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Marilyn + Tom {A Celebrity Vegas Wedding}

Update: All photos of Matthew Gray Gubler have been removed from this posting, as it is the intent of some to misuse these photos. Thank you for your respect of this decision to keep Matthew’s personal life private.


Suzi Lighten


I was truly so honored when Marilyn Gubler, mother to Matthew Gray Gubler (or better known as Dr. Spenser Reid on CBS’ Criminal Minds), hired me to photograph her wedding to her fiance, Tom DiGiacomo.

Marilyn and Tom were married in their private estate in beautiful Summerlin, a suburb here in Las Vegas.

I began the day with documenting them getting ready, followed by mingling with guests and cocktails. This was then followed by the ceremony, which was preformed in their lovely backyard. The pastor conducting the ceremony was the first I’ve seen to use an iPad to refer to during the ceremony. Pretty sleek!

As Matthew Gray Gubler escorted his beaming mother down the aisle, all the guests hummed the melody to “Here Comes The Bride.”

It was perfect. πŸ™‚

Following the truly beautiful ceremony, the small group of close family was eager to get back into the warm house, as it was a wee bit on the chilly side.

After cocktail hour, the guests were treated to an amazing meal, prepared by Sin City Chefs, who specializes in on-site upscale catering to celebrities.

The food tasted as amazing as it looks.

Having never previously watched Criminal Minds before, I felt so silly not having better known more about how famous Marilyn’s celebrity son was. After the wedding, I naturally had to watch a ton of episodes to get myself more up to date on who Dr. Spenser Reid actually was! πŸ˜‰

He’s one pretty cool cat! The whole family is, and I loved hanging out with all of them!

I was bummed that I was unable to attend their full-blown reception at their ranch in Sandy Valley the next day, but I had another wedding already booked that day and wasn’t able to cover it. Nevertheless, this day was pure love!



Matthew Gray Gubler blowing bubbles after the ceremony with his girlfriend, model Ali Michael.Marilyn’s daughter, with her husband, showcasing her little baby bump.Marilyn showed me around her home and let me have free range as to where I wanted to take photos of them. We ended up outside, in their bedroom, and my favorite – in their laundry room. I thought the laundry room would be a lot of fun for these two! Turns out they’re quite playful – and I loved pulling that out of them in these photos. πŸ™‚I snagged this one of the amazing chefs at Sin City Chefs right before they all killed each other. ;)All of Marilyn and Tom’s closest family.Apparently Matthew Gray Gubler likes wearing mismatched socks with unique patterns.This is me with Matthew Gray Gubler. He’s pretty tall, so he had to hunch over a bit to take this pic with me…

January 30, 2012 - 4:18 pm

Amy - You are very talented photographer.
The girl with the pool blue eyes – she is the girlfriend of Marylin’s son?

January 30, 2012 - 5:56 pm

Suzi Lighten - Thanks Amy! Yes, the girl he is blowing the bubbles with is Matthew Gray Gubler’s girlfriend, model Ali Michael. πŸ™‚

January 30, 2012 - 7:13 pm

Tami - Love the quality of the photos, love the composition. When were these taken?

January 30, 2012 - 8:22 pm

Sandy - These pictures are beautiful. You are so talented.

January 30, 2012 - 9:02 pm

Hannah - Very glad I found this site. Your talent to capture the moment is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

January 30, 2012 - 9:54 pm

Suzi Lighten - Thanks everyone for all of the love! I actually have been slackin’ a bit on getting these posted. Marilyn and Tom were actually wed April 8, 2011! I know, I know… I totally should have gotten this posted way sooner!

January 30, 2012 - 10:09 pm

LaShawna - These are very lovely photos, and it looks like a wonderful, intimate wedding. When did it take place?

January 30, 2012 - 11:08 pm

Wendy Henderson - These are fabulous!! But! I expect nothing less from you. Your work is truly beautiful and refreshing. God has truly blessed you with talent!! Much love!

January 30, 2012 - 11:34 pm

Gabrielle - Okay, okay, thanks for clearing that up πŸ™‚ I was a bit confused for a moment, because Laura is pregnant here, and her son is four months old now. I was wondering if she was pregnant again! And you are an AMAZING photographer! Wow, I hope I could get some great pictures like yours someday.

January 31, 2012 - 1:25 am

maeji - I’m japanese fan to Criminal Minds!:))
That trigger off visit to Website!!
I’m glad to be able to see these pictures!!!
I will feel happy just looking at each picture.β™‘

I started to learn English.
English isnt good at.I’m sorry!;)

Will visit again!

