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Valerie & Chad @ The Academy of Music ~ Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Event Coordinator ~ HKH Innovations
Reception ~ Academy of Music
Caterer ~ Wolf Gang Puck
Cake ~ Bredenbecks
Videographer ~ Janis Productions
Florist ~ Penncora
Entertainment ~ Eddie Bruce
Hair & Makeup ~ Jason Matthew
Bride’s & Bridesmaid’s Dresses ~ Priscilla of Boston
Bride’s Shoes ~ Badgley Mischka

Reconnect Thursday: What an amazing Philly wedding at the Academy of Music! Big Thanks to Valerie, Chad and their families. Also thanks to all the vendors for making it all possible!

From the Bride:
How we met: I had just moved to Manayunk with my 2 girlfriends after college. We decided to invite all of our closest friends over for a party. Chad came with a group of friends we had in common. I knew literally all of his friends and was even roommates in college with one of his friends from high school but for some reason we just never crossed paths until this party. We really didnt speak that night but the next day Chad asked one of our mutual friends for my email address. Monday morning he emailed me at work. Monday night he called and asked me on a date. That Friday we had our first date at one of my favorite BYOBs in the city and the rest is history. We have been together ever since!

The Proposal: Chad and I were in Miami celebrating our 3 year anniversary. He had planned a surprise celebration for us which ended up being a private 4 hour sunset sailboat ride around Miami. Dinner was also included. It ended up being a really windy day and in order for the chef to cook we had to dock the sailboat. While the chef was preparing our meal Chad and I decided to take a stroll around the island to see the beautiful sunset. We then exchanged anniversary cards. After I finished reading mine, Chad told me to turn the card over and on the back he had written P.S. Will you marry me?. I turned around and he was on one knee with a ring!! We popped a bottle of champagne and celebrated the rest of the night. It could not have been more perfect!

Stefanie & Mike @ Wilmington Flower Market ~ Delaware Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

We had so much fun with Stefanie and Mike. What a great idea to go to the Wilmington Flower Market! So many colors and fun backgrounds. These two really know how to have fun. We love lifestyle sessions so much.
Have a new, creative idea that shows your personalities and incorporates your interest? Share! We want to make sure your session is unique and fun :)
We are looking forward to documenting their big day in November.

jana

LovelyGirls - Love this... I just love capturing all of the amazing things that Wilmington has to offer!

Kaitlin & Mike “and Puz” @ Old New Castle ~ Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Sharing another creative engagement session. Kaitlin is the third sister whose wedding we will be photographing. You can imagine how excited we were when she called to share the news of her engagement with us. We immediately started to work on a concept for her and Mike’s getting to know you session. They both like Old City Philadelphia but we were all a little hesitant to bring Puz into all the busyness. Old New Castle in DE did not disappoint. Brick buildings, riverfront, cobblestones and nice quiet environment.
Kaitlin had some great ideas for balloons and signs. She even recommended a fabulous website I was not familiar with for fun shoes and clothing ~ UrbanOG
I swear if one more couple brings a Bernese Mounting Dog to their session we will need to get one as a mkPhoto mascot. Puz almost stole the show!
We are looking forward to documenting Kaitlin & Mike’s wedding in August.

jana & mike

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Rachel (teacher-chef) - I think that we need one of those "All you need is love... and a dog" signs for our house! Love the photos (like always)

Stephanie & Raj @ University of Delaware

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Pre – wedding getting to know you or engagement session are not just about the images. We get to spend time with the couple, getting to know each other – How we work, who we are and our personalities. It is a great opportunity to build trust not just between the couple and the photographers, but also with family members who can admire the resulting images. Trust is one of the mail ingredients in creating images on the wedding day. With trust comes familiarity. Both bride and groom can much more readily “ignore” the camera during special moments and be in love on their wedding day. Posing and moments come naturally when relaxed.

We also try to incorporate the couple’s interest and history when scheduling the session to make it more interesting and unique for all of us. So bring your ideas, we are happy to listen and implement them!

Steph and Raj met each other as friends at the University of Delaware and wanted to remember their lives there and visit familiar places. We never realized what beautiful backdrops and fun shops the campus offered. What a fun shoot we had. Even better Steph and Raj are getting married in the fall at Grounds for Sculptures. We can’t wait to be there. Let the weather be beautiful and the leaves colorful!

jana

Liz & Manny @ Ballroom at the Ben ~ Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Flowers ~ Petals Lane
Makeup ~ Cheekadee
Reception, Lighting and Catering ~ Ballroom @ The Ben
Entertainment ~ CTO Park Central
Event Planner ~ Truly You Events
Hair ~ Jason Matthew Salon
Stationary ~ Invitations by Design
Bride’s Dress ~ Lazaro
Bridesmaid’s Dresses ~ Jlm Couture

Reconnect Thursdays: With so much work always to be done, it seems the blog gets lost in the shuffle, so I’ve decided to make a point of posting some wonderful weddings from last year that have not been forgotten!

It was wonderful documenting Liz and Manny’s special day! Thank you to all the great vendors.

