The Mansion at Bald Hill Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Alex: “Eric and I went on a hike at Mohonk Mountain with my family for my moms birthday. We always all get together for birthdays so I thought nothing else of it. We were all together laughing, giggling and taking pictures like us sisters do when we are together, which in hindsight made me miss all of the small clues and Eric’s nerves. We took pictures along the way on the hike and at the top of the mountain, still not having any idea. It wasn’t until we stopped on the way back down the mountain that we all pulled together to take one last shot. As Eric and I took one last photo together (directed by my mom), I started walking away as he pulled my hand back, already down on one knee with the ring out. I don’t remember a word he said but I was completely and utterly shocked, yelling “what?!?!” about 12 times (yes, there is a video and we counted). Come to find out Eric and my Mom planned the entire trip and schedule of events! It was such a dream come true and I loved having my family there to celebrate with us and enjoy the moment together <3

Now fast forward to our wedding day!

My wedding vision came easy to me, I’m a full-time graphic designer and I had some ideas from the very beginning about what I was looking for. I had already designed numerous other wedding materials for friends so now that I was my turn, I had an established vision long before we got engaged, hehe.

I would explain my wedding style as classic and romantic with a mixture of modern and my own personal design touch. I wanted a light, bright and airy feeling throughout the day. I designed and created all of our print pieces and wedding signage, including our wedding invitations. Let me tell you, designing for yourself is not as easy as it seems, but it made everything that much more special and meaningful when we saw everything come together on our big day. It felt so much harder to be my own client, but so good to be completely satisfied with things that you make for yourself that are appreciated by others. There was an extra magical touch when we walked into our venue and ceremony with my custom designed (and some handmade) print pieces. I could not be happier with how everything came together!

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to stick to white, greenery and eucalyptus with mix-matched blue bridesmaids dresses. As a designer, I tend to get bored of colors quickly so I tried to keep a simple color palette. Who doesn’t love white florals and greenery? Our flowers and floral elements came out fantastic! To add some pop of color, I had my bridesmaids wear different shades of blue and I let them pick their dress style from the Jenny Yoo bridesmaids line. I wanted them to all be comfortable and feel like themselves. I loved the different shades of blue and how they complimented each other with the guys who were wearing navy and grey. Joey (Eric’s son) was so excited to have a matching suit – “Just like Dad’s, right??” -- and it was so cute to see them together all day.

Our ceremony/ceremony site was our favorite part of the day, besides ya know actually marrying the love of my life . With the pouring rain in the morning, the outside ceremony was the only situation that was uncontrollable. I always envisioned an outdoor wedding, in the grass and with white chairs, everyone close and intimate. My mom found Clark Chapel in Pomfret and as soon as we stepped foot onto the property - it took our breath away. The grounds were beautiful and most importantly, the ivy on the chapel was drop dead gorgeous, it was everything I was looking for (thanks Mom!!). However, they had never had an outdoor ceremony before, but after some convincing and reassurance that it would all come together – we got the go-ahead and it came together beautifully! The chapel created such a special surrounding for Eric and I with our closest family and friends; we had that close and intimate feeling after all. The atmosphere was so energetic and we could feel the love and excitement from all over, but it was also very serene and calm at the same time. The weather ended up being perfect and the sun was shining bright, our loved ones from above were really pulling some strings and looking down on us.

Our day was everything we hoped it would be, and more. It felt like we were floating around the entire night; it all seemed too surreal and too perfect to be actually happening. We also danced the ENTIRE night away and, come to think of it, I don’t think I missed dancing to one song! I would relive this night forever. All of our vendors were hands-down fantastic! We were surrounded by so much love and so much happiness. We are so, so lucky.”

Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Event Coordinator for Ceremony: Melodie Hudak
Hair & Makeup Stylist: Priscilla Mawson
Venue & Catering: The Mansion at Bald Hill
Event Coordinator for Reception: Janet Waterman
Videographer: MJL Photography & Films
Bakery: Cakes and Sweets by Emanuela
Florist: Rachel at Flower Works
Invitations (custom designed by Alex herself!): Alex Daley Designs
Dress Shop: The Wedding Embassy
Transportation: Giuberti Limo
DJ: One Plug Entertainment LLC, DJ Chase
Ceremony Guitarist: David William Ross - Guitar New England
Dels Lemonade (Reception): Del’s Lemonade
Ceremony Chair and Bar, Reception Farm Table Rentals: Michael’s Party Rentals
Connecticut Wedding Photographer: Simply K Studios

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Hill-Stead Museum Engagement Session | Farmington Wedding Photographers

It was officially the last day of summer, but Mother Nature gave us some beautiful hints of fall with a gorgeous golden sun. I was so excited to meet Liz and Justin at The Hill-Stead Museum. Since they are planning their wedding from out of state, this was our first time meeting. After chatting with Liz on the phone, I fully expected a sweet, fun and gorgeous couple. Yup! My instincts were exactly correct! I loved getting to know them while we walked the Museum’s amazing grounds while chasing the light. These two were up for anything! Here are just a handful of my favorites!

