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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
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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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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