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

 

 

SAVANNAH ENGAGEMENT | Destination Wedding Photographers

There may not be a better way to get to know your couples than to meet in an awesome city and spend the day walking around to amazing locations.  Savannah has been on our wish list for years and so when we started talking to Kate and Dan about doing their engagement session there, we could not have been more excited.  Or course, we had to go to some of the iconic Savannah sites like Wormsloe Historic site, Forsyth Park, Chippewa Square (where the bench was in Forest Gump) and River Street.  

We had a blast walking around with them, checking out the sites and chatting about wedding plans, photography and just life in general.  

Kate & Dan - we can't wait for your Hillstead Museum wedding next summer!

Winter Wedding at The Riverview | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

When I talked with Ariel the week before her wedding, we were talking about how we both hoped they would have just the perfect amount of snowfall for the day. Lucky for all of us, the morning snow coated the trees and created that little bit of extra excitement that we all feel during the early winter snowy days. 

Ariel and her bridesmaids got ready in a suite at The Simsbury Inn with champagne toasts and mimosas. You could feel the anticipation and that tiny bit of nervousness in the room. Getting ready photos are one of my favorite parts of the wedding day because there is time to focus on the pretty details and all of the fun of the wedding prep. 

Merrick met us at The Simsbury Inn where the couple had their first look on the grand staircase in the lobby. First look is that one moment of the day when the couple is together without their guests and open to the raw emotion of the day. We've seen hands up excitement, ear-to-ear smiles, and happy tears. Every couple's first look is different, and it's always one of the most anticipated moments of the day.

 

Once we arrived at The Riverview for the wedding ceremony and reception, the bridal party ventured outside for portraits. We began where the snow was cleared, then walked behind the venue where our kick-butt second shooter (huge thanks to Luke Furtney) had personally shoveled the bridal party a path to have somewhere to stand for snowy photos. 

 

The wedding ceremony featured a beautiful Chuppah with lots of gold and floral detail. It was one of those ceremonies where the uplighting is perfectly paired with the couple's style and adds just the right touch of elegance.

 

By the time the reception began, everyone was ready to eat, drink, and have fun! Thank you to the wonderful team of vendors who worked together making this wedding such a perfect day.

Connecticut Wedding Photographers: Simply K Studios
D.J. and Uplighting: Michael Simonetta
Venue Coordinator: Chelsea Davis with The Riverview
Floral Design: Amy Oved with Events by Amy
Invitation Suite: Stephanie Bauder with Bauder Design Studio
Hair & Makeup Team: Jackie's Beauty Bar
Bridal Gown Boutique: Stylish Impressions
 

Source: www.simplykstudios.com

Wesleyan University & Gouveia Vineyards | Connecticut Wedding Photographer

Julie and Jerry's engagement session was the perfect mix of glam and casual, with two locations and two outfits during their extended session. We began at Wesleyan University, walking around to capture some of the timeless architecture and pretty light. Julie's royal blue dress flowed perfectly in the wind, adding just a little bit of whimsy. Jerry coordinated with her, wearing a gray suit with tie to compliment the blue of her dress. Julie's airbrushed makeup was flawless - thanks again to KiSSandMaKeUp!

Finishing at Wesleyan, we headed to Gouveia Vineyards just before sunset to catch the last of the day. They changed into casual outfits with coordinating Converse sneakers, and we walked around the vineyard, finding all sorts of beautiful fall colors. 

 

Farmington Gardens Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Laura & Matt said their vows at Farmington Gardens last month in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by their closest family and friends. She walked down the aisle accompanied by her parents, and it was such a sweet moment when her dad lifted the blusher on her veil. The same veil that her mother wore at her own wedding, years ago. Classic details are my favorite, and make weddings so special, with family heirlooms.

If you haven't already seen it on Instagram, Matt's vows included an analogy with video games, and they were all smiles during the ceremony. With a first look beforehand in the greenhouse, they had time for family and bridal party photos before the ceremony. Their D.J. kept the party going all night with a ton of great music on the dance floor, where Laura & Matt danced the night away. We snuck out for a few minutes around sunset giving us the chance to capture timeless portraits.

Officiant: Dean Barnes
Wedding Venue: Farmington Gardens
Hair & Makeup Artist: Simply Gorgeous by Erin
Entertainment: GoDJ
Floral Design: Sharon Elizabeth's
Bridal Boutique: Bliss Bridal
Wedding Photographer: Simply K Studios

Anastasia & Scott's Gouveia Vineyards Engagement Session | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Such a sweet proposal story from these two! Anastasia & Scott have been dating since high school - HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS! Insert a heart emoji right here - seriously, LOVE! She says she's been collecting her fortunes from fortune cookies, and so it was pretty perfect that Scott proposed with a custom fortune cookie!

We met up at Gouveia Vineyards last week for their engagement photos, and it was one of those days where you just KNOW there's going to be a bit of sunset, despite the clouds. Walking around the vineyard, they were so cute together and I got to witness all of their little smiles and hand-holding. At the end of the evening, they poured a couple of glasses of wine to enjoy while watching the sun set. If you've been to Gouveia before, you know their sunsets are pretty amazing. Even with clouds, it was one of those nights where just about everything is perfect. 

 

Pond House Cafe Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Mimosas with the bridesmaids during getting ready, beautiful bridal styling for hair & makeup, fun candids, and an intimate church ceremony with their closest friends and family in Bolton, CT. From there, the bridal party traveled by limo to Elizabeth Park, where we walked around the manicured grounds for their formal wedding portraits. 

Elizabeth & Andrew's reception was held at the Pond House Cafe, in West Hartford. Dancing the night away among the drapery and twinkling lights, they celebrated the night in style with their guests.

