Less Posing. More candid. All you!
I know it can be awkward having a human follow you around taking photos. This is why I shoot with a candid mind. Instead of worrying about moving from pose to pose, I want you to be fully present in this amazing memory!
Of course I'm here for you every step of the way, so lean on me if you feel lost. We can definitely still capture those staged Family Portraits, and I'll grab all those details you worked so hard to perfect.
At the end of the day, my aim is to take such good care of you so you can look back on these memories and remember the feeeels that came with each moment!
I take extreme care in making sure you enjoy your day! This even includes grandma, parents, and every member of your bridal party. Since my approach asks you to be yourself, I make sure you are as comfortable and free to enjoy each moment as possible.
I aim to be much more than your wedding photographer. I'll chat with everyone, find bandaids for blisters, grab you a drink from the bar, make sure you pee before you put on your dress, and even help you create a wedding timeline if need be! I got you, so all you have to do is enjoy these moments!
I may be biased, but photography is one of the most important investments you can make for your wedding. These photographs are what keep your memories alive!!
Being your photographer is a job I take very seriously, which is why I'm with you from the moment you inquire to long after your special day. I strive to work with couples that not only understand my approach, but truly cheer each other on!
I offer four different wedding packages customised to each client. All come with my candid style + extra goodies to make it easy and stress-free.
"She kept me calm during some moments where I would have lost it. She was always there whenever we needed help (even if it wasn't her responsibility) and she is just a light. She exudes happiness which makes the day even better." - Leah & Patrick (2018)
"Marissa was not only our photographer but our sudo day-of-coordinator, bridesmaid director, stress reliever, and the most incredible photographer we could ever ask for" - Blair & AJ (2018)
"I do not like having pictures taken of me, but between Marissa's candid style and effortless ability to capture moments without us even noticing it was happening was really perfect. She is young and fun, but talented beyond her years. Her presence through the whole process was comforting and she provided the perfect balance of going with the flow and giving the right advice when we needed it. She captured every moment and detail that we'd want and more. We love how natural the photos are and that they portray the energy and love we felt surrounded by that day." - Emily & David (2018)
"Marissa was organized, calm, but exciting and fun to be around. She kept the family pictures quick and easy. She captured beautiful moments and allowed us to enjoy our day, worry free!" - Alyssa & Kevin (2017)
"Marissa has the MOST wonderful, fun loving personality. She has such a way to make you feel like you are so important! She is professional, CREATIVE, and passionate. Our wedding party also said how much they loved her, her style of photography and the way she interacted with us." - Brittany & Matt (2017)
... about working with Marissa (and Woody!). Before we even had a venue or date set for our wedding, we reached out to Marissa to see what her schedule was because we had been following her photography for years. Marissa makes photography so easy and fun, capturing us being ourselves without ever having to worry about an awkward pose or feeling weird in front of the camera. We will cherish these photos forever and couldn’t be happier with the entire experience working with Marissa. She is quick to respond to emails, helped us stay organized day-of, helped offer suggestions when we were looking for vendors and wanted her input, and was genuinely so excited to be there for us through the entire process. We hope to work with Marissa for all big life milestones in the future!
- Julie + Max
incredible things to say
we have nothing but
If I could refer Marissa for every wedding I attend in the future, I would! We felt so comfortable with her and knew she had our back! I also have followed her Instagram for a long time and knew I loved her style, so it was no question we would reach out and hope she could capture our day! Like everyone, we have parts of ourselves we're self-conscious about and don't always love to see on camera, but there wasn't one single image in our wedding gallery that I even considered hiding, because it was all about the joy and that came out in every photo!
- Amanda + Nick
joy that came out of every photo
it was all about the
I cannot recommend Marissa Decker enough!!! Working with Marissa was a standout highlight of the wedding planning process and our actual wedding. She is an incredible person, translating to her incredible work as a photographer. Her execution and organization made the day so smooth and looking at these breathtaking pictures reminds my husband and I how grateful we were to work with her. She was able to fully capture the day while keeping my entire bridal party engaged and having fun without making anyone feel uncomfortable in front of the camera. Words will never be enough for everything she did for us to make our wedding so memorable, and we could not feel more blessed to have these pictures to look back on - hands down, the BEST person/photographer to have capture your day!
