Summer Wedding at The Waterview | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

You know sometimes when you just have one of those perfect days? The kind where everything goes right and you just smile through the entire day? That’s what Cody & Ben’s wedding at The Waterview felt like. We started with getting ready photos in the bridal suite, which has these huge windows and tons of natural light. Cody and her girls hung out there together for gifts, champagne toasts, and to get dressed for the ceremony. Oh, and did I mention she did a first look with her dad? Always a great moment when we get to capture it amidst the chaos of the anticipation before the wedding ceremony…

Cody and Ben chose to see each other at the ceremony for the first time, where Ben couldn’t take his eyes off her as she walked down the aisle with her dad. Their ceremony included their adorable ring-bearer (who ran down the aisle), a heartfelt reading by Cody’s sister (also her Maid of Honor), a wine box with letters (my favorite wedding ceremony tradition), and a first kiss with a huge dip! Cody’s brother officiated their wedding, which gave such a personal touch. Their smiles were infectious as they walked back down the aisle after being pronounced married.

We spent cocktail hour with their bridal party and closest family members to take group photos overlooking the water, then began the reception with their entrances, first dance, and toast. Their reception included the Hava Nagila with the chair raises, which is always such an exciting moment to photograph both the couple and the crowd’s reactions.

Thank you to Brenda De Los Santos for being such a wonderful second shooter for this wedding!

Congratulations, Cody & Ben!

XOXO

Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Simply K Studios - Connecticut Wedding Photographers
DJ - Frank from Powerstation Events
Floral Design - Michelle from Petal Perfection
Wedding Cake - The Waterview and Dunkin Donuts
Photo Booth - The Wedding Elites

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Classic and Timeless | Simsbury Inn Wedding

It’s that time of year. That time of gorgeous weddings and stunning couples. These two may be the sweetest. LoriAnn and John had the perfect classic and timeless wedding. We loved photographing their Simsbury Inn wedding this month. Congratulations you two! Here are just some of our favorites!

Thank you to my 2nd photographer, David Apuzzo for working with me on their day!

A special thanks to all of the vendors:

Venue: The Simsbury Inn

Dress: The Wedding Embassy

Flowers: The Long Stem Flower Shoppe

Officiant: Sal Fiore

Hair/Makeup: Simply Gorgeous by Erin

DJ: Elegant Occasions DJ

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
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Eolia Mansion Proposal Session | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Ahhhhhh, I am so seriously excited for these two! When Guarav first contacted me, I had no idea that this session would end like it did. I don’t want to ruin the surprise too much…but THEY GOT ENGAGED DURING THE SESSION! It was incredibly sweet and perfect with that feeling where you just can’t wait to tell the world (which I did, as soon as I saw a colleague photographing a wedding at the park!!!) These moments are so incredibly precious and I hope to photograph many more proposals. Congratulations, you two - I hope you remember that day forever!

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The Lace Factory Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Connecticut Wedding Photographers at The Lace Factory for Evan & JoAnna's wedding:

"Evan and I first met online on OkCupid where I messaged him first! Evan almost deleted his account that very day, so it’s very lucky that he waited a few hours!

Our first in person meeting was at Besito in West Hartford, Evan says he knew he was going to marry me when he first saw me. I felt so comfortable and we had an amazing first date together. From then on we became inseparable, we got new jobs, moved in together, and recently moved to a new town all together!

My favorite thing about Evan is his caring personality and how he always knows what to say. Evan’s favorite thing about me is how passionate I am about making the world a better place and how compassionate and kind I am. We’ve traveled to Israel together and we went on our first cruise together last summer. We enjoy cooking together, laying on the sofa and watching Netflix’s and going out with friends and having a fun date night!"

Evan and Joanna's wedding at The Lace Factory this summer was nothing short of beautiful, and we absolutely loved photographing for these two! Our absolute best wishes for a long & happy marriage together! XOXO ~ Kathy

Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Wedding Coordination & Catering - Cloud 9 Catering
Ceremony Officiant - Wanda Chiles
Hair & Makeup - Simply Gorgeous by Erin
Cinematography - MV Film Productions
Florals - Floral Design by Melissa
Invitation & Paper Suite - The Paper Station
Bridal Boutique - Kleinfeld Bridal
Band & Entertainment - Around Town Entertainment
Transportation - The Essex Steam Train
Jewelry - Aries II Jewelry
Photo Booth - Powerstation
Connecticut Wedding Photographers - Simply K Studios

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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

Eolia Mansion Engagement Session | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

When I first met Melissa & Jeff at the studio, I learned that they know my high school BFF and I couldn't be more excited to photograph their wedding at Saltwater Farm Vineyard. These two were so laid back and natural during their engagement session and it shows in the variety of photographs throughout their session at Harkness Memorial State Park. Contact us for more information about scheduling your engagement session or wedding with Simply K Studios! XOXO

Elegant Engagement Session | Hartford Wedding Photographers

Joe and Jackie met online. Joe asked Jackie out to happy hour at a little restaurant called Salute in downtown Hartford. Happy hour turned into closing down the bars on a Wednesday night, to then finding out that Jackie's car was locked in a parking garage at 2 AM. Joe, being the gentleman that he is, offered to give Jackie a ride home in the opposite direction of where he lived. The next morning, Joe picked Jackie up before work to bring her downtown to get her car. They immediately starting planning their second date, and from there were inseparable. Love at first sight was not something either of them believed in until they met each other. Jackie and Joe both knew they were meant for each other from the very start. Jackie even texted her best friend (and Maid of Honor) the very next day saying "I really think I'm going to end up marrying this guy." 

Fast forward to the proposal, Joe and I had a trip planned to Maine last summer to visit his family for the week of July 4th. On our second day there Joe and I walked out to the end of the dock at his parent's lake house and he proposed. I was in so much shock, and when I turned around everyone was standing there watching us and he even flew my parents up there to witness the whole thing. It ended up being much more than just the 4th of July trip I was expecting. 

Professional Hair & Makeup: @beautybyjackienicole 
Dress: Lulus.com 
Suit: Brooks Brothers 
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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!"