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    Welcome, welcome! That's me over there. < -- I'm Molly, a San Francisco Bay Area-based photographer.

    I adore weddings, families and portraits, but my cat, food and house get a lot of my attention, too! I'm married to my very best friend, and we sing to each other a lot. I'm a mid-century modern home dweller. I'm always working, working, working to be better at life (a never-ending battle!). I get a kick out of simplicity, tea, bright colors, ice cream, cooking, sarcasm and books -- among other things.

    I love me some good, authentic, giggly love. And I love making people feel lovely in the midst of their good, authentic, giggly love. And if that's your thing, too, I'd love nothing more than to give you some good, authentic, giggly love photos. :)

                   

Laina + Chris | Married at Forest House Lodge

I know that Laina + Chris have been waiting so patiently to see these photos, so instead of me blabbing on with my inane (but meaningful! Is that an oxymoron?) musings, I’m just going to let you reference my thoughts on them from their engagement session and get right to the photos!

Hi, Laina! 1) I love me a beautiful, grainy black and white photo and, 2) Laina, you could have so easily been a 50′s movie star. Beautiful!

The first bow tie I’ve ever seen tied without the help of a youtube video. Hi, Chris! :D
Laina wanted a pastel color palette; her florist nailed it.

Chrissy didn’t look so bad himself. ;)

Pastel! :D

Laina was transported to the ceremony site in her Uncle’s vintage truck, which was perfectly color coordinated. ;)

Ceremony time! I loved this image grabbed by my outstanding second shooter, Elyse.

That, my friends, is the face of a man whose breath has been genuinely taken away by his bride. Can you blame him? :)

Let’s talk about the ceremony site at Forest House Lodge, yeah? You go first. (Stunned silence is an acceptable response.)

Just in case you wanted a better peek at the view. I am so deeply in love with my home state—an hour east and you can be in Lake Tahoe; two-ish hours in the other direction and you can walk the streets of San Francisco and dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean. Magical. :)

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have one of those smiles that lights up a room. I think I’ll just ask Laina. :D

Married! :D

Love the view on the left that Elyse grabbed while I was doing the formal pose on the right.
That truck! :D

Then we headed back to the lodge and wandered the nearby street for a few portraits. Purple shoes and socks. :)

I think it’s safe to say Elyse and I were sort of obsessed with photographing Laina that day. I’m not sorry about it. :)

I’m pretty sure I took this shot accidentally as I was putting my camera down. I think I deserve a cookie for that. :D

Hi, hello, hey there. Favorite. (Pssssst, make this a canvas, please!)

If you can tell me how I set up this shot, I’ll give you $10. Actually, never mind; I’ll just tell you: It’s a lighted makeup mirror plus two iPhone flashlights for backlight. Blammo. Favorite.

I love first dances. :D

Laina + Chrissy, thank you so much for inviting me to be part of your wedding day. Knowing what I do of your relationship, and the long road that led you to this day, it was truly an honor and a privilege, and I mean that with all sincerity. From your warm and welcoming color palette, to your grandmother’s cake topper (on your rainbow wedding cake!), to the way you welcomed and enjoyed the company of your guests, the whole day was perfect (hot, but perfect!). Good luck as you work to remodel your new house (I still want to see pictures!) and embark on married life together—you deserve nothing but the best! xo, M

Lisa + JR | Married in Lake Tahoe

Every wedding I have ever photographed has been beautiful (the people, the families, the details—all of it), and special in their own way and I have loved them all. But this wedding. Oh boy, this wedding. Lisa + JR’s ceremony  might go down as one of the most amazing I’ve ever experienced. I’m not even sure where to start. First of all: 22 guests, including the bride and groom; every last person there was cherished. Ceremony on a private yacht in Emerald Bay. Reception at a to-die-for restaurant. A couple who recognize that their union is a part of their destiny not to be taken for granted. I honestly can’t do this day justice with my words. Hopefully my photos will. :)

Hi, Lisa! You were glowing that day!

Hi, JR + Nathan! (This photo was a special request, so I had to include it. Thanks to my second shooter, Annie, for grabbing it!)