From the bride:
Our love story began in 2006, when we met while working. The sparks began to fly during after work get togethers, as we found ourselves spending most of those nights chatting one on one. I had never dated at work before, and was very new at the job, so we took the beginning stages of our relationship slow as we get to know each other. Manny was patient and very persistent, and took to sending me flowers both at work and at home! Needless to say, it was not long before our friendship blossomed into the beautiful, exclusive relationship.

The next three years flew by as we explored and enjoyed our mutual loves: family, friends, professional sports, great food and travel. Along the way, we saw each other through new career opportunities, selling one house, buying another, dating long distance for a while and finishing a master’s degree. The changes were tough up at times, but brought us closer together in the end. In May of 2010, Manny popped the question after a family barbecue at his parents’ home.

Planning our wedding was a wonderful process and we couldn’t have done it without the help of Truly You Events. Chrissy helped us to identify our priorities and wedding style very early on. For me, it was important to create a romantic feeling for the reception, while incorporating my love of the color purple, fine dining, candlelight and the beautiful colors of the fall season. Manny’s Greek heritage was a top priority in planning, and also his love of red roses, and great music. Both of us fell in love with the Ballroom at the Ben immediately, with its Grecian pillars, ambient lighting, dramatic chandeliers and huge dance floor. It was the perfect setting for our big fat Greek wedding, and it just so happened to be within walking distance from the Church!

From there, Chrissy helped us to pull together our wedding vendors in no time and we couldn’t be happier with the services each provided. From the “Glam Squad” who made everyone look gorgeous, the friendly trolley drivers, the florals we are still hearing about today, to the breathtaking work of MKphoto that we will never stop loving, our wedding team was truly exceeded our expectations. Being at our reception and dancing the night away felt like a dream come true. It was the best night of our lives, and the perfect way to start our new life as husband and wife. We are forever grateful to everyone who helped to make the day so perfect!

Mother’s Day Minisessions

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

We had a great time working with all of you who joined us for our Mother’s Day Mini Sessions. We love seeing all of your children grow.

Jana

Amanda’s Bat Mitzvah Celebration @Roxxy ~ Philadelphia Mitzvah Photographer

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Reception ~ Roxxy
Entertainment ~ BMP Entertainment
Caterers ~ Infinity Caterers
Event Planner ~ Z Event Group

It was an absolute delight working with Amanda and her family. What a creative and unique celebration!
Thank you everyone on Amanda’s team who made the party a success.

jana & mike

Maddie & Jude @ Brandywine Battlefield ~ Pennsylvania Portrait Photographer

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Perfect weather, perfect location and the cutest twins = an amazing session.
I had the best time playing with Jude and Maddie and capturing their personalities in the process.

jana

Christiane - Jana & Mike, I don't know who these little people are, but your photos just almost made me cry! So sweet & innocent. You two are amazing. These kids will look back in 20, 30, 50 years and love these photos. :)

Emily & Jake @ Lakeview Center ~ Michigan Wedding Photographer

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Reception ~ Lakeview Center
Portraits ~ Dewitt Riverside Park
Cupcake/Cake ~ Nom Nom Cupcakes
Caterer ~ Mortons Catering

Sharing a beautiful wedding from last October. We loved working with Emily and Jake on there fall wedding in Michigan. Love all the rich colors and rustic/home-made details. A Special thanks to everyone who helped make their day great.

Jana

Just a little something from the Bride:
Jake and I met through mutual friends at a bonfire. I was reluctant to go to the bonfire, but I got convinced. His friends kept telling me we were perfect for each other, I really didn’t care. There was not enough chairs at the fire so i decided I would back my truck up to the fire and sit on the tailgate. Across the back of my truck it said ” I got my daddys money, and mommas good looks.” Jake immediately saw it and said OMG I have always wanted to meet the girl that drove that truck! I said well here I am. We talked all night, it was love instantly. We started dating a week after, and 3 years later he proposed on christmas day, after we spend the morning with both of our families. We had gotten home to relax, when he said there is another gift under the tree. I leaned down and said no there isn’t, he said look again. After 5 minutes crawling around under the tree i sat back and found it under a blanket on the quilt rack. A small box. He got down on one knee as i opened it and asked me to be his wife.

The feel of our wedding was laid back, and fun, we are outdoors people, so we knew it had to be outside, rain or shine! The day I had always known, and I had told jake when we got engaged. The day was my fathers birthday October 23. My father passed away, and this was my way of knowing he would be there, and a way to celebrate not only us but him on a special day. I am a very hands on person, I love crafts, I made many different elements of the wedding from the centerpieces to the cupcake table stands. My awesome neighbor from the cabin made an arbor for us made out of birch trees with mason jars hanging from it! Our wedding day was so much fun for both of us, meeting before the wedding made the day extra special we spent time together before all the craziness began, I would recommend this to every bride and groom.

Jordan @ Green Valley Country Club ~ Pennsylvania Mitzvah Photographer

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Reception ~ Green Valley Country Club
Video ~ Lafayette Hill Studio
Foral Design ~ JKGFloral
Entertainment ~ All Around Entertainment

We were so lucky to work with Jordan and her family at Green Valley Country Club. Thank you everyone who made her event a huge success.

Jana