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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. :)

                   

Megan + Michael | Engaged in San Francisco

 

My shooting season is nearing an end, my friends. I have had an incredible year for an untold number of reasons, not the least of which being that the people who entrust their wedding photographs to me are outstanding human beings. I’d like to think I have something to do with it, but really, I’ve just been exceedingly lucky. And these next two are no exception. Megan + Michael are my last engagement session for the year, and get ready for them to make you smile, because they didn’t stop the entire session!

They met at a ballgame at AT&T Park (they’re sort of massive Giants fans), so where better to start their photos? Hi, M+M! :D

They dressed appropriately, wouldn’t you say? ;)

Michael said he was most comfortable getting his picture taken when he wasn’t facing the camera, so I humored him with the photo on the left. But that one on the right? That one where we can see his lovely face? Favorite.
FAVORITE! I love the way you look at each other.

Oh, wait. This is a favorite, too. :D

Finishing out this blog post strong: The next two are also favorites. :D Love the laughs in this one!

And the light in this one!

Megan + Michael, I had such a great time walking (walking, walking, walking!) all over the waterfront with you and getting to learn a little more about your lives and your relationship. You are smart, kind, dedicated people and you are a perfect pair. I think that’s totally obvious in these photos, and I hope you can see it, too. I am so excited for your wedding next summer. I promise you it will be here before you know it! Until then! :D xo, M

Katie + Frank | Married at Hacienda De Las Flores

Beautiful wedding filled with beautiful people ahead! There’s only one more wedding after this one; you might want to savor it. ;)

Katie + Frank’s engagement session is one of my favorites of all time, so of course I was excited for their wedding. And guys, I was not disappointed. Despite it being about a million degrees that day (which really doesn’t come across in the photos, but seriously, we were melting), it was completely perfect. Let’s get to the goods!

Katie + her ladies were totally ready to go by the time I arrived (a first for me!), but we hung around the hotel for a few anyway. Hi, Katie! :D

I will not even bother explaining to you what this means. :)

Meanwhile, my second shooter, Elsie, was over at the apartment with the guys. Hi, Frank! :D

You clean up well, my friend.

The girls and I headed over to Hacienda De Las Flores for Katie to put on her dress—which was totally gorgeous. Also, these are officially the only shoes I am okay with not breaking in ahead of time. ;)
Loved this shot Elsie grabbed of the girls toasting.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Corset dresses take at least 20 minutes to put on. Plan accordingly!

First sight time! (Love that you can see the shoes peeking out here.) :D

This was hands down one of the best first look reactions I’ve ever seen. High fives for being enthusiastic, guys.

Then we spent a little time on portraits. My view on the left (favorite); Elsie’s on the right.
Holy freaking hot tamales, Katie. Just stop it. Favorite.

Your happiness is perfection. Favorite.

This was a recreation of a favorite image from their engagement session. Did we do it well?

Guys. Stop.

Favorite! Duh!

Then some bridal party photos! :D

Way to look fabulous, friends. :D

…and to be super fun. :D

Ceremony time! I don’t actually know what’s going on here, but it makes me laugh so whatever. I’m including it.
Anyone who claims a first look ruins this part of your ceremony can eat these two photos and shush.

If memory serves, Katie’s dad made that frame.

Katie said she wouldn’t cry during her vows. That photo on the right is Frank comforting her when she totally broke that promise. :D

Their exit was seriously like the end of a kids’ soccer game—high five gauntlet. Married!

The theme of their ceremony was “All You Need Is Love,” and lyrics from the song were cleverly woven through the whole thing. At the end, a six piece band snuck up behind everyone and started playing. It was incredible to experience.

Katie being hugged by her new father-in-law. :)

More portraits! Are you surprised?

Favorite. I know… another one. I make the rules here! :)

Agreed, cake. Agreed. Favorite on the right.

Back of the cake knife to the rescue!

Loved this shot Elsie got of the band!

Then we switched gears for reception time.

Grainy as heck, a little blurry, and totally perfect. Love.

Yeah, okay, too many dance shots. But I liked this one, too!

