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Reviewed On 8/05/2020 by Tina B
Choosing Mary as our wedding photographer was one of the best decisions we made!! My husband and I got married on 8/17/19 in Seattle, WA and Mary was kind enough to travel in for our big day. From the start we loved working with her - we had a ...
FaceTime call to get to know each other and ask questions, and she was always easy to contact and quick to respond. Our photos turned out STUNNING!! Mary’s photos and style even influenced our wedding decor/theme. We had a vibrant and colorful wedding and Mary captured it beautifully. She was able to coordinate our big families and wedding parties easily and the whole day was stress-free for us. We can’t recommend Mary enough! You’re guaranteed to get tons of gorgeous photos if you work with her :)
Reviewed On 5/27/2020 by Melanie G
One of the best decisions my (new) husband and I made throughout this crazy wedding-planning process was hiring Mary. She is the absolute DREAM wedding photographer!
Since our very first consult, Mary was so kind and personable--she answered a...
ny lingering questions we had and really got to know the gist of how we envisioned the day.
Our wedding landed on March 14--right before the nationwide quarantine shutdowns. As you can imagine, stress levels were off the charts (not just between us, the bride and groom, but guests as well), and everything was just utter madness. Throughout all the mayhem, Mary and her assistant were nothing but friendly, bubbly, calming, professional, and brought an all-good attitude that definitely helped the day go off without a hitch.
When we received our photo previews and finished album (like a little over a month afterward), we nearly cried because we were so happy with how all of them turned out. Mary perfectly captured the playful, bright, quirky, and colorful vibes that we absolutely wanted to convey throughout our special day. She captured the heartfelt moments and unforgettable details. Thanks to Mary and her amazing team, we'll cherish and remember our beaming wedding-day smiles forever and ever and ever.
Reviewed On 12/06/2019 by Deirdre C
Summary: Stunning, colourful, happy images that reflect the couple we are and also the bright personality behind the camera!
Mary and her photos are so magical and perfect! My husband and I are very uncomfortable in front of the camera. We had...
a very small destination wedding last year and had a friend take our pictures. When we got the final images I could see our nervousness in every portrait shot and I felt that I didn't have that perfect picture to frame from our day.
We arranged a portrait session with Mary the next time we would be back in Arizona (where we met) and agreed to do a shoot at sunset in Sedona. We got back into our wedding outfits and headed out with Mary. She immediately made us feel at ease with her warm and friendly personality. The two hours that we spent with her flew by and my husband remarked later that it felt like we were alone as a couple just holding hands and looking into each other's eyes. Mary gave us small directions for our hand or foot placement but she wasn't too controlling; she encouraged us to talk to each other or laugh and even told some jokes to get us giggling.
Mary also scouted all of our locations ahead of time so she was ready to direct us immediately into the perfect shot. This helped us to not waste precious time as the sun went down and kept us at ease.
She was super fast at getting a preview to us: within 10 days we had around 25 final images to give us a taste of the final result and we were blown away.
WE LOOKED LIKE US! But also somehow more perfect than we normally looked on camera (translation: we were comfortable). The colours were stunning and the variety of shots within that 25 was also really wonderful.
Then we received our full gallery one month later and we were so so happy! I never sent Mary a specific shot list since we were doing a portrait session but she captured everything that I was missing from our actual wedding day: Solo photos of us both looking comfortable, a close up shot of my rings, a photo of the back of my dress to show off the intricate beading on it, even some stunning wide shots of the beautiful Sedona scenery with us looking small and happy in the bottom foreground.
Mary is a professional who obviously LOVES her work. She brings so much love and joy to everything that she does and I feel blessed to have worked with her. I will cherish these photos forever and I cannot recommend her enough!
Reviewed On 10/03/2019 by Jennifer R
MARY IS AMAZING!!!!
My husband and I got married on September 1st, 2019, and we were lucky enough to have Mary as our photographer. She is so talented, creative, friendly, and professional. She has such an amazing eye!!!! All of our family and...
friends have been freaking out over our wedding photos (and I'm pretty sure that our wedding venue has already used every single one of our previews from Mary to advertise).
We had a very large wedding party, and both of us have a lot of family. Mary was so kind to my husband's uncle that also wanted to snap a few photos and wasn't frazzled when taking family photos was like wrangling cats. If you are looking for a photographer that's as kind as she is talented, Mary is it!
Our photos are so stunning and working with Mary was a joy, even for my husband who is camera shy!
We truly couldn't recommend Mary more!
