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

See more of Simply K Studios weddings:
Connecticut Wedding Photographers at The Society Room
Saltwater Farm Vineyard Weddings
Elegant Christmas Wedding at The Fox Hill Inn

Winter Wedding at The Society Room | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

The couple’s story: 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.

Wedding Professionals
Hotel: Hartford Marriott Downtown
Venue: The Society Room
Officiant: Sal Fiore
Hair & Makeup: Larissa Lake & Co.
Videography: David Ladin, RI Video Pro
Bakery: Kim’s Cottage Confections
Floral Design: Buds in Bloom
Dress: The White Dress by the Shore
Invitations: Minted
Limo: Premier Limousine
Band: Clockwork Boston
Wedding Photography: Simply K Studios

See more by Simply K Studios:
Jackie & Joe’s Hartford Engagement Session
A Cancun Destination Wedding by Simply K Studios Destination Wedding Photographers
Summer Wedding at The Lace Factory by Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Griswold Point Tented Wedding in Old Lyme | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Luke and I met the summer before our junior year of college at the Connecticut Fire Academy where we became certified interior firefighters after many years with our local town departments. After many ice cream dates and wake boarding trips we decided to make long distance work through college, then moved across the country to Arizona together to start our careers.

Now in Virginia, we admittedly enjoy our time together the most when we’re hiking, hunting, and playing with our Labrador, Sophie. Luke proposed at my family's home in Weekapaug, RI with my family and our dog present to celebrate our excitement together. I love that Luke can make me laugh no matter my mood and our similar devotion to our families and the outdoors.

When we were planning our wedding back in Connecticut, we wanted to make our special day feel like it involved all of the things we hold closest to our hearts, namely home. Our venue, caterer, florist and of course photographer were all friends or family that we felt tied to as we became immersed in planning this special event.

See past weddings by Simply K Studios, Connecticut Wedding Photographers here:
New Haven, CT Wedding by Simply K Studios at Lighthouse Point Park
Deep River, CT Wedding by Simply K Studios at The Lace Factory
Cancun, Mexico Wedding Photography by Simply K Studios at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Connecticut Wedding Professionals
Catering- Coffees Country Market
Tent – Sperry Tents Marion
Ceremony Officiant Jack Faski, JP
Hair & MakeupEssence Salon & Spa
CinematographyNST Pictures
FloralsIt’s So Ranunculus
Invitation & Paper SuiteMinted & Lighthouse Printing
Bridal BoutiqueThe One Bridal Salon
EntertainmentPowerstation Events
JewelryKendra Scott
RentalsArrow Paper Party Rental
Wedding Photography - Simply K Studios, Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Harkness Memorial State Park | Connecticut Engagement Sessions

Victoria & Mark's engagement session at Harkness Memorial State Park was lighthearted and fun, with a little bit of adventure mixed in. I love a good rock skipping session, and that little peninsula made for some beautiful reflection shots! Here are a few favorite highlights from this springtime session...

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

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
 

Kayla & Chris | Outdoorsy Engagement Session in Connecticut

Have we mentioned how excited we are for spring?! This super-sweet outdoor engagement session was hiking mixed with playful fun and I'm so excited to be their wedding photographer! Kayla and Chris's wedding is just around the corner, at one of our favorite venues - The Lace Factory, and we can't wait to see which photographs they choose for their custom guest book!

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
 

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!"

 

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

Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

JoAnna & Evan met me at Eolia Mansion in Harkness Memorial State Park for their engagement session this past week, and it was absolutely perfect. They showed up with a lot of laughs, and I reassured them that it was exactly what I love to photograph. We're always looking for raw emotion in photos, truly capturing our clients' personalities, which is so important to a wedding photographer.

Seeing those moments later where you laughed from nervousness before you saw each other for the first time, those tears when you're walking down the aisle, or when your parents are wiping away their own tears as you say, "I do" - that's the good stuff. The stuff you'll remember after your wedding is over, and the candids that a really great wedding photographer will capture for you. Long after the cake is gone and the flowers have wilted, when your dress is put away and your invitations have come off of your guests' refrigerators...you'll look back on those photographs, and THOSE memories will make you laugh and cry again, thinking back to one of the best days of your life.

It's so easy for photographers to put our clients into a spot and ask them to pose (and we often do!) But the real part of our job is capturing what it feels like to be together, in that spot, at that moment.

JoAnna & Evan, I cannot wait to photograph your upcoming wedding. My hopes are that it's filled with laughs, love, dancing, dips, and maybe even a few happy tears. I'm so happy for you both!

XOXO

Mystic Seaport Wedding - The Boat Shed at Lighthouse Point

Caroline and Tom's wedding at the Boat Shed in Mystic Seaport was every little bit of perfect. The bride got dressed at a private house overlooking the Long Island Sound, with the couple's first look on a dock overlooking Stonington Borough. Their stunning portraits were taken along the water in Stonington before everyone headed over to Mystic Seaport. 

Each and every time we photograph a wedding at Mystic Seaport, I'm in awe of the historic beauty. With sailboats and yachts surrounding the Lighthouse, the ceremony is always memorable and filled with a little bit of whimsy. 

This rustic and nautical venue is a blank slate, leaving couples to get creative with their wedding details and decor. Market lights are strung across the lofted ceiling, and it all feels so organic.

Venue: The Boat Shed at Lighthouse Point, Mystic Seaport
Catering: Coastal Gourmet Catering
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Elegant Beauty Studios
Bakery: Creative Cakes by Donna
Floral Design: Adam's Garden of Eden
Officiant: Be Wed by Fred
Wedding Photographers: Simply K Studios

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