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