Kelly & David | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Congratulations to Kelly & David on their gorgeous Hartford, CT wedding. Since they work and live in Hartford, they really wanted to keep their gorgeous day there as well. It was a perfect winter wedding. Actually a bit warmer after a few days of extreme cold and there was still snow on the ground for their first look. It couldn’t have gotten any better. They saw each other at The State Capitol Building with quite a few on-lookers since Kelly works in the building then we headed over to City Hall and finally to their ceremony and reception at The Society Room of Hartford.

Kelly & David, you had the perfect day and Kelly & David enjoyed photographing you two! Yes, you read that right, Kelly & David photographed Kelly & David’s wedding. Special thank you to David Apuzzo for second shooting with me!

A special thanks to all of the vendors:

Venue: The Society Room of Hartford

Officiant: Emily Bjornberg

Hair: Julie Anweiler

Makeup Artist: Shaenna Dupont

Videographer: VideobyJamie

Cake: Creative Cakes by Donna

Transportation: Premier Limousine

DJ/Instrumentalist: Matty Bernier

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We first met Kelsey and her mom at the Mohegan Sun Bridal Expo last winter (we’ll be back again this February, so stop by and say hi at our booth!!!!) and couldn’t wait for her and Alan to get married! Their two little girls made this day even more special, by being the cutest flower girls, and by truly making the day seem like a merging of families. Kelsey has some serious DIY wedding talent, in addition to running her own business (check out @totesaddicted on Insta!!!) - she created the centerpieces, bouquets, even did her own makeup and everything was absolutely stunning. I’m pretty much ready to have her come to my house and redesign everything so it’s light & airy and beautiful.

I have to say, though…my favorite part of this wedding was photographing the genuine moments like when Kelsey’s dad pulled out a photo of her as a child on his shoulder and they both shed a few tears. Moments like seeing her dance with her mom on the dance floor, or when Alan’s mom was convinced to come out on the dance floor even though she had a temporary air cast for her ankle. This wedding was truly beautiful not only in the details and planning, but in the authentic emotion shown by Kelsey and Alan with their family and friends.

I CANNOT WAIT to see their wedding album, which will no doubt be shown to their children for years to come.

XOXO, Kelsey & Alan - thank you for choosing Simply K Studios to photograph your wedding day

Connecticut Wedding Vendors
Venue - The Branford House
Event Coordinator - Margo Haupt
Wedding Officiant - Erin Hanson
Hair Stylist - Georgette Hage, Tutto Salon
Catering - UConn
Florist - Ladybug Designs (mantels)
Bride’s Dress - Dress Boutique of Mystic
DJ - Jason Dawson of Dawson Entertainment
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Elegant Christmas Wedding at The Fox Hill Inn | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

From the bride: “Nick and I got engaged on December 20, 2016. It was such a beautiful and magical time but even more so because we both love Christmas. We wanted to enjoy our engagement and didn’t want to rush into wedding planning therefore it wasn’t until April of 2017 that we began the process. We decided that we wanted a Christmas wedding but knew that a December 2017 wedding would be too quick turn around and we needed more time to plan the wedding of our dreams. We decided on December 1st, 2018. And even though it was a year and a half away from when we booked our venue, it went by FAST. Before we knew it, the big day was here. It was a beautiful, crisp day. The sun was shining and our venue (a classic, renovated mansion style Inn)was decked out in garland, white lights, Christmas trees and red and gold colors. It was exactly what we visioned. The night was wonderful. A snow machine produced fake snow during our first dance. Our band played all the favorites and some Christmas tunes too. Our cigar bar added a cozy vibe. Our magic mirror photo booth was fun and interactive. The food was amazing. It was a night to remember. A special thank you to our wonderful photographers, Kathy and Kelly of Simply K Studios, for capturing it all.”

Wedding Professionals
Officiant - Mary Pugh
Venue - Fox Hill Inn
Hair Stylist - Jamie Fitch
Floral Design - Flowers by Danielle
Makeup Artist - Aliza Noelle
Invitations - Simply to Impress
Bridal Boutique - The Wedding Embassy
Shoes - Nina Bridal
Perfume - Tiffany & Co.
Transportation - Ultimate Limousine
Band - Hot Mess Boston - shout out to these guys/gals for being so wonderful to work with!!!
Uplighting, Snow Machine, Photo Booth - Spin Doctor Entertainment
Cigar Bar - Connecticut Cigar Company
Photography - Simply K Studios Connecticut Wedding Photographers

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The couple’s story: Joe and Jackie met online. Joe asked Jackie out to happy hour at a little restaurant called Salute in downtown Hartford. Happy hour turned into closing down the bars on a Wednesday night, to then finding out that Jackie's car was locked in a parking garage at 2 AM. Joe, being the gentleman that he is, offered to give Jackie a ride home in the opposite direction of where he lived. The next morning, Joe picked Jackie up before work to bring her downtown to get her car. They immediately starting planning their second date, and from there were inseparable. Love at first sight was not something either of them believed in until they met each other. Jackie and Joe both knew they were meant for each other from the very start. Jackie even texted her best friend (and Maid of Honor) the very next day saying "I really think I'm going to end up marrying this guy."

