Glowing Reviews Indeed!

Our clients are our most compelling sales force.  Only they can authentically convey why CakeKnife is the right choice for your wedding photography. Time and again, we hear from our brides (and grooms!) on how pleased they were to have us photograph their magical day, and put their love in the best light.


Robyn & George

“As our wedding day approached, my wife and I had many recommendations on ‘what to do’ and ‘what not do’ for our special day.  One of the best suggestions we received was to hire an excellent photographer. We looked at several, and we were utterly impressed with Marla’s quality and style.  She sat down with us to review her approach.  Her organized and friendly style sold us instantly. She visited the venue and talked with us about how she would create beautiful, timeless photos.  Marla asked for our full list of photos to capture so that no special moment or person was missed.  This made our wedding day seamless and perfect!  Among the many outstanding photos she took was our ‘dip kiss’ entrance into the reception, a photo we proudly display in our home today to relive that unforgettable moment.  We highly recommend Marla Rutherford and CakeKnife Photography. We look forward to having Marla there as our family grows.”

Aubrey & Nick

“Marla was absolutely wonderful, I cannot say enough positive things about her and her work. From our initial meeting, to the engagement session all the way to the wedding she was an absolute pleasure to work with. I told my husband from the first time we saw her work that she is would make us look amazing and she did just that. Her technique, use of lights, ability to capture that perfect moment, and just overall professionalism was stellar! I am beyond pleased with our pictures and feel so blessed that we have these to look back on for a lifetime. If you are looking for someone to capture those special moments, make you feel and look beautiful and give you the greatest gift you could ask for,  beautifully captured memories of your wedding, then Marla with CakeKnife Photography is you girl. Honestly, choosing to go with Marla was the best decision we made. Trust me, when the day is over and you can’t remember all of the details or even piece the day together Marla’s pictures will remind you just how magical the day was. You will be thankful that in the years to come you can look back on these photos and relive that special day over and over again!”

Anna & Omar

“One of the most important decisions that has to be made for your wedding day is what photographer to go with. The photographer is in charge of capturing those special moments and truly putting together an amazing time line of your special day. I was referred to CakeKnife Photography by my makeup artist who had personal experience with this company with her own wedding. I looked at her pictures and photo album and fell in love with the creativity of the photos, the use of lighting unlike the traditional wedding photographer, and the way she really captured the moment.Upon speaking with Marla for a consult prior to booking, I felt very comfortable with her and she was very thorough in asking me what exactly we wanted.
The day of the wedding she was very professional while at the same time so personable with my friends and family. We felt like she was one of the group which made the tiresome photo taking process that much easier. Her energy and dedication was seen though all of the images she captured. Another thing that I liked about her is that she was very timely in her delivery of all of the wedding pictures. My friends and family love the website that she set up that allows you to log in with a password and see all of the pictures. I will definitely use CakeKnife Photography in the future when we have our first child’s baptism and I would suggest their services to anyone. Spectacular job and a pleasure to work with!”

Kashiea & Brad

“There are so many wonderful things that I can say about Marla that I don’t even know where to begin. My husband and I live in Colorado but got married in Tennessee. I interviewed several photographers that were local and none compared to Marla. Marla and I scheduled our phone conversation after a few emails about location and venue. Marla was the only one to bring up the fact that our ceremony location’s architecture was dark and that we would need special lighting to make our photos look great. After her attention to detail on this I knew we would pay whatever we needed to to get her to Tennessee. Funny enough, even with travel fees she lined up with the local photographers. It was a no brainer, she was the one! Marla’s coaching not only on the lighting but throughout the wedding planning was priceless! I needed someone like her to figure out what I wanted… and what I didn’t know I needed when it came to our wedding photos. Her direction the day of made all of us so comfortable that we now have the most fun, romantic, beautiful, hilarious wedding photos and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out! Marla will be our forever photographer and I am already looking forward to her taking future family photos! “

