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Carla Ten Eyck

Branford House Groton CT Winter Wedding

Bride and groom at their wedding at the Branford House Groton CT

A winter wedding at The Branford House at Avery Point UCONN in Groton CT where the Winters get married? Yes PLEASE! Alex and Liane had a brisk winter day as the setting for their long awaited wedding. I met Liane years ago way back in 2012 for a photoshoot for Bliss Celebrations Magazine. She was stunning…and quirky as hell and I loved her! Over the years our photo shoots took us all over, even to Paris with her then boyfriend Alex Winter. They were such good sports, even when we got kicked out of the Eiffel Tower spot for not securing a permit for our shoot. (doh!) We had a blast creating stunning imagery for my second book The White Dress: Destinations (available to buy HERE) and Liane and Alex ended up on the cover!

We did do a super cold winter shoot in Vermont back in January 2013 on a frozen lake which was really great practice for their chilly winter wedding this December! Both Liane and Alex are pros and able to just dig deep and get ‘er done, and their wedding was no exception. Plus, it was their wedding so I believe they were just warmed up from the inside anyway! We started the morning at the Branford House with my work bestie and co-author Beth Chapman, as she did her day of dressing service. What an absolute treat this was to have Beth there to steam and iron and even fix stray buttons! She dressed Liane so that we could do a big reveal with her Mom and Stepdad Paul, and all of her bridesmaids. I cannot recommend her enough to have on your wedding day!

Creative partners for this gorgeous CT winter wedding:

Venue: The Branford House at UCONN Avery Point, Groton CT

Gown: Hayley Page via The White Dress by the Shore, Clinton CT

Brides shoes: Badgley Mischka

Day of Coordinator: Eugene Guye

Day of dressing service: Beth Chapman, Beth Chapman Styling, Clinton CT

Florals: Hana Floral, Mystic CT

Groom’s suit: Valentino Tailors, Hamden CT

Grooms shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo

Catering: Tom’s Market Catering

Cake: Patti Cakes

Invitations: Zazzle.com

Music: Bello Entertainment

Lighting: Shoreline AV

Resin Signs: Sweet Carolina Collective

Faux Fur Bridesmaids shawls: Amazon

 

Beth Chapman, in action, super happy while she steams the veil.

I loved these precious name tags made for each bridesmaid, courtesy of Beth Chapman Styling.

Beth even took charge of helping to style, hang and transport the wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses for some detail shots!

Someone was super excited for her bridesmaid gift- a Coach clutch!

This handsome fella…he is such a gentleman. I can’t tell you all how much I adore this man. So kind, so sweet, caring, attentive and inclusive to literally everyone. Always has a smile on his face, too!

Groom at his winter wedding at the Branford House Groton CT

Liane’s bridesmaids were so gorgeous I was like ladies, please give me a BREAK! Their robes were so soft and pretty too, also a gift from Liane!

Bridesmaids with the bride at her winter wedding at the Branford House Groton CT Bride gets ready for her winter wedding at the Branford House in Groton, CT Bride laughs at her winter wedding in her Hayley Paige wedding gown at the Branford House, Groton CT

Back to giving me a break… Liane I just can’t!

Bride gets ready in her Hayley Paige wedding gown at the Branford House in Groton, CT

I love this first look with her Mom andStepdad Paul.

At this point I am just emotionally drained from all of the joy and excitement! Seriously!!

Bride reveals herself to her bridesmaids at her winter wedding at the Branford House in Groton CT

Not a dress rehearsal: time for the real thing!!

Bride and groom during their first look at their winter wedding at the Branford House in Groton, CT

Le Sigh.

Bride and groom during their first look at their winter wedding at the Branford House in Groton CT

How is this even real life????

Wedding party in silver and black at a winter wedding at the Branford House in Groton CT Wedding party at a winter wedding in silver and white at the Branford House in Groton CT Bridesmaids in silver and white faux fur at a winter wedding at the Branford House in groton CT

Keep in mind it was about 19 degrees her! SO COLD! But not one complaint! I worked fast and stayed focused and everyone was ready to do what we needed to do and have some fun, too!

The true, real Liane!

Pardon me while I have e a small photo shoot right before the ceremony. The light was BANANAS. Also: Liane + Alex are BANANAS.

Filled with laughter, and also filled with emotion walking down the aisle with her Stepdad Paul.

Her sweet Momma was so emotional!

Liane and Alex, I am so honored to be your photographer for life, especially since you work with so many talented professionals. It was an honor to be there to bear witness to your love for one another while surrounded by your family and friends! Here’s to many years of happiness together XOXO

 

To see more weddings photographed by Carla click the links below:

Eustis Estate Wedding, Milton MA

Harkness Park Wedding, Waterford CT

Owenego Inn Wedding, Branford CT

Edson Hill Wedding, Stowe VT

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