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Emily & Mike @ Winterthur Estate ~ Modern Delaware Engagement Photographer

Friday, October 30th, 2015

We absolutely adore this cute couple. Love was everywhere and we did not a little rain spoil the engagement session. A quick rain storm made Winterthur look even more enchanted on the early fall day.

Emily and Mike will be getting married at Greenville Country Club next spring and we are super excited to capture their country estate wedding.

mike & jana

Laura & Corey Engagement ~ mkPhotography ~ Philadelphia Wedding Photographer ~ @ Rodin Museum

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Laura and Corey selected us to document their engagement session in Philadelphia in at the end of the summer and we visited some of their favorite spots. The weather could not be nicer and creativity was endless. We hope that you enjoy the images and much as we enjoyed capturing them.

Cheers

jana

Lucy - Excellent photograpy.

Anita’s Pre-Mitzvah Portraits in Kennett ~ Jana Bannan for mkPhoto ~ Pennsylvania Moderm Bat Mitzvah Photographerer

Monday, October 26th, 2015

These informal sessions prior to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration are a huge part of my process in working with the families. I enjoy really connecting with the kids and hearing all about their interest. Going through the Bat/Bar Mitzvah service and party is a huge growing up experience and I feel honored when families trust me to document all the important moments.

Meet Anita, we are anxiously anticipating her party in November. Our favorite sunflower field making an appearance in a session as well as the cutest little town of Kennett Square. Sometimes the best photos are captured in one’s back yard :)

Looking forward to the awesome celebration.

Jana

My People are Engaged@ ~ Barbara & Pete and Stan ~ mkPhotography ~ Cape May Engagement

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Meet Stan and his people Barbara and Pete. We photographed their engagement session in Cape May this summer, NJ and the weather and light could not have been prettier. Add vintage bike and a pair of Louboutins and we have a winning combination. The love and adoration these two have for one another shines through every image. We are thrilled to document Barbara and Pete’s wedding next year.
Congratulations

From the Bride:
How we met..
Pete and I grew up in small neighboring towns with many mutual friends. This caused us to run into each other a few times but we never said more than hello due to Pete’s shyness. Then everything changed on January 5th, 2008 when we ran into each other at a party. For some reason I developed a huge attraction for him and I made it my night’s mission to break him out of his shell. Luckily I found myself standing directly across from him in an intense game of girls vs guys survivor flip cup. After only one winning round on the girls team my friend tried to vote him off until I nudged her and shook my head no! She got the hint and chose someone else instead. As fate would have it we ended up being the last two to finish the game, I won of course! From there he asked if i wanted to go outside and get some air with him but it was so cold we ended up in his ford lightning listening to music and talking for hours. It only came to an end because the sun came up and my mom called worried about why I never made it home that night. Little did I know that this night would turn into a lifetime of happiness.

The proposal
We had just arrived in Aruba on our annual family vacation when Pete told me to get ready and that he had made dinner plans for us that night. I had never heard of the restaurant before and had no idea what to expect while we were walking down the beautiful palm beach to our destination. To my surprise we arrived at a private table on the beach surrounded by tiki torches and over looking the sunset fading into the water. It was unreal! It was at that moment I had to catch my breath when I realized this wasn’t just another date, it was THE date. Pete was going to propose! After making me wait anxiously for 2 hours while I forced down my food he finally dropped to one knee in the sand and asked me to be his wife. When I was finally able to control my tears he opened the ring box to show me he had the exact same ring made as one I showed him I liked 2 years prior! Not only was it the most beautiful ring I had ever seen, it showed how much thought and time he had put into this whole engagement. My 7 year long wait for this magical night was absolutely worth every second. I wish I could relive it over and over again.

Why we chose Cape May NJ for our engagement photos
Pete and I both grew up going to the jersey shore. A majority of our summers spent together were spent down at his families beach house in Cape May, right on the same beach where we had the photos taken. We also liked the idea that it would be similar to our engagement in Aruba with the beautiful sunset we are grateful to view from his home in cape may. We have so many memories together in that town and plan on making many more with our own kids one day. I’m so glad we will have these beautiful pictures to share with them.

