01.02.2012 Marielle

2011 Reflections & an Awesome Giveaway!

I am lucky to honestly say that I have found the perfect job for me. It’s amazing how much joy & happiness my journey as a photographer has brought me. Through being a photographer, I have met incredible people who have become my friends, I’ve been able to document beautiful weddings & I’ve been able to live my dream. To my clients from 2011, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting me to capture your laughter, tears, joy & happiness.

My favorite part about the New Year is that it gives me the chance to reflect, see where I’ve grown, figure out what things I need to work on & look back at the wonderful memories & friendships I’ve made throughout the year. I am so, so blessed.

2011 was a whirlwind year & I can’t believe it’s over! I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Texas & Hawaii for weddings. I was lucky enough to have my photographs published in a cookbook. I was lucky enough to photograph dozens of families, engaged couples & couples tying the knot. Hadley started preschool, I surfed a wave in Hawaii, we visited Canada as a family & despite the amount of candy I ate-I had no cavities at the dentist. It was a wonderful, fabulous year!

So what better way to celebrate the wonderful couples who I’ve photographed last year than with a GIVEAWAY!?!?!?!? Here are the juicy deets…

Below I’ve posted one photograph from each wedding I’ve photographed this year (some which I still have yet to blog…like I said-this year has been a whirlwind!). To vote, you must like my photography fan page on Facebook & write on my wall with the name of the couple who you’d like to see win! Easy, peasy. Comments on this blog post will NOT count as votes so go to the Facebook fan page, y’all! One vote per person.

The winning couple will receive a 20×30″ canvas (of their choice) from their wedding. Ready, set, GO!!!! The winners will be announced on Friday, January 6th.

Gabrielle & Jordan’s lovely winter wedding at the Reno Temple…

Paige & David’s beautiful & fun (best dancing EVER) wedding also at the Reno Temple…

Melanie & Brian’s fabulous & awesome wedding at the Reno Temple…

Shana & Eugene’s modern classic wedding at the Hotel Shattuck in Berkeley…

I hopped on a plane to the great state of Texas to celebrate Stephanie & Gerardo’s Dallas Temple wedding…

Definitely my favorite photograph of 2011! I loved Tammy & Shane’s lovely wedding at San Francisco City Hall…

Lupine & Courtney’s intimate wedding at the modern City Hall in San Rafael…

Katrina & Adrian’s fun & funky wedding in San Lorenzo…

Brianna & Alex’s DIY wedding (her mom made her dress!) at the Oakland Temple…

Becky & Devin’s hilarious, beautiful & fun wedding at the Tannenbaum Lake Tahoe…

ALOHA! I photographed my beautiful friend Heather & her husband Jordan at the Laie Hawaii Temple…and yes-they are so awesome that they rented scooters for the photos!

Nicole & Luke’s bright & bold wedding at the Chism House in Reno…

Megumi & Huy’s colorful wedding (look at her kimono!) at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga…

Anjali & Brian’s classic & colorful wedding at the Palmdale Estates in Fremont…

Jared & Marie’s wedding at the Reno Temple (we may or may not have eaten Taco Bell halfway through their photos…)

Brittany & Ben’s fun wedding filled with laughter at the Oakland Temple…

Lindsay & Jeremy’s fantastic wedding at the Oakland Temple…

Leilani & Kofi’s wedding was fabulous…and also at the Oakland Temple!

Jen & Alan had the best wedding cake of 2011 (lemon poppyseed!!!). Lovely, sweet wedding held at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga…

Sophie & Zack’s outdoor wedding under the pine trees at the 20 Mile House…

I hate to be partial but my sister Morgan & her husband Dallon’s wedding was definitely my favorite wedding of the year. So happy for them!

Keli & Johnny’s wedding at the Chateau at Incline was filled with joy all around…

I was hired the DAY OF Amber & Conan’s wedding after their photographer forgot about their wedding! Loved their Lake Tahoe Wedding…

Vanessa & Neil’s San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts wedding was perfect-complete with their English Bulldog as the ring bearer…

Charlotte & Billy’s wedding at the Oakland Temple was perfectly perfect…


Clarissa & John’s personalized wedding with lots of singing, laughter (and a vintage car!) at the Berkeley City Club…

Kristin & Brent’s colorful wedding at their home in Petaluma (complete with ice cream truck!)…

Gar & Lane’s personalized DIY wedding at the Oakland Temple…

Taylor & Jeremy’s wedding at the place where they met & fell in love-on the UC Berkeley campus…

Heather & David’s wedding with killer views & the dance part of the century at Heavenly Lake Tahoe…

Caitlin & Brad’s amazingly detailed DIY wedding in Caitlin’s parent’s backyard…

Erika & Brian’s heartfelt & sweet (and windy!!!) wedding at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco….

Vanessa & Silvio’s beach wedding complete with a clam bake at Half Moon Bay…

Erika & Mig’s sweet wedding at the Oakland Temple…I’ve shot so many weddings there this year!

Mallory & Jordan’s fun (and almost rainy!) wedding at the Oakland Temple…

I almost cried when the sun went down after their wedding but once the Christmas lights came on, I almost cried from happiness! Claire & Russell…

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 (11)

  1. Terry Williams

    I vote for Shane and Tammy Southard

  2. Tammy and Linda

    I vote for Shane and Tammy Southard.

  3. Connie Sithi

    Tammy and Shane because it’s the most creative pose! It’s my favorite, and I don’t know any of these couples – so I’m totally neutral!

  4. Mandi Covington

    I vote for Shane and Tammy Southard!

  5. shauna

    All such amazing photographs! I vote Shane and Tammy

Leave a Reply

Get in touch with me!