Fast forward to the proposal, Joe and I had a trip planned to Maine last summer to visit his family for the week of July 4th. On our second day there Joe and I walked out to the end of the dock at his parent's lake house and he proposed. I was in so much shock, and when I turned around everyone was standing there watching us and he even flew my parents up there to witness the whole thing. It ended up being much more than just the 4th of July trip I was expecting.

Wedding Professionals
Hotel: Hartford Marriott Downtown
Venue: The Society Room
Officiant: Sal Fiore
Hair & Makeup: Larissa Lake & Co.
Videography: David Ladin, RI Video Pro
Bakery: Kim’s Cottage Confections
Floral Design: Buds in Bloom
Dress: The White Dress by the Shore
Invitations: Minted
Limo: Premier Limousine
Band: Clockwork Boston
Wedding Photography: Simply K Studios

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While they hadn’t planned for snow, Jen and Don had a beautiful winter wedding at Old Sturbridge Village. It was such an honor to photograph Jen and Don’s wedding since I have known Jen since high school. Jen has always been very crafty, we when I found out that she was making the bouquets and boutonnieres, it was no surprise. They were amazing!

From the bride: We met on Match.com. I had a few glasses of wine, "winked" at him (this was pre-swiping days) and the rest was history. We met within a week since he worked at Lego and I lived in nearby Enfield. Just a little lunch at Panera. He wore his crossfit t-shirt and spilled his drink all over his shoes. He fooled me into thinking he liked to talk because we talked on the phone for hours since that first meeting each night. Turns out he hates talking on the phone and never calls anyone! We went on our first official date to the Peabody Museum at Yale and shared our first kiss by dinosaurs and ancient spears - we’ve now been together since 2013.

We bought our house, had our little Aubrey all before doing the wedding thing, but it was sweeter being able to have her there with us. Don proposed on a lovely snow-filled trip to Portland, Maine. He's NOT one for pomp and circumstance. I wanted a flash mob or a public proposal. He just dropped to his knee int he hotel room after we got there and I'm not even sure he said anything because I’m pretty sure he was nervous.  We didn't tell anyone because we wanted to tell my daughter, Cadence first. Afterwards, we celebrated at Shipdog brewery with beer and homemade soda.

Wedding Planning…Don loves animals and farms and wanted a farm wedding. We found out quickly that farm weddings can be pretty expensive. So, we put it off until I saw that Old Sturbridge Village was running a special - it was fate. The setting was rustic and beautiful (and had his animals). My dress was not the dress I'd ever have thought I would have picked. Two of my closest friends made me put it on. They were so excited about it that I gave it a second thought and I fell in love with the uniqueness of the dress and let it inspire my wedding decor. The champagne colored lace dress had gold threads and light pink flowers in the design. I bargain-shopped at thrift stores for teacups and fell in love with wood flower bouquets on Etsy. I’m pretty crafty and I decided to make my own...centerpieces, bouts, bouquets and more, all DIY. I dyed them to match my vision of blush, dusty rose and champagne. As a secondary education reading teacher, books are near and dear to my heart so I made paper roses to compliment, lightly touching them with gold. Now I'm starting my own business (Wood & Word Blooms - see more here on Facebook) because I fell in love with designing with wood and book page flowers.

Most of the planning was all me...we just wanted to get to the party! The ceremony officiant was my BFF from college and former roomie freshman-senior year. We did the candy combining ceremony because we all have sweet tooths and I wanted to incorporate the kids. My brother, Cadence and Monique all read from books (to keep my reading teacher theme alive). Our daughter, Aubrey spent the ceremony in my arms, as we guessed beforehand. She only let go for M&Ms during the candy combining ceremony. I'd rather look back at the moment and laugh about it. I do joke one day when she gets married that I'm going to sit between her and her husband and eat M&Ms though (maybe just during the rehearsal lol).

Close to our wedding date, I decided to teach Don a choreographed first dance (we had 2 rehearsals the week of the wedding where I taught it to him). He cursed me the whole time and was nervous about it, but after the wedding he said it was his favorite part (take note, future grooms). I threw together the flash mob by making a video and sending it out via text...great friends and family (including Kathy from Simply K Studios) cooperated luckily. 

Thank you to David Apuzzo for photographing this wedding with me, we make a pretty awesome team :)

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From the bride: I met Jeff when I was 15. We were high school sweethearts who dated on and off through college (you know how that goes!) After that we went our separate ways for years and funny enough, I do believe fate brought us back together. We kept randomly running into each other at different places and we’ve been back together ever since!

He proposed to me the day after Labor Day in September last year at our first home together. We were away that whole weekend in NH and RI and he had the ring on him but couldn’t find the right time. He said he just couldn’t wait any longer! I’ll never forget that moment - it was in the middle of a crazy thunderstorm. I walked up the stairs after my hair appt to see champagne, flowers, the ring on our table. I was so shocked because I never thought he would do it at home!

