Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, Connecticut, is proud of all of our wedding couples and their experiences at the vineyard. It is our pleasure to share some of their reflections with you.

Hi Merrily,

We just wanted to say THANK YOU to you and the rest of the Saltwater staff for helping to make our dream wedding a reality. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day and everything went absolutely perfectly. There’s not one thing we would have changed. Everyone was such a pleasure to work with and made the entire process SO much easier. We wish we could do it all over again 🙂 Attached is a teaser photo that our photographer took that we absolutely LOVE.

We will definitely be back soon to sip on some wine!

-Mary & Cory 10/25/14

Merrily + Michael

We cannot thank you enough for allowing us to use you gorgeous vineyard for the night for our wedding. Our guests loved the venue, and we couldn’t be happier we got to start our lived together in such a gorgeous space. We will definitely send pictures in out SWF t-shirts!

Jackie + Alex 10/24/2014

Dear Merrily & Michael

Thank you so much for having the perfect venue for Keith & my wedding. You were both wonderful to work with and SWFV worked out perfectly on our special day. We’d also like to thank you for the delicious wine tastings & the awesome t-shirts! We’d love to share our pictures with you as well so I’ll follow up with an email. Thank you again! It was the best say ever and better than we could have imaged.

Jess & Keith 9/28/14


I just wanted to let you know how grateful we all were that Jessica chose to have her wedding at your winery.  Everything was beautiful and you and Michael could not be more accommodating throughout the entire process.  I’m sorry that I didn’t get to see you on that day…I did see you from a distance and was on my way to say hello but then got sidetracked.
Jessica’s wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect!  Thanks for arranging for the gorgeous weather that weekend, too!
Anne 9/24/2014

Merrily & The Saltwater Family,

Thank you for everything you all have done to make this entire experience absolutely perfect! I could not imagine getting married anywhere else. We cannot wait to come back and visit as husband and wife!

Thank you!
Abby & Brenden 9/20/2014


So many compliments on the venue.  It was an amazing time!  You and your husband were so warm and welcoming.  I couldn’t be happier with the venue I chose for my once-in-a-lifetime!

Thank you for everything!  We plan to stop by for a wine tasting from time to time 🙂

Carly 9/5/2014


It’s here!!
Thank you so much for your support all during the wedding process! Francisco and I are very grateful!
We absolutely love the venue and can’t wait to celebrate all our love,
Karen and Francisco 8/29/2014


Thank you for an amazing Friday night. Our wedding was truly amazing and we used every inch of space and everyone had a great time, many thanks to you!

Karin & Billy 8/15/2014

9.2.14Hi Merrily,

One thing about being a teacher is that once summer comes to a close, time really gets away from you. I can’t believe I am sending you these photos so late! Our Saltwater Farm shirts were worn with pride at the Ritz in Puerto Rico!

Every moment of our wedding was wonderful and we know this is because we picked the perfect venue. Thank you. You, your husband, and your staff were a pleasure to work with. I never once felt the stress that I was expecting during the planning process. Thank you a million times over for being so welcoming and accommodating to Gerry and me, but also to our family and friends on our wedding day and other times we have visited the vineyard. Our guest continue to compliment us on how “relaxing” and “absolutely perfect” Saltwater Farm was for our wedding. We have nothing but happy memories about our experience and the best night of our lives.

We hope to see you soon and send you our best wishes.

With thanks,
Ally and Gerry 8/2/2014


We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your staff for making our wedding so wonderful. Everyone LOVED the wine and were blown away by the beauty of the vineyard. Thank you for being so responsive throughout the process and for accommodating my last minute requests. Everything was perfect!

Lastly, thank you for the gift We love our SWFV shirts! We cannot wait to come back to the vineyard for more fun memories.

Valerie & Jon 7/12/2014


Brian and I just wanted to send you, Michael and the whole Saltwater Farm Vineyard staff a huge thank you! The vineyard was the perfect setting for our perfect day and we cannot thank you enough. The whole day was absolutely wonderful. The vineyard was beautiful- as always, and the staff were so nice and accommodating. A lot of our guests had never visited before and have told us over and over how they cannot wait to come back.

