Archive for September, 2013

Allison and Danny’s Engagement Portrait Session ~ mkPhotography, Delaware Wedding Photographer

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Allison, a post doctoral researcher, and Danny, a physical therapist, met in grad school at the University of Delaware. Allison was a Teacher’s Assistant for one of Danny’s physical therapy classes and after the semester was over they went to Mikimoto’s in Wilmington and talked for 4 hours straight!

Danny is an enormous Phillies fan – his “favorite place to be” is Citizen’s Bank Park. (Allison’s mother crocheted the Phillie’s logo belt Danny wore in the portraits below!) He took Allison down to Tampa in February “for a little warmth and to see Phillies pre-season” at a game during the team’s Spring Training camp. Danny proposed to Allison along the Tampa Bay during a walk together.

This being an outdoorsy couple some of their favorite times have been all of the hikes they’ve been on together. Allison and Danny love exploring new parks and trails! The two will wed next March at Winterthur in a tree-themed ceremony and reception.

Hannah and Joe’s Countrified Farm Wedding ~ mkPhotography, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Being asked to document a wedding for the family of one of my favorite colleagues is a true honor. When Sarah DiCicco approached me to capture the wedding of her sister Hannah and her brother in law to be Joe and mentioned there were real cowboys, horses, chandeliers, branded steaks involved, I just could not refuse. Not to mention mike and I have become close with Sarah and Tony and their loving family over the years. The design, planning and execution of the actual wedding day could not have been any more perfect. Thank you everyone involved for being a part of it :)
Another thank you goes to Sarah to putting together a photography team that she had a huge faith in. I loved Working with Svetlana and Elena of Svetlana Photography. Our styles are so different, yet compliment each other beautifully. I see our cooperation as a start of a great friendship.
Enough said, enjoy the images and the beautiful love story.


Joe is an actual real-life cowboy and a farrier and Hannah is a singer songwriter. Their romance is like something straight from a love song, and the wedding day itself reflected exactly that!

The party road as cowboys into their cocktail hour. At the reception, Joe presented his new bride with a brand new guitar as his gift to her, not knowing that her gift to him was a song that she had written! She took her new guitar and sang her gift to him.

The couple created a playlist of love songs together that they burned to disk as included as a part of their guests’ favors and Hannah slipped the song she wrote, sang, and recorded for Joe into the mix as the very first track on the c.d.

The Details:
Location: Huffs Church & Private Family Farm
Wedding Designer: Kimberly Fink of Styled Creative
Lighting: Eventions Productions (Brian Toner)
Bridesmaid Dresses: bhldn for Anthropologie
Videography: Lucky Productions Cinematography
Heart of Sound Entertainment Music Services
Make-up: The Bridal Hair Boutique
Musicians: Cocktail Hour- The Wallace Brothers Band, Reception- LA Williams, Lauren Haymore, Phil Pilorz, Lucas Mitsch
Horse-drawn Wagon Ride: Phillips Clydesdales and Shire
Cake: The Well Dressed Cake
Jewelry: Sorrelli Jewelry
Programs: Cicoria Advertising
Florist: Jackie and Daughter Flower Shop
Caterer: Cathy’s Creative Catering
Invitations: My Big Day Designs
Engagement Ring, Rental of Antique Chandelier: The Antique Store in Wayne, Pa
Sparklers: Sparklers R Us
The Branding Irons for Steaks was a gift.
Harvest Tables, Linens, vintage rentals: My Sisters Tables The sister and brother-in-law of the Bride made everything for the wedding and are going to be launching a vintage rental company soon!
The Vintage Blue Truck: Sister of the Bride drove by it one day and stopping in to see if it’s owner would mind renting it to the family for the wedding & he decided to swing over for a couple of hours at no charge.
The Vintage Green Truck & Tractor: Owned by family
Hardwood Floor: Custom built by Groom with supplies from family’s Sawmill Company, Solts Sawmill of Mertztown, PA
Portable Bathrooms: Johnny on the Spot

