Mekina Saylor

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North Carolina Wedding

Allison + Kolby’s lives changed completely a little over three years ago when her hairdresser, who is married to Kolby’s cousin, set them up on a blind date. When Kolby and Allison met, it felt like they had known each other for a long time and in reality they were just soul mates waiting to meet. They instantly realized the connection they discovered between them was rather uncommon. The experiences and love these two share are extraordinary and being with each other has been remarkable.

They are now approaching their one-year anniversary and as they look back on the year God has blessed them with they feel so grateful. Many of their favorite memories have been at Lake Tillery in North Carolina with Kolby’s family. They talked about having a photo shoot with me at some point and it was always a dream of Allison’s to have it at the lake! This is the place where Kolby grew up relaxing on the boat listening to country music and where they have the best BBQs with their family! I was so excited to get to work with my best friend and take advantage of this gorgeous lake where they share so many special memories.

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Bourne Mansion Wedding

When Meghan and Ryan reconnected in their hometown after college everything just clicked. They began dating and all was right in the world with these two together. Meghan and Ryan’s wedding day was nothing short of perfect. She glowed as she glided down the aisle at St. Patricks Church in Bay Shore, NY. The Bourne Mansion added just the right amount of elegance and beauty to match Meghan and Ryan’s spunk and excitement for the reception. I’m so excited to share their gorgeous day with you today!Bourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingI swoon over these Kate Spade shoes! Bourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingMeghan’s close friend gave her the “No Ugly Crying” hankie. I’d like to put my order in for one now… it’s adorable!  Bourne Mansion Wedding

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Amy Rizzuto did a phenomenal job capturing the guys and all their details! Thanks so much Amy! They’re great!Bourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingGorgeous Donna Morgan bridesmaids dresses and the girls in them with a twist of southern style on the front porch. I’m obsessed!Bourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingThe Bourne Mansion WeddingThe Bourne Mansion WeddingThe Bourne Mansion WeddingThe Bourne Mansion WeddingThe Bourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingSimply workin’ it!Bourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingThese guys were a riot! Bourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingMeghan sang Michael Jackson… yes, MICHAEL JACKSON! Epic doesn’t even describe it! She was amazing!Bourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingBourne Mansion WeddingThank you Meghan and Ryan for allowing me to capture your gorgeous wedding day! I enjoyed every moment and I wish you two all the happiness in the world!

Amy's Baby Shower-114My best friend Amy is having a baby! On Saturday we all celebrated and added some extra flair with flower crowns! Enjoy this little flower crown tutorial, it’s sure to bring color and charm to your next event. :)
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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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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!

Larkfield Manor Wedding

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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