10.10.2011 Marielle

Erika & Brian. San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts Wedding.

She laughed & joked with her friends as she got ready for the biggest day of her life. At the Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco, Erika was helped into her beautifully beaded wedding gown & before she knew it, she was ready to see Brian for the first time. As Brian saw Erika for the first time, Erika buried her head in her chest & was overcome with pure joy. Erika & Brian spent the day in each other’s arms, laughing & grinning ear to ear. They were married under the dome at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco & the day was just like Erika & Brian-fun, fun, FUN!

I knew when I met Erika & Brian for the first time that their wedding would be amazing & a TON of fun. Before the wedding, they opted to do a First Look which I always love! It gave us enough time to drive around San Francisco to places that were meaningful to them-I was so glad we were able to get photographs with so many different backgrounds. After their beautiful wedding, their reception was held at the Exploratorium-it was amazing because all of the guests were able to play with all the exhibits during the reception…so much FUN! Guests feasted on pulled pork sandwiches & delicious cupcakes as they danced the night away. Their flowers were perfectly whimsical-I loved the use of succulents & pods in Erika’s bouquet. Each guest spent the evening exploring one of San Francisco’s most famous museums. It was a night to remember & everyone there had such a wonderful time!

Erika & Brian-I know you are enjoying your three week long honeymoon to Bali & Thailand (seriously EVERYONE wants to be you right now!). I am so lucky to do what I do because I meet amazing people like the two of you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for having me photograph your wedding-it means the world to me to know that you trust me with your memories & it means even more to me that I have two new friends. Wishing you both the very best in this exciting new adventure! XOXO, marielle.

Loved the decor at the hotel-it made for some fun photographs…

Erika was SO excited to see Brian!

Dear San Francisco, I LOVE YOU.

I always love this moment when the bride is being walked down the aisle. Such a sweet moment with her dad.

LOVE this one…

It was soooooo windy at the beach but I love how these photographs turned out…and I LOVE how Erika’s dress swooshes in the wind…

One of my favorites…

When I first met Erika, she went on & on about how she’s not photogenic. I told her that she would have no problem in front of the camera. This is when I say, “I TOLD YOU SO!” Seriously, Erika. You are gorgeous.


Awesome place for a wedding reception, right?

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 (6)

  1. Love her dress! Love the location! Love these pictures!
    Phenomenal job Marielle!!!

  2. Morgan

    She has the most gorgeous wedding dress. This looks like a super fun wedding! Well done, Marielle!

  3. Melinda Burt

    These photographs are amazing. I love the picture at the beach with the sand blowing. It is so cool!

  4. Great job once again Marielle! I love how the one with the wedding party in front of the mural turned out! It looks 3-D….seriously cool! Very cute couple!

  5. beautiful photos, really stunning! Quick question, why are there posts (from google search) that say “you can’t have a ceremony at the Palace of Fine Arts”? Have the rules changed? I’d love to plan my wedding there, and Marielle I’d love for you to take the pictures. I hope to hear from you.

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