Liz and Justin, thank you for choosing me to capture this amazing moment in your lives. I’m so excited for your wedding!

Fun Waterview Wedding | Monroe Wedding Photographers

You may remember our Halloween post from last year. I arrived to Topsmead to meet Jane and Ben for their engagement session and they immediately requested a photo. It was almost Halloween and Jane and Ben were supposed to go to a party. Ben wanted to wear his costume for a few photos. At that moment, I knew I would LOVE capturing these two. Ben also brought his sweet daughter to the shoot and of course I had to include her in these precious moments. This throwback photo is a perfect example of what I expected for their big day. Love, beauty, spontaneity, fun and did I mention love? These two couldn’t wait to see each other, have their moment… and then say their vows in front of their closest family and friends.

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These two exude so much love for each other. They will go from a sweet gaze to a kiss to either breaking out in dance or a giving each other a silly face. It’s adorable. It’s love. We had so much fun photographing their day. There are so many awesome moments like Jane dancing on the couch with her girls to “Old Town Road” and Ben’s epic dancing at the reception! Here are some highlights!

Venue - The Waterview
Officiant -Sandra Gabriel
Wedding Dress - Lastrina Bridal

Old Wethersfield Wedding | CT Wedding Photographers

Old Wethersfield has always had a special place in my heart. It’s the first place I walked into a space and said “this is it” I was going to start a business there. Many of our clients may remember our studio in the barn with the brick driveway. We were in the loft of the coziest piece of history. And I fell in love with the residents there, they were all so kind and supportive our the new photography studio on Main Street. While I love our new studio in Manchester, I’ll be honest, I miss being able to take a morning walk around town, grabbing lunch at Village Pizza (best calzones there) or having a nice afternoon lunch at Lucky Lou’s. Old Wethersfield is just all around a beautiful New England town with a small town feel and so much history. If you haven’t been there, check it out!

So of course when Bethany and Jake inquired about their Webb Barn wedding and told me they both grew up in town, went to the same high school, but didn’t have their first date at Lucky Lou’s until well after they graduated, I knew they had even more love for their town than I could have. Even better, Bethany’s parents were married at the Webb Barn 40 years ago! How special is that?

Brenda and I started off with getting ready at the all so beautiful, Silas Robbins House. Bethany, joined with her girls, were so relaxed and patiently waited for that moment every bride looks forward to, getting into her dress. Seeing it all come together and taking in every moment. All this just minutes before Bethany and Jake could have their first look at the house. We love when they do it privately. It’s such a special moment that they can take everything in. Breath. Just the two of them (and of course us as far away from them as we can to keep their moment for themselves). What’s nice about doing photos early, we can capture the majority of what you want before the ceremony. That way, you have the rest of the day with your family and friends.

Once we finished the wedding party photos and family photos, it was time for the ceremony. I’m still loving the fact that their Webb Barn wedding that Bethany and her parents were married at at the same place. It was a sweet ceremony where both Bethany’s Mom and Jake’s Father had readings and just about every guest had their phones down and were present in the moment. As soon as they were pronounced, everyone got to enjoy lavender lemonade (so good if you haven’t tried it), bourbon peach ice tea (guests loved it), beautifully passed hors d’oeuvres, and did I mention a bowl of CHEETOS?? With so many kids present at the wedding, that was pretty genius!

For the rest of the night, guests enjoyed playing cornhole, watching speeches and their first dance to “By My Side” by Kate Wright, which is now a song I have added to my playlist for editing.

Bethany and Jake, you two have been a dream to work with and I’m so honored that you chose me to photograph your wedding day. Congratulations you two. Here’s to a lifetime of happiness.


Venue - Webb Barn
Officiant -Cynthia Greenblatt
Hair & Makeup Artists - Beauty Entourage
Catering - Emily's Catering
Wedding Dress - BHLDN
DJ - DJ Unlimited

Boho Wedding Vibes | Tannenbaum Alpine Events Wedding Photographers

From the bride: Paul & I met and started dating a almost decade ago in our junior year at Bentley University- we had mutual friends who I ended up living with my junior year and Paul was a constant presence in our dorm room. I'll spare you the details, but as the usual story goes, what started as a friendship grew into something much more. Over the last nine years, we graduated college, started our professional careers in Boston, then were given the opportunity to move to San Francisco to pursue a job opportunity. Upon arriving in San Francisco, the first weekend after we moved into our new apartment, Paul's friend Pat asked him to join on a ski trip to Lake Tahoe (in APRIL!). Paul eagerly obliged and obviously fell in love with the area: the skiing, the sunshine, the lake views from the slopes- not much to dislike! Lake Tahoe quickly became a special place for us after we brought my parents there on their first trip to visit us out west. In the almost four years we lived in San Francisco, we made frequent trips to Lake Tahoe to escape the city life and get closer to nature and skiing (for Paul).

