Mekina Saylor

www.mekinasaylorweddings.com

Molly Pitcher Inn Wedding-76The Molly Pitcher Inn created the perfect environment for Morgan and Andrew’s wedding day. From their emotional first look at a nearby park to the laughter and excitement throughout the dance floor with family and friends, everything was perfect. I’m so excited to share their lovely wedding with you today! Thanks to Amy Rizzuto Photography for allowing me to come along and capture their beautiful love story!

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Molly Pitcher Inn Wedding-165What a great day at a beautiful place with a wonderful couple! I’m so happy to be apart of it! I hope you’ve enjoyed getting an inside look at their gorgeous wedding! Thanks again Amy! :)

TheKnot.com featureRemember Anne and Bobby from their Vineyards at Chappel Lodge wedding in June here? There lives changed forever after attending Church camp over 10 years ago… remember them? Well, toady I’m excited to share theknot.com feature with you! I hope you enjoy reliving their beautiful day filled with more colors and smiles than anyone could ask for!

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Mark and Andrea’s brother were best friends, so Andrea and Mark actually met as children at 15 years old. They began dating a little secretly and eventually got the blessing from her brother that they could continue dating. Over 10 years later these childhood sweethearts became husband and wife. Their wedding at the Larkfield Manor was nothing short of spectacular. The weather was a dream come true on their April day for their gorgeous sun-filled portraits and they continued to glow with excitement as they danced the night away with their friends and family.  Larkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingAndrea… you are flawless! Larkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingAmy captured the guys while I was with the girls. I love how precious this mother/son moment is! Thanks amy!Larkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingAndrea is a woman after my own heart…. I love me some blue! Larkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingLarkfield Manor WeddingAndrea and Mark thank you so much for allowing me to capture your beautiful April day! I can’t wait to deliver the rest of your images… until then I hope you enjoy reliving such magical memories!

NYC Conservatory Garden EngagementSarah Beth and Daniel met in Memphis, TN while doing Teach For America. They shortly moved to New York City and last April we walked throughout The Conservatory Garden and Central Park smiling ear to ear. I’m so excited to finally share their spring time engagement session! Enjoy :)  NYC Conservatory Garden EngagementNYC Conservatory Garden Engagement NYC Conservatory Garden Engagement NYC Conservatory Garden Engagement NYC Conservatory Garden EngagementNYC Conservatory Garden Engagement NYC Conservatory Garden Engagement NYC Conservatory Garden Engagement NYC Conservatory Garden Engagement NYC Conservatory Garden Engagement NYC Conservatory Garden Engagement NYC Conservatory Garden Engagement NYC Conservatory Garden EngagementNYC Conservatory Garden EngagementNYC Conservatory Garden Engagement NYC Conservatory Garden Engagement

six weeks of bloggingIt was 7am and I couldn’t sleep. Thoughts, ideas, concerns and excitement racing through my head of the future. I tossed and turned and honestly I just wanted to sleep, but I just couldn’t. I was excited to basically have two months off to focus on my business and quality time with friends and family.

The lovely couples I was meeting and the connections I was making were more than I could have ever dreamed they would be but I still desired more growth for my business. I decided to challenge myself and blog consecutively. I didn’t know exactly how long this was going to be for, but I wanted to blog every day except weekends up until my first official wedding when my season would really kick into gear. Truthfully, I’ve made these sorts of declarations in the past and I never followed through so I wanted this time to be different. Guess what?!?? It was! I didn’t put a time crunch on it. I didn’t know how long it was when I started blogging to when my first wedding was going to be. However, once I added it up I realized tomorrow will be my first official wedding of the season and today marks six weeks of blogging consecutively!

Why blogging? 
When I began blogging I wanted to have a place to display my work. With all the weddings I’ve had the opportunity of photographing over the years and trying to get my personality across online, blogging seemed like the best outlet.

What benefits have come from blogging?
So to be honest I had no idea what to expect. I wasn’t even sure if anyone other than my friend Amy would read any of my posts. But, some great things happened. As I began sharing more weddings, engagements, and personal posts I received more inquires, sweet remarks from potential and current clients, and positivity from fellow industry peeps. Not to mention more of an online presence and SEO for weddings I loved being apart of. Needless to say it’s been really rewarding!

What’s to come with blogging?
Well, I’m all about setting realistic expectations and goals now. The last six weeks of blogging was no cake walk for me. It was a whole lot of planning ahead and preparation that at many times I underestimated. Stepping into the busy wedding season I hope to fully exceed my clients expectations and the dreams I have for my business. Now, realistically I’m looking forward to blogging 2 to 3 times a week on all the upcoming love stories I have the privilege of photographing. And who knows maybe I’ll share a love story or two of my own.

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Thank you Melissa Enid Photography for this behind the scenes!

So, here’s to living on the edge and going after dreams. ;) I’m looking forward to an exciting season and I am so very appreciative of all the love, support and encouragement I have received! Thank you for joining me on this journey. I can’t wait to see and share what the next few months have in store!

The Giving Keys

I embraced my friend Leandra in a hug yesterday as she told me she had something for me. “For me?” I asked. I was thinking to myself that it’s not my birthday or any kind of anniversary and I probably don’t deserve whatever it might be. She said “yes, for you” and pulled out a little bag with a key inside. Turns out Leandra read my blog, “A Little Reminder to be Fearless” and decided to pass along her Fearless key.

The Giving Keys purpose is to be renewed over and over again. Their message is yours for a time, but once they’ve served their purpose with you, pay it forward to inspire another.

Thank you Leandra for passing along this key and inspiring me! I can’t wait to do the same for another. :)

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Harvest On the Hudson Wedding These two combined their love for Italy and their desire to be surrounded by friends and family and married on the Hudson River. They originally planned to be married in Italy but decided they wanted all their friends and family with them on their joyous day. When they found Harvest on the Hudson they felt as if all their dreams for a destination wedding were coming true locally in New York. I was so happy to photograph all the loveliness with Amy Rizzuto Photography and capture such a gorgeous Italian themed wedding. Enjoy! :)Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding Harvest On the Hudson Wedding

Monmouth Battlefield State Park EngagementGimme leaves, gimme flannel, gimme love, gimme Meagan and Jay and you have one gorgeous Monmouth Battlefield State Park Engagement session. Meagan began going on hunting trips with Jay after realizing she’d never see him during hunting season if she didn’t add some camouflage to her wardrobe. See how she incorporated it in their engagement pictures and helped Jay feel right at home in front of the camera.

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5 Rules For My Next VacationThis mini vacation was a blast! I planned this trip around a wedding and had the opportunity to photograph with the wonderful and talented Melissa Lewis or Melissa Enid Photography. My Dad happened to be in Florida when I arrived so we were able to have dinner together. My mom came in later that week and we spent our time goofing off in the sun, shopping and having a magical time at Disney World. Still, there were things/rules I need to give myself for my next vacation. 

1) When it’s overcast put on more sunscreen.  Be sure to re-apply!
You really do get more sun when it’s overcast. BURN, baby BURN! 

2) Take advantage of tourist destinations. 
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3) Moisturize moisturize moisturize. 

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I see shedding of skin in my future.

4) Calories don’t count while on vacation. (There’s no reason to ruin a good vacation counting those calories.)
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5) Forget about the Little Black Dress and take take those black yoga pants.
Even if there’s no working out to be done they make a good sun protection when your legs are on fire. 
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Many of the images are from my iphone. We had so much fun exploring Magic Kingdom and Cocoa Beach. I hope to come back soon… leaving with a tan instead of flaky skin. :)

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