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. 


Connecticut Wedding Professionals

Venue/Caterer: Maneeley's Grand Lodge
JOP: Kristen Smith
Hair: Top Knot Bridal Hair
Makeup: Makeup By V
Bakery: Modern Pastry
Florist: Just For You Floral Design
DJ:  Rudy C Productions
Invitations: Minted
Bridal Gown: David's Bridal
Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal
Suits: Men's Wearhouse
Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Connecticut Wedding Photographer: Simply K Studios


Yale University Engagement Session | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

I recently had the chance to photograph Stefanie and Jon's engagement session at Yale University.  Such beautiful architecture at that school and the spot definitely fit them as a couple.  Stefanie and I share a love for decorating, so it was really nice talking about that. She works with interior design so it was so interesting for me to hear about her job (if you know me, you know I love it too and if I wasn't a photographer, that is what I would want to do).  It's always great when I  have things in common with our couples and it definitely helps relate to them and photograph them as a couple.

I can't wait for their October vineyard wedding and Stefanie is going to be gorgeous in her dress from Everthine Bridals! I always drool over those dresses!


Butternut Farm Golf Club Wedding | Massachusetts Wedding Photographers

I was so excited when Becky and Ben chose us to photograph their July wedding, because I've known Becky for years and knew it would be a beautiful day. We began at her family's home in Leominster, MA with getting ready photos before the ceremony. It's funny when you've been somewhere to visit so many times, yet you notice new things that you've never observed before. Things like the pattern on the dining room chairs, the wicker textures in the sun room, or the way the light comes in so pretty through the windows in the front living room. I guess it's the photographer in me - so many details and seeing things so differently.

One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is almost always the ceremony. It’s usually short and sweet, but there are so many once-in-a-lifetime moments that happen between the couple. For instance, the moment Ben saw Becky and her dad walking down the aisle, or the way they were smiling at each other while holding hands on the altar. Witnessing that moment of excitement when they’re pronounced husband and wife, and seeing their guests look so incredibly happy. Becky and Ben chose to recreate a photo from her parents’ wedding, with their bridal party and parents on the steps of the church, which I love. It’s such a meaningful photo, created with thought and sentiment, and one of those photos that will likely be looked at and truly treasured through the years until you are sitting with your children someday and planning their wedding days. You’ll show them your wedding album and talk about style, planning, trends…but then you’ll come across that photo and explain to them the sentiment of recreating something from the past, and it will be so special.

Once we arrived at Butternut Farm Golf Club for their reception, I couldn’t have felt more welcome. Carol gave us a little walkthrough so that we could see a few different spots to choose from for their group portraits. By the time the toasts came, I was laughing over Becky’s twin sister, Chrissy’s toast (that included a story about a spatula) and couldn’t believe that their wedding day was flying by so quickly. Guests danced to music by East Coast Soul, and the dance floor was packed the entire night.

To Becky & Ben – I feel honored to have been chosen to photograph your wedding, and I’m so incredibly happy for the two of you! XOXO

Wedding Professionals
Wedding Venue: Butternut Farm Golf Club
Wedding Photographer: Simply K Studios
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Studio Em
Floral Design: Cauley’s Garden Center
Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Bridal Gown: BHLDN Chestnut Hill
Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Limo Transportation: All Points Limo
Music & Entertainment: East Coast Soul

Somers, CT Engagement Session | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

I love it when the bride and groom decide to take their engagement photos in a place that is meaningful to them. This particular session shows just that, and their story is so sweet! 

Jessica says, "Eric and I met online through mutual friends at the beginning of 2015. We would talk about our common interests such as fishing and hunting. Our first date was also the day we met for the first time. He came and picked me up in his truck, early I might add which I have since learned is the norm for him. I on the other hand am always late, with no exception that day. I rushed out the door with my arms full holding my compound bow and arrows and I saw him in person for the first time. I knew instantly that I was going to fall in love with this man. He took me to the Somers Sportman Association Range to shoot our bows together. Hunting is something we both enjoy and it was so much fun to share that together.

Fast forward to last summer. Eric is a police officer and has to go to the gun range often to qualify. It was June 27th, and also my birthday. We had been doing yard work all day when he told me he had to go qualify and asked if I would like to come quickly and keep him company. When we arrived, instead of pulling down to the gun range we pulled over at the archery area. Confused, he asked me to jump out of the truck with him. This is when he proposed, in the same spot as our first date. This place is so special in our story together and wanted to share that in our engagement session."

Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

JoAnna & Evan met me at Eolia Mansion in Harkness Memorial State Park for their engagement session this past week, and it was absolutely perfect. They showed up with a lot of laughs, and I reassured them that it was exactly what I love to photograph. We're always looking for raw emotion in photos, truly capturing our clients' personalities, which is so important to a wedding photographer.

Seeing those moments later where you laughed from nervousness before you saw each other for the first time, those tears when you're walking down the aisle, or when your parents are wiping away their own tears as you say, "I do" - that's the good stuff. The stuff you'll remember after your wedding is over, and the candids that a really great wedding photographer will capture for you. Long after the cake is gone and the flowers have wilted, when your dress is put away and your invitations have come off of your guests''ll look back on those photographs, and THOSE memories will make you laugh and cry again, thinking back to one of the best days of your life.

It's so easy for photographers to put our clients into a spot and ask them to pose (and we often do!) But the real part of our job is capturing what it feels like to be together, in that spot, at that moment.

JoAnna & Evan, I cannot wait to photograph your upcoming wedding. My hopes are that it's filled with laughs, love, dancing, dips, and maybe even a few happy tears. I'm so happy for you both!


Lighthouse Point Park Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

We're so in love with this beautiful wedding. SO. IN. LOVE. Erin & Ryan began their day with a first look at the carousel in Lighthouse Point Park, followed by group photos before the ceremony. Brides...this is the best way possible to spend the day with your guests and attend your own cocktail hour! Personally, I love the private moments and the authentic & emotional reactions of our couples. With just the two of them, they're able to relax and really enjoy the moment that they first see each other. The nervousness turns into excitement as soon as they see each other, and they're able to spend more time together on their wedding day. What's not to love about that?! There was no shortage of laughter during the ceremony - one of the things we love most about candid wedding photos. When you look back on your wedding photos, as you will countless times throughout your life, we want you to remember exactly how you felt at that moment. The moment you say, "I Do" is a mixture of love, excitement, wonder...happiness.

When you take a look at these photographs and see this venue all decked out, you'll probably wonder about how it all came together. Who created the floral design? Who set up the tables and coordinated the day? Who entertained the guests with music throughout the night, and WHERE did that Italian ice come from?!

Let me introduce Lisa DiBenedetto, the owner of Nightingale Events. We've worked with Lisa many times for weddings across New England that she and her team have coordinated.

A note from Lisa:
"Erin & Ryan's wedding was one for the books!  I waited all year for it and so happy that my team and I could take part. From the first time we spoke I immediately felt a connection with them and all their ideas were music to my ears! Getting married at Lighthouse Point is already a fun place to be.  Sabrina, the manager there, is a dream to work with at events. She's straightforward and happy to answer questions and have your team help you if you're in a pinch. Erin wanted certain vendors for her big day to make it a one-of-a-kind experience for her guests and we were happy to make recommendations!  The steel drum band - Caribbean Vibe Steel Drum band had all the guests swaying along during cocktail hour when they weren't enjoying "Chloe" the VW Van Photo Booth!  Fitzgerald catering is one of our favorites to work with because their salmon ceviche is mouth-watering! [Side note - their buffalo chicken bites were crazy good, too!] During the reception guests enjoyed Italian ice from Chet's Italian Ice and AMAZING cupcakes from J Cakes!  The décor was one of a kind including a record player card box made by the father of the bride, concert tickets as escort cards and album covers on each table from the concerts Ryan & Erin have enjoyed together through their relationship. Lastly, Erin was the most calm bride I have ever met!  She was relaxed and enjoyed time with friends and family, even with rain in the forecast. The smile on her face as she walked down the aisle was evident of pure happiness and love. XOXO, Lisa"

Lighthouse Point Park Wedding Vendors
Connecticut Wedding Photography: Simply K Studios
Connecticut Wedding Coordinator: Nightingale Events
Photo Booth: "Chloe" - Photo Booth Planet
Cocktail Hour Music & Entertainment: Caribbean Vibe Steel Drum Band
Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero Designs
Italian Ice: Chet's Italian Ice
Floral Design: Stylish Blooms
Rental Decor: Connecticut Rental Center
Wedding Cake & Cupcakes: JCakes
Reception Music & Entertainment: Silver Arrow Band
Connecticut Wedding Venue: Lighthouse Point Park Carousel


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!


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: 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!


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



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 freaking cool!) for my daughter, who is obsessed. 



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!