Erin & Ben

“I cannot even begin to describe how much I love the photos that Marla took for our wedding!!! I have received so many compliments about how beautiful they are. What I loved the most, was that Marla really captured the “moments”. Those moments where people were hugging or crying happy tears or laughing together – all those things that make the day the most special. Before our wedding we had looked at several other photographers, but we ended up choosing Marla because of her professionalism, her pricing and how much it covered, and because her photos had wonderful, vibrant color. Her lighting really made all the difference, especially after our ceremony when it was getting dark and we were taking family portraits outside. I also appreciated her attention to detail. She was observant and could tell which people were extra special to my husband and I, and made sure that she took several photos of those people. She really paid attention to her surroundings, and I could see that she was visualizing in her mind which areas/poses would end up making great photos. I’m a graphic designer and I realize that people are not always able to visualize the final product when it’s in progress. We were on top of a mountain and it was cold and super windy and the bridal party was freezing. But I had faith that Marla knew what she was doing, so we put our trust in her and we all toughed it out. Marla knew that they would end up being great photos because she could see the finished product in her mind, which is the sign of a true artist. And WOW, the final photos ended up being AMAZING!! They looked like they were for a magazine and they made me feel beautiful! I would definitely recommend her to anyone. Thank you so much Marla!”

Leiah & Jay

“The only problem with picking Marla for our photographer is that we are forever ruined because we won’t use anyone else. I’m very spoiled now and Marla is the best personality, professional, and all around an amazing human. Marla happened to be having lunch at the Monaco the day I was there visiting the venue. I do believe in fate and am so glad I found my soul mate photographer. “

Anneliese & Logan

“Marla and her assistant did such a phenomenal job of capturing our big day and making sure that all the photos looked stellar in the end. I also can’t thank them enough for reminding me to correct my posture, ha! My husband and I have already discussed future events or photo opportunities that we want to hire Marla and her team for. If you’re looking for someone trustworthy who puts a lot of love into what she does and is an absolute blast to work with, look no further, Marla’s your lady!”


Carolyn & Craig

“Marla did an outstanding job! She was working with a restricted budget but managed to produce photos beyond my expectations. Her pictures are a mixture of formal and informal capturing the feel and personality of the wedding! The shots are beautiful and carry the emotion of the day. Her professionalism and friendliness were the perfect match for our wedding. She was willing to meet with me ahead of time and was responsive to my vision for the day.”


Erika & Robby

“I knew when I saw Marla’s portfolio I was going to be happy with how my wedding pictures would come out. But I didn’t realize HOW happy. Marla went above and beyond to capture everything we wanted and more. All of our guests were very impressed with her professionalism and direction. She really helped a typically stressful day not be stressful at all! I highly recommend her for any shoot that needs a true professional! I will definitely be using Marla in the future for family shoots. She is truly extraordinary!”

Shonna & Nathan

“Marla was awesome to work with. She put everyone at ease and made taking photos fun – even in the Virginia humidity. And I can’t even begin to describe how awesome our photos came out. They’re beyond what we could have imagined! They really captured the day perfectly. We had a hard time picking which ones to print and frame and which ones to put in an album – every photo Marla captured was phenomenal”


Emily & Trent

“If you are looking for a photographer who will make you and your wedding look absolutely amazing, then CakeKnife Photography is the way to go. Marla is professional and friendly, and makes everyone feel comfortable. Her photos are unreal! I have gotten nothing but compliments on the photos from our wedding. I am in the wedding industry myself and will be recommending her to every bride!”


Jaime & Greg

“When we started the wedding planning process, we knew that having a great caterer and a talented photographer were the most important factors. My brother went to high school with Marla and had seen her photography. I looked at her website and was so impressed with her style, especially her use of lighting. I was concerned that she may be too expensive, but was delighted to find that her rates were competitive with other photographers we interviewed. After meeting with Marla, we were sold on her professionalism, her talent, her high energy, and feisty attitude. We knew she would create fun pictures and she sure did! We love them!”


Abby & Steve

“Marla did the most amazing job photographing our wedding! Our pictures are absolutely stunning. She beautifully captured both the warmth and magic of the day. She put us at ease and we had fun every step of the way. She is an absolute pleasure to work with. We look forward to having her capture special moments in the future!”


Lori & Sam

“We chose CakeKnife Photography because Marla came very highly recommended from so many people. We also looked at her photos online and felt like she could really capture the emotions of the moments and she did for our wedding!”


Stacy & Pat

“Marla knows how to capture genuine moments with a distinctive style and point of view. The photos of our wedding clearly reflect the individuals’ personalities, the vibe of the location, and the size of the party. Thanks Marla Rutherford for making us look so good!”


Danara & Byron

“Marla was amazing at chronicling the visual aspects and emotions of our wedding. When we look through our wedding album now, we relive the moments that meant so much to us.”