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

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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Elegant Christmas Wedding at The Fox Hill Inn

Elegant Christmas Wedding at The Fox Hill Inn | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

From the bride: “Nick and I got engaged on December 20, 2016. It was such a beautiful and magical time but even more so because we both love Christmas. We wanted to enjoy our engagement and didn’t want to rush into wedding planning therefore it wasn’t until April of 2017 that we began the process. We decided that we wanted a Christmas wedding but knew that a December 2017 wedding would be too quick turn around and we needed more time to plan the wedding of our dreams. We decided on December 1st, 2018. And even though it was a year and a half away from when we booked our venue, it went by FAST. Before we knew it, the big day was here. It was a beautiful, crisp day. The sun was shining and our venue (a classic, renovated mansion style Inn)was decked out in garland, white lights, Christmas trees and red and gold colors. It was exactly what we visioned. The night was wonderful. A snow machine produced fake snow during our first dance. Our band played all the favorites and some Christmas tunes too. Our cigar bar added a cozy vibe. Our magic mirror photo booth was fun and interactive. The food was amazing. It was a night to remember. A special thank you to our wonderful photographers, Kathy and Kelly of Simply K Studios, for capturing it all.”

Wedding Professionals
Officiant - Mary Pugh
Venue - Fox Hill Inn
Hair Stylist - Jamie Fitch
Floral Design - Flowers by Danielle
Makeup Artist - Aliza Noelle
Invitations - Simply to Impress
Bridal Boutique - The Wedding Embassy
Shoes - Nina Bridal
Perfume - Tiffany & Co.
Transportation - Ultimate Limousine
Band - Hot Mess Boston - shout out to these guys/gals for being so wonderful to work with!!!
Uplighting, Snow Machine, Photo Booth - Spin Doctor Entertainment
Cigar Bar - Connecticut Cigar Company
Photography - Simply K Studios Connecticut Wedding Photographers

See more of Nicole & Nick here - Christmas Tree Farm Engagement Session
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Fall Wedding by Simply K Studios - Saltwater Farm Vineyard Wedding

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Greek Wedding at The Simsbury Inn | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Here are some of our favorite photographs that highlight Vickie & John's springtime wedding at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Their ceremony at The Simsbury Inn was full of music and laughter, making for a perfect celebration for their closest friends and family. 

Wedding Professionals
Cinematographer: MV Film Productions
Hair & Makeup: Larissa Lake & Co.
Floral Design: Moscarillo's Florist
Bridal Gown: Elegance by Roya
Bridesmaid Dresses: Mariella Creations
Invitations & Day of Paper: Marissa Allie Designs
Transportation: Gateway Limousine, Inc.
Classic Car: Classic Cars, Inc.
D.J. & Entertainment: DJ NickNakis, Esko Entertainment
Band: Athenian Entertainment
Wedding Venue: The Simsbury Inn
Wedding Photography: Simply K Studios

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

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

Butternut Farm Golf Club Wedding | Massachusetts Wedding Photographers

I was so excited when Becky and Ben chose us to photograph their July wedding, because I've known Becky for years and knew it would be a beautiful day. We began at her family's home in Leominster, MA with getting ready photos before the ceremony. It's funny when you've been somewhere to visit so many times, yet you notice new things that you've never observed before. Things like the pattern on the dining room chairs, the wicker textures in the sun room, or the way the light comes in so pretty through the windows in the front living room. I guess it's the photographer in me - so many details and seeing things so differently.

One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is almost always the ceremony. It’s usually short and sweet, but there are so many once-in-a-lifetime moments that happen between the couple. For instance, the moment Ben saw Becky and her dad walking down the aisle, or the way they were smiling at each other while holding hands on the altar. Witnessing that moment of excitement when they’re pronounced husband and wife, and seeing their guests look so incredibly happy. Becky and Ben chose to recreate a photo from her parents’ wedding, with their bridal party and parents on the steps of the church, which I love. It’s such a meaningful photo, created with thought and sentiment, and one of those photos that will likely be looked at and truly treasured through the years until you are sitting with your children someday and planning their wedding days. You’ll show them your wedding album and talk about style, planning, trends…but then you’ll come across that photo and explain to them the sentiment of recreating something from the past, and it will be so special.

Once we arrived at Butternut Farm Golf Club for their reception, I couldn’t have felt more welcome. Carol gave us a little walkthrough so that we could see a few different spots to choose from for their group portraits. By the time the toasts came, I was laughing over Becky’s twin sister, Chrissy’s toast (that included a story about a spatula) and couldn’t believe that their wedding day was flying by so quickly. Guests danced to music by East Coast Soul, and the dance floor was packed the entire night.

To Becky & Ben – I feel honored to have been chosen to photograph your wedding, and I’m so incredibly happy for the two of you! XOXO

Wedding Professionals
Wedding Venue: Butternut Farm Golf Club
Wedding Photographer: Simply K Studios
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Studio Em
Floral Design: Cauley’s Garden Center
Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Bridal Gown: BHLDN Chestnut Hill
Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Limo Transportation: All Points Limo
Music & Entertainment: East Coast Soul