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Brandywine Valley Wedding from mk Photography

Have you ever noticed how wonderful mk Photography‘s images always, always are?  They are gorgeous + classic, capturing the love in a way that no one else does. Needless to say, we’re fans. This Wilmington wedding was nothing short of mk Photography’s usual genius, due in part to the beautiful images, and due in full to the absolutely stunning soiree at center. Promise me you’ll hop into the gallery when you’re ready, and I’ll promise you that you won’t be disappointed!

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Sean and I joined the South Jersey Rowing Club in 2003 while we were in high school. We were friends from the start but really bonded during the team’s trip to the Canadian Henley a few years later. Shortly after, Sean reluctantly left for the Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, but we remained pen pals. Our friendship began to blossom into something more through the exchange of letters, and when Sean returned for Thanksgiving, we were anxious to spend time together. We began dating in December 2005, and Sean transferred to Saint Joseph’s University in the spring semester. We managed to make a relationship work throughout college despite being 2 1/2 hours apart, members of Division I rowing teams, and a semester spent abroad. Distance means so little when someone means so much.

After I graduated college, we moved in together in Philadelphia, but just a year later, I relocated to Baltimore for medical school. One weekend Sean came to visit me in Baltimore and brought pumpkins to carve. I carved a devil cat, aka our cat Cody, and Sean carved, “Marry me?” Everyone always asks me how I didn’t know what Sean was carving, but if you know me well, you know I’m rather competitive and very focused on whatever I’m doing. Needless to say, Sean’s pumpkin was definitely the best that night, and I happily accepted his proposal!

The first decision we made in the wedding planning process was the location. We searched online for venues in the greater Philadelphia area that had an outdoor setting, and Winterthur stood out above the rest. As soon as we stepped foot in the beautiful gardens, we knew that we wanted to get married at Winterthur. On that visit, we also stopped by the Inn at Montachannin Village. The inn was a perfect compliment to Winterthur because of its rich history and beautiful setting, so we booked the inn for the wedding weekend. From there, everything else just fell into place.

We wanted an elegant, romantic wedding with a subtle bird theme woven through the decor. My mom has always called us the “Lovebirds” and Sean actually bought me a lovebird one Valentine’s Day, so we thought it was very fitting. My mom was instrumental in helping Sean and I plan the wedding of our dreams. Being in medical school, I didn’t have a lot of free time for wedding planning, so we absolutely couldn’t have done it without her help.

The wedding turned out perfect, just how we envisioned, and we had an amazing time celebrating with all of our family and friends! Since the wedding, Sean has relocated to Baltimore and was able to transfer jobs within his company. We are really excited to start our new life together as husband and wife and to never have to be apart again!

Photographer: mk Photography / Wedding dress: James Clifford / Wedding shoes: Dior / Headpiece: Sara Gabriel / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Donna Morgan / Bride’s and bridesmaids’ jewelry: Etsy / Invitations: BRIDES / Programs, place cards, table numbers, and menus: Blush Paperie / Venue: Winterthur / Bridal Party Preperations: Montchanin Inn / Flowers, lighting, and draping: Beautiful Blooms / Wedding cake: Liz Marden / Officiant: Rev. Patricia Painter, Vows of the Heart / Ceremony and cocktail music: Shaw Strings / Reception music: Jack Faulkner Orchestra / Videographer: CinemaCake / Thumb print guest book: Leaf Your Love / Favors: I’ll Be Dipped

Donna Morgan, James Clifford Collection and Sara Gabriel are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. mkPhotography and CinemaCake Filmmakers are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Greenville Country Club Wedding from mk Photography

You know what I love about this wedding? The feeling you get when scrolling through the beautiful images from mk Photography. You can almost feel the warm summer air and smell the fresh flowers. I can’t help but smile a ridiculously cheesy smile when I see just how much the couple loves each other. You can totally tell this is the kind of soiree you would have done anything to attend… except maybe give up your piece of that gorgeous cake. Click here for more!

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It was the summer of 2008. Unknown to Kasey, Ryan was working that summer as a summer associate at her father’s law firm in Delaware. Just weeks before Ryan was set to return to NYU School of Law, he attended an end-of-the-summer party for the law firm held at Kasey’s parent’s house. Upon arriving, Ryan noticed Kasey but he was hesitant to approach her knowing that her father was a partner at the law firm Ryan was working for that summer. However, Ryan threw caution to the wind and after taking the entire evening to build up the courage to approach her, he introduced himself to Kasey. Ryan and Kasey started talking that evening and have been together ever since.

Over the next couple of years, while Ryan finished law school in New York, Kasey and Ryan would often travel between Delaware and New York by train to see each other. After Ryan graduated from NYU, he accepted a job as an associate at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. and Kasey accepted a position as a first grade teacher at St. Veronica Catholic School in Chantilly, VA. It was there, in D.C., that Kasey and Ryan would begin their lives together after Ryan’s proposal on December 4, 2010.

