Looking through these images it is absolutely undeniable the quiet, wonderful love between these two. Marsha and Joel met through friends when they were invited separately to dinner. They got along so well they decided on a solo date the following weekend …and the rest is history!
Marsha was divorced and Joel widowed; it was special to capture a wedding that was treated as if it were the first one. The only difference could’ve been that now they’re surrounded by lifelong, rooted friendships, children, grandchildren, all joining together in a celebration of their special bond and love for one another. The ceremony and reception were interlaced with such gravity, remarkable tenderness, and infectious mirth. Certainly one of the stand-out weddings for us this year!
Today we’re featuring a lovely outdoor autumnal engagement portrait session with Jaclyn and Brett and a vintage Triumph! The four-legged photo bombers near the end were Teddy and Gilly :-) We can’t wait to photograph Jaclyn and Brett’s big day next fall in up Villanova.
We photographed their wedding at Loch Nairn in what seems like a blink-of-an-eye ago and now we’re photographing their growing family! Meet sweet baby E and that completely adorable polka-dot dress:
Tracey and Steve were our first September wedding for 2013 and it was a quintessential Philadelphia affair of stylish details, beautiful gowns, and that classic City elegance!
From the bride:
“Steven and I essentially grew up together. We are high school sweethearts and have been together for over ten years. I was immediately attracted to Steven when I first met him because he was very confident, handsome, and I admired his ambitious spirit. I could tell even from a young age that Steven was going to make something of himself. It is amazing to think that we have been present for every milestone in each other’s lives. We have been to two proms together, we have seen each other graduate from high school and college, and I was by Steven’s side when he graduated from law school and began his career, just to name a few.
I always dreamed of a private and romantic proposal. On April 11, 2012, Steven asked me out of nowhere if I wanted to take a day trip to Cape May, New Jersey the following day. Being that Steve told me we were just taking a day trip, I packed us a picnic lunch and left our house with nothing else.
When we arrived in Cape May, Steven seemed to have the whole day planned. We played on the beach, enjoyed a lovely wine tasting at a beautiful local winery, dined around a fire pit overlooking the vineyard, and rode bikes around the Victorian town. As sunset neared, we drove to the Cape May Lighthouse and watched the dolphins swimming along the cape. Steven then took me to nearby Sunset Beach, a secluded beach on the western side of the cape where you can watch the sun set over the water. He laid a blanket down in the sand, and we watched the sunset together. Just as the sun was setting, Steven got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
The first words that came out of my mouth were: ‘Is this real?’ Then, I of course said YES! I was crying and laughing, and I could not believe what had just happened! The surprises did not end there. After all of the phone calls, Steven informed me that we had dinner reservations at the nicest restaurant in town, and that he had booked us an oceanfront room in a beautiful Cape May bed and breakfast. Steven also secretly packed me a bag with everything I needed for that evening and the next day.
The proposal was unlike anything I could have imagined. Steve spent weeks sneaking around picking out the perfect ring and planning a day that I will never forget.
We always wanted a beautiful summer wedding, and we decided on Labor Day weekend 2013. We have been to a few weddings on Labor Day weekend in previous years and really liked how a great wedding could make for the perfect conclusion to a wonderful summer. It gave us something to look forward to, and we wanted our guests to feel the same way.
The first item that we checked off of our list was the venue. The Atrium at the Curtis Center was the first venue that we toured, and as soon as we stepped into the Atrium we knew it was the perfect setting for us. The historic building has so much character with the Tiffany Mosaic and the twelve story high ceilings. We were also blown away by the Cescaphe Event Group and everything that they offered to help create the perfect, fairy tale wedding.
Our vision for our wedding included large floral centerpieces with hydrangeas, lilies, and calla lilies. We pictured a big band that would keep our guests on the dance floor all night. We also wanted our wedding color, sapphire blue, to be infused in different aspects of our wedding: the signature cocktail had muddled blueberries, the bridesmaids wore sapphire blue dresses, and the flowers had a very light touch of blue throughout. Everything that we planned turned out to be absolutely perfect, and we could not have asked for a more beautiful wedding.
As I look back at all of the amazing memories from our extraordinary day, I think that the reveal was the most special moment. I had been waiting for nine months to show Steven my dress. Normally, I never keep anything from Steven, but I knew that this was one secret I could not spoil no matter how badly I wanted to tell him. I had butterflies the entire time I was walking up to greet Steven, but all of the anxiety and nervous feelings disappeared as soon as he turned around. The look on his face when he turned around and saw me immediately put my feelings at ease. I knew that I could not wait to marry him and begin our new life together.z’
Venue: Atrium at the Curtis Center
Caterer: Cescaphe Event Group
Music: CTO – Park Central
Hair & Makeup: Renee Fox Salon
Flowers: Kyrstyna Szymansky
Videographer: TLJ Studios
Wedding Dress and Accessories: Private designers from Yes to the Dress Bridal Boutique
Tuxedo: Hugo Boss
Angie and Stephen, both actuaries, met in New York City at an actuarial exam seminar and they had their first date in the rain in Philadelphia. Angie, who is from Fairhill MD, and Stephen, from north Jersey, certainly have the mid Atlantic region of the U.S. covered! They decided to marry in Wilmington, DE as a good middle ground for their friends and family to meet and the two reside in Philadelphia.