Take a look at this must see video by Lucky Productions HERE

In high school Joe used to work at my Pappy’s sawmill and only one time I saw his pick-up truck drive off while I was cleaning windows at my Pappy’s house. I wondered who that guy was and wished I got a better look. Didn’t know it was Joe until we met and put the pieces together. Now, 3 months ago Joe sold that truck and I regret not taking pictures.
Basically, we fell in love new years eve 2006 into 2007. Joe previously got out of the Marine Corp and left California to move back to Pa in 2006, just in time to start rodeoing again and meet me before I left for Nashville Tn in 2007. The first time Joe came out to a gig at Pikeville I could hardly talk right when Joe’s sister Kellie introduced me to her brother. He was the handsome cowboy that was standing in the darkened corner looking very confident but humble and reserved and so gorgeous. I really gave forth effort to not stare at him. It was actually very distracting for me. It was the first time that anyone ever caught my eye like that. It turns out that same night, Joe turned to his Aunt Steph and said, “I’m going to marry that girl, she just doesn’t know it yet”. I think A. Steph said “ok Joe but maybe wait to tell her that “. Next time Joe came out to a Shorty’s bar gig and at the end of the night as I was wrapping chords and looking down, his boots appeared near mine and a warm western accent said “so when you gonna let me take you out to dinner?” I had to sadly say “sorry but I can’t, tell your grandparents I said hi though”. You know, Joe went home and said to his roommate “she didn’t say no!”. He already knew how to read me then.
Joe came to several gigs after that and always offered to help me pack up equipment, which I accepted with blushing cheeks. Then for new years my dad suggested playing music for the Phillips (joe’s grandparents), which was a first for me. I did not know his grandparents that well at that time but my dad played one of his first gigs at their farm years ago. So new years eve day 2006, Joe’s aunt Steph and U. Tim stopped in to hear the music for a bit and said that Joe was rushing back from the farm show to try and catch us. I was totally not expecting to see him and suddenly felt mortified. Dad and I were playing our last irish song “sir Englemore” and at the end there was Joe leaning in the doorway with a big smile. After inviting him out, Joe came out that evening to my new years eve gig, paid the expensive cover and sat alone just to hopefully talk with me. I went straight over and sat with him during every break and he talked my ear off from being so nervous. Which is not the norm if you know Joe. Then the “smooth Joe” quickly came out of him when he twirled me onto the dance floor for the very first time. Weeks later Joe came back out and later walked me to my car. I shocked him by saying “so, if you are planning on calling me you are going to need me number”. Joe fumbled with his phone and almost dropped it while trying to pull it out of his pocket.
The first time we hung out Joe invited me back to his house with friends and ended up slurring his words and having to resort to “spurring” me and pulling me in with his heels. What a cowboy! Joe then said enthusiastically, “Hannah Miller is in my house” with a huge smile. Turns out Joe remembered me in high school and said he once stood in the hallway and watched me walk down the hall in my black leather pants. I still can’t believe I even wore leather pants but I did and the right guy notice but never said a word to me until years later when the timing was right. Joe was a year behind me and we never met then. Actually we may have met when we were less than 5 years old when his aunt Steph used to babysit my sisters and I where Joe and I may have made candles together at his grandparents farm. His aunts remember better than we do, which is really fun. Later by the 3rd date I unfortunately had a lot to drink and did the number one “no, no” on how to pick up a guy. I was celebrating a friends birthday on a wine tour and by the end of the night Joe picked me up and took me to his house. I was laying down so he not only took my shoes off but also put new cowgirl boots on my feet that he had surprised me with. (3rd date!) As he was focusing on my feet, I was just in awe while watching him and the words came out, “Joe, if you’d ask me to marry you, I’d say YES!). If you know Joe, you can probably picture what is face looked like. It really is amazing he stayed. He thought he’d let me sleep that one off but lucky for us both, I have excellent insight and he has excellent patience with me.
Well I just want to start out saying how lucky I am and how amazing Hannah is. There is so many times and places that we crossed paths so unaware and never spoke until about 5 yrs ago. I believe it was better that way because we both just knew it couldnt get any better than this when it finally did happen.
I remember making candles with her sisters at my grandparents and watching them gettin chased by the geese. We also went to high school together but I was a year behind and hannah was much more popular. I mean she was the homecomeing queen, junior miss, played sports, was captain, did band, chorus, and everything else she did outside school. With this said we didnt talk at all in high school haha. I almost did once although she doesnt remember. We passed in the hall and Hannah was wearing these leather pants. I swear i must have did the creeper stare, couldnt talk or anything just stared, I was that guy.
Years passed and when i came back home from CA where i was stationed in the USMC, I saw her again. My sister took me out to see her play and was just floored in how much i enjoyed not only her music but just looking at her. I knew I needed her in my life and Im real happy about that. I was apprenticing my uncle Tim shoeing horses about this time and I remember one day discusing Hannah and the situation, he said “shes a fox” I couldnt have agreed more. After missing a couple gigs because of rodeos a month or so passed and I finally got her number. You know its going to be good when you remember your first kiss, first dance, what song, first evrything even after all the concusions. Im real excited for the rest of our lives together and all the memories to come. She’s my best bud..

So good to hear from you and we always hope to see you soon! Let me know if you need me to do anything with the story and if you need me to shorten it so it is easier to pull something from . Thank you and ttys! Have a wonderful week!

Baby Enzo! mkPhotography ~ Pennsylvania Family Photographer

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

One of our favorite sweet little faces! Here is Enzo’s 9 month session with us last month.

