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An Annesdale Mansion Wedding | Kailan and Tyler | Memphis, TN | Destination Fine Art Wedding Photographer

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There are certain days that remind me what a privilege and joy it is to do what I do…photograph such special moments in another person’s life. Kailan and Tyler’s wedding was one of those days for me. This day was literally perfect in every way. A forecast calling for rain on their day turned into a cool, breezy mid 70’s sunny day. This day was filled with so much joy and it was contagious. From their amazing bridal party to their wonderful parents and families to their beloved guests, everyone radiated so much love and joy. We were all overjoyed to witness these two childhood friends become husband and wife! Read more about their love story and how they met here!

There are endless highlights about their gorgeous day that I could share, but the one that stuck out to me (and the other vendors participating with this moment) the most was their first look. I personally adore first looks and have witnessed so many precious ones, but this specific first look goes down in the books as my favorite. Their first look had me, the videographer and our second shooters all in tears. I think it is most brides’ dream for their groom to react the way Tyler did when he turned around and saw Kailan for the first time in her dress. It was so genuine and sincere. His eyes welled up with tears and he fell to his knees not once, but three times! Tyler was completely blown away by the beauty of his bride. Once we all got ourselves together, (lol) they then read out loud the letters they had written to one another. (cue more tears from us vendors). Afterwards, Tyler surprised Kailan with a gift. He gave her a thick, leather bond journal - 150 pages - to be exact. Each page filled with hand written entries to her. Every day, for 150 days leading up to their wedding, over his lunch break, Tyler sat down and wrote to his future bride. Their first look and Tyler’s gift to Kailan was one of the most romantic gestures I’ve witnessed.

Kailan & Tyler! Your willingness to give me extra time for your portraits make me LOVE YOU FOREVER! Thank you so much for having me be your wedding photographer and trusting me with your memories! I truly feel like the luckiest to have been the one to capture your special day!!

Enjoy a few of my favorites from this gorgeous Annesdale Mansion wedding!

xoxo, Mary Kate

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Vendors:


Venue - Annesdale Mansion
Ceremony Venue - Wilson Chapel at Christ United Methodist Church 
Photography - Mary Kate Steele Photography
Videography - Twenty-Two Magnolias Productions
Second Shooter - Morgan Cowles Newsom
Calligraphy - Rachel Fisher Calligraphy
Dress - Anne Barge at Bustle
Cake - Karen Woodlee with Cakes & Candies by Karen 
Rentals - White Door Events
Florist - Kacie Cooper Floral Designer
Coordinator - Amy Tyler
Hair - Deborah Parker
Makeup - Laura Elizabeth Zerwig & Heather Sappenfield
Spray Tan - Jordan Smith with Glo Spray tans 
Caterer - Cindy Krag Catering
Band - Nick Black
Ceremony Music - Rachel and Tony Fisher- vocals
Anna Pearson- violin 
John Palmer- organ
Bus - Tennessee Limousine Service

A Sunny, Winter Day Trip to Terrain Garden Cafe | Greenhouse and Wedding Venue | Pennsylvania and Tennessee Wedding Photographer

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Ever wonder what a greenhouse, cafe, nursery, garden & home shop looks like all combined into one? What if I told you such a place exists and to top it off, it also looks like you stepped into an Anthropologie catalog? This magical place is real AND it is also a Wedding/Event venue!! Yes, you did read that right!

This place is called Terrain Garden Cafe & Shop Terrain. It is located just outside Philly, Pa and visiting this beautiful, dreamy, magical heaven has been on my to do list! Of course I wanted to enjoy the full experience that Terrain had to offer, so I started my morning with a reservation for brunch at their lovely garden cafe.

