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A Cute, Small Town 4th of July Engagement Session in Lititz, Pennsylvania | Lauren and Kyle | Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

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Lititz is my small hometown! It is as idyllic as you can imagine. It is a storybook small town with German influence and New England colonial architecture. (Maybe I should do a blog post featuring my favorite hometown?). It’s where I grew up, made some of my most cherished memories and met some of my dearest friends. One of those dearest friends is my down the street, childhood BFF, Lauren! I think we were about 5 years old when our special friendship first began. We did everything together: sleepovers, played dress up, built old sheet teepee tents out in the backyard, was each other’s sidekick on a few family vacations, all of it. When I think of my childhood and growing up, Lauren will always be a part of those chapters and I am so thankful she was. :)

As most friendships do, ours went through a season where we went our own ways — explored college and made our way through this whole thing called being an “adult”. We always kept in touch here and there, but had our own busy lives! You know how it goes. About a year ago, we really reconnected and it’s been so much fun! Lauren is a world traveler so she’s been giving me all the tips for my upcoming trips! She’s also inspired me to become more dedicated to running. This girl is a beast and has competed in so many marathons. One day, I’d like to compete in my own.

I was SO excited when Lauren asked me to shoot her and Kyle’s engagement session! I was even more excited when they decided last minute to do their session in our sweet Lititz. Lititz has one of the oldest running 4th of July celebrations, setting the bar pretty high — there really isn’t a 4th celebration like it! I’m talking about full-blown hometown parade on the 3rd with a full day of festivities in the town park on the 4th completed with a fantastic firework, laser light show! Kyle and Lauren are getting married next year right after the 4th of July, so it only seemed appropriate to incorporate Lititz and the 4th of July celebrations into their session!

Lauren and Kyle are both school teachers and they are so passionate about it! Together they have a few fur-babies and are renovating a house they just bought together!

I am so excited that I get the honor of celebrating with them next July in MEXCIO!


xoxo, MK

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Summer Morning Snuggles at Comeback Coffee | Evelyn and Jacob | Memphis Wedding Photographer

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Comeback Coffee is a brand new coffee shop in downtown Memphis and it has been the talk of the town! At my first visit, when I glanced at the gorgeous window front and natural light pouring through, I just knew I had to do some sessions there!

Evelyn and Jacob are sweet, sweet friends of mine and I was so very excited when they agreed to do a session at Comeback Coffee. These two are the most genuine people you’ll meet and they are just the people to ask about where to grab a mean cup of coffee or delicious Memphis food! Evelyn and Jacob love spending a slow Saturday or Sunday morning sitting at a coffee shop with each other and talking about life. I love that about them. :)

Something else they love is traveling! Which you all know how much I love traveling too! Every year, Evelyn & Jacob go on a special trip together to somewhere new — just the two of them! I’ve decided I want to start that tradition in my own life. They save money and plan a new trip together! This summer they went to Italy, Spain, France & England! I may be a little jealous. I was most definitely living vicariously through them. ;)

Next year, Europe here I come! <3

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A Whimsical Summertime Wedding at Stone Mill Inn | Christina and Justin | Destination Fine Art Wedding Photographer

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A double fist pump! They are MARRIED!

I distinctly remember my first conversation with Christina and thinking to myself, “I really like this sweet new friend of mine!” Little did either of us know it would be the start of a sweet friendship that went deeper than wedding planning. Over the course of a year, Christina and Justin quickly became people I consider dear friends. From our first in person hangout sesh doing engagement pictures in Manhattan to a long weekend visiting and exploring NYC with them. These guys are so sincere and genuine with their love for each other and everyone in their lives.

Everyone was so happy and super excited to celebrate the precious, endearing love between Christina & Justin. Their wedding was hands down one of my very favorites. It was simply such a fun, stress free day, just like them.

Of course, there were so many moments throughout the day that I would love to share, but for time’s sake, I’ll share my very favorites. Christina and Justin chose to do a First Look and I definitely just added another first look moment to my favorites list. (Side note: I am hands down 100% with no shame a “hopeless romantic”. I just love when a groom gets all emotional and weepy when he sees his bride for the first time). Justin was tearing up before Christina and I even made it outside for their First Look. It was all kinds of precious. By the end of First Look, he was sobbing and of course he had me crying too. (lol)

The guests walked a gorgeous wooded pathway to the ceremony site that was tucked away in the woods. This ceremony was so beautiful, but what made it magical was the hanging three chandelier fixture suspended from the tree tops. The owner of Stone Mill Inn did all the design and landscaping himself and my, oh my, it is breathtaking. I can’t not speak highly enough of the owners and staff at Stone Mill Inn.

During the ceremony, Justin walked over to where Christina’s parents should’ve been sitting to drink beer out of beer can that was sitting in honor of her dad. Christina’s parents both passed away and though they were not able to be there physically, we all knew they were in Heaven looking down on Christina and Justin.

Last, but certainly not least, one thing I love about Christina and Justin — they LOVE TO DANCE! They chose to take dance lesson and learn a special first dance routine to their first dance song, “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young. Ya’ll…. this dance routine was serious first dance goals. It was full of fancy steps, twirling, dipping and lifting Christina in the air and spinning her around. (Cue more tears). After dinner, the reception dance party of LIT and it was so much fun to watch and participate. :)

What a day full of so much joy and fun!

Christina & Justin! It was the biggest privilege capturing your gorgeous, whimsical, fairytale wedding! Thank you for trusting me and asking me to be your wedding photographer! I can’t wait for more long weekends all together in NYC and Memphis!

xoxo, Mary Kate


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