There is nothing better than when our clients come back to us after their wedding! It often feels like our clients are good friends after we've gotten to know them through the wedding process. Heather and Ricky had a Boston engagement session and we photographed their wedding in Middletown, CT (which was GORGEOUS). We stay in touch a little via social media, but it was so nice to see them again to photograph a maternity session. Heather and I share a love for Outlander and Harry Potter (really, all reading...), traveling, pets, and I can't wait to follow her and Ricky's parenting journey!
Wendy & Matt's wedding was our first time photographing at Vito's On The Farm, and I couldn't be happier with our experience there. We worked alongside Ally, who is the wedding coordinator, but also has a special connection to Vito's and the venue itself. Today we're highlighting this venue, and what better way than to hear directly from Ally...
"Our family farm on Rye Street has been operational since 1948. My grandmother Ann Maffucci, moved there in her teens, from Front Street in Hartford, along with her parents, Zena and Florido Iudica. At that time, the farm provided 26 wide acres to explore and raise animals, along with several large barns housing nearly 10,000 chickens. Fast forward to the early 90’s, the farm has been shared with and passed down to the 2nd generation Maffucci family. Current residents of the farm are my Aunt Carol & Uncle Jon Bonds.
We christened the farm with events, with our wedding, back in September 2014, and realized what a perfect venue this location provided. Not only is the landscape beautiful and well-maintained, by the Carol & Jon, and my Grandfather, Vito Maffucci, but the location is central to both interstate highways, and the heart of South Windsor is less than 10 minutes away.
Our family farm provides a different experience than our other restaurants in Hartford and Windsor, because our family roots are there. We have all grown up on the farm, we have helped pick tomatoes on the hot summer day, we have learned how to cut basil so it shoots right back up, and we have learned how to incorporate the Vito’s Restaurant Group brand, at our farm.
This location is a brand new venture, we are the perfect location for wine dinners, farm to table dinners, weddings, and corporate retreats. We are operational May 15th-October 15th, and we incorporate any and all produce grown at our farm to our events. Vito’s puts only the best ingredients on the menu here, and we know brides and grooms that select us for there venue are ‘foodies’ who expect nothing less than exceptional food and a great atmosphere. Our goal is to share our family farm with couples and companies that want to have the best day possible, starting with a romantic ceremony near the gardens, moving to a breezy cocktail reception with tasty appetizers, through dinner service, with custom menus, suited to best match the couples tastes, and finishing the night with a great dance party including everyone on the dance floor and soaking in the best moments of their lives yet.
Our family loves two things most; feeding people excellent food, and treating others like family. The farm best allows us to do that by it’s location and spaciousness, and with of our decades of experience, we know the best way to serve couples and provide for them everything they desire, starting with the initial tour, to picking the menu, and finally when the big day arrives, making sure the atmosphere is fun, and ready to party! We welcome the bride and groom to customize as much or as little of the day as they wish. Our goal is to please you and to also get to know you, and help you make the best memories on the best day of your lives yet. Currently we have 1 spot open for the 2018 season, call for your tour today ☺ 860-205-0079"
Stephanie and Craig's waterfall engagement session was SO much fun! We climbed down into the area near the falls, which was quite the adventure. Take note - I cannot WAIT to do more sessions like this...
Here is a little more about their story:
On February 14th, 2013 Craig asked me to be his girlfriend after coming home from work that day. He had flowers and chocolates for me and I knew he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. He caters to me each and every day when I don't ask that of him. On the night of Christmas Eve in 2016 we were at his family's house and it was getting late. I was exhausted and had absolutely no idea what was about to happen. He took me into the dining room, got down on one knee and opened up the ring box and asked me to marry him. He picked the ring out all by himself and he did an amazing job! We set the date of August 25, 2018 to become Husband and Wife. This has truly been the journey of a lifetime so far and we have so many more memories to make!
