Griswold Point Tented Wedding in Old Lyme | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Luke and I met the summer before our junior year of college at the Connecticut Fire Academy where we became certified interior firefighters after many years with our local town departments. After many ice cream dates and wake boarding trips we decided to make long distance work through college, then moved across the country to Arizona together to start our careers.

Now in Virginia, we admittedly enjoy our time together the most when we’re hiking, hunting, and playing with our Labrador, Sophie. Luke proposed at my family's home in Weekapaug, RI with my family and our dog present to celebrate our excitement together. I love that Luke can make me laugh no matter my mood and our similar devotion to our families and the outdoors.

When we were planning our wedding back in Connecticut, we wanted to make our special day feel like it involved all of the things we hold closest to our hearts, namely home. Our venue, caterer, florist and of course photographer were all friends or family that we felt tied to as we became immersed in planning this special event.

See past weddings by Simply K Studios, Connecticut Wedding Photographers here:
New Haven, CT Wedding by Simply K Studios at Lighthouse Point Park
Deep River, CT Wedding by Simply K Studios at The Lace Factory
Cancun, Mexico Wedding Photography by Simply K Studios at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Catering- Coffees Country Market
Tent – Sperry Tents Marion
Ceremony Officiant Jack Faski, JP
Hair & MakeupEssence Salon & Spa
CinematographyNST Pictures
FloralsIt’s So Ranunculus
Invitation & Paper SuiteMinted & Lighthouse Printing
Bridal BoutiqueThe One Bridal Salon
EntertainmentPowerstation Events
JewelryKendra Scott
RentalsArrow Paper Party Rental
Wedding Photography - Simply K Studios, Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Harkness Memorial State Park | Connecticut Engagement Sessions

I cannot even put into words how much fun we've been having with our engagement sessions lately. Jillian & Jeff's session at Eolia Mansion in Harkness Memorial State Park was no exception, and we're so seriously excited to be their wedding photographers next summer! Here are some highlights from this lighthearted and fun 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' refrigerators...you'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!

XOXO

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