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Carla Ten Eyck

Two Happy Brides Tie the Knot at Jonathan Edwards Winery

Two brides kissing in the vines at their wedding at Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington CT

“Big giant fun party under a gorgeous tent at a vineyard.” “Big foodies.” “80% of those attending are close friends” “Loves the vibrancy of my pictures,” “Wants their photographer to be a part of the day and not just sit back and miss things.” These are all notes underlined by me that I jotted down during my first meeting with Lauren and Bridget for their Jonathan Edwards Winery wedding in North Stonington CT.

Ladies, I would have to say that according to my masterful note taking and photographs below, your wedding was exactly that: a big, giant, vibrant fun party under a gorgeous tent! This wedding could not have been planned more perfectly; nor a more perfect team could have been assembled—NAY! Your wedding, ladies, was absolute perfection! (I am laughing at how absurd I am because I said NAY but it’s still totally true).

I entered the suite at the Mystic Marriott and was greeted by the bridesman(s) (bridesmenfolk? bridesmen? I love how my computer is freaking out and keeps trying to auto correct me to BRIDESMAID.  Again- NAY iMac, NAY).  There were not one, but THREE bridesmenfolk gathered to welcome me to the suite, along with the trio of bridesmaids, all busily faffing about my beautiful brides, Bridget and Lauren.  They got ready in the same suite but still avoided seeing one another until their first look later that afternoon.

We were a team from the very start as Gina, Kristina and Tayler helped coordinate and assist our every whim, making sure everything went as planned! Big shout out to the entire wedding party – Alex, Dan, Pasquale, and Caitlin, the official internets-ordained officiant!

 

There are two moments that stick out to me each wedding day: if you are wearing lipstick it’s the time when that lip color goes on and ties your whole look together, I freaking love it! Maybe it’s because I always loved coloring in the lips of faces on my coloring books as a kid? Who knows?? The other is when the flowers show up! My good friend Yumiko of Hana Floral is the master and always shows up with such a huge smile. Paired with her absolutely stunning work and it’s just the best! Her flowers for Bridget and Lauren’s wedding was out of this WORLD amazing, just keep scrolling and see how obsessed I was with all of the florals! Gorgeous, lush, textured, feminine and just so romantic. Go see for yourself!

Hana Floral showing the bride their wedding day bouquet for the first time at Jonathan Edwards Winery North Stonington CT

I love encouraging my clients to write cards for one another and to read them after they are all dressed and ready. Whether there is a gift exchange or not – no matter- it’s about the words, everyone. The words you craft together for your bestie on that big day. What would you say to the person you were about to marry on the day of your wedding…? What would you want them to have ringing in their heads and hearts from you?

Two brides at their first look on their wedding day at Jonathan Edwards Winery North Stonington CT

We tried a new way for the first look and had Bridget turn around when Lauren was about 10 feet away so they could each see one another clearly- it was so fun! Thanks to Carrie our videographer (and their close friend) for the rec!

Tow brides reacting at their first look on their wedding day at Jonathan Edwards Winery North Stonington CT

Stunning and perfect hair by our friends at Dana Bartone & Company!

Two brides in Pronovias and Enzoani wedding gowns walk to their wedding at Jonathan Edwards Winery North Stonington CT

Despite the intense heat we found some slices of shade to while the afternoon away and create some fun photographs together. This wedding party was into it and I was loving it so much!

Soft pink peony, garden roses, dahlia wedding bouquet by Hana Floral held by two brides at Jonathan Edwards Winery Two brides hold their soft pink wedding bouquets by Hana Floral at Jonathan Edwards Winery

Peekaboo, guys. OMG.

Two brides walk in the vineyard on their wedding day at Jonathan Edwards Winery Soft pink wedding bouquet with peony dahlia and garden roses made by Hana Floral Two brides laugh by a stone wall at their Jonathan Edwards Winery Wedding

The flowers the flowers the flowers. YAY!

Jonathan Edwards wedding ceremony set up with florals by Hana Floral Bridal suite at Jonathan Edwards Winery with two brides laughing Peony, garden roses, dahlia floral centerpiece by Hana Floral at Jonathan Edwards Wedding Bride walks down the aisle with her parents at her Jonathan Edwards Winery Wedding Wedding ceremony for two brides at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington CT Two brides laugh at their wedding ceremony at Jonathan Edwards Winery North Stonington CT Same sex wedding ceremony at Jonathan Edwards Winery North Stonington CT Two brides share their first kiss at their wedding ceremony at Jonathan Edwards Winery North Stonington CT Two brides walk down the aisle after their wedding ceremony at Jonathan Edwards Winery North Stonington CT Two brides laugh holding wedding bouquet with peonies and ranunculus and dahlias by Hana Floral at Jonathan Edwards Winery Two brides cuddle in the vines at Jonathan Edwards Winery Wedding with soft pink wedding bouquet by Hana Floral Two brides kiss with Jonathan Edwards Winery in the background on their wedding day Wedding party in navy blue at Jonathan Edwards Winery

Jonathan Edwards was such a great spot for a wedding, I cannot tell you all how much I enjoyed it there and cannot wait to go back!

And then the deluge came and it was CRAZY and just added to the party!

Bridget and Lauren. What can I even say. I had such an amazing time seeing who you both are by the people you chose to surround yourself with. That old saying is so true and something that I don’t take lightly. We are the company we keep. That being said: you are both truly wonderful humans! Congratulations and I hope to see you both again! XOXO

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To see more weddings like this one check out:

Tammy + Jason’s Joyful Wedding in the Finger Lakes NY

Katie + Jake’s Stormy Wedding at Tyrone Farm, Pomfret CT

Katya + Neal’s Wedding at Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Stonington CT

Liz + Maya’s Wedding at Red Maple Vineyard, NY

Kat + Michael’s Wedding at Wm. H Buckley Farm, Ballston Spa, NY

 

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