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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Melissa - wow, is what I have to say Mike! really spectacular photos! and as usual, your ability to lay them out in eye-popping fashion is wonderfully effective!

Tom - Mike, you continue to astound me with your incredible eye for the perfect frame that captures the couple's personality in the most unlikely setting. Your images are uncomparable. I am always delighted when a client informs me they've hired you ~ I know my contribution to their wedding day will come to life in unimaginable ways. You & your team are a treasure for the couples who hire you! WAY TO GO!

Jamie Tretola - Mike- You did an amazing job with Alyssa's portraits. You are the best photog out there! Thanks for giving us such wonderful memories to hold on to!

Eli Allen - Great Blog. Buddy

Eli Allen - Nice Blog. Keeping thingd up. Looks good.

Eli Allen - Good stuff. Love the High Key.

Jaime - Hey Mike - It was so nice to come into your studio and meet with both you and Jana!! We are soooooo excited to have you shoot our wedding day, even more so now that we have actually met you in person and had the chance to look through your albums! Your studio is gorgeous and your work is absolutely stunning! Can't wait to see what you capture!

Happy Thanksgiving! ~mkPhotography, Thankful Pennsylvania Lifestyle Photographer

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Stacey and RJ @Phoenixville Foundry ~mkPhotography, Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

From the Bride:
“RJ and I dated for 5 years before we were married. We love going to new and unique restaurants, going to a favorite date spots like Longwood Gardens and most importantly: traveling. We both love traveling so much that RJ decided to propose while on a vacation in Mexico! RJ went to Steven Singer to pick out the engagement ring three days before we left for Mexico but he never thought he would be leaving that day with the ring. He anxiously traveled with the beautiful engagement ring in his wallet.

As soon as we got up to our hotel room we both went out onto the balcony to take in the beautiful view of the beach. RJ offered to take my photo on his phone, which he did, and then said ‘Oh, on more thing’. He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife!

Besides the normal stressors of planning a wedding, we both really enjoyed the entire process. Everything we did together- vendor visits, tastings and DIY projects.

It did not matter what the day brought, I was getting to marry my best friend! Normally, brides are constantly checking the weather the week leading up to their wedding but I knew that rain or shine our day was going to be perfect.

The Phoenixville Foundry was rustic, industrial and romantic all in one. As soon as RJ and I walked in the door we knew this was the place where we wanted to get married. Our day was full of unique elements that all had special meanings to us. We incorporated our favorite winery, Chaddsford Winery, as the wine for all of our guests. Our favorite date spot is Linvilla Orchards so we used apple crates from the orchard as a part of our decor.

For all of our special date nights we enjoyed going to Starr restaurants so we thought it would be perfect to have Steven Starr as our caterer! Some favorite parts of our food and drinks for the night was the hot apple cider before the ceremony, the autumn sangria, butternut squash raviolis and the mini autumn-inspired desserts that were passed as our guests dance the night away.

We wanted to make sure that our guests had a great time at our wedding so we provided them with great music by Slippery Band. And if you needed to take a quick break from dancing our guests could go and take some silly pictures in our photo-booth provided by Chariot. We wanted to add two more special details for our guests and these were things that we love to do one cold autumn nights- enjoying a fire pit and roasting s’mores!

Every detail of our wedding was thought out and created with love. RJ and I spent many weekends and long nights painting, sanding and gluing together projects. We can say that everything in our wedding was 100% DIY. Some of our favorite DIY elements were our cake stand made from tree pieces and our hand painted guest tree. We can’t wait to repurpose these items in our home!

The most memorable moment of the entire day was our first dance. We had spent three days a week for three months attending lessons at Society Hill Dance Academy. Our first song was ‘I choose you’ by Sara Barrellis which we danced the Foxtrot and ChaCha to. In every lesson we had we never perfectly ‘performed’ our dance but at the wedding we were on time, hit every step and turn! Taking lessons were a fun stress-free part of wedding planning and we recommend it to every couple!

One beautiful, tender detail to note:
“My Dad passed away 8 years ago and was not able to be with me for my wedding day, but with my seamstress I was able to have a photograph of him sewn into my dress so that he was actually with me the entire day.”

