10.04.2011 Marielle

Clarissa & John. Berkeley City Club Wedding.

She said she knew from the beginning. She said that she knew on their first date that things between the two of them would just work. And as they stood hand in hand on a beautiful Saturday evening, exchanging vows in front of their families & friends, it was very, very clear-John & Clarissa work together perfectly. There is no doubt that they make each other happy…that they love each other with their whole hearts & that together they are an incredible couple. I was SO lucky to be able to document their beautiful & personal wedding day-from start to finish their wedding was filled with details that were a perfect reflection of who John & Clarissa are as a couple. Their ceremony was performed by John’s father & each member of the bridal party read quotes, poems about cupcakes & even did a re-inactment of a conversation (with sock puppets!) that was important & personal to John & Clarissa. Music is a very important part of both of their lives (Clarissa is an incredible Opera Soprano & John also has an incredible voice) and I loved how music was incorporated throughout the day-part of the ceremony was a musical piece performed by Clarissa & John along with their friends. Music was also a huge part of the celebration during the reception-with a personalized song written by John’s aunt, performances by a Cal Berkeley musical group as well as a gorgeous German Opera song by Clarissa. Like I said, their wedding was soooooooooo fabulous because it was filled with things that are meaningful to them. The evening was spent enjoying beautiful music, toasting with yummy milkshakes, filling out crossword puzzles & enjoying incredible food. All in all, it was an amazing day celebrating the joining of two incredible people.

John & Clarissa-I LOVED being a part of your beautiful wedding. I don’t think that words can describe how much I enjoyed being a part of your day…when I came to your engagement party I was crossing my fingers AND toes that you would think of choosing me as your photographer-I knew that working with the both of you would be amazing! It is so obvious that you were both made to be with each other. Thank you so much for being my friends & for giving me the chance to photograph the best day of your lives!! Wishing you happiness, love & delicious cupcakes forever!!! XOXO, marielle.

Clarissa & her mother are very close & I was happy to capture these sweet images of them together….

LOVE this one of the shiny shoes & argyle socks…

I’m completely smitten with this photograph…

John’s father has this darling Model A car & I LOVED having it there for photographs! I’m a sucker for old cars at weddings…

The Berkeley City Club is filled with amazing places to shoot…

John & Clarissa live in New York City so each table was named after different Subway Stations…

John sang a fabulous solo during the reception…

And Clarissa sang a song, as well. Here’s a photo of John thanking Clarissa for her beautiful song…

LOVE this…

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 (3)

  1. John and Clarissa! Congratulations. Your wedding was beautiful. You make an amazing couple. Move to the Bay Area. Right now.

  2. Deena McClain

    What a wonderful couple captured by a fantastic photographer. We need a wedding in our family so we can hire you.

  3. Ann Binning

    An awesome wedding and amazing photographs. Thanks Marielle.

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