Kailan & Tyler | A Sweet, End of Summer Engagement Session at Annesdale Mansion | Memphis Luxury Wedding Photographer

Kailan and Tyler engagement session at Annesdale Mansion shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography

It was clear from the moment I met these two in person for their engagement session that Tyler is crazy in love with his girl, Kailan. I love witnessing the love each of my couples share for one another. Everyone shows love in different ways, but the way Tyler showed his towards Kailan really spoke to me. Not only was he not bashful about showing how much he adores his soon-to-be bride, but he loves her with a sweet, tender love - a gentle love that is crazy about her and the little things she loves, like bows and ruffles. She is his princess.

During their engagement session, I encouraged them to start dancing. Tyler had no shame showing off his dance moves, including what he called “his signature move when he dances with Kailan”. Scroll down to see what I’m talking about. It’s super cute. :)

Kailan first caught Tyler’s eye in eighth grade! Back then he asked her out and she turned him down! (he wanted to make sure I knew that version of the “how did you two meet” story). According to Kailan, she thought Tyler was too cool for her at the time. Fast forward to last year, they reconnected and he had the courage to ask this pretty blonde out once again! This time, she said yes!

Then, he got her to say “yes” to forever! I cannot wait for their April wedding at the beautiful Annesdale Mansion in Memphis, TN. <3

So here’s a question for my readers: How did you meet you significant other? I love hearing how two people, who fall in love, meet for the first time.

Kailan and Tyler Engagement Session at Annesdale Mansion shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography
Kailan and Tyler Engagement Session at Annesdale Mansion shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography
Kailan and Tyler Memphis Engagement Session at Annesdale Mansion shot by Memphis Wedding Photographer Mary Kate Steele Photography
Kailan and Tyler Memphis Engagement Session shot by Memphis Luxury Wedding Photography Mary Kate Steele
Kailan and Tyler Memphis Engagement session at Annesdale Mansion Memphis Luxury Wedding Photographer shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography
Kailan and Tyler Memphis Engagement session shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography Luxury Wedding Photographer
Kailan and Tyler Annesdale Mansion Engagement Session shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography
Kailan and Tyler Memphis Engagement Session at Annesdale Mansion shot by Mary Kate Steele Luxury Wedding Photographer
Kailan and Tyler Annesdale Mansion Engagement Session shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography Luxury Wedding Photographer
Kailan and Tyler Engagement session at Annesdale Mansion shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography Luxury wedding photographer

Christina & Justin | An Intimate New York City Engagement Session | New York City Wedding Photographer

Christina and Justin New York City Engagement Session at Flat Iron building shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography

A few weeks ago I flew up to New York City and got to finally meet Christina and Justin! They are having a beautiful June 2019 wedding at Stone Mill Inn near my hometown in Pennsylvania! We had been communicating via email and FaceTime, so I was excited to meet them in person, finally! You guys, they are SO FUN!!!! Immediately upon meeting them, we instantly clicked, like we were long time friends catching up after so much time away. Christina and I hit it off right away after she initially inquired about her wedding date, but there is something extra special and fun about hanging out in person.

Christina and Justin met in college at a local bar - to be precise. When I asked Christina to tell me a little more their story and how Justin proposed, this is what she said: “Our engagement story: Justin and I met in college at a bar/restaurant named Brix on a Sunday watching football playoffs. After locking eyes a few times across the bar, he worked up the nerve to come tap me on the shoulder. His opening line was, "Do you want to pick a song on the juke box?" and I responded, "Um.. Im kind of watching football." We both cracked up at his ridiculous line, and we ended up talking for hours and not even watching the games. For our engagement, we were driving past our college town and Justin suggested we have lunch where we met (which neither of us had been back to since graduating). Justin had called ahead and talked to the waitress about filming our engagement secretively. Unfortunately, right before Justin began his proposal speech, the waitress came within 3 feet of my face with the camera recording, and I asked Justin why she was filming us. It turned into a quick drop to his knee, some words I don't remember, me saying "Wait really?!" over and over, and then a ring on my finger. Although it wasn't the most magical proposal moment (thanks overly excited waitress haha), the place it was at holds a spot in our hearts, and Justin had planned the following 3 days to spend celebrate with our families <3.” 

Christina is a nurse at a school in the heart of Manhattan (near the Flat Iron building — one of my favorite spots in the city), and Justin works in sales, also near the same area. They commute everyday on the subway from their cute little neighborhood in Queens. Christina is also a health coach. I follow her on Instagram and she’s inspired me to get into a regular exercise routine, eat healthy and meal prep for the week. She probably doesn’t know how much she’s inspired me. My clients become sweet friendships in my life.

Together, they have a major love for traveling and football (my kind of couple!). Right after their engagement, Justin and Christina took a trip to Europe and explored France, England, Italy and Ireland! (I am so jealous!). I already plan to ask for Christina’s frugal traveling tips and tricks. This girl knows how to travel well on a budget! :)

I couldn’t wait get into the city for their engagement session. We had a lot of fun grabbing taxis, dodging NYC traffic and chasing the sunlight before it set behind the city. Afterwards, we grabbed drinks and appetizers at one of their favorite Mexican restaurants. This engagement session is going in the books as one of my very favorites — more NYC sessions, please. ;)


Christina & Justin New York City Engagement Session at the Flat Iron building shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography
Christina and Justin New York City Engagement Session at Pier 46 shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography
Christina and Justin New York City Engagement Session at Pier 46 shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography
Christina and Justin New York City Engagement Session at Pier 46 shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography
Christina and Justin New York City Engagement Session at Pier 46 shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography
Christina and Justin New York City Engagement Session at Pier 46 shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography
Christina and Justin New York City Engagement Session at Pier 46 shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography
Christina and Justin New York City Engagement Session at Pier 46 shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography
Christina and Justin New York City Engagement Session at Pier 46 shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography
Christina and Justin New York City Engagement Session at Pier 46 shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography