoon, and the artist who was hired to paint the ceremony from the Lyme Art Academy couldn’t of asked for a better backdrop. Wendy and Nicole had been looking forward  looking for a  intimate weekend celebration with family and friends, who would be visiting from all over the country. The couple’s personal touches from beginning to end is what set this wedding apart. Wendy hand made everything, from the cloth ceremony cards, to felt feather boutonnieres for all of their guests.

Even though Wendy and Nicole’s wedding was in the Fall, they opted to stay away from the traditional autumn color palette. Linnea created the bridal bouquet with soft pastels- including dusty miller and soft pink roses. The table arrangements were an array of wild flowers, with hand painted pears and Lady Apples displayed on a burlap runner. The cake was a cinnamon apple confection, drizzled with warm butterscotch sauce. Wendy and Nicole wanted everything to be as organic and seasonal as possible, so it was a perfect fit with Chef Kris.Even though the details of the decor were discussed from over 3,000 miles apart, Linnea captured the couple’s Rustic New England theme perfectly. Guests departed with pots of Wild Flower Honey, and memories of an incredible weekend, that we know we’ll remember forever.

Photography Courtesy of Leslie Dumke

One Spring Day… Posted March 23, 2012


‘April Showers will bring May Flowers’, but Patty and Bobby didn’t let that stop them from having a beautiful April wedding! Patty and Bobby had met years ago, reconnected, and fell head over heels for each other. Their fireside ceremony was emotional, yet playful, reminiscing memories of how they had found each other. Their reception was full of whimsical touches, with the children enjoying water ‘martinis’ at the bar, to enjoying the grounds with striped umbrellas.

Linnea handcrafted over the top cupcakes and a beautiful wedding cake , with extra butter cream frosting. Patty wanted a white palette for both her bridal bouquet and the beautiful flower girl, and Linnea pulled out the stops… Patty and Bobby are kids at heart, and we are so glad to have had their day at the Bee.

Photography Courtesy of Carrie Roseman