California Hornblower Wedding on San Francisco Bay – Rie & Edwin

Rie & Edwin travelled all the way from Tokyo to have their wedding reception on San Francisco Bay. It was a beautifully crisp evening of cheer and celebration for California friends as well as visitors from Japan.

Lake Chalet Oakland – Wedding Photos – Rachel and Bob

Rachel and Bob were married on 5.18.18 at the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill on Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. It was a gorgeous spring day on the lake!

Rachel had been a server for the Lake Chalet in Oakland for a year or so when Bobby joined as a sous chef. They exchanged many words across the kitchen expediting line (both good and bad) and a wink and a smile was thrown in once or twice. For the two of them, going to work wasn’t so bad as they had each other for a distraction. Their relationship grew from there, as they quickly became best friends.

Fast forward to five years later, where Rachel dragged Bobby to her hometown of Hudson, OH for Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving, the two of them decided to go for a stroll through the downtown. Unexpectedly, Bob got down on one knee in the gazebo on the green and proposed. Before he could finish his sentence Rachel was already screaming “Yes!” And that is how they got here today.

We began the day at the Marriott Oakland City Center and photographed the girls and the guys getting ready. This group has no shortage of character and it shows in the photographs.

It takes a team to make a wedding day like this. Here is ours…

Wedding Planner: Iris Rosa – (202) 250-9882
Venue / Caterer: Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill
Hair Stylist: Jessica Weirich – (707) 724-4172
Makeup Artist: Aliyah Puerto – (707) 724-9526
Florist: Lee’s Florist
Bridal Gown: Flare’s Bridal
DJ: 21st Century Sounds
Cake: Susie Cakes
Photography: Jim Vetter Photography

Special thanks to my amazing second shooter, Beth Barton!

Sunset Hornblower Wedding on San Francisco Bay – Kumi and Tyler

We had a rockin’ wedding on the bay last weekend with Kumi & Tyler. Seriously, the boat was rocking like crazy and the dance floor was hilarious! That didn’t stop anyone from having a great time though. Kumi and Tyler were couldn’t have been happier.

The wedding was held onboard the Sunset Hornblower Yacht out of Berkeley. The Hornblower crew, their service, and their food is always fantastic!

San Francisco California Hornblower Wedding – Amor and Stoney

On this beautiful, crisp April evening, Amor and Stoney were married on board the California Hornblower on San Francisco Bay.  We had the honor of photographing their ceremony and sharing a few laughs with them.

The Hornblower yachts have the best views in the bay area!

St Dominics and Argonaut Hotel San Francisco Wedding – Patty and Erwin

We had the great pleasure of photographing the wedding of Patty & Erwin earlier this month. The wedding was planned and designed by Melissa Fancy.

They held their ceremony at the very grand Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church in San Francisco. See images of this beautiful cathedral in the post below. The reception was held at the Argonaut Hotel near Fisherman’s Wharf.

The gorgeous florals were provided by Hayley at Calla Hill Floral. Hayley was so great with my clients and her work was superb!

This wedding was a great success thanks to the great work of these professionals:

Wedding Planner: Melissa Fancy
Florist: Calla Hill Floral
DJ: Four Leaf Entertainment
Venue: Argonaut Hotel
Photography: Jim Vetter Photography

San Francisco City Hall and Stern Grove Wedding Photos – Dulce and Cedric

Dulce and Cedric were married at San Francisco City Hall following a quick portrait session at Stern Grove. City Hall has their giant Christmas tree at the top of the stairs and it is breathtaking. Such a beautiful place for a December wedding!

Stern Grove is always beautiful with its towering trees and beautiful stonework and walking paths. Its worth checking out for weddings and other events.

Bride & Groom on the walking path in Stern Grove
Bride & Groom on the walking path in Stern Grove
Bride & Groom in the stage area of Stern Grove
Bride & Groom in the stage area of Stern Grove
Sweet nothings must have been something!
Sweet nothings must have been something!
Time to get married!
Time to get married!
Top floor wedding ceremony at San Francisco City Hall
Top floor wedding ceremony at San Francisco City Hall
Flower girl guarding the flowers.
Flower girl guarding the flowers.
Sealing it with a kiss and warming by the tree.
Sealing it with a kiss and warming by the tree.
Towering redwood trees at Stern Grove
Towering redwood trees at Stern Grove
Stern Grove stage area wedding portrait
Stern Grove stage area wedding portrait
Bride & Groom dancing on stage at Stern Grove.
Bride & Groom dancing on stage at Stern Grove.