January 31, 2012 - 2:25 am

pau - beautiful pictures !!!!! hear a question …. hehehe know if they are still dating Matthew and Ali?

January 31, 2012 - 3:21 am

Kristin Shea - These photos are Lovely! You seem to have captured everyone’s personalities really well!
I’m also a photographer (well I hope to be, I’m still in school right now)and that must have been such a treat to photograph a ‘celebrity couple!’
I’m especially jealous considering Matthew is one of my favorite actors/people in general.

January 31, 2012 - 3:55 am

cindy - Wow, AMAZING PICS! You are truly talented.

Love the pics of Matthew and his girlfriend Ali…some good looking people right there.

Again, I can’t tell you how amazing the pictures are. I’ve seen a lot of wedding pics and these are the best I’ve seen. Do you only work in Vegas?

January 31, 2012 - 5:57 am

Suzi Lighten - Thank you so much, Cindy! I do travel all over the world, so if you need some photos taken, I’m totally your girl! πŸ˜‰

January 31, 2012 - 5:58 am

Suzi Lighten - Awesome, Kristin! Good luck in your life’s journeys as a photographer! It was amazing being a part of this special day. I’m sure it would have been more thrilling for me if I would have at least seen one episode of Criminal Minds prior to the wedding though… LOL!

January 31, 2012 - 5:59 am

Suzi Lighten - Pau, unfortunately, I don’t know if Matthew Gray Gubler is still dating Ali Michael or not. :/

January 31, 2012 - 5:59 am

Suzi Lighten - Maeji, your English is quite nice – good job, and I look forward to you visiting my site again! πŸ™‚ <3

January 31, 2012 - 11:15 am

maeji - All I saw your Website during work.
I was impressed just really nice picture!:))
Became a fan:)
I look forward to the future!
Has support from Japan.

from maeji

January 31, 2012 - 3:54 pm

lydia - MGG’S MOM,
love u

January 31, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Mandy - I really, really LOVED these pictures of Tom, Marilyn, Matthew, Laura, and Tim (Laura’s husband) plus other FAMILY members, but why include Ali Michael? She wasn’t family then, and as far as I know she is ONLY a friend now. She ruined those beautiful pictures. Now they’re bittersweet, and causing WAY too much controversy. I mean, after all they are pictures that were taken 1 year ago right?

January 31, 2012 - 5:41 pm

Suzi Lighten - Hey Mandy, glad you loved the photos! I don’t really keep up to date with Matthew Gray Gubler’s relationship status. I just told the story of the day of the wedding with my work. Those were the fond memories captured on that day, regardless of what the circumstances are today. Even if Matthew and Ali are just friends at this point in time, I’m sure they are both adult enough to still look back fondly together on the day of Tom and Marilyn’s wedding and reminisce on the good times. It’s not like I posted a sex-tape of them! LOL… They’re just celebrating the completion of the ceremony by blowing bubbles together, pretty harmless, don’t you think?

January 31, 2012 - 6:00 pm

Annie - The dark haired woman in photo #69 looks exactly like Matthew’s co-star Kirsten Vangsness!
Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. You are extremely talented, and I wish you all the success in the world!

January 31, 2012 - 8:15 pm

cindy - @Mandy, you don’t know they are only friends now, no one knows what’s going on except them. This is a beautiful occasion and some gorgeous pictures were captured. Let’s not ruin this with drama.

Suzi, I am passing a link of this blog to my cousin who is getting married this summer. She is going to love them and may contact you to find out more information. Again, lovely work!

January 31, 2012 - 11:36 pm

Harmony - Hi Suzi,
I really enjoyed viewing your work of a special occasion. Is it Matt that requested they be removed or was it due to some of the not very respectful comments about Ali?

January 31, 2012 - 11:47 pm

Suzi Lighten - Thank you for your comment, Harmony. It is my intent to protect Matthew and his private life from being attacked and thus it is my decision to remove them to prevent any future harm they may endow.

February 1, 2012 - 12:44 am

Lyn - Hi, I am so sorry you GOT HATE from posting the Ali and Matthew photos. They were so beautiful and people had to ruin them with their jealousy. I;m a Matthew fan and I’m ashamed of their behavior

February 1, 2012 - 12:53 am

Mary - It’s a shame people are focusing more on who was at the wedding than the obvious joy of the attendees, which you beautifully captured. These photos are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your work.