He called both our parents prior and they all came over and we celebrated together 🥂 Don’t ask me what he said during the proposal - I think I blacked out!! Haha!

Simply K Studios: Photographing Melissa & Jeff’s wedding was like watching two of your best friends get married. They were so happy and we love capturing all of the pure emotion of happy tears and laughter on a wedding day. Thank you for trusting us with your wedding vision, Melissa & Jeff! Congratulations and best wishes for a long & happy marriage together. XOXO

Special thanks to Jessica Odaynik, who was our second photographer for this wedding!

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Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Officiant: Chaz Zezulka
Bridal Hair & Makeup: KiSSandMaKeUp
Catering: Coastal Gourmet
D.J. & Videography: Powerstation Events
Floral Design: Stylish Blooms
Invitations: Minted
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Dress Boutique: Mariella Creations
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Paige and Billy suggested this spot to me when we were planning their engagement session and I couldn’t have been happier with it! The waterfall backdrop was beautiful and this year’s late foliage was perfectly timed for their session.

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Ahhhhhh, I am so seriously excited for these two! When Guarav first contacted me, I had no idea that this session would end like it did. I don’t want to ruin the surprise too much…but THEY GOT ENGAGED DURING THE SESSION! It was incredibly sweet and perfect with that feeling where you just can’t wait to tell the world (which I did, as soon as I saw a colleague photographing a wedding at the park!!!) These moments are so incredibly precious and I hope to photograph many more proposals. Congratulations, you two - I hope you remember that day forever!

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As most of you know, we have a soft spot in our hearts for Old Wethersfield. I was married at The Webb Barn and our studio was located just down Main Street for years. We’ve spent many afternoons window shopping and grabbing lunch at Cove Deli, and The Webb Barn is one of our favorite rustic wedding venues to photograph! So of course I was excited when Amanda told me that John proposed to her down at the Cove and that they wanted to have their engagement session there! There’s nothing like fall in New England, and Old Wethersfield is small town perfection. We’re excited to be photographing Amanda & John’s wedding at The Lace Factory in 2019 - congratulations, you two!

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Luke and I met the summer before our junior year of college at the Connecticut Fire Academy where we became certified interior firefighters after many years with our local town departments. After many ice cream dates and wake boarding trips we decided to make long distance work through college, then moved across the country to Arizona together to start our careers.

Now in Virginia, we admittedly enjoy our time together the most when we’re hiking, hunting, and playing with our Labrador, Sophie. Luke proposed at my family's home in Weekapaug, RI with my family and our dog present to celebrate our excitement together. I love that Luke can make me laugh no matter my mood and our similar devotion to our families and the outdoors.

When we were planning our wedding back in Connecticut, we wanted to make our special day feel like it involved all of the things we hold closest to our hearts, namely home. Our venue, caterer, florist and of course photographer were all friends or family that we felt tied to as we became immersed in planning this special event.

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Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Catering- Coffees Country Market
Tent – Sperry Tents Marion
Ceremony Officiant Jack Faski, JP
Hair & MakeupEssence Salon & Spa
CinematographyNST Pictures
FloralsIt’s So Ranunculus
Invitation & Paper SuiteMinted & Lighthouse Printing
Bridal BoutiqueThe One Bridal Salon
EntertainmentPowerstation Events
JewelryKendra Scott
RentalsArrow Paper Party Rental
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Laura & Brian’s destination wedding at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa was A-MAZing. When we photograph destination weddings, we’re able to meet our couples up in the U.S. beforehand. Laura & I sat at the studio together so she could tell me all about their wedding plans while I asked questions about travel, timeline, and style for the day. Mary Beth Morrissey accompanied me for the trip to Cancun as a second shooter for this wedding, and we had so much fun getting to know Laura & Brian’s friends and family throughout the week we spent in Mexico.

Destination weddings are always both so unique and laid-back, with friends & family coming from all over the world. Each destination wedding photography package is designed to cover what the couple needs for the wedding day, as well as time for photography scouting and meeting with the event coordinator beforehand if there are questions. We absolutely love destination weddings.

The Lace Factory Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Connecticut Wedding Photographers at The Lace Factory for Evan & JoAnna's wedding:

"Evan and I first met online on OkCupid where I messaged him first! Evan almost deleted his account that very day, so it’s very lucky that he waited a few hours!

Our first in person meeting was at Besito in West Hartford, Evan says he knew he was going to marry me when he first saw me. I felt so comfortable and we had an amazing first date together. From then on we became inseparable, we got new jobs, moved in together, and recently moved to a new town all together!

My favorite thing about Evan is his caring personality and how he always knows what to say. Evan’s favorite thing about me is how passionate I am about making the world a better place and how compassionate and kind I am. We’ve traveled to Israel together and we went on our first cruise together last summer. We enjoy cooking together, laying on the sofa and watching Netflix’s and going out with friends and having a fun date night!"

Evan and Joanna's wedding at The Lace Factory this summer was nothing short of beautiful, and we absolutely loved photographing for these two! Our absolute best wishes for a long & happy marriage together! XOXO ~ Kathy