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Carla Ten Eyck

Carla Ten Eyck

The Greenbrier Dorothy Draper and Color

Before working at The Greenbrier in West Virginia I had never heard of it before. Ever since learning about The Greenbrier a part of me has not stopped thinking about it. Perhaps it’s mostly for The Greenbrier’s absolutely insanely beautiful and colorful and daring decor by famed interior designer Dorothy Draper.
When I stepped foot inside The Greenbrier, my heart stopped for a second, then absolutely IMPLODED inside of my chest. WOW! I had never been inside such an inspiring and whimsical space. It was fancy, but so so fun. I felt out of place but so at home Read More

Rustic Micro Wedding

Rayne and Colin’s micro wedding during the current Covid-19 pandemic was about as perfect as a wedding could be. After photographing weddings for almost 20 years, I have made my way around the wedding dance floor, so to speak. Their wedding was absolute perfection. It was laid back and relaxed, despite the impending rain and nerves surrounding having an event during a pandemic. How could that be possible, you might ask. I would have to say that Rayne and Colin just wanted to be married. They met on the campus of Wheaton College (where my son is headed to Read More

Engage Summits Kensington Palace

The final day of the Engage Luxury Wedding and Business Summit was hosted at the historical Kensington Palace in London. Kensington Palace is one of those spaces in the world that I honestly never thought I would visit, let alone have backstage access to! What a treat to be able to work in such a grand space as Kensington Palace in London. Literally a dream come true, was a bold enough to even dream it in the first place!
My great friend Sarah Haywood produced such an over the top event this entire week, I was blown away by Read More

Summer Milford CT Engagement Session

Lauren and Anthony’s Milford CT engagement session was amazing! Despite the heat, they happily snuggled and enjoyed some sense of normalcy surrounding their wedding during their socially distant engagement session. After not being able to work, and even now, this isn’t really working… it felt so normal to get back  into the flow together. We met at their boat dock in Milford and popped around the docks and area for the amazing view. Thankfully there was a nice breeze on the water while we established some comfort together! I always explain to my couples that the first few minutes Read More

Engage Summits Banqueting House London

Day two of the Engage Luxury Wedding and Business Summit in London was maybe my favorite day. For lunch we got to enjoy an amazing lunch at the Rosewood London while the Juke Joints strolled around serenading us! I had the pleasure of meeting these gentleman this past summer in August on the Belmont Royal Scotsman as we journeyed across Scotland for a week long 50th birthday adventure produced by Sarah Haywood. My first introduction to these fellas was after a rainy hike through rolling hills filled with heather in bloom. We returned to the train platform with waiters Read More

Engage Summit Rosewood London

October in the UK at the Rosewood London? Sign me UP. Well, actually that’s not entirely true… I have been attending / speaking at and photographing the esteemed Engage Luxury Wedding + Business Summits since 2012. For 2019 I made a promise to myself that I would do all of the follow up this year, and treat myself once I had, by attending again! Well, my dear friend Sarah Haywood had other plans when she decided to take on the gigantic task of producing the next Engage all over London! She and I met in 2012 and have worked Read More

Mount Hope Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot

 
Mount Hope in Bristol Rhode Island is hands down one of my favorite spots for a place to let loose and get creative. I have worked there twice, both for Bliss Celebrations Magazine. Both times I left while floating on a cloud, it felt like! As a creative person it feels really validating to be given free reign to choose spots to create work with a team of equally talented partners. Mount Hope has so many nooks and crannies to poke around and create magic in, and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunities I have Read More

COVID-19 is this the end for the class of 2020

COVID-19 and the Class of 2020. How is this all going to go down?
This March of 2020, our kids are all unexpectedly home from school in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The virus has wreaked havoc the world over, shutting down literally…everything.
At this point, due to concerns about flattening the curve and slowing the spread of the coronavirus it’s uncertain when or if they will be returning to school for the remainder of the 2020 school year. While many kids may let out a collective fist pump of joy at being Read More

Engage Luxury Wedding Summit Adare Manor Ireland

 
Adare Manor in Ireland was host to the Engage Luxury Wedding and Business Summit in October 2018. I was honored to be there as the photo director for the photography team that documents the three day event. Having been to about 17 or so Engages in a variety of capacities, from attendee, to photographer, to speaker, to main stage speaker  to now photo editor and director was a treat. I mean, I have never worked as hard at an event ever, and was tasked with assigning coverage to the team, editing on the spot for social media and Read More

Castle Howard Wedding with Sarah Haywood

Castle Howard hosted day two of the most EPIC weddings I have photographed. Designed and planned by the incomparable Sarah Haywood, named one of the top international wedding planners by Vogue. In an article on the Business Insider, they tout Sarah with planning weddings for billionaires that even celebrities can’t afford. It’s true! I’ve seen them! This particular wedding took place first at Selby Abbey in York, England for the wedding ceremony, and then wrapped up the next day with a helluva party at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire England.
The party guest count totaled about 65 guests, and Read More

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