- Lauren + Mike
person/photographer to capture your day!
hands down the BEST
Marissa is The Best. Her photos are absolute perfection, just dreamy and magical and everything you want your wedding memories to be. She is beyond talented, but is also so helpful and encouraging, and makes you feel relaxed and at ease. She is a truly wonderful person. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
- Katie + Marc
Marissa is a miracle worker. We recently had her shoot our wedding and also engagement photos. She is super responsive, her editing style is beautiful, and she truly knows how to capture the special moments throughout the day. I literally sobbed when I saw the pictures she took of us. Plus, she is just a great person to work with - super kind and you can just tell she cares about all of her clients. She was probably my favorite vendor. BOOK MARISSA.
- Bridgette + Colton
Marissa is a
Marissa is amazing! Couldn’t ask for a better wedding photographer!! She is so incredibly kind and patient. She makes your day feel so magical. And the candid pictures ARE EVERYTHING!! I highly recommend getting the Wedding Album she makes as well. She is so good, both my siblings are using her for their wedding. You won’t regret having her be a part of the best day ever!
- Michelle + Tony
kind and patient!
She is so incredibly
From start to finish, our experience with Marissa was a dream and blew us away. Each interaction with Marissa made us feel comfortable and like we had known her for years. Her guidance in each meeting, email, phone call and text leading up to the day and on the day left us knowing we were in great hands! Marissa (& Woody!) were some of the most genuine, kind, hard-working, organized, and attention to detail kind of people we have ever met. Marissa is a dime of a person with a beautiful personality to back it. Her artistic work behind the camera is unmatched and her fantastic demeanor allowed us to simply be us. Not only did she leave a lasting impact on us, but the amount of guests that came up to us on our wedding day to comment on “the photographer” was crazy! Marissa. Is. Simply. The. Best. The way she captured our wedding day left us speechless. We cannot thank her enough for her help in creating unforgettable and beautiful moments that will last us a lifetime.
- Annie + Ryan
we could not recommend her enough
Marissa Decker is everything and
Marissa captured our wedding day absolutely perfectly. She has an incredible talent for capturing all the joy, love, and every other emotion so beautifully and authentically. She works in a completely stress-free, non-invasive manner so that we could enjoy 100% of our day without feeling like we were frequently posing for photos or worrying if she was capturing everything. She got every last detail and we truly feel like we get to relive the joy of our wedding every time we look through our wedding photos. As an added bonus, she is super professional, timely, organized, and personable throughout the entire planning process. She is a 12/10, you should absolutely book her!
- Brenna + Mike
so beautifully & authentically
She has an incredible talent for capturing all the joy, love, and every other emotion
Our photographer was the most important vendor while planning and Marissa was the best investment we made in our wedding. We had four date changes after a family diagnosis of cancer and the pandemic. Marissa was there for every reschedule with transparency and positivity. When you book Marissa you not only get an incredibly talented photographer but also a thoughtful, genuine person who prioritizes you. Her ability to capture beautiful candid moments is truly unparalleled. When we look through our photos we hear the laughs, feel the love, and taste the orange buttercream icing all over again! We could not be happier or recommend her more highly! We will use Marissa Decker Photography for all future family milestones. Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of our heart!!
- Maria + Dan
beautiful candid moments is truly unparalleled
Her ability to capture
Yes, she captured amazing pictures that we will cherish forever. But she also kept us on task, fixed a ruffled up-do, answered questions about eye liner, and all and all lightened every moment with her effervescent, authentic energy. I quite honestly can't imagine our wedding without her.
- Emily + Jamie
fairy godmother masked as a photographer!
Marissa was a wedding
Marissa was our biggest cheerleader and also, kind of a coach through it all, giving suggestions of where to take pictures, which package to choose, how to cut the cake, how we should plan our wedding day schedule, you name it! She kept us so calm and gave us such great direction. It was like having a best friend and wedding planner all in one!
- Maureen + Nick
best friend + wedding planner all in one!
