06.28.2011 Marielle

Nicole & Luke. Chism House Wedding.

The day had finally come. It had been eight years since Nicole first met Luke…it had been eight years of sticking by each others side through thick & thin. Eight years of love, laughter & fun. It had been the BEST eight years of their lives. It had been eight years since their love story began. And now, the day that Nicole & Luke would become husband & wife had finally arrived. Like two kids waiting for Christmas morning, Nicole & Luke were excited, happy, elated, and overjoyed to begin this new chapter of their lives. Their story is beyond incredible…they have been each others anchors during the difficulties of life & buoyed each other up.

As Nicole walked down the aisle with her sweet father, Luke’s smile could have not been any bigger. Their ceremony was sweet, heartfelt & simply wonderful. They spent the day surrounded by their family & friends-dancing, dining & taking it all in. As they left their wedding reception under a shower of sparklers, you could see it in both their eyes that this day couldn’t have been more perfect. And I’m sure they would agree with me when I say that it was undoubtedly the BEST day out of those eight years that they had been together.

This wedding was particularly meaningful to me because I LOVE Nicole’s family. I photographed her sister’s wedding in October & I literally feel like a part of their family. They are wonderful, wonderful people with hearts bigger than the state of Nevada. During their engagement, Nicole emailed me a few times to ask my opinion about certain ideas for her wedding. It literally meant the world to me that Nicole would want to hear my two cents!! The hard work that went into their wedding was evident with every single detail-from the peacock feathers that graced every table, chair & bouquet to the perfect wedding cake (with stuffed cannolis!). Nicole’s silver glittery shoes were to die for & the venue was fantastic.

Nicole & Luke….I love you guys SO much! You are a fantastic couple whose kindness, love & admiration for each other is beyond amazing. If there is any couple in the world who knows how to make it through the tough times together & emerge as a closer couple, it’s you. Thank you for letting me share in the wedding of your dreams-I am so blessed to have clients who I know will be my friends for years to come. Wishing you all the happiness, love & joy that this great big world has to offer. With hearts as big as yours, I know that there will be sooooooo much joy in your marriage. With much love, XOXO, marielle.

I died a little inside when I saw Nicole’s shoes….sequins, feathers AND diamonds? Yes please.

Nicole & Luke opted to do a first look which I loooooooove….they both cried & it was such a sweet, intimate moment.


My favorite…

The sunset was gorgeous outside & I snuck Nicole & Luke away from their wedding reception…and I’m sooooooo happy they let me!

Love this shot of them entering their reception!

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 (8)

  1. Nicole Gularte

    Marielle, I cannot express my extremem love and gratitude for you. You have been so incredibly helpful, supportive and amazing throughout our entire engagement. You seriously feel like a member of our family. I didn’t shed ONE tear in the Bridal suite until you came in…that says something. I am so so so appreciative of all your hard work for my sister’s AND my wedding. Photography is the ONE real memory you have from a wedding, and Luke and I were so happy that we never once had to stress about how our pictures would turn out. You’re so super magnificently, magically, amazing and we love you with all our hearts. Thank you for not posting pictures of Luke flashing you gang signs 😉
    Can’t wait to hire you when we have littles!
    Love always,

  2. Kelly

    Marielle, these photos take my breath away. Simply amazing. You are SO talented and it was such a blessing to have you capture both of our weddings. Not only are you an incredible photographer, but you are such a joy to have there on the wedding day! You ARE a member of our family. Thank you for everything.

  3. Well Marielle, you have done it again. What a beautiful set of photographs. I love them! The first look hug is my favorite. It is so sweet and tender. There are so many others that are great too. You rock my socks!

  4. Rosie Richter

    Hi Marielle! These photos are so beautiful! You always seem to capture the most amazing moments. I was so happy to see you again, and it really does feel like you are a part of our family. We love watching you take pictures, and I was tickled that you asked to use my green purse in a picture! See you at the next event! Maybe a family reunion! Or if we get lucky, a baby shower! (c’mon Kelly & Nicole… get crack’n)

  5. Marielle, such a beautiful wedding and you document it so well!! My favorite has to be their first look! Definitely a wonderful picture! BTW, I love all the details shots. 🙂 Congrats Nicole and Luke!

  6. Love this, your photography is so flawless. Great job like always!

  7. This may be one of my favorite weddings I have ever seen. Love the dress, love the colors, love the monkeytails mixed with peacock feathers in the floral design. Fun, fantasy and fantastic! Love!!

  8. Tami

    I didn’t think it was possible to make my beautiful friend look even more beautiful, but you did it, Marielle! Your talent and your “eye” is amazing! I greatly enjoy seeing life and love through your vision. Thanks for sharing. I know that Luke and Nicole will cherish these amazing pictures for years.

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