08.02.2012 Marielle

Michelle & John. Calistoga Wedding at Hans Fahden.

There are good days. And then there are really good days. And then there are completely amazing, perfect, great, fabulous days. And guess what? I was lucky to be able to photograph Michelle & John’s amazing, perfect, great, fabulously perfect wedding day. There really aren’t enough adjectives in the world to describe the joy & happiness that was in the air on their beautiful June wedding day. Michelle & John are both genuine, sweet & two of the kindest people you’ve ever met so it’s no surprise that each of their family members, friends & guests were all in turn genuine, sweet & kind people. Together, they spent the day celebrating the love of two people who are so incredibly happy to be by each other’s sides.

Michelle & John were married in the beautiful St.Helena church-their family & friends surrounded them as they promised to love each other, honor each other & to stand by each other’s sides for the rest of their lives. As they exited the church as husband & wife, they both beamed with total excitement. Their reception was held at the amazing Hans Fahden Winery-nestled in the hills of Calistoga. Guests enjoyed wine (of course!), beautifully prepared food & a candy station…then spent the night dancing to great music. My favorite details were the steel drums playing during cocktail hour, the beautifully detailed wedding invitations, Michelle’s classic Kate Spade shoes, their simple & beautiful wedding cake…but my favorite part of their day was the CAVE where their reception was held. Guests arrived at Hans Fahden for the reception & after Michelle & John’s first dance, John gave a speech thanking everyone for coming. As they welcomed everyone to their reception, they opened the metal doors to reveal the cave where the reception would be held. As the music played & as guests started walking into the cave, Michelle was completely overwhelmed with happiness & literally cried with joy. Their day was so meaningful, so special & was a series of incredible moments-one after the other-for Michelle & John. And if there are any two people who completely deserve incredible moments one after the next, it’s Michelle & John.

Michelle & John-thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for having me photograph your beautiful wedding. I feel so lucky to have been able to witness such a special love between you two. It’s completely obvious to everyone who knows you both how completely perfect of a match you are. Wishing you a wonderful, fulfilling life filled with happiness-you both deserve it & so much more! XOXO, marielle.

Michelle was an incredibly beautiful bride!

John was more than happy to see Michelle & to finally be her husband!

I love this candid shot I got of them right after they walked out from the church as husband & wife…they were soooooo happy!

My favorite…

You really can’t go wrong when you hold your wedding in a winery…every location & view is beautiful…

It wouldn’t be a wine country wedding without lots & lots of wine!

Isn’t she the most darling flower girl ever? And no, her eyes aren’t photoshopped-that’s really how blue they are…

And aren’t these boys completely adorable, as well?

Their reception was held inside a cave at Hans Fahden…such a cool venue!

The sun was setting during their reception so I snuck them away for a few photos…

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!

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  1. melinda

    This wedding has such great details! You are such an artist. The photographs are lovely.

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