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Eyes up, heart open

Carla Ten Eyck

Aria Wedding in Prospect CT

A bride and groom snuggle near the fountain at Aria in Prospect CT on their wedding day

 

Mackenzie and Steve’s Indian summer Aria wedding in Prospect CT was filled with love and dancing and more dancing! That would be Steve dancing the night away from the very moment we arrived to the very moment we left! when I walked into the bridal suite where Mackenzie and her ladies were getting all beautified, it was filled with a haze of hairspray cut through only by the flash of sequins adorning the bridesmaids gowns! I squealed when I saw them and Mackenzie immediately confesses how much she LOVES sparkly things! A girl after my own heart, for sure. Her wedding gown by the designer Pnina Tornai was not left behind in the sparkle department, either! Her gown was a sparkle factory, the hub of sparkle for her gaggle of sparkly bridesmaids that flitted about like fairies the entire day and night. I was literally in a sparkle trance from the second I showed up until I left for the evening and I loved every minute of it!

Honestly what I loved the most was how Mackenzie and Steve were just truly themselves the entire day. They both represented themselves so perfectly with their choice of wedding attire- Mackenzie in her glittery gown and Steve in his North Carolina loving blue suit and Air Jordans! I won’t dare to say which ones or anything sneaker specific for fear of not describing them properly! (thank you Jackson, my sneaker obsessed son for constantly educating me on this!)

Creative partners for Mackenzie and Steve’s amazing wedding:

Venue: Aria, Prospect CT

Church: Basilica of Immaculate Conception, Waterbury CT

Event design and florals: Jimmy Guzman, JNG Events, Boston MA

Wedding gown: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld Bridal New York City

Bridesmaids gowns: Adrianna Pappell

Wedding cake: Modern Pastry

Hair: Chameleon Haircolor Cafe and Spa

Makeup: Prepped and Primped

Videographers: Inspiration in Motion

Music: DJ JD

Invitations: Dear LC

Classic Car: Classic Bentley by Classic Cars Inc.

 

I am so down to clown with these sensible lower heeled wedding day shoes I have been seeing my brides wear lately! These Badgley Mischka heels were – SURPRISE- sparkly and perfect!

See Steve is pretty much dancing here already! Can we all just do a slow clap for the simple, classic and stunning white rose bouquet by Jimmy Guzman of JNG Events in Boston?

These two did not hold back on their gifts for one another! Say whaaaaaat?

Classic and gorgeous!

Seriously. Look at my excited face!

Mackenzie’s Dad’s reaction to seeing her was so emotional and amazing!

This church was the site of the very first wedding I photographed for a non friend / family member back in 2002 where I got paid for it and was like WAIT WHAT I CAN MAKE MONEY DOING SOMETHING I LOVE SO MUCH?? Turns out, yes, I can! 17 years in business and still going strong!

I loved how emotional Steve’s sister got..It made me choke up thinking about how emotional I could imagine my daughter Georgie getting at her brother Jackson’s wedding.. (cue sob fest over here…!)

This church was STUNNING. I felt like I was in Europe and just took it all in, the ceilings, the stained glass, the columns. All of the gorgeous detail!

I stood there in sparkle town for a hot minute, you better believe it!

Mike, the videographer said in all of the times he has worked at Aria he has never seen any photographer use the fountain.. I was all.. wait really? Maybe I don’t love the big horses on them so much, but baby we still made some magic with that light and that fountain misty spray BS!

This little light soaked nook made me CRAZY HAPPY so we snagged some photos for a minute or 15!

A happy bride basks in the sunlight at her wedding at Aria in Prospect CT A bride and groom snuggle during their wedding at Aria in Prospect CT A bride and groom laugh at their wedding at Aria in Prospect CT A bridal party in purple sequin bridesmaids dresses laughs at a wedding at Aria in Prospect CT A bridal party in sequin purple gowns laugh with their bride at her wedding at Aria in Prospect CT

Seriously the best reaction to seeing a ballroom I have ever photographed! They were so adorable and excited!

A bride and groom react to seeing their finished ballroom at their wedding at Aria in Prospect CT A bride and groom snuggle in the ballroom at their wedding at Aria in Prospect CT

Weddings at Aria are so easy to photograph; the light is gorgeous, the gold and cream walls and ceiling just create this glowy and warm vibe that I can seriously get DOWN in!

A bride laughs during their first dance at Aria in Prospect CT A bride and groom during their first dance at Aria in Prospect CT A father toasts his daughter at her wedding at Aria in Prospect CT A bride laughs during toasts at her wedding at Aria in Prospect CT

Their cake topper was made from a photo I took of them during their engagement session, I love seeing that kind of stuff!

Father daughter dance at a wedding at Aria in Prospect CT

You think Steve danced the whole night? You all should have seen his father get down! I was super impressed with their moves! I love an Aria wedding!

 

Mackenzie and Steve. what can I even say?? I loved your engagement session, I loved your wedding and I cannot wait for our ladies lunch after you return from the huts of Bora Bora! Congratulations to you both!

To see more recent weddings Carla has photographed in CT, please click the links below:

Check out Carla’s full suite of wedding galleries here

Jill and Mike’s Summer Wedding at Harkness Park Waterford CT

Casey and Dave’s Wedding at the Owenego Inn Branford CT

Kristin and Chris’ Wedding at The Inn at Mystic Mystic CT

Sarah and Jim’s Wedding at Flaming Farm Simsbury CT

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