 

The Lace Factory Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Jen & John's wedding at The Lace Factory in Deep River, CT was filled with lots of soft and pretty details, an insanely fun bridal party, and a ceremony overlooking the water. The couple chose to get ready at The Inn at Middletown, along Main Street in Middletown, CT. Jen gifted her bridesmaids their customized calligraphy dress hangers and monogrammed clutches, and John's guys got engraved bottle openers.

 

You can't go wrong with the prettiness of gold and blush, and this wedding was no exception. The bridesmaids wore gold dresses, which were a compliment to the gold tones at the wedding reception, and the floral centerpieces added just enough color to the otherwise white color palette of the room.

Wedding Professionals:

Wedding Venue | The Lace Factory
Officiant | Mary Coburn
Bridal Hair & Makeup | Salon LeRae
Catering | Cloud Nine Catering
Wedding Cake | You've Been Cupcaked
Floral Design | Flowers from the Farm
Bridal Gown | Mariella's Creations
Bridesmaid Gowns | Blush Bridesmaid
Wedding Entertainment | Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos
Connecticut Wedding Photographers | Simply K Studios

 

Source: www.simplykstudios.com

LaBelle Winery Wedding - NH Wedding Photographers

Liz and Ben's wedding at LaBelle Winery in Amherst, NH was filled with laughter and love. Liz's dress was stunning, paired with Badgley Mischka shoes, soft veil and jeweled belt. As always, Naomi's Studio & Salon's airbrushed makeup was flawless and Liz's eyes were A-M-AZING! Her sister teared up about a million times while helping her get ready, but was quick to hide it. Such a sweet moment between the two of them. Ben's note to Liz on her wedding day shoes was a complete surprise and the perfect sweet sentiment. Getting ready in Nashua, they traveled to LaBelle via limousine for first look at the vineyard. 

 

How seriously cute is this first look?!?! Liz and Ben wrote each other letters to share privately, and read them with tears in their eyes. Cutest. Thing. Ever. 

 

Their bridal party was laid-back and fun, which made for some great candids in addition to full group photos. We always have two photographers at every wedding with the hopes to capture moments like this!

 

Liz & Ben said, "I do" overlooking the vineyard, in an intimate ceremony performed by officiant Paul Calabria, and they could barely stop smiling at each other once he pronounced them husband and wife. Not going to lie, I was a little, "awwwwwwww" at that.

 

The wedding reception at LaBelle winery wouldn't have been complete without a trip down to the wine cellar or five cakes. Yes - they had five delicious cakes by Frederick's Pastries for guests to choose from, and a tiered cake for cutting. 

 

So many beautiful moments in this classic and timeless wedding. 

 

Venue: LaBelle Winery in Amherst, NH
Officiant: Paul Calabria
Violinist: Kate O'Brien
Florist: LaFlora Couture
Entertainment: DJ Kurt Entertainment
Makeup Artist: Naomi's Studio & Salon
Desserts: Frederick's Pastries
Bridal Boutique: RK Bridal in NYC
Transportation: Black Tie Limo
Wedding Photography: Simply K Studios

Sarah & Brian's Ogunquit, Maine Engagement Session

It was one of those absolutely gorgeous end-of-summer days on the beach in Ogunquit, Maine. Sarah suggested Ogunquit for her session, as she loves it there and has visited many times. I hadn't been there since I was young and immediately got excited for the trip! Before the session, I spent the day walking the Marginal Way, walking with a cone of black raspberry chocolate chip frozen yogurt, exploring the beach, lunching at Cornerstone's with lobster mac & cheese and pineapple craft beer, and relaxing. We met up with Sarah & Brian to explore along the beach once the tide went out, for the perfect backdrop for their session.

Special thanks to Pam from KiSSandMaKeUp for Sarah's makeup!

Mystic Seaport Wedding - The Boat Shed at Lighthouse Point

Caroline and Tom's wedding at the Boat Shed in Mystic Seaport was every little bit of perfect. The bride got dressed at a private house overlooking the Long Island Sound, with the couple's first look on a dock overlooking Stonington Borough. Their stunning portraits were taken along the water in Stonington before everyone headed over to Mystic Seaport. 

Each and every time we photograph a wedding at Mystic Seaport, I'm in awe of the historic beauty. With sailboats and yachts surrounding the Lighthouse, the ceremony is always memorable and filled with a little bit of whimsy. 

This rustic and nautical venue is a blank slate, leaving couples to get creative with their wedding details and decor. Market lights are strung across the lofted ceiling, and it all feels so organic.

Venue: The Boat Shed at Lighthouse Point, Mystic Seaport
Catering: Coastal Gourmet Catering
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Elegant Beauty Studios
Bakery: Creative Cakes by Donna
Floral Design: Adam's Garden of Eden
Officiant: Be Wed by Fred
Wedding Photographers: Simply K Studios

Source: www.simplykstudios.com

Heartfelt Wedding Ceremony at Avon Old Farms Hotel

August 12, 2016 - absolutely one of the warmest days of the summer, but also one of the sweetest for Miriam and Scott. Rain was pouring down as they said their vows within the glass atrium, among their closest family and friends.  Soon afterwards, the sun began to shine while their guests enjoyed cocktails, so we finished the newlyweds' portraits on the beautiful grounds at Avon Old Farms. There were pearls on the cake, and the florals were intertwined throughout the ceremony and reception. It was one of those days where there were so many moments of laughter and love that I started to catch myself smiling behind the lens. Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy marriage!

Venue: Avon Old Farms Hotel
Coordinator: Gail Belliveau, Avon Old Farms Hotel
Wedding Photographers: Simply K Studios
Entertainment: Mark Morytko, Shark Entertainment