Georgia

Kelsey & Evan | Engagement

It is really amazing how social media allows us to connect with people all over the world. Kelsey reached out to me through Instagram when she randomly found my work! It didn't take long for me to realize Kelsey was going to be a dream client, a bride that I would adore working with. Not only does she have the sweetest, dearest heart, but she was so complimentary of my work and knew right away she wanted me there on her wedding day capturing all the precious moments. 

It truly means the world to a creative, artist, photographer and any other vendor when a client hands you the keys to their vision and dream for their wedding day and says, "Run with it; we trust you!". 

Kelsey and Evan are from Pittsburg, PA and will have their wedding in the gorgeous Excelsior venue in Lancaster, PA! When we initially started talking about their engagement session, we knew we wanted to shoot somewhere grand. I threw out the idea of shooting at Longwood Gardens (secretly hoping they would be up for it!). Not only did they quickly reply back saying "Yes, we love it!", but they drove all the way from Pittsburgh to Philly so we could shoot at Longwood Gardens. 

Kelsey & Evan were an absolute joy and dream to work with. The sweet love they have for each other is contagious and so precious. They are the happiest couple ever and it overflows from their hearts. While they danced during their session, I kept thinking about that sweet song in the Disney movie "Cinderella". 

Mmm...
So this is love, mmm...
So this is love
So this is what makes life divine

I'm all aglow, mmm...
And now I know
The key to all heaven is mine

My heart has wings, mmm...
And I can fly
I'll touch every star in the sky

So this is the miracle
That I've been dreaming of
Mmm...
So, this is love

 

xoxo, 

Mary Kate

Vendors: 

Venue - Longwood Gardens, Hair & Makeup - Unfading Beauty by Kristen, Photographer - Mary Kate Steele Photography 

South Carolina | Family Vacation

Hello my lovelies! 

How's everyone's Summer going? It's really hard to believe August is just around the corner and that Summer is winding down. How is that even possible? It is so true what they say, "the days are long but the years are short." 

This has been a wonderful, crazy Summer for me and my little family. I thought I'd share a little recap. My husband, Nick, has been away for several weeks playing guitar in a worship band traveling around the country. I've been here holding down the fort, working, shooting weddings, and running around with my toddler, Mark. 

Last weekend, Mark and I were invited for an impromptu trip to go visit Nick and the band for a long weekend in South Carolina. Ohhh, let me tell you, it was the best thing for my soul. The band has been playing at a summer camp at Hilton Head for the past two weeks. It was so wonderful to get out of town, see the beach (for the first time for me since 2012!), and visit Nick! While we were there, we visited beautiful Charleston - that place is simply DARLING and full of so much history. I'm pretty sure I walked around all day with major heart eyes. Charleston is filled with so many historical architectural buildings, cobble stone streets and alleys, gorgeous cathedrals with majestic steeples, pastel colored homes and palm trees - lots of palm trees. :) 

When plans had finalized for me to go to Hilton Head, I had decided I needed to try and make it to Savannah, Georgia, too! Savannah is so picturesque and only just shy of an hour from Hilton Head. Perfect! I also wanted to check out the famous, eery and beautiful Wormsloe Plantation, specifically the Oak-lined drive. It stretches a mile long, being the longest oak-lined drive in the world. The scenic drive from Hilton Head to Savannah is totally worth it, too. After checking out Wormsloe, which had me totally mesmerized, it started to downpour. It rained the hardest I've seen in a long time, so sadly, I didn't get the chance to walk around downtown Savannah like I had planned, but the drive was worth it just to see Wormsloe. 

Last weekend was the best, quickest long weekend ever and was exactly what I needed. Nick and I are already planning a trip to go back to South Carolina for some day. <3 

*Photos were taken with both a 5D Mark iii and iPhone*

Until the next post. 

XOXO, 

MK