It was like having a
Every consultation we had leading up to the wedding was organized but also filled with love. It made me excited that she was also excited and happy for us. The day of the wedding she was also helpful while I was getting my dress on! She was able to gather organic moments too. I actually just came across a picture recently where I didn't even know she was taking it but it was a photo of myself looking and smiling at my groom while holding his hand - it was a simple moment but it brought tears to my eyes because to be able to capture the happiness we both had that day... it just meant a lot to us.
- Nicole + Mike
She was able to gather
LOVE MARISSA! Marissa is always so positive and very good at communicating. Her photos capture the best moments and are never tacky and posed. Everyone says they can be in a magazine! I also loved how she made sure I ate something and asked us if we needed anything before she left- wonderful service!
- Kristen + Stephen
and are never tacky and posed
Her photos capture the best moments
She is just what a couple needs on their wedding day. Flexible, understanding, a level head on such a hectic day! Not to mention the AMAZING photographs that she captured! Her candid style of photography is exactly what we were looking for.
- Lauren + Alex
is exactly what we were looking for!
Her candid style of photography
I never knew she was around when taking pics during ceremony!! Loved all the pics so so much! She captured such beautiful moments!!
- Allie + Luke
has a wonderful eye for candid pics!!
She was completely organized, calm,&
I LOVED WORKING with MARISSA. I love her creativity, her style of photography, and most of all her warm personality and presence. Having her there was truly a blessing.
- Allison + Adam
her warm personality & presence!
... most of all I love
During the pandemic, it was a relief to ask a question and get a fully thought out email back. You could tell she was prepared and this is her business. Plus her joyful attitude when, I the bride, was soooo nervous. It really helps!
- Jenny + Mitch
Marissa was so responsive
Loved working with Marissa is an UNDERSTATEMENT! I could go on and on, but what I loved most is how comfortable she made us feel, it never felt like we were in front of a camera, just hanging with a friend and she caught such beautiful and candid moments!!!
- Lauren + Jordan
CAPTURING REAL, CANDID MOMENTS
VS STAGING YOU FOR THE CAMERA.
She focuses on
Thank YOU for everything! You talked about not being able to put it into words but we truly can't either. We feel SO thankful for you and loved having you be the one to capture our day. Our family and friends in our bridal party could not say enough great things about you as well! You are absolutely amazing and we LOVE our pictures!!! You captured every moment of our special day just as it happened and it was wonderful reliving it by going through each and every picture together!! They all looked beautiful and we can't wait to be able to share them with our family and friends!!!
Angela & Jud
each and every picture together."
"it was wonderful reliving it by going through
Marissa made us feel so comfortable right from the start. She is full of energy and joy, but she also brings a sense of calm and ease. Her work speaks for itself- it is candid, natural, full of light and joy. She is timely, organized, and efficient in making your day run smoothly, as well as getting photos back to you SO fast!
- Amy + Matt
IT FELT LIKE SHE WAS AN OLD FRIEND CAPTURING OUR DAY!
She eases any awkwardness & honestly even though we just met her,
Marissa was BY FAR one of the best parts of my wedding day. I really can't imagine working with someone other than her. I have known Marissa and her family for a long time, and before I was even engaged, I had seen her incredible work and photos and knew I wanted to work with her. She is fun, friendly and just a wonderful individual. She made me and my husband feel so comfortable during the entire process, so when it was time to snap hundreds of photos on the big day, I felt like I was just doing it with my friend. I love how she captures the candid, natural moments- she really didn't miss a single moment that I wanted capture.
- Nicole + Tyler
THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHER
IN NE OHIO
she deserves to be known as
Marissa made us feel so at ease and so comfortable. She not only captured beautiful, authentic photos of our day, but she helped with everything behind the scenes such as scheduling and planning. Marissa felt like a friend taking our wedding photos - not a vendor!
- Shannon + Ian
to anyone looking for a photographer who will grow to know them personally.
I would recommend
Marissa Decker Photography
LOVE OF YOUR WEDDING DAY SO PERFECTLY
Marissa captures the
- Kelly + David
Her ability to capture the true spirit of a moment is
Marissa Decker is absolutely AMAZING. She went above and beyond anything I could ever have hoped for out of a wedding photographer. Her ability to capture the true spirit of a moment is unmatched. You will want to blow up and frame every photo she sends you! But her photographs are not the only reason you should book Marissa. She is so organized and really helped with the planning/scheduling/execution of our big day. She is one of the hardest working vendors I have met, even staying up until 4 AM to give us teasers that we could post in the morning. And all our photos were back to us in 3 weeks!!! (most photographers take months it seems like). I highly highly highly recommend you book Marissa Decker as your photographer!!
