Archive for March, 2014

Celebrating Motherhood – Spring 2014 Mini Sessions

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Back By Popular Demand ~ mkPhoto spring mini sessions

– 30 minute mini-session includes on-line hosting and one 8×10 print
– Sessions will be held on:
Sunday May 4th (10-4) and Thursday May 8th (9-7) at our studio.

Cost $195 plus tax.

Register on-line and call the studio 610-388-7808 to select a day and time.


Nancy - I did this last year and we LOVED the photos that jana photographed! It was not just posed portraits but she captured the moments I miss with my camera. We are signing up again because I do not want to miss these great young years I am experiencing with my children.

Kristi and Jonathan @Greenville Country Club ~mkPhotography, Delaware Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Blushing pink bridesmaids dresses and unique and thoughtful reception details really tied this effortlessly refined late summer Greenville wedding together. Kristi, one of our most alluring brides of 2013, wore an absolutely enchanting custom-made gown by Italian designer Peter Langner.

From the Bride:
“I was not one of those girls who fantasized about their wedding as a little girl. As a little girl, I fantasized about my future husband and my future children and creating a perfect life. I wanted to become the perfect wife and then the perfect mother, and practiced and took notes from others who I admired as I was growing up. When I met Jonathan, I instantly knew that he was the ‘perfect husband’ for me; he is soft, gentle, kind-hearted and has the same silly sense of humor and zest for life that I feel like I have always had.

That being said, it was a perfect moment when he asked if I would be his wife and share in all of the joys in life that we have always talked about doing together with each other. The moment he proposed was very romantic; it took place in our favorite quaint small town of Saint Michaels, Maryland on our boat. Even after he proposed and we returned home from our vacation, I hadn’t really had a -vision- about our wedding per se; I had faith that things would perfectly fall into place.

When it came time to design all of the details about the wedding I began to think about what elements would capture the two of us and what came to mind was something ‘timeless’ and ‘romantic’. A lover of details, I began scouring the internet for precious, sweet, romantic ones. A soft pink palette was my first decision and from there things began evolving. Once we had decided on our venue, the gorgeous one-of-a-kind Greenville Country Club, the theme really started taking form. The Club’s gorgeous setting in the hills of Greenville gave me the inspiration to have a garden-themed wedding with lots of flowing, natural flowers. I have always loved very feminine details so the blush bow theme was carried throughout. Petals of Greenville took my vision and used their expertise to deliver the most enviable flower display I have ever seen.

At the end of the wedding day the only thing that mattered to me was creating the loving and romantic atmosphere that would grace the start of our new lives together. In following through with that promise Jonathan and I picked everything out together. He will tell you that he got tired of viewing strangers’ weddings on my iPhone, birdcages on Etsy and even escort cards and programs, but it was important to me that he felt included and very much a part of the best and first day of the rest of our lives as man and wife. So, my perfect wedding vision was simple: a theme that was timeless, classic, romantic and enveloped my love for him and our love for each other.

What was the most memorable moment from my wedding day? I don’t know that I could name one. There were many and I will mention them all, as they are equally special and relevant to me.

The first memorable moment for me was when I woke up the day of the wedding. Like most couples, Jonathan and I spent the evening apart from one another. It was more of a tradition than it was something that made sense to both of us but we did it anyway. From the time we had started dating two and a half years prior to that morning we had not spent even one single night away from one another! Thus it was a very memorable feeling the morning of our wedding when I woke up and he was not there. I did not sleep well! I had a pit in my stomach from missing him! I couldn’t eat! Couldn’t imagine never waking up to him. I just had a longing for waking up beside him and whispering in his ear ‘today we get married’. If I had to do it over we would share the night before our wedding together, alone and in private. I don’t recall or share this memory because I was sad, sleep deprived, starving and feeling abandoned. I recall this memory because it strongly reinforced the inseparable love and commitment we have to one another and no better first day to recognize this than the morning of our wedding.

The next most memorable moment, and I think my bridesmaids and groom could probably guess, is the letter that Jonathan sent to my bridal suite. It began with a card that simply read ‘I think you’re pretty neat’. No ‘I love you’, no mention of ‘bride’ anywhere within. I thought that this was quite peculiar- particularly because I made several not-so-subtle hints to Jonathan that I was preparing a story book for him. Another envelope came twenty minutes later delivered to me by his sister. It contained a well-thought-out page-long love note to me! I was very touched.

The next most memorable memory was witnessing the love, joy and pride in my mother’s face as she watched the man she loves escort the little girl she had raised on her own down the aisle to the man of her dreams! What an incredibly sweet moment for her but an even sweeter one for me. Likewise, witnessing my mother-in-law watch her sweet little boy become a husband (the best one at that) was a very joyful moment for her and for me.

Additionally there were the obvious memorable moments such as our first dance, the moment the pastor introduced me as ‘Mrs. White’ and our ride back to the Hotel DuPont in the Rolls Royce!

