Gorgeous DIY Wedding at The Branford House | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

We first met Kelsey and her mom at the Mohegan Sun Bridal Expo last winter (we’ll be back again this February, so stop by and say hi at our booth!!!!) and couldn’t wait for her and Alan to get married! Their two little girls made this day even more special, by being the cutest flower girls, and by truly making the day seem like a merging of families. Kelsey has some serious DIY wedding talent, in addition to running her own business (check out @totesaddicted on Insta!!!) - she created the centerpieces, bouquets, even did her own makeup and everything was absolutely stunning. I’m pretty much ready to have her come to my house and redesign everything so it’s light & airy and beautiful.

I have to say, though…my favorite part of this wedding was photographing the genuine moments like when Kelsey’s dad pulled out a photo of her as a child on his shoulder and they both shed a few tears. Moments like seeing her dance with her mom on the dance floor, or when Alan’s mom was convinced to come out on the dance floor even though she had a temporary air cast for her ankle. This wedding was truly beautiful not only in the details and planning, but in the authentic emotion shown by Kelsey and Alan with their family and friends.

I CANNOT WAIT to see their wedding album, which will no doubt be shown to their children for years to come.

XOXO, Kelsey & Alan - thank you for choosing Simply K Studios to photograph your wedding day

Connecticut Wedding Vendors
Venue - The Branford House
Event Coordinator - Margo Haupt
Wedding Officiant - Erin Hanson
Hair Stylist - Georgette Hage, Tutto Salon
Catering - UConn
Florist - Ladybug Designs (mantels)
Bride’s Dress - Dress Boutique of Mystic
DJ - Jason Dawson of Dawson Entertainment
Simply K Studios - Connecticut Wedding Photographers

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Greek Wedding at The Simsbury Inn | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Here are some of our favorite photographs that highlight Vickie & John's springtime wedding at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Their ceremony at The Simsbury Inn was full of music and laughter, making for a perfect celebration for their closest friends and family. 

Wedding Professionals
Cinematographer: MV Film Productions
Hair & Makeup: Larissa Lake & Co.
Floral Design: Moscarillo's Florist
Bridal Gown: Elegance by Roya
Bridesmaid Dresses: Mariella Creations
Invitations & Day of Paper: Marissa Allie Designs
Transportation: Gateway Limousine, Inc.
Classic Car: Classic Cars, Inc.
D.J. & Entertainment: DJ NickNakis, Esko Entertainment
Band: Athenian Entertainment
Wedding Venue: The Simsbury Inn
Wedding Photography: Simply K Studios

Essex Steam Train & The Lace Factory | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Here are some of our favorite highlights from Kayla & Chris's beautiful spring wedding at The Lace Factory in Deep River, CT. Their first look at the Essex Steam Train station was followed by riding to The Lace Factory on the passenger train with their guests! 

Wedding Professionals
Wedding Photography - Simply K Studios
Wedding Venue - The Lace Factory
Catering - Cloud Nine Catering
Transportation - Essex Steam Train
D.J. - Upbeat City Entertainment
Hair & Makeup - Beauty Entourage
Floral Design - Ashleigh's Garden
Bridal Boutique - Lastrina Girls

Wedding Reception at The Palace Theater | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Here are some of our favorite moments and wedding inspiration (details) from Amanda & Bradley's wedding reception at The Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT. We had so much fun photographing this Gatsby-inspired night, and love these two! XOXO

Wedding Professionals
Catering: Verbena Catering
Venue: The Palace Theater - Waterbury, CT
D.J. & Entertainment: Rob Alberti
Wedding Photography: Simply K Studios

Winter Ballroom Wedding at Aria | Prospect, Connecticut Wedding Photographers

This winter wedding at Aria had the perfect amount of snow, giving it that little bit of extra magic. Stephenie's uncle designed and baked her cake, and her reaction was priceless upon seeing it for the first time. I truly love when our couples include friends and family in pieces of their day, and Kevin's coworker was their D.J. for the evening, too! As always, Aria looked gorgeous, decked out in beautiful lanterns and candlelight. We are so happy for these two, and cannot wait to design their wedding album!

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!"

 

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

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!"

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