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An Adorable, Summer Morning Engagement Session at the Brooks Museum | Meredith and Andrew | Destination Fine Art Wedding Photographer

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Meet Meredith and Andrew! These two couldn’t get any cuter! Meredith is the most adorable, bubbly darling girl and brings out Andrew’s sweet, down to earth, gentle personality in the best ways. They are smitten in every way and it showed throughout our time together during their session. These two have beautiful hearts for the Lord and simply put - SO MUCH FUN! I am noticing a serious trend with all my MKS couples.

Meredith and Andrew have been in a long distance relationship as they love and support each other’s dreams. I have so much respect for that and commend them! Long distance relationship are not easy; I can attest to that. It takes special people to make long distance work so well. That being said, they are ready to put an end to the distance and Andrew proposed to Meredith earlier this Spring while they vacationed in the Dominican! They do have that cute, beach SoCal vibe about them that I adore!

They are planning a January 2020 Memphis wedding and I am so excited I have the privilege to capture their sweet, bubbly, contagious love story. <3

I don’t know how, but I truly get so lucky with the sweetest, funnest, most adorable couples — I’m so thankful and happy, I could pinch myself! God has truly given me some of the most precious friendships from this business of mine.

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A Sunny, Spring Four-Day Weekend in Charleston, SC | Travel Guide | Pennsylvania and Tennessee Wedding Photographer

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Charleston, South Carolina - home of Rainbow Row, Spanish moss, US history, sailboats, incredible food, pink doorways and so much more! Earlier in March, Collins, Megan and myself took a road trip to Charleston! This was all our first time exploring all Charleston had to offer and let me say, it did not disappoint! I’m already figuring out when I can get back to the charming coastal city. The girls planned this trip to explore and shoot a bunch of fun Spring fashion content for their blogs! I always love when I have the opportunity to travel with them and shoot new, exciting, inspiring content for them. :)

We stayed in the cutest Airbnb in the sweetest neighborhood located in Mount Pleasant, just over the bridge from Charleston. Mount Pleasant and Charleston are so idyllic! Every single street, home and street corner is so picturesque. You feel like you’re walking on streets out of a storybook that are lined with darling historical pastel painted homes and palm trees.

Food:

Tradds is a newer restaurant in Charleston, but one you should definitely add to your list! Their style and atmosphere is so unique and fun. It was a great place to grab drinks and a delicious entrée with a group of friends!

Basic Kitchen was most definitely my favorite food stop! We enjoyed a really lovely lunch there. We got to sample several options on their menu (salads, fish, nachos, fried cauliflower, and my favorite - sweet potato fries!). Basic Kitchen grows much of their food and vegetables out in the back where they have several garden boxes and adorable deck seating! I highly recommend reserving a spot for lunch at Basic Kitchen!

Coastal Crust Pizza is located in the adorable suburbia of Charleston, Mount Pleasant. Their pizza is incredible! You can also order a glass or bottle of wine or beer to pair with your oven-baked pizza. They also serve a delicious homemade ice cream sandwiches, which I could not pass up! It was so good!

To Do:

We took a horse drawn carriage tour with Old South Carriage Tours. Our tour guide was fantastic and we learned so much fascinating history about Charleston, the architecture and all the crazy building codes they have! They take their homes and building/restoring regulations very seriously.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (the movie) was filmed in Charleston! We had planned on taking the Notebook movie tour, but ran out of time. This came highly suggested to us by many, so I would love to take this tour next time I’m back!

We made a day trip down to Savannah, Georgia, which was a great decision! Savannah is about a two hour drive and totally worth it! I wish we would’ve had more time there! Savannah is just as darling and charming as Charleston, but in a small town kind of way! I could have easily spent a three-day weekend in Savannah (which will happen at some point). ;)

A few years ago, I was able to take a quick day trip to Savannah. I visited Wormsloe plantation and immediately fell in love with the mile long drive lined with majestic oak trees covered in Spanish Moss. I highly recommend visiting if you can! We had planned on visiting Boone Hall Plantation, but also ran out of time for that. Shooting fashion content can be more time consuming than people think! :)

When I visit a new place, I love to just take a day to walk around on the streets, explore, check out the shops, boutiques, coffee shops etc. One of my favorite things to do is to find a coffee shop and try their coffee, along with a delicious pastry. I always find a cute coffee shop!

