Luci (Libby) McKinney to Michael Viau

Photo of a wedding at The Barns of Wesleyan Hill, Connecticut.

Libby and Michael met at work. She was the childcare manager at a large holiday resort for almost a year when Michael, who is a flying trapeze artist, arrived to teach and train in the resort’s circus program. “When I first met Michael I liked his caring and modest nature,” remembers Libby, sweetly adding, “He was not a showboat even though he is full of talent.” Soon the two were inseparable.

Wanting a fun, relaxed wedding with a rustic, vintage vibe, the couple chose The Barns at Wesleyan Hills in Connecticut as their venue. “We knew the venue would help with the relaxed feel,” Libby explains.

It didn’t take much to convince photographer Carla Ten Eyck and her team to shoot the wedding. “Before even meeting them I saw that they did trapeze work and I was sold,” says Carla. “I knew we had to work this into their wedding somehow.” For the photo booth a swinging trapeze was hung from a barn beam, creating the backdrop for some fun and memorable photo-ops.

Lively hues of purple and green brightened up the neutral colors of the barn. Purple lighting danced off the walls while bouquets of purple and green flowers—arranged by awardwinning florist Tony Palmieri from Datura: A Modern Garden—popped against the sweet and very wearable champagne-colored bridesmaid dresses.

Not even rain could dampen the couple’s big day. Inside the spacious barn, while Michael softly read his wedding vows, Libby began to well up with tears. When asked if she was ready to exchange her vows, unable to control her voice, she replied with an inordinately loud “YES.” She says, “It lightened the mood and from there it was a blur of fantastic memories.”

 PHOTOGRAPHER: Carla Ten Eyck Photography

 

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