This past December, Paul suggested we go to Lake Tahoe for an early Christmas gift before we headed back east to see our families for the holidays- it was an unusually warm weekend and while we were driving to our hotel around the west side of the lake, Paul suggested we stopped for a hike in Emerald Bay. After we arrived lakeside, we paused to take in the view- it was then that Paul dropped down and asked me to marry him. I of course said yes! Somewhat in shock of what had happened, and somewhat distracted by the hot tub and sauna that was awaiting me at our hotel, I uncharacteristically turned down the bottle of champagne he had been carrying in his hiking backpack for the entire trip. It is a much easier hike down to the lake with a full bottle of champagne than a hike up from the lake. That bottle of champagne didn't last too long after the celebrations began post-hike.

Only after the proposal did I fully appreciate that Paul's love for Lake Tahoe was something that was passed down from prior generations- the Christmas prior to proposing, Paul's mom had found an old book of postcards his grandparents had sent him as a child. Given his grandparents passed away while he was very young, the postcards are the greatest reminder of their lives. One of them caught Paul's eye- a postcard from his Grandfather Williams written while he was visiting Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, recounting all of the beauty of the area. Paul proposed in the exact spot that is pictured in that postcard, almost a year later.

It was so special for us to bring all our friends and family from across the country to the place that means so much to us- and we were so thrilled so many of them attended to share in our special day in our favorite place. We hope the beauty of Lake Tahoe stays with all of them for years to come like it has with us.

Here’s the list of talented wedding professionals who took part in Chrissy & Paul’s wedding:
Event Coordinator - Christy McDougal
Venue - Tannenbaum - an Alpine Event Center
Officiant - Joe Calafiore
Hair & Makeup Artists - LaDiDa Beauty
Catering - Roundabout Catering
Organic Bakery - Rebel Pioneer
Florist - Helianthus Floral Design
Invitations - Paper Culture
Wedding Dress - Lace & Liberty
Bridesmaid Dresses - Fame & Partners
Transportation - Reno Tahoe Limo
Band - Ryan Hernandez Band
Groom’s Suit - Calvin Klein
Groom’s wedding band - Love & Luxe
Engagement ring - Waant
Bride’s wedding band - Sofia Zakia
Rentals - Tahoe Rustic Rentals
Bridesmaid Robes - Etsy
Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographers - Simply K Studios

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Timeless Ballroom Wedding at Aria | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

From the bride: “Jeff and I originally met through Tinder in September 2014. We did not realize right away how much we had in common, but it became quickly apparent that we were both giant nerds who both loved video games and board games. We also always wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons, and started our own group that regularly met to play early in 2015, something that has a special place in our hearts to this day.

We fell in love easily and quickly, and knew very early on in our relationship that we wanted to get married.

In July 2017, Jeff proposed on the last night of a family cruise to Bermuda. I am a very difficult person to surprise and he managed to pull it off. Through the engagement period, we built a house together, which was a lot to manage while simultaneously planning a wedding. Jeff and I faced these challenges with all of the grace we could muster, and we have learned that no matter what happens, we will always forgive, support, and love each other, through the highs and lows of our shared adventure.

We wrote our own vows, something I will always treasure and hold dear, and both ended our vows with the statement "I like you and I love you", which was a beautiful surprise on the day of the wedding.”

Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Wedding Venue: Aria Banquets
D.J. and Photo Booth: Lights Camera DJ
Connecticut Wedding Photographer: Simply K Studios
Hair & Makeup Team: KissandMakeUp
Wedding Cake: Modern Pastry
Videography: Digital Video Productions
Floral Design: Sharon Elizabeths
Wedding Dress: Bliss Bridal
Transportation: New Britain Transportation
Suits: Mens Wearhouse
Wedding Invitations: Eucalyptus & Pine Design Co.

To see another Simply K Studios wedding at Aria

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Funko Pop and Graffiti Walls - YES! | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Paige and Billy’s wedding was filled with bright colors and so many fun details!! Every wedding at The Society Room is so unique - and the room itself is pretty amazing! A giant staircase leading to a grand balcony that overlooks the dance floor below, huge draped windows all along the front of the dance floor, and a gilded ceiling that truly looks like something right out of a European museum. We couldn’t be more in love with this spot! Paige and Billy’s purple and orange colors were perfect in this setting and all of their custom details gave the wedding a fun vibe. I mean, custom Converse for the bride and groom?! A Pabst sign over the bar - the couple’s name! My favorite was the cake topper made with Funko Pop lookalikes for Billy, Paige, and their three pets. Thank you to David Apuzzo for hanging with me and photographing these guys! Congratulations, again, Paige & Billy! I’m so happy for you two and honored that you chose us to photograph your wedding!