Thank you for all of your help throughout the planning process. You were so sweet and quick to respond to our many questions. You made things very easy for us- which is so appreciated.

Thank you also for our new SFV shirts! We will be sure to take them along with us on our travels!

One of the very many things we love about the vineyard is that it’s a place we can come back and visit time and time again. It will always hold such a special place in our hearts. We will definitely be back very soon!!!

All our love,

Lindsey and Brian 6/20/2014

Merrily —

Thank you so so much for everything yesterday!!! You guys couldn’t have been more awesome and the venue is just incredible. All of our guests had an amazing time and everything was perfect. You guys are the best!!! I can’t say enough… It was just an incredible day. And thank you for the gift you guys are so cute! We will be back with a picnic.

Off to Italy! Xo!

Sarah & Chris 5/3/14

Merrily & Michael,

I simply do not know where to begin! Having the opportunity to have the wedding of our dreams – at the venue of our dreams – is more than we could have imagined! We thank you both for making our wedding day a true fairy tale! You are so accommodating and pay so much attention to each and every details.

You have a magical place – we are so lucky to have been amongst those able to say “we got married there”. Thank you for being apart of our special say. We think of you like family! We will see you soon!

Much love and appreciation,
Shannon & Mark 11/10/2013

We had the pleasure of having my daughter and now son-in-law’s wedding there on Friday, November 8, 2013 – it was the best ever – the staff were amazing and everything was flawless – thank you so much for this special day!

Kathy (Mother of the Bride) 11/8/13

Thank you to Michael, Merrily, Paul and the rest of the SWF staff for our amazing wedding last night. Everyone was beyond accommodating – we truly had the best day ever at a place that will forever be special to us!

Melissa (Bride) 11/8/13

Merrily & Michael,

thankyouV5Words cannot express both Drew and I’s gratefulness to the both of you. We feel so blessed to have had the honor to share our journey and joys with you over the past couple of years as we created our dream day.

Your hospitality and generosity are unparalleled and we truly have never met such great people. We feel so lucky to be able to have had the opportunity to host our wedding at your vineyard as it was the rustic charm and natural setting that contributed to our day being so absolutely perfect!

Our experience was wonderful beyond anything that we both imagined and we are so thankful that we will get to relive all of our special memories here for years to come.

With our deepest appreciation, THANK YOU!

Megan & Andrew 10/5/13

Hi, Merrily,

Thank you very much for all your help over the last (almost) year or so.   We had the wedding of our dreams at SWF.  It went perfectly, and the atmosphere and beauty of the place was just surreal!

Thanks again for an incredible time.  Please thank Patrick for us, too.  People loved the firepit!

My best,

Zach (9/22/13)

Dearest Merrily & Michael,

I think that you both have the best jobs in the world (…not to say that it is easy). You make special and unforgettable happy times for so many. Rafael and I want to thank you once again for sharing your paradise at Saltwater Farm Vineyard with us, and our guests. Karla and Zach’s wedding on 9/22/13 was spectacular. Thank you for your calming assurance, your ‘less is more’ advice and your overall professional oversight. It could not have been more perfect.

We have to return for many more visits in the future!

Many thanks again,
Lois & Rafael(Parents of the Bride) 9/22/13

testimage8-19V2Dear Merrily and Mike,

I am not quite sure where to begin. Thank you for all you and your staff did to make Stephanie’s and Jaxon’s dream come true. I honestly believe they had a fairy tale wedding.

Your staff was always responsive and went well beyond what I would have expected. Your entire facility is flawless. From the vines and lawn area to the patio, the dining dancing area, the upstairs loft and bar and of course the fabulous bridal suite.

Most of all, I want to thank you Merrily for being there for me. You provided so many lists and suggestions to get us started on this journey. I appreciate the evening phone calls about the caterers, the number of steps to the loft, guidance on general etiquette, and your overall helpfulness, patience, and availability to Stephanie and me.

You played a significant part in making this a memory of a lifetime for the bride and groom, our family and friends, and for Alan and me.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.