California Hornblower Yacht Wedding on San Francisco Bay – Emiley & Joey

On a blustery December day, Emiley and Joey were married aboard the California Hornblower Yacht on San Francsico Bay. The photos at the end of this post really show the speed of the wind!

San Francisco Sunset Hornblower Cruise Wedding with Jessica and Josh

We love weddings on the bay! And Hornblower Cruises is the very best way to get married on the bay 🙂 We had the honor of photographing the wedding of Jessica and Josh recently and here are some highlights below. Congratulations, Jess & Josh!

 

 

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Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos – Barbara and Danny

 

Barbara and Danny had the perfect wedding day at Inn Marin & Suites in Novato California. The weather was ideal. The guests were warm. The bride and groom were gushing with love for each other. Jim Vetter Photography LOVED photographing this wedding.

 

 

Bride approaching for First Look - Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Bride approaching for First Look – Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos Barbara Danny
Wedding Purse and Heirloom Handkerchief – Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Bridal Bouquet - Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Bridal Bouquet – Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Engagement Photo signed by Wedding Guests - Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Engagement Photo signed by Wedding Guests – Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Groom dips Bride under the Big Tree - Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Groom dips Bride under the Big Tree – Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Bride and Groom Portrait with bright foliage - Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Bride and Groom Portrait with bright foliage – Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Bride and Groom Kissing in Convertible - Lazy Dog - Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Bride and Groom Kissing in Convertible – Lazy Dog – Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Groom dips Bride - Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Groom dips Bride – Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Mr. and Mrs. wedding sign - Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Mr. and Mrs. wedding sign – Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Sleeping dog at feet of Bride and Groom - Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Sleeping dog at feet of Bride and Groom – Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Engraved Wedding Rings - Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos
Engraved Wedding Rings – Inn Marin Novato Wedding Photos

 

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery – St Leo the Great Church Wedding Photos – Kat and Huy

 

Katherine & Huy had an amazing Vietnamese-Catholic wedding day with wedding ceremony at St Leo the Great Church in Oakland followed by a gorgeous wedding reception at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in Pleasanton.

Casa Real is setup to really cater to vendors as well as wedding couples. This makes it a great place to have your wedding and your vendors will love it too!

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This was a BIG wedding day! The girls started before sunrise. We joined them at 7:00am as they were finishing getting ready for the day. By the time we arrived, hair and makeup was already complete and the bride and groom had given gifts to one another and to the bridal party.

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We then loaded up in a giant stretch limo (Best Time Limousine) with Daniel at the wheel.

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The first limo ride to everyone to the Groom’s house where there was a party going on already and we’d be picking up gifts to take to the Bride’s family at another party – the Tea Ceremony.

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At the Tea Ceremony there was a lunch feast and gifts were exchanged with family members.

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From the Tea Ceremony we went to the beautiful St. Leo the Great Church in Oakland  where Father Joseph led an inspiring service and pronounced Katherine and Huy, Man and Wife!

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The reception was held at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in Pleasanton. Such a beautiful space for weddings. The indoor shots below were photographed in the bridal suite at Casa Real.

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Casa Real on on the Ruby Hill Winery and is surrounded by vineyards. It is a great location for artistic wedding portraits.

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One of my favorite things about Casa Real is the Amber Room seen below. A wood burning fireplace and beautiful lighting make it an amazing spot for photographing the bride and groom.

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A wedding of this scale can only be possible with a team of top notch professionals. Our team included the following vendors.

Florist, Cake Maker, and Draping – Ann’s Bridal
Limousine – Best Time Limousine
Ceremony Venue – St. Leo the Great Church
Reception Venue – Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery
Photo / Video – Jim Vetter Photography – special thanks to Beth Barton and Colin Pattison
Hair – Gary Patrick Salon – Nicole Medina
Makeup – Nicole Meadows
Catering – Phu Lam Restaurant
Bridal Gown – Trudy’s Bridal
DJ / MC – Northstar Entertainment