Mari + Leon • Pleasanton


This family is very dear to my heart. Mari and I met on our daughters’ softball field, where I first referred to her as Coach Mari. It was my little lady’s second year of softball, and it would prove to be the year that made her fall in love with the sport. And that is no coincidence. Mari happens to be one of the most patient and kind, extremely organized, and fun-loving women I know. With her husband, Leon, right there very calmly supporting everything she does, and their daughter, Miley, so very talented and just as respectable of a soul…who wouldn’t want to spend the big day with them?! (Let’s not forget that little sweet cutie pie, Messiah! Those curls!) I was ecstatic when I was asked to document this day.

Mari + Leon have been together since 2004, and have been creating a beautiful life and littles since. But on Mari’s birthday in 2017, Leon proposed. It was such an honor to be present with this community that came together to celebrate how special this family is and to root them on to forever happiness.

Thank you, Mari, Leon, Miley, and Messiah for including me in your day! It was unforgettable!

Photographer: Joy Coakley Studio | Venue: Ruby Hill Winery | Videographer: Shutter and Sound Films | Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | Stationery: JK Design | Flowers: Nicole Ha Designs | Caterer: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery | Cake: Ma Petite Maison Cake Design | Dress: Janene’s Bridal | Suit: Black Tux | HMUA: Nubia Cervantes

Joy Coakley