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Marble Rye Photography

"Melissa is an elegant badass: calm and ready for action. She brought out the best in us, our party, and our guests while anticipating where the best shots would be. She was everywhere! That's no small feat given our zany hijinks. So much beauty and good energy oozes from her photographs."

Amanda & Geoffrey

Travel Policy

↠ Travel within California is absolutely 100% free. ↠ All other travel is at-cost; simply airfare, lodging and transportation to/from wedding events and airport, if applicable.

Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.

I tell the stories of hands, hearts and families in California State.

Why do you want to work with APW Couples?

APW readers are smart, and sensible, and wholly invested in finding a way to have a wedding that reflects who they are and what their partnership means to them. They’re community-focused, and kind, and they’re the kind of people I want to be around in general, and work with whenever I can.

Describe your artistic approach to weddings?

I approach weddings from the perspective of an anthropologist. I’m as interested in you and your love as I am the moments your grandparents share on the dance floor, or the way your oldest friend looks at your partner just before the ceremony begins. I aim to be unobtrusive. Your wedding is not a photo shoot. It is a day that deserves to be beautifully documented.

Your wedding is for standing up and celebrating your commitment to each other, first and foremost. It’s also a day for you to graciously thank your community, and for your community to graciously give you their support, and their love. (Your wedding is also, oftentimes, a day for a really good dance party).

I hold a special place in my heart for quiet elopements. Sometimes your wedding is about being alone, together.

What are your non-work-related hobbies?

Surfing, finding delicious food, listening to all of the podcasts.

What’s your favorite movie?

Little Monsters

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