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
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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


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:
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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
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