Thank you so much for such an unbelievable wedding reception. Saltwater is stunning – the few pictures we have from Saturday are amazing and every single person I show them to comments on how “cool” the venue is. Thank you for being so helpful and supportive to my family throughout the past two years. It was well worth the wait. Matt and I can’t wait to come back and visit Saltwater soon. What happy memories we have there! And I know I mentioned this to you on Saturday, but please feel free to use me as a referral for any nervous or deciding bride.

I hope you and Michael have a great week and we look forward to seeing you soon. Thanks again!


Lauren 7/20/13 (Bride)

Thank you so so much Merrily  and Michael!!!

The best wedding ever!  Everything was perfect!  The rain miraculously never came, yumiko’s flowers were stunning…I can’t wait to see Maggie’s pictures…the ceremony was a blur! I do remember a gorgeous chuppah in front of the most beautiful backdrop but missed most of what we fretted over and picked out over the last 2years and 1 month!!!  The bistro lights added so much to your already cool place! I loved our band and Linda’s food and presentation were amazing.

Thanks Michael for helping to make all that work out!
We are all so so so happy!

Nancy 7/20/13

testis1Dear Paul and Merrily,

What can one say except thank you for a wonderful, warm, sunny, exciting day on June 9th? All of us are still flying high on cloud “10” after the festivities have died down, the bride and groom on their way to a honeymoon in Italy, and the rest of us running through the memories in our minds.  It was a very special wedding in every respect, and you and your venue made it even more so.

Your staff were terrific, the food was great, and the warmth and love felt in every direction just added to it all in so many ways. It will be truly a weekend and a moment in time not to be forgotten.

Thank you again for your hospitality. We will take you up on a wine-tasting during the summer – what could be better?


Sheila and Howard Mark (the grandparents of the groom!) 6/9/13

Dear Merrily,

Two glorious days sandwiched between torrential rains!  I cannot believe how lucky we were!  We were fortunate too in finding a lovely venue at Saltwater Farm Vineyard.  While it turned out that we didn’t need the tent, I loved the shading that it provided, the space for gathering around the oyster bar and listening to the music.  Adams Garden did a fabulous job with the floral design.  The large arrangement out in the vineyard with hydrangeas, grapevines and driftwood was fabulous.  At one point, the afternoon light on the vineyard truly resembled a movie set.  And the inside space was magical.  Doug did a great job with the bistro lights and the uplighting, creating a warm and elegant ambiance.  There was just the right amount of space for visiting among the tables and for dancing.  I thought that the band, “As You Like It” was perfect.  Paul and Gee did a great job and their calming influence was much appreciated throughout the evening.  I remember glancing up and seeing you look down on the crowd with a satisfied smile.  What an amazing vision you had when you designed the outdoor and indoor spaces!

I am thrilled that my daughter has found a true soul mate and I could not be happier with our entire celebration.

With many thanks –
Susan 6/8/13

testis2Merrily everything went wonderful.  I was disappointed that the sun was not shining and there was heavy fog but I must admit the ambience in the fog gave the venue a whole magical, mystical look.  It truly was a wonderful event.  Your staff was professional and courteous.  The vendors you recommended (A Thyme to Cook and T-Ray) were wonderful.  I received only compliments about the food and music and wine.  Everyone had a wonderful time and all of the Connecticut folks look forward to making a trip down on their own to sit back and enjoy the view, music, and wine.

This was a very international crowd and I was a bit nervous in planning this event given some of the wonderful places our folks are from.  However, I had no reason to worry …. Your Connecticut vineyard and the beautiful building held up just fine and impressed our very international and well traveled crowd.

Thank you once again for creating this unique venue in our state… I am happy I found it and look forward to getting out there again when I am not working so I can sit back and enjoy the view, the music, and the wine.

Best regards,
Terri 6/6/13

Just wanted to thank you and your staff. Your vineyard was the most magnificent venue for Alex’s wedding. It was beautiful and your staff could not be more helpful. Consider me a reference point if you need one.

Susan 6/1/2013

Hi Merrily

testimonialonesieV2I hope this email finds you well!   I cant believe it has been 5 months since Bryan and I got married at Saltwater!  We are still working on our pictures, and the album, but our friends and family continue to rave about the venue and our entire day (power outages included – its a great part of the story!) We also cannot believe we have not gotten back to visit since we were married.  But it has been quite the summer for us!  I changed jobs and we found out we are expecting a little addition to the Saltwater family! We definitely had a honeymoon baby and are due at the beginning of February!  Needless to say the case of Pinot Noir that we bought the day before the wedding is sitting waiting for the day Bryan and I can share it again. I will not let him open a bottle with out me!

