Lititz PA

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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Meet Kelsey - Connor and Co. Wedding Planner, Wedding Design and Floral Curator | Vendor Highlight Mini Blog Series | Tennessee and Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

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Happy Monday darling friends!

I am currently sitting in a cute coffee shop in Nashville cranking out a bunch of work (ie editing, answering emails and finally writing a new blog post)! I’m in Nashville working with my girls Collins and Megan — shooting for their blogs and have some down time. Going some place new and just sitting down, people watching, networking with new people and cranking out some work can be really energizing! Yay for a productive and fun Monday!

In December when I was brainstorming what sort of blog posts I wanted to incorporate into my brand this year, I came up with this fun mini blog series idea that I am excited to introduce to you! I am calling it the Vendor Highlight Mini Series! As a wedding photographer, I have the privilege to work with so many amazing, crazy talented people (or vendors) and I thought to myself, “you know, as a bride planning a wedding, a blog feature might be a fun way to learn and “meet” other vendors in the wedding world!” It is also a really great way to support my fellow creative friends and feature their hard work/small businesses!

My first Vendor Highlight is my dear, sweet friend Kelsey! She owns and runs her business — Connor & Co. Wedding Planning, Wedding Design and Floral Curator. Let me tell you, this girl is extremely talented, she has a lot of drive and gumption and will go so incredibly far with her business. She has so many dreams, goals and vision for Connor & Co. I consider it a privilege to be her friend, watch her continue to blossom, work along side her and see her go leaps and bounds with her business.

I sat down with Kelsey to ask her some questions about Connor & Co. — what it is exactly that she does, where she’d like to be in 5 years, what she loves about being a planner and floral curator etc. I hope you enjoy reading and learning more about Kelsey and Connor & Co.!

Mary Kate: Tell me about your business? What about your business do you love the most?

Kelsey: I love the freedom to be creative. I have a background in business as well, so getting to use that, while being creative is a lot of fun. I love meeting new people and helping them. Connor & Co. allows me enjoy all those aspects.

Mary Kate: What inspired you to do this; to start a business and go full-time with it? 

Kelsey: I love all the aspects of owning a small business. As a bride, your wedding day is a day society deems the most important day of your life. It is stressful. I love helping people and being a part of the creative process and help them make decisions. I’m the friend that won’t grow tired of hearing you talk about your wedding plans/dreams. I want to help you bring your vision to life!!

Mary Kate: What are some of your goals for this year and for the future? 

Kelsey: My 5 year plan: I really want to add business coaching to my business. As a wedding planner starting out, for example, I didn’t have someone that could tell me exactly where to go to get a business license, how to run a business, or where to get my whole sale license etc. I would love to offer a place for creatives to find those answers and tools to succeed. I want to be the planner that other vendors can come to and ask questions and learn from. One of my goals is to build a community, a place where someone feels welcomed and can learn — no matter where they are at in their business. As creatives, we really do need an outlet for us to all come together and support one another in the business realm, creative realm, etc.

Mary Kate: What are some questions that you get from brides inquiring? What specifically do you do? 

Kelsey: I help with brides’ create their wedding day timeline. If a bride is undecided on her color scheme, I help her nail that down. I also help her make decisions in general about her wedding day. One way I do that is create mood boards of inspiration. I will help with the floor layout, too. I am one of few wedding planners that leave communication between me and the bride open, meaning the bride may email me as much as needed throughout the wedding planning process.

I also offer Add On items to the packages I offer : Vendor meetings, Tour the venue place again, Visiting rental places etc. I also help brides’ with budget management and/or help them set a general wedding budget. I offer Invitation management – take the invitations to designer and calligraphy, keep up with RSVPs.

I hope this was a fun little interview that was helpful for you as a bride! Kelsey truly is so much fun and will do an amazing job bringing your wedding day and floral dreams to life!

Connor & Co. books weddings that hire them for Wedding planning, Wedding design and Floral Design.

xoxo, MK

 

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The perfect Vegan Leather Women's Camera Backpack | The Lyra by Kamrette | Personal

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Are you a photographer on the hunt for a new, super cute, stylish, practical, functional and sturdy bag for your camera gear? Last Fall I was on that hunt. I own a Langly backpack, which I love, but I wanted something a little smaller. I also knew that I didn't want a shoulder bag. Shopping for a new camera bag is a tad overwhelming. There are so many options to choose from! 

My search was over as soon as I stumbled upon an Australian brand, Kamrette, on Instagram. It didn't take me long to fall in love with the design, style and colors of their bags, specifically the backpacks! After several weeks of shopping around and contemplating, I kept going back to this bag and decided it was worth taking the risk! I bought the Lyra backpack. You guys, I have been so incredibly happy with it! This vegan leather bag comes with so many customizable options for your gear and the most practical pockets. The straps are adjustable and the back pocket is specifically designed for your laptop. I have to admit, probably my favorite feature about this bag though is the strap at the bottom backside. It allows for you to slip the bag over your suitcase while you roll it! How awesome is that?! 

I've had this bag for just shy of a year now and I've been super impressed with how well it has held up! Also, it is so comfortable and it is the only bag that when I'm wearing it, I get more compliments about it than I can count! 

Depending on what specific gear you want to carry with you will obviously depend what will all fit. I am able to fit two cameras, three to four lenses, a flash, plus numerous accessories. Sometimes when traveling, I will only take one camera with me, two lenses, my Beats headphones, my laptop and charger etc. This specific bag comes in tan, black and a cute light tan canvas. I've linked Kamrette's website and my backpack

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