New York City Bride

Summertime Cocktails at the Whimsical SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC | Lancaster Wedding Photographer

SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography

Ya’ll… next time you’re in NYC, do yourself a favor. Spend a morning, afternoon or evening, walk around Eataly (across the street from the famous Flat Iron building). It is an authentic Italian food market and it is AMAZING! They have the finest, rarest and most incredible cheeses, meats, pastas, seafood, spices, coffee and restaurants you’ll ever set your eyes on. While you’re there, make reservations to eat and/or try a cocktail at the gorgeous SERRA by Birreria rooftop. Holy moly, ya’ll. I was so overwhelmed and taken back by how extravagant the florals were! There were florals hanging from the ceiling, floral arches, floral arrangements, chandeliers — it was UNREAL. Talk about creativity! I could’ve taken photos up there all day long. Haha!

Sadly, I did not have time to make a reservation to sit down and sample their menu, however, the cocktail I had was incredible! SERRA by Birreria was the perfect summertime NYC rooftop experience. I cannot wait to go back!

xoxo, MK

SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
201SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography

A Romantic Lunch at La Mercerie Cafe | Lifestyle and Travel | New York City Photographer

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New York City is so captivating and magical. I travel to the city often for work and always take the opportunity to try new places (which really isn’t hard to do) when I’m there. While being in the city this past May, I had the privilege to visit one of my couples who lives in Astoria, New York! Staying with them gave me an entirely different experience of the city! Just when I thought I was in love with New York City, that trip confirmed it even more. Experiencing more of a day-to-day lifestyle and exploring several of the gems in the adorable, slower suburb was truly incredible. I’ll save that for another post!

While working in Manhattan with a client, we grabbed an impeccable lunch at the stunning La Mercerie Cafe. Walking in the doors and through the heavy dark lavender drapes and setting eyes on the dining setup made my heart burst! I felt like I walked into cafe in Paris. It was marvelous. A corner of the cafe was filled with gorgeous blooms and greenery. The restaurant has an open kitchen, allowing you to watch the cooks prepare your dishes. The back of the restaurant is a shop filled with stunning crafted furniture, linens and home decors. It is such an experience. If you ever find yourself in New York, I highly recommend reserving time in your trip to dine at La Mercerie.

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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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