Boho Lace Factory Wedding . Connecticut Wedding Photographer

The Lace Factory is one of my favorite places to shoot. Not just because it's beautiful and has a ton of old-world character, but because it tends to catch the eye of some seriously cool, laid-back, laugh-till-they cry, kind of couples. Sammy and Mike are the kind of loves who find it really hard not to smile around each other, and we had so much fun capturing their effortless style and cuddling with their Havanese pup baby, Simon, between shots. 

Planning by Amy Champagne Events, Makeup by Upstyle.

Historic Farm and Private Estate Wedding . Rhode Island Wedding Photographer

Meredith and Micah are such a lovely fit. During my short time with them, I could see that they work exceptionally well together and share so many of the same beliefs and values. Their commonalities even extend to their careers. They met years ago working at the White House, Meredith for Mrs. Obama and Micah for Mr. Obama (aw!). Now they live together in Brooklyn, but much of their summer is spent at Meredith's parents' place in Tiverton, RI. And I can't blame them. They planned their wedding here, overflowing with flowers, history, and meaningful details. Oh, and bunnies!! This was such a fun wedding with sophisticated farm-to-table vibes and plenty of untouched nature.

Flowers by Semia and Planning by Metta Events  

Meet Molly, our new studio manager

 Molly's from Savannah and is a big fan of palm leaves, live music, and strong dark cocktails... a girl after my own heart.

Molly's from Savannah and is a big fan of palm leaves, live music, and strong dark cocktails... a girl after my own heart.

When I started Emily Kirke Photography in 2015, I was fully prepared to go it alone. I had a specific vision for the studio and knew that I wanted it to feel personal, like having your friend document your wedding. But as I was blessed with more and more work, I realized that the personalization that I so loved was getting put on the back burner. I no longer had time to respond to everyone with the care and attention to detail that I wanted and my artistic development (workshops, learning, and such) started to take a backseat too. So it was with a lot of careful thought, research, and a chat with one of my favorite photogs, Kristen Marie Parker, who had recently taken on an assistant, that I hired Molly part-time.

Molly is a gentle soul who embodies all the warmth and kindness that I had envisioned for my studio when I opened. She's been working for me the past couple months and many of you may have already chatted with her. After weeks of training, she knows my process and workflow and I feel so confident that she's hooking you up with a feel-good, organized experience from the moment you reach out.

It was so hard to relinquish any control over Emily Kirke Photography, but I'm so happy I did. These days, you can find me soaking up creative lighting videos, working on personal projects, collaborating with other artists, and taking photo workshops in Brooklyn. In letting go just a bit, I've become a better photographer for myself, my couples, and for my dog, who is really psyched that I finally figured out her best angle. xx

Harkness State Park and Eolia Mansion Wedding . Connecticut Wedding Photographer

Harkness State Park is a 230 acre former farm and mansion covered in gorgeous structures that nature has begun to reclaim. As soon as I found out about the earthy, sprawling, property I knew I wanted to create a fall farm and garden wedding inspiration shoot there that my couples would love. I envisioned something organic, farm-to-table, and elegant without being fussy and I assembled a super talented team of mostly Connecticut wedding professionals. A month later, I have so much respect for the Planners and Event Designers who do all this work for a living. I think I'll stick to just photography in the future! :)

This shoot is also featured on Junebug Weddings.

Florals by Jakkelyn Iris | Hair & Makeup by Upstyle | Dress by Claire Pettibone from Everthine Bridal | Hairpiece by Emma Katzka | Cake by Erica Obrien | Rentals by NECR and Gathered Vintage | Ring by Local Eclectic | Paper Goods by Esther Clark | Models: Adam and Amy Brandi

Essex Steam Train and Lace Factory Wedding . Connecticut Wedding Photographer

I'm so happy I got to play a part in Amanda and Nick's wedding. They wanted to get married somewhere drenched in heritage as a fitting start to their story, so they chose the historic Essex Steam Train station for their ceremony and the 1875 Lace Factory in Deep River for their reception. The wedding was just my style: full of personal details and a laid back vibe for guests to dance all night and show their love for their sweet, thoughtful friends. No bridal party, few formalities, tons of special touches. Here are a few of my favorites.

This wedding was second shot with the amazing Becka Pillmore.