RIVERHOUSE AT GOODSPEED STATION | CT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Ashley and Kevin were married this weekend at The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, a great wedding staple in CT offering brides beautiful facilities close to the river for gorgeous photos!  With help from their family, Ashley and Kevin planned their gorgeous wedding from a distance.  A lot of our couples are from out of state and we try to make it as easy for them as possible.  Emails and phone calls made for easy planning and their day went perfectly!  

We are so honored to have been a part of your day. Congratulations you two!

HARTFORD ENGAGEMENT SESSION | CT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Deanna and Spencer love Hartford.  They even had one of their first dates in Hartford and they are getting married there next year.  It only made sense to do their engagement session there too!  I've said it before, Hartford is very good to photographers.  There are gorgeous parks and beautiful architecture, and it's all walkable! I had a great time getting to know these two and can't wait for their Hartford wedding next year!

Webb Barn Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Libby & Paul said their, "I Do's" on Saturday at the Webb Barn in Wethersfield Connecticut with just the perfect bit of sun peeking out from the clouds. Libby and her bridesmaids got ready in Old Wethersfield at Larissa Lake & Co. and I was so excited to finally see Larissa's new space, as we watched it being built on a daily basis going to/from the studio in Wethersfield. Lots of natural light from the windows, mirrors and little details everywhere. Local brides, take note - this is a beautiful spot for getting ready on your wedding day!

From there, the ladies traveled to the house where Libby grew up, to finish getting ready before the ceremony. Her mom and her bridesmaids helped her get into her gown, shoes, and jewelry. How classic and elegant is the pearl necklace she wore? I found out that day that those pearls belong to her grandmother, which makes the sentiment just as beautiful as the necklace itself.

I've photographed many weddings at the Webb Barn, and each one is special to me because it's where I was married almost 8 years ago (this month!!) I remember stepping out of the barn and seeing all of our guests and just feeling so much love. Pretty easy to imagine this is how Libby was feeling as her father walked her down the aisle. That moment of anticipation before the bride and groom have seen each other, the nervousness and excitement, those happy tears. Libby shed a few happy tears, and it was clear from Paul's face during the ceremony how head-over-heels in love he is with her.

These two were all smiles through the rest of the wedding, and came RUNNING when the guests saw a double rainbow outside on the lawn. Everyone always tells us that it's good luck to have rain on your wedding day, but I think having a rainbow must be exponentially better. Their wedding reception inside the barn was filled with great music and dancing, and we were able to end the evening with a night photo outside - my favorite! One last photo, ending on a perfect note.

Specializing in timeless weddings with beautiful details and authentic emotion, Simply K Studios is based in Connecticut and available for travel worldwide. 2017 wedding photography destinations include Florence Italy, Amalfi Coast in Italy, Silverthorne Colorado, Ft. Lauderdale Florida, and Washington D.C.

Contact us via Simply K Studios Wedding Photography Website or via email at: kathy@simplykstudios.com to learn more about our wedding photography and to see more Connecticut Wedding Photography.

Wedding Professionals

Venue: Webb Barn, Wethersfield, CT
Catering Services: Vito's by the Water
Wedding Officiant: Chaz Zezulka
D.J. Entertaintment: Collins Productions
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Larissa Lake & Co.
Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero Designs
Floral Design: It's So Ranunculus
Wedding Photographers: Simply K Studios

Harkness Memorial State Park Engagement | CT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Summer lovin' at it's finest! I met Chelsea & Brad at Harkness Memorial State Park for there engagement session.  This place is always a top choice for engagement sessions because of the variety it provides.  Beautiful gardens, the beach and a field.  What more can you ask for? Beautiful light? CHECK! A sweet couple? CHECK!

Seriously, the session was so sweet and it really was awesome getting to know these two.  I can't wait for their wedding!

RIVERHOUSE AT GOODSPEED WEDDING | CT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Marisa & Tony were married on Saturday at The Riverhouse at Godspeed.   I always love a great day wedding,  especially when surrounded by such a wonderful group of the couple's family and friends.  There was a lot of laughter, emotion and beauty, all on a sunny afternoon!

Congratulations Marisa & Tony!  I can't wait to go through all of your photos!

Connecticut Wedding Photographers: Simply K Studios
Videography: Timeless Moments Video
Makeup Artist: Larissa Lake and Company
Florals: Bella Flora
DJ: Michael Simonetta
 

Candlewood Inn Wedding | CT Wedding Photographers

Janele & Matt had the most gorgeous day for their Candlewood Inn.  The breeze off the lake made it perfect for a July wedding.  These two along with their friends came to have a good time and they did!  You can definitely see it in their photos, it was so hard for me to pick my favorites!

