Mary Beth Tyson Photography


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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Alyssa and Joel

The Ashford Estate - Allentown, NJ
Monday, September 15, 2014  |  Wedding
What a beautiful day and what a beautiful couple! Before you arrive at Ashford Estate you drive through small New Jersey towns with adorable little homes. Some tucked in neighborhoods and others in the midst of fields. It's hard to believe that you will arrive at the iron gates that welcome you to the estate. We met Alyssa and her bridesmaids prepped and ready for makeup and hair. I sat quietly in the room photographing Alyssa sitting and preparing for the day while close friends and family came to greet her and share their excitement. After she was dressed my favorite part happened which often happens at a wedding, her father saw her for the first time dressed for her wedding. It's always so special to see a dad admire his daughter in her white wedding dress and I was so happy to be there to photograph the quiet and emotional exchange while the room around them hustled preparing for the ceremony. Alyssa and Joel chose to see each other before the wedding so we spent quite a bit of time walking around the estate and it's gardens.  
This was a picture perfect day. A simply beautiful and loving couple surrounded by equally beautiful people. The party was no disappointment as the dance floor stayed packed until the night ended. I'm so excited to share the emotions captured on this day. There are so many images so this is just a small glimpse into a really great day.  
Thank you Alyssa and Joel! After over a year of communicating it was such an honor to finally meet you in person and photograph your wedding!
Florist: Magnolia
Venue: The Ashford Estate
Caterer: Merri-Makers Catering
Video: Edward with Orange Films
Lighting: Fennelli Design
Makeup: Luis Rodriguez
Hair: Mia Babes
Band: Russ Bennett Band
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Michelle and Jesse

Madison Wisconsin
Monday, September 15, 2014  |  Wedding
I flew to Wisconsin for the first time so eager to meet this wonderful couple and their family. Jesse is a photographer and his sister is a coordinator so we've emailed back and forth for years but never met in person. When I met all of them it was like catching up with old friends. Jesse and Michelle and insanely cool people! They are in love, warm and friendly and the perfect match! The ceremony was full of smiles and excitement. It was really hot but it didn't seem to matter at all! After the ceremony they scheduled quite a bit of time for portraits so we spent time walking around the garden photographing the two of them together before heading to the state capitol for more images. And then we finally ended up at the restaurant where they held their dinner reception. There were no toasts or first dances. They spent the entire time mingling with their family and friends catching up and reliving the day and telling old stories. Jesse has six brothers and sisters so there were definitely a lot of laughs. Even though I was hired to shoot the wedding they kept asking me to sit and enjoy the dinner with them just like I was a guest.  
This is the type of wedding that reminds me why I love my work so deeply. Wonderful people celebrating such a special day. When I sit down to write blog posts for weddings like this I have a hard time describing how I felt because it was such a special day to witness. Thank you Jesse, Michell and the enitre Peckham family! You guys are seriously one of a kind!
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