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Carla Ten Eyck

Autumn Saltwater Farm Vineyard Wedding

A bride and groom wave hello at their Saltwater Farm Wedding in Stonington CT

 

After two years of planning and re planning their Autumn Saltwater Farm Vineyard wedding, my clients Jessica and Mick were FINALLY able to exchange their vows! It’s sadly a story that too many couples can identify with (and wedding professionals!) When their party finally happened the joy and excitement was palpable, along with some bittersweet feelings as most of Mick’s family in Ireland couldn’t make it because of travel restrictions due to Covid.  Mick kept a brave face on the whole weekend and was fully present for every moment he spent reveling with his family that was there and friends, and his beautiful and sweet wife, Jessica.

Jessica and I have spent hours on the phone chatting and planning and plotting. From our cancelled trip to Ireland in July 2020- which can we put that back into the universe to happen again, please and thank you! To pre planning for their engagement session, welcome party and autumn wedding at Saltwater Farm Vineyard, we have some hours logged in on the phone! To FINALLY meet in person and get to hug and laugh together…. wow. It just gelt so surreal and so welcome. I feel like I know Jessica and Mick so well now, like we could travel to Ireland and pop into pubs and meander down little windy alleyways and romp around in sun soaked fields together. Man, I sound like a total third wheel here but camera in hand, I know I can and will document so many more amazing images with them both! Just ask Sal, Jessica’s Dad who accompanied us on our whirlwind engagement session on Friday evening before their welcome party! That post is to come soon, I promise!

So to say we were ALL anxious and excited and so relieved for their wedding is an understatement. And let em tell you, their day did NOT disappoint!

Creative partners for Jessica and Mick’s amazing autumn Saltwater Farm wedding:

Venue: Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Stonington CT @saltwaterfarmvineyard

Jessica’s wedding gown: Pronovias

Mick’s suit: Darnell Mitchell / Suitsupply

Florals: KLW Floral Design Co., Westerly Rhode Island

Makeup: Erica Martell, Rhode Island, CT + Destinations

Hair: Renee Russo, East Haven CT

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Band: Ian Biggs and The Ruckus, NYC @ianbiggsmusic

Videographer: Rory Duffy

Catering + Cake: A Thyme to Cook, North Stonington CT @athymetocook

Irish Dancers: Emerald Fire @emerald_fire_dance

On site live painter: Alfred Carlson

Strings: Occasional Brass and Strings

The day began at Saltwater Farm, in the bridal suite. The first thing I saw when I walked in were Jessica’s shoes. GAH. YES. I ACCEPT!

For anyone wondering, my sweet little flats are Rothy’s and I swear by them! Made from recycled plastic, machine washable and super comfortable, they are my wedding day go to shoes!! I love showing a little behind the scenes of here’s where we are, here’s what I got!

Beautiful Jessica!

Wedding day tip: put your earrings on AFTER you are dressed. I love this shot so much!

The wedding professionals I recommend are only the highest caliber. Erica Martell and Renee Russo are two of the BEST. Not only is the work they do, but in their demeanor, their energy and how special and pampered they make you feel. Here Erica was giving Jessica her day of touch up bag filled with special treats to stay fresh all day!

If you don’t want to literally DIVE HEAD FIRST into these luscious florals by KLW Design CO. then you are simply DEAD INSIDE!!! They were out of this world delish. Filled with texture and little secrets and surprises!

Jessica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have to say autumn at Saltwater Farm for a wedding is my most favorite time!

More delightful details from KLW…!

Also, I might refuse to photograph any weddings here at Saltwater Farm if people don’t utilize these lights! They really make ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!!!!

Jessica and Mick zoomed in their family and friends in Ireland! HELLO EVERYONE!!!!

A bride and groom toast after their autumn Saltwater Farm vineyard wedding in Stonington CT

Juuuust in case you forgot how AMAZING her flowers were. Hi.

Gorgeous wedding bouquet for this autumn Saltwater Farm Vineyard wedding in Stonington CT

Also. HELLO GORGEOUS LIGHT

A bride and groom pose for photos during their autumn Saltwater Farm vineyard wedding in Stonington CT  A bride basks in the glow of the Edison bulbs at her autumn Saltwater Farm vineyard wedding in Stonington CT The reception room glows at the autumn Saltwater Farm Vineyard wedding in Stonington CT

This light made me scream.

The reception room for an autumn Saltwater Farm Vineyard wedding in Stonington CT Stunning wedding decor for an autumn Saltwater Farm vineyard wedding in Stonington CT

To pay homage to his Irish-ness they hired Irish Step Dancers to perform while they were announced in!

A bride and groom are announced in with Irish dancers during their autumn Saltwater Farm vineyard wedding in Stonington CT

But wait! THERE’S MORE! This guy decided to SING his bride into their first dance!!! Oh I *should tell you all that Mick is an actor (and singer) and I am just seeing that he was in a miniseries that I LOVED ‘I know this much is true’ written by CT’s own Wally Lamb, one of my most favorite authors and featuring Mark Ruffalo whowon an Emmy for his performance as two people (twin brothers) in the show!  OH MY GOD MICK YOU ARE MY HERO!!! (I just lost my mind)

I love when there are live painters at events, I can’t wait to see Al’s finished product!

Irish dancers perform during an autumn Saltwater Farm wedding in Stonington CT A bride dances with her Dad during her autumn Saltwater Farm vineyard wedding in Stonington CT

Jessica’s Dad Sal was such a sweetie. I am so happy I got to know him during the weekend!

Mick proposes again and Jessica said ‘I do-nut’ (cue the laughter)

The party rages on during an autumn Saltwater Farm vineyard wedding in Stonington CT

Jessica and Mick LOVE soccer so of course they had matching Adidas Sambas, in navy, thank you very much!

A bride and groom play soccer during their autumn Saltwater Farm vineyard wedding in Stonington CT

 

Jessica and Mick. What do I even say?? I WILL SEE YOU SOON BECAUSE WE ARE BESTIES NOW OK THANKS BYEEEEE!!! Can’t wait to visit you both in NYC and have so many more adventures together again!! I love you both!!!!!!

 

To see more weddings photographed by New England, Connecticut and destination wedding and event photographer Carla Ten Eyck, click the links below:

Hannah + Chris’ Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Cape Cod MA

Alex + Chris’ Camp Lenox Wedding, Otis MA

Jaine + Ken’s Summer Bill Miller’s Castle Wedding in Branford CT

Courtney + matt’s Woodsy Lakeside New Hampshire wedding

Trica + Bill’s Magical Lord Thompson Manor Wedding, Thompson CT

 

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