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Carla Ten Eyck

Acqua Blue, St. John an Intimate Party Island Style Wedding and Carla Ten Eyck

Intimate Party, St. John, Island Style Weddings, Carla Ten Eyck

Last June I took a trip down to my very favorite Caribbean Island- and I have been to sooooo many of them –Acqua Blue, St. John! One of my very favorite things about St. John is how unspoiled it is, lots of twisty, windy roads, and I love the quirky stickers people put up on all of the stop signs everywhere! I have been lucky enough to have gone down there quite a bit, thanks to my good friend who feels way more like family, Mary. I met Mary at the Engage Luxury Wedding Business Summit a while back and we have been fast friends since! We wanted to do something fun together, so I went down and we collaborated on this fun St. John Island Styled Shoot with some of her fellow creative partners in the wedding and event industry down in sunny St. John! Mary knows how to entertain and throw a party and we had a party within the party the entire day! Music was playing and there was fried chicken to be had and drinks that we photographed …well we certainly could not let them go to waste, could we? The day ender was the hike down to the water and cliffs to get our couple among the bluffs, and it was so epic and big and amazing! I say this a lot but I will say it again: doing these styled shoots is like playing adult Barbie and I will never get sick of it! There was lots of real, true emotion during the day as well, since everyone knew one another and our couple was in fact engaged in real life, which lends itself to the entire day and session even better!

I can’t thank everyone enough for their tireless work, energy and laughter. Thank you all for welcoming me to the island so warmly, you better believe I will be back soon!

Creative Partners:

Coordination + Design: Mary Castle Bartolucci from Island Style Weddings, St. John US Virgin Islands

Venue: Acqua Blue, St. John

Floral Design: Roses Too

Gowns: provided by Gabriella Bridal New York

Paper: Coral Pheasant

Beauty + Hair: Cruz Salon, St. John

Bridesmaids dresses: Donna Morgan

Acqua Blue, St. John, Intimate Party, St. John, Island Style Weddings, Carla Ten Eyck

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