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Irene and Michael @Hyatt at the Bellevue ~ mkPhotography, Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Irene and Michael’s “perfect wedding” vision was, “to actually enjoy our wedding day and not have to worry about details!” Michael tells us. “We tried for a very understated, formal look by letting the existing, ornate decor of the church and hotel shine, and compliment that with bold fall colors.” They really relied on their florist’s knowledge of the venue and expertise to take their wedding colors (again, “very bold fall colors“) and Robertson’s Flowers coordinated with Hyatt and the Bellevue’s wedding manager to make sure everything was perfect!

It was the cheers from all of their guests when the couple told them the band was going to play an extra hour that provided the most memorable moment to their wedding day! “It was amazing to know that all of our friends were enjoying the reception as much as we were!” recalls Michael.

Irene and Michael’s advice for future brides? “Hiring the right vendors, particularly those that have worked together in the past, allowed us to just enjoy the day rather than coordinating everyone.

Some details:
Venue: Hyatt at the Bellevue
Flowers: Robertson’s Flowers
Music: EBE: Miami
Hair and Makeup: Bella Angel
Dress: Justin Alexander
First Dance: Audrey Heburn, “Moon River”

See the entire collection of Photographer’s Picks HERE.
Don’t miss Irene and Michael’s engagement session with us HERE.

Svetlana and Jordan @The Old Summer House ~mkPhotography, Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy 1st Anniversary to You, Svetlana & Jordan!
The mkPhoto Team is honored to present this very Special, very Lovely Wedding.

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Winter Wonderland at the Old Summer House
From the Bride:
“HOW WE MET:
It was an early Sunday morning in August, waking up next to the wood stove at my best friends house after spending the night. She had asked me to come to church with her and her family, as I have been here before and really enjoyed it. I was really tired and not feeling the greatest that morning, but agreed to go with them.. Little did I know saying yes to her would change my life forever. This is where I would be starting the rest of my life.

My friend asked if I could hold the her baby as she had to use the restroom, so as I stand in the lobby waiting for her in a sea of people, this guy walks over to me and says hi and starts taking with me. I have met him once or twice before but really we were nothing more than social media friends. So we talked for a couple mins or so and then that was it. The thing I didn’t know was that he just drove through the night from Ohio after playing a conference to be back for this Sunday and was in the same boat as me, tired and not feeling well and not really wanting to be there but rather be sleeping. Another thing I had no clue about was he went over to my friend and asked if I was single because he didn’t know my situation really at all.

So my friend then tells me this, of course right before service starts and then all I can think about is some guy asked my friend if I was single, great! I honestly thought that is where it would end, but no he actually did contact me later that day and asked if I would be his date for his best friends wedding. Wow, what a ‘first date’. I was completely caught off guard and wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue this and just be let down after just going to a wedding with him. But after talking with my mom and dad and praying a lot about this, I told him I would go and thought it would be a lot of fun, secretly telling myself that so I didn’t get too excited or expectant of anything.

So obviously a first date to a wedding is a little much and intimidating, so we decided to go on a rear ‘first date’ and have breakfast together and get to know each other. Well don’t you know, we had breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He says he knew then that he was going to marry me. So we went on our second date and talked a lot more and at the end of the date he politely and so sweetly asked if he could kiss me, well that is when I just knew I was going to marry this man.

So we dated and got to know each other for about 2 months, living 2 hours apart was really difficult, so we’d almost always meet in West Chester, the halfway point. We always tried dinner at new places and walked and talked and just had so much fun getting to know each other. After that we almost always went to this little adorable gelato shop on main street with a small intimate court yard on the side. It was a perfect end to the evening always.

So on November 5th, we were meeting at West Chester per usual, and we started walking around town because he kept saying he was hungry yet let’s keep walking… So we get up to the Gelato Shop and there is a beautiful table and chairs with beautiful gold candles and champagne. We stop and look, he says to me I did this for you, because I know you are leaving for Russia this week and wanted to do something special, I was so confused. Then he grabs both my hands and gets down on one knee and goes on to give a wonderful will you marry me speech and how much he loves me.

