Real Weddings: Molly Moody & John Clark

Tradition Trumps All.

Church of Santa Maria, Orinda; Claremont club and spa, A Fairmont Hotel, Berkeley

When Molly Moody was introduced to John Clark at a birthday party, it wasn’t love at first sight.

“I had strep throat and could barely talk,” Molly says. “I wanted to go to bed. Somehow, John still found me to be charming.”

It didn’t take long for John to sweep Molly off her feet—once she was feeling better.

“After our first date, I remember walking through the door to my apartment and realizing that he was the person I was going to marry,” says Molly. “His intelligence, wit, and love for family still have me smiling every day.”

John and Molly soon began to plan a wedding to accommodate a big guest list and to recognize family traditions. Molly asked each of her bridesmaids to wear a different color dress, which was something her mother had done for her own wedding. The ceremony was held in Molly’s childhood church in Orinda.

“I’ll never forget hearing the cantor, who has been there my entire life, performing Canon in D, with the organ and piano booming in the background,” says Molly.

After the ceremony, everyone traveled through the Caldecott Tunnel to the celebration at the Claremont. The couple made it a weekend event, enjoying the hotel’s amenities. “Lounging at the pool the day before and after the wedding with all of our family and friends was magical,” says John.

John and Molly honeymooned in Bali and live in San Francisco.

Sisterlee Photography

Sisterlee Photography

Sisterlee Photography

Sisterlee Photography

Sisterlee Photography


Bridal Gown:  Bridal Galleria, San Francisco  |  Entertainment: A Sound Explosion Event Productions, Alameda (DJ)  |  Flowers: Natalie Galasso Designs, Merced  |  Hair/Makeup: Eryn Harrison at Calm, A Salon, Oakland  |  Invitations: Fleming’s Printed Affair, Oakland  |  Photographer: Sisterlee Photography, Bellflower  |  Planner: Carol Leslie, Berkeley