Mekina Saylor

www.mekinasaylorweddings.com

Fashion Photographer

When Emily contacted me about an opportunity to photograph her fashion line I didn’t hesitate. I was excited to shake things up a bit and do a photo shoot with her. She had two pieces she needed featured to launch her website and get the product to the public. We started out on a rooftop in Midtown and ended up in Central Park. It was a chilly New York City day but it was everything we had hoped it be and more. The garments are comfortable, chic, and made of a wool that is soft to the touch but keeps you warm and cozy.

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Emily texted me the following week after our photo shoot sending a link to her website. I couldn’t get the site to load fast enough! Each spread displaying the images I had photographed. I was in awe of seeing the photographs come to life on her website and so excited for her and this business venture she was on.  Fashion photographer : Mekina Saylor Weddings Fashion photographer : Mekina Saylor Weddings

Check out the lovely Selkies and her site here.

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When I worked in the office setting I struggled to stay warm. I used to work near the water, downtown and it was freezing in our offices. I either wore a big ole college sweatshirt or a bulky, unprofessional sweater. I couldn’t believe this fabric and how warm it was for Emily during our shoot. She designed it for that purpose in mind. She wanted something professional but warm to just throw on at the office or if you were meeting clients and still wanted and needed to look professional. New York Fashion : Mekina SaylorNew York Fashion : Mekina Saylor
Once we left the office the real chill set in, but it didn’t phase Emily. I think this was the ultimate test for me. Yes, I was just photographing the session but couldn’t help but think I wanted one too! It looks comfortable and I could totally wear it and look professional at a wedding. When I photograph weddings during the winter I hate having a bulky jacket. It’s in the way and gets warn down much quicker. I felt I had found my solution. New York Fashion : Mekina SaylorNew York Fashion : Mekina Saylor
I like to travel and I do so pretty frequently. I’m always cold on a flight and throughout an airport unless I’m running to catch my flight. So, if and when I get my Selkie I will not be traveling without it! New York Fashion : Mekina SaylorWhat a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Thank you Emily for allowing me to photograph The Selkie! I enjoyed getting to know you and it is a joy to see your beautiful site come to life!

Skylands Manor WeddingThe color lavender illuminated throughout Melissa and Sean’s wedding day. From the gorgeous bridesmaids dresses and stunning flowers, to the rocking reception at Skylands Manor their day was perfection. I was so honored to have captured this wedding with Amy Rizzuto Photography and am excited to share it with you today! I hope you enjoy viewing the memories from their special April 5th, 2014 wedding!

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Mekina Saylor Weddings

To be honest, last year when I finished designing my website I was happy to be done. I was excited to have the final product of everything I wished it to be but the process was exhausting. Long hours went into designing this website, not to mention trying to communicate a personality and style throughout it. Mekina Saylor Weddings

I never really loved my “about” page. It was difficult to open up on my website or know how to put into words my personality. The technical side was/is hard enough for me, but to then somehow say, “Oh hey! I’m cool, I promise. I like things and people, I’m not boring and I’m a great photographer… I’d love to capture your wedding day, I’m the gal for the job. Gosh, I swear I’m cool.” I mean, did you see the words I just wrote? Totally NOT cool… super awkward, unfriend level of no thank you, I’ll pass.  So, some tweaking was necessary on the about page. Now, I think it matches the over all site best and truth be told is a much better representation of my life as it is now and personality than my former “about” page. I’ve added new tabs that hone in on what I try to do and am doing on a day to day basis.  It’s still not perfect or exactly as tech savvy as I’d like it to be one day and you may still be thinking I’m so totally not cool. That all being said, I hope you grab a warm cup of tea and cozy up around your computer clicking through my new about page.

http://www.mekinasaylorweddings.com/aboutmekina

Now on to the good stuff! As I was updating my website, that little travel bug attacked me. So, are you getting married in any of the following places?

destinationsIf you are you’ll love what I have in store for you!
I am offering $1,200.00 OFF my collections!!! Let me write that again… $1,200.00 OFF. Rules and regulations do apply, Contact me for more information. People, Weddings and travel, are all things I love and it would be an absolute dream come true to accomplish that in one of these destinations this year!

