Archive for July, 2014

Ashley and Craig’s Engagement Portraits ~ mkPhotography, Pennsylvania Engagement Photographer

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Ashley and mkPhoto’s Tara have been best friends since high school! We photographed this rustic and romantic engagement portrait session at picturesque Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery in Longwood, PA. That last image is just too sweet!

Ashley and fiancé Craig will marry this September in Michigan.

Elissa and Connor @Greenville Country Club ~ mkPhotography, Delaware Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

The Dress
From the Bride:
“I wore a vintage wedding dress that my great-great-aunt Margaret Costello made in 1906. She was an apprentice for a Parisian designer in Philadelphia, and she imported the lace from France and sewed it together herself. The dress was passed down through the family – I was the fifth person to be married in it! When the dress was originally sewn, it had long sleeves and a large collar around the neck. By the time my mom wore it, the sleeves had been shortened and she added a piece of ribbon around the waist.

For my alterations we took the dress to Debbie Wells at Sewly Yours Bridal in Burlington, Vermont. She took the sleeves and high collar off the dress, refashioned a dainty lace neckline, and added some vintage buttons up the back of the dress. I decided to add a sage colored silk sash with a big bow in the back, put white flowers in my hair and wore dark brown Frye boots.

I was unbelievably comfortable the whole day and it was incredible to know that the dress had so much family history and that so much love had been celebrated in it!”

Some Special Wedding Details:
“I knew the wedding would be perfect as long as the weather was nice, since we were married in a garden. We had a huge thunderstorm the night before, but it cleared up and we had a beautiful, sunny day with fluffy white clouds in the sky.
Our table numbers were maps of places Connor and I have travelled to or lived in together – like Crested Butte, CO (where we lived during summers in college); Burgundy, France (where we went on a cycling/wine drinking tour); and Philadelphia, PA (where we bought our first home). The flowers were set into vintage family silver pieces. It was fun to see my grandmother’s cocktail shaker on one table and Connor’s grandmother’s tea set on another. It reminded us that the wedding wasn’t only about us, it was also the joining of two wonderful families together.

We had a display set up on the piano with pictures of everyone who had worn the dress before me – my great-great-aunt Margaret, my great-aunt Sissie, my aunt Trish, my mom and a picture of me too. My mom also had a small book made detailing the history of the dress that our guests could read. It was pretty amazing that the dress has survived so long so we wanted to highlight that.

Most Memorable Wedding Moment:
“The most memorable moment from my wedding day was probably the exchange of rings. The jeweler had recommended that we size the rings up to be sure they would slide on easily the day of the wedding, but I wanted it to fit snugly (I have a tendency to lose rings easily). When Connor went to put the ring on me, I could see in his eyes he was afraid it wouldn’t fit – but it went on fine, and he gave a Tiger Woods-esque celebratory gesture with a loud ‘Yes!’ Everybody laughed, and it brought lightheartedness to the whole ceremony.

The most fun part of the day, though, was cutting the cake. We had a traditional French wedding cake called a croquembouche, which is basically a bunch of profiteroles dipped in caramel and stacked into a tower. It is a tradition to cut the top of the cake off with a sword, and we hadn’t practiced at all. We totally whiffed the first time, so we overcompensated for the second swing… and about twenty profiteroles ended up on the floor! It was hilarious and strangely satisfying to chop the cake into pieces with a sword.”

Advice to Future Brides:
“Try to involve your husband-to-be with as little detail as possible. He may care whether the wedding is in Delaware and not in Colorado, but I promise you he does not care whether the table linens are white or ivory! Also, you have so many of those little details to decide on that you shouldn’t obsess over them. Just make a decision and go with it – all eyes will be on you anyway, and not on the white table linens.”

Some details:
Venue: Greenville Country Club
Florist: Sweet Peas of Jennersville
Music: CTO’s 5th Avenue
Hair and Makeup: Salon 828
First Dance: “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel

See more images in the Photographer’s Picks slideshow!

Rachel and Jon’s Engagement Session ~mkPhotography, New Jersey Shore Engagement Photographer

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Rachel and Jon twisted our arms and had us spend the day with them in Longport and Margate at the Jersey Shore! We took some time with them on their family sail boat and for a few poses with Lucy the Elephant, a classic Shore landmark. The sun was just right! Rachel and Jon will marry on the Main Line this coming fall.

a few Scenes from a long weekend in Martha’s Vineyard

Friday, July 25th, 2014

For a fun Friday post we decided to share a smattering of moments from some recent downtime we took in order to recharge and reconnect with family and friends. Few things are more restorative than ocean spray, salty air, craggy boats, children’s laughter, the crackle and heat of a bonfire in the dark of a crisp New England summer night, and relaxing into a couple of days away from the whirring computers waiting back in mkPhoto’s busy office! We hope you enjoy similar summery weeks and weekends this season!

Kathleen and Peter @Dilworthtown Inn ~ mkPhotography, Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

It was an intimate and very special afternoon in May at southern Chester County’s historic Dilworthtown Inn. The gazes that fell over this bride from her groom were quiet yet at the same time spoke volumes! Kathleen was glowing amidst a small gathering of close friends and family. The two had a very lovely, special cake made and brought up from Wilmington’s Hotel du Pont. There were embraces, toasts; a tender afternoon radiated golden with matrimony and love and won’t soon be forgotten.