WEDDING:
Being a wedding photographer, I have seen my fair share of weddings and had a pretty good idea of what I wanted our wedding to be like. My vision was to have our friends and family come together and share our best day with us and just celebrate. Coming from an artistic family we were able to do everything we wanted and dreamed of with the help of everyone of our family members. From the designing of my wedding dress down to my mom doing all the flowers and food that we had envisioned. I was going for a timeless/rustic elegant feel.

We wanted our friends and family to leave the wedding with memories of hope, joy, and love.

Some of our favorite moments were planning this massive yet elegant wedding with hundreds of our friends and family in just 3 short months. Designing our own wedding invitations. Designing my own wedding dress exactly how I always pictured it growing up and seeing it finished and absolutely perfect. The first look in the beautiful snow covered terrain. Coming in from a freezing cold snow covered ground to a beautiful, chandelier hanging, candle covered 100′ tables that friends could enjoy family style dinning and community. Having my mom cook one of my favorite homemade meals for 250 people. Dancing the night away with my dad to some of our families most cherished Jewish celebration song. Being surrounded by our most loved people in our lives was one of the best memories that we will never forget.”

Details:
First dance: John Forman- Hold you in my arms
Video: CinemaFour40
Photography: mk & jb for mkPhoto, Sarah & Tony for Sarah DiCicco Photography
Ceremony: Lancaster Theological Seminary – 555 W James St Lancaster pa 17603
Reception Location: The Old Summer House
Bridal Party Portraits Location: Cloister
Rentals: Authentic Auction Rentals Bride’s note: “These ladies are the nicest ladies and they are sooo inexpensive!”

Chair rentals: Eagle Rental
Cake & Desserts: Lancaster Cupcake
Other desserts: Bride’s Aunts
Catering: Bride’s mother
Flowers: Bride’s mother (Flowers By Galina)

Bride’s Outfit:
Shoes- Jcrew
Jewelary: Jcrew
Dress- Bride’s design- seamstress raymondasamawi@gmail.com
Fur coat- from russia

Bridesmaid dresses: From everywhere
Nordstrom
Nieman marcus
bonton

Groom’s Outfit:
Suit: Saks 5th ave
shoes: aldo
watch: Emporio armani

Groomsmen’s suits: H&M

VIDEO: Svetlana and Jordan by CinemaFour40

Jodi and Michael @Deerfield Golf Club ~ mkPhotography, Delaware Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Here is a beautiful collection of moments from an early autumn wedding we photographed last year in Delaware. The foliage was just beginning to change!

Some Details:
Venue: Deerfield Golf Club
Cake: Desserts by Dana
Video: Branded Productions
Flowers: Way’s Florist
Entertainment: Chorduroy
Hair and Makeup: Salon 828

See the entire collection of Photographer’s Pick HERE

Jessie and Jeffrey @The Gables ~ mkPhotography, Chadds Ford Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Jeffrey was hanging out with mutual friends across from where Jessie lives when she walked in and he observed for the first time the mysterious girl with the black eye! Jessie, who was studying to be a veterinary nurse at the time, had gotten a black eye from loading a dog into her car and accidentally getting head-butted by the excitable pet. Jeffrey and Jessie would inadvertently meet again a short while later when they actually saved a puppy together! From there, the mutual friends arranged, without telling the other, for the two of them to attend a Flyers hockey game with them and, from there, Jessie and Jeffrey have been nearly inseparable since. They bought a house together almost two years later and on their first night in their new home, heart bursting with love, Jeffrey proposed to Jessie.

The two of them compliment one another wonderfully. “My weaknesses are his strengths, ” Jessie told us, “For example, he is patient and I am very, very Impatient!”