I’d love to hear where you’d like to travel, or if you’ve been somewhere and think I should add it to my must visit list. Comment below or on Facebook and tell me where and why… I can’t wait to see what you write!

Meet the RoommatesBetween college and living in New York City I have had my fair share of roommates. Living with new people I’m never quite sure what I’m signing up for. There have been times it’s way more difficult then it needs to be. That being said, there are those roommates who make a total and complete impact on my life. I’ve been lucky with the roommates I’ve had while living in New York City. I never lived with a Craigslist crazy or anyone with any weird fetishes, and for that I am extremely thankful. One day I hope I can look back at the 30+ roommates and remember all the great stories, but today I’m just excited to introduce you to my three, two of which are furry roommates. :)

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I would have never thought I’d ever live with a cat… yet here he is, Mr. Mowgli himself.

Mowgli was adopted and will be turning 7 this May. He enjoys boxes, climbing his tower, giving Bea a good chase and sitting outside my room meowing for my love and attention. (I’m technically allergic, so no cats in my room.) I have to admit as of right now, Mowgli is my favorite cat. He snuggles and for the most part acts more like a dog than a cat.

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Beatrice will be turning three in June. We call her Bea and she is seriously the most precious little dog ever! She loves playing fetch down our hallway apartment, digging into our couch that looks like sand, and licking… lots and lots of licking.

Bea knows when you’re feeling sad, or just had a bad day. She cuddles right up to you and shows just how much she cares. If I ever get my own dog I will need them to be as wonderful as Bea.

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The first time I met Hillary was on a first date. First dates are nerve racking enough, but a first date turned double date with two strangers can make or break it. Some girls can be so cruel and un-inviting but not Hillary, she was great. We hit it off almost immediately and a few short months later I was moving into our Upper West Side apartment.

Hillary is the biggest animal lover I know. It’s one of my favorite things about her. She is a New England girl and is from a small town in Maine called Castine. Hillary has two sisters and a brother. She’s her happiest on the beach, soaking in those sun rays with her loved ones. You will find plenty of pictures throughout my website of Hillary with her fiance, Phil. A nice fun fact… before Phil proposed, they did an entire “mock” engagement shoot for my website. (Yeah… they’re pretty great.) It was in the West Village and on the High line. It snowed, like a… crazy, beautiful, magical snow that was perfect for the pictures. We ended up having another shoot in the summer, it was spontaneous and again before they were officially engaged. Phil proposed on Hillary’s birthday in July and they’ll be getting married in Newport, RI. I’m beyond excited to have the privilege of capturing it in August.

Well, there you have it! My lovely little roommates for the time being. I hope you enjoyed getting to see a little inside scoop of some of the cutest things in my life. :)

Surf Club Wedding : Margot and Justin

Margot and Justin met when they attended a friend’s barbecue and immediately felt a connection. They began their relationship as friends, until getting engaged four years later. Margot and Justin tied the knot on December 31, 2014 in a candlelit ceremony at The Surf Club of New Rochelle.  Between the touching ceremony and the twinkle lights throughout their reception it was easy to get lost in the excitement of counting down to the New Year! Surf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and Justin Surf Club Wedding : Margot and Justin Surf Club Wedding : Margot and Justin Surf Club Wedding : Margot and Justin Surf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinWhile I was with the girls, Leandra captured some of Justin Getting ready. Surf Club Wedding : Margot and Justin Surf Club Wedding : Margot and Justin Surf Club Wedding : Margot and Justin Surf Club Wedding : Margot and Justin

Now those are some shoes! Surf Club Wedding: Margot and Justin Surf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinMargot has a smile that lights up every room she walks in!Surf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and Justin

I loved the bridesmaids helping each other into their gorgeous dresses.  Surf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and Justin 2015-02-21_0050

Margot’s sister is expecting any day now! Being 8 months pregnant didn’t stop her from enjoying the day! Surf Club Wedding : Margot and Justin Surf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and Justin

Their precious first look!Surf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and JustinSurf Club Wedding : Margot and Justin

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The Knot Best of Weddings

We have a lot we’ve been celebrating over here at MSW! I could hardly contain the excitement when I received the confirmation email and then the plaque. Joy filled my heart as I read The Knot‘s letter – CONGRATULATIONS MEKINA SAYLOR WEDDINGS !  YOU ARE A 2015 WINNER OF THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS! Brides voted and you won! Congratulations on being recognized at the top for wedding vendors in the Long Island, New York market.

Thank you to all who contributed and supported me this year! It’s hard to believe next week will mark the official 1 year anniversary since I launched my business. It’s been more than I could have ever dreamed and I’m so excited to continue the journey!

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Tides Estate WeddingMaryBeth and Dave met through match.com and immediately felt a connection. After dating for six months they got engaged. MaryBeth and Dave tied the knot on November 21, 2014 in a fall inspired ceremony at The Tides Estate.  The sparkles glistening from the chandeliers matched the sparkles in their eyes as they vowed to love one another forever. Get lost in the beauty of their joyful day below. Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave

I was so thankful to have Leandra there to capture these men getting ready! She did a fantastic job!Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave The Tides Estate WeddingThe Tides Estate WeddingThe Tides Estate WeddingTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave

Marybeth, you are so gorgeous! Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveThe Tides Estate WeddingTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and Dave

The party ain’t a party without some dancing :) Tides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveTides Estate Wedding: MaryBeth and DaveThank you MaryBeth and Dave for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful day! I enjoyed every minute of it!

Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor WeddingsBehind the scenes of a wedding day is something I look forward to every year. Granted there are some of these pictures that have a tiny sting of embarrassment, but for the most part they’re a reminder of what I love so much about wedding photography. So grab a cup of coffee and a tasty breakfast treat and remember it’s okay to laugh. I’ll be laughing with you … at myself. :) Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Becca and I wanted a picture… and saw a big ole mirror, picture time!Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Camouflage works wonders on a wedding day!  Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

#bridesmaidstroubles #bridesmaidwhoisalsothephotographer

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It doesn’t take this much concentration to photograph a dress that gorgeous I swear. Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Walking in the sand is a lot harder then it looks.Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

I promise it’s not gum… walk away, walk away!

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Girls don’t sweat they glow… I’m assisting with the glow.

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Nice and easy… I’ll make sure your dress is fluffed. Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Laaaa la ti daaa! I am going to steal your veil and probably trip and then you’ll really be laughing….Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Come one, come all! Free HUGS! Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

I work out on wedding days while making funny I mean scary faces.Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor WeddingsThe best days are getting to work with your friends at their weddings. :)Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Light testing it up!Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Job Description: Must not be afraid of heights and willing to climb ladders to hang lots of pretty dresses. Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Balance is everything.

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I don’t think my insurance covers this but I will protect your dress with my life. :)Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

So many patterns, such happy people. Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

I never thought being a photographer I’d have an audience. No time for stage fright. :)Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

“So don’t you think it’d be cute to just lean against this black fence and just kind of be hanging out with your boo? Yeah lets do that…”Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Stop. Hold the phone. What’s going on over there?

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Ahh so nice to have Grand Central Station to ourselves….. okay wait, there’s a taxi coming. Mekina Saylor Behind the Scenes

Oh no! I’m about to get hit… Running away! Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Wrangler – Someone employed to handle animals professionally, especially horses, but also other types of animals.
Replace animals with wedding parties and horses with groomsmen. Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Raise your hand if hide and seek was your favorite game when you were younger…. No way, me too and apparently as a grown up!Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Working with friends, while making new ones…. Best job ever!Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Brides and photographers who freeze together, laugh together. Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Oh, I’m sorry is this not my personal photoshoot? Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Nope… not my photoshoot, it’s a windy, cold, fluffing a beautiful brides dress kind of day. :) Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Wind tunnel and removing all the extras and not getting out fast enough. Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor Weddings

Lighting test one! (It’s almost time to partayyyy!)Behind the Scenes of Mekina Saylor WeddingsLighting test two… can I dance now? :)

Thank you for stopping by and finding some humor in some unforgettable moments this year. I can’t wait for another year filled with love, laughs and a really good time! Happy Friday!

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