Every moment of our sweet day I can reminisce on sweetly and vividly but the longing for him at the start of my day, the words in the love letter he wrote to me and the love and pure joy in my mother’s heart were all incredibly special moments for me.

My advice for future brides is ‘do what feels right’ and do so in whatever form that looks like to you.

As you’re planning your dream wedding, remember the most important detail of your day is marrying your soul mate. It truly isn’t the guest list, table numbers, tablecloths or garden roses. Those are all fun details to obsess over but involve your groom and ask for his input, too.

The next most important detail of your day is your dress (ha!). But– seriously! People have often asked me, ‘If you knew what you know now, would you spend what you spent on your dress again?’ The answer is 100 times, ‘YES!’. As you look your new husband in the eye and say ‘I will love and cherish you all the days of my life’, it’s a fabulous feeling to feel like you couldn’t possibly be any more gorgeous as you speak those sweet words. There’s nothing else like it.

Lastly, spend the night before your wedding with your husband.”

Some Details:
Wedding Dress: Peter Langner, custom Italian designer
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew
Bride’s Jewelry: Michael Goldberg, Indulgence Jewelers of Greenville
Bridesmaids Jewelry: Ashley Austin Boutique of Kennett Square, PA
Bridesmaids and Bride’s clutches: Ashley Austin Boutique of Kennett Square, PA
Title/Artist of First Dance: Make You Feel My Love by Adele (adapted from Bob Dylan)
Coordinator: Lovely Girls Events
Venue: Greenville Country Club
Cake: Crown Jewel Cakes
Flowers: Petals Flowers and Gifts
Hair and Makeup: Michael Christopher Salon

You won’t want to miss the Photographer’s Picks slideshow: SEE HERE
Check out Kristi and Jonathan’s beautiful engagement session in Skipjack Cove, MD with us HERE

Jennifer and Tony @Silver Swan Bayside ~ mkPhotography, Annapolis Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Best friends Jennifer and Tony started their life together as man and wife last summer on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in this quintessential romantic beach wedding.

Black bridesmaids dresses and bow ties created timeless images backdropped by nature’s whispering bay side color palette as a late august afternoon surrendered itself to a warm celebratory evening. The sunset threw itself a thousand times over the bay and did again that night inside of each champagne glass, sparkling in cheerful toasts to the new bride and groom!

Some Details:
Venue: Silver Swan Bayside in Stevensville, MD
Cake: Cakes by Rachael of Edgewater, MD
Hair and Makeup: Possibilities Hair Design of Crofton, MD

Lisa and Lindsey of Duette Hair and Makeup ~ mkPhotography, Pennsylvania Lifestyle Photographer

Monday, March 17th, 2014

These are not your typical head shots!
We photographed this lifestyle session with Lisa and Lindsey of Duette Hair and Makeup who are running specials for professional associates.
Contact us if interested!

Christi and Matt @Ritz-Carlton ~ mkPhotography, Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Here’s a classic, chic Center City Philadelphia wedding from over the holidays to show off this morning! We loved Christi’s furry jacket that reminded us of the fuzzy cardigan Kate Middleton wore with her Royal Wedding reception dress. It was just enough to keep the winter chill from resting on the bride’s shoulders without taking over her stunning lace-layered gown.

The details:
Coordinator: Lora McFadden of Hardin, INC
Reception: Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
Flowers: Flowers by Yukie
Hair and Makeup:
Calista Grand Salon

See the Photographer’s Picks Slideshow HERE

Seth’s Pre-Mitzvah Session ~ mkPhotography, Delaware Mitzvah Photographer

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Seth wanted a very BOY portrait session with us. We got action shots of him playing squash and tennis. His favorite color is ORANGE! We photographed his sister’s Mitzvah several years back and are so happy to capture Seth’s milestone celebration, too!
Seth’s Mitzvah was last Saturday — we’ll be posting the photos from it here on the blog soon!

Annie @Jasna Polana Mansion ~ mkPhotography, Princeton Mitzvah Photographer

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Beautiful Annie in her classic black dress enjoyed her Mitzvah celebration amongst friends and family in Princeton, NJ.
Venue: Jasa Polana Mansion (TPC)
Décor: Beautiful Blooms
Entertainment: Roberts Event Group
See the Photographer’s Picks slideshow HERE

Katelyn and Michael’s Central Park Engagement Session ~ mkPhotography, New York City Engagement Photographer

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Central Park, NYC is the epitome of romance. We stole away to The Big Apple with this adoring couple not too long ago and meander through the classic bridges and archways that were built in NYC’s Central Park during a bygone era while a recent snowfall was still fresh in the trees. Katelyn’s red peacoat, and later, Michael’s red v-neck sweater, added just the right pop of color to make this photo set a stunning one. Their engagement shoot ended where their story began: in the restaurant in Central Park where the couple enjoyed their first date! The two will be married this coming September.

