Marriage Proposal at Castello di Amorosa – Melissa and Chris

I photograph a lot of marriage proposals at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga. Sometimes the proposal happens in the vineyard, sometimes on top of the castle tower. It’s always beautiful.

Here, we have Chris proposing to Melissa in the vineyard behind the winery. I was hiding (as you can tell from the first shot) and she had no idea I was photographing the entire thing.

She said YES and we went on to photograph for nearly an hour all around the property. This is such a great place for a proposal 🙂

Ruby Hill Private Estate Backyard Wedding – Victoria and Reid

I have now photographed the weddings of two generations of this family! I photographed the wedding of Tom and Susan a couple years back. It was really fun to see them again and meet their son, Reid and his bride, Victoria.

Victoria and Reid were married at the beautiful home of Tom & Susan on a perfect June day. The house seems to have been built for a party and they made the most of it.

We even got to run out to the golf course for a little environmental portraiture at the end of the night. Congratuations, Victoria & Reid!

Venue: Private Estate
Catering: Barbara Llewelyn Catering
Photography: Jim Vetter Photography

Wedding Photos – Inn Marin, Novato – Julianna and Jeff

The wedding of Julianna & Jeff was held at the Inn Marin Hotel in Novato, California. The day was beautiful. The flowers were gorgeous. The couple was was adorable. The dancefloor was full with Julianna and Jeff leading the charge.  A very fun wedding!

Wedding Professional Team:

Venue & Catering: The Inn Marin
Florals: Church Street Flowers
DJ/MC: DJ Matt Riley
Photography: Jim Vetter Photography

Marin Wedding Venue Feature: Deer Park Villa, Fairfax

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing multiple weddings at Deer Park Villa in Fairfax, California. It is super charming and feels like an enchanted forest as soon as you enter. 

The venue is located just outside of downtown Fairfax in Marin county – about 30 minutes north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Fairfax (my town) is the charm of Marin with towering redwoods, cute little shoppes, lots of restaurants, and easy access to every outdoor activity. There is even a quaint hotel a short walk from the venue.

They have done a beautiful job grooming the grounds and with lighting the outdoor areas. The lighting in the trees makes is feel rather magical. 

The bridal cottage is awesome! Any bridal party will love hanging out in this adorable space for getting ready before the wedding. The docor is warm and comfortable.

Inside the bridal cottage is this amazing room with a long wall of vanity mirrors. This makes it easy for everyone to get ready at the same time, offers great light, and also is fantastic for photographs!

The main patio sits beneath giant redwood trees and the sun sets behind them so afternoon weddings are kissed with amazing golden hour light.

There are lovely areas for addiitonal photos all around the venue. The lane below is just behind the venue and makes a great spot for intimate couples shots.

There is a large covered front patio (below) where guests can be seated for dinner or as just a place to hang out. 

I would love to talk to you about photographing your wedding at Deer Park Villa! Go book them and then come back and check my availability 🙂

La Selva Beach Backyard Micro-wedding – Lynsey & Jeff

Lynsey & Jeff held their wedding for a few close family members on Thanksgiving day in La Selva Beach, California. Mother nature was very kind and gave us a gorgeous day and a stunning sunset.

 

Lynsey’s parents really did up their back patio/pool area and turned it into a beautiful ceremony and reception space. 

At sunset, we took a five minute drive down to the cliffs and photographed these epic evening shots of Lynsey & Jeff. What a sunset!

Congratulations, Lynsey & Jeff!

Wedding Professionals: 

Venue: Private home of the parents of the bride
Cake: Freedom Bakery
Officiant: Barbara Boyd
Flowers: Ana’s Flowers 
Rentals: M & M Party Rentals 
Catering: Monterey Bay Catering 
Photography: Jim Vetter Photography

Backyard Wedding with Brilliant Style – Camila & Mitchell

Camila & Mitchell were married in an intimate backyard gathering of family in Redwood City, California. Mitchell is fortunate enough to have a super talented event designer for his mother! This little wedding had all the flair of any big ballroom event. 

Venue: Private Home
Event Design: Jennifer Loving @mrsjenloving
Baker: Cafe La Tartine @cafelatartine
Florist: Bloomster @shopbloomsters
Officiant: Rev Kenneth Smith, kennethsmithnotary@gmail.com, 209-346-0363
Photography: Jim Vetter Photography @jimvetter

Tiburon Micro Wedding – Old Saint Hilary’s and Blackie’s Pasture in Tiburon – Jessica and Paul

Jessica & Paul chose a perfect summer day in January for their intimate elopement wedding at the Old Saint Hilary’s Chapel in Tiburon, California. There was no wind, blue skies, and afternoon temperatures in the 70’s.

We started the day at Blackie’s Pasture with amazing views of the bay and San Francisco.

The ceremony was held in front of the Old Saint Hilary’s chapel up on the hill above downtown Tiburon. The sweet ceremony was officiated by George McLaird.

A twilight reception picnic was enjoyed by Jessica and Paul at Shoreline Park in downtown Tiburon.

Jessica and Paul’s transprotation on the wedding day was provided by Bob Taft in his vintage 1959 Aston Martin DB2/4 MKIII.

Jessica & Paul were really a pleasure to work with. I am blessed to have such wonderful clients! Here is what they had to say about their experience working with me…

Congratulations, Jessica & Paul!

Wedding Professional Team:
Venue: Old Saint Hilary’s Chapel
Officiant: George McLaird
Transportation (1959 Aston Martin): Bob Taft at the Last Chance Garage – 707-235-2761

Matt & Marco’s Intimate Sausalito/Larkspur Wedding

I was fortunate enough to photograph the sweet, intimate wedding day of Matt and Marco this October. They began by getting ready at the Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Sausalito and then held the ceremony and reception at Matt’s family home in Larkspur. 

Highlights Slideshow:

The rain threatened to make things difficult. However, it relented just in time for the key moments of the day.

Some guests joined via video call…

Heirloom family jewelry hung over their heads as they took their vows…

Chairmanship Celebration Photos at Claremont Club & Spa in Berkeley.

I just photographed the introductory reception of the new Chairman of the California Hotel & Lodging Association. Chairman Bijal Patel planned this event with Denise Royal Engagements as a celebration with family, friends, and colleagues. 

Such wonderful attention to detail at this beautiful event at the Claremont Club & Spa in Berkeley, California.

I photographed this event like I would photograph a wedding. I captured the details of the man of honor, getting ready, portraits, room shots, yummy catering, and guest interactions.

Corporate Dinner at California Academy of Sciences – San Francisco

The California Academy of Sciences is not only an extremely cool museum. It is also an awesome event space. I’ve photographed various events there over the years. It is such a great space!

I photographed an event there with Knight’s Catering this week. These are some of the highlights that show off the venue.

Event Professional Team:

Venue: The California Academy of Sciences
Catering & Event Planning: Knight’s Catering & Events
Rentals: Standard Party Rentals
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
Bar Service: Best Beverage Catering