The rest of the night was dance floor insanity. Here’s a small taste:

Katie + Frank, the amount of affection I feel for the two of you is downright embarrassing. You bring love and joy in abundance everywhere you go, your smiles are infections and your hearts are warm. I was honored (really, truly, totally, honestly) to photograph your wedding and to get to know your friends and families. I am immensely proud to give you these photos; your beauty (both physical and emotional) pours from them. I hope you see that as clearly as I do. Thank you, from the bottom of my toes, for asking me to be there. Best day ever. xo, M

Lara + Kevin | Married at St. Gregory The Illuminator

 

Are you ready for this wedding? No, I’m serious. Are you ready for this? Because if smiling is not on your agenda for the next 10 or so minutes, you might want to come back another time. Lara + Kevin (recall their engagement session) and their Harry Potter themed wedding are guaranteed to make you crack at least one or two smiles. Since I already talked about how much I adore them in their engagement post, I’ll skip the preliminaries and get right to the goods.

Hi, Lara! :D

They had a pretty good view from their suite, eh?

Grandmomma, momma and dad when she turned around for the first time after her hair and makeup were finished. This, my friends, is the face of love.

Meanwhile, my fab second shooter Nicole was over in Kevin’s suite. I’m only posting this photo because it makes me laugh. Everybody eats pizza on the morning before their wedding while their mom puts on their cufflinks. Right? ;)

Oh, Lara. You already know what I’m going to say about your eyebrows, don’t you? ;)

These rings are family heirlooms passed down from Lara’s grandmothers, one of whom survived the Armenian Genocide.

Lara + Kevin didn’t want to see each other before their ceremony, but they wanted to have a little contact. :)

Ceremony time! I love how Lara’s dad is looking at her here.

St. Gregory’s was intimate and warm and beautiful. Bonus point to you if you can find me in this photo.

This was my first experience with an Armenian wedding. Even though I couldn’t understand most of what was being said during the ceremony, I loved the symbolism. And the stained glass. :)

There is no kiss at the end of an Armenian wedding, so guess what we did as soon as we got outside. :D

From the church we drove to Golden Gate Park for bridal party photos.

This was a very fun bunch. :)

Kevin’s momma is going to love this one. :)

I sort of over photographed Lara that day. Not sorry about it even one bit. :)

The next four photos in a row are favorites. :D

I love you two.

Two more Armenian traditions. 1) Plate smashing!
2) Dancing!
I told you it was Harry Potter themed. Ring shot by (perfect) request. :)

You know I always have to do my own thing with the rings though. Another bonus point if you can figure out this setup. :D

Lara + Kevin, the genuineness of your love for each other and your families is an inspiration. Thank you for inviting me into your traditions. I was honored to spend time with those people you care most about and to witness your marriage. Based on the examples you have in your own parents’ relationships, you have a very strong foundation upon which to build your futures. I adore each and every one of these images and I am immensely proud to give them to you. I hope you love them as much as I do. xo, M

 

Mary + Lenny | Married at River Highlands Ranch

Hello, heartwarming wedding! Recall the awesomeness that is Mary + Lenny from their engagement session earlier this year. I already gushed about my love for these two in that post, so I’ll spare you my musings and just say that this wedding was wonderful in every possible way.

At M+L’s engagement session, I let Lenny know that he’s weird… in a good way. An assessment by which I stand wholeheartedly. Plus, it made Mary laugh. And shortly after that session, she found the card on the right and had to buy it for him. :D

Meanwhile, my outstanding second shooter, Elyse, was over at the cabin with the guys. Hi, Lenny! :D

This is SO Lenny (a nutrition-conscious, road cycling doctor). His groomsmen enjoy a drink, while he enjoys an Odwalla. :) (I’m on your team, Lenny. There were MOUNTAINS of brownies at this wedding, and I only ate fruit. HEALTH!)

Mary. I love you.

Way to look handsome, Lenard. It’s like you’re staring into my soul.

I wasn’t kidding when I said it was a cabin! (P.S. You might not be able to see it from here, but they all have bicycles on their socks.)

I have no problem admitting that I totally stole the concept of this shot from their videographer. A good idea is a good idea! :D Favorite.

Ceremony time! This is the face Lenny made when Mary made it to the front of the aisle. :)

You might notice that the light in all of the outdoor photos is a little strange, and it’s not your imagination. The King Fire was still raging this day and the smoke was heavy in the air. It held in the heat and humidity, and made the sun a fascinating blazing orange color. You can see the smoke pretty well here. Bonus: It smelled like a campfire all day. :D

Their vows were personal and touching and hilarious.