Wedding plans
Our fairy tale wedding is set for December 3rd 2016 at the historical Curtis Center in old city Philadelphia. We chose to have a December wedding because The Christmas season is both of our favorite times of year. We look forward to celebrating this joyous occasion with all of our friends and family. We are truly blessed and can’t wait to start planning!

mike & jana

Janeen & Tony Wedding @ Greenville Country Club ~ mkPhoto ~ Delaware Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

From the Bride
How we met:

In October of 2012, Tony & Janeen both made plans to go to the University of Delaware’s homecoming game with their friends. During the walk to the stadium, Janeen & Tony’s group of friends bumped into each other and started chatting. After exchanging pleasantries, Tony asked Janeen if she went to UD, Janeen replied proudly with a “yes!” and that she is also currently attending UD for grad school. Conversely, Janeen asked Tony if he attended UD which he kindly replied, “no, but I did just start my graduate program for molecular biology here.” Janeen’s response, “wow, you must be really smart! Tony and Janeen continued to talk briefly and then each went their separate ways…

…. Later in the evening, Tony and his group of friends went to a local restaurant for dinner. Consequently, Janeen and her friend also arrived at the same restaurant that night. As Janeen walked upstairs, Tony and his friends invited her and her friend to join the group at their table. Again, Tony and Janeen struck up a conversation and after an hour of charming and delightful conversation, Janeen asked Tony what he did for work. Tony appropriately responded that he worked for a bank when Janeen gave him a puzzled look and asked, “and what does a bank need a molecular biologist for?”

Tony paused for several minutes, and finally responded, “I’m so sorry, I was just joking about the molecular biologist comment earlier in the day”. Janeen’s frank response, “you’re a jerk…anything else you need to be honest with me about?” Tony then proceeded to explain everything he ever did wrong since elementary school for the next several hours….and it was love ever after!


The Proposal


Tony had been promising to take Janeen to St. Michaels, Maryland for quite some time and finally on August 1, Tony fulfilled that promise. Janeen had always wanted to visit the charming town filled with small waterfront shops and restaurants. The couple arrived early that Friday morning and leisurely strolled around the town along the water. Little to Janeen’s knowledge, Tony had been walking around town all day with the ring in his pocket in search for a romantic spot to ask her to spend the rest of their lives together. Unfortunately, Tony could not locate that perfect spot.

Tony and Janeen returned to their bed and breakfast where they were staying to get ready for dinner that evening. As Janeen got ready, Tony paced the room trying to think of a creative and romantic proposal that Janeen would never forget. Still without a plan (and starting to get nervous), Tony got ready for dinner. As the couple was about to leave the room, Tony surprised Janeen by stating that there is one more thing he would like her to wear that evening – Tony got down on his knee and asked Janeen to marry him….as we all now know, she said yes!


Design Elements that we Absolutely Loved about our Wedding:

The ceremony space in the boxwood garden of the Greenville Country Club. It was absolutely gorgeous with the ivory flower petals down the aisle and beautiful pale pink, crème and white flowers in green pedestals flanking both sides of the steps and the climbing hydrangea vine on the wall of the sunroom of the club. I was lucky enough to have a brilliant and talented friend who is a graphic designer and specially crafted all of our wedding collateral for us including our own logo which was used on all the materials, as well as our save the date and our invitation package. We adored our small details including our delicious signature drinks (Jalapeno Margarita and Strawberry Mojito), vintage chalkboard signs, wedding guest frame with a caricature of me & Tony, the chocolate covered pretzels as our wedding favor and our gorgeous and delicious wedding cake!


Three favorite moments from the wedding day?

The First Look. Seeing Tony for the first time before the ceremony and how happy he was to marry me. I’ll always remember that moment as it makes me tingle from head to toe with sheer wedding bliss. Also, the Champagne toast with our wedding party at the carriage house. And finally, our first dance together with my veil blowing in the wind. We were laughing the entire time and those photos were some of my favorites from the entire day.

