Mary Beth Tyson Photography

 

2014 Year in Review

Tuesday, April 7, 2015  |  Wedding
I'm very late on posting my 2014 year in review. So late that I almost called in 2015 year in review! 2014 was a fantastic year. My goal for my shooting was to become stronger in anticipating and capturing real interactions not manipulated or contrived by me. I look through the images of the past year and I see so many images that are true moments and that make me love my job even more. I traveled to some new places to shoot. Wisconsin was a new destination for me and one of my favorites. I returned to New Jersey to shoot at the gorgeous Ashford Estate for a wonderful couple. The estate was a new destination as well. I was able to shoot twice on Little Palm Island and twice at The Breakers. Both places are exquisite and unique. Every location from Key West to home in Tallahassee and in between I worked with wonderful couples and families. I find every year that my motivation for shooting weddings is always the people I get to meet and capture on one of the most important days of their lives. When people ask my why I love to shoot weddings my answer is very simple. I love documenting human interactions. I love waiting for the look in a mother's eyes when she looks up and sees her daughter as a bride. I always believe that in that moment a slideshow of their lives play through her mind. I love being there when a father walks his daughter down the aisle. I love to look around at the reactions of the crowd when the bride and groom take their first dance. I love photography and there is nothing else in this world that allows me to photograph people like a wedding. Thank you to all of my clients for allowing me to spend time with you on such an important day! 
 
The other side of my job that constantly brings me such joy is working with other vendors. I have the pleasure of working with some of the best planners our business has to offer. John, Sara, Julie are 3 planners I worked with multiple times this year and I am always blown away by their organization, attention to detail, positive attitude and work ethic. I've also had the honor of working with videographers, florists, caterers and bands who make my job so much fun. I look forward to working with these professionals each and every time and because of them I always encourage every bride to hire professionals who make their wedding day flow smoothly and flawlessly.  
 
2014 was a great year! This year I'm looking forward to working in new places and traveling to some of my trusted favorites. Key West, Dallas, Napa, Montana, Sea Island GA, Miami and the gorgeous Florida Panhandle beaches. Have a happy 2015 everyone!
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Reeves and Michael

New Orleans, LA
Monday, April 6, 2015  |  Wedding
When I traveled to New Orleans for Reeves and Michael's wedding I knew I was going to encounter a day with of lots of emotions. Reeves and I spoke on the phone and by email quite a bit before her wedding and she was gushing over her love for not only her fiance but the people in her life. The day started like most weddings a house of bridemaids preparing for the ceremony and in the center of the room sat Reeves, not a concern or care in the world. Just a smile on her face and very often a happy tear in her eye. When we arrived at the country club for her wedding she immediately saw her father for the first time and i was so happy to be there to shoot their first encounter that day! They hugged, laughed and cried together! It was beautiful and spontaneous! Reeves and Michael exchanged vows under one of the most amazing oak trees I have ever seen as the sun set over the green grass of the gold course. The entire day was light and happy, as weddings should be! The reception included their family tradition of bringing out tinfoil. The guests, the couple and even the band wrapped themselves in tinfoil and danced the rest of the night.  
 
I live to shoot real and true moments and this wedding was full of them! The couple enjoyed every moment of the day and I was so happy to be there and can't wait to share more of their images and the full gallery! 
 
Thank you Reeves and Michael for bringing me to New Orleans to document such an incredible event!
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Yarelys and Raul

Little Palm Island, FL
Tuesday, December 23, 2014  |  Wedding
What could be better than 3 days on a private island in the Florida Keys where Key Deer roam freely? Absolutely nothing! Every single detail from this wedding was gorgeous! The Little Palm team and Julie Shreck of Simply You Weddings did what they do best. We arrived on the first day to the island with the guests on the old wooden Little Palm boat. Raul and Yarelys were on the dock greeting their guests. The weekend started with a casual event around the pool with steal drums playing and then turned into a gorgeous wedding day where the beach was transformed into an elegant dinner party and then again back to a casual gathering around the fire the last day. When I was walking down the dock with Raul and Yarelys I told them that I couldn't imagine a more perfect wedding weekend. To have an entire island to yourselves with your closest family and friends away from the entire world is a dream. They were surrounded by an incredible team that brought together a perfect event.
Venue: Little Palm Island
Coordinator: Julie Shreck -Simply You Weddings
Florist/Decor: Avant Gardens
Videographer: Artistry Wedding Films
Hair and Makeup: Beauty Boutique
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Karol
Officiate : Michael Zehr
Ceremony Music: Roberto Perrera
Reception Music: LR Entertainment
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Selise and Shawn

The Breakers - Palm Beach, FL
Tuesday, October 28, 2014  |  Wedding
I'm so thrilled to share this wedding! This wedding was the combination of perfection! Perfect team, gorgeous venue, spectacular couple, loving and excited family and that dress! When Selise and Shawn called me months and months ago they were clear they wanted the emotions and relationships of their wedding day captured. I was elated! October 25th turned out to be a beautiful Palm Beach day. While the hustle of the preparations were taking place, in her room Selise was calm and quiet preparing to see Shawn for the first time on their wedding day. Her dress was being steamed, makeup was being applied and the view of her room looked down to waves crashing on the rocks below. Everyone worked around her while she sat quietly with a smile. Selise's mother and grandmother helped her into her gorgeous Vera Wang dress and when she was dressed it was clear she had chosen one of the most beautiful dresses I had ever seen. And then after that she went down to the courtyard to see Shawn.  
 
The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was a party! Libido Band brought the house down, as they do so well. I left that night with a smile and a thankful heart to be able to witness and document such a special day. Relationships, honoring a special person too recently lost and the love between two very dynamic people is what the day was all about. Absolute perfection!
Venue: The Breakers
Coordinator: Sara Renee Events
Dress: Vera Wang
Band: Libido Band
Videography: Ray Roman Films
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Haylee and Chris

Pebble Hill Plantation - Thomasville, GA
Sunday, September 28, 2014  |  Wedding
Haylee and Chris' wedding was all about their relationships. The bond between Haylee and her parents and grandparents was extraordinary and the same as Chris' relationship with his mom and sister. The moments between them were so beautiful to witness and document. We finished getting ready early so Chris and Haylee had their first look in front of the line of oak trees and in a private area of the plantation. Then shortly after were joined by their wedding party and family and then on to the ceremony! The day started with a little worry of rain as the forecast showed a high percentage around the ceremony time but the chance of rain quickly dropped allowing Haylee to marry Chris in front of the beautiful home at Pebble Hill Plantation. After their ceremony they left in a horse drawn carriage to the barn for their reception where they danced.  
 
The day was lovely and felt so calm. Haylee is thoughtful and attentive to everyone around her. Chris and Haylee are truly in love and such a joy to be around. I look at these images of them and I smile feeling so blessed to be a part of the day and an important time in their lives.  
 
The first image of her shoes with a dollar bill in it is such a cute story! When she was a little girl whenever she spent the night with her grandparents her grandfather would always put a dollar bill in her shoe so when she woke up it was there. On her wedding day he surprised her with a dollar bill in her wedding shoes that she first saw when she opened the box.  
Venue: Pebble Hill Plantation
Florist: Natalie Braswell Floral Designs
Seamstress: Angie Hardison
Coordinator : Simply Southern Events
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
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