09.12.2013 Marielle

Jess & Jesse. UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens Wedding.

Every wedding is beautiful. Every couple has a beautiful story. And each time I attend a wedding, I am amazed at how each couple is brought together-how their lives intersect at just the right time…how the stars seem to literally align to certain couples to meet. You see, Jess had planned a trip to Europe with a company that hosted European tours, but because of the lack of interest for the time she had scheduled, they asked her if she could tour Europe on a different week. She said yes & that’s the beginning of it all! She & Jesse met on their European trip (he was scheduled for the trip that she ended up going on) and they spent their European vacation getting to know each other & falling for each other. Their worry was that once the trip was over, that Jess would go home to North Dakota & Jesse would head back to the Bay Area & that they wouldn’t be able to maintain a long distance relationship. BUT. As Jesse saw Jess get in the cab & say goodbye, he knew that it wasn’t goodbye forever. They quickly realized that they wanted nothing more than to be together & they made things work. Jesse proposed to Jess & she said yes!

Jess & Jesse’s wedding has been one that I have been looking forward to for a very long time. When Jess first contacted me about shooting her wedding, she told me that she herself was a wedding photographer who had just moved to the area in the past year. I was more than a little nervous (and a lot flattered!) when she booked me to shoot her wedding. Since she booked me to shoot her wedding, she has become a wonderful friend to me who I admire & love to spend time with. She has been second shooting a lot of weddings with me this year while I’ve been pregnant & I feel SO lucky to have met such a wonderful, caring & incredible person to have as a friend. As we would shoot weddings together, she would tell me about the details that were coming together for her special day & it was so neat to finally be able to shoot HER wedding & see everything that she had talked about come together so beautifully.

Jess & Jesse-I am so grateful to have been able to document your wedding day. I am grateful that you entrusted me (ME!!!) with capturing the love, joy & beauty of the beginning of your lives as a married couple. I am certain that fate brought you together & that your lives together will touch many other lives because of your kind spirits & sweet hearts. Thank you, thank you for everything! With lots of love! XOXO, marielle.

To view their entire wedding & purchase prints, go HERE.

The guys got ready for the big day….

While Jess’ family & bridesmaids danced around her while her hair & makeup were getting done..

Jess & Jesse did a First Look…which was emotional & SUCH a sweet moment…


Isn’t Jess a beautiful bride?!?

After our first location, we headed over to their ceremony site for a few more bride & groom shots…and the light was amazing!

Walking down the aisle…

I mean, REALLY? Check out how amazing this ceremony location was!!!

Here are Jess’ two darling grandfathers who walked her down part of the aisle…

Laughing during the toasts…

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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!

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