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Eyes up, heart open

Carla Ten Eyck

Smith Farm Gardens East Haddam CT Engagement

 

Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT is one of the most magical wedding and event venues in all of Connecticut. I can’t stress this enough! The owners are the sweetest people with the biggest hearts and the greenest thumbs. As a fellow gardening nerd I appreciate the landscaping and flower gardens on a whole other level each time I visit. My favorite part is how beautifully they transition through the seasons, they are truly unmatched! So when my clients Jaine and Ken wanted to do their engagement session somewhere with amazing fall foliage, I knew the exact place to go; Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT!

Not only are the gardens at Smith Farm Gardens out of this world pretty, the white farmhouse is pure magic on its own. I am a big fan of old homes and this is one of my favorites.

The white farmhouse at Smith Farm Gardens is the most idyllic backdrop, with the sun setting gently in the back and just wrapping the property in its golden light.

I have seen wedding ceremonies set up here on the back side of the home, it’s such a beautiful spot.

It’s as if every nook and cranny is perfect here, even their crushed gravel driveway was gorgeous for photos!

Jaine and Ken were beyond fun to photograph. I can’t even tell you! They went from legit Blue Steel to total goof balls within seconds and I had to be on high alert the entire session lest I missed anything!

Then they just collapsed into laughter afterwards, which HELLO I was not going to miss either! I adored them!!!!

Not only that! They were down to clown with me in the fields, NBD with giant heels (Jaine) and the best attitudes!

Even on its way out the foliage at Smith Farm Gardens is magic. I can’t wait to come back next fall for more!

A couple plays during their engagement session at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT A couple in the milkweed during their engagement session at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT

This fall day was so beautiful, I feel like I can still feel the warm sun on my face from that day.

When Jaine swapped into this little get up I just about DIED. I mean, HELLO could it fit her any more perfectly? Could she have coordinated with the foliage any better? GIRL WHAT.

A couple during their engagement session at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT

At this point I am a super spaz. Even now, just looking at these I am YELLING inside my heart!!!

And then I turned around and just about LOST MY EVER LOVING MIND!! This LIGHT!

And them BAM! Out of nowhere it’s freaking Dancing with the Stars over here!

A couple dances during their engagement session at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT

Cue the laughter:

Cue the cuddles:

A couple hugs during their engagement session at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT during golden hour

Cue the wood pile:

A couple snuggles during their engagement session at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT by the wood pile A couple walks a path during their engagement session at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT

I was like, Wow, ok this looks like you just bought this house! SURPRISE!

A couple snuggles during their engagement session at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT

Here they are!

A couple during their engagement session at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT

And them BAM! HELLO.

Kenny’s turn!! boop!

This whole series just sums these two right up! Silly. Serious. In love. Silly! Serious. Content. SO FREAKING IN LOVE!!! Back to silly.

A couple laughs during their engagement session at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT A couple hugs during their engagement session at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT A couple snuggles during their engagement session at Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT

Jaine and Kenny, I freaking love you two. I am so happy to know you both and even happier that I have a whole other session to edit of you both (stay tuned yous guys just WAIT till you see this shoot from The Mayflower Inn and Spa!)

 

To see more fabulous and fun engagement sessions photographed by Connecticut wedding and engagement photographer Carla Ten Eyck, click the links below:

Carla’s highlights portfolio of her favorite engagement session images

Lake Waramaug CT Engagement Session

Milford CT Shoreline Engagement Session

Valley View Farm Engagement Session MA

Chatfield Hollow Inn Killingworth CT Engagement Session

1 Comment

  • Jaine Truex LeFebvre

    Dear Carla, I am so excited to see more wonderful photos with your talented touch as we celebrate this exciting time for Ken and Jaine’ Coann. Thank you for capturing the magic! Cordially, Jaine (Jaine’ Coann’s Mother)

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