Initially, Jessie wanted their wedding to be very laid-back and outdoorsy. She envisioned picnic tables and food trucks. Jeffrey, on the other hand, envisioned a slightly more formal affair- a sit-down dinner with a nice cake, so they decided to compromise.

They took their vows together outdoors in a special, woodsy ceremony at Brandywine Creek State Park framed by a beautiful wooden arbor built by one of Jessie’s best friends, Pat, who, by request, also excitedly got ordained specifically to be able to marry them! Jessie and Jeffrey had a tender unity ceremony which consisted of them planting a tree using soil from the house of each of their parents and soil from their own home. Their enchanting nuptials were sealed in song as the bridal party thumped tambourines, played harmonicas, and sang the Lumineers song, “Ho, Hey!”

“I belong with you, you belong with me
You’re my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me
You’re my sweet…”

Their nuptials were celebrated at the rustic-chic venue The Gables at Chadds Ford, an artfully restored 1897 bank barn, where the upstairs banquet facility boasts open beams and original wood floors and opens to a small deck with steps down to a newly constructed grassy courtyard area. Guests arrived through the courtyard and were greeted with butler-served hor devours and platters of Chadds Ford Apple Wine, heated and served in mason jars with cinnamon sticks. A large wooden board was staged beside the entryway into the great room; on it along with guests’ names and table seating arrangements, were original wedding photographs from each Jeffrey’s and Jessie’s grandparents, parents, siblings’ weddings.

Inside, round tables were lovingly decorated by the Bride’s talented mother with handmade table runners, ferns and moss centerpieces, candles, and table numbers carved into small wooden slats by a friend of the couple.

A big hit at the reception, aside from the dance floor which stayed packed all night, was the “Naked Cake”. This was a cake without the typical icing that encases a standard wedding cake, and it was topped with Jeffrey’s grandparents’ wedding topper!

One of the most poignant and memorable moments of the reception happened when Jeffrey danced with his adorable new stepdaughter, 2 year old Juniper, to the song “Angel” by Jack Johnson.

Guests then enjoyed a delicious meal of their choice of french chicken or NY strip steak, followed by dancing, and ending with a crackling marshmallow roast in the courtyard outside complete with snuggly wide flannel scarves that reception attendees could cozy up to ward off the evening’s chill.

Jessie and Jeffrey used bottles of wine for their guest book; on a table they had situated bottles of wine for each major anniversary and quests were invited to sign the labels and write their well wishes for the couple to read as each bottle gets uncorked in the future!

Some details:
Venue: The Gables at Chadds Ford
Hair and Makeup: Claudia Seyler
Cake: Cakes by Kim
Dress: Watters, purchased at Jennifer’s Bridal
Invitations: Wide Eyes Designs on Etsy
Flowers by: handmade by the Bride’s mother – Claudia Seyler
Jewelry: Haute Bride
First Dance: Louis Armstrong’s “When You’re Smiling”

2014 IN REVIEW ~ a love letter from mkPhotography

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

One of the great things about January being so long and unencumbered with the sort of holidays that require planning and energy is having a little bit of time to take a step back and reflect upon the previous year. With that, we lovingly post this message from the founder and owner of mkPhoto, Mr. “mk” himself, Mike Kehr:

“With 2014 behind us and 2015 just starting, it is time to reflect and appreciate the great experiences, the importance of our valuable clients and the special new relationships we made in 2014.

Experiences…
Lets start with experiences. We traveled near and far, exploring new places, capturing beautiful imagery. It has always been our goal to challenge ourselves but in 2014 we pushed our creativity even further.

Every time Jana and I picked up our cameras we made a conscious effort to make sure the shot was different, creative, and most importantly moving, even though it may have been the same venue or location. We were lucky and very grateful to be a part of your lives! We cherish it. It keeps us motivated. We thrive on bringing together the emotion of you and the life of all involved. We together transformed the life events into sheer joy and celebration! That is what it is all about- positive documented experiences that will always be remembered the day of and every day that follows.

