Castle at Maryvale Wedding / Kara & Mike

I was so honored to be able to help document this lush, green, floral wedding at the stately Maryvale Castle with friend and fellow wedding photographer Marcella Treybig

One of the best things about being a wedding photographer is the professional and personal relationships you form along your journey with other like-minded photographers. Marcella is one of these lovely people who I met years and years ago while still living and working in DC, and even now that I live in Colorado and she is about to move back to her hometown area of Orange County, CA, we've still manage to sync up here and there along our different paths! We are both friends and colleagues which makes the relationship doubly rewarding! The wedding below was a great opportunity for me to be able to second shoot for her- a favor she had done for me a number of times in the past in years prior. I was going to be back in the DC area so I gladly agreed to lend a hand at Kara & Mike's wedding at Maryvale castle

These two had a truly beautiful day, from the stunning grounds and facade of the impressive castle (which moonlights as a wedding venue when not in use as an all-girls preparatory school) to their contagious love for each other, and the perfect light we had all day long! Mike was one of those guys who wasn't afraid to put his feelings on display- he simply couldn't wipe the grin off his face from start to finish! (And who would want him to!?)

Check out their beautiful day and let me know what you think in the comments! Congrats to Kara and Mike, and thanks so much to Marcella for letting me tag along!  

Care for a little 'something blue'? These teal blue wedding shoes were absolutely perfect!

Kara had given these cufflinks as a wedding gift to Mike, he was super stoked to wear them for his 'I do's'

This may have been one of the sweetest First Look's I've ever been able to photograph. I just adore the way that he reached out and kissed Kara's hand before even turning to see her. To me it said ' I love you blindly'.

Apparently she found it sweet too because she was trying to hold back the tears!

I love how giddy and happy Kara was to walk down the aisle with her father!

These two wrote very sweet, heartfelt custom vows in addition to traditional vows to share with each other. 

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Can you believe the beautiful light!? Every photographers dream!

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Congrats Kara & Mike!