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Eyes up, heart open

Carla Ten Eyck

Eolia Mansion at Harkness Park Engagement

Any opportunity to return to Harkness Park in Waterford CT for a wedding, family session, engagement or senior session is a MUST. There are so many reasons and so many seasons why this is the absolute BEST spot for portraits. Literally every season is a stunner at Harkness. I am going to put it out there that I want to go back after a fresh snow and do some sessions there!The grounds and Eolia Mansion are literally that gorgeous that they don’t need a single leaf or blossom to make it any more beautiful!

When Katie reached out to me to do their 10 year anniversary session with her husband Mike, I literally leapt at the chance. As she was able to see through her Google searching (and anyone else’s Google search of Harkness Park Engagement) I come up quite a bit. I won’t complain one bit I absolutely love the challenge of seeing the same space in a new way and Katie and Mike’s session was no exception! I was planning on heading back the following week for another engagement session and then came back a few days later for my daughter’s senior photo session, that is how much I love photographing there.

Not convinced? See the glorious zinnia garden below for reference / convincing!

This particular garden is what it probably looks like inside of my heart; a thick, glorious, colorful cacophony of zinnias absolutely BURSTING about in every direction!!!

A couple laughs during their Harkness Park engagement session in the zinnia garden in Waterford CT A full colorful border of zinnias is the perfect backdrop for a couple during their Harkness Park engagement session in Waterford CT

Harkness has some wonderful gardens and the zinnias and dahlias here just about make me squeal when they are in bloom.

A couple poses in the zinnia garden at Harkness Park in Waterford CT during their engagement session

If you catch it at juuuust the right time you can get the sun to peep out and kiss your couple! Katie and Mike enjoyed a little sun’s warmth right at this moment.

A couple does their engagement session in the zinnias at Harkness Park in Waterford CT

The Japanese Maple is also home to the pet cemetery and makes for a pretty spectacular backdrop for photos. We are mindful and respectful of the environment- it is about 110 years old, and there is no climbing allowed.

A couple snuggles under the historic Japanese Maple tree in Harkness for their engagement session in Waterford CT

This ivy wall is another pretty spectacular spot. In the fall it changes to a gorgeous ombre rainbow feeling with rich reds, oranges and yellows! I have a session there this fall and I am beyond thrilled to return to see it!

This little goldenrod alley with greenhouse has turned into another sweet spot for me. I caught it right at the tail end of the goldenrod being in full bloom and I am so grateful for that!

A couple snuggles in the goldenrod during their Harkness Park engagement session in Waterford CT

Come on Katie!! You are such a stunner!!

A couple kisses in the goldenrod at Harkness Park in Waterford CT during their engagement session A couple poses for photos at Harkness during their engagement session in Harkness Park in Waterford CT

The ferns at Harkness are GIANT. I was…speechless and in absolute AWE.

A couple snuggles for photos at Harkness during their engagement session in Harkness Park in Waterford CT

It’s quite funny it looks deserted here now, but man oh man Harkness was FULL of photographers and their clients bopping all about the park doing their thang! I was so distracted and intrigued to see where each photographer chose to go and when. That is one of my most favorite things, watching other photographers work and assess light and how they interact with their couples.

A couple cuddles on the stairs at Harkness for their engagement session in Waterford CT

Harkness is FULL of nooks and crannies and light and texture and little windy paths…

A bride and groom pose in a nook at Harkness during their wedding photos at Harkness Park in Waterford CT

This little cutie! KATIE!!!!

A bride walks down the boardwalk at Harkness during her wedding photo session in Waterford CT A couple poses for their engagement photos at Harkness during their engagement photo session in Waterford CT A couple frolics in the waves at Harkness during their summer engagement session at Harkness Park in Waterford CT A couple plays in the waves at Harkness during their engagement session at Harkness Park in Waterford CT

This beach, this sun, Katie and Mike….wow. Your 10 year anniversary session was so much fun!

To see more weddings and engagements photographed by Harkness Park photographer Carla Ten Eyck, click the links below:

Ellen + Ken’s Spring Maternity Session in Harkness Park, Waterford CT

Jennifer + Jared’s Early Spring Harkness Park Engagement Session, Waterford CT

Mackenzie + Steve’s Fall Harkness Park Engagement Session, Waterford CT

Beth + Chris’ Whimsical Garden Party Wedding in Harkness Park, Waterford CT

Sara + Mike’s Romantic Fall Harkness Park Wedding, Waterford CT

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