Mariah + Dylan | The Beasley Wedding

"When you're a kid, you assume your parents are soulmates. My kids are gonna be right about that." -Pam Beasley, The Office


I still can't believe it...you guys, Mariah and Dylan are MARRIED!!!

Yes, that's right! On February 24th, these two finally tied the knot. 

If you've been following along here on the blog since the very beginning, you'll know that Mariah and Dylan's engagement session was the first session I ever wrote a blog post about! To this day, that engagement shoot holds a very special place in my heart...so I guess you can imagine how much photographing this wedding meant to me!

The two said their "I do's" at The Begley Chapel at Lindsey Wilson College, where both of them graduated from last year, and where Mariah now works. To say that Lindsey is a special place to them is quite an understatement!!!

Their day was meaningful in every way possible because it was truly "them." Nothing about the day felt artificial or routine because their love for one another was at the forefront. That's the way every wedding should be!

I know without a doubt that they're going to share a beautiful life together. 

And now, here's a small peek into their magical day!

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hey, dad;

Mariah surprised her dad with the finished look before we all headed up to the chapel...I'm sure it's a moment neither of them will ever forget.

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I love this sweet moment Dylan and his momma shared before the ceremony began. 

The anticipation in the room was sky high as we waited for Mariah to come down the aisle!!! I know I wasn't the one getting married, but even I felt nervous!

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As soon as Mariah walked through those doors, Dylan started crying. He couldn't contain his joy...and he could barely wipe away all of his tears. I'm sure both of them had imagined what their wedding day would be like for years (they're high school sweethearts), and when it was all actually finally happening, it must have been overwhelming. It's so beautiful to see a love story come full circle, right in front of your eyes. 

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And I mean...if this isn't true love, show me what is.

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"...and you may now kiss the bride."

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the exit;

They embraced each other as they exited the ceremony, like they both felt they had won the grand prize.

More sweet moments of silent celebration ensued as the guests started make their way out of the ceremony.

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Next up was formal shots with the friends and family! They were super easy and cooperative to work with, so we ended up having a lot of fun with these!

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After we captured the necessary formals, it was time for portraits of just the two of them. This was my favorite part of the wedding day! Witnessing their shared just-married-bliss was delightful, and it made my job ridiculously easy.

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I adore this next image. It's a shot that I envisioned in the weeks leading up to wedding day, and it turned out better than I even expected it would. 

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We had to capture a silly and spontaneous shot incorporating football, considering Dylan is basically a football star!!! After completing his LWC football career, he's now playing as the 2018 Import Quarterback for the Åsane Seahawks in Bergen, Norway!

They arrived in Norway safe and sound just a few days after getting married, and their adventure seems to be off to an awesome start! Mariah posts the coolest weekly videos sharing their experiences while abroad, and I'm already looking forward to next week's video!!!

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Here's another favorite of mine from the entire day! I had to post it in both color and black and white!!

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I still can't get over how enchanting Mariah and Dylan's wedding day was...in fact, I kept thinking, "Man, I wouldn't mind shooting weddings like this every weekend." Seriously. 


Mariah and Dylan: you all are truly two wonderful, genuine souls, and I'm so thrilled to see deserving people like you all end up together. Thank you so much for asking me to be a part of such a monumental day in your lives!!! It's always an honor to work with you all. 

May you have a long and joyous life together!!!

♥,

Skyler


Skyler Smith