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Jennifer & Kyle Wedding @ Greenville Country Club ~ mkPhoto ~ Delaware Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

From the Bride:

Kyle and I have been dating since our sophomore year of college. We’d been together for 10 years when he proposed in a garden while we were on vacation in Rome. We are not big planners, so we did not move quickly on getting all of our wedding details lined up. We thought maybe we’d have a destination wedding in the Caribbean, but knew that planning it from our home in London, with most of our guests spread across the US, would not be easy. About 18 months into our engagement, I was home visiting family and my mom suggested we check out the Greenville Country Club in Delaware. I fell in love with it. I knew that it would be much easier to plan a wedding in my hometown, so when we found out there was an opening for Memorial Day weekend, we went for it.

My approach to wedding planning was very laid back. I was lucky that my mom kindly took on most of the planning work. We were fortunate that many fabulous vendors were available even though we booked most things only 2-3 months before the wedding – it helped that our wedding was on a Sunday evening. Overall, we had a lot of fun doing the planning and it was much easier than I expected. The key is to remember what’s important, focus your attention there and not stress about anything else (and to get help!)

The wedding weekend was fantastic. It exceeded all my expectations and really was the best weekend of my life. Our friends and families live across the country and we don’t see them as much as we’d like, so instead of a traditional rehearsal dinner, we had an open house style party at my childhood home. It allowed us to spend a lot of time catching up in a more casual setting. On the day of the wedding, the weather was absolutely perfect and everything went smoothly. Each of my bridesmaids picked her own dress, and I didn’t see them in person until that day. I loved their picks, and the girls looked beautiful. Kyle and the groomsmen looked very sharp in their navy blue tuxedos. All the vendors showed up at exactly the right time and knew exactly how to run things. The ceremony was officiated by one of my very best friends, looking glamorous in a long sequined gown! We had one reading given by my uncle, which was an excerpt from a love letter written by my grandfather to my grandmother on one of their wedding anniversaries.

The reception was a blast. Our friends and parents did a wonderful job with the toasts, eliciting both laughter and tears. The DJ was great and everyone was out on the dance floor. There wasn’t a moment of stress the whole day, it was pure happiness. Being with so many people you love is such an incredible feeling. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

Venue: Greenville Country Club
Cake: Crown Jewel Cakes-Rebecca King
Entertainment: No Macarena-DJ Evan Hoffman
Make Up: Kristina Ruggiero Cosmetics
Hair: Jen Holmwood
DYI: Flowers and Decor by Mother of the Bride and Friends
Dress: Jenny Packham
Shoes: LK Bennett
Tuxedos: The Black Tux
Guest lodging: Hotel DuPont
Transportation: Delaware Express
Invitations (electronic): Greenvelope

You can view photos form Jen & Kyle’s Engagement session HERE

You can see more photos from their super romantic wedding HERE

Libby’s High School Senior Portraits ~ mkPhoto Senior Photographer ~ @ Tatnall School

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Libby is a senior! I can remember her driving past on her four wheeler and asking Luci out to play like it was yesterday. We photographer both her older brother and sister’s senior portraits and we couldn’t wait to see what a accomplished young adult Libby has become. She is quite a soccer star!
Congratulations and best of luck in the future!

mike & jana

Maddie & Jude ~ Jana Bannan for mkPhoto ~ Pennsylvania Portrait Photographer ~ Brandywine Battlefield

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Can you say ATTITUDE? These two had plenty! Maddie was supposedly practicing her serious pose for quite some time. I would say she nailed it. Time flies and I can hardly believe the twins are six. I absolutely adore these two and their lively characters. They were up for any adventure and ended up sharing one of their special bubble machines with me!

Jana

Missy French - We had a great day with you, Jana! Thank you for making it a fun day of capturing moments to last a lifetime.

