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Strong Mansion Sugarloaf Mountain Wedding :: Joel and Kathy

Venue :: Strong Mansion at Sugarloaf Mountain
Photography :: Mary Kate McKenna Photography
Wedding Coordination :: Event Accomplished
Caterer :: Spilled Milk Catering
Cake :: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Beverages :: Ye Olde Spirits Shoppe
Flowers :: Enmasseflowers
Paper Goods :: LBC Design Co.
Band :: Bachelor Boys Band
Quartet :: Perfect Harmony
Transportation :: Reliable Limousine
Dress :: Hannelore’s Bridal Boutique
Suit :: Nordstrom
Bridesmaids :: J.Crew

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Cylburn Arboretum Baltimore Engagement :: Stephen + Monique

These two! Ah! <3

Stephen and Monique are the definition of JOY! They are so full of life and energy and just adore each other. I had a great time capturing some photos at the beautiful Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore with them before it got too hot. Walking the grounds finding pretty places got me even more excited about their upcoming August wedding!

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Hotel Monaco DC Wedding :: Maggie and Eddie’s Wedding

Maggie and Eddie got some bad news the week of their wedding: there was a hurricane coming.

But these two took it in stride. And in the end, it rained, but the weather wasn’t too scary. DC’s Hotel Monaco was the backdrop for their special day. Vicky of Event Accomplished took care of all the details and it was a crazy big and wonderful party! With lots of sweet details and perfect style (can we talk about her dress!? swoon!), Maggie and Eddie tied the knot!

Photography: Mary Kate Battles + Jennifer Heffner of Mary Kate McKenna Photography

Planning: Vicky of Event Accomplished
Ceremony- Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart
Reception- Hotel Monaco Washington DC – A Kimpton Hotel
Bride’s hair/makeup- Rodney Pinon of Andre Chreky, the salon spa
Bridesmaids hair- Drybar Georgetown
Florist- Petal’s Edge Floral Design
Lighting- John Farr Lighting Design
Videographer- Monachetti Weddings
Cake- Fluffy Thoughts
Band- BroadSound Band
Buses- Reston Limousine


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How to Take a Facebook Break- Even With a Business


For the last four years, I have taken a Facebook break in July. There are so many reasons that I do it, but on the top of that list is that I see July as the month to re-focus on goals (halfway through the year, ya’all!) and get a lot of things accomplished. It’s also the month that I tend to visit friends and family across the country and it’s so nice to unplug while I’m away.

Truth be told- I love Facebook. I use it pretty hard, and it’s a staple in how I communicate with friends and family and also with my clients. But guys. Sometimes I just need to escape. Especially in this election year. I have Facebook friends of every background and belief you can imagine; and while that is typically something that can give me different insights and be very interesting, this year it’s EXHAUSTING. And I just can’t.

Instead of starting my Facebook break July 1st this year, I started it a week early. Because, well, Facebook.

The first few days are always difficult. I’ll be in line at the grocery store and long to scroll through. Or on the couch in the evenings. While eating my lunch. I want to peek so bad. But the almost instinctual need to check Facebook usually wears off in 7-10 days for me, and then I feel free.

A few of my friends and even some fellow photographers have asked me how I ditch Facebook for a month and keep everything solid in my business. After four years of doing this, I have learned a few tips and tricks and I’d love to share them. Because everyone needs a break sometimes. It’s so darn easy for us business owners to say, “But I have a business to fun and I need Facebook for marketing- I can’t leave for a month!” And yes, that’s true. But you can leave and still be present on there, I promise.

Here are some tips and guidelines to help you if you’re considering taking a break.

1. Make a list of reasons why you want to take a break. Write it down. Keep it to reference when needed.

2. Create a Facebook timeline cover and profile photo for your personal page that lets everyone know you’re away. You can use some pre-made ones from Facebook Sabbatical, or make your own using Canva, a free program to make quick graphics. If you’re Photoshop savvy, you can always make your own from scratch. Note a good way to contact you.

My profile for July

My profile for July

3. Create a 2nd facebook account. DO NOT FRIEND ANYONE. Just make yourself an admin on your business pages.

4. Have a spouse/trusted friend/colleague change your password on your Facebook account. Have them add the new password to any apps or websites you use that you may log into through your Facebook login info, including the Pages App. I also have my husband put the new password into the FB messenger app on my phone so that people can continue to message me if needed.

5. Update your FB business pages using your new 2nd (friend-free) account or use a service such as Hootsuite, Buffer, or Edgar to post.

And that’s it. Nothing crazy, nothing too technical. Just a way to take a break and clear the noise, even if it’s only for a little bit. I really encourage everyone, business owners and non-business owners alike, to take a summer break from Facebook. Even a week or two is good for the soul.

Have you ever taken a Facebook or social media break? How did you do it? Did you love it or hate it?

Grace Dobson - July 18, 2016 - 10:31 AM

MK, I am going to do this for the month of August or maybe September. Thanks for the tips which make it so much easier.

admin - July 18, 2016 - 12:56 PM

That’s great to hear, Grace! Let me know how it goes!

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Gambrill State Park Wedding :: Melissa + Ingrid

Melissa and Ingrid had a lovely day at Gambrill State Park. With the wedding ceremony tucked away at the top of a mountain, their rustic decor was the perfect fit for their small nuptials. Both Melissa and Ingrid love to go antiquing, so many of their found treasures made their way to the guests tables. After the sweet ceremony and some photos, guests cozied up by the beautiful fireplace in the Tea Room while eating dinner. Melissa’s bouquet was made even more TLC than usual- her sweet momma made it!

Congratulations, Melissa + Ingrid!


venue :: The Tea Room at Gambrill State Park

photographer :: Mary Kate McKenna Photography

bridal gown & accessories :: Donna Morgan

hair & makeup :: A Do or Dye Salon & Day Spa

jewelry :: Market Street Diamonds

officiant :: Minister Laura Bowers


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