Congratulations, Janele & Matt!  Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your day!

 

HILL-STEAD MUSEUM WEDDING | CT Wedding Photographers

Getting to know Kate and Dan has been a wonderful treat.  We really got to know each other during their engagement session in Savannah, GA.  Funny enough, it was freezing during their engagement session.  But their wedding was perfect, warm with a light cooling drizzle during their ceremony.  Dan is really into photography as well and when I mentioned my idea for a night shot and said it would be even better with rain, he started wishing for rain...ON THEIR WEDDING DAY!  And at the perfect time in the evening, it did.  They took a moment to themselves and we had a great time in the rain.  

Connecticut Wedding Photographers: Simply K Studios
Videography: RI Video Pro
Hair and Makeup Artist: Kiss and Makeup
Florals: Haworths Flowers
DJ: FM Productions
JP: Mary Coburn
Event Planning: Nightingale Events

 

CONNECTICUT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS | WEDDING AT THE BOND BALLROOM

Anne Marie and Andre had their wedding at The Bond Ballroom.  I love old historic buildings like that and luckily, Hartford has some amazing ones!  We started off with getting ready at their respective spots and then ventured to St. Bernard's Church in Vernon.  It's always a bit surreal when I go to that church because I went to school there (many many years ago).  I have so many memories of that place, and it always makes me a bit nostalgic. 

After the ceremony, we went to Hartford for their formals.  As I mentioned, Hartford is full of amazing spots for photos and Anne Marie and Andre picked the State Capital and City Hall.  Two of my favorites! 

Once we arrived at The Bond, the beautiful room was filled with amazing details of spring and summer colors.  The huge windows bring in a ton of light and for moments, you forget that you are on the 11th floor in a city.  

We had such a great time photographing their day and even had a moment to catch up with a past bride! We love seeing our couples again.  Not only did Anne Marie and Andre fill their reception with amazing friends and family, they had the best vendors their as well!  It's always great to work with people that you consider friends!

Thank you Anne Marie and Andre for choosing us to photograph your day, we hope you enjoy this small glimpse!

Connecticut Wedding Photographers: Simply K Studios
Videography: Silver Slate Media
Makeup Artist: Katie, Glam Boss Makeup
Florals: Terri Krisavage Wedding & Event Florals
DJ: Michael Simonetta
Photo Booth: Capture Traveling Studio
Event Planning: Nightingale Events

 

 

Connecticut Wedding Photographers | Wedding at The Publick House

Julie and Jerry's wedding this past Friday at The Publick House was filled with love, laughter, and a crazy downpour during the bridal party formals. If you haven't been to The Publick House lately, I suggest making a trip up to Sturbridge, MA this summer and checking out their pastry shoppe and restaurant. It is a beautiful and quaint historic inn with a ton of charm, making the perfect backdrop for beautiful wedding photos.

The bride got ready in the Chamberlain House, where we were greeted by a vaulted ceiling complete with full chandelier. Her traveling makeup artist, Katie from KiSSandMaKeUp in Connecticut drove to Sturbridge, as well. Julie's first look with her dad was beyond sweet, and I was waiting for tears to fall during her and Jerry's first touch just outside of the barn. 

First touch is for those couples who have extra time built into their timeline for a quick moment together before the ceremony, but who do not want to actually see each other beforehand. These two held hands around one of the barn doors, where they got to share their nervousness and excitement before walking down the aisle.

After saying their, "I Do's" and beginning group photos there was a little sprinkle of rain. Not a moment later it was a FULL DOWNPOUR, sending everyone running back to the tent. We captured a few portraits of Julie and Jerry around the venue before heading in to their tented reception. 

I could not be happier for these two, and send my best wishes for a long and happy marriage together! May you always be surrounded by loving friends/family and remember to smile through the rain.

Connecticut Wedding Photographers: Simply K Studios
Videography: David Anthony Media
Makeup Artist: Katie, KiSSandMaKeUp
Officiant: Roxanne Auger
Hair Stylist: Jade Silvestri
Florals: Michele Bernard
Bridal Boutique: Bliss Bridal
Dress Designer: Essense of Australia
DJ: Brian, Champagne Toast DJs

 

Connecticut Wedding Photographers | Simsbury CT Engagement Session

Late spring to early summer is always one of my favorite seasons of the year. School is letting out (former teacher here, hahaha), everything is in bloom, and the weather is just about perfect! I met Kerry & Adam for their engagement session on Tuesday, and we hung out on the bridge for their photos. If you haven't been to the Drake Hill Flower Bridge, I suggest checking it out this summer then stopping in for a wine tasting at Rosedale Vineyards just down the road! We've photographed here many times before for weddings at the Riverview in Simsbury as well as Simsbury Inn weddings, and it never disappoints.

