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Eyes up, heart open

Carla Ten Eyck

Southwest Inspired Tented Wedding with Amy Champagne Events

 

Bride and groom hugging by cactus on their wedding day in Norwalk CT

 

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 very second I stepped on the property. The florals from Carrie Wilcox Floral Design in Fairfield CT was beyond crazy beautiful, there was so much color and texture and cactus nestled with dahlias that looked like they were on fire! The bar wall was amazing and I kept wandering back to it and staring at all of the amazing air plants and little thoughtful details.

I probably took way more photos than I normally do because I was so attracted to all of the fun color and texture and I won’t apologize for it! Not to mention how sweet Anna and Eddie were with one another, there was so much love and care and kindness around us all the entire day, it made my job of showing all of the love so easy! They are both pediatric ER Doctor’s in Philly, and had many colleagues come for the wedding, and of course there were children! I loved watching Anna and Eddie connect with each child at their wedding, I could see why they chose to be advocates for kids in how kind and present they are with kids.

Creative Partners for the day:

Planning and event design: Amy Jones, Amy Champagne Events

Venue: Private Home, Norwalk CT

Florals: Carrie Wilcox, Carrie Wilcox Floral Design, Fairfield CT

Gown: Designer, Jenny Yoo via BHLDN

Makeup: Mackenzie Miska

Hair: Beauty Bar

Tent: Durkin’s Tent Rental, Danbury CT

Catering: On The Marc Catering

Lighting: Shin Dig Lighting, Bridgeport CT

Furniture Rentals: Gather and Lounge, Bridgeport CT

Rentals: PEAK Event Services / Party Rental LTD

Linens: LaTavola Linens

DJ: DJ James Vincent

Ceremony Music: Millennium Music

Transportation: Gateway Limo

Cake: Made by the Bride and her Mom!

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck, Hartford CT Wedding and Event Photography

Second Photographer: Nikki Alekson

Mother of the bride looking at her daughter on her wedding day in Norwalk CT

Nikki always gets great shots of the guys while I am with the girls!

This is an image of Anna with her Dad.

They were mostly checking out how much alcohol there was being unloaded into the tent! It was a sight!

Anna did a first look with her Dad, it was really sweet to see his face light up when he saw his daughter ready to get married!

And then there was THE first look, with her heart, her Eddie. Not sure they figured this into their predictions for the day, but I teared up at their reactions to one another! Weepy photographer, check!

Her parents property was filled with so many great nooks and crannies!

Bride and groom hold hands on their wedding day in Norwalk CT

Can you even with this bouquet??? PERSIMMON AND AIR PLANTS AND OMG. It was a stunner! Way to go Carrie Wilcox!

Anna gave her bridesmaids freedom to choose their own gowns, just gently guiding them into the teal palette… I would say they pulled it off beautifully!

Teal wedding party by a swimming pool at a wedding in Norwalk CT with Amy Champagne Events.

Anna used to snuggle up under this Japanese Maple tree as a child and play, and really wanted to have some photos here. I could just see her here, curled up playing with her toys or reading a book. It’s the kind of thing I would dream of doing as a kid, and to see the very tree that she did this in, was so special. I was beyond excited to create some meaningful portraits with Ann and Eddie here.

Wedding bouquet with protea garden roses dahlias airplanes by Carrie Wilcox Floral Design Fairfield CT

Vegas the dog!

Southwest inspired wedding flowers with protea and a skull by Carrie Wilcox Floral Design Fairfield CT

I wouldn’t advise this, but I wanted to stick my entire head into this arrangement. But I did not. Because: CACTUS. Also, manners.

Colorful wedding flowers with cactus, protea zinnia dahlia roses by Carrie Wilcox Floral Design Fairfield CT

The linens, the furniture, it all harmonized so well together!

Colorful dahlia wedding flowers in a tent by Carrie Wilcox Floral Design Fairfield CT Ecstatic bride walking down the aisle with her parents at her wedding in Norwalk CT

The LEGEND: Amy Jones, hard at work, but always with a smile on her face!

Amy Jones of Amy Champagne Events smiling at her tented wedding in Norwalk CT Southwest inspired tented wedding in Norwalk CT with Amy Champagne Events

Because Anna is gluten free, the majority of the menu was as well. I was SO HAPPY since I am gluten free as well, and the food was AMAZING. Can you say fried avocado?

Airplants and cactus at a Southwest inspired wedding designed by Amy Champagne Events in Norwalk CT Wedding day appetizers by On the Marc Events Norwalk CT

The escort cards were bags of pretzels from Philly, with gorgeous hand calligraphy on each bag!

Backyard tented wedding in Norwalk CT designed by Amy Champagne Events Nighttime wedding in Norwalk CT by Durkin Tents

The dance floor was packed the entire night and the only way I could grab any photos was to get out there and shake my money maker with everyone…! And so… I did! #perkofthejob

Anna and Eddie, thank you so much for choosing me to be your photographer. It is an honor that I take very seriously, and I loved getting to know you both this past year. I had so much fun at your wedding, watching all of your friends, family and colleagues come together to celebrate the two of you and how happy you make one another. The whole day was pure magic. Here’s to happiness and health, lots of laughing, and taking care of all of the children of the world together!

To see more Tented Weddings by Carla Ten Eyck please click the links below:

Tokeneke Country Club Darien CT with Amy Champagne Events

Joyful Tented Wedding in Lordship CT

Lauren + Bridget get Married at Jonathan Edwards Winery, Stonington CT

Tammy + Jason’s Rainy Day Tented Wedding in the Finger Lakes, NY

Elevated Rustic Wedding at Wm. H. Buckley Farm, Ballston Spa NY

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