Some details:
Dress- “Sophia Gown” by Matthew Christopher
Shoes- Jimmy Choo
Bridal Jewelry was all custom made by Sara Gabriel to incorporate the Bride’s “rustic elegant” look
Bridesmaid Dresses- Jim Hjelm
All dresses (bridal, maids, flower girl, moms and grandmothers) were purchased from Van Cleve Wedding Pavilion
Invitations- custom made by the couple through Papersource
Dance Lessons- Society Hill Dance Academy
Wedding Bands custom made by Jem, Jewels and Gold
Venue: Phoenixville Foundry
Music: Slippery Band
First Dance: ‘I choose you’

See the Photographer’s Picks Slideshow HERE
Don’t miss their colorful seasonal engagement session with us! See HERE

Wedding Pavilion at VanCleve - MK - THANKS FOR THE TAG! The Wedding Pavilion at VanCleve Paoli, PA 19301 610.647.5085

MSquerade Ball 2014 @The Queen Theater ~ mkPhotography, Delaware Event Photographer

Friday, November 21st, 2014

This was our second time covering the annual MSquerade Ball to benefit the Delaware chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society! (See last year’s HERE!) It was another truly memorable night of vibrant color (such an incredible venue!), body-shakin’ music (Chorduroy Band!), food (Did somebody say Mashed Potato Bar?!), drinks, silent auction, dancing, and laughs all to raise funds for such an important cause. We donned our masks and our gear and jumped right in! Below are a few highlights from last Friday’s event.

More images HERE.
Were you there? Look up the event and order prints from the evening HERE. :)

Chau and Binh @Saigon Maxim ~ mkPhotography, Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

See the Photographer’s Picks Slideshow HERE
Don’t miss their equally as stunning engagement portraits we did with them HERE

The Graham Fam ~ mkPhotography, Pennsylvania Family Photographer

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Jana has been working with the Graham family since the boys were little. It is always a pleasure.
The love and pure energy the boys have is lightning in their veins that comes straight from their astoundingly active father. Always so much fun!

Baby Liam ~ mkPhotography, Pennsylvania Newborn Photographer

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Sweet groggy little Baby Liam is 2 weeks old here and he came early! Mother Lindsay has been one of our wonderful long time clients and friends. Watch how their beautiful family grew through our portraits HERE and more recently HERE!

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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Michelle and Brian @Free Library ~mkPhotography, Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

From the Bride:
“My wedding vision was an old-world, sophisticated, black tie affair. Everything was white, white, white with hints of gold. This was a tribute to fabulously fancy parties.

I love monograms, so I put the letter ‘H’ in many places. We had a floral ‘H’ made out of orchids hanging in front of crystal curtain. I also had custom letters made out of old books (since we were at the Philadelphia Library) that were placed on top of LED boxes encased in a clear acrylic highboy table. Also, because I was not allowed to have fireworks, confetti or flower petals, I decided to purchase large foam glowsticks that said ‘#HornerPartyof2′. These looked awesome while we were outside dancing on the rooftop.

My favorite moment was just dancing outside. We had the absolute best weather and prettiest day of summer. We even had a super moon that night while we were dancing out on the rooftop! You couldn’t beat the venue or the view that day.

Advice for future brides: It is really easy to get caught up in the little details (details that people don’t even notice sometimes) and let things that ‘go wrong’ upset you. But it is not worth it. When the day is over, and you have to continue on with life, you don’t want to look back on wedding planning as a burden. You want to have fun memories of being engaged and great memories of enjoying your family and friends. Do not overanalyze. The key to a fun, successful wedding is a happy bride, great food, an open bar and awesome music. That’s it. People will forget your flowers, people will forget to sign your custom sign-in book, but people will always remember the fun they had.”

Some details:
The Dress: Lela Rose bought from Elizabeth Johns in Ardmore
Venue: Free Library
First Dance: “We started our first dance with ‘Unforgettable’ by Nat King Cole and then we surprised our guests halfway through when the song ‘Classic’ came on by MKTO!” How fun!

See the Photographer’s Picks Slideshow (more photos!) HERE
Check out Michelle and Brian’s Sweet and Simple Engagement Session with us HERE

Elizabeth and Michael ~ mkPhotography, Pennsylvania Engagement Photographer

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Today we’re happy to feature an amazing fall engagement session at Longwood Gardens! It was 7 years since their first date, and Michael proposed to Elizabeth by the Italian Water Garden inside Longwood. They enjoy the simple things in life, such as being able to spend time with one another taking long walks. We grabbed our cameras and joined Michael and Elizabeth on one such walk just as the autumn foliage began to peak here in southern Chester County. The two are planning a victorian garden-themed wedding that will take place next year in October.