- Katie + Blaine
Even when we had a mishap with our transportation, Marissa kept things going and kept us calm. She captured every single raw emotion beautifully and you barely noticed she was there snapping away! I wouldn’t have trusted anyone else to capture our wedding day
- Elaina + Chad
SHE MADE EVERYTHING SO EASY AND HELPED KEEP THE DAY FLOWING SEAMLESSLY
We LOOOVVEEDD working with Marissa!
We loved every candid shot. She made us feel comfortable and at ease.
- Annie + Kyle
Marissa is absolutely The Best!
"She captured quality, candid moments that were
true to us!"
I would recommend Marissa any day to anyone! She has a way of making you feel comfortable and excited (even if you normally hate being in front of a camera). My husband & I were fortunate to schedule her for our engagement shoot and wedding day. She captured quality, candid moments that were true to us! And to top it off, her communication and turn-around time were very impressive! I cannot say enough about how happy we were with Marissa. She is professional, positive, and genuinely talented.
Thank you so much, Marissa!!
- Kelly + Marc
"her soul is pure
People, if you want the best, kindest and most trustworthy person to capture your wedding day, or any day, use Marissa Decker. Her soul is pure through and through! We love you, mean it!
- Leah + Pat
through and through"
You are so freaking amazing, thank you for EVERYTHING! The day would not have been the same without such an amazing friend and photographer - literally I love every single pic!
- Chelsea + Zach
"I have to say
I am not prone to exaggeration, but seeing the pictures that you sent out from Emily and David’s wedding this past weekend – I have to say – WOW.
I really enjoyed meeting you and I really appreciated the efficiency of your efforts. You are a true professional and a cool young lady.
- Tom (Father of the Bride).
"If I could go back in time for my wedding
Marissa is an amazing photographer. Marissa makes you feel as though you have known her forever and that truly helps when you're taking photos! I'm certainly the most awkward person in front of a camera but Marissa makes it feel as though you're just hanging out and having a fun time! She is very communicative and on top of everything! You will not be disappointed with Marissa. Thanks Marissa!
- Stephanie + Scott
Marissa has done multiple weddings I’ve been to and her pictures are always perfection. But perfection for that individual couple. She captures who they are. She is also able to quickly get a large group set up (like my giant, 70ish people, family) and get our picture done in a matter of two minutes... no easy task! If I could go back in time and get married again, I’d hire her for my wedding hands down!
- Kelsie Clark Ilko (cousin of the bride)
I'D HIRE HER .. HANDS DOWN"
"...the friendliest, most energetic, most upbeat &
Right from our first meeting with her, she was cheery, she was on the ball, and she was thinking one step ahead. And seriously, just meeting with her was a sure way to brighten our day. Marissa travelled all the way to Columbus to take our engagement photos in the frigid January snow, gave plenty of encouragement, and captured some terrific pictures that now hang in our home. Every step of the way, Marissa’s communication skills were great. She made us very comfortable; we knew our wedding photos were in good hands. The day of the wedding, Marissa was phenomenal. It seemed like she was seven places at once. She knew the wedding day itinerary, got everybody organized, and she even helped the clueless newlywed couple figure out the best way to cut the cake! Marissa captured great family and wedding party photos in pre-planned group photos. However, even more impressively, she captured tremendous candid photos of fun moments throughout the wedding ceremony and reception. Marissa’s ability to seemingly be at every key part of the celebration helped her capture the essence of one of the best days of our lives. Both for our engagement photos in the bristling January cold and for our wedding photos in the mid-July heat, Marissa was the friendliest, most energetic, most upbeat, and most skilled photographer we could possibly have hoped for. We loved having her as our photographer, and her work is top-notch.
- Hilary + Joe
MOST SKILLED PHOTOGRAPHER..."
