09.07.2011 Marielle

Charlotte & Billy. Oakland LDS Temple Wedding.

They met country dancing. While the tunes of Toby Keith, The Rascal Flatts & Shania Twain rang through the air, Charlotte & BIlly found each other. They had both come country dancing on that particular Wednesday night…Charlotte was about to go home when Billy approached her & asked her to dance. In no time at all, Billy had Charlotte’s number & a date set up with her for that weekend. On their second date, Charlotte’s brother tagged along. While Billy was in the restroom, he turned to Charlotte & said, “You HAVE to marry hat guy!” Charlotte quickly realized that her brother was onto something. Billy made her laugh. He made her happy. And even though it was their only their second date, she realized that what she had with Billy was different than anything else she had ever experienced. They dated long distance (thank heavens for Skype!). One weekend when Billy was visiting Charlotte in California, they went to a Warriors game where he proposed to her (and took her by total surprise!) on the jumbo screen. She said yes & they began planning their wedding. They were married on a beautiful August day in the Oakland LDS Temple & I feel so lucky to have been able to capture the joy that radiates from them when they are together.

I’ve had some couples hire me just for a few hours at the temple & that’s what I did with Charlotte & Billy. In just a couple of hours we were able to get family portraits, bridal portraits & tons of awesome bride & groom photographs. I loved working with you both, Charlotte & Billy! Thank you for being fun to work with-your love for each other is beautiful to watch. Wishing you happiness on this new adventure together! XOXO, marielle.


As fun as it is to do creative posing, I always get a classic portrait of the bride & groom…these are so timeless…

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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 (3)

  1. Lovely! I really liked the photo of the roses with the temple… and those side by side black and whites! Yum.

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