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Eyes up, heart open

Carla Ten Eyck

Hartford City Hall Elopement

My two grooms, TJ and Shawn called me, super excited for their elopement in Hartford this Winter. They knew they wanted to have their dinner at republic at the Linden in Hartford, but weren’t exactly sure where they wanted to have their ceremony. They couldn’t have googled a better photographer for their Hartford elopement, am I right? My only option for them, hands down was the opulent and amazing Hartford City Hall, right on Main Street in Hartford CT. The truth? It’s not built like other city halls. Need proof? Just take a look for yourself!

Don’t scroll too fast or you will miss Shawn and TJ’s getting ready photos. I suggested The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford as a GORGEOUS and convenient place for them to get ready. It made the day so easy, walkable and fun. Despite the cold temperatures we had such a fun time as we (briskly) walked down Asylum, over to the iconic Pratt Street and my favorite Hartford shop, Hartford Prints!

Creative Partners for Shawn and TJ’s Hartford City Hall elopement:

Ceremony venue: Hartford City Hall, Hartford CT

Officiant: Carlos Hernandez-Chavez – my Father!

Getting ready location: The Goodwin Hotel, Hartford CT

Florals: A Special Place, West Hartford CT

Reception venue: Republic at the Linden, Hartford CT

 

To add some fun to their getting ready TJ and Shawn had these cute jammies monogrammed with their initials for them to be cozy in! I suggested they bring some personal things to make the hotel room feel a little more like them and they were more than happy to oblige. They brought in framed photos and the makings for mimosas. It was a really intimate and special way to get ready and I loved it.

The blue ceilings in The Goodwin Hotel are one of my favorite decor statements. LOVE.

Two grooms during their wedding day at The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT

As soon as I walked into their suite I KNEW this would have to happen. I am so in love with this!!

Two grooms during their wedding day at The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT Two grooms during their wedding day at The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT Two grooms during their wedding day at The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT

During their getting ready I learned SO MUCH about men’s fashion tips. TJ is involved in the fashion industry and has so many tips for suit wearing folks! Did you know there is an inside jacket pocket for your OPERA TICKETS. HELLO.

Two grooms during their wedding day at The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT Two grooms during their wedding day at The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT Two grooms during their wedding day at The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT Two grooms during their wedding day at The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT Two grooms pose for wedding photos outside of The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT Two grooms take wedding photos on Pratt Street in Hartford CT on their wedding day Two grooms take wedding photos on Pratt Street in Hartford CT on their wedding day Two grooms take wedding photos on Pratt Street in Hartford CT on their wedding day Two grooms take wedding photos on Pratt Street in Hartford CT on their wedding day Two grooms take wedding photos on Pratt Street in Hartford CT on their wedding day

I love stopping outside of Hartford Prints! for photographs. They always have their sign out and it changes often. This message hit the mark! We loved it!

Two grooms pose outside Hartford Prints on Pratt Street in Hartford on their wedding day Two grooms pose outside Hartford Prints on Pratt Street in Hartford on their wedding day Two grooms pose outside Hartford Prints on Pratt Street in Hartford on their wedding day Two grooms pose outside Hartford Prints on Pratt Street in Hartford on their wedding day

Pratt Street is such a great spot to stop for photos on your way to your Hartford City Hall elopement!Two grooms pose for photos outside of the Society Room on their way to Hartford City Hall

The Gold Building on Main Street in Hartford is one of the most fun places to play.

Hands down my FAVORITE Hartford landmark, Calder’s Stegosaurus sculpture.

Two grooms walk to their elopement at Hartford City Hall, in Hartford CT Two grooms prepare for their elopement at Hartford City Hall in Hartford CT

TJ warned me that his Dad is an emotional guy. (MY VERY FAVORITE) I knew it would only be a matter of time before they broke down…

This moment made me weep, it was so special, so raw, so real.

Groom hugs his family at his elopement in Hartford City Hall in Hartford CT A groom walks down the aisle during his Hartford City Hall elopement in Hartford CT Hartford City Hall elopement in Hartford CT

The cutest little ring bearer ever in all the land!!

Two groom laugh at their elopement at Hartford City Hall in Hartford CT Two grooms hug during their elopement at Hartford City Hall in Hartford CT

Shawn and TJ did their first dance after their ceremony. It’s a sweet and safe way to still enjoy some of the bigger wedding traditions.

Two grooms dance during their elopement at Hartford City Hall in Hartford CT Two grooms dance during their elopement at Hartford City Hall Two grooms kiss at Hartford City Hall at their elopement in Hartford CT Two grooms kiss at Hartford City Hall at their elopement in Hartford CT Two grooms kiss at Hartford City Hall at their elopement in Hartford CT Two grooms kiss at Hartford City Hall at their elopement in Hartford CT Two grooms kiss at Hartford City Hall at their elopement in Hartford CT Two grooms snuggle for photos during their elopement in Hartford City Hall Two grooms elope at Hartford City Hall in Hartford CT Two grooms during their Hartford City Hall elopement in Hartford CT Two grooms kiss at Hartford City Hall at their elopement in Hartford CT Two grooms kiss at Hartford City Hall at their elopement in Hartford CT Two grooms during their Hartford City Hall elopement in Hartford CT

After poking around Hartford City Hall for photos after the ceremony we walked a block over the Republic at The Linden on Capitol Ave and Main Street.

Two grooms during their Hartford City Hall elopement in Hartford CT

This was the spot of their first kiss!

Talk about NOOKS. It’s like NOOK FARM up in this place!

Two grooms toast during their Hartford City Hall elopement in Hartford CT

TJ’s Mom had the perfect toast; short, sweet, emotional, honest.

TJ and Shawn, thank you for googling whatever you googled that led you to me. Thank you for reaching out to me and connecting! I adore you both and am excited to be your photographer for life! You can’t shake me now! XOXO

 

To see more wedding photographed by Connecticut wedding photographer Carla Ten Eyck click the links below:

Ari + Matt’s Hartford City Hall Elopement

Goodwin Hotel Hartford Inspiration Shoot

Rachel + Rob’s Intimate Winvian Farm Wedding

Stacy + Jessica’s Joyful Wadsworth Mansion Wedding

Alex + Alexa’s Intimate Autumn Wedding at The Chatfield Hollow Inn, Killingworth CT

3 Comments

  • Barbara Barrett

    I will keep you in prayer that God may grant you happiness, guidance and peace.

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  • Patty Kovalik Krajewski

    They are all beautiful pictures! Very well done! I’m so happy for both of them! My daughter, Crystal, and Shawn were best friends going to school together which seems like it was just yesterday.

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