Over the weekend of December 3, 2010, Ryan and Kasey traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit friends and enjoy a weekend in the city together. D.C. held a special place in their relationship because it was there that Ryan asked Kasey to be his girlfriend. On Saturday, December 4tth, Ryan proposed to Kasey in a park along the Capital Mall. Kasey eagerly accepted! After the proposal, as Ryan and Kasey walked along the Potomac River to return to the hotel, they met the legendary Paul McCartney, who congratulated them on their engagement. Although meeting this musical legend wasn’t in Ryan’s plan, he did have another surprise for Kasey. What she thought was a special dinner between the two of them at one of their favorite downtown restaurants to celebrate the day, turned out to be a dinner with both of their families! Ryan had arranged for Kasey’s parents and his parents to meet them at the restaurant that night to celebrate. Kasey, Ryan and their parents enjoyed a great night of joy and happiness together!

Because both of us were born and raised in Delaware, we wanted to choose a reception area that represented this fact. After we first visited the Greenville Country Club, a former DuPont mansion, we knew that we wanted to celebrate our special day there. We fell in love with the views, the outdoor patio, the atmosphere, and the history of the location. It was a perfect day in a perfect place.

Photography: mk Photography / Reception: Greenville Country Club / Cake: Liz Marten / Cinematography: Brock Pemberton / Flowers: Way’s Florist / Bride’s Shoes: Benjamin Adams / DJ: Rich Buchanan / Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ dresses: Irini’s Originals / Music: Wilmington String Ensemble / Video Booth: Escudero Photography / Invitations: Apropos / Tuxedos: Jos. A. Bank / Church: St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine

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DIY Wilmington Wedding from Sweetwater Portraits

You may want to close your office door for a moment. If you’re anything like me, in about 2 minutes, you’re going to be scrolling through a gallery to the sweetest wedding we’ve seen with a huge, goofy in love grin on your face. Sweetwater Portraits sent in this charming soiree, and since it hit my inbox, I’ve been developing my crush on these two sweethearts, their stunning handmade fête, and the gorgeous images. Click here to commence the crush!

The best and most unique part of our wedding is how much of it was customized and hand-made to fit our style and personalities. We are generally, non-traditional people who like to stand apart from the rest. Pete’s Mom made the hand-made fabric bunting/flags. My parents created wooden signs for the wedding and our chairs. My sister made the table numbers and every place card. My best friend sang at the wedding. Our next-door neighbor (who’s house is literally connected to ours) married us. Pete’s friend supplied our Mason Jars for Sangria (my personal favorite recipe that was used). We wanted everything to stand out, and not look so expected or typical, hence the bridesmaids in off-white/Ivory. We had our friends and family read letters/cards/poems during our ceremony that we had written to each other over the 7 years that we had been together. All of our friends and family came together to help make everything so hand-on, creative, and special.

Pete and I met while I was forced to take an EMT class (thank God), by my 3rd year of PA school (undergrad). My instructor and classmate were from Pete’s hometown and knew him through the Volunteer Fire Co, where Pete volunteered as an EMT/Firefighter back then. I used to coach field hockey camp down at the DE beaches, and so it was set up for us to meet; a blind date, if you will, to “study” for the EMT boards. I knew right away when I met Pete, there was something special about this guy! The following week when I came back for my second week of hockey camp, we met up every night, often staying up until 3, 4, 5 am (camp began at 8 am)…and as they say, the rest is history.

Pete’s proposal was about a 6 month long torturous process! From about February 2010 until August 2010 (when he finally propsed), Pete would ask me “proposal-like” questions on at least a weekly basis for everyday life questions. “Alaina, I have something very important to ask you, will you……grab the laundry?” Finally, August 15, 2010, we were on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, heading from a friend’s beach house in NJ, to go visit Pete’s parents in DE to celebrate their anniversary with an annual Crab Feast. Pete proposed on the deck of the Ferry, asking me to “pick a hand”, implying the “ring” might be in one of his hands (a trick/joke he had been using for months….never a ring present). I picked a hand…empty. Some greater power that be came over me, and I said “Can I try again?” Low and behold…there was the ring…in the other hand.

We currently live in Wilmington, DE where we bought a house in 2008. We have a ridiculously awesome Siberian Husky named Kai. I am a Physician Assistant and Pete is an Occupational Therapist, degrees that we both received from Philadelphia University, but completely separate from each other, and often that is how people think we met. We honeymooned in Australia, which was an incredibly unique experience, and in fact, we ate Kangaroo!

Photography: Sweetwater Portraits / Ceremony Venue: North Lawn at Rockwood Park / Reception Venue: The Carriage House at Rockwood Park / Caterer: The Greenery Caterers / Flowers: Bloomsbury Flowers / Invitations: Letter C Design / Music: D&J DJ Services / Hair: Fabrizio Salon & Spa, Carmen / Makeup: Fabrizio Salon & Spa, Kim / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Dress: J.Crew / Rings: Tiffany & Co. /Bride’s earrings: Kate Spade / Bride’s bracelet: Banana Republic / Bridesmaid bracelets: Kate Spade

Badgley Mischka and J.Crew are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Sweetwater Portraits is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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