I'm so happy for these guys, and we're excited to photograph their upcoming wedding!

Destination Wedding Photographers | Silverthorne, CO Wedding

Photographing Ashton & Tom's wedding in Colorado was a dream come true! Nestled in the mountains, Silverthorne, CO is within minutes of Frisco and Breckenridge. Gorgeous views of the Rocky Mountains, and soooo much to do! We traveled there at the end of May for an extended visit, checking out Denver, Boulder, Frisco, and Breckenridge on the trip.

Ashton and Tom celebrated with friends and family from all over the country, many of whom flew in for their wedding weekend. Their first look was just outside the Silverthorne Pavilion, on a bridge over the river. Ashton's lace dress was beautiful and paired perfectly with a pair of cowboy boots, while Tom wore a gray suit with navy accents. From there, we drove up a private dirt road overlooking the mountains for their formal and group portraits. Ahhhh-mazing views, and there was a herd of elk just grazing in a field next to us. Does it even get more perfect than that?!

With a ceremony that consisted of vows they wrote themselves and a craft beer pour, it was truly a beautiful moment to witness. I've known Ashton for years, and it was such an honor to photograph this wedding. Ashton, I'm so seriously happy for you and Tom :)

During their wedding reception at Silverthorne Pavilion in Silverthorne, CO is when I fell in love with the Ed Sheeran song, Perfect. Sooo in love. Ha, I mean, it's even in the lyrics. I've been into Ed Sheeran on Spotify for a couple of years, but this is my new fave. Maybe he'll come to Red Rocks soon (see below - who's in?!) Ashton and Tom had a choreographed dance and it was just the most perfect first dance ever. But I legit LOVED when Ashton and her dad danced to one of my all-time favorite country songs (Austin) as part of their choreographed mashup. Ahhhhh, I love stuff like this. Weddings are such a memorable day to be yourselves and intertwine your fun personalities into the traditions. 

 

In short, their wedding was one of those I'll probably remember for the rest of my life. Love you guys! Thank you for introducing us to your beautiful state - I cannot wait to come back someday soon!

Here are a few of my favorite suggestions for anyone taking a trip to CO in the near future:

Foodie favorites: Denver Biscuit Company (think crazy amazing sandwiches like chicken cordon bleu with honey on a homemade biscuit). Jelly (ummm...fresh hot maple bacon donut bites) for breakfast in Denver. Pasta Jay's in Boulder for outdoor seating and a crazy good Italian pasta dish. Buff's for breakfast in Boulder, CO (they had cinnamon pecan quesadillas with a glaze dip for breakfast...OMG). 

Things to do in CO: we began our trip in Denver, shopping at the Tattered Cover Bookstore. Absolutely in love with this unique & funky spot where you can get a coffee and browse handwritten recommendations within the shelves. Possibly my favorite bookstore ever, but I'm nerdy like that. In Boulder we window shopped along Pearl St. where I tried a blueberry cheesecake popsicle (soooo good - foodies, take note!) and hit up a couple more bookstores. Found a first edition of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn that I seriously wanted to take home, but talked myself out of at the last-minute (only so much could fit in my suitcase and camera gear bag). While we were in Boulder we hiked a portion of the Flatirons trail at Chautauqua Park, which overlooked the city, and had some delicious shrimp tacos with margaritas for lunch at Centro. On our way to Silverthorne, we drove through a snow/ice storm. Yeah, it was late May, and still snowing in the mountains. One of the shop owners at a cute little spice/tea shop we found said that it can snow through June. But...snow is so much prettier when you're traveling in a fun place and there are mountains! It was still a little chilly by the time we got to Silverthorne, so we hit up an escape room in Frisco with a group of random guys from Texas. One was wearing flip flops while it snowed! While we didn't beat any records, it was a great time and we followed it up with a stop in a German pub afterwards. Breckenridge didn't disappoint, either - had the most amazing egg strata with Mexican hot chocolate for breakfast (I'm clearly a foodie, at heart) when we stopped at Park & Main the next morning. On our way back to Denver after the wedding, we stopped for a walk around Red Rocks, which quickly became the newest item on my bucket list. Who wants to go see a show there with me?! Picked up a couple of souvenirs at Dinosaur Ridge (yes, we actually went to see real dinosaur bones...so freaking cool!) for my daughter, who is obsessed. 