The importance of YOU….
We could not, of course, accomplish any of this without you: our valuable clients. You not only invested with us but you put your trust in us 100%, something that we take very seriously. We are passionate about our work and want to make sure we exceed your expectations. Thank you for believing in us. We surely believe in you!

Relationships…
The most important and fulfilling part of the entire experience is the amazing relationships we made with you! Relationships that we hope continue well into the future. The wedding day is just one of many important life changing events that you will want to remember. Your lives will evolve and families will grow (and have grown!) and we want to be there with you capturing these special moments that will be remembered for a lifetime. This relationship is what we strive for- long term. We were able to begin new relationships through engagements and weddings and continue past relationships with baby shoots, Mitzvahs, family sessions.

As you watch our images and associated memories from 2014 we hope you will feel emotion coming upon you, a smile, a laugh upon your face and that tear of joy from your eye. That is all the satisfaction we need- knowing we moved you and made a difference in your lives, that we were able to provide some tangible evidence of all the beauty and love in your hearts and homes.

Best of luck to you and your families in 2015!

Peace + love + Happiness

mike + jana
mkPhoto”

Here is what a year of mkPhoto looks like! 2014:










Richard and Steven @Grounds for Sculpture ~ mkPhotography, New Jersey Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Sage, insightful words from Richard on their loving, special Day:

“The best advice I can give couples planning their wedding– especially a same sex wedding like ours– is:

1. Pick a place that you feel comfortable and welcome from the very start. It’s your big day; we finally attained in the hard-fought battle the right to legally get married and you deserve all the special treatment without any hints of prejudice from anyone! Rat’s Restaurant, Grounds for Sculpture and mkPhotography were the perfect choices for us!

2. Pick a Venue that speaks to you and showcases what you are about as a couple. We love travel and especially travel to ancient places in the world. Choosing The Nine Muses garden location at the Grounds for Sculpture brought the Ancient World into the Modern World and allowed our guests to have an experience! They felt like they were at a destination wedding without the travel!

3. Craft a ceremony that also reflects exactly who you are! We were lucky to find a celebrant, Dorry Bless, who was such a great listener she created a one-of-a-kind unique ceremony in collaboration with us so genuine that all who attended said it was like nothing they had ever experienced. So loving and intimate!

4. Attend any open house events your venue may offer. We found our photographer, tasted our food and found our celebrant all in one place! And the fact that all of them had previous experience working that venue, all of them guided us and made the stress level lower in all regards!

5. Don’t let the theme overwhelm you! Make it simple and elegant. If the venue is already beautiful or the setting for the ceremony stunning, let that be most of the backdrop. Add a few larger flower arrangements and simpler displays on the tables and you are all set!

6. Consider a Cocktail Reception instead of a more formal sit down! Everyone loves the Cocktail Hour so why not extend that for three hours? We did and everyone loved being able to mingle with each other without assigned seating and we got to roam around too spending more time with family and friends! The pressure of not having to do table charts etc, was perfect! We had a Sunday afternoon wedding and this suited the occasion perfectly!

7. Pick a photographer that coincides with your artistic side! mkPhotography shot every picture from several angles giving us shots from formal to candid that brought the day to life in pictures! They were unobtrusive and were not a hindrance during the day at all. They were well-prepared with photo options and set-up from their years of experience and we are totally overwhelmed in the work of art they captured!”

Some details:
Venue: Rat’s Restaurant at Grounds for Sculpture
Flowers: potted Geraniums
Music: Mason Gross School of the Arts

See the Photographer’s Picks slideshow HERE

terri - a most beautiful rendering of a perfect day~ as time in a bubble, looking once again through these photographs, the grand emotion of that uniquely special day returns.

Eileen - Looking though the photos again brings me back to that Oh So Perfect day! These photos capture the loving atmosphere, the joy and emotions of the day, as well as the playfulness and happiness of the guests and grooms. Venue was stunning-and the photographers captured it all.