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Carla Ten Eyck

the wedding bible book launch at the four seasons london

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This January I had one of the absolute coolest opportunities arise for me to fly to England to photograph a wedding in Helmsley at Castle Howard for none other than Sarah Haywood, one of the most prestigious international destination wedding planners in the world…! As if that wasn’t cool enough, Sarah is also a two time author with her book The Wedding Bible, which was launched about a week after the wedding I was there to photograph …! So as luck would have it, Sarah asked me to stay another week and decompress in-between shoots until the book launch party at The Four Seasons London! I was beyond happy to oblige and really enjoyed getting to see more of England than I had the chance to see last time I was there! It was a long trip but a whirlwind all the same and I had just the best adventures with Sarah and the team that is I Do Films out of Chicago. But, more on that whole experience coming soon!

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I owe a HUGE thank you to my good friend Nichole Michel of Coral Pheasant for being featured in The Wedding Bible!! The book is full of so many of my images, and it is surreal and amazing just looking through and seeing them in such a beautifully designed book! Nichole was the designer and man, did she out do herself!!
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I am not sure that I could be MORE obsessed with photographing the art that is cocktails designed and poured by the fabulously named Holy Water…! I was fixated on these beauties!!!

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The team!!! What a wonderful, hard working and incredibly talented lot of people here!! I was so humbled to be working with such talent. What makes them even more amazing is their accents..! And yes, after taking this shot of them I hugged each and every one of them in true C10 style…! I was mostly making up for how stressed out I get when I watch Downton Abbey and no one ever hugs… ! A hug solves so many things in life! Thank you all for obliging this American hugger!!

The team:

Coral Pheasant / Richard Ward / Foto Noir / CJ Floral / Lester Gethings / The Wedding Industry Awards founders Anna and Damian Bailey / Perfect Wedding editor Michelle Royle / Browns Bride owner Caroline Burstein / Keith Appleby / Lina Cameron / Sassi Holford / Marina Licht from Style & The Bride / Chenca Williams from bridal couturiers Ritva Westeniu / Peggy Porschen

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Sarah’s Tim (Nichole has a Tim too!) was one of my favorite parts of this whole experience… he is just the kindest sweetest man and beyond proud of Sarah for all of her accolades (and there are MANY!) I had such a wonderful time with you Tim!! Sarah. Thank you from the bottom of my bottomless heart for including me in your gorgeous book, for having me come photograph your stunning, over the top work and including me on your team! It was beyond a dream come true! Until the next time!! XOXO

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