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Carla Ten Eyck

Smith Farm Gardens Bohemian Styled Shoot

Bride and groom walk through arch on Smith Farm Gardens in CT on their wedding day

 

Smith Farm gardens in East Haddam, Connecticut is one of the most beautiful spaces for a wedding or event I have seen in a long time. That’s saying something considering our Nutmeg State is host to some truly charming venues! The grounds are meticulously manicured, and the white farm house on the property has been lovingly restored with every detail thought of and attended to.

Earlier in the spring I partnered up with Alyssa of Alyssa Jean Signature Events, based in West Hartford, on a styled shoot. Alyssa is new to Connecticut and wanted to show some fresh new work to help attract new clients. She scoured the state looking for the perfect space to create beautiful work and she found Smith Farm Gardens. I had never heard of it before and was charmed immediately the second I stepped foot on their property. Full of gardens and fields, the light hots every spot just right. It is literally a photographer’s dream, and I was super happy the entire afternoon, poking around the property and practically every nook looking for spaces to photograph. Our models are my past clients, Caity and Ryan and it was so good to photograph them again! They fit the vibe of the shoot perfectly and brought their own easy energy and love to the day, making these images just sparkle and shine with their real love.

The entire day Alyssa attended to everything herself. She worked tirelessly and with a smile on her face the entire day, despite the heat. I can only imagine what magic she would work on a wedding day and would not hesitate to recommend her for planning your wedding or event. For me, it’s about so much more than just doing your job, it also about how you make everyone feel while you are doing it. Alyssa was calm, happy, and one step ahead of every detail the entire day! We had such a great time working together with our team of creative professionals curated by Alyssa herself.

We started the day with a picnic in the orchard on the property, as if it would be Ryan and Caity’s engagement session or a mini elopement. The grounds were perfect for this! Then Caity and Ryan changed into wedding attire and we had fun reflecting back on their very own wedding that I photographed a few years back, and it made this styled shoot even more magical! Thye are just the sweetest couple, so kind and loving with one another, I just love being around their energy!

Creative Partners for the Day:

Venue: Smith Farm Gardens : Smith Farm Gardens, East Haddam CT / @smithfarmgardensct

Planner/Designer: Alyssa Jean Signature Events West Hartford CT / @alyssajeanevents

Photographer: Carla Ten Eyck Photography, Hartford CT – @c10ike

Hair & Makeup:  Amy Fiordelisi @amylisi

Florals: Amberworks Floral Design, Middletown CT – @amberworksfloraldesign

Stationery: Phillips Designs – @phillipsdesigns

Cake + Desserts: A Little Something Cake – @alittesomethingcakestudio

Rentals:

Lady Slipper Affairs + Events, Simbury CT – @ladyslipperevents

The Rustic Barn, Killingworth CT (providing table & vintage dresser) – @therusticbarnct

Taylor Rental – @mytaylorrental

Dress: Everthine Bridal, Madison CT  – @everthinebridal

Suit/Menswear: JT Ghamo, Hartford CT – @jtghamo

Picnic Catering – Riverhouse Catering – @riverhousecatering

Riverhouse Catering charcuterie board at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT A Little Something Cake rose cupcakes at a styled shoot at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT Pink rose cupcakes by A Little Something Cakes at a styled shoot at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT Vintage clocks and china at a styled shoot at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT Vintage clock on old books at Alice in Wonderland themed shoot at Smith Farm Garden in East Haddam CT Bride poses in the garden in her wedding gown from Everthine at Smith Farm Garden in East Haddam CT

Alyssa wanted to flowers to feel like they were just picked wildflowers in a field, and they look so beautiful!

Bride and groom cuddle on Adirondack chairs at Smith Farm Garden on their wedding day in East Haddam CT Bride and groom pop champagne at their wedding at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT A bride and groom toast champagne at their wedding at Smith Farm Garden in East Haddam CT A bride and groom cut their wedding cake at their wedding at Smith Farm Garden in East Haddam CT A bride and groom hug in a field at their wedding at sunset at Smith Farm Garden in East Haddam CT A bride and a groom embrace in an orchard on their wedding day at Smith Farm Garden in East Haddam CT A bride and groom kiss on their wedding day in an orchard at sunset at Smith Farm Farm in East Haddam CT A bride and groom sit on a rock wall on their wedding day at Smith Farm Garden in East Haddam CT

Click here to see Caity and Ryan’s engagement session at Gouveia Vineyard in Wallingford CT

Caity and Ryan’s Wedding in Mystic CT

For more styled shoots check out these:

Chatfield Hollow Styled Shoot with Everthine Bridal

Copper Beech Inn Styled Shoot with Krissy Nash Weddings

Fifties Inspired Styled Shoot with Whim Events Boston and Hive Events Part One

Fifties Inspired Styled Shoot with Whim Events + Hive Events Part Two

 

And some real weddings that fit this vibe!

Kat + Michael’s Wedding at Wm. H Buckley Farm in Ballston Spa, NY

Bridget + Lauren’s wedding at Jonathan Edwards Winery, Stonington CT

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