The Tisdels – mkPhotography ~ Pennsylvania Family Photographer

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Jana has been photographing these brothers since they were newborns! The two little hams — Love to see them getting bigger and forming their individual personalities!

Rachel and Rich @Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm ~ mkPhotography, Stroudsburg Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

From the Bride:
“Rich and I met Online. In my profile, I described the qualities of a Perfect Guy being similar to those of a Perfect Dog (loyal, friendly, likes to go on long hikes but is happy to snuggle on the couch doing nothing, eats whatever you feed them). Rich sent me a message first saying how he was like a dog and possessed those qualities. We met for coffee (he was sick of paying to take girls out to a full dinner and never hearing from them again). After meeting we realized we had so much in common and we really hit it off.

Fast Forward more than 2 years and Rich set up the perfect proposal! I was very involved with my High School Theatre growing up and am still very close with my former directors, including doing things like taking photos of their productions every year. Rich planned with them to have me called up on stage at the end of the 2012 Production of Oklahoma to thank me for all that I have done. Rich then appeared on stage with flowers. At that point he got down on one knee and proposed – after I shook my head yes, the orchestra started playing the love song from Oklahoma and the curtain closed (on us AND on us just being boyfriend & girlfriend). (See the YouTube video of the proposal HERE!)

I am not only a little bit of a control freak, but I am also quite crafty and love to make things myself. Rich says that he thinks I looked at the wedding as a way to show off all of the cool things I could make & do! We planned every little detail of the wedding ourselves (having a background in shooting weddings as photographers ourselves, we thought it would be easier than it was). Although planning the wedding and sorting through every little detail (including making sure we had enough silverware and arranging every flower) was quite stressful and time consuming, I would not have changed it in any way. I loved making everything on my own.”

Jewelry: The Bride’s Grandfather used to Own a Lace-Making Factory when her father was growing up. Her Grandmother was a Home Economics Teacher and a very talented seamstress – so she made the Bride’s Mom’s Dress from Lace my Grandfather had made. She wanted to be able to incorporate her mother’s dress in a very special way once she realized she didn’t want to wear it as her wedding gown. Rachel was able to cut the sleeves off of her dress and use that to have a local friend/business (AlohaMomCreations) turn her Mother’s Dress into her necklace and earrings! In addition to wearing heirloom necklace & earrings – her pearl bracelet was a present from her mother’s father (who recently passed away) to her mother, so Rachel borrowed that. The crown in a heirloom piece which was given to her Grandmother by her Great-Grand-Parents and has been worn by everyone in her family! .Additionally – the veil that Rachel wore on her wedding was her mother’s veil (made with lace from her Grandfather’s factory as well)

The Lavander farm: Since Rachel and Rich were getting married outside on a farm – she wanted Rustic, beautiful, relaxed & long-lasting flowers. Lavender fits that bill, in addition to it being a natural bug repellant! Her Flower Girl and their mothers went on a day-trip to Carousel Farms in Bucks County to purchase lavender fresh from the fields. It was absolutely beautiful and with the help of all of her Bridesmaids, they were able to make their bouquets (each girl make their own) and use lavender throughout the whole event – it looked and smelled perfect, exactly how Rachel imagined!

About the crown: When Rachel father’s Parents got married, her Great-Grandparents rented a heirloom crown from a second-hand store in Sweden for her Grandmother to use. Her grandmother thought it was a gift (not realizing it was a rental) and thanked them very much – they did not have the heart to tell her it was just a rental, so used their savings to pay for this gift (which her grandmother only found out about years later). After her Grandmother wore it in her wedding, she held onto it. Rachel’s mom and both of her aunts have worn the crown. From the time Rachel was little, she always knew she would wear it on her wedding day as well – so when she picked a dress (and a hairstyle) she picked something that would go with the crown.

Says Rachel:
DIY Projects:
Centerpieces – We collected & stripped almost 50 wine bottles to use as our Centerpieces. The flowers were purchased through a florist and the bridesmaids and I arranged them all the day before the wedding. For the Table Numbers. I purchased the wooden hearts/numbers and then we drilled holes to attach the strings.
Program Fans – Designed with all the details of our day, those closest to us, and some history (designed by us)
CornHole Set – My dad built the cornhole sets and then it was a big group effort between Rich & I and my parents to paint and finish the boards, painting our monograms took many evenings which was all worth it for the game boards we now have for life!
Flowers – all done by us!
Rosemary Olive Oil favors/place cards – made/bottled by us
Ring Bearer Box & Flower Girl Basket – decorated/designed by us
Hangers for Girl’s Dresses – made by Rachel
Stamped Napkins with our Monogram & Tied Napkins
Cake Stand (Rich made from trees cut down from our house) & the Cake was made & decorated by a friend/co-worker of mine. We LOVE cake & the cake was the first decision we made – we knew we wanted a Chocolate Cake with a Cookie Dough filling & the Brown Sugar Buttercream just came as a natural fit with those flavors!
…. too many other things to think of – I had my hand in every single detail of the wedding and it came out exactly as I pictured it. There was not a detail of our wedding that I would have changed & we are thrilled to be able to look at how each detail was captured!

