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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From the bride: I met Jeff when I was 15. We were high school sweethearts who dated on and off through college (you know how that goes!) After that we went our separate ways for years and funny enough, I do believe fate brought us back together. We kept randomly running into each other at different places and we’ve been back together ever since!

He proposed to me the day after Labor Day in September last year at our first home together. We were away that whole weekend in NH and RI and he had the ring on him but couldn’t find the right time. He said he just couldn’t wait any longer! I’ll never forget that moment - it was in the middle of a crazy thunderstorm. I walked up the stairs after my hair appt to see champagne, flowers, the ring on our table. I was so shocked because I never thought he would do it at home!

He called both our parents prior and they all came over and we celebrated together 🥂 Don’t ask me what he said during the proposal - I think I blacked out!! Haha!

Simply K Studios: Photographing Melissa & Jeff’s wedding was like watching two of your best friends get married. They were so happy and we love capturing all of the pure emotion of happy tears and laughter on a wedding day. Thank you for trusting us with your wedding vision, Melissa & Jeff! Congratulations and best wishes for a long & happy marriage together. XOXO

Special thanks to Jessica Odaynik, who was our second photographer for this wedding!

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Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Officiant: Chaz Zezulka
Bridal Hair & Makeup: KiSSandMaKeUp
Catering: Coastal Gourmet
D.J. & Videography: Powerstation Events
Floral Design: Stylish Blooms
Invitations: Minted
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Dress Boutique: Mariella Creations
Wedding Photographer: Simply K Studios


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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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

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