Venue: Greenville Country Club
Wedding Coordinator: Samantha for Secretariat
Flowers: Flowers by Yukie
Music: BVT Live-Strangers

Hair and Make up: Michael Christopher-Kristina Ruggerio
Ceremony Music: Wilmington String Ensemble
Cake: Crown Jewel Cakes-Rebecca King
Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal
Veil and Hair Vine: M&J Bridal Salon
Shoes: Angela Nuran
Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar
Grooms Attire: Mens Wearhouse
Video: Madeline Productions
Wedding Ring: A.R. Morris Jewelers
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Graphic Designer: D.A. Perzel Creative
DIY: chocolate covered pretzels decorated in wedding colors (ivory & pale pink)

You can see images from Janeen & Tony’s engagement session with their pups HERE

You can view more wedding photos and details HERE

Lifestyle Family Portraits ~ Baby Luke ~ Jana Bannan for mk Photo ~ Pennsylvania Portrait Photographer

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Sharing a super special fall family session today. Little J welcomed a new brother and he was pretty excited about it, until it was time to show me his new 4wheeler. We all had much fun and I am in love with the Lifestyle photos that we were able to capture.

jana

Aletta & Alan Engagement @ Mt.Cuba ~ Delaware Wedding Photographer

Friday, October 16th, 2015

We loved ALetta and Alan’s suggestion to use the Mt. Cuba estate at the back drop for their late summer engagement portraits. It was beautiful and quiet. We all admitted that it was a hidden gem. The energy is peaceful and it complimented wonderfully to their bubbly personalities.
We are super excited to be working with them next spring at Winterthur Estate.

mike & jana

Emily & Jamison Wedding @ Hotel duPont ~ mkPhotography ~ Delaware Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

From the Bride:

Over the past seven years Jamison and I have grown to know we are more alike than different. We were both born in Wilmington, Delaware and attended the same high school. Our love for each other, family and friends contributed to our bridal party of twenty. My family and I attended Immanuel Church in Wilmington, Delaware for ten years. At the age of eight I told my parents it would be the place I would get married and eighteen years later I did. God’s presence in our life and in the church touched our heart and we hope the hearts of others. Some special moments of the ceremony included the classic hymn, How Great Thou Art, and my cousin singing during the lighting of the unity candle.
The evening continued at the reception in the historic Gold Ballroom at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware. The French neoclassic venue featuring gilded rosettes and glittering chandeliers was the backdrop to our fairy tale. Our perfect wedding included anything blush, gold, and sparkles. Needless to say, my “superman” was super flexible.
The sparkles from the swarvoski crystals on my Pnina Tornai wedding gown and veil were a favorite. We also included a trending theme of ombre to our wedding cake. The custom monogram made by our wedding planner was used on our stationary, dance floor and ice sculpture which tied it all together.
We enjoyed dancing the night with family and friends including some hit songs played at the bachelorette party in Miami, Florida. The “fire kept burning” with bananas foster flambé which originated in New Orleans, Louisiana where the bachelor party was held. My parents’ thoughtfulness during the wedding planning process allowed us to enjoy every moment of the night… a dream come true.

The Proposal
The Delaware beach is our favorite getaway. On the morning of May 25, 2014 Jamison and I took my dog, Bandit, for a walk to the bay. As the sun was rising, Jamison asked me to marry him. Jamison said he knew he wanted to “grow old with me” after watching The Wedding Singer. While Bandit was the only one to witness the proposal, we enjoyed celebrating with our friends in Dewey beach that evening.

Some Unique Details
Special Accessory
The bride’s was the rosary beads wrapped around my bouquet. They were my grandfather’s (Nonno) rosaries made out of seeds he planted in his garden. Unfortunately, he could not be with them on that day but he felt close to her heart.
The Dress
The bride found Pnina Tornai on Pinterest when it first launched in 2009…it might have been my first pin! After I got engaged I was in New York for work and a friend told me Pnina Tornai was having a trunk show at Kleinfeld Bridal. My mom and I stayed for a girl’s weekend and signed up for an appointment with Pnina. After trying on a few dresses, I said yes to the first dress I tried on! I fell in love with its sheer natural waistline and tiered lace embellished with swovarski crystals and pearls. Saying yes to the to the Pnina dress was a once in a lifetime experience.
Welcome Bags
The couple was born and raised in Delaware…growing up only 3 miles apart. We decided to welcome our guests “home” with a Delaware themed basket. Below are some of our favorite foods and drinks that were included:
University of Delaware Cooler – The Blue Hen is the official state bird. Delaware is sometimes referred to as the blue hen state. The University of Delaware is Emily’s alma mater.
Ladybug Sugar Cookies – The state bug (Sweet Melissa Cake Boutique in Middletown, Delaware)
Fisher’s Popcorn – Famous coastal caramel corn make by hand.
Dollie’s Taffy – Iconic business on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk.
Pizza By Elizabeths Toffee – Family owned restaurant (Emily’s Favorite!)
Dogfish Head Beer – Rehoboth Beach Brewery opened in 1995 (Jamison’s favorite!)
Dewey Beach Koozie – Dewey Beach, DE is just two blocks wide with some of our favorite bars including: Northbeach, Starboard, and The Bottle and Cork.
Diamond Merlot – Delaware was nicknamed “The Diamond State” by Tomas Jefferson because it’s a “Jewel” due to its location on the eastern seaboard.

