Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi with Alexis and Lorenzo

Jim Vetter Photography recently had the honor of photographing a gorgeous wedding at Wine and Roses in Lodi, California.  Alexis and Lorenzo were married on October 26, 2012.  They had the perfect day – 75 degrees, sunny, no wind.  And the Wine and Roses venue is so beautiful with amazing locations to make wedding photos.

When I arrived at Alexis’ room I was greeted by a lovely girl I assumed to be Alexis’ sister. Nope, this was her mother, Pamela.  I told them that I could see where Alexis got her looks. 😉

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Alexis looked amazing in her gown from Bliss Bridal in Stockton, California.  Her veil was as long as her train and really added to already graceful presence.

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Alexis and Lorenzo each have very unique wedding bands which really seem to match their individual style.  Lorenzo proposed down on the water of the California Delta where they had one of their first dates.

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California - Rings

The light on the balcony was just awesome and we captured a series of lovely portraits while Alexis was getting ready.

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

The flowers were supplied by Charlene Smith, a friend of the family.  What a wonderful friend to have!  The bouquet was so beautiful.

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

On the way down from the room, I just had to stop Alexis because she looked so great in the light of the staircase.  Here she is shining bright!

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Friends of Alexis did her hair (Melissa) and makeup (Ivy).  Beautiful work, girls!

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Alexis and Lorenzo had their first look before the ceremony and we were able to capture their reactions.  Lorenzo was about to come out of his skin, he was so excited.

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

No rice at this wedding – it was bubble time as they were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. 🙂

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

The cake was supplied by Frosted Flour Cakery in Lodi, California.  Beautiful and yummy!

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Lorenzo couldn’t resist!

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Have you ever seen a happier groom??

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Thank you, Alexis and Lorenzo for trusting your photography to us on your big day!

San Francisco Wedding Photography by San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Jim Vetter Jim Vetter Photography is anything but your average San Francisco wedding photographer. Each wedding is treated with care and creativity not found with other San Francisco wedding photography studios. Your wedding day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the San Francisco area.  This is San Francisco wedding photography at its best. Jim Vetter Photography is an award winning photographer based in the San Francisco bay area. Offering wedding coverage in San Francisco, San Jose, Napa, and destinations worldwide.  This wedding photography studio is one of the top studios in the country and is located right here in the San Francisco bay area.

Elegant. Romantic. Fun. These are the words typically used to describe this San Francisco wedding photographer.  We take pride in offering our clients the type of San Francisco wedding photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, its another to create art for our clients.  Our San Francisco clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into our San Francisco wedding photography studio.  Serving the San Francisco bay area Jim Vetter Photography offers San Francisco wedding photography coverage in the San Francisco bay area, including but not limited to, San Jose, Marin County, East Bay, San Mateo, Napa and Sonoma, and the surrounding areas 

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San Francisco City Hall Wedding – Claire and Josh

San Francisco City Hall Weddings are some of my favorites!  The building is amazing – inside and out.  I was so excited when Claire and Josh hired Jim Vetter Photography to photograph their wedding.  They are a lot of fun and I knew their guest would be too.

Piglet, the french bulldog was even in the wedding 🙂

The inside of City Hall is full of beautiful spaces to make stunning photographs.  Below is Claire and Josh in one of the five-flight marble stairways in the building.

Does Claire’s dress rock or what?  Yes, those are Ostrich feathers 😀

After having a great time making photographs in City Hall, we hopped in the limo and headed over to the Embarcadero for some bayside portraits before hitting the reception at Epic Roasthouse which sits right on the Embarcadero walkway next to the Bay Bridge.

Claire looked flawless throughout the day.  Her makeup was done by the firey Maria Parra.

Claire’s bouquet was created by the talented Anna Hoffman of Loop Event Design.

The scrumptious cupcakes were made by Jen’s Cakes.  Always amazing, Jen!

Claire’s beautiful hair was done by Taryn Tamblyn.  She looked amazing all day!

I grabbed this shot of City Hall on my way home.  What a sweet wedding venue.

Thank you, Claire and Paul!

Preservation Park Wedding Photos – Katie and Paul

Jim Vetter Photography just photographed a wedding at Preservation Park in Oakland for Katie and Paul.  What a fabulous location!  Who would ever guess that this little preserve even existed right there in downtown Oakland?  Preservation Park is a fully restored victorian neighborhood that feels a little like Disneyland when you enter – it is just pristine.

