06.01.2010 Marielle

Chad & Kelly. Engagements.

It’s in the way they look at each other. It’s in the way that he quietly drapes his jacket over her shoulders when she is cold. It’s in the way her eyes light up when he looks at her. It’s the way that they laugh & joke with each other. When you see Chad & Kelly together, you just know that they are perfect for each other. They are truly, deeply in love & it shows in every word & in every action in Chad & Kelly’s lives. In essence, Kelly is the biscuits to Chad’s gravy. And that’s what they call themselves. Biscuits & gravy. They are without a doubt a very perfect match! Here is their story…

When Kelly first transferred to Georgetown Law in the fall of 2005, her friend kept telling her that she had to meet his friend Chad, who he claimed was, “the best looking guy in DC.” About a year later, Kelly met Chad & she agreed with her friend-Chad really was the best looking guy in D.C! They spent a few years as friends until one summer, Chad asked Kelly to be his date for a wedding in Hawaii. She said yes, booked her flight & they have been together ever since. They managed to keep a long distance relationship going until recently when Chad moved to Seattle with Kelly & they are both SO HAPPY to be living in the same city!!!! They are a fun, adventurous couple with a passion for traveling (they are in the Dominican Republic as we speak…), trying new foods, attending sporting events & just being together.

I was lucky enough to fly up to Seattle to shoot Chad & Kelly’s engagement session. It was a gorgeous day in Seattle-we were lucky enough to have no rain the entire shoot! We all went to dinner together afterwards & as we ate some delicious pizza, the rain POURED outside. We were so lucky to have no rain for the photos!

Chad & Kelly, thank you SO MUCH for the amazing session! You are both such sweet & amazing people & I can’t wait to be part of your wedding festivities in October!  I know without a doubt that your wedding will be a true reflection of who you are-fun, classy & simply incredible…Just like biscuits & gravy. 🙂 I am happy to know that you have found each other & I’m counting down the days until your wedding…xoxo, marielle.

We started out the shoot on their rooftop where Chad asked Kelly to marry him! Here’s the killer view….


I think this is my favorite from their shoot….


When Chad & Kelly attend weddings, Chad usually takes off his tie & Kelly puts it on her head while they work the dance floor. They wanted a photo of them doing their thing so here it is!!!


My second favorite photograph from their shoot…

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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 (16)

  1. I LOVE Seattle! There are so many great photos, Marielle! What to choose as my fave?! I pick the one where they’re in the grass laying on their tummies. LOVE that one!

  2. Ryan

    Nice photos! I especially like the one where they are walking away from the camera in the alley. Chad’s jacket goes well with the overcast sky. Good job Marielle.

  3. Nicole Lonergan

    Woohoo!! Great job Marielle..you never cease to amaze!! I don’t know how you chose a favorite, all their pictures are perfect! Our family adores you, and I am so glad you’ll be their to share Kelly & Chad’s special day with us!
    Love love love!

  4. Wow, I love them all, but think the one in the grass where Chad is smooshing his nose to Kelly and she is looking at the camera. Reminds me of that incredibly happy smile with her whole soul and her eyes show it. I adore both of them so much. Thank you Marielle, it does seem like you are family! See you in October and June of 2011.

  5. Kelly Lonergan

    Marielle, you did such a wonderful job! We love love love the photos! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but those ones you shot from the top of the stairs down the tunnel of trees are probably my favorite. Thank you so much. We can’t wait to see you again in October in Palm Springs!

  6. Rosie Richter

    Beautiful photos!!!! My favorite is the one with Chad and Kelly laying on their tummies in the grass… so sweet!!! Looking at all the pictures, you can just see how much they love each other. Chad, I can’t wait to meet you! You two are adorable!

  7. Deena

    These are so charming, Marielle. It looks like you got a nice day in Seattle to boot!

  8. Beautiful work Marielle! My fave has to the the one where they’re kissing at the bottom of the stairs! BTW… Seattle is gorgeous and it’s my next city that I want to visit!

  9. Absolute photographic genius at play here. You are so talented with composure and posing. You also have a pretty great knack for finding the most unique and charming locations!! My favorite is also the photo of them on their stomachs in the grass. Perfect lighting and excellent color. Another nail… hit right on the head. 🙂 Go girl.

  10. what an absolute homerun of a session! these are SO cool, and beg to be put in an album where the story really unfolds. seriously, awesome compositions.

  11. Meghan

    Beautiful photos! Beautiful ring (it’s the first time I’ve seen it in action)! And, most importantly, beautiful people!!

  12. Debbie

    Amazing pictures! You guys definitely need to do an album with these!

  13. Sheesh! I can tell that you liked this photo shoot because you put up so many of their photos! I love them all! I especially love how happy and sweet and fun they are together! Good job Marielle! You’ve rocked it again! And a thousand congrats to you Kelly!!!!

  14. Simone

    Hey, guys. I was offline for a few days and only just seeing these. I LOVE the ones by the brick wall. And many others but your facial expressions in them say it all.

  15. Rae Ann Mathews

    The city I love and where you are in love!!! Wonderful pictures….I know the circle ring well up in Volunteer Park…such a great shot.

  16. Rip

    Only Perfect ! Marielle yet another Outstanding Body of Work. Your photos….the charachter, the life, the love you capture brings a tear to a Dad’s eye every time he visits this site. Thanks and…..pizza’s on me in Palm Springs!

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