My first wedding in Ellington, CT!!!!! I was so excited to photograph Jessica & Eric's wedding because Ellington is my hometown. This was a beautiful backyard tented wedding at Jessica's parents' home, overlooking the town from the hill. Seriously - the view was a stunner. For those of you familiar with town, we were close to the Ellington Airport and could see much of "downtown".
Jessica's gown had delicate lace and beading, and her reception dress was perfect for both dancing and mingling. It had hints of blush pink, matching her bridal party perfectly. We photographed their outdoor wedding ceremony along benches overlooking the view, where they performed a sand ceremony that included Jessica's daughter. It was such a sweet moment and one of those emotion-filled portions of the day that we love capturing.
Between the bridal party portraits and the tented candlelit reception, there was no shortage of fun moments, but my favorite was probably The Cupcake Bug! Luann's Bakery in Ellington, CT provided the cake and desserts for the wedding, sending the cupcakes in a VW Bug during the reception.
Thank you for choosing us as your wedding photographers! We had fun with you two and your entire day was absolutely wonderful! XOXO, Kathy
Event Planner: Cindy Lark, Detaille Weddings & Events
Wedding Band: The Savage Brothers
Bakery: Luann's Bakery in Ellington, CT
Cupcakes: The Cupcake Bug
Bridal Boutique: Mariella Creations
Bridal Hair: The Velvet Touch in Vernon, CT
Catering: Riverhouse Catering
Floral Design: The Flower District
Photographer: Simply K Studios Connecticut Wedding Photographer
Ceremony Officiant: Jon Heggenhougan
Cigars: Connecticut Cigar Company
We often tell you how fortunate we are to photograph all over the world. Yes, the world. In the past twelve months, we have traveled to Savannah, GA; Orlando, FL; Silverthorne, CO; Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, D.C.; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Florence, Italy; Amalfi Coast of Italy; and most recently...Grand Isle, Vermont! As destination wedding photographers, we communicate with you ahead of the session to plan the location(s) for your session or wedding. We both feel like travel is soul food, and cannot wait to visit unique places.
When I first met Allie & Tyler at our studio, we sat down to talk about plans for their upcoming wedding. I was excited when Tyler mentioned that he grew up in the islands on Lake Champlain in VT and we started planning a fall session up there. Allie & Tyler are new parents, and we thought it would be fun to include their daughter, Leila, in a portion of the session. We planned for October weather, but lucked out with a 70-degree day on the lake. I couldn't have been happier!
Here is more of their story:
"Allie and I met while going to school in Cambridge at Lesley University. We were both part of the Admissions Ambassadors program which gave tours to prospective students. At our first meeting of the year, in the fall of 2013, we were introducing ourselves to the group and I came up with something clever to spark her interest, it didn’t work. It wasn’t until a month later that I got her number and we started talking. We had our first date in December, right before we both went home for a month in between semesters.
That felt like the longest January ever not getting to see Allie. Needless to say, I made sure to see her everyday once we got back to school. After we graduated we moved in together in Boston. We got engaged in August 2016. Most recently we have welcomed the biggest bundle of joy to our family in September 2017, Leila Noel. We look forward to all of the happiness that our future holds! "
This beautiful fall engagement session was on one of these crazy warm October evenings we've had, when the light was just perfect. Sam & Josh were so relaxed and laid-back, which made for a great set of photographs that included a mix of candid and posed (the candids are always my favorite because they show personality).
Here's a bit of their story...
"So Josh and I grew up in the same town and went to the same high school, but never knew each other. We ended up meeting at CCSU in 2012. We met in a communications class called Persuasion/Social Influence, which was kind of ironic, haha. We dated for 4 years and then went on a trip to St. Maarten with Josh’s family. The night of December 4th, a few days into the trip, he took me out onto a dock at our resort to “take selfies with the sunset”. I was surprised by this, and I had no idea what he was planning.
After we took some selfies, a family of 3 ran onto the dock and the mother asked us to take pictures of her kids jumping in the water. Josh looked really flustered and annoyed, which was unlike him. Little did I know, he wanted to propose as the sun was setting, before it fell beyond the horizon, and his family was waiting on the beach to get pictures. The family finally left and I had a hunch that something amazing was about to happen. He proposed just in time on that dock as the sun was setting.
