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Grab some sweet tea, and explore some of these recent journal entries!

Welcome to my blog! I'M So glad you're here!

Grab some sweet tea, and explore some of these recent blog entries!

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Gorgeous Hotel du Village wedding photo captured by estate wedding photographer Karina Mekel

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!

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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!

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Holiday proposal in NYC at Lotte New York Palace captured by NYC proposal photographer Karina Mekel

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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 […]

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Rockefeller Center proposal captured by NYC proposal photographer, Karina Mekel Photography, during the holidays in NYC

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!!

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Amy + Chad have been dating for over 10 years now! They dated through high school, college, 2 years long distance and they are soon moving to Dublin, Ireland as husband and wife! They met in ninth grade when they were assigned to be partners for a history project and even then, Chad knew he […]

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Theres hardly anything more beautiful than a beachfront wedding ceremony, especially when it is at Westhampton Beach! The beautiful decor throughout Oceanbleu Bath & Tennis Club and this groom’s suit perfectly complimented the stunning waterfront. I just love the color coordination- from the bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen’s suits + ties to the floral centerpieces. Such […]

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Such an amazing day! From getting ready in the morning to dancing the night away, M+R’s wedding was one for the books! It was a quintessential New York City wedding, set in some of the most iconic NYC locations including The Plaza Hotel, St. Patricks Cathedral, Bethesda Terrace, the Bow Bridge, and Central Park Boathouse.

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Yay! I’m overjoyed to share these images from Emily + Eric’s Central Park engagement session! Emily is a friend of mine from college and we bonded in our genetics class! She has been dating Eric for as long as I have known her (over 10 years now!) and they are tying the knot next month at the Metropolitan Ballroom!

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want your engagement images to look more editorial? Bring a little extra something with you! A freshly-picked bouquet for you to hold, or fresh flowers to put on something else, like a bicycle basket, tree swing, picnic basket, car bumper or rowboat, is a fun way bring a little extra romance to everyday objects. Whether […]

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