- Hilary + Joe
I wanted to thank you for being just incredibly spectacular on our big day. It's hard to come up with words to describe your impact when random guests kept coming up to Kathleen and I asking about who our photographer was (YOU!) because she was so amazing! All I can do is say thank you. I can't sing your praises enough!!
- Kathleen + Graham
SPECTACULAR ON OUR BIG DAY!"
"We could not be
We could not be happier with our wedding photos!!! Thank you so so much Marisa Decker for capturing these unforgettable moments!
- Katie + Ryan
"..one of the best people
Marissa hands down does some of the best work out there. Not only is her work outstanding, but she is one of the best people to work with in the industry. Her high energy, optimism, and creativity is unmatched and influences everyone in a room. A really great person to work with!
- Mario Micale
TO WORK WITH
in the industry."
"...felt like we had been
Meeting Marissa for the first time felt like we had been friends for years! We had the pleasure of using Marissa for both our engagement and wedding photos. Marissa truly went above and beyond to ensure that our day went smoothly on all ends. Even checking in to see if we needed anything throughout the day. She captured all the moments I never knew that would even happen! We are so thrilled with our wedding photos and cannot wait to receive the final downloads so we can hang them in our home. Thank you for capturing or forever memories, including some photos of family members that will forever be close to our hearts
- Jessica + MaCauley
FRIENDS FOR YEARS"
I cannot say enough good things about Marissa as a photographer and a person. She is professional and clear in her correspondence, but has a calming and personable presence which is essential to illicit the natural smiles and poses seen in her work. She is very flexible and offers suggestions, but always puts the couple's wishes first. Most importantly, she has an incredible talent to capture EVERY moment of the day in a way that makes you relive the emotions of the moment when you look at the photo, yet she is not ever the slightest bit obtrusive. What else could you want in a photographer? She is the very best out there.
Thank you, Marissa, from the bottom of my heart for so perfectly capturing our special day. Your photos will always remind us of some of our most joyful memories for the rest of our lives.
- Sera + Kerrigan
EMOTIONS OF THE MOMENT"
"Marissa is a talent and
Marissa is is a talent and beautiful spirit. She is so helpful, polite, patient, smart, and kind. She is such a fantastic photographer and has a beautiful, light, and natural style. She made me feel at ease the whole day. I CANNOT recommend Marissa more. The pictures she took are priceless memories we will always love. Thank you thank you Marissa!
- Brittany + Matt
A BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT"
"She has the most
"Marissa is simply the most amazing person inside and out! My husband and I were lucky enough to have Marissa photograph our engagement pictures and our wedding! She traveled to Lexington for both!!
She has the most calming presence, you don't feel nervous or uncomfortable with her taking pictures. She captures moments that normal people don't see! I can't say enough good things about her! Her work speaks for itself, but she is also truly an amazing person!! Hands down the best!!"
- Alex Sims (Bride)
"You outdid yourself this time Marissa!! The pictures are absolutely beautiful!!! I simply cannot stop looking at them!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! You absolutely captured the feelings and emotions of the entire day!!! From beginning to end!! Haha!! I am so glad you could share in that day with us!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!"
-Christy Elias (Mother of the Bride)
"Thank you Marissa for
(About Blog Post): "I seriously am sitting in my car and viewing this for probably the 100th time and am in tears. I didn't even notice the statement Marissa wrote till now which seriously tugged at my heart more then I can begin to explain. Marissa you are an angel with a very special gift!!!! Love you so very much!
(About Wedding Day): "Thank you Marissa for capturing so much more then just a photo. I could not of asked for anything more perfect out of our photos and it's all bc you saw us and knew us for clearly! Sending you love + appreciation. "
- Mary + Pat
CAPTURING MORE THAN JUST A PHOTO"
"I LOVE that Marissa Decker caught all the little moments, along with the big moments. They are all so special in their own way. We are so fortunate to have had her capture our day! These memories mean the world to us! Thank you for "Marissa Decker Photography everything you captured was just perfection!(Y'all...Marissa is incredible, HIRE HER IMMEDIATELY if you need a photographer)."
- Jimmy Wojtila (Groom)
"Having Marissa as a part of our big day was one of the best decisions we made (besides the "I Dos" of course)!"