Katie and Paul both had rooms at the Marriott just a block away where they got ready before the late afternoon wedding.  Paul and his four groomsmen were so much fun to hang out with for the day.

Katie and her girls had a sweet suite at the Marriott with great window light which allowed me to get these beautiful getting-ready shots before the ceremony.

Katie’s hair was done by Mitzi at the BarberElla Beauty Lounge of Berkeley, CA.

Katie and the bridesmaids clearly are very close and have a long history of laughter together.  They made each other laugh so much that I seldom saw a straight face and I LOVE that!

The flower girl was too cute for words.  Seriously, I can’t think of any words…  just ADORABLE.

Katie and Paul took my advice and did their First Look before the ceremony.  This is such a great way to get great photos of the moment the bride and groom first see one another. The light was great and the moment was very special.

The bouquets and floral arrangements were provided by D’jour Floral.  Check out Katie’s waterfall bouquet above.

This is certainly a couple and a wedding party that doesn’t take themselves too seriously.  This made them all a great deal of fun.  Check out their Zombie Formal Photo coming up below… “BRAINS!!! Must eat brains….”

Preservation Park really is a cool location.  This is the outdoor space where ceremonies are held.  In an evening photo you can see the view from the stage.

A beautiful ceremony was performed by Reverend Jane Ramsey.

Attached to Nile Hall (the reception space) is Ginn House.  Built around 1890, Ginn House has two large parlor rooms and this amazing window flanked by old book cases and fitted with a large marble bench.  Such a cool space for a bridal portrait.

The music at the wedding was provided by San Francisco’s own DJ Mancub.  He does only a few weddings a year and it was awesome to hear great mixes and mashups at this wedding.  Thank you Mancub!

An incredible buffet dinner was provided by Katherine and her staff from Royal Raspberry.    And of course the gorgeous and tasty cake was made by Eve Samonsky.

Below is the view from the stage where Katie and Paul took their vows.

Super fun wedding with a great group of people.  Thanks for making us part of your day, Katie and Paul!!

Anniversary Wedding at the Inn at Occidental – Roberta and Phil

Weddings at The Inn at Occidental, or in this case a 50th anniversary renewal of vows, are a very sweet and charming affair.  Sonoma wedding photographer, Jim Vetter Photography was there last weekend to capture the joy of the day.

50 years ago, on June 17th, 1962, Roberta and Phil took their vows and began a wonderful partnership that would reward the world in ways they had yet to foresee.

The ceremony was not a typical wedding ceremony.  It was steeped in nostalgia with moving presentations and performances by family and friends.

The grandchildren were all participants in the ceremony and could not have been cuter.  In fact, there were 17 children at the celebration and one was cuter than the next.  It was a joy to photograph such a sweet gathering.

The reception was held at the Union Hotel Ballroom just around the corner from the Inn.  The Union Hotel is a family owned business in operation since 1879 and has a rich history.

The kids had the time of their lives dancing and running amok.

It was really very moving to see two people madly in love after 50 years.  Congratulations, Roberta and Phil!

Napa Wedding Photography at Brix Restaurant with Desiree and Nikos

Jim Vetter Photography had the honor of spending a hot summer wedding day with Desiree and Nikos in Napa Valley’s Brix Restaurant.  Brix in Napa is beautifully warm and welcoming with awesome food and fantastic staff that really takes care their guests.  Its such a great spot for Napa wedding photography. If you’re planning a Napa wedding, you should give Matt a call at Brix.  He is wonderful to work with!

Desiree was gorgeous on her wedding day and Betten did a beautiful job with her hair and makeup.  We’d also like to credit Rainbow Balloons and Flowers for the floral arrangements and bouquets.  And of course the yummy cake from Patisserie Angelica!

Bride at Brix

Napa Valley offers such picturesque backdrops for outdoor events!  The decor at this wedding was true to Napa stylings with wine barrels, vegetable gardens and vineyards surrounding the ceremony.  You’ll love the beautiful detail in her gown from Allure Bridal.

Desiree and Nikos chose to have their first look at each other before the ceremony began.  This is a great way to capture genuine expressions on the bride and groom and to do it in good light!  I LOVE the look on their faces below when they see each other for the first time on their wedding day.

The flower girl was too cute for words…

Desiree and Nikos were so fun to work with – they were up for any idea I threw at them.  From the frigid wine cellar to the old barn out back and more, we had a great time photographing them.

Congratulations, Desiree and Nikos!  Thank you for making Jim Vetter Photography your choice for capturing the most important day of your lives!

