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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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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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