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

Let Them Eat Cupcakes… Posted March 23, 2012


Every wedding is special to us, but Lisa and Jeff’s was very close to our heart. Jeff, son of the Bee’s previous Innkeepers, Bob and Penny Nelson, had grown up on the Bee and Thistle’s grounds. After he met his beautiful bride Lisa, they knew that they had to celebrate  where so many other memories had been made. It was such an honor to have their special day here.

After a traditional ceremony at St.Anne’s Church, the celebration began. At first, Penny found it difficult to let go as being ‘InnKeeper’ , but finally was able to give in and enjoy being a guest of honor. The Bee’s grounds were in all its’ glory, with roses blooming in our English Sunken Garden and our five acres  lush and green. Lisa’s flowers were a pop of yellow, and Linnea studded small pearls through out her bouquet. The couple opted for a cupcake Viennese Table instead of a traditional cake- and my, oh my, were these cupcakes beautiful. Fresh out of the oven and hand frosted, each cupcake was topped with a fresh flower. Continuing the couple’s love for all things sweet, each guest departed with hand decorated cookies.

Congratulations to Jeff and Lisa, and may you continue to enjoy many cupcakes together!


Photography Courtesy of Carrie Roseman

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