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

Vito's On the Farm Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Wendy & Matt's wedding was our first time photographing at Vito's On The Farm, and I couldn't be happier with our experience there. We worked alongside Ally, who is the wedding coordinator, but also has a special connection to Vito's and the venue itself. Today we're highlighting this venue, and what better way than to hear directly from Ally...

"Our family farm on Rye Street has been operational since 1948. My grandmother Ann Maffucci, moved there in her teens, from Front Street in Hartford, along with her parents, Zena and Florido Iudica. At that time, the farm provided 26 wide acres to explore and raise animals, along with several large barns housing nearly 10,000 chickens. Fast forward to the early 90’s, the farm has been shared with and passed down to the 2nd generation Maffucci family. Current residents of the farm are my Aunt Carol & Uncle Jon Bonds.
We christened the farm with events, with our wedding, back in September 2014, and realized what a perfect venue this location provided. Not only is the landscape beautiful and well-maintained, by the Carol & Jon, and my Grandfather, Vito Maffucci, but the location is central to both interstate highways, and the heart of South Windsor is less than 10 minutes away.

Our family farm provides a different experience than our other restaurants in Hartford and Windsor, because our family roots are there. We have all grown up on the farm, we have helped pick tomatoes on the hot summer day, we have learned how to cut basil so it shoots right back up, and we have learned how to incorporate the Vito’s Restaurant Group brand, at our farm.

This location is a brand new venture, we are the perfect location for wine dinners, farm to table dinners, weddings, and corporate retreats. We are operational May 15th-October 15th, and we incorporate any and all produce grown at our farm to our events. Vito’s puts only the best ingredients on the menu here, and we know brides and grooms that select us for there venue are ‘foodies’ who expect nothing less than exceptional food and a great atmosphere. Our goal is to share our family farm with couples and companies that want to have the best day possible, starting with a romantic ceremony near the gardens, moving to a breezy cocktail reception with tasty appetizers, through dinner service, with custom menus, suited to best match the couples tastes, and finishing the night with a great dance party including everyone on the dance floor and soaking in the best moments of their lives yet.

Our family loves two things most; feeding people excellent food, and treating others like family. The farm best allows us to do that by it’s location and spaciousness, and with of our decades of experience, we know the best way to serve couples and provide for them everything they desire, starting with the initial tour, to picking the menu, and finally when the big day arrives, making sure the atmosphere is fun, and ready to party! We welcome the bride and groom to customize as much or as little of the day as they wish. Our goal is to please you and to also get to know you, and help you make the best memories on the best day of your lives yet. Currently we have 1 spot open for the 2018 season, call for your tour today ☺  860-205-0079"

Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Venue: Vito's On The Farm
Rentals: Taylor Rental, Manchester CT
Catering: Vito's On The Farm
Hair: Nicole Baker
Makeup: Katelyn Craig
Bridal Gown: David's Bridal
Cake: Katie Girouard
Wedding Photography: Simply K Studios