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Mountain View Wedding at Rengstorff House with Alicia and Dave

Jim Vetter Photography had the great pleasure of photographing the eclectic wedding of Alicia and Dave this month at Mountain View’s historic Rengstorff House followed by a colorful reception at the beautiful Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto.

Since the ceremony took place under a hard June sun, sunscreen, colorful sunglasses & parasols and lemonade were supplied to the guests upon arrival.  This contributed to a very festive pre-ceremony gathering which bounced to the music of a 5-piece brass band.  Kudos to Libby at Event by Libby for such meticulous and artful planning!

Ceremony Details - Rengstorff House Wedding

This same brass band played the theme from Raiders of the Lost Arc as the groomsmen and groom made their entrance to the ceremony.  The bride then made her grand entrance to the Beatles’ Penny Lane.  Nothing about this wedding was average.

Alicia was beautifully elegant in her gown from BoLee Bridal Couture with floral from Laughing Gal Floral.  Of course the suite at the Garden Court Hotel offered beautiful light for the bridal portraits below.  This really shows off the fantastic work of Elizabeth Chang in Alicia’s makeup and Swirls & Curls who did her amazing hair.

Rengstorff House Wedding - Bridal Portraits

The Jewish ceremony was masterfully choreographed by Yehudit at A Sacred Event and the Rabi was rather progressive and generally a hoot to be around.

Rengstorff House Wedding Ceremony

The couple certainly traveled in style in their vintage Rolls Royce Limousine from Elegant Journey Limousine.  George from Elegant Journey was a great guy and very accommodating.

Rengstorff House Wedding

The reception was back at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto.  I love their courtyard and lobby for portraits.  its a real gem tucked into downtown Palo Alto.  Oh, and the dinner service was superb!  One of the highlights of the reception was the Bride and Groom’s first dance.  It was a carefully planned and perfectly executed dance performance to Spamalot by Monte Python.  Did I mention that this was an eclectic wedding?  It was awesome!

Garden Court Hotel Wedding

I want to thank the bride and groom for allowing us to capture such a beautiful wedding and for being so much fun to work with!  Thank you Alicia and Dave!!

Rengstorff House Wedding

Here are the highlights from the day.  Enjoy!

Winery SF Wedding Photography – Courtney and Matt

Treasure Island weddings can be windy and cold but the warm rustic feel of this wedding at The Winery San Francisco more than makes up for the nippy bay air.  Jim Vetter Photography had the pleasure to photograph Courtney and Matt’s wedding on Treasure Island in May and what a sweet wedding it was!

There was the killer atmosphere of the Winery SF, great food from Simmer & Sear, and some good old funk thrown down by The Nibblers.  This was the best wedding band I’ve heard in a long time.  Go check out one of their shows.  They kick ass!

Here is a video slideshow of some of the highlights from the day.

Below, Courtney finishes getting ready and shows off her gorgeousness.  The shot in the middle is one of my favorites.  This is Courtney as a child with her late mother.  The sweetest thing ever.

Treasure Island Bride

Dad gives the Bride away

The details at the wedding were very cool.  Check out the fitting placecards below!  And I LOVE the His and Hers guitars on their chairs.  Oh! … and nice socks Matt!

Treasure Island Wedding Details - Winery SF

First Wedding Dance on Treasure Island

Thank you Courtney and Matt for including us in your awesome wedding day!

Inverness Wedding Photography in the California Coastal Hills

Bay area wedding photography can be so much fun when you get to work in such interesting locations as the quaint little St. Columba’s Church tucked up in the hills of Inverness, California near Point Reyes.  This little country church was originally built by a railroad executive who wanted his daughter to be married at home.  So he built a house with a church in it – or maybe he built a church with a house in it.  I’m not sure which is more accurate.

Elizabeth & David are both Marin County firefighters and they adore the coastal hills where they now live.  In fact, David proposed to Elizabeth on one of their long leisurely walks up their favorite fire road.  I blogged about their engagement a few weeks back.

You couldn’t find a nicer couple than Elizabeth and David – I’m so glad they found me to photograph their sweet wedding!

Marin Coastal Hills Wedding

Marin Weddings in the Coastal Hills

Congratulations Elizabeth & David!

Jim Vetter Photography featured on Adore with Delight online magazine

As a San Francisco wedding photographer, I get to shoot in some awesome locations.  You may remember the inspirational shoot I did earlier this year at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley.  Well, this shoot was featured yet again – this time by Adore with Delight.

Check out the feature here: Adore with Delight