I would suggest checking out the incredible food menu on their website to get an idea what they serve. Everything is fresh and caters to those who love a healthy, wholesome meal! <3 I ended up ordering their breakfast board and sharing it with a friend who came along with me! The breakfast board consisted of made-to-order eggs, applewood bacon, breakfast sausage, toast and fresh mixed greens served on a beautiful wooden serving board. I must make a note of this: before our breakfast was brought out, we were served the most delightfully delicious homemade bread served in a flowerpot! Yes, a flowerpot. It was baked in the flowerpot and it was perfect.

Terrain Garden Cafe also offers many delicious hot teas and coffees, along with an adorable coffee bar. My friend and I both ordered hot herbal tea. Our waitress brought out the sweetest, most darling little single serving teapots and teacups to match. The attention to detail and branding at Terrain is impeccable and so well done.

After a quiet, relaxing brunch, we wandered around the shop, greenhouses, and grounds at Terrain. Amongst all the beautiful and exotic plants, trees and flowers placed perfectly throughout, there were shelves decorated with darling beauty products, handmade jewelry and candles. Sun hats hung on the walls. Home decor, party hosting books, recipe books, cocktail ingredients and canned goods lined open shelving strategically placed throughout the greenhouse shop. Beautiful linen table cloths, napkins and aprons hung perfectly along wooden ladder rungs. Table scapes decorated with immaculate handmade pottery, dish sets and adorable mugs added final touches brilliantly.

It is easy to say I wanted everything in sight. Lol. One of my favorite sections in the shop though was the children’s section. Children’s gardening and forest fort building books were sweetly stacked next to adorable red Hunter rain boots and gardening tools for little hands. I can’t wait to take Mark there someday. Also, I made a mental note to go order a few of those precious products off Amazon. ;)

Across the way, outside of the shop and cafe was the Garden Woodshed. Inside is their gorgeous wedding and event venue! They offer such a beautiful, unique and sophisticated wedding experience! All I have to say is that I would absolutely love to shoot a wedding at Terrain! So if you’re looking for a photographer and you’re getting married at Terrain, let me know! ;)


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A Simple Solution to Protect Your Eyes in 2019 | Pixel Eyewear | Tennessee and Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

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Good morning darling friends!

The sun is shining and I am currently making my to do list for today! I’ve got a question for you! Ever notice the longer you spend staring at your computer at work answering emails, writing proposals, working on reports or scrolling through Instagram that your eyes feel heavy or tired? Do you ever get subtle headaches or fatigue and wonder why you feel so tired?! Let me guess, you probably thought you slept well last night. Well, it is proven that we as a culture spend more time looking at screens than ever before. I certainly love scrolling through my Instagram - haha! At twenty-nine years old though, feeling fatigued and my eyes being tired is not on my agenda. This year, one of my goals is to be better about monitoring my screen time and being healthier — like being more conscious of protecting my eyes!

If eye and/or mental fatigue and mild headaches sounds familiar, I have some good news for you! Pixel Eyewear offers fashionable, non-prescription glasses for both men and women that are designed to help reduce and protect from blue light. These eyeglasses help reduce fatigue and tiredness (strain) in your eyes allowing you to be more efficient and protect your eyes! These glasses are great to wear at work, while you’re on your phone, laying in bed scrolling through Instagram or even watching tv. I will note that I personally have prescription eye-glasses because of a lazy eye. Several times over the last few weeks, I have found myself in situations where I did not have my prescription glasses with me. Luckily, I did have my pair of Pixel Eyeglasses in my bag and they were a huge help, reducing my eye fatigue and keeping me focused and efficient!

As wedding & fashion photographer, a lot of screen time is inevitable, so if there is a way to help protect my eyes, you better believe I am going to take it! My eyes are incredibly vital for me to continue doing what I love to do! :)

I am excited — Pixel Eyewear and I decided it would be fun to host a giveaway! Here’s how to enter:

Follow (on Instagram) @marykatesteele and @pixeleyewear

Like my Instagram post

Tag your friends that need a pair, too!

Be sure to check back on my Instagram, a winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday evening! Pixel was so generous to also offer a special discount to all my friends — use the code “marykate” at checkout! <3

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