- Sarah Wojtila (Bride)
"The way you capture the emotion of the room + the moment is seriously amazing. Just the smiles or faces of people during a situation - the first dance, the speeches the little moments in-between the ceremony or waiting in the cocktail floor. Honestly I’m stunned (not that I ever doubted you for a second) but you blew my expectations out of the water!!!!"
- Stephen Wojtila (Best Man)
HIRE HER IMMEDIATELY..."
Wow where do I even begin?! Marissa is an incredible photographer. She did a FANTASTIC job taking pictures for our wedding!! We loved ALL of them, and that is not an exaggeration! Her candid style was perfect for my husband's and my style and needs. So many times photographers will stop couples in the middle of their wedding to get "the perfect shot." This was not the case for Marissa at all, and we were so thankful!! She took pictures of us doing what we do, and how we do it! This is something that is truly unique to Marissa!! Her light and airy style is natural and not too edited, another thing we loved!!
Not only is she a wonderful photographer, but her personality behind and away from the camera just sealed the deal!! She is so caring, accommodating, relaxed, and the person to help us the day of the wedding, even for things outside of photography. We could not have asked for a better person to capture the best day of our lives. Thank you Marissa for letting us relive our wedding day each and every time we look at our photos. You are just spectacular!! xoxo - Kellie + Joe
"Marissa is an
The photos blew me away!! Kelly + Matt said from the beginning how much they loved your style and were so excited to have you photograph their wedding. I get it!! Just beautiful! Thank you for your talent and work!!
Lori Smith: (Mother of the Bride)
BLEW ME AWAY!!"
Have I mentioned recently how AWESOME our wedding photographer was?! Safe to say we had the BEST photographer to capture our special day. Thank you thank you thank you for all the fantastic pictures Marissa Decker!
"Safe to say we had
"We love to assist our brides in finding the gown of their dreams, but we are also here to help them out every step of the wedding planning process. We urge our brides to really invest in a good photographer. One that will capture your day, the emotions, the love, the laughter, and the moments in one beautiful image [...] Marissa has done several of our bride’s weddings and has an amazing ability to capture pure, raw emotion. We could see our bride’s personalities through her photos with intimate shots that show the true feelings that you experience on your wedding day. When you look at her page, you will see that many of her photos capture a couple laughing and sharing in the beauty of their wedding day."
CAPTURE PURE, RAW EMOTION."
"...an amazing ability to
*CHOSEN AS ONE OF 5 LOCAL VENDORS REFERRED*
"We cannot thank Marissa Decker Photography enough for capturing our wedding day! She was SO great to work with & the pictures turned out beautiful!! We couldn't be happier! [...] Thinking about how comfortable she made us both during the planning and through our day, we could not have dreamed up someone better to capture our day. Her amazing work directly reflects the type of person she is and we are blessed to have the memories she provided us. Thank you again!"
- Amber + Dan
DIRECTLY REFLECTS THE TYPE OF PERSON SHE IS"
"Her amazing work
"I have been a minister for 18 years and have married over 6000 couples! I can honestly say that Marissa is one of the sweetest, kindest, and most respectful photographers I have ever worked with. A complete pleasure!"
- Reverend Lynn Bressi-Rowles
KINDEST, AND MOST RESPECTFUL PHOTOGRAPHERS..."
"Marissa is one of the sweetest,
"I cannot praise the work of Marissa Decker enough, she is an absolutely amazing person professionally & personally! Anyone who is looking for a photographer, I highly recommend you check out her work!"
- Katie + Jeremy
PROFESSIONALLY & PERSONALLY!"
"She is an absolutely
"Marissa was an absolute pleasure to work with on our wedding day. She did a tremendous job of taking stunning pictures of our group even when the weather was gloomy and rainy. From holding my dress to bringing me coffee, Marissa was professional and personable all day long. Dave and I were lucky to have someone make us feel special and confident throughout our day. I would recommend Marissa for any young couple looking to make their wedding day unique to their personal style. We will continue to recommend her to our friends and family looking for portrait or on location sessions.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Marissa! You captured the joy of our wedding day so wonderfully!"
- Lizzie + Dave
TAKING STUNNING PICTURES..."
"She did a tremendous job
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