11.14.2009 Marielle

Melissa & Pat. Wedding

I guess you could say that it all started in Oakland. It was here, after all where Melissa & Pat first met…it was here where they would meet up to go running around Lake Merritt…it was here where they would hang out at the Farmer’s Market…it was here that they enjoyed time just being together. And it was here that they fell in love. It was in Oakland that their beginning started. Melissa & Pat met on Match.Com & after a year of dating they knew that they were meant to be together. They began making plans for a fantastic wedding that would include their closet family & friends.

Melissa & Pat were married in a sunset ceremony at the Oakland Wedgewood Gold Course. As Melissa’s parents walked her down the aisle together, she grinned all the way down to her toes. Their ceremony was beautiful & as they walked down the aisle as man & wife, both Melissa & Pat were simply overjoyed. Melissa & Pat’s wedding theme was “Oaklandish”- celebrating Oakland & all of it’s quirks. Because, after all, Oakland played a part in their meeting & falling in love! Each table at their reception was named after some of their favorite spots in Oakland, from Lake Merritt to Arizmende pizza (hellooooooo-its my favorite place on earth!). Their family & friends danced late into the night & had a blast celebrating Melissa & Pat’s new life together. They didn’t just party-they PAR-TAYED!

Melissa & Pat- you are such beautiful people. Your exterior beauty shines all the way into your souls. You are two of the most genuine people I have ever met. Your happiness rubs off on all who surround you. I know you will have a beautiful life together making each other & those who become part of your lives very happy. With much love & gratitude…xoxo, marielle.




Melissa & Pat surprised their guests with an amazing bagpipe player leading the bride down the aisle
Their ceremony was at sunset & the light was incredible…







A photograph of their gorgeous rings by my assistant, Sarah.
Their first dance was to Elton John’s song, “Tiny Dancer.” I literally had to restrain myself from singing this song out loud while they danced-I looooove Elton John!


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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 (7)

  1. What a perfect time of day to get married. It adds to the total beauty of the wedding! I love the photos with the rings on the pavement and the groomsmen and the blue wall.

  2. Rachelle

    Amazing!!! you both looked great 🙂 I’m partial to the bride. Wow hair!!! Congrats and thanks for letting me be a part of it al.
    Photos rock! Home chick is G to the double O D GOOD!

  3. WOWWOWWOW!!!! Those pictures are freaking awe…..some!!!!! Gorgeous dress, beautiful cake, amazing everything! I love the picture of the shoes with all of the glass bottles….very creative! Keep it up girl…..fame and fortune are definately headed in your direction!!!!

  4. Nicole Friedenberg

    I agree with the genius comment – these pictures are phenomenal.

  5. I love the photographs of the shoes. Best pictures Marielle has taken to date of wedding shoes.

  6. Najia

    Wonderful, beautiful pics!! You are so talented… and I love Melissa and Pat!

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