Archive for October, 2012

Chrissy & Mike’s Wedding at PAFA ~ mk Photography

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Coordinator ~ Truly You Events
Reception Venue ~ PAFA-Hamilton Building
Caterer ~ Jimmy Duffy’s
Cake ~ Whipped Bakeshop
Video ~ Rose Tree Films
Flowers ~ Petals Lane
Music ~ The Vibe Tribe

From the Bride:

Mike and I met at Amada restaurant in Philadelphia during a mutual friend’s birthday celebration. The sparks flew that night, and we immediately became a couple. Two short years after the night we met, Mike proposed in a notebook that I had given to him for our first Christmas. During our first two years, we used the notebook to keep in touch when we couldn’t be together. On the wedding day, we used the notebook as our guest sign in book and gifted our guests with Vera Bradley notebooks as favors. Inside each cover, we included a small personalized bookmark that told told the story of our notebook, and encouraged guests to use their notebooks to exchange messages of love with their special someones!
When we became engaged, we knew right away that we wanted to marry at St. Patrick’s Church in Philadelphia and to hold the reception at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Having worked at PAFA for so many years, I felt right at home in the Hamilton Building, with its beautiful architecture, colorful artwork and funky sculptures. It has an unbelievable cocktail hour setup, and a dance space big enough for guests to really party down. Once we had a date and a space, we set out to create a wedding celebration that would reflect our personalities.
While we are both somewhat traditional, we wanted our event to have a bit of unexpected flair, and modernity. I did indulge in one very princess moment by contracting a horse and carriage to transport my Dad and I to the St. Patrick’s, and then Mike and I after Mass. The white horse, named Noodles, and the blue and white carriage were stunningly beautiful. Even as the wind began to gust at 30 mph, Noodles stayed calm and cool as his hair blew around in the wind. After a few shots with the bridal party tucked into a little nook on Rittenhouse Street, we made a game time decision to move on to our plan B location for more photos. We had hoped that our bridal party would be blown away by our event, just not quite so literally! The Masonic Temple of Philadelphia is a space close to my heart, as my family is connected with Free Masonry and I’ve worked several events inside the building. The second floor foyer at the Temple made for a gorgeous and much less challenging backdrop for our posed photos.
When it came to styling our event, the quatrefoil shape was something that really spoke to us. This ancient symbol has found legs in the modern world of design and we love what is represents: hope, love, luck and faith. It was a perfect symbol for our feelings on marrying one another. Our wedding invites, welcome bags, ceremony programs, menu cards, table numbers and other event signage were all adorned with the quatrefoil design created by my friend, and former client, Colleen Steixner.
Our wedding paper set a beautiful tone for the decor that would greet guests as they entered the reception space. The cerise and sapphire color palette really popped off the white walls and hardwood floors at the reception. We were so pleased with the way our wedding team embraced and enhanced our wedding style and we are forever grateful for their creative suggestions and input. From the stylish white vessels for the tall centerpieces, to the chic white platters used to pass the hors d’oeuvres, we were completely floored when we saw everything come together. It was undoubtedly the best night of our lives, and more than we could ever imagined.

Christiane - Mike & Jana, thanks for capturing our day so beautifully! I love how you made the posed shots seem alive, and the balance between posed and candid photos. It was the perfect mix. We could not be happier with the photos. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!

Ann & Aramus’s Wedding

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Caterer ~ Pig Out
Hair/Makeup Joseph Anthony
Flowers ~ Media Florist
Bride’s Dress ~ David’s Bridal

Ann and Aramus had known each other for years and dated in college, but fate kept them apart for awhile. Ann was a reader in Aramus’s sister’s wedding eight years ago. Finally, all the stars aligned and they found each other again on Facebook and picked up where they left off so many years ago.
Their intimate family wedding was an absolute pleasure to document. It took place on the family’s farm with an authentic rustic farmhouse set atop a lush green hill overlooking a gorgeous pond and gazebo where the ceremony took place. Guests sat on hay bales while watching the relaxed and happy couple repeat their vows. The Quaker ceremony was officiated by the groom’s father and the bride’s adorable son acted as ring bearer. Speaking of the relaxed nature of the couple, they were not even fazed when the ring went missing and a stand in ring was offered by a family member, but not until all the guests scoured the ground for the lost ring. The ring turned up immediately after the ceremony, hidden close to the bride and groom the entire time!
Guests enjoyed the delicious barbecue catered by Pig Out and homemade dishes of the family. All ate heartily and happily while little kids played in sandboxes and ran wild over the estate.
History came alive at this wedding with many genuine civil war era items. The cake was cut with a sword from 1841 and the newly married couple fired a civil war cannon from 1843 that shoots a 6-pound ball up to a mile! It wasn’t long after dinner that the muskets were brought out and fired. From the beautiful garden courtyard to the rustic farmhouse, one truly felt as if the wedding were thrown back in time.

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Kasey & Ryan @ Greenville Country Club ~ MKPhotography ~ Delaware Wedding Photographer

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Reception ~ Greenville Country Club
Cake ~ Liz Marten
Flowers ~ Way’s Florist
Bride’s Dress ~ Irini’s Originials
Bride’s Shoes ~ Benjamin Adams
Videographer ~ Brock Pemberton

In the bride’s words….

How we met…
It was the summer of 2008. Unknown to Kasey, Ryan was working that summer as a summer associate at her father’s law firm in Delaware. Just weeks before Ryan was set to return to NYU School of Law, he attended an end-of-the-summer party for the law firm held at Kasey’s parent’s house. Upon arriving, Ryan noticed Kasey but he was hesitant to approach her knowing that her father was a partner at the law firm Ryan was working for that summer. However, Ryan threw caution to the wind and after taking the entire evening to build up the courage to approach her, he introduced himself to Kasey. Ryan and Kasey started talking that evening and have been together ever since.

Over the next couple of years, while Ryan finished law school in New York, Kasey and Ryan would often travel between Delaware and New York by train to see each other. After Ryan graduated from NYU, he accepted a job as an associate at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. and Kasey accepted a position as a first grade teacher at St. Veronica Catholic School in Chantilly, VA. It was there, in D.C., that Kasey and Ryan would begin their lives together after Ryan’s proposal on December 4, 2010.

How we got engaged…
Over the weekend of December 3, 2010, Ryan and Kasey traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit friends and enjoy a weekend in the city together. D.C. held a special place in their relationship because it was there that Ryan asked Kasey to be his girlfriend. On Saturday, December 4tth, Ryan proposed to Kasey in a park along the Capital Mall. Kasey eagerly accepted! After the proposal, as Ryan and Kasey walked along the Potomac River to return to the hotel, they met the legendary Paul McCartney, who congratulated them on their engagement. Although meeting this musical legend wasn’t in Ryan’s plan, he did have another surprise for Kasey. What she thought was a special dinner between the two of them at one of their favorite downtown restaurants to celebrate the day, turned out to be a dinner with both of their families! Ryan had arranged for Kasey’s parents and his parents to meet them at the restaurant that night to celebrate. Kasey, Ryan and their parents enjoyed a great night of joy and happiness together!

Why Greenville?…

Because both of us were born and raised in Delaware, we wanted to choose a reception area that represented this fact. After we first visited the Greenville Country Club, a former DuPont mansion, we knew that we wanted to celebrate our special day there. We fell in love with the views, the outdoor patio, the atmosphere, and the history of the location. It was a perfect day in a perfect place.