11.08.2010 Marielle

Kelly & Chad. Wedding.

She quietly stood in front of the mirror, her veil covering part of her face. She put on her earrings…nervously chatting with her mother, sister & friends as she slipped into her gorgeous dress. “I’m nervous,” she explained, “but I know I won’t be nervous once I see Chad.” Just a few hundred feet away from Kelly’s Bridal Suite, Chad was waiting. Quietly. Calmly. Kelly left her bridal suite, turned the corner & as they caught thrir first glimpse of each other on that day, tears streamed down both their faces. They embraced & Chad buried his head into Kelly’s neck…both of them laughing & crying together. Kelly was right. In the moment they laid eyes upon each other, their nerves melted away & were replaced by incredible, palpable joy. It was the happiest day they had ever known. Not only was it the day that they would become husband & wife, but it was the day that they promised to end their long airport goodbyes, complete their cross country relationship & to finally-finally be able to call the same city home.

Kelly & Chad put so much effort into making their wedding meaningful, intimate & gorgeous. Their golf course wedding & rooftop reception at the Rancho Las Palmas was classy, beautiful & utterly fabulous. Each detail was perfection (and you know how much I loooooove details!) I adored the colorful paper lanterns, their simply gorgeous cake, the vivid coral & lime green color palate. The colors looked amazing against the Palm Springs backdrop! To be honest, though-my favorite part about this wedding was working with Kelly & Chad. I so appreciate the fact that they listened to me & trusted my opinion. That means more to me than they even know! Their party lasted into the night with incredible food, heart felt toasts & more awesome music than you could even imagine. A special thanks to my friend Hanh for assisting me! Their family & friends dined, danced & celebrated until the Palm Springs sky filled with starts. It was a perfectly, perfect day.

Kelly & Chad-you are amazing, fabulous people who I feel soooooooooo blessed to know. Your vivacious spirits & love for each other is palpable. It is so obvious that you were totally, 100%, without a doubt made for each other. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to document this incredible part of your lives together! I know I’m not the only one that is jealous that you are honeymooning in the most perfect place on the planet-Tahiti! Wishing you all the happiness that this world has to offer you both-you so deserve every bit of it! with love, xoxo marielle.

I’d never been to Palm Springs before & holy smokes-it didn’t disappoint!

I loved Kelly’s fabulous, fabulous pink shoes!

I’ve said it before-I LOVE when couples choose to see each other before their ceremony. It is such an intimate, wonderful moment & I’m always over the moon when my clients choose to have a First Look!


I think it’s physically impossible for me to love this photograph any more than I already do….

Which one is your favorite?

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 (9)

  1. Every picture is just perfect! I love the picture of their shoes! I also love the one with them holding their champaigne…..I love how in love and happy they look!

  2. Kelly Lennox

    Marielle, thank you so much. These pictures are absolutely perfect. I could not be happier. Chad and I are so lucky to have had you as our photographer. You are not only INCREDIBLY talented, but so much fun to have as part of our special day!!

  3. Holly Wyrwich

    Marielle! You totally captured the day. Love them all!

  4. Lori Wray

    Kelly and Chad look so happy. Wonderful photos. Congrats to the beautiful couple.

  5. Nicole Lonergan

    I’m always overly impressed with your photographs! Thank you for being so much fun to have around, and for sharing in their special day!
    Amazing, as usual!!

  6. Morgan

    Beautiful, as always Marielle. Does she wear her ring on her right hand?

  7. Mallory

    I think it is not physically possible for ME to love that photograph more! Holy good gracious girl. You just keep surprising and amazing me with that talent of yours.

  8. I love this picture the best…….you are definitely the best photographer, can’t wait to see you in June!!

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