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Carla Ten Eyck

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Cold Spring Farm Wedding in Colchester CT

 
Diana and Phil’s autumn wedding day at Cold Spring Farm in Colchester CT was blustery, blue-skied and crisp! Since I knew that wind was a factor I showed up a bit earlier than expected to get the lay of the land and scope some potential portrait spots out ┬áto help the day run as smooth as possible. Diana and Phil have two children under 3 and a brand spanking new puppy named Draco, so, any little bit of time saving I could manage I knew would be super helpful! I poked around the farm and found some really Read More

Autumn Wedding at Aria in Prospect CT

Michaela and Artur’s windy November wedding at Aria in Prospect CT was filled with so many gregarious, tall and well dressed frail and friends, it felt like I was at a fashion show instead of a wedding! Even Michaela played the part by having a dress change midway through her reception. Her bridesmaids gowns were some of my favorite this year, they were long, fitted navy dresses with long lace sleeves and a cool back, and each lady looked so elegant and willowy in the dress, even my sweet little shorty bridesmaid! The crazy wind didn’t seem to impact Read More

Emily’s Catering Owner Ties the Knot in Cheshire CT

One of the best parts of the wedding and event industry are the friendships we make over the years with our fellow creative partners. Rick Kerzner, owner of Emily’s Catering is one of the best. Not only is Rick amazing at what he and his team of caterers do, but he’s also so great at treating the people that he works with on his weddings and events like a part of his team. He’s always ready to feed me and my second photographer so we can keep our energy up to do our best job for our clients, quick Read More

Two Brides Emotional Tented Wedding in Glastonbury CT

 

To say my two brides back yard wedding in Glastonbury CT was emotional… well, that would be the understatement of the year! It was all of the emotional, all of the laughing and the crying and the laugh-crying combos you could imagine, all balled up into one big perfect beautiful day. And I’m just talking about MY emotions! I wish I was kidding- but honestly, when I can be so present at a wedding where I feel so close and connected to the couple getting married, that I can actually imagine me up there at the altar with Read More

Southwest Inspired Tented Wedding with Amy Champagne Events

 

 
On the morning of Anna and Eddie’s southwest inspired tented wedding at Anna’s parents home in Norwalk CT, Anna took a moment to reflect before getting into her dress. She looked out the window at the bustling tent in the yard of her childhood home below explode with color and texture and beauty beyond what one would ever expect to see. She said “This all came from me saying we like triangles and air plants!” and she laughed. Amy Jones, of Amy Champagne Events designed this wedding so beautifully, I was squealing and in awe from the Read More

Thoughts On Being a Two Time Published Author

OK, OK. The title of this post may ruffle some feathers and come across a little rough, but those of you that know me know that I call it as I see it. You may want to know what’s so rough and awful about being a published author, and I am here to tell you.
Things that aren’t rough about being a published author for $800, Alex:
It isn’t the satisfaction of having a completed published body of work that you spent years working on and curating. It isn’t the thrill of seeing your book on the shelves of Read More

Joyful Tented Wedding in Lordship CT

Coco and Joe’s tented wedding in Lordship CT this weekend was one of the most joyful, emotional and amazing weddings, like, ever. I met Courtney in 2009 when her older sister Liz married her now husband Greg, and hired me as their photographer. During that initial meeting Liz and I laughed, we cried and were bonded from that moment on as friends for life. I am beyond happy to call Liz one of my closest friends, and in the process have absorbed the Stafford crew as my own as well. I was able to capture some really powerful moments Read More

Two Happy Brides Tie the Knot at Jonathan Edwards Winery

“Big giant fun party under a gorgeous tent at a vineyard.” “Big foodies.” “80% of those attending are close friends” “Loves the vibrancy of my pictures,” “Wants their photographer to be a part of the day and not just sit back and miss things.” These are all notes underlined by me that I jotted down during my first meeting with Lauren and Bridget for their Jonathan Edwards Winery wedding in North Stonington CT.
Ladies, I would have to say that according to my masterful note taking and photographs below, your wedding was exactly that: a big, giant, vibrant fun Read More

Opulent Wedding at The Condado Vanderbilt in San Juan Puerto Rico

Karen and Shawn’s destination wedding in San Juan Puerto Rico was opulent and beautiful with no detail left out. I have had the honor of photographing Karen and her family for over 10 years, so their wedding felt like an extended party on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. They hosted a select group of close family and friends, and were surrounded by their kind and loving families. The other day I was looking through some of the sessions I had done with Karen and her children and was just amazed at how much they have all grown over Read More

Classically Beautiful Wedding at the Delamar Hotel Greenwich

 

Erica and Brandon’s absolutely classical GORGEOUS wedding at The Delamar Hotel in Greenwich CT was a beautiful day filled with happy families and the world’s cutest dog, Lucy. Erica is one of the most photogenic people I have worked with, and that isn’t even because she looks so much like Anne Hathaway if she were playing Snow White! Then: give Brandon a hard look and maybe you will see a young Dustin Hoffman or John Cusak or if Dustin and John had a son it would be Brandon. Tell me I’m wrong! So with this in my head Read More

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