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Eyes up, heart open

Carla Ten Eyck

LGBTQ Wedding The Goodwin Hotel Hartford CT

Two women cuddle on their wedding day at The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT

Being given a chance to create fabulous LGBTQ+ inspiration in a downtown Hartford institution like The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT was a dream come true. Add to this the absolute BONKERS list of creative partners for this inspirational shoot and I just about lost my MIND. Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, seeing representation out there is super important. Having representatives of the LGBTQ community creating their own imagery is something else, entirely, and I am definitely here for that. Also! Hey! Having this shoot in my hometown of Hartford CT added another little layer of love for me. See, I LOVE my Hartford, so so much. It’s like the little engine that could. It just keeps chugging along, doing its best. The people who live here just love it so deeply, sometimes it can be hard for outsiders to see why. But let me tell you I am fiercely proud of my Hartford. So me doing something that could help add to its shine? Baby, YES, I am ALL IN!

**this was done last January 2020, pre Covid

Creative partners for this fabulous LGBTQ+ inspiration shoot:

venue: The Goodwin Hotel, Hartford CT / @goodwin_hotel

Photography : Carla Ten Eyck, Hartford CT@c10ike

Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman Styling, Guilford CT / @bethchapmanstyling

Fashion from: The White Dress by the Shore, Clinton CT / @thewhitedress

Shoot Design + planning: Diana Chouinard, Jubilee Events, Cheshire CT / @ajubileeevent

Marrier Gown: Ines de Santo / @inesdisanto

Reception Dress + Jumpsuit: Theia / @theiacouture

Suit: Valentino Tailors, Hamden CT / enzovalentino

Hair + Makeup: Catie Bane, Willow Salon, Guilford CT / @catiebane

Floral: Persephone Floral, New Haven CT /  @persephonefloral

Cake: Sugar Therapy / @ineedsugartherapy

Linens: Nuage Designs, NYC / @nuagedesignsinc

Veil: Sara Gabriel Designs, NYC / @saragabrielveils

Rentals: Peak Event Services, East Hartford CT / @peakeventservices

Maids dresses: Jenny Yoo, NYC / @jennyyoonyc / Hayley Paige, NYC / @misshayleypaige

 

Super excited to have this shoot featured on LoveInc!

Callan of Sugar Therapy made this super sleek modern cake for the shoot. It smelled divine. She makes the most gorgeous cakes, give her a call if you need a cake for anything!

This bow on this Ines de Santo gown was BANANAS. Elegant, impactful, gorgeous. It stopped me in my tracks and kept me inspired for the entire day! Beth of Beth Chapman Styling knows how to create style. She is literally on another level!

Two brides at their intimate wedding ceremony at the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT Two brides hug on their wedding day during their intimate wedding at The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT
Two brides pose for photos at their wedding during their intimate wedding at the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT Two brides pose for photos during their intimate wedding at the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT

 

Two brides kiss during their intimate wedding at The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT
Two brides laugh during photos at their intimate wedding at the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT Two brides laugh during their intimate wedding at the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT Two brides laugh during their wedding photos at The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT Two brides kiss at their intimate wedding at The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT

can this bathroom be MORE AMAZING??? Not sure, not sure. OMG. I had to work it here. HAD TO.

This mirror!!!!!!!! BAH!

 

This wallpaper was calling to me… it’s literally in a hallway! I loved how these came out!

The Goodwin Hotel has SO many nooks to photograph in!

 

The facade of the Goodwin Hotel is absolutely EPIC!!!

The brick facade here is so romantic and inspiring, I just love it so much!

One of my most favorite things is involving my daughter and son, Jackson, when I can in any and every shoot I do. I have made sure they are in both books that I have published, it’s a sneaky way to include them in my legacy. Leaving behind gorgeous work in a book and including my family just takes it to the next level for me.

My sweet daughter GG was my test model for this next shot. I love photographing her more than anything in all the land, ever ever ever. She is my muse.

My girl Beth Chapman finessing the details on Stephanie’s suit for this amazing photo!

A bride poses for photos during her intimate wedding at The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT

Here is Catie Bane, working her magic!

 

These custom suits by Enzo at Valentino Tailors in Hamden CT are AMAZING!!!!

A bride poses for photos at her intimate wedding at the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT

This amazing, creative group. So much love for them all!!!

 

To see more inspirational shoots, please click on the links below!

Carla’s portfolio of inspirational shoots

The Greenbrier + COLOR, Sulpher Springs West Virginia

Mount Hope Farm Inspirational Shoot for Bliss Celebrations Magazine

Havana Inspired Shoot with Gather and Lounge

Cayman Vows Magazine Shoot, Grand Cayman

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