07.21.2011 Marielle

Jen & Alan. Hakone Gardens Wedding.

It was a day filled with peace, from beginning to end. A day where the bride peacefully got dressed in her lovely lace gown as her groom peacefully opened the gift from his bride. It was a peaceful moment when Jen & Alan first saw each other on their wedding day-the serene feeling was palpable. I’ve been to enough weddings to observe that people’s personalities really play into their wedding-and because Jen & Alan are such peaceful, wonderful people; their wedding was exactly the same way. Every time Jen & Alan look at each other, it is obvious how happy they are with each other, how excited they are to start their lives together & how at peace they are when they are together. They were married at the lovely Hakone Gardens in Saratoga & I was thrilled to be a part of such a special day.

Every wedding I shoot is so different but I always find so many things about each wedding that I love. With Jen & Alan’s wedding, there was SO much to love! Jen had put a multitude of personal touches into their wedding-from the handmade Chuppah & Yamaka’s to the beautiful programs at the wedding which told guests about the symbolism for each part in the wedding ceremony, each detail was so lovingly put together. And when the bride is the one putting together all the details, they are even more special & meaningful. Jen wore AMAZING gold glittered shoes & Alan looked awesome in his grey suit. They were married under a cloudless sky & as they were pronounced husband & wife, they both cried tears of joy. They spent the evening dining, dancing (my favorite part of their wedding!!!!) and spending time embracing those closest to them.

Jen & Alan-I feel honored to know you both. You are the kinds of people who make everyone around you feel loved…like they are a part of your family. Thank you for trusting me with this special, meaningful day…I am grateful to have the both of you as my dear friends. Wishing you a wonderful two week honeymoon in Hawaii (lucky!!!!) and I wish you all the happiness in the world…you deserve it all and more. XOXO, marielle.

Like most of my couple this year, Jen & Alan opted to see each other before the ceremony & take photographs together. As always, it was a sweet, intimate moment with just the two of them…and I’m so happy we got these photographs!

They signed the Ketubah before the ceremony with their closest family & friends watching. It was a very sweet thing to witness…

Jen’s mother passed away a few years ago & Jen has since become very close with all of her late mother’s friends. It was such a neat thing for all of them to walk down the aisle with Jen.

Love this one…

The one on the left was taken by my wonderful second shooter, Lynn

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 (2)

  1. Marielle!!! This photos are gorgeous, they captured the serenity and traditions of the couple. Seriously when I first looked at them I teared up (in a good way).

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