Menu

Appetizer
Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Ravioli in a Smoked Tomato Sauce
Salad, Bibb and Red Oak Lettuce with Raspberries, Feta Cheese, Fried Leeks and Raspberry Vinaigrette
Entrée
Grilled Filet of Beef, Port Wine Demi-Glace, Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus and Baby Vegetable Medley
Pan Seared Organic Salmon, Basil Crème Sauce, Sundried Tomato Risotto, Broccolini and Baby Vegetable Medley
Vegetarian Triple Tomato Risotto, Grated Parmesan Cheese, Basil Leaves and Balsamic Vinegar
Dessert
Bananas Foster Flame served over Vanilla Ice Cream
Wedding Cake – Almond Nut Cake with Raspberry Preserves and Vanilla Buttercream

And Finally Our Most Memorable Moments:
The first look in Gibraltar Gardens
Emily loved looking into Jamison’s eyes during the ceremony…they were so blue!
The couple’s first dance
Father’s welcome and blessing
Getting dressed with mother, grandmother, and maid of honor

Venue: Hotel DuPont
Chuch: Immanuel Church
Officient: Reverend Greg Lafferty (Willowdale Chapel, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania)
Pianist: Allan Coletta
Strings: Trio Classica
Photos: Gibraltar Gardens
Planner: Afflair Events and Design – Kameron McConnell
Flowers: Green Meadows Florist
Cinema: Mckenzie Miller Films
Entertainment: Schaffer Sound Productions
Cake: Hotel duPont(see above)
Hair and Makeup: Calista Bridal-(Glossy Girl)
Stationary: Envelopments
Dress: Pnina Tornai(Kleinfeld Bridal)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo Bridal Collection
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale Bridesmaids Dresses-Nordstrom
Bridesmaids’ Robes: BHLDN
Groom and Groomsman Attire: Vera Wang (Joseph A. Banks)
Cufflinks: Superheroes (Etsy)
Transportation: King’s Limousine
Wedding Band and Engagement Ring: Tacori (Janvier Jewelers)
First Dance: “You Make it Real” by James Morrison
Guest Thank You : The couple made a donation to the Children’s Library at Las Americas ASPIRA Academy Charter School.

You can see images from E&J’s Engagement Session at Terrain HERE

You can view more wedding photos and details HERE

See the wedding VIDEO from McKenzie Miller!

Baby Abigail ~ mkPhoto ~ Hoboken Newborn Photographer

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Time flies when you are having fun! Anna and Scott’s Boston wedding was one of our favorites. It is hard to believe that their fifth anniversary is just around the corner. We celebrated the birth of their daughter Abigail with them by traveling to Hoboken, NJ and capturing some precious moments. Creativity never stops when parents with to visit their favorite spot with their tiny one. We can’t wait to watch A grow :)

Visit Anna & Scott’s Boston wedding HERE

jana

Brielle and Matt Baby Bump ~ mkPhoto ~ @ Gibraltar Gardens

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Babies everywhere! We love when couples choose to continue using our talents to document special occasions after their wedding day. We knew that Brielle and Matt’s baby bump photos would be extra special and fun. Their love and energy is infectious :) We can’t wait to meet their little princes later this fall and we will be sharing all the special moments with you on here.

Make sure to see Brielle & Matt’s stunning Morris House Hotel Wedding HERE

jana