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 🙂

Wedgewood Stone Tree Wedding Photos – Lana & Eric

We just photographed the wedding of Lana and Eric at the Wedgewood Stone Tree in Novato, California. The property is really beautiful, overlooking the lush golf course. What an honor to be part of their sacred event!

Wedding Planner
DJ Steve – Wedding Belle Music
DJ/Band Email
Florist  Angella Garrett – Angella Floral Arts
Florist Email
Officiant Pastor Filipe Santos – Echo Church
Cake Maker Christian Roder – Krumbs Cakes
Cake Maker Email
Cake Maker Web Site
Hair & Makeup Kathleen Tinney
Hair Stylist Email
Hair Stylist Web Site
Photo Booth Buzz Photo Booths
Bridal Gown Stella York
Venue  StoneTree Golf Club
Venue Address  9 Stone Tree Ln, Novato, CA 94945

(415) 209-6090

Sausalito Woman’s Club Wedding Photos with Anne and Jim

The magical wedding day of Anne and Jim in picturesque Sausalito, California overlooking San Francisco Bay. The Sausalito Woman’s Club is nestled into the cozy Sausalito hillside and has such a warm atmosphere. It was a gorgeous location for this intimate wedding.

We even ended the night with a little nightcap portrait session at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a joy and and honor for this Bay Area Wedding Photographer to be part of this awesome day!

Professional Wedding Vendor Team:

Ceremony & Reception Venue – Sausalito Woman’s Club – (415) 332-2700
Catering – Bay Laurel Culinary – (707) 981-8100
Floral – An Added Touch Flowers – (415) 333-8058
Bagpiper – Fred Payne – (510) 926-9579
Cake – Susie Cakes
Photography – Jim Vetter Photography – (415) 789-6150

Cavallo Point Sausalito Engagement Photos – Anne and Jim

Cavallo Point in Sausalito is a wonderfully picturesque location with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco bay. I took Anne and Jim here for their engagement photos on this dramatic overcast evening.

We ended the shoot at under the Golden Gate Bridge near the Moore Road Pier. This is a location we would return to on their wedding night as well.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Sausalito Marriage Proposal – Whitney and Ryan

Ryan proposed to Whitney on the Point Bonita Lighthouse suspension bridge at dawn! She had NO idea that it was about to happen and absolutely didn’t expect the entire family to appear seconds later.

It was a perfect daybreak with no wind and the most amazing views in the bay area. Of course, she said YES!

Ryan, Whitney and both of their families live in Texas. However, Ryan wanted to do something really special so he created an intricate plan to pop the question during their vacation in California.

They are both very close with their families and Ryan wanted the families to be part of proposal surprise. This took a great deal of planning and coordination including travel for about 30 family members, an access permit from the California Parks Department, and a photographer and park ranger who were in on it as well.

The park ranger told Whitney that the photographer (me) was there to document their tour for a brochure they were producing. This allowed me to interact with them and photography them as the tour progressed.

We were all in awe at how beautiful this place was and the weather was perfect. There were a lot fo great opportunities to photograph them as we went along. However, Whitney kept dodging my camera and hiding behind Ryan!

I so wanted to direct them so I could get the best shot but I had to wait…

Along the tour we saw a deer and her baby watching us. We also saw a lone coyote on his morning patrol.

We got to the lighthouse bridge just as the sun was about to break over the Marin Headlands hills next to the Golden Gate Bridge. I thought that maybe Ryan would propose right then… but he wanted to wait a little longer until the families had caught up with us.

Ryan took Whitney onto the suspension bridge that leads to the lighthouse and gathered his courage…

With tears in her eyes, Whitney said “YES!”

He then pointed out that their family was all there and she was completely blown away. She had no idea!

After the excitement of greeting everyone right there on the bridge, I was able to get a few shots of the newly engaged couple in one of the most beautiful spots in the country.

Congratulations, Whitney & Ryan!

Marin Headlands Engagement Photos – Kirby Cove – Kim and Aaron

I feel so fortunate to be a wedding and engagement photographer in the San Francisco Bay area! There are so many amazing locations to shoot. This week, I took Kim and Aaron down to Kirby Cove and we had the best conditions – perfect weather, barely a soul around, and a moonrise that blew us away.

We started up on Battery Spencer overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Then we followed the sun down the hill toward Kirby Cove. Sunset on the road to Kirby Cove is so beautiful.

When we got down to the beach at Kirby Cove, there were very few people so it felt like we had the place to ourselves.

Just as we were about to start the hike back up the hill, we noticed that the full moon was rising over the city and under the bridge. Amazing!

Such a sight to see! The bridge turned into a lighthouse as the moon shone through the north tower. That’s a very rare thing to see.

Congratulations, Kim and Aaron! I can’t wait for the wedding 🙂

Marin Engagement Photos – Philz Coffee and Mt Tamalpais – Lana and Eric

Lana and Eric LOVE coffee. So, when I asked them where to meet for their engagement photos, coffee was their request! We met up at Philz Coffee in Corte Madera for a few shots (coffee AND photos) before heading up Mt Tamalpais for the epic photos that Mt. Tam always gives me.

California Redwoods Engagement Photos – Maelani & Miguel

Here are the highlights from the engagement photo session with Maelani and Miguel at Roy’s Redwoods in Marin County California. Truly a magical place…

Muir Beach Marriage Proposal Photos – Elizabeth and Andy

Andy and Elizabeth travelled to San Francisco all the way from Miami for a weekend getaway. Andy surprised her by proposing at Muir Beach. He arranged for me to be there to covertly capture the moment. (she said yes)

Still ecstatic...
Still ecstatic…

The moment when Elizabeth realized why they were here
The moment when Elizabeth realized why they were here

Feeling lucky...
Feeling lucky…

Gotta run!
Gotta run!

Gotta move...
Gotta move…

Looking cool...
Looking cool…

Feeling good...
Feeling good…

Stone-face awesome portrait.
Stone-face awesome portrait.

Enjoying the amazing Muir Beach fog
Enjoying the amazing Muir Beach fog

Tiburon – Marin – San Francisco Bay Engagement Photos – Marina and Spencer

Amazing evening with Marina and Spencer for their engagement photo shoot in Tiburon, Marin County California overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay.

Tiburon Marin San Francisco Bay Engagement Photos Marina Spencer-1


We started down on the water in Tiburon at Spencer’s family property which they call “The Ark” It is an old houseboat up on stilts and is incredibly charming.

Tiburon Marin San Francisco Bay Engagement Photos Marina Spencer-1


For sunset we went up on top of the hill to an open space overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and the city of San Francisco.

Tiburon Marin San Francisco Bay Engagement Photos Marina Spencer-1

Tiburon Marin San Francisco Bay Engagement Photos Marina Spencer-1

Tiburon Marin San Francisco Bay Engagement Photos Marina Spencer-1

Tiburon Marin San Francisco Bay Engagement Photos Marina Spencer-1


What an amazing location and awesome people to work with. Thank you, Marina & Spencer!