I can’t wait to go back to Charleston and add a more extensive travel guide!

xoxo, MK

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5 Reasons You Should Have a First Look | Destination and Elopement Wedding Photographer

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Hello Darlings!

Today’s blog post is going to address one question that will almost always come up in conversation when speaking with my couples — “First Look or No First Look?” I know, crazy that something truly so simple to add or take away from a wedding day timeline can be such a big question! That is why I decided to give you 5 reasons to do one or at the very least, consider it. :)

I have been shooting weddings since 2012 and as a photographer I have learned so much from each one. I have seen and experienced just about everything - what works from a practical approach, a creative approach and any other approach you can think of. From these experiences, I have developed practical approaches that have helped keep a wedding day less stressful, fun, and on time.

One of my personal preferences when a couple first inquires is having the opportunity to meet them - in person, over FaceTime (so thankful for today’s technology!), treat them to a coffee or dinner and listen to their story. I also love hearing about their wedding day vision, fears, desires, questions — everything! I love it all.

Usually one of the top reservations a bride or groom will have is the First Look and seeing each other before the bride’s grand ceremony entrance — completely understandable! I tell all my couples who are on the fence about having a First Look that it is the only element in their Wedding Timeline that dictates how the rest of their day flows. Both ways are completely and 100% possible (obviously), in most cases. Sometimes the time of year or time of ceremony will otherwise determine that ultimate decision and your photographer should be communicating that to you right away. However, in most cases, you will have the option.

These are the 5 Reasons I give each of my clients for why they should consider having a First Look:

  1. Think about this: both you and your families are inviting 200+ of your dearest friends to your wedding. Once you are introduced at your reception, the dances are finished, the cake has been cut, what is it that you AND your guests want to do?! Dance! Party! Talk and visit! Yay! That means, if you really breakdown your wedding day, your morning is spent Getting Ready, followed by pictures, the Ceremony, maybe a lot more pictures (if you don’t do a First Look) and the Reception. I have heard so many stories of couples saying they didn’t have a single moment with just them that did not consist of picture taking, people etc. Choosing to have a First Look prioritizes that. It allows for just the two of you to pause, slow down, share a special, intimate moment together, taking in your day and everything about it. This is YOUR day — you are getting MARRIED!! :D

  2. From a photographer, and practical point of view, a First Look allows for more time in your Timeline for pictures and/or time to rest before the ceremony. Simple as that. When a First Look is a part of the Timeline, you can pretty much knock out 95% of your wedding photos: bridal party (group and individuals at once), family, bride & groom portraits.

  3. Every single one of my couples who were on the fence about a First Look and decided to go with it specifically thanked me after the wedding day for ultimately convincing them to do a First Look. Here is another reason why: they realized how much it relieved the entire day of unnecessary Timeline stress. Also, they realized later that seeing each other in that intimate setting really helped calm any Wedding Day nerves. They were able to enjoy their ceremony in ways they probably would not have because of prior ceremony stress and nerves.

  4. I have yet to shoot a wedding when a couple said their First Look took away from the bride’s grand entrance of walking down the aisle. That is usually the biggest concern and every couple I have worked with who had been on the fence about the First Look said in no way did it actually take away from “that moment” — the groom seeing/watching his bride walk towards him. Surprised? I have a few tricks up my sleeve that the bride and I talk over before the wedding day to help with this — they are really simple and it works every time. ;)

  5. First Looks give you the freedom to do this: after the ceremony, it is time to PARTY!!! All the pre-reception photos are done (aside from sunset photos with the bride & groom if that is possible), which means you get to your reception and on that dance floor faster!! :)

I hope this post was helpful and insightful to you! Regardless of whether you choose to do a First Look, know that your wedding day is your day and it be will incredibly beautiful! I would love to hear your thoughts, so drop me a line! <3 MK

P.s. Scroll down to see some of my favorite First Look moments!


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