Just stop it. :D

JR is one seriously good dad. ;)

So the weather that day was ominous. Giant rain clouds and thunderstorms in the forecast. It sprinkled on and off throughout the morning, but the real rain waited until we boarded the yacht for our trip across the lake. It POURED until we were about half way there, and then? Then we broke into perfectly warm sunshine. I have no other word to describe it except, “divine.” Hi, Yacht! :D

Did I mention that half of those 22 guests were kids? They LOVED the yacht.

Lisa hid away downstairs as we motored over to Emerald Bay. I loved the nervous grace in her hands just before she went upstairs.

:D

Their ceremony (officiated by their good friend, Brian—it was his first! He did a great job! Hi, Brian!) was so touching. A lot of emphasis was placed on family, and here, Brian asked them to look at the people who were instrumental in getting them to this place on this day. Magical. Favorite! :)
That is the face of a man in love!

I mean. Seriously. Pinch me. Favorite.

MARRIED! Oh, the photo on the right: Another boat was floating nearby watching the ceremony (Sweet? Creepy? I leave that up to you.), and just as Lisa + JR kissed, they honked their boat horn (I’m sure there’s a proper nautical term here, but go with me). No one had noticed the other boat until then. It made for some great laughs.

See how he’s holding a camera? Hang on a sec… :D

He emailed this to the boat company, who forwarded it to Lisa. Technology is crazy!

The rest of their day was pretty non-traditional, but they did do a first dance!
I don’t normally include family photos, I know, but this is the newly minted Haas family—Lisa, JR, Nathan, Abby and Casey—and it just makes me so very happy to see. :)

Loved this, “We’re married!” photo Annie got!

Their toasts were great, and obviously pretty funny. :D

Here’s what we saw on the way back to the dock.

Once we got back on land, we stepped out for a few portraits. The light was soft and beautiful because of the storm clouds. Favorite on the left. :)

FAVORITE. I love your love. Love, love, love. :D

I also love Lake Tahoe at sunset. Duh.
Here’s my most favorite. The joy that you bring each other lit a little fire in my heart. It was an honor to witness. :D
We spent the rest of the night relaxing and eating delicious food, photos of which I will spare you. But I will end this by saying: Lisa + JR, I cannot express to you how much it meant to me to be present at your wedding. From the weather to the company, it was a perfect day—there’s no other way to describe it. That you found each other is miraculous, but that you love each other is inevitable and right. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for giving me the privilege of photographing the start of your marriage. May there be many years of happiness in your future. I hope you love these photos. xo, M

Ceremony Venue | Tahoe Bleu Wave
Reception Restaurant | Riva Grill
Hair + Makeup | Imagine Salon
Florist | Thran’s Flowers

And because this is my website and I can do whatever I want, I have to include this image I got of my brother, sister-in-law and nephew at dinner. Arguments over bias aside, this is the cutest baby on planet earth. No objections will be entertained! :D

 

 

Sarah + Mike | Married at the Peninsula Golf Club in San Mateo

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but one of my favorite parts of this job is getting to meet all of the friends and family of my clients. It never ceases to amaze me how many wonderful people there are in the world, and how beauty and kindness attract more of the same to itself. Sarah + Mike’s wedding at the Peninsula Golf Club in San Mateo was a perfect example of this. Their parents, siblings and friends were all so warm and caring, which I think is a direct reflection of Sarah + Mike. But instead of me talking about how great they are, I’ll just show you, okay? ;)

Hi, Sarah! You look like a supermodel! :D

Fabulous bridesmaids, being fabulous. :)

Meanwhile, Mike was busy trying to remember how to tie his tie. I must say, he did a great job. That’s his smiley brother in the foreground, by the way. Favorite. :)

I had to include this photo of Mike’s best man, Steve, because, a) it makes me laugh and, b) he was awesome.

Ready to gooooo! :D

Hi, happy ladies!

Hi, dapper gents!

We had to wait for pauses in the wind to take photos. I’m starting to wonder if I somehow cause windy conditions, because I seem to be dealing with them a lot lately.

To the church! Do I even have to talk about how amazing it was? No? Okay. I won’t. (But it was.)

Married! :D

I loved the reflection of the redwoods in this shot.

My fabulous second shooter, Elyse, grabbed this beauty.

Helloooooooo, handsome! Both of these are favorites.

Oh, wait, so is this one! :D

Oh, wait, so is that one on the left. ;)

I casually suggested Elyse walk outside during dinner to get an evening shot of the venue, and this is the amazingness she returned with. WHAT?! So good.

