Meghan & Jesse. San Francisco Engagements.

Happy New Year, everyone! I had a cuh-razy year last year. I shot 33 weddings, had a baby (luckily didn’t have the baby at a wedding!) and life was a complete whirlwind. I have so many beautiful sessions to blog so I’m jumping back into blogging with Meghan & Jesse’s engagement session! Here is their story…

Meghan & Jesse’s mothers have been friends for the past fifteen years…they are both elementary school administrators in the same district. After talking about a few similarities that Jesse & Meghan had, they concocted a plan to have their kids meet each other. Meghan & Jesse were both single at the time & their mothers thought that they may be a good fit for each other. In December 2010, Jesse’s parents were hosting a dinner party & invited Meghan & her mom to attend. Meghan was hesitant going because she knew that Jesse would be there & she knew about the sneaky plan that her mom & Jesse’s mom had put together. BUT because Meghan & Jesse are such good kids, they went as a favor to their mothers….and thank heavens they did! Although sparks didn’t immediately fly, it was a few months later when Jesse invited Meghan to a concert that they realized that their mothers were right about setting them up! They both say that the happiest time in both of their lives was when they met. They are a darling couple who are so, SO excited to be marrying their best friend.

Together they are planning a San Francisco wedding that is going to be beautiful & a whole lot of fun. I am so excited to be a part of their special day this summer!!!! We met up in San Francisco (their favorite city…and my favorite city…and should be everyone’s favorite city for that matter…)for their engagement session & we had such a fun time together! Here are my favorites….

They are seriously going to have children with the most incredible hair!!!!

Oh San Francisco…I love you for so many reasons-and one of those reasons is for your awesome garage doors!

Tiffany & Joe. Engagements.

Sometimes love happens quickly…two people meet & suddenly fall in love. On the other hand, sometimes love is something that happens over the course of time. It is something that begins as a friendship & begins to blossom over the years until one day you find yourself driving cross country just to be with the one you love. And that’s Tiffany & Joe’s story. They had met through a mutual friend years ago & maintained their friendship via email & the occasional movie date. For them, it was a casual & fun friendship. A few years later, Tiffany decided to move to Boston with a friend. While settling into her new place, she realized that her life would not be perfect unless Joe was a part of it.¬†Almost as quickly as she had unpacked her bags after arriving, she found herself packing right back up, driving cross country & going straight to Joe’s doorstep. ¬†And that’s how their story began….

Shortly after they started dating, they went on a trip to Hawaii together. Among the swaying palm trees & sandy beaches, they started to fall in love. Tiffany realized how much she loved his witty sense of humor & Joe realized that Tiffany was the funniest & most gorgeous person he had ever met. On their five year anniversary Joe surprised Tiffany with a romantic getaway to Calistoga Ranch. The flickering candlelight & rose petals was the perfect setting for Joe to pop the question. Tiffany said yes! They are planning a wedding this December that will for sure be just as fabulous & as fun as they are.

Tiffany told me that she & Joe love the vibe on San Francisco so I thought it would be a lot of fun to head over to Fisherman’s Wharf for some photographs. The colors & textures of all the walls were fabulous! We ended the shoot over at Chrissy Field & caught some of the golden light as the sun set. It was such a fun, awesome session!

Tiffany & Joe-I am SO excited to photograph your wedding this year! I know it will be fun & fabulous-just like the two of you! Thanks again for the fun time! xoxo, marielle.

P.S Tiffany & Joe earn ultra-mega bonus points for sending me chocolate covered strawberries in the mail today. See? I told you-they are fabulous!


Tiffany-you are sooooooooo gorgeous!


This is by far my favorite photograph from their session….sooooooo gorgeous…


We made it over to the beach just as the sun was setting behind the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a lovely way to end the perfect day…

Tiffany & Jesus. Engagements.

You could say that he had a thing for that the girl next door. Because, quite literally, Tiffany was the girl next door in Jesus’ (or Chuy-as his friends call him) neighborhood. She was the new girl, ready to start the 7th grade, full of hopes & dreams that she would make friends & like her new school. Never in her wildest dreams would she have thought that this was the year that she would meet the man who would make her the happiest girl in the world.

This is their story…

It was a hot August day when Tiffany & Chuy met. Tiffany’s mom was checking on the progress of their new home & insisted that she & Tiffany get to know some of their soon-to-be neighbors. Tiffany was reluctant to do so because….well, any 7th grader is reluctant to do something their parents tell them to do! Tiffany’s insisting mom was able to successfully drag Tiffany along to knock on the neighbor’s door. They were invited inside to sit & enjoy the cool breeze from the air conditioning. The sliding door opened into the living room & there.he.was. Chuy stood there in his yardwork clothes, his jeans, a baseball hat & a white shirt. And for the first time, Tiffany thanked her lucky stars that her mother was soooooo insisting! Chuy grabbed a cool soda for Tiffany & as they say, the rest is history. They spent their years together in high school, growing & experiencing life together & ultimately falling head over heels in love.

Tiffany & Chuy-you are such a fabulous couple. I love your sense of adventure & your fun personalities! I had a blast shooting your engagement session at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco-you both worked it! Thanks for being so much fun to work with! I am sooooooooooo looking forward to being your photographer for your gorgeous wedding next year! If your engagement session is any indication of what your wedding will be like, I know it will be filled with love, laughter & lots of fun. xoxo, marielle.

To see their entire session & order prints, go HERE.

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