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Carla Ten Eyck

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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

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

Branford House Groton CT Winter Wedding

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 Read More

Whittmore Wedding Vyne Restaurant Middlebury CT

A fall Vyne Restaurant wedding in Middlebury CT with Kristina and Joe closed out my fall season in the best way. Kristina is the last sister in the Ford family who’s wedding I was honored to have photographed. Even typing that is making me feel so nostalgic and just ramble on down memory lane. In 2007 I photographed her sister Alicia’s wedding, then in 2009 sister Marissa with Michael Pratt (he will always be a two namer for me!) followed! Ten years alter so oh so worth the wait was my girl Kristina and her beau Joe. I adore Read More

Eustis Estate Wedding with This Beautiful Life

The Eustis Estate wedding of  Brandon and Michael in Milton MA could not have been more perfect. It was a quintessential autumn day in New England in October with crisp air and  vibrant color. I arrived early and scouted the grounds and was immediately taken with the wispy fields, and colorful trees. There were sculptures scattered about the 80 acre property and I found myself wishing I had a golf cart to tool around in and get access to the many picturesque spots with my grooms. But, with limited time and light, I had to make do with what Read More

The Spa at Norwich Inn Wedding Norwich CT

The Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich CT was one of the most perfect of spots to host Courtney and Bernard’s wedding on the most perfect of September days. The temperature was just right, there was just the right amount of sun and cloud cover and warmth and I couldn’t have picked a better day if I tried! After hearing how Courtney and Bernard met and actually interacted; a murder mystery dinner party where Courtney stayed in character the entire time, not getting the hint that Bernard was interested in her, I was hooked! For someone so outgoing (me) I Read More

Aria Wedding in Prospect CT

 
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 Read More

Family Session in Old Lyme CT

 
Yesterday’s afternoon family session in Old Lyme with Tosh and Keith was a salve for my chapped soul, at a time right when I needed it. I remember a few years back when I was working a wedding at one of my favorite little Inns, The Bee and Thistle Inn with Tosh at the helm. She told me she had ventured into the world of online dating. we commiserated about our perceived lack of just, good, real people out there in the complicated web of online dating. It certainly felt hopeless to me, and so I stopped. Not Read More

Wedding at Harkness Park Waterford CT

 

 
Jill and Mike’s September wedding at the Eolia Mansion at Harkness Park in Waterford CT was much like their engagement session last summer. To read more about that adventure, check it out HERE.¬†Instead of horses and dogs and the thread on Lyme disease we had the groomsmen, who were like a pack of hyper puppies with boundless energy, with Mike at the helm! No matter! A big part of my job as a photographer turns into crowd control, pivoting for things like weather and calming any nerves on the day of a wedding. At one point my Read More

Owenego Inn Wedding Branford CT

A summer outdoor wedding at The Owenego Inn in Branford CT was exactly what Casey and Dave had envisioned for themselves. It was absolutely gorgeous out! It was a warm summer day with beachgoers at the club watching the wedding day unfold from their seats at the beach. I loved the charm The Owenego Inn offers, and had visions of being a member there myself, enjoying the summer with my family, having a cold cocktail on the patio. It’s a really sweet spot and I was so happy to be there that day while Casey and Dave exchanged their Read More

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