Boho Wedding Vibes | Tannenbaum Alpine Events Wedding Photographers

From the bride: Paul & I met and started dating a almost decade ago in our junior year at Bentley University- we had mutual friends who I ended up living with my junior year and Paul was a constant presence in our dorm room. I'll spare you the details, but as the usual story goes, what started as a friendship grew into something much more. Over the last nine years, we graduated college, started our professional careers in Boston, then were given the opportunity to move to San Francisco to pursue a job opportunity. Upon arriving in San Francisco, the first weekend after we moved into our new apartment, Paul's friend Pat asked him to join on a ski trip to Lake Tahoe (in APRIL!). Paul eagerly obliged and obviously fell in love with the area: the skiing, the sunshine, the lake views from the slopes- not much to dislike! Lake Tahoe quickly became a special place for us after we brought my parents there on their first trip to visit us out west. In the almost four years we lived in San Francisco, we made frequent trips to Lake Tahoe to escape the city life and get closer to nature and skiing (for Paul).

This past December, Paul suggested we go to Lake Tahoe for an early Christmas gift before we headed back east to see our families for the holidays- it was an unusually warm weekend and while we were driving to our hotel around the west side of the lake, Paul suggested we stopped for a hike in Emerald Bay. After we arrived lakeside, we paused to take in the view- it was then that Paul dropped down and asked me to marry him. I of course said yes! Somewhat in shock of what had happened, and somewhat distracted by the hot tub and sauna that was awaiting me at our hotel, I uncharacteristically turned down the bottle of champagne he had been carrying in his hiking backpack for the entire trip. It is a much easier hike down to the lake with a full bottle of champagne than a hike up from the lake. That bottle of champagne didn't last too long after the celebrations began post-hike.

Only after the proposal did I fully appreciate that Paul's love for Lake Tahoe was something that was passed down from prior generations- the Christmas prior to proposing, Paul's mom had found an old book of postcards his grandparents had sent him as a child. Given his grandparents passed away while he was very young, the postcards are the greatest reminder of their lives. One of them caught Paul's eye- a postcard from his Grandfather Williams written while he was visiting Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, recounting all of the beauty of the area. Paul proposed in the exact spot that is pictured in that postcard, almost a year later.

It was so special for us to bring all our friends and family from across the country to the place that means so much to us- and we were so thrilled so many of them attended to share in our special day in our favorite place. We hope the beauty of Lake Tahoe stays with all of them for years to come like it has with us.

Here’s the list of talented wedding professionals who took part in Chrissy & Paul’s wedding:
Event Coordinator - Christy McDougal
Venue - Tannenbaum - an Alpine Event Center
Officiant - Joe Calafiore
Hair & Makeup Artists - LaDiDa Beauty
Catering - Roundabout Catering
Organic Bakery - Rebel Pioneer
Florist - Helianthus Floral Design
Invitations - Paper Culture
Wedding Dress - Lace & Liberty
Bridesmaid Dresses - Fame & Partners
Transportation - Reno Tahoe Limo
Band - Ryan Hernandez Band
Groom’s Suit - Calvin Klein
Groom’s wedding band - Love & Luxe
Engagement ring - Waant
Bride’s wedding band - Sofia Zakia
Rentals - Tahoe Rustic Rentals
Bridesmaid Robes - Etsy
Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographers - Simply K Studios

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Winter Ballroom Wedding at Aria | Prospect, Connecticut Wedding Photographers

This winter wedding at Aria had the perfect amount of snow, giving it that little bit of extra magic. Stephenie's uncle designed and baked her cake, and her reaction was priceless upon seeing it for the first time. I truly love when our couples include friends and family in pieces of their day, and Kevin's coworker was their D.J. for the evening, too! As always, Aria looked gorgeous, decked out in beautiful lanterns and candlelight. We are so happy for these two, and cannot wait to design their wedding album!

Waterfall Engagement Session | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Stephanie and Craig's waterfall engagement session was SO much fun! We climbed down into the area near the falls, which was quite the adventure. Take note - I cannot WAIT to do more sessions like this...  

Here is a little more about their story:

On February 14th, 2013 Craig asked me to be his girlfriend after coming home from work that day. He had flowers and chocolates for me and I knew he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. He caters to me each and every day when I don't ask that of him. On the night of Christmas Eve in 2016 we were at his family's house and it was getting late. I was exhausted and had absolutely no idea what was about to happen. He took me into the dining room, got down on one knee and opened up the ring box and asked me to marry him. He picked the ring out all by himself and he did an amazing job!  We set the date of August 25, 2018 to become Husband and Wife. This has truly been the journey of a lifetime so far and we have so many more memories to make! 

