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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Summer Wedding at The Waterview | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

You know sometimes when you just have one of those perfect days? The kind where everything goes right and you just smile through the entire day? That’s what Cody & Ben’s wedding at The Waterview felt like. We started with getting ready photos in the bridal suite, which has these huge windows and tons of natural light. Cody and her girls hung out there together for gifts, champagne toasts, and to get dressed for the ceremony. Oh, and did I mention she did a first look with her dad? Always a great moment when we get to capture it amidst the chaos of the anticipation before the wedding ceremony…

Cody and Ben chose to see each other at the ceremony for the first time, where Ben couldn’t take his eyes off her as she walked down the aisle with her dad. Their ceremony included their adorable ring-bearer (who ran down the aisle), a heartfelt reading by Cody’s sister (also her Maid of Honor), a wine box with letters (my favorite wedding ceremony tradition), and a first kiss with a huge dip! Cody’s brother officiated their wedding, which gave such a personal touch. Their smiles were infectious as they walked back down the aisle after being pronounced married.

We spent cocktail hour with their bridal party and closest family members to take group photos overlooking the water, then began the reception with their entrances, first dance, and toast. Their reception included the Hava Nagila with the chair raises, which is always such an exciting moment to photograph both the couple and the crowd’s reactions.

Thank you to Brenda De Los Santos for being such a wonderful second shooter for this wedding!

Congratulations, Cody & Ben!

XOXO

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Simply K Studios - Connecticut Wedding Photographers
DJ - Frank from Powerstation Events
Floral Design - Michelle from Petal Perfection
Wedding Cake - The Waterview and Dunkin Donuts
Photo Booth - The Wedding Elites

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Old Wethersfield Fall Engagement Session | Connecticut Wedding Photographers

As most of you know, we have a soft spot in our hearts for Old Wethersfield. I was married at The Webb Barn and our studio was located just down Main Street for years. We’ve spent many afternoons window shopping and grabbing lunch at Cove Deli, and The Webb Barn is one of our favorite rustic wedding venues to photograph! So of course I was excited when Amanda told me that John proposed to her down at the Cove and that they wanted to have their engagement session there! There’s nothing like fall in New England, and Old Wethersfield is small town perfection. We’re excited to be photographing Amanda & John’s wedding at The Lace Factory in 2019 - congratulations, you two!

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!"

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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