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Hi! I'm Karina. I love photographing weddings + special moments throughout the East Coast! I'm happily married to my best friend and I LOVE love. I'm overjoyed to share these beautiful love stories with you!

Hi, I'm Karina.

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I can’t say enough beautiful words about Amy & Brandon’s Hudson House wedding in Jersey City. These two are the sweetest couple and I’m so happy that they had the perfect autumn weather for their outdoor ceremony overlooking New York City. Scroll on to read more about these two and to see their gorgeous day […]

Autumn Hudson House Wedding // Amy & Brandon

Apr 20, 2022

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Danielle & Pete I am so excited for Danielle and Pete’s Westmount Country Club wedding this weekend, I just had to share their sweet engagement session from last fall! Danielle and Pete postponed their wedding twice due to COVID and I can’t wait to see them finally say their vows and celebrate with their loved […]

Sandy Hook Engagement // Danielle & Pete

Jun 10, 2021

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Fairytale Central Park Wedding Inspiration This Central Park wedding shoot was so incredible dreamy! From gorgeous florals to an incredibly romantic wedding dress, the whole day felt like a true fairytale! I loved capturing these light and airy wedding photos at this NYC winter wedding. Gorgeous Hanna Mae was the most stunning NYC bride! Wedding […]

Fairytale Central Park Wedding Inspiration

Jun 9, 2021

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Gorgeous Engagement Photo Locations in NJ I was so excited when Elizabeth and Dan chose their gorgeous summer engagement photo spots! Not only did I get to capture this sweet couple in the lush greenery of Deep Cut Gardens, I also got to venture with them to Sandy Hook Beach! Both spots are perfect engagement […]

Sandy Hook Beach & Deep Cut Gardens Engagement

Oct 9, 2020

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Perfect blue skies and oceans waves made for the most beautiful beach wedding in Long Island! This sweet bride and groom basked in the summer sun and their love for each other as they celebrated their gorgeous Creek Club Long Island wedding.

The Creek Club Long Island Wedding

May 30, 2020

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This Hotel du Village wedding was an absolute DREAM! This majestic French country estate was covered in gorgeous green gardens and the softest summer light. I loved every minute of capturing this romantically modern wedding day!

Dreamy Hotel du Village Wedding

May 24, 2020

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Luiza is an incredibly talented party planner and every detail of her garden tea bridal shower was exquisite! From the breathtaking beauty of the Conservatory to the delicate icing details on the teacup cookies, Luiza put together the perfect soiree to celebrate her upcoming marriage!

Madison Hotel Bridal Shower: Luiza’s Garden Tea Party

May 7, 2020

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Holiday proposal in NYC at Lotte New York Palace captured by NYC proposal photographer Karina Mekel
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As an NYC proposal photographer, I’ve been so lucky to be a part of some amazing love stories in my favorite city! There’s nothing quite like capturing the perfect moment when a sweet couple decides to spend the rest of their lives together. Between the gorgeous parks, iconic buildings, and stunning skylines, there are so many great places to propose in NYC! I’m so excited to share some of my absolute favorite proposal locations!

My Favorite NYC Proposal Locations

May 2, 2020

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Luiza has went from the perfect bride-to-be to the perfect MOM-to-be!! She was showered by her closest friends and family and I’m so excited to have been there too! Held at Il Fornetto overlooking Sheepshead Bay, guests enjoyed a beautiful waterside view from the balcony. The venue made for a picture-perfect backdrop for this Brooklyn themed baby shower in anticipation of baby Sergio’s arrival. This precious little bunny is due on April 12th, Easter Sunday, and needless to say the couple simply cannot wait to meet sweet Sergio!

Luiza’s Brooklyn Themed Baby Shower // il Fornetto

Apr 7, 2020

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Carly and Justin’s Asbury Park + Sandy Hook engagement session was one of my favorite winter sessions EVER! They braved the cold and windy New Jersey weather with me this past November and they looked amazing the whole time!! Despite the cold, the skies were a beautiful pastel color at sunset, which spread along Sandy Hook Beach, and it was seriously magical! Just take a look at this beautiful couple!

Carlyann & Justin // Asbury Park & Sandy Hook Beach // Winter Engagement Session

Apr 6, 2020

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Few celebrations are as special and sweet as a baby shower, not only for the mommy-to-be, but also for her family and friends. It’s an exciting time and the perfect opportunity to make a mom-to-be feel truly loved. Alisa’s beautiful blush & white baby shower was no exception. Held at Waterside Catering, a fantastic space overlooking the water with stunning skyline views, this gorgeous baby shower featured amazing details and a lot of love. Planned by Alisa’s thoughtful friend Luiza, guests gathered in North Bergen to celebrate the impending arrival of little Princess Milana.

Alisa’s Blush & White Baby Shower // Waterside Catering // North Bergen, NJ

Mar 5, 2020

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I loved this Brooklyn Botanical Garden engagement shoot with Juliette + Brian! These two drove down to New York from Boston for the weekend and what a perfect opportunity to take in the beautiful gardens! They chose this location for their shoot because they love the greenery and like to visit Botanic Gardens + Arboretums when traveling to new places. I do too!! I have a special love for the BBG because I also had my engagement […]

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Engagement with Juliette & Brian

Jan 21, 2020

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This Rockefeller Center proposal gives me all the holiday feels! Eric and I came to this spot the night before his proposal, and while it wasn’t very lit up, it was quiet and beautiful. Little did we know, the next night it would be decorated with angels and lights overlooking the Saks Holiday Light Show and make for such a magical proposal! Emily said yes!!

Rockefeller Center Proposal // Emily + Eric

Dec 1, 2019

Rockefeller Center proposal captured by NYC proposal photographer, Karina Mekel Photography, during the holidays in NYC
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The Central Park reservoir was a perfect location for this surprise marriage proposal! Alison and Geoff are the sweetest! They’re both New Yorkers who moved to Michigan and coincidently met there! They had a spark right away and it hasn’t faded one bit!  Geoff had this spot specifically chosen for the proposal, as it is […]

Alison + Geoff // Central Park Proposal, NYC

Sep 8, 2019

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Check out this fall wedding on the Jersey Shore, featuring beautiful beachside portraits and the cutest pups! The bride and groom both got ready at lovely beach houses in Bay Head, New Jersey, before heading to their first look on the beach. These two met in elementary school, which I think is the sweetest kind […]

Romantic Jersey Shore Beach Wedding

Aug 22, 2019

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