I said yes, through many tears. It was the sweetest moment, but pretty funny! He was so thrown off by the family. But it all worked out!"
XOXO, Sam & Josh - we cannot wait for your upcoming wedding!!!
Sarah & Nick's wedding was one of those days where everything just goes perfectly. They chose to do a "first touch" before the wedding ceremony and exchanged handwritten letters with one another, in lieu of a first look. The grounds at The Waterview were a gorgeous backdrop for their ceremony and their ballroom provided a mix of elegance and whimsy through the floral design. It was easy to find little touches of their personalities and their relationship together, but my favorite has to be the LEGO bride and groom in front of their cake! We ended the night with a few night photos outside near the fountain before saying goodnight. XOXO, Sarah & Nick! We are so happy for you both and hope you are able to reminisce over your day and remember all of the moments that made it truly yours!
Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Connecticut Wedding Venue: The Waterview
Wedding Officiant: Be Wed by Fred
Bridal Hair: Karah from Hair Gallery at the Mill
Bridal Makeup: Veronica Nunes Makeup Artist
Videographer: Powerstation Events
Floral Design: Just For You Floral Design
Gown Designer: Casablanca Bridal
Bridal Boutique: The Wedding Dress
D.J. & Entertainment: Powerstation Events
Wedding Rings: Swedes Jewelers
Wedding Photographer: Simply K Studios
I was so excited when Vickie & John asked if they could have engagement photos taken in Washington D.C. this fall! It's been years since I've been down there and I had forgotten how much I love it. We met at The Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin to begin their session. Even with all of the tourists, we were able to find some quiet spots for their portraits. With views of the Washington Monument across the Tidal Basin, it was truly a perfect spot for a few iconic photographs in D.C. before we headed to our next location. Vickie told me that her and John had their first date at Bar Pilar in the city so we stopped there for a few photos outside then walked to Meridian Hill Park to finish their session. I had so much fun with these guys and can't wait for their spring wedding at The Simsbury Inn!
This beautiful couple is none other than my sister-in-law and my new brother-in-law! I couldn't be happier for them and was so excited for them, starting from the moment Brian proposed to Sarah in Maine! You may remember seeing their Ogunquit, Maine engagement session from last year... If not...go check it out now! We love photographing in new places and traveling to meet up with our couples.
Sarah & Brian's wedding day was a little bit on the rainy side, but we had the perfect amount of cloudy mist for their first look and portraits outdoors before the ceremony! Sarah's pastor officiated their wedding ceremony, with a braided rope tie (brides, take note - what a great idea!), unity candle lighting, readings by her brothers (including MY HUBS), a beautiful solo of "Wherever You Go" (David Haas) by Sarah's mom, and communion taken by the bride and groom. The reception was filled with personal details with a baseball theme, since they met playing softball! Soooo many fun ideas here, like a concession stand for their wedding favors, and tickets as escort cards! See that cake topper??? Custom-made by the bride's talented father, who hand-carved the topper himself! What is better than personalized details that really tell your story as a couple on the day of your wedding?!
I love weddings with a mix of DIY and stylist/planner ideas incorporated in, because everything comes together so nicely and there is less stress for the bride and groom on the actual wedding day. You'll hear from the stylist below, on how the planning process went and how she works with couples!
Shannon Downey, Owner of More Than a Moment:
When I was asked to help create details that had an underlying baseball theme for Sarah & Brian’s wedding day I was beyond excited. I am a baseball girl at heart and grew up playing softball and cheering on the Red Sox. One of my favorite things to do as an event stylist is to help personalize each couple’s day in a way that is unique to their individual personalities.
Sarah and Brian love the Red Sox and she wanted to incorporate this into their theme without it being too overbearing. Sarah and her mom wanted to partake in the DIY aspect of their wedding while also being able to delegate certain tasks to myself. I helped guide them in the painting process of their distressed mason jars as well as the overall color scheme for the day. Sarah knew she wanted to do a concession stand as a focal point for the favor aspect of the wedding day. I assisted in giving input towards the layout of this table but Sarah and her mom did most of the ordering and display mock-ups for me to implement on the day of.