Webb Barn Wedding | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

Libby & Paul said their, "I Do's" on Saturday at the Webb Barn in Wethersfield Connecticut with just the perfect bit of sun peeking out from the clouds. Libby and her bridesmaids got ready in Old Wethersfield at Larissa Lake & Co. and I was so excited to finally see Larissa's new space, as we watched it being built on a daily basis going to/from the studio in Wethersfield. Lots of natural light from the windows, mirrors and little details everywhere. Local brides, take note - this is a beautiful spot for getting ready on your wedding day!

From there, the ladies traveled to the house where Libby grew up, to finish getting ready before the ceremony. Her mom and her bridesmaids helped her get into her gown, shoes, and jewelry. How classic and elegant is the pearl necklace she wore? I found out that day that those pearls belong to her grandmother, which makes the sentiment just as beautiful as the necklace itself.

I've photographed many weddings at the Webb Barn, and each one is special to me because it's where I was married almost 8 years ago (this month!!) I remember stepping out of the barn and seeing all of our guests and just feeling so much love. Pretty easy to imagine this is how Libby was feeling as her father walked her down the aisle. That moment of anticipation before the bride and groom have seen each other, the nervousness and excitement, those happy tears. Libby shed a few happy tears, and it was clear from Paul's face during the ceremony how head-over-heels in love he is with her.

These two were all smiles through the rest of the wedding, and came RUNNING when the guests saw a double rainbow outside on the lawn. Everyone always tells us that it's good luck to have rain on your wedding day, but I think having a rainbow must be exponentially better. Their wedding reception inside the barn was filled with great music and dancing, and we were able to end the evening with a night photo outside - my favorite! One last photo, ending on a perfect note.

Specializing in timeless weddings with beautiful details and authentic emotion, Simply K Studios is based in Connecticut and available for travel worldwide. 2017 wedding photography destinations include Florence Italy, Amalfi Coast in Italy, Silverthorne Colorado, Ft. Lauderdale Florida, and Washington D.C.

Contact us via Simply K Studios Wedding Photography Website or via email at: kathy@simplykstudios.com to learn more about our wedding photography and to see more Connecticut Wedding Photography.

Wedding Professionals

Venue: Webb Barn, Wethersfield, CT
Catering Services: Vito's by the Water
Wedding Officiant: Chaz Zezulka
D.J. Entertaintment: Collins Productions
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Larissa Lake & Co.
Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero Designs
Floral Design: It's So Ranunculus
Wedding Photographers: Simply K Studios

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.

 

LaBelle Winery Wedding - NH Wedding Photographers

Liz and Ben's wedding at LaBelle Winery in Amherst, NH was filled with laughter and love. Liz's dress was stunning, paired with Badgley Mischka shoes, soft veil and jeweled belt. As always, Naomi's Studio & Salon's airbrushed makeup was flawless and Liz's eyes were A-M-AZING! Her sister teared up about a million times while helping her get ready, but was quick to hide it. Such a sweet moment between the two of them. Ben's note to Liz on her wedding day shoes was a complete surprise and the perfect sweet sentiment. Getting ready in Nashua, they traveled to LaBelle via limousine for first look at the vineyard. 

 

How seriously cute is this first look?!?! Liz and Ben wrote each other letters to share privately, and read them with tears in their eyes. Cutest. Thing. Ever. 

 

Their bridal party was laid-back and fun, which made for some great candids in addition to full group photos. We always have two photographers at every wedding with the hopes to capture moments like this!

 

Liz & Ben said, "I do" overlooking the vineyard, in an intimate ceremony performed by officiant Paul Calabria, and they could barely stop smiling at each other once he pronounced them husband and wife. Not going to lie, I was a little, "awwwwwwww" at that.

 

The wedding reception at LaBelle winery wouldn't have been complete without a trip down to the wine cellar or five cakes. Yes - they had five delicious cakes by Frederick's Pastries for guests to choose from, and a tiered cake for cutting. 

 

So many beautiful moments in this classic and timeless wedding. 

 

Venue: LaBelle Winery in Amherst, NH
Officiant: Paul Calabria
Violinist: Kate O'Brien
Florist: LaFlora Couture
Entertainment: DJ Kurt Entertainment
Makeup Artist: Naomi's Studio & Salon
Desserts: Frederick's Pastries
Bridal Boutique: RK Bridal in NYC
Transportation: Black Tie Limo
Wedding Photography: Simply K Studios