Married! Do you notice there are two officiants? Lenny is Jewish and Mary is Catholic; their wedding was conducted by both a rabbi and a priest. And yes, they took full advantage of the opportunity to make a joke out of that. They did an awesome job. Easter Egg: Lenny’s sister’s face in this photo. Can you find her? ;)

Rustic look: Nailed.

Loved this shot of their first dance.

…and this one. :D

Then we snuck off for some portraits!

The Pinky Grab is an important trait of their relationship. Favorite from the day. :D

Speech time! :D

I’ve never seen a bride who didn’t look at least a little bit terrified during the hora.

But happier dancing was to come! :D

The streamers have bells on them—a perfect end to the night. (P.S. The smile on Mary’s mom’s face (far left) makes this photo.)

Mary + Lenard, oh how I love you.  I can’t say it in any other way. You’re fabulous people. You’re the rare and enviable combination of brains and kindness (and yes, weirdness!), and you have phenomenal futures ahead of you. I am honored to have been present at the start of your married life. It was a joy for me and I am proud to give you these images to remember it by. Let’s reminisce about it over healthy food sometime soon, okay? ;) Love and miss you, friends! xo, M

Venue | River Highland Ranch + Vineyard
Florist | Little Boy Flowers
DJ | Music + More Entertainment
Caterer | Rayna’s Gourmet Catering
Videographer | Beatnik Studios
Desserts | Emily’s Catering + Cakes

Shannon + Scott | Married at The Smog Shoppe

Do you remember Shannon + Scott? (If not, that link is worth a look!) I’m a little bit obsessed with them. And I don’t care how creepy it sounds, but I’m obsessed with Shannon’s laugh (you’ll be seeing a lot of it in a minute). They brought me down to Los Angeles to photograph their wedding at the only LA venue I already knew—and The Smog Shoppe didn’t disappoint. But even without the beautiful backdrop, I would still have loved every last moment of this wedding. Not only did I get to spend time with a woman whom I don’t see nearly often enough (we’re going on roughly twice a decade), but I got to watch her marry the most perfect man for her. And I got to take beautiful photos of all of it. As usual, though, enough of my babbling. Let’s get to the laughter!

Hi, ShannyPants! :D

When I turned around from taking the above photo, this is what I saw. Could they be any more perfect?

Shanny. I couldn’t love you more.

This is Shannon’s godson! :D

Meanwhile, my second shooter for the day, Melanie, was over with the boys. Hi, Scooter! :D

Love this shot of Scott’s dad helping him with his tie.

Ladies, if you have a corset dress, I have two suggestions: 1) Plan AT LEAST 20 minutes to put it on (it will take all of that time—trust me), and 2) Take off your shorts before you step into it, otherwise your very loyal friend and dedicated bridesmaid will have to get up in there to retrieve them. But the photos will be great. Behold! :D

Spontaneous moment in the lobby. These girls are ridiculous in the most amazing way.

Time for the first sight! :D

It was kind of perfect. Favorite.

Again with these ladies being adorable. This is what I saw when I turned around from taking family photos.

Handsome gents! Can you find Shannon’s brother? ;)

And can you find Scott’s sister? ;)

LOOK AT THIS BRIDAL PARTY!

Wedding time! :D

Do we even need to mention the living wall? If I did not murder almost all plants I’m responsible for, I would grow this in a heartbeat.

Remember when I said I couldn’t love Shannon more? I lied. :)

Married! :D

Then we snuck outside for a few more portraits.

I am really quite funny. Just ask these two. Favorite. :)

Then an outfit change and back inside for some toasts, during which the adorableness continued:

Scott + Shannon have been together for a long time (11 years!). This is their best man recounting that time early on in their relationship when, while toward the end of a backpacking trip through Europe, Scott deleted all of the photos from Shannon’s camera. And here they are getting married—that’s true love, my friends. :)

Ending with a favorite. Love this (and Shan’s dress) with all of my heart.

ShannyPants. Scooter. I cannot even put into words what it meant to me to be part of your wedding day. You are incredible human beings whom I am honored to know, and taking these photos for you was a highlight of my time in this profession (Seriously. It meant the world to me.). Your love, happiness and positivity pour out of these images and I am immensely proud to give them to you. I only hope you adore them as much as I adored taking them. Your futures are as bright as you are and I look forward to watching where life takes you (and to photographing your babies when life takes you into parenthood, wink). Let’s go ahead and see each other more than once per decade, okay? I love you both! xo, M