Other ways we incorporated the baseball theme was through the seating chart and the overall vibe of the signage throughout the venue. I always work with my couples to choose a font and colors that fit their theme and then we use these multiple times during the design process. For Sarah and Brian it meant using their pink and blue colors with a touch of the ivory and red accents.
One of my favorite things to create for their wedding was the seating chart display. Instead of your standard tented escort cards they opted for my suggestion of “tickets” that would show which table the guest was seated at. The tables were named after famous Red Sox players to coincide with the theme. I was able to utilize the budget they gave me to purchase some additional décor that fit the baseball vibe such as a few Louisville Slugger bats, some extra baseballs and some good ol’ fashioned peanuts.
My favorite part is pulling everything together the day of that we have worked so hard on. From the seating chart to the welcome table to the cupcake display the details were executed in a style that said “Sarah and Brian” while still exuding some wedding elegance. Everything had a touch of Sarah’s hard work as well as my professional eye for execution and layout.
The most gratifying part of what I do is seeing my couples at the end of the night, once the celebration has come to a close, and they are able to reflect on everything coming together in just the way they had imagined during the planning process!
Wedding Venue: Harrington Farm
Wedding Stylist: More Than a Moment
Officiant: Pastor Steven Koroskenyi
D.J. & Entertainment: Mike Connelly Sound Productions
Hair Stylists: Heather & Andrea from Salon Speakeasy
Makeup Artist: Pam from KiSSandMaKeUp
Videography: Primo Video
Bridal Boutique: Elizabeth Ann's Bridal Boutique
Bakery: Aunty Ellen's Creative Confections
Floral Design: Windmill Florist
It wasn't quite the official end of summer yet, and Jessie and Alex wanted to make sure their wedding was full of summer. With the gorgeous florals, beautiful weather, and amazing lake views, they got exactly what they wanted. Jessie looked amazing in her Allure Bridal gown (Madison James) and Alex loved his Game of Thrones grooms cake by Le Cakery in MD! Yes, the cake traveled all the way from MD! They danced the night away to Hal Prince, who kept their guests on their feet the whole night. Congratulations Jessie and Alex on your gorgeous wedding!
Wedding Photographer: Simply K Studios
Wedding Venue: The Candlewood Inn
Wedding Videographer: Vantage Point Films
Floral Design: Flowers By Danielle, LLC
Grooms Cake:Le Cakery
Bridal Gown: Allure Bridal
Music & Entertainment: Hal Prince
We absolutely loved what Flowers By Danielle, LLC did for all of their arrangements, their color mixes were gorgeous and all of their flowers, from the ceremony site, to the center pieces and the bouquet were just perfect. I asked about her inspiration was for their wedding!
"I started Flowers by Danielle 17 years ago with our sole focus on the wedding and event portion of the industry. We are not a retail florist and I always emphasize that to all of our clients. To us, each wedding is unique and different and the flowers are what truly brings a couple's style and personality come to life.
When I first met with Jessie and her mom, they expressed how much they wanted the flowers to be fun and creative. Her bright summer colors of coral and punch were perfect for the time of year. We incorporated Coral Roses, Hot Pink Ranunculus, Antique Hydrangeas, Buttercup Yellow Stock, Moss, Snapdragons and Celosia to compliment the variety. They could not have asked for a better day for an outdoor ceremony!"
Click through the photos to see more of her beautiful work!
For many people, boudoir can be a scary word, but trust me, it's not. Boudoir should be associated with words like: Beautiful - Confident - Goddess - Empowered
We have said it many times. We LOVE photographing boudoir. For me, it's more about watching our clients transform from shy to confident, all while getting an amazing product, whether it's to celebrate yourself or for your soon-to-be. We keep our clients privacy very seriously, so we do not share many of our boudoir photos online. We were lucky to have a recent client agree to let us share her experience and her photos with our followers.