Brynley & Mike Wedding @ Greenville Country Club ~ mkPhotography ~ Delaware Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

From the Bride:
Our love story:
We are basically the coolest couple ever!!! Just Kidding. We are one of the happiest couples ever though, simply because we have been waiting for each other for a long time. We have never been so happy. It did not take long for us to fall head over heels for each other after we met at a work related training conference. Neither one of us learned much that day because we were checking each other out the entire time. Both Mike and I took long roads with lots of hurdles, to find the love we believed and always knew was out there. We fell in love so strongly and naturally after our first meeting. We were engaged 10 months later and were beyond excited to start planning a fabulous day celebrating our love. When our wedding day finally arrived, so many of our family and friends came to be with us. The day and the entire wedding was beyond perfect! We had officially started our lives together!
We are both very close with our families and love spending time with them when we can. We both enjoy our hobbies. Brynley rides horses and Mike enjoys teaching ballroom dancing (although it was way more than a hobby at one point!). Brynley’s horse Cruiser had to be a part of the day and he walked her part of the way down the isle.


How we got engaged

B:
Michael brought me to my family’s millstone in Vermont. The millstone has been on the property for many years as the house was originally my Great grandfathers. It is a very special place.
M:
I had planned to take Brynley to the millstone for some time, and had the idea to write and illustrate a children’s book about her life as a girl growing up with a magic millstone that could show her the future.
B:
He sat me down at the millstone and pulled out this book he had written and illustrated about me. Mike read the story page by page, as I instantly began balling!
M:
She started crying, what I hoped were tears of joy and not my bad drawings. I could tell she was moved; both having been elementary school teachers we have always enjoyed children’s books. As the story ends the lead character and her true love go to the millstone together, where he asks her to use the millstone to see the future once again.

B:
As he got to the end where the characters are looking through the stone to see the future again, Mike stops. He tells me he hasn’t finished the story yet, and asked if we could act the ending out together. So the two of us squeeze our faces, looking through the hole in the millstone, and he said, “Do you see anything yet?”
M:
She had to have known it was coming, I told her “wait, I see something! Keep looking out over the lake” And that’s when I stood up and moved around to the side, and took out the ring…
B:
And he said “Do you see it now?” “Yes” I said sobbing uncontrollably. Then he told me…
M:
“Brynley, I’ve seen you in my future for so long now, and I hope you can see me in yours. I love you. Will you marry me?”

And well… tada!!! We were engaged! (With no cell service in Barnard, VT… we had to wait to tell everyone!) haha!

Our Favorite Memories:
Walking part way down the isle with Cruiser, our personal written vows and dancing to Edge of Glory for the last song with everyone.

Our Favorite Design Elements:
The entire antique feel of the wedding, Bistro lights hanging over the dinner tables in the outdoor tent, peach and white flowers designed by Lori from Wild Thyme.

From the Photographer:
When I found out about Brynley and Mike’s engagement, I was thrilled! We have been a part of a very close group of friends at the barn. I blame owning my horse Bentley on her! She said if you are going to get a horse it has to be this one after we all test rode him! Brynley wanted Mike and I to attend as guests so we can enjoy dinner and party. But as I kept helping her with planning and ideas, it became very clear that I had to capture their memories especially once it was decided that Cruiser was going to be a part of the big day. Big thanks to Linda at Greenville for being excited about the idea as much as I was and for letting us rehearse :) It was hard to keep from crying many moments of the day. I always feel honored documenting the happiest of moments for families and couples, but it is even more special when the couple are one of your dearest friends.

Jana

Venue: Greenville Country Club
Cake: Crown Jewel Cakes-Rebecca King
Flowers: Wild Thyme Flowers
Entertainment: Synergetic Sounds
Cocktail Hour Band: Drew and the Midnight Society
Video: New Milford Productions
Hair: Silk Image Hair
Stationary: Apropos
Makeup: Houppette
Jewelery:Indulgence Jewelers
Dress: Clair’s Fashions
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan
Groom’s Attire: J.Crew
Groomsmen Attire: JoS.A.Bank
Ceremony Officiant: Friend of Family
DYIs: the groom folded ALL of the Origami flowers on our seating cards antique handkerchiefs
First dance song: A Thousand Years Christina Perry

You can see photos from Brynley and Mike gorgeous engagement HERE

http://www.mkphoto.com/blog/2015/02/19/brynley-mikes-engagement-photos-delaware-wedding-photographer/

Melissa’s PreMitzvah Portraits @ Margate, NJ ~ Jana Bannan for mkPhoto ~ Pennsylvania Modern Mitzvah Photographer

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Mitzvah Monday – meet Melissa and her family. We had a super fun Afternoon on the Margate, NJ beach and the Longport jetty. We are excited to celebrate Melissa’s accomplishments with family and friends in November. Mazel Tov!!