Melissa and Joseph @Hotel DuPont ~ mkPhotography, Delaware Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

From the Bride:
“I met Joe through friends at a local bar on 1/21/12. I saw him a couple of days later out for football Sunday. We talked a lot that day and I friend requested him [on Facebook] that night. We started messaging a TON!!!! I even convinced him to watch reality tv while I was so I could make funny comments. We met out for drinks with some friends and after that we were inseparable.

We had our first date official date on 1/4/13. He took me out to lunch the next day and we realized we liked all the same food. I found out that weekend he is also the most amazing cook!

After that it was a blur of happiness. We were engaged on 3/14/13. He always teased me that he would propose with a purple ring pop (I love candy and the color purple.) Well he had ordered an entire case of them and had them all over the place and he proposed. To be honest I barely remember what he said. I was so excited! He got me earrings and a ring from Indulgence in Greenville. They were custom made and so the day Michael called and said they arrived Joe went to Indulgence and picked them up. He proposed that night. He can’t wait when it comes to presents for me. He gets so excited and has to give them right away.

Our engagement was amazing! We celebrated our engagement on the Eurodam cruise ship and did the Eastern Caribbean (Holland America Line). Everything was simple because we only cared about marrying each other. It would not have mattered where we did it or how it happened.

I don’t mean to sound like a hopeless romantic but he really is the perfect match for me! I have never met someone who can make me feel so amazing and so happy. We finish each other’s sentences! In fact we are the annoyingly happy couple that used to drive me nuts!

We planned a Christmas wedding since we really started to talk that day and we got married on 1/20/13. We wanted to do 1/21/20 which is the day we met but the Hotel DuPont was the venue we wanted so we took the 20th. We did our honeymoon on the same ship as before, Eurodam, and did the western caribbean. What was awesome was our favorite bartender was on the ship and was so excited to see us and remembered us! It ended up happening a lot on the ship and they all remembered our celebrating the engagement! I guess when we are together we are memorable. I hope in a good way :-)

We envisioned a Christmas wedding wonderland. We love Christmas so much and really Christmas day is when our story really started. We still eat popcorn almost every night- he wasn’t just trying to get me to like him by saying he loved it too! I never thought anyone loved it or ate as much of it as I do until I met him. Now most nights it is us and the dogs on the couch with two huge bowls of popcorn :-)

Three unique decor elements we infused into our special day:
1. Our wedding cake was amazing…each tier was a ‘Christmas Present’ decorated to look like wrapping paper. On the top was a Christmas tree and a Santa with a list. On the list was Melissa, Joseph, Cookie and Ralphie (Our dogs). The Groom’s cake was a football with the Ravens symbol and raven on it.
2. I wore blue Uggs for our outside pictures as my ‘something blue’ …Joe ordered them from Nordstroms :-)
3. Our wedding invitations had ‘Marry Christmas’ on the top instead of ‘Merry’….obviously to show it was a Christmas themed wedding. We realized the previous Christmas that we had so much in common. We texted the entire day….I told him I had popcorn for breakfast and to not judge me. I found out it was his absolute favorite food as well. He wore popcorn cufflinks the night of the wedding which were a gift from me. ‘Marry Christmas’ was also on the tags of the place cards which were custom gourmet cookies- one Santa and one tree in a bag with the place card as the ‘gift tag’ with name of guest and table.

My most memorable moment from the Big Day was when we held hands around the corner and then turned the corner of the Hotel DuPont and I saw Joe for the first time. It was the best moment and Jana and Mike got it all in the photos! The other moment was our vows. It was like no one else was there. I loved the touch of having the strings and baby grand have ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ playing as Joe and I left the ceremony. They did a peppy version of it and it was sounded amazing.

table side Caesar salad
entrees- Filet Mignon and crab cake with champagne sauce or chicken encased in crab imperial
dessert- Baked Alaska flambe with coconut ice cream and raspberry sauce

It was an amazing day as the pictures show. I think the best parts were our times outside just him and I get our photos done. We talked and laughed and just enjoyed the day together. Mike and Jana made it a lot of fun.

As far as advice for current and future brides: Enjoy the engagement and don’t get crazy about the details. We were so laid back and relaxed and loved our engagement. We enjoyed it and things went wrong at the wedding and we could not have cared less! It was really just him and I that was the most important.”

Some Details:
Venue: Hotel DuPont
Jewelry: Indulgence Jewelers – Greenville, DE – Michael Goldberg (owner) had the jewelry made in New York
Invitations: Apropos – Greenville, DE
First Dance: The Christmas Waltz- Frank Sinatra

See the Photographer’s Picks slideshow HERE

Sherry’s Portrait Session ~ mkPhotography, Pennsylvania Portrait Photographer

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Sherry came to us and said, “I AM TURNING 50!! I want a glamour session.”
So away to Cabrini College we went to let our cameras capture Sherry in the waning winter sunshine and immortalize her quiet beauty with and for her.