For those that have thought about doing a session, call, make an appointment and just do it. As I mentioned before, almost every client is nervous when they walk in the door. Start by getting pampered by an amazing team to do your hair and makeup, then we go over all of your outfit options. We find the right outfit to start with that will help you break out of your shell. We will help guide you into poses that will make you look and feel like that gorgeous woman that you are. It doesn't matter if you are a size 0 or a size 24, by the end of the session, you will feel so amazing that you will walk out of here ready to conquer the world!
Julie recently did a session as a gift for her husband on their wedding day. The cool part? I was photographing him during getting ready on the day of their wedding and I got to be there when he opened the album! It was hard to keep a straight face when he started to open it, but it was awesome! Talk about shock. Yes, there was a huge smile on his face!
Julie recently wrote about her experience as a boudoir client:
"Boudoir had never crossed my mind while I was planning my wedding until I was on Pinterest one day, just browsing through the wedding category. I saw this girl in a short veil in different poses, and thought to myself, this is such a great idea for a groom's gift. I didn't have to stress over finding a gift for him because I knew this would be the "perfect" gift. I contacted my photographer and I booked the appointment right away. I was so nervous leading up to the shoot. I bought about 5 outfits and didn't know how many I was able to fit in. I was also concerned with the poses. I'm not a model and I can't model so I'm thinking "how do I come up with poses for the entire shoot?" I started researching poses and I tried practicing them but knew I'd forget them when the day came. The day finally came! I was so excited, yet so nervous at the same time. When my makeup and hair was done, I felt beautiful and sexy. I was totally ready. We started the session and Kelly guided me through all the poses. I was so nervous because I didn't want to look angry in every photo and Kelly assured me that I didn't. Throughout the shoot, I started to feel comfortable, I wasn't nervous or shy anymore. I was having fun with the poses. I even remembered one pose I practiced. I didn't want our session to end. I was beginning to feel confident and sexy. I came back to see the pictures and they came out amazing, I couldn't believe that the girl in the picture was me! I would definitely recommend boudoir for every girl whether it's for their fiancé or just for themselves. Girls will definitely feel beautiful and confident about the way they look the next time they see themselves in the mirror. I know I did."
Here are a few favorites from her session! Seriously, how gorgeous are these! And check out the album!
We could photograph one hundred weddings at The Webb Barn and none of them would be the same. Every wedding is so different, with fun details that make the wedding day unique. Lauren & Bob's wedding was just that! When we met in-studio, they described their wedding plans for an afternoon of spending time with their friends and family outdoors playing lawn games. They weren't sure which traditions they were going to have at their wedding, which started with a first look in Hartford.
There was a little bit of rain to start the day, but their first look plans helped so that they weren't rushing around during the reception to get all of their group photos taken. Two reactions...two photographers. We try to position ourselves as best as possible to capture both of you as you first see each other on your wedding day, without ruining the moment. As important as the photographs will become to you after the wedding...first and foremost, we want you to enjoy the day.
The rain started clearing up around the time of their ceremony, making it the perfect afternoon for celebrating with lawn games outdoors and a slice of pie from Granny's Pie Factory.
Lauren & Bob, may your travels never cease and you always find time for the fun in life. Best wishes for a long & happy marriage together. XOXO
I fell in love with this couple's story from the first time we talked over the phone about their wedding plans. High school sweethearts...awwwww! We met for the first time when I photographed their engagement session at Gouveia Vineyards, and they were so sweet together.
Here is their story: "Scott and I started dating in high school. Throughout the next 12 years (yup…12 years), we grew together as a couple, but always respected each other's differences. Scott has a tremendous love for cars while I enjoy shopping, photography, and keeping our life organized through check lists and spreadsheets.
After more than 10 years of dating, Scott finally proposed to me on November 6th of 2015 with a custom fortune cookie along with a gorgeous custom engagement ring! I was so overwhelmed with happiness that I could not stop crying, but through a stream of joyful tears I said YES!
