Whimsical Garden Party Wedding at Eolia Mansion in Harkness Park

I photographed a whimsical garden wedding in the amphitheater at Harkness Memorial Park in Waterford CT with Chris and Beth and my heart could not be more full if it tried! When I first spoke to Beth over the phone about her wedding, we connected instantly over our shared love of gardening and all things floral. Peonies full and lush? Ferns? FERNS? A floral chandelier? Once I knew that my good friend Carrie of Carrie Wilcox Floral Design in Fairfield was the creative genius behind crafting the floral design, I knew Chris and Beth’s wedding was going to be a wedding that I thought about long after I was finished photographing it.

From the details, and there were many gorgeous ones, to the happy family members frolicking on the vast lawn at Harkness, I was photographically sold. Add to this the tender and kind love that Beth and Chris have for one another… and I am just cooked. They are two of the most sweet humans, who found one another late run life and that was IT- game over for them both.

We started the morning  at a gorgeous stone home close by, that was filled with light and the hustle and bustle of the wedding day to come. There was a lovely air of expectancy in the air, as Beth’s sister helped her get dressed and we decided on their first look location by the garden on property that was in full, glorious bloom!

Beth swished that Rivini gown at every chance and I was in photographic heaven each time; her face just lit up and it was pure magic!

One of my favorite elements of the wedding day was Chris and Beth’s decision to have an unplugged wedding. They asked guests to put away their phones , cameras and iPads (yes, people stick these out in the aisle and block the view!) and to just be FULLY PRESENT for their ceremony. There is nothing worse than standing up at the altar and looking out into the faces of your loved ones, only to be greeted with a sea of phones and cameras! Everyone heeded their request and it made for a calm, peaceful and amazing ceremony where the energy was palpable. Well done!

Big thank you to all of our creative partners for the day, and big congratulations to Chris and Beth! XOXO

Creative partners for the day:

venue: Eloia Mansion at Harkness Park, Waterford CT

gown: Rivini

flowers: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design

hair and makeup: Catie Bane, Guilford CT

catering: A Thyme to Cook, Stonington CT

entertainment: Elan Artists, New York City

cakes: Anna Parzych Cakes, Cheshire CT

photography: Connecticut Wedding Photographer Carla Ten Eyck

Bride in Rivini wedding gown with romantic wedding bouquet by Carrie Wilcox Floral at Harkness Park, Waterford CT Bride in her Rivini wedding gown holding wedding bouquet with garden roses at Harkness Park, Waterford CT

This ceremony set up (on the right) was so pretty! Way to go, Carrie Wilcox Floral Design!

Pink garden roses by Carrie Wilcox Floral Design at Harkness Park wedding, Waterford CT Escort card table with lilies at Harkness Park, Waterford CT wedding with Carrie Wilcox Floral Design Wedding flower inspiration with lilies and dahlias by Carrie Wilcox Floral Design, Fairfield CT

Flower girls always add such an adorable element to every wedding, I could do an entire post just on them!

Flower girl flowers crowns by Carrie Wilcox Floral Design, Fairfield CT Bride relaxes in her Rivini wedding gown at Harkness Park, Waterford CT Bride laughs in her Rivini wedding dress while holding her garden rose wedding bouquet Harkness Park, Waterford CT Flower girls with floral crowns and floral chandelier by Carrie Wilcox Floral Design, Fairfield CT Floral ceremony wedding inspiration with pink roses by Carrie Wilcox Floral Design at Harkness Park, Waterford CT

To see more weddings + engagements photographed at Harkness Memorial Park check the following links:

Sara + Michael’s garden wedding with Jubilee Events

Melissa + Jeff’s Spring Wedding 

Liane + Alex’s beautiful engagement session at Harkness Park



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