10.19.2009 Marielle

Sarah & Mike. Wedding.

Sarah & Mike saw each other in the light of friendship & often enjoyed each other’s company. They spent their time together searching for the best plate of Mexican food in Washington, D.C, trotting the globe & just being together. Then, somewhere down that path that Sarah & Mike called friendship, they fell in love. Madly. Deeply. Simply. Their mutual zest for life & their love for each other was something that was nothing short of perfect. And, as destiny would have it, one night Mike surprised Sarah with a sweet serenade & a knockout diamond ring. She happily said yes!

I spent the afternoon before their wedding with Sarah & Mike shooting all of their bride & groom photographs. It was so fun for me to get to know them & to hear the story of how they fell in love. And, it was fabulous to have all the time in the world to shoot photographs of them before their wedding day. I love love looooooooove when a bride & groom opt to see each other before their wedding….it is always so relaxing & it gives the bride & groom more time to spend with their families after their ceremony. And it gives them sooooo many more photographs! I highly recommend it to all my future brides.

Their wedding was on an unusually warm August day & multitudes of family & friends gathered outside the gorgeous Oakland Temple to celebrate Sarah & Mike’s happy occasion. The pink roses were all in bloom as if they knew the color choice that Sarah had picked out for her wedding! Just like Sarah & Mike’s dating & engagement had been perfect, their wedding day was no different. They had family & friends who traveled from Washington, D.C & even from Scotland to celebrate their amazing day. It truly was a testament to how many people admire & love Sarah & Mike! I loved the details from their wedding-from Sarah’s custom designed dress & birdcage veil, to their sweet & delicious pink wedding cake, all the way down to the trivia cards & See’s candy boxes handed out at their reception.

Sarah & Mike- I loved getting to know you both & I had a blast photographing you on your special day! Thanks so much for being up for anything-it made for some awesome photographs! I know that you will both enjoy a fabulous life because of your easy-going & adventurous spirits. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to document your perfect day! If you are ever on the West Coast, give me a call & we’ll go out for Mexican food! With much love & appreciation…xoxo, marielle.

To view their entire event & order prints, please go HERE.










Their reception was held at the gorgeous Claremont Counrty Club. Soooooooo beautiful & classy…



The person wearing the kilt in the photo below was a friend of Sarah’s family who flew all the way from Scotland to play the bagpipes for their special day!








About the Author

Marielle Hi! My name is Marielle Hayes and I am a photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love to travel, bargain hunt and spend time with my husband, our daughter and our Boston Terrier. Enjoy my blog and leave me some comments to let me know what you think!

Comments (4)

  1. Ok Marielle. I’m a broken record but you are so talented! I loved EVERY SINGLE ONE of these photos. I really enjoyed reading what you wrote as well. I’m sure this couple couldn’t even BE happier. Fabulous.

  2. Sara Ashby

    Hi Marielle! You are amazing. Someday when I finally get married, you can come up to Portland and do my wedding. I love your work! Way to go.

  3. What fun photos in SF! Seriously, you need to tell this bride for me she has the most gorgeous, unique, fashion-forward wedding gown I’ve ever seen. LOVE IT! You captured it so well!

  4. Jamie

    Oh my goodness her dress is Ahh-Mazing! The photos are fabulous, I especially love the 5th photo, they look so happy.

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