Suggestions that I would have for other brides are don’t skimp when it comes to photography – the pictures are the one way you are really going to be able to remember all of the other details! Also, remember that this is your and your future husband’s day – the two of you need to make decisions together and focus on what you (not those around you) really want. Have fun – you are only going to do this once (hopefully) so do it right! Sign up for Pinterest and sort through ideas, throwing out things and making them your own.

The details:
Cake: friend of the family
Invitations: by the Maid of Honor
Venue: Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff, style #155 in Victorian Lilac
Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles
Bride’s Gown: Mori Lee, style #4164
Flowers: wild-picked lavender from Carousel Farms
Bride’s Bouquet: Millers Flowers by Kate
DJ: Diamond Event Entertainment
Caterer: Gala Gourmet Catering

See the Photographer’s Picks Slideshow HERE

Ben’s Bar Mitzvah ~ mkPhotography, Delaware Mitzvah Photographer

Monday, September 16th, 2013

It’s Mitzvah Monday today; here is Ben’s big day from May!

Venue: Hotel DuPont
Videography: AOV Productions
Florist: Petals
Music: EBE / Dreamtime

See Ben’s Pre-Mitzvah Portrait Session with us HERE

Fun Friday with Becca & Tony!

Friday, September 13th, 2013

This is for you, Becca! xoJ

Another personal project of Jana’s with a friend. This is Becca and her young horse, Tony. He is an OTTB (Off-the-track Thoroughbred) Rescue.

From all of us at mkPhoto, have a wonderful weekend!

Join mkPhotography at The Bellevue Gets Engaged! Sunday, September 29th 12-4pm in Philadelphia

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

mkPhotography is THRILLED to announce our participation in this year’s event: THE BELLEVUE GETS ENGAGED!

This is a truly all-inclusive wedding event experience for the most fashionable bride and groom-to-be! It’s returning to Hyatt at The Bellevue on Sunday, September 29th from Noon-4pm! Attendees will enjoy creative cocktails, bubbly champagne, decedent cakes, and delicious hors d’ouevres, while mingling with the area’s leading wedding innovators.

The event will showcase a high-energy fashion show featuring the 2013-2014 Nicole Miller Bridal, Bridesmaid, Mother-of-the-Bride and Groom Collection, Allure Films by Video One Productions, Bliss Restaurant, Bredenbeck’s Bakery, Casa Papel, Classic Cake Co., Jewish Exponent, The Knot, Philadelphia Wedding Magazine, Polo Ralph Lauren, Starbucks, Sweet Elizabeth’s Cakes, Tavern on Broad, Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, TIFFANY & CO., Williams-Sonoma, AND MORE! Guests will receive a fabulous goody bag!

Exciting highlight video from last year’s show:

Tickets are limited. Click HERE to reserve yours today!

Meghan and Ian @ Greenville Country Club ~ mkPhoto – Delaware Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

From the Bride: “Ian and I met through my brother Hunter. Ian and Hunter were in the marine Corps together and I met Ian when my mom took my brother and a few other Marine Corps buddies to dinner jut before they deployed. Ian was at that dinner! We dated on and off for several years before we finally got it together and got serious. Ian really stepped up when my father passed away. And we have been together ever since. After my father’s death I moved out to North Dakota to be with Ian.

Having our wedding at Greenville was very personal for me. My family have been members there since I was just a little child and I always wanted to get married in the Boxwood Garden. Greenville just has so many happy memories for me (especially memories of my father)

My two dogs were included in our wedding photos which was great. They are our babies and we brought them all the way from ND just to have them in the pictures and it was totally worth it! One of my favorite photos was with the dogs!”

The details:
Flowers: Sweet Pea of Jennersville
Venue: Greenville Country Club
Music: Signature DJ, Wilmington Strings
Hair: Shareef Zaki of Greenville
Makeup: Houppette

See the Photographer’s Picks HERE

Cole’s Bar Mitzvah ~ mkPhotography, Philadelphia Mitzvah Photographer

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Cole’s colorful, energetic, hip hop themed Bar Mitzvah kept us on our feet all night!
The Details:
Venue: VIE / Cescaphe
Music: EBE
Flowers: Beautiful Blooms

See Cole’s Pre-Mitzvah Portrait Session with us HERE

Cescaphe Event Group - What a fun night! Vie has never seen such a great transformation! Thanks for posting these colorful photos!