 

Bill Miller's Castle | CONNECTICUT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Lauren and Greg could not have asked for a better day for their Bill Miller's Castle wedding in Branford, CT.  Not only did they have a picture perfect day, they had it surrounded by so many amazing friends and family.  Seriously, their family was so nice and FUN! You know it's going to be a fun party when the Grandfather is one of the first one's on the dance floor! 

As we say in every meeting.  As wedding photographers, we are not there to orchestrate your day, but to document it.  We are their to tell your story.  Well, here is Lauren & Greg's...enjoy!

Pavilion on Crystal Lake | Rainy Day Wedding

We have so many couples ask us, "What do we do for photos if it rains on our wedding day?" So. Many. Alicia and I went back and forth a couple of times that week, planning indoor locations and talking about umbrellas for the bridal party shots. Not only were the umbrellas perfect, but her bridal party went outside and did their thing. With smiles! 

The best advice I have for what to do if it rains is to have a backup plan for photos (indoor locations, umbrellas, etc.) but more importantly to remember it will still be one of the most memorable days of your life. So just remember to have fun! You'll get some beautiful night shots to finish the evening, too!

Alicia and her bridesmaids got ready at Pavilion on Crystal Lake, in their bridal suite. Her Maggie Sottero gown from The Wedding Embassy was beautiful, with just a hint of blush pink through the ivory. Those Badgley Mischka heels were the perfect accessory, in a blush pink to match her florals from Wallingford Flower Shoppe.

Alicia and Andrew's ceremony was filled with friends, family, and tying the knot. Literally! They tied a fisherman's knot on a keepsake piece of wall art to commemorate their day, which was a great way to end the ceremony before sneaking outside to grab a few portraits before the reception. The rain was coming down pretty strong, but Alicia and Andrew were all smiles.

Their wedding reception at the Pavilion on Crystal Lake was filled with dancing, toasts, cake, and lots of crazy shenanigans, just as it should be! 

Alicia & Andrew, we wish you a long & happy marriage, with hopes that you always smile through the rain!

 

 

CASCADE'S WEDDING | CONNECTICUT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Vinsee & Ross we our first wedding of the season. Actually, they were our first TWO weddings of 2017.  They had a beautiful private ceremony in March and a larger ceremony and reception in April.  It was amazing that in that month's time, we went from cold and snowy at the Glastonbury Riverfront Park to warm and sunny at Cascade's in Hamden.

We had such a great time with them on both occasions and Vinsee looked amazing in her colorful gowns.  Seriously, how pretty are they?  I really love that wedding dresses do not have to be white anymore. 

Connecticut Wedding Photographers: Simply K Studios
D.J.: Leon Corzo
Floral Design:  TK & Brown's
Invitation Suite: Magnet Street
Hair & Makeup Team: Tara's Beauty Studio
Bridal Gown Designer: Kathy Faber Designs, LLC

 

 

Boudoir Sessions | Connecticut Boudoir Photographers

 

To celebrate the opening of our boudoir studio in Manchester, CT we're hosting boudoir mini sessions and we're so seriously excited! Boudoir sessions are not only a great gift, but as crazy as it sounds...they're SO. MUCH. FUN. Seriously! We've been photographing boudoir in Connecticut for the past five years, and our clients arrive looking a little nervous about what to expect. By the end of the session, they're laughing and saying they can't wait to show off the images from their session. Getting all glammed up for these fun sessions is all about you!

F.A.Q.

What should I do to prepare for my session?
Once your session date is scheduled, the next step is choosing your outfits and accessories. You'll see a ton of inspiration by searching for "Boudoir photos" on Pinterest to give you ideas. We often see clients bring a variety of outfits. Flannels, off-the-shoulder sweaters, pretty & feminine outfits with lace and style. Accessorize with your favorite jewelry, shoes, belts to complete the perfect look!

When should I schedule my session?
If you're planning to book one of our boudoir mini sessions, contact us ASAP. We currently have weekdays open, but these dates will go fast and are only available through June 30, 2017.

Can I get my hair & makeup done?
Yes! In fact, we recommend that you do. With professional airbrush makeup, you'll look and feel amazing. We work with hair stylists and makeup artists who we can recommend for the day of your session.

How soon until my photos are ready?
Boudoir session editing turnaround time is approximately 2-3 weeks. Once your session is ready, you'll have a private viewing session in-studio where you'll see the final images. 

Do you offer albums?
Albums are our most popular boudoir item after the session. We offer a variety of options, the most popular being a black leather album with custom designed pages.