Danielle & Fiona by Jana ~ Equine Portraits ~ Delaware Wedding Photographer

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Danielle and I connected since our very first meeting a couple of years ago. We were super happy to document their wedding last summer and I was super excited when Danielle asked me to capture some portraits with her other love – Fiona – during our final album appointment. You may all guess that photographing horses is one of my passions so I couldn’t resist. And Fiona proved to be quite a character.

We had much fun despite the hot weather and Danielle truly enjoyed wearing her gown again :) Many thanks to mini mk for horse distracting skills!

Enjoy

Jana

You can see Danielle & TR’s wedding photos from Greenville Country Club HERE

Kelsey and Dan @ Hotel DuPont ~ mkPhotography ~ Delaware Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

From the Bride:

A Black Tie Traditional Wedding at Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, DE


We met in 2010 while in college. I attended the University of Delaware and Daniel attended Drexel University. We had mutual friends and first noticed each other on Facebook. We decided to meet in person and the night before our first date we talked on the phone for four hours! Dan took me out to dinner the next night, and it was clear that our chemistry was undeniable. Dan asked me to be his girlfriend on our second date and we have been inseparable ever since. We seem to be complete opposites and we bring out the best in one another. Over the years, we have become best friends and have developed a bond that is truly once in a lifetime.

The Proposal: November 17, 2012
The night began with a night out in Philadelphia. Dan took me to an Italian restaurant followed by a comedy show. After the show ended, we decided to take a walk around the city. As we were walking by Love Park, Dan suggested that we take a picture by the LOVE statue. Just before the photo was taken, Dan got down on one knee and proposed. I screamed out of shock and excitement, and of course, I said yes! The night ended by celebrating with all of our closest family and friends.


What was your “perfect wedding” vision?

I wanted our wedding to feel luxe and grand while still incorporating traditional pieces with a classic feel.

What are three unique details that you infused into your decor?
– I loved our guest book that we created with our photographers. It was an album of our favorite engagement photos. I loved this idea because this is a guest book that we will not get tired of looking at!
– On our memory tables, we displayed wedding pictures of our parents, grand parents, and great grand parents. I loved this idea because it allowed our guests to familiarize themselves with our families.
– My favorite detail of the day was the live event painter who painted our first dance throughout the night. Our guests absolutely loved watching her create this stunning portrait from a blank canvas. It is also a keepsake that we will treasure forever. We will remember the most special day of our lives and all of our closest family members who were there by our side.

What was your most memorable moment?
Dan surprised me with a hysterical garter removal dance. He made his way over to me dancing to Milkshake by Kelis, and he came out from under my dress with the garter, wearing sunglasses, and a cigar in his mouth!

What song did you do your first dance to?
We did the rumba, a choreographed number, to John Legand- All of Me

What was on your menu?
Appetizer- lobster bisque with chive garni
Salad- spring mix with sherry vinaigrette, crispy pancetta, figs, date, blue cheese
3 Entrees- Pan seared sea bass, NY sirloin steak, or chicken imperial
Vegetarian- penne pasta with swiss chard and shitake, tomato basil cream
Dessert- crème brulee with berries and bananas foster flambé

Any DYIs?

Wedding favors (mini champagne bottles with a custom wedding tag tied with a ribbon and a straw. The custom tag incorporated our wedding colors and the Love Park sign, which was where Daniel proposed to me.)

Venue: Hotel DuPont
Flowers: Beautiful Blooms
Cake: Hotel DuPont
Entertainment: Silver Sound
Videographer: Tweed Video
Dress: Galia Lahav Haute Couture
Shoes: Jimmy Choo Bridal Collection
Headpiece: Maria Elena Headpieces
Bridesmaids dresses: The Dessy Group
Rings:Billig Jewelers
Hair: Thrive Salon, Cherry Hill, NJ
Make up: Currie Salon & Day Spa-Jess Moss
Invitations: Remember Me Stationary
Event Painter: Event Painting by Katherine
Favors: DIY

You can see images from the fun engagement session at “Greenville Country Club” HERE

You can see more photos from this wedding: HERE

See the wedding VIDEO from Tweed!

