Mary & Ben – Wedding

April 18, 2012

To say there are two of the nicest, sweetest, most giving people I’ve ever met, would be an understatement. Words cannot describe the incredible kindness and generosity of Mary and Ben. Every element of their wedding day was planned and executed by themselves, with the help of close friends and family, but all of it was carried out with the easy and enjoyment of their guests as the priority. They wanted it to be personal, to represent who they are as a couple and every detail from the flowers, to the table settings, the signage and a table filled with mouth watering desserts and treats, all baked by Mary herself, did just that. I am in awe of this couple and even as I write I struggle to find the right words that do their amazingness justice. They are truly beautiful, inside and out. Mary and Ben, I cannot express to you how utterly happy I am for you both. It was an absolute honor to document your day. I wish you both all the happiness in the world and some much needed rest this week on your honeymoon.

The dress, so elegant and simple, with Mary’s model like figure I knew it was going to look amazing. And the hanger was the perfect personal touch.

Shoes with a touch of bling.

Back in the bridal suite, Mary gets the finishing touch to her hair and make-up

In the groom’s suite the boys were having a little trouble making the perfect tie’s, but luckily one of the groomsmen had an “App for that” which gave them all step by step instructions needed.

The groom.

Mary gets into her dress with the help of 2 of her bridesmaids.

One thing I was very excited about was Mary and Ben’s decision to do a”First Look”. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what the “First Look” is, its when the bride and groom decide to see each other before the ceremony and I absolutely love when couples do this. Usually its the only alone time the couple gets on the wedding day, away from guests and any last minute details that may be stressful or distracting. From a selfish perspective, its also allows me, the photographer, the perfect opportunity to get some amazing photos of the bride and groom. Then once the ceremony is over, the newly married couple are free to mix and mingle with all their guest during cocktail hour and enjoy the mood of the day.

Ben waiting patiently for his bride to arrive for their First Look.

The left image is Gianne’s (my 2nd shooter) angle of the First Look. The right image is my angle.

Ben takes in all of Mary’s gorgeousness.

The sunlight, the flowers in full bloom and all the colors were a perfect backdrop for Mary and Ben’s bridal portraits.

I can’t say enough how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE this photo. Die.

Mary wore a necklace and ring that were her grandmothers and earrings borrowed from a good friend and one of my former brides. (Shout out to the fierceness of Ellen, heeeey girl)

Ben, you are Don Draper dashing.


Mary, stunning, thats all I have to say.

These two, so good looking.


Ok, I really can’t blog about Mary & Ben’s wedding without mentioning maid-of-honor extrodinare, Christy. This girl was be-yond amazing. Not only was she front and center attentive to Mary’s every need, but she made herself 110% available to anything and everything I might need. If I could box her up and take her with me to every wedding, I absolutely would.

The boys, being boys.

The girls, being fierce.

Time to get married.

Some last second adjustments to the ring bearer’s boutonniere.

The bride was led down the aisle by both her parents.

I love this moment Gianne captured between Mary and her mother.

Ben takes a moment during the ceremony to light a candle in memory of his father.

YAY! Mr. & Mrs brings Ben’s mom to tears, of joy.


All the details were made by the bride.

Including a table filled with amazing desserts.

The couple’s first dance.

To see a slideshow of Mary & Ben’s day, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

11 Responses to “Mary & Ben – Wedding”

  1. Ellen says:

    You’ve done it again Karen ! Absolutely gorgeous. Congrats Mary and Ben ! We love you guys :)

  2. Sarah says:

    Mary…SO beautiful. Ben….SO happy. Congratulations to you both.
    Karen, you are amazing. Great photos.

  3. Christy says:

    incredibly beautiful photos of my best friend’s wedding – karen, you perfectly captured the gorgeous souls that ben and mary are. (plus i got my own shout-out .. this easily made my MONTH)

  4. Drew says:

    Check out those awesome knots in the boys ties! Good thing that app exists!

  5. Divya says:

    Beautiful Beautiful pictures. and u are right… beautiful couple inside and out. I am gonna have to make up an occasion so you can take our pictures soon :-)

  6. Thanks everyone for stopping by to leave Mary & Ben message of love and support. They were and are an amazing couple who made my job of capturing their day, very easy.

  7. Blake says:

    See, ties are more complicated than they look. People don’t realize that there are multiple (bad) options for tying a tie, with only one good one (half windsor). Oh, and excellent pictures, friends.

  8. Andrea says:

    The pictures are great Karen, can’t wait to see the rest!

  9. Janice says:

    Karen, the pictures are lovely, and you captured the day perfectly. As the mother of the bride, I will look at these pictures again and again. Thank you for all the thought and creativity that went into them!

  10. Luis says:

    Great photographs. I especially like the black and white ones. There’s even a good one of me!

  11. Melissa says:

    GORGEOUS!!!! Congrats to Mary and Ben! Karen, you truly are amazing

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