Kelly & David | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Congratulations to Kelly & David on their gorgeous Hartford, CT wedding. Since they work and live in Hartford, they really wanted to keep their gorgeous day there as well. It was a perfect winter wedding. Actually a bit warmer after a few days of extreme cold and there was still snow on the ground for their first look. It couldn’t have gotten any better. They saw each other at The State Capitol Building with quite a few on-lookers since Kelly works in the building then we headed over to City Hall and finally to their ceremony and reception at The Society Room of Hartford.

Kelly & David, you had the perfect day and Kelly & David enjoyed photographing you two! Yes, you read that right, Kelly & David photographed Kelly & David’s wedding. Special thank you to David Apuzzo for second shooting with me!

A special thanks to all of the vendors:

Venue: The Society Room of Hartford

Officiant: Emily Bjornberg

Hair: Julie Anweiler

Makeup Artist: Shaenna Dupont

Videographer: VideobyJamie

Cake: Creative Cakes by Donna

Transportation: Premier Limousine

DJ/Instrumentalist: Matty Bernier

Simply K Studios | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

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

Want to see more of our recent work? Check out more Connecticut Weddings:
Wedding at The Lace Factory
Wedding Reception at The Lace Factory
Weddings at Lighthouse Point Park

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

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.

 

The Simsbury Inn Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Here are some highlights from Annie & Jim's beautiful springtime wedding at Ethel Walker Chapel and The Simsbury Inn. Thank you to a wonderful team of wedding vendors, listed below.

Wedding Professionals
Connecticut Wedding Photographers - Simply K Studios
Bridal Hair & Makeup - Arleigh Hair & Makeup
Bride's Shoes - Badgley Mischka
Bride's Gown - Hayley Paige
Bridal Boutique - The White Dress by the Shore
Event Planner - KH Weddings & Events
Ceremony - Ethel Walker Chapel
Reception Venue - The Simsbury Inn
Floral Design - Sharon Elizabeth's Florist
Entertainment - Silver Arrow Band
Invitation Suite - Paper Dolls of Saratoga
Cinematography - McElroy Weddings
 

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 
Simply K Studios: Connecticut Wedding Photographer
 

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

Webb Barn Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

We could photograph one hundred weddings at The Webb Barn and none of them would be the same. Every wedding is so different, with fun details that make the wedding day unique. Lauren & Bob's wedding was just that! When we met in-studio, they described their wedding plans for an afternoon of spending time with their friends and family outdoors playing lawn games. They weren't sure which traditions they were going to have at their wedding, which started with a first look in Hartford. 

There was a little bit of rain to start the day, but their first look plans helped so that they weren't rushing around during the reception to get all of their group photos taken. Two reactions...two photographers. We try to position ourselves as best as possible to capture both of you as you first see each other on your wedding day, without ruining the moment. As important as the photographs will become to you after the wedding...first and foremost, we want you to enjoy the day.

The rain started clearing up around the time of their ceremony, making it the perfect afternoon for celebrating with lawn games outdoors and a slice of pie from Granny's Pie Factory. 

Lauren & Bob, may your travels never cease and you always find time for the fun in life. Best wishes for a long & happy marriage together. XOXO

Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Connecticut Wedding Venue: The Webb Barn
Makeup Artist: Shakeup Makeup LLC
Officiant: Susan Wiggins
Catering: Krause Catering
Dessert: Granny's Pie Factory
Bridal Gown: Love Me Two Times
Wedding Photographer: Simply K Studios

CONNECTICUT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS | WEDDING AT THE BOND BALLROOM

Anne Marie and Andre had their wedding at The Bond Ballroom.  I love old historic buildings like that and luckily, Hartford has some amazing ones!  We started off with getting ready at their respective spots and then ventured to St. Bernard's Church in Vernon.  It's always a bit surreal when I go to that church because I went to school there (many many years ago).  I have so many memories of that place, and it always makes me a bit nostalgic. 

After the ceremony, we went to Hartford for their formals.  As I mentioned, Hartford is full of amazing spots for photos and Anne Marie and Andre picked the State Capital and City Hall.  Two of my favorites! 

Once we arrived at The Bond, the beautiful room was filled with amazing details of spring and summer colors.  The huge windows bring in a ton of light and for moments, you forget that you are on the 11th floor in a city.  

We had such a great time photographing their day and even had a moment to catch up with a past bride! We love seeing our couples again.  Not only did Anne Marie and Andre fill their reception with amazing friends and family, they had the best vendors their as well!  It's always great to work with people that you consider friends!

Thank you Anne Marie and Andre for choosing us to photograph your day, we hope you enjoy this small glimpse!

Connecticut Wedding Photographers: Simply K Studios
Videography: Silver Slate Media
Makeup Artist: Katie, Glam Boss Makeup
Florals: Terri Krisavage Wedding & Event Florals
DJ: Michael Simonetta
Photo Booth: Capture Traveling Studio
Event Planning: Nightingale Events

 

 

Connecticut Wedding Photographers | Wedding at The Publick House

Julie and Jerry's wedding this past Friday at The Publick House was filled with love, laughter, and a crazy downpour during the bridal party formals. If you haven't been to The Publick House lately, I suggest making a trip up to Sturbridge, MA this summer and checking out their pastry shoppe and restaurant. It is a beautiful and quaint historic inn with a ton of charm, making the perfect backdrop for beautiful wedding photos.

The bride got ready in the Chamberlain House, where we were greeted by a vaulted ceiling complete with full chandelier. Her traveling makeup artist, Katie from KiSSandMaKeUp in Connecticut drove to Sturbridge, as well. Julie's first look with her dad was beyond sweet, and I was waiting for tears to fall during her and Jerry's first touch just outside of the barn. 

First touch is for those couples who have extra time built into their timeline for a quick moment together before the ceremony, but who do not want to actually see each other beforehand. These two held hands around one of the barn doors, where they got to share their nervousness and excitement before walking down the aisle.

After saying their, "I Do's" and beginning group photos there was a little sprinkle of rain. Not a moment later it was a FULL DOWNPOUR, sending everyone running back to the tent. We captured a few portraits of Julie and Jerry around the venue before heading in to their tented reception. 

I could not be happier for these two, and send my best wishes for a long and happy marriage together! May you always be surrounded by loving friends/family and remember to smile through the rain.

Connecticut Wedding Photographers: Simply K Studios
Videography: David Anthony Media
Makeup Artist: Katie, KiSSandMaKeUp
Officiant: Roxanne Auger
Hair Stylist: Jade Silvestri
Florals: Michele Bernard
Bridal Boutique: Bliss Bridal
Dress Designer: Essense of Australia
DJ: Brian, Champagne Toast DJs

 

Winter Wedding at The Riverview | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

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
 

Source: www.simplykstudios.com

Pond House Cafe Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Mimosas with the bridesmaids during getting ready, beautiful bridal styling for hair & makeup, fun candids, and an intimate church ceremony with their closest friends and family in Bolton, CT. From there, the bridal party traveled by limo to Elizabeth Park, where we walked around the manicured grounds for their formal wedding portraits. 

Elizabeth & Andrew's reception was held at the Pond House Cafe, in West Hartford. Dancing the night away among the drapery and twinkling lights, they celebrated the night in style with their guests.

 

The Lace Factory Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Jen & John's wedding at The Lace Factory in Deep River, CT was filled with lots of soft and pretty details, an insanely fun bridal party, and a ceremony overlooking the water. The couple chose to get ready at The Inn at Middletown, along Main Street in Middletown, CT. Jen gifted her bridesmaids their customized calligraphy dress hangers and monogrammed clutches, and John's guys got engraved bottle openers.