Tyler’s Bar Mitzvah Portraits ~ mkPhoto ~ Pennsylvania Mitzvah Photographer @ Philadelphia Country Club

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Meet Tyler. He love sports mostly baseball and golf and he is pretty good at both. He demonstrated some pretty awesome skills on camera when we met him at home and at the Philadelphia Country Club. We are excited for his awesome party in October at the Artesano Gallery.

Jana

Erica & Chase Engagement ~ mkPhoto ~ Philadelphia Wedding Photographer @Race Street Pier and Rittenhouse Square

Friday, September 11th, 2015

It was a great pleasure visiting some of Erica and Chase’s favorite Philadelphia spots during their engagement session recently. Chase proposed in Rittenhouse Square so we headed there first. Fun couples deserve only the best and the weather and light was simply perfect. After Rittenhouse we made our way to the river and Race Street Pier and the Art Museum. Even their beautiful and friendly cat Remy made an appearance :)

We are looking forward to working with a great team and capturing Erica and Chase’s big day at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia later this month.

Let’s get the fall weddings started.

mk & jb

Emily & Danny Wedding @ Kimmel Center ~ mkPhoto ~ Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

From the Bride:

A Modern & Unique Philadelphia Wedding

Danny and I met and fell in love at Penn in West Philadelphia. Additionally, I grew up a few miles from the city of brotherly love, so when looking for the ideal geographic location for our wedding, we immediately knew Philadelphia was the city.

We wanted our wedding to be unique, modern and most importantly, fun. The Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Center provided the perfect venue to have a unique and modern wedding in a very accessible urban location. Additionally, the iron-chef caterer for the venue owns multiple famous restaurants in Philadelphia, including two of my groom’s favorite restaurants.

Although we know Philadelphia fairly well, we live in New York so we hired Rebecca Richman to assist us with local vendors. She really helped us put it all together and it is amazing to have someone who has been planning with you the whole time also be there on the day of the wedding.

It was very significant to us to have our wedding photos on Penn Campus and MK Photography captured it beautifully. The LOVE sign on Penn’s campus served as a background of our photos and the design for our cake topper!

For the fun factor of our wedding we made sure there was a large dance floor and hired an exceptional band. Eddie Bruce and his band keep the party going the whole time and no one stopped dancing. During the last hour of dancing, we gave out personalized neon sunglasses, which allowed everyone to show off their goofy-side a little!

Venue: The Kimmel Center
Catering: Garces Group
Wedding Planner: Rebecca Richman
Flowers: Petals Lane
Band: Eddie Bruce Orchestra
Videographer: Tweed Video
Make up: Cheekadee MakeUp Artists
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Shoes: Valentino
Grooms Tux-Custom Tailored in midnight blue: Bhambis
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Amsale Bridesmaids Dresses
Earrings – Gift from the Groom
Danny also gave me a bottle of sparkling wine which was engraved with “Emily I will love you forever – Your Danny”
Bracelet – Gift from the MOH
DIY – our gift bags and ceremony programs

Any other details that you would like to share with future brides?
Everyone is going to have opinions and every wedding is different, but do not let others tastes or style influence you or your vision. Also, if you are planning from another city, hire a wedding planner in the city/town you are getting married in. It was extremely helpful to have someone local help plan. Additionally, talk to as many people you know who were recently married in that city, it will help you navigate how to choose vendors.

What was your “perfect wedding” vision?
Unique, Modern, Fun (with lots of food, drinks, and dancing)

What are three unique details that you infused into your decor?
LOVE Cake topper (Symbolic of Philly and Penn), Floral/square table design (very modern to fit the space), personalized sunglasses for our guests!

What song did you do your first dance to?
LOVE by Nat King Cole

What was on your menu?
Halibut and Filet Mignon Anything Garces (the caterer) serves is usually good. However, our hor dourves, main course, and cake were above and beyond our expectations. I am continuously getting compliments on the food from family and friends.

What was your most memorable moment?
Walking in as Mr. and Mrs. into a beautiful room of family and friends.
After the dance party, we left in a memorable sparkler exit and drove around our favorite city to take it all in. It was so meaningful to come back to the city where we fell in love and create a beautiful new memory there.

You can view more photos from this wedding- HERE

See the wedding VIDEO from Tweed!