Mystic Aquarium Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

This wedding at Mystic Aquarium has to be one of my all-time favorites, due to the sheer fun factor of the venue and this particular couple! I mean, for reallllll...a Beluga Whale who splashes the bridal party?! Pretty sure you're going to love their story as much as I do. Huge thanks to my second shooter for the day, Jesse from On Point Images.

How we Met: "We were in geography club together in college and found a common love of Doctor Who and travel. We very quickly bonded and have been best friends ever since!"

The Proposal: "It was a massive surprise! We were on a trip to Disney World and it turns out he was plotting this entire thing for months before hand without me knowing! We were at Magic Kingdom and he pulled us (myself and his two friends WHO WERE ALSO in on it) over to Cinderella's wishing well next to the castle. He gave me a coin and told me to turn around and make a wish. I closed my eyes and threw the coin over my shoulder into the well and when I opened my eyes he was down on one knee! I was BEYOND shocked. I think I just stood there in shock for a few seconds before I said YES!"

Venue: "We choose Mystic Aquarium for the venue because we have a mutual love for the ocean and specifically conservation. Mystic is a conservation driven institution so naturally it was our first choice. We wanted to be able to share with everyone we love the amazing things Mystic Aquarium does!"

Details: "Our THEME if we had to choose was sustainability/ethics. We both have a lot of background in both and for us this being central to our wedding was of the greatest importance. My engagement ring is made of recycled metal and ethically sourced/ fair trade gemstones. Our wedding rings are made of recycled metal and resemble birch bark, a tribute to our favorite country, and where we someday hope to live, Iceland. Our flowers were exclusively things that were grown LOCALLY IN SEASON (not imported from other countries). Our outfits for the wedding were both handcrafted in Vermont by Tara Lynn (Tara Lynn Bridal) made of sustainable hemp, cotton, and silk fabrics. We also made the very deliberate choice of using TOMS shoes for ourselves (and my bridesmaids) because the shoes are ethically produced and for each pair purchased TOMS donates a pair to someone in need of shoes! Of course to explain my shoes (the bees), I have an undying love for bees, I would love to someday have my own hives. They are fantastic little producers and I do everything in my power to teach people what incredible insects they are!"

Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Wedding Venue: Mystic Aquarium
Hotel: Hilton Mystic
Portrait Location: Olde Mistick Village
Catering: Ocean Blue Catering
Bakery: Bleu Squid
Floral Design: A Gala Affair Events
Bridal Gown: Tara Lynn Bridal
Bride's Shoes: Toms
Music & Entertainment: Party Pro DJ
Wedding Photography: Simply K Studios

Fall Engagement Session | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Emily & Patrick's engagement session on the CT shoreline ended up falling on one of the nicest weekends of the month, and we chased some gorgeous light around the park. In the most random coincidence EVER, we found out that our families spend part of summer vacation at the same set of cottages on Sebago Lake in Maine!! I was crazy-excited when we discovered this, because no one has ever heard of where we stay, so it was a HUGE coincidence. Here's a little more of their story...

"Patrick and I met about a year and a half ago and knowing both our love for wine, our first date consisted of just that: a wine tasting. And naturally, we hit it off. With me being fairly new to the area after relocating from North Dakota for a job in western Massachusetts, and with my line of work being hockey at the time, there was some hesitation on whether I'd be on the east coast for long or whether my job would take me elsewhere. Patrick is a teacher and football coach in Springfield and is originally from Connecticut, so he was pretty set. Our affection continued to grow and we knew that even if we both had to move, we'd make it work. 

Fast forward through countless wine dates, trips to North Dakota to meet family, east coast adventures and vacations, we found ourselves in Newport in November to celebrate the end of Patrick's football season. We were in the midst of touring the mansions when he took me aside on the back lawn of the Breakers mansion overlooking the ocean, when he got down on one knee, with a stunning ring, and asked me to spend forever with him. He was emotional, I was emotional, it was a total surprise, and it was perfect!

Fall is our favorite time of the year, so we're jumping into planning our midwest October 2018 wedding! Our engagement photo session was absolutely perfect and set the tone perfectly for our rustic barn wedding!"

 

Maternity Session | Connecticut Maternity Photographers

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! 

Vito's On the Farm Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

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"

Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Venue: Vito's On The Farm
Rentals: Taylor Rental, Manchester CT
Catering: Vito's On The Farm
Hair: Nicole Baker
Makeup: Katelyn Craig
Bridal Gown: David's Bridal
Cake: Katie Girouard
Wedding Photography: Simply K Studios

Waterfall Engagement Session | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

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! 

Backyard Tented Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

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

Wedding Professionals
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

Elizabeth Park Engagement Session | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

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!!!

 

The Waterview | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

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

Harrington Farm | Massachusetts Wedding Photographers

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 Professionals

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
 

The Candlewood Inn Wedding | Connecticut WEDDING Photographers

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

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT:

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!

 

The Boudoir Experience | Connecticut Boudoir Photographers

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!


Photography Studio: Simply K Studios
Makeup & Hair: Kiss and Make Up

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Webb Barn Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

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

Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Connecticut Wedding Venue: The Webb Barn
Makeup Artist: Shakeup Makeup LLC
Officiant: Susan Wiggins
Catering: Krause Catering
Dessert: Granny's Pie Factory
Bridal Gown: Love Me Two Times
Wedding Photographer: Simply K Studios

Rustic Summer Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

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.