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Hartford Wedding from Julie Morawski for Carla Ten Eyck Photography

Our hearts have been won by a classic affair that is elegance defined. The second Julie Morawski of Carla Ten Eyck Photography sent this beautiful soiree our way, I put it on the calendar, while gracefully trying to pick my chin up off my desk. Filled with stunning, traditional details, the wedding is BEYOND. And the gallery? It’s filled with so much more!

Phil and I met while we both attended the University of Hartford. Neither of us grew up in Connecticut, but after we graduated we made Hartford our home and we could think of no better place to have our wedding!

Phil proposed to me the day before we left for vacation in Jamaica. It was early in the morning I was still in my pajamas, and I was upstairs packing. He called up that our American bulldog Dutchess appeared to have been cut at the groomer the day before. He came up with her and told me to look at her neck, and there was a ring hanging on her collar. It was a complete surprise for me, but the perfect proposal for us. Just the two of us at home. We spent the day with some family, and then got to leave for a wonderful vacation!

We wanted the wedding to be downtown. The Society Room was the first venue we officially looked at. As soon as we left we turned to each other and instantly agreed it was the venue for us! So unique and in the perfect location.

We wanted to have a classic and elegant feel, with a little bit of an edge. Black and White is my favorite color combination, and I love a damask pattern. Throwing the purple in for a pop of color was the perfect addition. I bought a feather hairpiece, and fell in love with the idea of adding them to some of the flowers at the suggestion of our wonderful florist.. We wanted a fun youthful feel, and I definitely feel like it was achieved.

Under my dress I was able to clip in my grandmother pearl necklace which was given to her by her father the day she got married, and Phil’s mother’s handkerchief was my something borrowed. It was special to have both those items.

The whole day was an absolute dream, everything worked out perfectly. Taking photos throughout downtown was definitely a highlight. Just being on Pratt street in the perfect lighting as the sun was setting felt like a dream! The photos from Pratt Street as well as those from City Hall are just too perfect! Phil loves the photo of us and the taxi cab we stopped on the street. Our reception was a blast, since we are the only ones who live in Hartford and almost all of our guests were from out of town, we felt so lucky to have everyone there. My grandparents did a little dance on their scooters to one of their favorite songs, and I think everyone was in agreement that it was a wonderful moment!

Photography: Julie Morawski for Carla Ten Eyck Photography / Flowers: Kelly, The Flower Girl Weddings / Ceremony Location: St. Sebastian Church / Reception Location: The Society Room / Coordinator: Dana from The Society Room / DJ: Rich from Powerstation / Dress: Alfred Angelo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anna Elyse / Cake: Kim’s Cottage Confections / Hair and Makeup: Larissa Lake and Company

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Carla Ten Eyck’s Hartford Wedding Vow Renewal

Hopefully you tuned in this weekend to quite possibly the coolest wedding film I’ve ever seen. In case you did not recognize the leading lady of the film, let me introduce you to Carla Ten Eyck. Wedding photographer extraordinaire, genius behind the lens, and pretty much the coolest person ever. So when Carla and her hubby decided to renew their vows (and decided to count on SO many of our favorite LBB vendors) we knew we had to have a front seat to the day. Lucky for us, they have decided to let us into the whole fantastic, pretty in pink, love filled affair. Seriously, I could not stop checking out this whole day, partly because, well, I’m president of Carla’s fan club, and partly because it was a killer renewal. Please, please click here to see the whole gorgeous love fest in our full image gallery – you will not regret it.

Unexpected intense summer thunderstorms didn’t stop photographer Carla and hubby Dave Ten Eyck from renewing their vows at Carla’s childhood home and their current studio and home in Hartford, CT.  The wedding was orchestrated by a team of vendors belonging to the members of the Little Black Book, including Carla Ten Eyck Photography, Studio Foto, Jubilee Events, Datura: A Modern Garden, Dana Bartone & Co, The White Dress by the Shore, and RAW Photo Design.

Details of this wedding were anchored in Carla and Dave’s strong sense of family, her mother Georgianne’s memory, her Mexican heritage and her passion of photography. Carla looked stunning in her tea length dress by Siri and head piece by The White Dress By the Shore. The bridal party, consisting of her children Jack and Georgie and studio members, wore her studio colors – pink and brown. The gowns were from The White Dress By the Shore.

Colorful star and globe shaped lanterns swayed in the breeze, lighting the wooden picnic table that was once Carla’s dinning room table growing up.  The wooden table set up was reminiscent of a dia de Los Muertos altar in Mexico, and was peppered with Carla’s mother’s china, pictures of Carla’s studio members and roses given to Carla’s mother for Mother’s Day.

Amongst family photos, various old cameras were displayed, owned by Carla and her father. Friends wrote well wishes on paper tags and hung them on a Blue Atlas Cedar wishing tree, the tree that Carla gave her husband Dave as his original wedding gift (almost 12 years ago). The words written all described words of wisdom for a strong and lasting marriage. Rodney, their cat and Mexican Food. Yes. Keys to a successful marriage for sure!

To escape the rain, the ceremony was held on the front porch, as guests held umbrellas and snapped pictures. Childhood friend, Susannah McGlamery who officiated the ceremony, reread the same words she spoke at their first wedding years before.

Bouquets by Datura, A Modern Garden, included pink peonies, queen anne’s lace (one of Carla’s mother’s favorite flower), ranunculus and garden roses.  Guests enjoyed pizza and gelato from The Pizza Truck while relaxing on furniture from Ryan Designs.  When the festivities were over, guests left with Carla’s aunt Donna’s homemade “Keep it spicy” hot pepper jelly.

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography, Growing Tree Photography, DeCarlo Photo Studio, RAW Photo Design, Studio Foto / Wedding Dress: Siri at The White Dress by the Shore / Hair & Makeup: Dana Bartone & Co. / Officiant: Susannah McGlamery / Flowers: Datura: A Modern Garden / Cake: Hope from A Little Imagination Cakes / Video: Jim Altieri, Vintage Cinema / Brides Jewelry: Custom made by Aquina, The White Dress by the Shore / Maids Jewels: Perception Jewelry / Lanterns & Furniture: Ryan Designs / Brides Shoes: Bagdley Mischka / Day of Coordination: Jubilee Events

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