Some Details:
Venue: Dilworthtown Inn
Cake: Hotel du Pont
Flowers: Breger Flowers

See the Photographer’s Picks Slideshow HERE

Julia’s Pre-Mitzvah Session ~ mkPhotography, Main Line Mitzvah Photographer

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Beautiful Julia and her adorable furry friends came down from the Main Line to have this colorful, stylish and fun pre-Mitzvah portrait session with us recently in Kennett Square. Banjo is the red Labradoodle and Chloe is the white Havenese!
We can’t wait to capture the celebration at her Mitzvah this fall!

Bridget and Brian @Sheraton Society Hill ~ mkPhotography, Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

From the Bride:
“Brian and I met at Goals Fit boot camp in Manayunk in 2012. Dripping in sweat, no makeup and hair in a ponytail wasn’t exactly how I envisioned meeting my future husband! Despite that, there was an instant connection between us which quickly blossomed into a romance once we were able to dress up and go out on a few dates.”

“On Saturday mornings Brian and I can usually be found running along Kelly Drive. During one of our Fall morning runs in 2013, Brian suggested we head out West River Drive instead. About a mile in, Brian told me he had to stop and tie his shoe. We happened to be right across the river from Boat House Row which is one of our favorite places in the city!

There he got down on one knee, pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him! We were so excited and full of energy that we actually kept running and did the full 8.5 mile loop!

We figured it was too early to start calling people so we held off and kept running. It was fun to hear all the details and sneaking around he had been doing to plan the engagement! He told me he wanted to incorporate working out into the proposal since that is how we first met. It was perfect!”

“We knew we wanted a short engagement and we were lucky to find a great location that was available Memorial Day weekend – seven months from when we got engaged! We both loved center city Philadelphia and the idea of having the church and reception right around the corner from each other. We got married at Old St. Mary’s Church and our reception was at the Sheraton Society Hill, whose ballroom and entire hotel were recently renovated with a modern feel. The other thing that really appealed to us was the outdoor patio for the cocktail reception – a real unique feature for a center city location.”

“I knew I definitely did not want a strapless wedding dress. My mother and I always agreed that it was not attractive to see a bride pulling up her dress on her wedding day. I saw the picture of my dress on the Jim Hjelm website and called every store until I found it! Once I tried it on, we knew it was the perfect dress for me – the jeweled neckline, open back and fit and flare shape were everything I envisioned! My mother wore a halter style lace dress for her wedding, so it was special when she said it reminded her of her own dress. The bridesmaid dresses were by Noir by Lazaro. I loved that the Alencon lace on their dress matched my dress.”

“Brian and I had decided to take dance lessons for our first dance and we did not tell anyone because we wanted it to be a surprise. It was my favorite part of the entire wedding planning process! Each night that we had a lesson was like a secret date. We would grab a drink and dinner after work before heading to Society Hill Dance. Our instructor, Kate, was wonderful and made us feel comfortable right from the start.

Our first dance was to ‘You Are the Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne. We snuck into the ballroom during the cocktail reception to practice. I was nervous how some of the moves were going to go with my flowing dress!

Mike captured the spin at the end of our dance at that time and it is one of my favorite pictures! Doing our first dance together and seeing everyone’s surprised faces afterward is one of my most memorable moments from our wedding day.”

Some Details:
Church: Old Saint Mary’s Church
Reception: Sheraton Society Hill
Bridal Gown: Jim Hjelm
Bridesmaid Dresses: Noir by Lazaro
Hair: Alisons & Company
Makeup: Face The Occasion
Cake: Bredenbeck’s Bakery
Band: Rio from EBE Talent
Flowers: A Modern Touch

See the Photographer’s Picks slideshow HERE
See Bridget and Brian’s engagement portrait session with us HERE

the Stinson Family portraits ~ mkPhotographer, Pennsylvania Lifestyle Photographer

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

We have been photographing the Stinsons for years. Newborn Dylan joined this family unit not too long ago, and we can’t believe Lucas is 2 already! (Those SWEET blue eyes!)

See Heather & Brent’s first maternity session with us HERE

The Ortega Family Beach Session ~ mkPhotography, New Jersey Shore Family Photographer

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Ah, the shore and the colors of the shore with one of our favorite long term clients! We adore this growing, flourishing family!
Amanda was one of our brides and the family has been coming to us for years and having an excuse to escape to the shore for a shoot with them was icing on the cake.
Amanda owns Spice Salon in Wilmington, De.

Alisa and Scott @Harry’s Savoy Ballroom ~ mkPhotography, Delaware Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Alisa and Scott’s modern, contemporary wedding featured navy blue bridesmaid dresses and the POP of bright pink bouquets. It was such a fresh and at the same time classy combination! From a sushi first date to their beautiful, intimate May wedding just weeks ago… it was clear from the start that they “just knew” (their first dance was to Better Than Ezra’s ‘I Just Knew’ — couldn’t resist working that in!)

Some details:
Venue: Harry’s Savoy Ballroom
Flowers: LeStyle 25
Music: Silver Sound DJs

See the Photographer’s Picks slideshow HERE
Don’t miss Alisa and Scott’s fun Sunflower Field engagement session with us HERE