And we might as well end with a favorite. I love the look on everyone’s face in this photo. This is happiness, guys. :)

Sarah + Michael, what a joy your wedding was! It was beautiful in every way, from the locations, to the details, to every last person involved in it. I was honored to be there with you and to capture these memories. I expect nothing but greatness for your futures and I can’t wait to see where life takes you. Thank you for inviting me into your families—it was a privilege. I hope you see your love in these images as clearly as I do; I’m proud to give them to you. xo, M

 

Mary + Lenny | Engaged in the Oakland Hills

I swear I didn’t realize this when I wrote the first line of my last post, but meet Dr. Mary + Dr. Lenny! :D I have known Mary for downright forever, and I’m not sure that I have words to explain how much I love her. She is easily among the smartest, most hard-working people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. And to top it off, she’s also incredibly funny and kind. She’s met her match in Lenny, who is quite the sassy saucepot (Hi, Lenny!). Together they are a power couple. My favorite part about them is how they look at one another. And how, with a raised eyebrow, Lenny makes Mary smile with her entire body. Or maybe it was just all of my terrible jokes? ;) I have a lot of photographic evidence of this smile, so let’s take a look!

Starting with a favorite (I have a lot!). Pick a paint color! :D

Then we headed up into the hills (and, unexpectedly, into very thick fog!).

Do you see what I mean about the smiling? Love their hands in this one. Favorite. :D

Okay, so get ready for a serious weather change. We tried to brave the fog and wind and mist and cold, but we just couldn’t handle it (I couldn’t push camera buttons, and Mary couldn’t feel her fingers), so we decided to suspend our session for a sunnier day. And just about a week later, that’s exactly what we got! Love the way Lenny is looking at Mary in this one. :)

Another favorite!

I think these particular laughs were my doing and I’m taking credit! :D

Love this one.

Oh, Mare. Your insides match your outsides: pure beauty.

I had to hold the edge of the blanket down with my toe because it kept blowing over onto Lenny’s face. :D

And ending with YET ANOTHER favorite! Thanks for joining us, sunshine!

Mary + Lenny, how much do I adore thee? SO much. I don’t know how to gush over you because I’m kind of overwhelmed by it. You are fabulous and I am phenomenally honored that you asked me to photograph your wedding. I CANNOT WAIT for that day to arrive (which, coincidentally, with be quite soon). Your beauty pours out of these photos. I think they showcase the sarcasm, silliness and love of your relationship in these photos, and I hope you can see that, too. :D xo, M

Zoe + Ethan | Engaged at Land’s End San Francisco

Guys, say hello to Dr. Zoe + Dr. Ethan! I like them kind of a lot. Like, maybe too much. Why? Ill tell you why! They are both impressive and whip smart. But they are both extremely goofy and in love. And! They thought I was very funny (which always wins me over, because guys, my jokes are bad.) and were willing to trudge all around the wilderness of Land’s End with me while wearing totally inappropriate shoes for that activity. And I was the only one who complained about the wind and the cold! (But seriously, it was really windy and really cold.) Our hiking and my complaining paid off, because we got some seriously lovely photos, which I know you’re itching to see. Onward!

This was right after a GIANT hawk explosively pooped roughly 10 feet away from us. Never stand under a seated bird, that’s what I always say. ;)

Hey, Golden Gate!

This isn’t a typical photo for me, but there’s something about it I really love. I was probably talking about hawk poop at the time. :D

Warning to anyone with a crinkle-nose smile: I will showcase how adorable it is! Favorite! :D

Another favorite of the year right here. Love this one!

Hi, Zoe. You’re beautiful. :D

THIS is them in a nutshell:

When a graffito coordinates with your shoes, you take advantage of it.

ORANGE! :D

Oh, San Francisco. Even in your second winter of August, you’re beautiful.

:D

Zoe + Ethan, thank you for finding time in your absolutely insane schedules to brave the gusty winds of a misty afternoon with me. I so enjoyed getting to know you in a non-Skype format and hearing about your upcoming wedding. It will be here before we know it and guys, I’m WAY looking forward to it. Your relationship (including all of Ethan’s weird faces) is tender and silly, caring and strong, and I’m honored to showcase it. I hope you love these images as much as I am proud to have taken them. I’ll see you SOON! xo, M