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Carla Ten Eyck

Carla Ten Eyck

Two Brides One Fun Aruba Wedding

Michelle and Julie’s Aruba wedding this past week was BEYOND. Strap yourselves in, folks this is a looooong post! A few years back, Michelle and I were single together, living our best lives. We met up for happy hours, commiserating about online dating and the duds we were meeting. Until she met Julie! I watched their romance blossom online through Instagram and Facebook; from Patriots games to barbecues to cooking the most amazing pasta sauces from scratch to the absolute Holy Grail of Bloody Mary’s. MY KIND OF PEOPLE!!! When Michelle told me the news- they were engaged and Read More

Red Hat on the River Wedding Irvington NY

The excitement for their wedding to be at the Red Hat on the River in Irvington NY was the first thing I noticed when I first chatted with Maggie and Dave about their wedding. I was immediately intrigued. While I certainly love working at spaces that host weddings regularly, the opportunity to photograph a wedding at a new space is always fun. The Red Hat on the River did not disappoint! Not only that we had the most absolute gorgeous day for their wedding. Literally the day before they told me there were whitecaps on the water because of Read More

Hartford City Hall Elopement

My two grooms, TJ and Shawn called me, super excited for their elopement in Hartford this Winter. They knew they wanted to have their dinner at republic at the Linden in Hartford, but weren’t exactly sure where they wanted to have their ceremony. They couldn’t have googled a better photographer for their Hartford elopement, am I right? My only option for them, hands down was the opulent and amazing Hartford City Hall, right on Main Street in Hartford CT. The truth? It’s not built like other city halls. Need proof? Just take a look for yourself!
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Winter Engagement Silver Sands Beach Milford CT

A winter beach engagement session at Silver Sands beach in Milford CT has been on my mind for the past few months. I think I saw some friends post while down there alone, walking the desolate beaches in the off season that reminded me about this gorgeous park. I was aching to bring a couple down there for some winter beach-y fun… so I just kept thinking about this place. Early on in my career I did an engagement session here and I remember having so much fun! I returned a few times since then but this time, with Read More

Hartford City Hall Elopement

Ari and Matt’s Hartford City Hall elopement brought me so much JOY.
When I got an email from Ari about her Hartford City Hall elopement to her fiancé Matt, I squealed with such delight. Before Covid hit I had been really wanting to focus a bigger part of my photography business on more intimate weddings and events. After photographing weddings and events for over 18 years and traveling the world over, I was looking forward to focusing more on celebrating Hartford more with smaller events. I was born and raised in Hartford, and just love this city so much. Read More

Mayflower Inn and Spa Wedding

Being asked to create content for one of the most iconic Connecticut Inn’s, The esteemed Mayflower Inn and Spa, in picturesque Washington CT. Rumor has it that The Mayflower Inn was the inspiration for the Independence Inn, where Lorelai worked on the cult tv favorite Gilmore Girls. Additionally, The Well, NYC’s ‘buzziest’ wellness destination, according to Vogue, has opened up a spot in the Spa at the Mayflower Inn. Just the photo alone on Vogue showing the ‘The Biophilic whirlpool at The Well at Mayflower Inn’ that is surrounded by over 400 plants has my heart racing in an Read More

LGBTQ Wedding The Goodwin Hotel Hartford CT

Being given a chance to create fabulous LGBTQ+ inspiration in a downtown Hartford institution like The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT was a dream come true. Add to this the absolute BONKERS list of creative partners for this inspirational shoot and I just about lost my MIND. Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, seeing representation out there is super important. Having representatives of the LGBTQ community creating their own imagery is something else, entirely, and I am definitely here for that. Also! Hey! Having this shoot in my hometown of Hartford CT added another little layer of Read More

Intimate Winvian Wedding Morris CT

 
Rachel and Rob had been planning their intimate wedding at Winvian Farm in Morris CT way before covid hit. Their wedding at Winvian was the only wedding I didn’t have to adjust or literally change a thing for, except wearing a mask and staying farther away than normal. What a blessing! Their wedding was perfect. Even the threat of rain during our portrait time before the cocktail party began was nothing crazy. Rachel had the best mindset and was open for anything I suggested. Since it was just spattering out I suggested we just take what we could Read More

Central Park Engagement Session NYC

Who decides to head into Central Park in New York City during a pandemic? I do! At this point during this pandemic, I have learned to operate safely and not put myself or my clients at risk. As much as I love my job, it’s just not worth being unsafe. When Maggie and Dave asked me if I would travel into the city for their session, I didn’t hesitate. I knew it would be an amazing experience, since I had assumed Central Park at this point would be pretty empty. Add to it being early afternoon on a chilly Read More

Two Brides Wed at Wadsworth Mansion

 

Stacy and Jessica’s wedding at The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill in Middletown CT almost didn’t happen due to this crazy year. These two held fast to making their wedding happen this year as safely as they could. They just wanted to be married, it was super important to them. Their day was absolutely GORGEOUS, with the gift of a beautiful day, high hopeful spirits and just so much love. Like most people I was a little nervous to be around people and curious how it would affect my work. After a few minutes I just slipped into Read More

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