At Mary Sarah Photography, we desire to tell your wedding story in a way that authentically reflects the love you share as a couple. By creating imagery that is authentic, timeless, and vibrant we will capture the most precious moments of your life and transform them into memories that will last for generations. These memories will be preserved in a gorgeous, handcrafted album that will forever tell the story of the day you and your spouse vowed to spend the rest of your life together. Fifty years from now, your children and your children’s children will love sitting with you on the couch, slowly turning each page of your album, and admiring your most precious family heirloom.
Welcome bride to be, I'm so glad you stopped by! I can't wait to get to know you and have you be a part of the Mary Sarah Wedding Experience.
When it comes to photography, the last thing you want are overly-posed, stuffy images that feel forced and staged. Your wedding images should authentically depict the two of you as a couple and showcase your personalities, funny quirks, and the ways you truly interact with each other. I desire for your images to be "you," not just a bunch of pinterest poses that you would never do in real life.
That's why it's important for me to get to know the two of you on a personal level so we can capture you for who you truly are. As we get to know each other, I hope to become a trusted friend so that on the day of your wedding the last thing on your mind is whether I'm getting the pictures you want. Instead, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that when it comes to photography, you don't have to worry about a thing.
Getting to know each other starts on the "first date." I always meet with my couples someplace relaxed - coffee, fro yo, wine - your pick, my treat! During this time I'll bring sample wedding albums and talk about my approach to wedding photography. More importantly, we'll get to know each other to make sure we're a good fit!
Once you decide that I'm "the one" it's time to book! A signed contract and 25% retainer fee reserves your wedding date. Now, let the wedding talk begin! It's time to plan your engagement shoot, decide on the perfect ceremony time, and discuss whether you will be doing a first glance - something I ALWAYS recommend!
If you're nervous at all, don't be! It's totally natural to feel a little uncomfortable in front of the camera at first, but I promise that after a few minutes you guys will be pros. Not only will you get amazing pictures, but it will also alleviate much of the stress of a wedding day.
During a shoot we get to know each other better and I gain an understanding of how you interact together, what makes you laugh, and how to help you feel comfortable in front of the camera. After an engagement shoot, I find my couples are more natural with posing and are able to relax and trust us on the big day.
There is nothing more important to guarantee a wedding runs smoothly than a thoughtful, well-organized timeline. In the months leading up to your wedding day, we will discuss ceremony and reception times. Then, two months prior, I will send you a timeline and family portrait questionnaire to fill out. From there, I will put together a tentative timeline and we will then talk through it to guarantee all of the important moments and people will be documented.
After months of planning and years of dreaming your big day has finally arrived! Take a deep breath, relax, and live in the moment because this day is going to fly! I will arrive at our agreed upon time and before you know it, you will be walking down that aisle!
In the days following your wedding, I will share some of my favorite images to social media. Two weeks after your wedding day, I will blog over sixty of your images and you will receive the remainder of your wedding images in a personalized web gallery a few short weeks later.
We value wedding albums so much that every single collection comes with one! Once you receive your images, the fun part begins and it's time to pick your faves for your album! After you create your favorite list, we will design your album and send the preview to you for your approval. This is YOUR album so you are welcome to as many album revisions as you like. Two weeks after I receive your final approval, you will hold in your hands a gorgeous, handcrafted album; your first family heirloom!
All of our collections include individually retouched, full resolution digital images. More importantly, at the end of your experience we want to leave you with something tangible to preserve your most precious memories. That’s why every couple we work with receives a gorgeous, custom designed, handcrafted Legacy Album to serve as a family heirloom for future generations.
As you consider wedding photography, first know that payment plans are available. Second, keep in mind that everything else you're planning for - the food, music, flowers, etc. are temporary. Your photographs are forever. You will never regret investing in wedding photography. By hiring the right photographer with a style you love, you will have the opportunity to relive your wedding day over and over through gorgeous, timeless, and authentic imagery. I am available for weddings in the greater DMV and beyond. No distance is too far for your love story! Please get in touch with me for my full investment guide.
"From our engagement shoot to our wedding day to receiving our album afterwards, Mary Sarah went above and beyond in every way. She balances professionalism with friendliness that makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera. She was so thoughtful at every point in the process, and makes the wedding day run so smoothly with her detail-oriented schedule/photo timeline. Her photography skills are unparalleled and she gave us beautiful photos we will enjoy looking back on for a lifetime. We could not have asked for more in a wedding photographer. Definitely, 100% go with her for your big day and thank you Mary Sarah!!
sarah & matt
sammi & ben
"Mary Sarah was the first vendor we hired during our wedding-planning process. We felt we had an instant connection not only to her, but also to her photography, which was absolutely beautiful. And, in the end, the photos she took of us truly lived up to the beauty standards her example photos had set. Not only were the photos beautiful, but she made them so easy to take; I'm a pretty "type A" kind of person, and Mary Sarah definitely understood that, ensuring we were working to a well-defined schedule (which she worked with us to put together), capturing all of the details and people that were important to us, and making sure the whole process was easy and calm. All in all, a fabulous photographer who provided a fabulous experience. Highly recommended."
Michaela & Kevin
"Mary Sarah Photography was the best vendor at our wedding! We really appreciated how professional Mary Sarah was and how relaxed she made us feel. Our wedding pictures are everything we hoped for and more. If you are looking for an amazing photographer who is easy to work with, I highly recommend Mary Sarah Photography!"
Michelle & Stephen
"Mary Sarah was the perfect addition to our special day. Her relaxed and professional personality eased my worries leading up to the big day. My husband and I were not afraid to tell her exactly what we wanted, and Mary Sarah delivered everything we asked and more. Another great addition to Mary Sarah’s services was having her husband, Brent, as the second photographer. Although we did not meet Brent until the day-of, Mary Sarah and Brent were so comfortable with each other that it added another level of fluidity to the day. They captured every major moment of the ceremony and reception while being strategic about staying out of the limelight. My husband and I are so happy we chose Mary Sarah Photography."
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