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My most important job as your  photographer is to tell the story of your wedding day while making you and your family and friends comfortable. The more comfortable you are, the better your pictures will be. A typical Carla Ten Eyck client is a lover of photography, art and design. They are someone who has to have beautiful photographs. Someone who cries openly or laughs so hard they snort! Someone who just lets Carla do what she does best, and trusts her years of experience in the industry. Whether you are the most camera-shy person or the biggest ham, Carla will get you comfortable in a way that is best for you. There is no cookie-cutter approach to every client!

Welcome to the blog! You can view my most recent weddings, events and other fun sessions here, along with all of the creative partners who we work with for each event.

Robin and Elise’s Joyful Wedding at The Bee and Thistle Inn Old Lyme CT

Meeting Robin and Elise at my home studio in Hartford one afternoon, I knew right away that I was their photographer, and they were my client. Our conversation was effortless, and easy and listening to how their day was unfolding before me in my living room just made me excited to be there with Robin, Elise and their closest friends and family. When the day finally did arrive it was hot hot hot. Like, movie hot. So super hot! But honestly you would never ever know by just the images as everyone kept cool in the shade of a Read More

Tully and Justice Richard Palmer Get Married in Elizabeth Park

When I got an email a few months back from Nancy Goldstein, from Amazing Celebrations and Events,  for a wedding that was going to take place in my ‘hood, Elizabeth Park, and I was excited. And then when I found out if was for a dear friend of mine, Tully, I was elated! Tully and I go way back, to the early years before I had children. We used to hang out and travel with our ex-husbands and laugh, have cocktails and dinner and… laugh some more. See, Tully is hands down one of the funniest people I have Read More

Tammy and Jason’s Joyful Rainy Wedding in the Finger Lakes NY

 

How do I even begin to write this post for this wedding, and tell you all about every little and big meaningful thing here? This feels like a big task so I am going to just jump right in. I met Tammy way back in 2006, the now ‘old fashioned’ way. We met online. This was way before Facebook and Instagram and any social media platform that united us. This was back when us photographers blogged on our souped up Blogger Blogs, we didn’t even use Word Press back then. We knew there were others like us Read More

Downtown Hartford Riverfront Engagement Session

I met Samm and Jelan when my son Jackson was asked to try out for the basketball team. Coach Tucker approached Jack (he was 6″1″ as a freshman) and made him feel wanted and included. Despite Jack not knowing anything about basketball he agreed to try out, and the rest is history. Confession time: I used to hate basketball. Like, loathe it. I’m not quite sure why, when I really just stop and ask myself, if I am being 100% honest! When Jack joined I was immediately interested, for reasons that I am confident don’t need explaining. I got Read More

Classical Magnet High School Graduation

During or after each event that I get to photograph, I am often filled with… all of the feelings. Weddings bring up their own mixed bag of emotions; the ‘start’ of a life with the person you choose to theoretically spend the rest of your life together with is a huge day; babies just being brought into this world fresh and new; generational sessions where there are many levels of family members all still alive, together. And then there is high school graduation. Now, I don’t photograph graduations for work- at least I haven’t yet. Tonights graduation was my niece Read More

Hog River Brewery Hartford Engagement Session

First stop: The ACTUAL Hog River! It meanders through my backyard, and is easily one of my favorite spots to photograph. So naturally Jenna, Jasmine and I ended up at the Hog River Brewery in Hartford CT, a hop skip and a scoot from my house. But let me back up a smidge here… so back when Jenna, Jasmine and I first met at my house for their initial consult when we were seeing if we were a fit for their wedding, I discovered their love of all things brewery. If that’s even how you say it, which it’s Read More

The 3 Best Intimate Wedding Venues in Connecticut

As a wedding photographer and event photographer in Connecticut, I have the opportunity to see a lot of different wedding spots, from intimate wedding venues to massive ballrooms.  I witness them in pre-action and in full action. After sixteen years photographing every type of wedding and event over the years in all of the places you can imagine, as far away as Scotland and Costa Rica, I have seen some events!
Despite all of the amazing travel (which, trust me, I love love love) one of the best parts of traveling is coming home. I hail from Hartford, Connecticut Read More

Chatfield Hollow Inn Styled Shoot with Everthine Bridal

Get ready to peep one of the dreamiest venues that I have ever seen: The Chatfield Hollow Inn, located in the windy roads of Killingworth CT. Not to be confused with Chatfield Hollow State Park, which is about 10 minutes away, this little gem of a spot is its own jam. From the very second you pull up the long, tree lined driveway complete with stone walls, groves of ferns and clusters of delicate birch trees you know exactly why!
I discovered that this was a bed and breakfast and that they only host an exclusive number of weddings Read More

Katie and Jake’s Perfect Stormy Wedding at Tyrone Farm

 
Katie and Jake’s wedding at Tyrone Farm in Pomfret CT was a stormy, rainy amazing day for the books! I can tell you honestly that I am not afraid of the rain, in fact, I embrace it and allow myself to be open to the beauty of it all, and I am often pleasantly surprised with what presents itself. Katie and Jake’s wedding was that day; surprising and beautiful and just perfect! Not to mention that Tyrone Farm is one of the most magical and amazing properties to have your wedding at..!
Creative Partners for the day:
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Lynn and Dan’s Rustic Wright’s Mill Farm Wedding

Lynn and Dan’s joyful, rustic Wright’s Mill Farm wedding in Canterbury CT was everything I had hoped it would be! I love that dance we all do as small business owners in the wedding and event industry; we field a call or email from a prospective client, we reach out, we meet. And then we either connect, or we don’t. So much these days can get lost in translation via email or text, and there is nothing quite like a face to face meeting, where you can read the emotions that play across their faces as you ask them Read More

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