February 1, 2012 - 3:34 am

Lorena - Beautiful pictures! I donΒ΄t know this lady, but somehow I feel she deserves all happiness that comes her way!! Just look at that smile! and the Groom he seems so inlove really give hope to those who think their time has gone away…As for Mr. Gubler and Ms. Michael, well iΒ΄m sure they do have their story and perhaps they will call you for the photo session!…Your worth every penny!!!

February 1, 2012 - 5:25 am

Mandy - Dear Suzi,
No one feels more worse than I do that you took down those photos of Marilyn’s son. He was a HUGE part of the wedding, and now because of my utter stupidity those photos are gone. I feel horrible- I am so, so sorry. Please forgive me, and re-post those pictures. Not for his fans but for his FAMILY. I don’t care about the Ali Michael ordeal, and I’m sorry for carelessly saying such heartless and cruel things. Please accept my apology on behalf of this family. They obviously wanted these pictures shown, so please let them be shown to their fullest (and most beautiful) potential 8 ). I’m sorry I’ve created such “high school”-esque drama… Sincerely, Mandy

February 1, 2012 - 5:34 am

Mia - It was a pleasure seeing the pictures before they taken down by some rude people who refuse to see happiness in the photos and let things be. NO ONE knows anything or NOTHING about the private lives of people except THOSE who are in their lives. Fan’s of an actor do not have access to a celeb’s private life and by creating such drama is not going to solve things. Suzi has a wonderful talent and showed us her gift and it was destroyed cause what certain people were focusing on. I love your work Suzi and keep up with that talent and if I ever need you, I’ll call you. What type of camera did you use?

February 1, 2012 - 7:07 am

Maggie - I felt horrible when I heard that the pictures of Matthew were removed. I thought they were wonderful pictures! I especially love how close Matthew is to his family; coming from a large family myself, I understand what that means, and it’s that realization that makes me cherish every moment I have with them.

February 1, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Alana - I found the pictures beautiful.

Congratulations for the happy couple and for your work too.

February 4, 2012 - 5:15 am

Leila - These photos are fabulous! Their family seems awesome (super jealous you got to meet them, by the way), Matthew and his mom could be twins. As for Ali, she’s gorgeous and I am a huge fan of her. They make/made the cutest couple. Not as cute as Marilyn and Tom of course! πŸ˜€

A very creepy Criminal Minds fan, otherwise known as Leila

February 11, 2012 - 7:40 am

fernanda - Hi. anyone knows what’s matthew’s relligion???

February 11, 2012 - 9:09 pm

Frank Mazarisi - Thomas sent us the wedding pictures, we enjoyed them so much. Thomas is my nephew, we live in Florida. Saw him a good while back during a trip to Vages. The picture are just great, thanks so much.

February 29, 2012 - 3:48 am

Sasha - I really don’t know why people is so mean to Ali Michael, that girl is AMAZING! not only beautiful but also someone with a huge brain and guts, she preferred to quit modelling that live with an eating disorder, no model has ever done what she did, she appeared in the Today Show talking about that. It’s a brave action and I am SO HAPPY for Matthew and Ali, I ADORE Matthew Gray Gubler β™₯

April 25, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Julie - I LOVE LOVE the pictures of the happy couple on the washer and dryer. Such a cool idea !!! and I love how there making funny faces at each other. Looked like a very intimate wedding.

April 30, 2012 - 6:36 pm

Madeleine - Congrats to Tom and Marilyn (:

I am a HUGE MGG fan, and it is sad that you had to take down the pictures. The rude comments about Ali are uncalled for. She is gorgeous, intelligent, and nice. I’ve had the pleasure to meet her once. I don’t think it should matter if they are dating, Matthew deserves to be happy. If he’s happy, we should be happy. The photos however are astounding. I love all of them, but the ones of Marilyn and Laura made me smile a little more.

– Maddie

May 4, 2012 - 11:38 pm

Aleigh - Lol me and Ali have the same name!

I love the washing machine ones. Very genius!

May 4, 2012 - 11:44 pm

Erin - OMG LAURA FREAKIN’ DAHL! Now she’s like a fashion genius.

Pretty pics! Congrats Marilyn and Tom!

May 6, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Nenna - Marylin (and her husband) are really playful. I already know why Matthew is so funny and cute:)

August 10, 2012 - 10:56 pm

rebecca smith - aw darn, I really wanted to see the ‘bubble blowing’ picture listed on the description of an image of this wedding from google image search.

Is that very happy lovely lady in the photos his mother? That’s nice; and the photographs are quite lovely.

I wish her all happiness.

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