When we started planning our wedding, it was so much fun! We would always find an excuse to go out for dinner and drinks. I did the bulk of the planning, but Scott was always there to help me make the final decisions and give his input on everything. I loved it when he would come home excited with a new idea for the wedding!
July 22nd was our wedding day, and it was absolutely perfect! The entire day we were surrounded by people who loved us! While getting ready, I was calm and beyond excited to see my future husband during our first look. However, when it came to our ceremony I could barely walk while trying so hard to control my emotions and keep the tears away. There was something about the combination of music, having my father walk me down the aisle, and knowing Scott was waiting at the end that made that particular moment so pure and full of emotion. Our wedding day would not have been complete without personal touches: we wrote our own vows that we read to each other in front of everyone, guest favors came from our favorite coffee shop, and of course we had custom fortune cookies for all of our guests to enjoy! The day was full of emotions…love, joy, laughter, and lots of dancing! And even though it was over in the blink of an eye, we will always have the memories, stories, and photographs of our special day!"
Future couples, take note - these guys had a first look and STILL had an amazing walk down the aisle (see above). I see this happen at many weddings with a first look, but I'm so happy to hear from one of our brides because she described it perfectly.
Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Venue/Caterer: Maneeley's Grand Lodge
JOP: Kristen Smith
Hair: Top Knot Bridal Hair
Makeup: Makeup By V
Bakery: Modern Pastry
Florist: Just For You Floral Design
DJ: Rudy C Productions
Bridal Gown: David's Bridal
Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal
Suits: Men's Wearhouse
Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Connecticut Wedding Photographer: Simply K Studios
I recently had the chance to photograph Stefanie and Jon's engagement session at Yale University. Such beautiful architecture at that school and the spot definitely fit them as a couple. Stefanie and I share a love for decorating, so it was really nice talking about that. She works with interior design so it was so interesting for me to hear about her job (if you know me, you know I love it too and if I wasn't a photographer, that is what I would want to do). It's always great when I have things in common with our couples and it definitely helps relate to them and photograph them as a couple.
I can't wait for their October vineyard wedding and Stefanie is going to be gorgeous in her dress from Everthine Bridals! I always drool over those dresses!
I was so excited when Becky and Ben chose us to photograph their July wedding, because I've known Becky for years and knew it would be a beautiful day. We began at her family's home in Leominster, MA with getting ready photos before the ceremony. It's funny when you've been somewhere to visit so many times, yet you notice new things that you've never observed before. Things like the pattern on the dining room chairs, the wicker textures in the sun room, or the way the light comes in so pretty through the windows in the front living room. I guess it's the photographer in me - so many details and seeing things so differently.
One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is almost always the ceremony. It’s usually short and sweet, but there are so many once-in-a-lifetime moments that happen between the couple. For instance, the moment Ben saw Becky and her dad walking down the aisle, or the way they were smiling at each other while holding hands on the altar. Witnessing that moment of excitement when they’re pronounced husband and wife, and seeing their guests look so incredibly happy. Becky and Ben chose to recreate a photo from her parents’ wedding, with their bridal party and parents on the steps of the church, which I love. It’s such a meaningful photo, created with thought and sentiment, and one of those photos that will likely be looked at and truly treasured through the years until you are sitting with your children someday and planning their wedding days. You’ll show them your wedding album and talk about style, planning, trends…but then you’ll come across that photo and explain to them the sentiment of recreating something from the past, and it will be so special.
Once we arrived at Butternut Farm Golf Club for their reception, I couldn’t have felt more welcome. Carol gave us a little walkthrough so that we could see a few different spots to choose from for their group portraits. By the time the toasts came, I was laughing over Becky’s twin sister, Chrissy’s toast (that included a story about a spatula) and couldn’t believe that their wedding day was flying by so quickly. Guests danced to music by East Coast Soul, and the dance floor was packed the entire night.
