Marianne Wilson Photography Blog » Malibu California Husband and Wife Wedding Photographers

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    We are a husband+wife wedding photography team based out of Southern California. We also travel to places far and wide to capture beautiful and quirky moments for our clients.

    We are so blessed to be able to do what we love most and share our passion for photography and people with you!  Please feel free to peruse through posts and come back as we consistently add new work and tips/ideas for brides. 

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Desiree and Michael were one of the first clients to book me over a year in advance. How time flies! Almost all the bookings I do now are 10-16 months in advance! Their wedding marked a stepping stone in my business. I was so honored that they shared their very special wedding day with me. I was also excited to shoot at Hartley Botanica in Somis, CA. I have 2nd shot there a few times and absolutely love the location, very fairytale like.

Back to Desiree and Mike! They got married August 16th at Hartley and if I could describe their wedding in one word it would be joyous. Now, all weddings are joyous but Des and Mike’s was filled to the brim with joy. Dancing, blessings, tradition, and smiles were all around. It was also a very educational experience and I was glad that they were so eager and willing to share and explain their traditions with me. I also absolutely loved the colors a sun shiny yellow and gorgeous purple with hints of green and pink worked perfectly with Hartley’s plush greenery.

Here are just a few of my favorites from Desiree and Mike’s beautiful wedding.
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica

Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
This next image I just love and it was captured by the very talented Amanda Rae who was second shooting with me.
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica
Wedding: Michael + Desiree At Hartley Botanica

  • August 27, 2009 - 5:51 pm

    Molly Marie Williams - Marianne you are lovely and so are your pictures. I have been following your blog for a while now and I am a big fan. I actually recommended you to a friend recently too. I really like your work and I just wanted you to know since blog stalking is so passéReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2009 - 10:19 pm

    ohana photographers - that dress shot is to die for! love the bride jumpin rope!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2009 - 9:24 am

    Janica - These colors are magical! There is something so dreamy about them. I can tell that this wedding was a blast, and you captured that perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2009 - 2:12 pm

    jennifer - wow… the whole post. beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • September 1, 2009 - 6:11 pm

    Yunna - I love your photojournalistic style. They definitely tell the story wonderfully and that folks had a great time.ReplyCancel

  • September 2, 2009 - 1:00 pm

    Adam Squier - I love those flowers down the center aisle. You've captured the emotion wonderfully.ReplyCancel

  • September 15, 2009 - 2:49 pm

    Marianne - @Molly Thanks for the comment and the referral! I agree, no reason to blog stalk, speak up. I love feedback :)ReplyCancel

Know what is exciting? I wedding teaser!

What is more exciting? Knowing that teaser will turn into a post later this evening!

Just a taste from Desiree and Mike’s Somis wedding at Hartley Botanica.


Wedding Teaser: Michael + Desiree

Just over two weeks ago I received an inquiry from the contact form on my site. The e-mails go directly to my phone so I always run over to a computer as fast as I can. Yes, I still get that excited.

From the moment I read Jessica’s response to the “Where did you find me?” Question I knew she was my type of bride. Aside from being full of smiley faces and exclamations(two things I probably use too frequently in e-mails) she stated that she found me through a “Serendipitous Google search.” I thought “I like this gal already!”

I noticed she was in Arizona, Tucson to be exact. I immediately ran to my calendar (which isn’t hard cause it’s on my computer) and figured out the next time I would be making the jaunt to the good ol’ AZ. In a week! Perfect! I let Jessica know that I was going to be able to meet and we decided to start with her and Adams engagement session since Adam is leaving for grad school in just a few short weeks. Everything just seemed to work out so perfectly.

We met up last Saturday in downtown Tucson and ventured out for their e-session. It was a hot day (107 ouch!) but we survived, had a blast, and got some rad photos doing it. I simply cannot wait for their wedding next August at the Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson.

Without further adieu

Jessica and Adam:


Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)
Engagement: Jessica + Adam (The Ballerina and The Nurse)

  • September 2, 2009 - 1:02 pm

    Adam Squier - How fun are these? The "love seat," the sunflowers — everything. It's nice to see that you did some individual portraits, too. The blue wall is perfect.ReplyCancel

  • September 4, 2009 - 6:42 pm

    umami photography - awesome shoot!! love them all!ReplyCancel

Currently finishing up the editing on Jessica and Adams engagement session in Tucson and all I can say is, adorable and super hot!

So here is an adorable teaser for you!


Engagement Teaser: Jessica + Adam

Look out for the full post tomorrow!