Reviewed On 1/24/2019 by Jess C
Mary's photos are absolutely incredible. We had a beautiful day and it was amazing to see it captured - every one of our guests has commented to us about how great the photos are. If you love color go with Mary! She's great to work with.
Reviewed On 12/21/2018 by Margaret G
Mary is beyond wonderful. She is professional, friendly, and knows exactly what she's doing. She traveled for our wedding in Denver, Colorado, and look the time to scope out locations for some amazing photos. We chose to have her photograph bot...
h our hotel wedding and a "day after" shoot in the mountains; every shot she provided us with captured our day perfectly. We are so happy and grateful to have these memories.
Reviewed On 3/10/2018 by Jaclyn D
I simply CANNOT rave about Mary enough! We worked with Mary for both our engagement session in April 2016, and our wedding in Maui in March 2017 and both times she went completely above and beyond our expectations. I was instantly drawn to Mar...
y’s previous work with her emphasis on bright colors and a touch of whimsy and fun. My husband does not exactly love being in front of the camera, despite his outgoing nature, and Mary was really great at finding a groove with us where even he felt decently comfortable. We are LA based like Mary (and found her through one of our groomsmen) but had her travel with us to Dallas for our engagement shoot in search of the perfect bluebonnet fields (my husband is from TX) - we had to convince a winery to let us into a part of property that was family-owned & private, and it required hiking through a bit of a swampy area but she was totally game for whatever crazy thing we could think of. For our wedding in Maui - Mary had never been to Hawaii before and you would NEVER know she didn’t know our venue location like the back of her hand prior to shooting our wedding. The actual photos themselves are to die for - capturing both our personalities and also some sweeping gorgeous location shots. The coverage in the shots she sent over from our wedding is also great - I can’t believe how much ground she covered solo! We had a moderately sized wedding (around 50-55) and it feels like she has great shots of everyone there. She also did a great job helping us time out how to do all the portrait time with family + bridal party + just us, really working with us on our preferences and what would work best based on how the rest of the day needed to go. We didn’t do a first look, which feels kinda of rare these days (?) and Mary had great advice on how to achieve that and ALSO get in all the different photos & locations we were hoping for (because despite my husband’s aversion to the camera I LOVE having things documented/taking photos...) Overall I really can’t gush enough over her friendliness, ease to work with and quality of work. Mary is simply the best and we will 100% be using her for ANY of our other photo needs down the line/telling literally everyone I know that they should work with her.
Reviewed On 2/26/2018 by Kayla A
Mary Costa is amazing! Mary photographed our wedding in October 2017 - we've been following her work for awhile, and when it came time to book our wedding photographer, we knew we had to have her! She was so easy to work with from day-one, givi...
ng us all of the advice and recommendations she had from prior weddings that she had photographed. She anticipated our needs and quickly grasped our complicated day-of schedule, making it really easy to plan out all of the shots that we wanted to be sure we got on our big day. Our wedding was in Michigan, which meant that there wasn't time in advance for Mary to scope out all of the locations. She came super prepared though, clearly having done her research on all of the locations and knowing exactly the best spots for our First Look, photos with our wedding party, and family photos. She made everything so easy and stress-free on the day-of, and most importantly, we couldn't be happier with all of our photos! Mary captured every moment perfectly. We would 100% recommend Mary to anyone looking for a photographer. She is easy to work with, professional, and does amazing work.
Reviewed On 3/11/2017 by Emily P
As soon as we saw Mary's photography online, we knew we had found our photographer. She is an incredibly talented photographer with an affinity for vibrant colors and she manages to truly capture moments of joy. But we didn't realize until we m...
et her just what a lovely and fun person she is. She made my husband and I feel completely at ease during our wedding portraits, and was consistently positive and energetic. Her upbeat vibe is infectious, and we honestly had a blast during our portrait session! She made the families laugh during their photos, managed to capture all the big moments without us even noticing, and all of the wedding party loved her. We absolutely loved working with her, could not recommend her more highly, and will update this review as soon as we get all of the photos back!
Reviewed On 6/14/2011 by Ashley F
Mary Costa did our engagement photos as well as our wedding photos. She has an incredible eye, and puts you at ease with her demeanor. The photos are absolutely beautiful. If you're looking for a photographer who balances hip with classic, Mary...
is your photog. She will not just churn out the same photos as the rest of your friends' weddings. She will work with your personalities to make sure that your photos represent who you are as a couple. Give her a try for your engagement photos; you will fall in love and hire her for the day of! :)
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