Your love story is beautiful. It is unique. It is perfect because it is YOURS. There is no other love story quite like yours and so there will be no other wedding day quite like your day. Mary Sarah Photography recognizes that, and 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.
With every wedding I attend, I find myself captivated by the small moments that often go unseen by most guests. I love catching a glimpse of a father’s tear as he walks his daughter up the aisle, the way the groom protectively places his hand on the small of his new bride’s back, and the embrace exchanged between mother and son as she accepts that she is no longer “the woman” in her son’s life. When I capture these moments on film, it takes a fleeting memory and transforms it into immortality. As your photographer, I will not be photographing an event but rather capturing the beauty that is only found in your unique love story. I will do so in a way that is authentic, timeless, and vibrant yet still intimate and unobtrusive so that I can provide you with timeless works of art that will be your first family heirloom as husband and wife! Keep reading to learn more about what it's like to be a part of the Mary Sarah Wedding Experience .
Photographing weddings is one of my greatest passions in life. I love having the opportunity to meet amazing couples and photograph their wedding days in a way that perfectly tells their incredible love story. A wedding is so much more than just a ceremony and a party, it is a momentous occasion filled with laughter, tears, and incredible joy.
Welcome bride to be! Brent and I got married nine years ago and I still remember how exciting this time of your life is! Being engaged will be one of the most amazing seasons in your life. It starts from the moment you make the life-changing decision to say "yes!" to the day you say "I do!" It's an exciting time filled with countdowns, cake tastings, parties, and crazy amounts of love. It's a season that deserves to be photographed and memorialized forever.
As your wedding photographer, my goal is also to tell your love story through authentic, timeless, stunning photography. get to know the two of you as a couple; how you met, how he proposed, and what funny quirks are a part of your relationship. I want 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.
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! On your wedding day, you'll be spending more time with me than even your future spouse so it's important to make sure that you're totally comfortable with me.
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 start planning your engagement shoot. We will also talk about the best timing for your ceremony and whether you will be doing a first glance - something I ALWAYS recommend!
I love engagement shoots! 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, which "side" you prefer, what makes you laugh, and any fun inside jokes you may have! 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 have a web conference or phone date to talk through it and guarantee all of the important moments and people will be documented.
"Going to the chapel and we're going to get married..."
After months of planning and years of dreaming your big day has finally arrived! Take a deep breath, relax, and try your best to 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!
The day after your wedding, I will share one of my favorite images on social media as well as a few more over the course of the next week. Two weeks after your wedding day, I will blog over fifty of your images and you will receive the remainder of your wedding images in a personalized web gallery a few short weeks later.
At Mary Sarah Photography, we value the importance of an album so much that every single collection comes with an album! 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 real 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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