To Becky & Ben – I feel honored to have been chosen to photograph your wedding, and I’m so incredibly happy for the two of you! XOXO
Wedding Venue: Butternut Farm Golf Club
Wedding Photographer: Simply K Studios
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Studio Em
Floral Design: Cauley’s Garden Center
Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Bridal Gown: BHLDN Chestnut Hill
Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Limo Transportation: All Points Limo
Music & Entertainment: East Coast Soul
When Jillian and Michael met me at the studio. Something clicked. It was one of those meetings that flowed. We talked about life, their love story, future aspirations and pretty much everything in the middle. It was an amazing three hours.
For anyone that has met me, I can talk. Especially about how much I love what I do. I love capturing those important moments that you want to remember forever. It rarely feels like work to me. For Jillian and Michael, photos are really important to them. They have a sweet college love story and want to remember it forever. During their meeting, we discussed photographing by the shore. They have spent a lot of their relationship around there, so we had to do some photos. Then they told me they were moving to Philadelphia, I was all about it! We love anything to do with travel, so I was so excited! And instead of picking which place to do it, we photographed two sessions. Why not? One where the love began and one were it was going. Makes complete sense to me! In case you missed it, check out their first session!
I haven't spent a lot of time in Philadelphia, so I was excited to see the city. They are still exploring, so they were excited too! I have to say, from what I saw, it's a fantastic city. We started off at Race Street Pier with the Benjamin Franklin Bridge then headed to Elfreth's Alley (a must see if you ever go to the city). Then we headed over to City Hall, I mean, the architecture of that place is insane!! Lastly, we headed to Penn Campus for the 300 year old "Harry Potter" looking building. Check it out, it looks like it should have been in the movie!
Jillian & Michael, I have so enjoyed getting to know you two so well. I can't wait for your wedding next year! I know it's going to be amazing!
I love it when the bride and groom decide to take their engagement photos in a place that is meaningful to them. This particular session shows just that, and their story is so sweet!
Jessica says, "Eric and I met online through mutual friends at the beginning of 2015. We would talk about our common interests such as fishing and hunting. Our first date was also the day we met for the first time. He came and picked me up in his truck, early I might add which I have since learned is the norm for him. I on the other hand am always late, with no exception that day. I rushed out the door with my arms full holding my compound bow and arrows and I saw him in person for the first time. I knew instantly that I was going to fall in love with this man. He took me to the Somers Sportman Association Range to shoot our bows together. Hunting is something we both enjoy and it was so much fun to share that together.
Fast forward to last summer. Eric is a police officer and has to go to the gun range often to qualify. It was June 27th, and also my birthday. We had been doing yard work all day when he told me he had to go qualify and asked if I would like to come quickly and keep him company. When we arrived, instead of pulling down to the gun range we pulled over at the archery area. Confused, he asked me to jump out of the truck with him. This is when he proposed, in the same spot as our first date. This place is so special in our story together and wanted to share that in our engagement session."
JoAnna & Evan met me at Eolia Mansion in Harkness Memorial State Park for their engagement session this past week, and it was absolutely perfect. They showed up with a lot of laughs, and I reassured them that it was exactly what I love to photograph. We're always looking for raw emotion in photos, truly capturing our clients' personalities, which is so important to a wedding photographer.
Seeing those moments later where you laughed from nervousness before you saw each other for the first time, those tears when you're walking down the aisle, or when your parents are wiping away their own tears as you say, "I do" - that's the good stuff. The stuff you'll remember after your wedding is over, and the candids that a really great wedding photographer will capture for you. Long after the cake is gone and the flowers have wilted, when your dress is put away and your invitations have come off of your guests' refrigerators...you'll look back on those photographs, and THOSE memories will make you laugh and cry again, thinking back to one of the best days of your life.
It's so easy for photographers to put our clients into a spot and ask them to pose (and we often do!) But the real part of our job is capturing what it feels like to be together, in that spot, at that moment.
JoAnna & Evan, I cannot wait to photograph your upcoming wedding. My hopes are that it's filled with laughs, love, dancing, dips, and maybe even a few happy tears. I'm so happy for you both!