You have all made us feel like a part of the family so we wanted to keep you in the loop on our latest and greatest. We hope to try and visit soon, but the fact that i can only enjoy the smell of the wine may be too tempting for me, although Bryan would have a designated driver.

We hope all is well with you and the team. Please give our best to Michael, Paul, Kimberly, Daley, and everyone else

Speak to you all soon
Alissyn (5/11/13)

“I just wanted to thank you again for all that you did for us throughout the wedding planning process. Yesterday was more incredible than we could have ever imagined. To say that Saltwater Farm was the ideal location for our winter wedding is an understatement. It was truly perfect. You and Michael made us feel like family from the moment we met you. Our guests loved every single detail and were in awe of the vineyard. I can’t tell you how many times we were asked, “How did you find this place? It’s amazing!” We really can’t thank you enough for everything.

I also wanted to let you know that our band, Hot Cat Jazz, was a big hit with the guests. For us, they had the right vibe and were appropriate for all ages. I thought they were a talented group and I know many people just enjoyed listening to the performance (like my 93 year old grandma, who I’m told was boogying in her wheelchair). So they might be a good one for future couples to consider!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We will definitely see you again, Saltwater Farm will be a part of our lives forever!

Esta & Tom 1/19/2013

Dear Merrily,

I just wanted to thank you for allowing us to use your space. It is so beautiful and I could not of asked for a better venue. It was such a pleasure dealing with you. My husband and I look forward to many more memories there.

Heather & Brian 10/5/12


testis3Dear Merrily, Mike & the Saltwater Farm team,

We just want to thank you for helping to make our wedding day perfect! Merrily, thank you for making us feel welcome from the moment we arrived to tour the vineyard and for answering all my questions throughout the year. You made the process very easy! And a thank you to your wonderful staff for taking care of us and our guests that day. Everything went perfectly, even the tornados stayed away! I don’t think we’ll ever stop getting compliments about how gorgeous the venue was! Saltwater Farm really is such a special place and I feel so luck to have
had our wedding there. Keep doing what your doing! All the best!

Seb & Lisa 9/8/2012

Hi Merrily!

We got back from Greece last week- it was an absolute dream! The trip of a lifetime! I’m a little late in responding to your email but I really wanted to say thank you. Your vineyard was truly perfection! It offered everything I had dreamed of for so long and I couldn’t be happier with the end result! So many of our guests commented that it was the most gorgeous and unique wedding they had ever attended. You, Michael and Paul were always so approachable, helpful, kind and down to earth. Working with everyone at Saltwater was a pleasure from day one. I really appreciated how responsive you were whenever I called or emailed with a question. You have no idea how much a bride appreciates getting a quick response when she’s dealing with 10 different vendors and a million details!
I can guarantee that Kenny and I will be back often to visit! Thank you, thank you for providing the backdrop to our perfect day. You helped make our day everything I had always wanted and more!

Laura & Kenny 8/17/2012

testis5“I wanted to again thank you for opening up your beautiful vineyard to us for our wedding day. It was an amazing day despite the crazy weather! All of our guests loved the venue so much and it is still the topic of many conversations! I also know that some of our guests who live around the area have visited you since our wedding! This includes my grandfather, who was so worried about the property after hurricane Sandy that he and his wife had to drop by to see how you were. Paul remembered my grandfather and shared with him a CD of pictures that he took from our wedding day. My grandfather was so thrilled and shared these pictures with us during our visit at Thanksgiving. I owe Paul a personal thank you, as he will never know how much we appreciate these photos, especially since our professional pictures did not come through.

When we booked your venue you were kind enough to offer us a document of vendors you recommended and/or couples had used previously. I can’t tell you how wonderful this was for us as an out of state couple! You took the original research off of our shoulders and this gave us a great place to start exploring to find our perfect vendors! I wanted to share with you our vendor experiences in hopes that the information might help future couples.

Steve & Shanan 07/27/2012