Says the bride:
Steve and I first met at just about the least romantic setting you can imagine…a seminar to prepare us for our upcoming actuarial exam. Fortunately for both of us, we quickly discovered we had more in common than just studying for exams. As we both lived within a few miles of each other in Philadelphia and worked in the same building downtown, our friendship quickly grew over almost daily lunches and exploring our Manayunk neighborhood. By the time Steve finally asked me on our first official date, little did he know that he had already won me over with his big heart and sense of humor. Nearly four years later, we were trying to decide where to go on vacation. Since I had never been, he insisted we go to Disney World. On our first day there, Steve surprised me with a couples’ massage and a seven course meal. However, the biggest surprise came at the end of the night when he proposed on a private beach during a firework show. I was so overwhelmed with emotions that I barely remember that moment, but I’m sure it will be a trip I’ll never forget. After two years of planning, we tied the knot at the beautiful Hotel du Pont, a venue which epitomized my wedding vision of classic elegance. Our entire day was truly magical, but we will always remember our friends lifting us both up on their shoulders during the final song for one last kiss to cap off the night. Thank you to everyone who helped to make our dream wedding a reality!
Venue: Hotel DuPont
Flowers: Carl Alan of Philadelphia
Music: Silver Sound
Hair & Makeup: Perry Anthony Salon
Cocktail/Ceremony Music: Pianist – Paul Pierangeli
Dress: Stefan Jolie
Engagement Ring/Wedding Bands: Marchi Jewelers
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Invitations/Stationary: Lewis Scheller Printing / Checkerboard
Favors: Personalized Decks of Cards by Printer Studio, Coconut Macaroons by Hotel du Pont
First Dance: “Our Song” by Ron Pope
Sarah and Ian grew up in the same town, Brookfield, Connecticut, but did not meet until the summer of 2007. They were both home from college, and met Memorial Day weekend through mutual friends and have been inseparable ever since!
Proposal: August 24, 2012.
To celebrate their five year anniversary, Ian surprised Sarah with a getaway to the Brandywine Valley. They visited many wineries for wine tasting, and enjoyed delicious local fare. However, the trip was almost cut short when Ian’s nerves got the best of him… Sarah thought he was sick! Ian convinced Sarah to continue with his plan to go to Longwood Gardens.
At Longwood Gardens, Sarah and Ian enjoyed the beautiful scenery and each other’s company. Once they visited the Forest Walk, Ian waited for an opportunity to pop the question. After finding a quiet spot, he got down on one knee and proposed. Sarah, of course, screamed YES! It was perfect.
The newly engaged couple enjoyed the rest of the weekend celebrating with their families and friends.
Wedding Planning Ideas: “We wanted our wedding to be a classy and sophisticated event. When planning every detail of our wedding, we focused on elegance. Our wedding also included touches of sparkle.”
Sarah and Ian’s “perfect wedding” vision – “Classy, sophisticated and elegant, with a touch of sparkle. Our unique color palate of purple, blush and silver; touches of sparkle; a classic Philadelphia feel.”
Their most memorable moment: (Says Sarah:) “Walking down with aisle with my Dad toward my husband. It’s the moment every girl dreams of!”
One last thing: “What – if anything – did we DIY? – We designed and created our wedding paper online. This enabled us to make our wedding paper personalized to the style and feel of our wedding.”
Wedding Planner: Truly You
Venue: College of Physicians
Caterer + Cake: Catering by Design
Video: Rose Tree Films
Flowers: Petals Lane
Music: Vibe Tribe Band
Hair and Makeup: Jason Matthews Salon
Dress designer: Martina Liana.
Bridesmaids dresses: The Dessy Group, After Six
The first dance: “Marry Me”, by Train
We haven’t had a Mitzvah Monday in a while! mkPhoto is proud to feature Beautiful Benna’s Bat Mitzvah today from September. The scene went down at a wonderful little place called oh…The Rittenhouse ! Benna donned a baby blue princess gown and balanced it with sparkly silver Chuck Taylors for the celebration. We just loved her cake!
See Benna’s “Philly flavor” portrait session with us HERE
Synagogue: Har Zion
Coordinator: Pat James, Pat Glenn Productions
Reception Venue + Catering: Lori Maslowski, The Rittenhouse
Videography: Norman Einhorn, Video Concepts
Band/DJ: All Around Entertainment
A week ago Mike and Jana had the honor of photographing the MSquerade 2013! It was held at World Cafe Live at the Queen in downtown Wilmington, DE! The event was a festival of masks and gorgeous gowns and bursting with big bold color — what a venue! There was face painting, and extensive and impressive silent auction, a mashed potato bar (!!)… It was put on to raise funds for the Delaware Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Here are just a few of the many images that evening. (See the full gallery of this event HERE.)
This gorgeous historic venue, The Queen Theater, just before the party began.
United States Senator Christopher Coons of the state of Delaware says a few words at the event’s VIP reception.
The announcers for part of the not-so-silent auction emcee on stage as the owner of Desserts by Dana (and the winner of The Next Great Baker on TLC!) Dana Herbert looks on.
Wilmington’s Chorduroy completely rocked the house throughout the night!
A rare photograph of us in front of our own lens!