10.17.2011 Marielle

Vanessa & Silvio. Half Moon Bay Beach Wedding.

The fog clung to the rocks at Half Moon Bay on a beautiful, overcast Saturday afternoon. The sailboats were anchored…the waves quietly lapped onto the shore & the sweet smell of salt water filled the air. In a room overlooking the ocean, Vanessa’s ivory dress hanged on the door as she got ready for her big day. After she slipped into her gorgeous gown, she waited quietly on the beach for her First Look with Silvio. As they saw each other for the first time, it was once again sooooooooo obvious why they are together-they make each other beam with joy, they make each other laugh & because their love is stronger & more beautiful than ever.

They were married on the beach behind Sam’s Chowder House as their families & friends looked on. And after they were pronounced husband & wife, Vanessa & Silvio walked excitedly down the aisle, threw their heads back with laughter & wept tears of sheer joy. It was a day that they had both waited so long for…and they were both overcome with such joy that their day had finally arrived! Vanessa & Silvio started their day with a First Look (which I always, always LOVE because it gives us tons of time for relaxed photographs before the ceremony). I loved working with them because they gave me tons of time for photographs both before & after the ceremony. We had a blast walking up & down the beach for photos. Their reception was held at Sam’s Chowder House & guests feasted on clams, lobster, clam chowder & more delicious sea food than you can imagine. The setting was a perfect place for their celebration & guests spent the night enjoying the ocean view & dancing. I loved so many details about their wedding…their bright purple & orange color scheme, their cupcake tower, the food, Vanessa’s stunning gown & the perfect setting. From start to finish, it was a perfect day for two people who are perfectly in love.

Vanessa & Silvio…I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! Thank you for choosing me to photograph your amazing day-and for being yourselves. I love working with the two of you because you make everything so.much.fun! Thank you for your kindness, your friendship & for being the funnest (yes-I know that’s not a real word) couple on the planet. I know you guys had an awesome Honeymoon in Tahiti so here’s wishing you a fantastic, fun & amazing life together…knowing the two of you, I know that your married life together will be nothing short of incredible. With much love, XOXO, marielle.

Vanessa waiting for her First Look with Silvio…one of my favorites from the day…

Seriously-how cute are they? They were SO excited to see each other!

Love this shot of this woman…she came early & looked so amazing with her fancy hat that I just had to grab a photo of her!

Love these two…they were so overcome with joy!


What a yummy feast!!

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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 (7)

  1. Morgan

    LOVE the second to last picture. So cute. These look fabulous!!!

  2. Silvio Quintanilla

    I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am. Your instincts for capturing not just a moment but our feelings in these pictures is amazing. Thank you so much for helping me relive one of the happiest days of my life. From my heart, thank you Marielle and thank you Lynn.

  3. Kelly

    Love these! What a cute couple. The photo of them dancing is so perfect.

  4. Stunning photos of the sweetest couple, you completely captured their emotions that day – but even more importantly working with such an easy going & talented photographer makes my job easy as the Director of Special Events at Sam’s. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you Marielle, over and over again!

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