What is the difference between a regular session and a mini session?
Our regular boudoir sessions are $295, including up to an hour and a half of photography time at our boudoir studio. Regular boudoir sessions include enough time for 3-4 outfits, which gives your session variety in terms of style. Mini boudoir sessions are only offered during particular months when we have weekday availability. Mini sessions are $195, including up to 30 minutes of photography time at our studio. These sessions include enough time for 1-2 outfits.

Okay, I'm ready to book! What should I do now?
Contact us here for available dates. We'll confirm availability and schedule your session on our studio calendar.

ROCKY NECK STATE PARK | CONNECTICUT ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHERS

Should you do an engagement session?  My answer is always...yes!  Engagement sessions are actually a lot of fun.  It's a great way for us to get to know our couples and see first hand how they are in front of the camera. AND, they get to know us, so on the day of the wedding, our couples know that they can trust us and that is  one less thing they have to worry about.  Not to mention, this is such an amazing time in your life.  Why not document it? We can also help you find the perfect spot for you, the spot that best speaks to you as a couple.  Ideas are endless.  

Saying I had a blast with Jillian and Michael is an understatement.  After our already awesome meeting in the studio, I was really looking forward to getting to know them better during their session.  And I learned everything I needed to know about them.  They are fun. They are happy. They are head-over-heals in love.  

We spent the evening at Rocky Neck State Park, one of my favorite spots in CT to photograph.  To Jillian and Michael, it was the perfect location.  Since they are both from opposite sides of the sound, the ferry trips have been countless and the water is extremely important to them.  Although a bit chilly in the water, it was the perfect spring session.  

Jillian & Michael - Thank you such a great session.  I can't wait for the next time.

 

 

A PERFECT FAMILY PORTRAIT/MOMENT? | CONNECTICUT PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS

Everyone wants that perfect family portrait.  The one with the perfect smiles on everyone's face with everyone looking into the camera at the same time while wearing their perfectly picked out, color-coordinated outfits.  It's beautiful. I personally can't wait to get mine taken this summer.  However, years down the road, you may or may not look at that perfect photo and remember the stress it brought on.  You know, finding an amazing outfit for one of the kids and trying to find something just as amazing for your other kids.    And of course, the  tantrums that occurred when you tried to put on said perfect outfit before the session in hopes nothing will be spilled in that 10 minutes between then and the start of the session, because you know that they will find that muddy area in the park or that old BBQ sauce that was left in the car the last time you got them chicken nuggets at Mickey D's (I may be speaking from experience). And lastly, the moving around of nap and bed times to accommodate the perfect light and hoping that portrait day will be the most amazing Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter day.

Again, I can't wait to get mine done this summer.  

What about the moments that happen organically?  The everyday moments you want to remember years from now.  The differences in personalities from one kid to another or the silliness that comes out when parents are around their kids?  The more lifestyle, behind-the-scenes moments.  These are the moments you never want to forget.

I recently had the chance to hang out with this sweet family at the studio.  They brought some of their personal items from home and just hung out...read books, played with toys, jumped on the bed, pretty much all of the things they would do at home. It was so much fun and I just love how their personalities came through.  

I can't wait to do more of these sessions and capture those perfect moments.  I'm actually daydreaming at the studio of some possibilities.  Do you love to cook as a couple or as a family, maybe baking that perfect pie?   Do you take an annual camping/fishing trip and enjoy sitting around the campfire? Or just every day family activities.  Possibilities are endless and the memories are priceless. These are the perfect family moments.

 

 

Wedding Albums

We're knee deep in wedding album design and ordering right now, but wanted to share a few product photos from this gorgeous album... custom image acrylic cover, textured leather binding, 12x12" size. Sorta wishing we ordered a second one for the studio. Seriously!

 

NEW YEAR'S EVE WEDDING | CONNECTICUT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Is there a better way to end a year than to marry your favorite person with all of your friends and family to celebrate with you?  Katie and Greg could not have asked for a better day.  They started their day with a first look at Hartford City Hall, which always provides a breathtaking backdrop.  Then we headed to the Marriott for their ceremony and reception.  Katie and Greg met in theater, so they had to incorporate that aspect of their life in the reception.  They may have had the best entrance video I have ever seen, it was a "Modern Family" style look at the planning process of their wedding, trust us, it was ah-mazing!  The party didn't stop there until the midnight countdown, Katie and Greg even had to have a toga party.  Yup, think "Animal House" TOGA's!  

They really had such a fun and happy wedding day with some great vendors by their side!

Connecticut Wedding Photographers: Simply K Studios
Event Coordinator: Nancy Goldstein with Amazing Celebrations & Events
Floral Design: Candice Milliard with Candi's Floral Creations
Hair & Makeup Team: Tonya & Janice with Salon Naomi
DJ: Vivid Events