San Francisco Engagement Photos and Lake Tahoe Wedding Photos

Zhibing and Guanqi are a sweet young Chinese couple currently living in San Jose while Guanqi finishes college.  They reached out to San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Jim Vetter about photographing their engagement and wedding photos after ordering Zhibing’s amazing gown from Vera Wang San Francisco.

They requested that we do the engagement photos in San Francisco so we suggested two of our favorite locations for San Francisco engagement photos – Golden Gate Park and Baker Beach.


We began in Golden Gate Park at the Conservatory of Flowers.  Even though this was not really the high season for blooming flowers, the beautifully maintained flower beds looked fantastic.


There are so many picturesque spots to shoot engagement photos in Golden Gate Park.  The tunnel above exits the Conservatory of Flowers under JFK Drive and makes for a cool location to photograph.


The clean white Conservatory of Flowers building is also a great backdrop.

After shooting in Golden Gate Park, we headed to Baker Beach for the golden hour.



This was a beautiful evening at the beach with crisp, salty air and iconic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.

For the wedding photos, we went to Lake Tahoe’s Incline Village on the Nevada side of the lake.  The two photos below were shot at the roadside in Incline Village just before a local resident chased us off of this ‘private property.’  🙂



We then headed to the amazing beautiful Sand Harbor State Park.  This is such a unique location on Lake Tahoe with dramatic boulders defining its shores and framing the stunning sunset views over the lake.







We photographed right into sunset on this amazing September evening on Lake Tahoe.


Congratulations, Zhibing and Guanqi!  And thank you for coming to Jim Vetter Photography for your engagement and wedding photos!!


Photography – Jim Vetter Photography – – 415.789.6150
Bridal Gown – Very Wang Brides of San Francisco – – 415.400.0370
Hair & Makeup Tahoe – Salon Bella Vita – – 530.583.1364
Hair & Makeup San Francisco – Moderne Beauty – – 408.489.7909

Leal Vineyards Wedding Photos – Cassie & Eric

Leal Vineyards in Hollister, California is such a beautiful location for a wedding!  Cassie and Eric were married at this awesome venue on September 21st.  It was raining on and off all afternoon and we all thought we were going to have to move the ceremony indoors.  However, after a short delay, the rain stopped and the ceremony commenced.  San Francisco wedding photographer, Jim Vetter Photography just had the pleasure of shooting this gorgeous wedding with this stunning couple.

Leal has two large houses on the property where the bride, groom and their wedding party got ready on the day of the wedding. The houses are beautifully appointed and very comfortable for hanging out before the wedding.




I love brides who are willing step away from the norm and try more interesting shots.  Cassie was certainly one of these brides! The bathtub shot below was suggested by her before I ever had the chance to bring it up.  Great idea, Cassie!






Sometimes a photograph becomes more than I initially intend it to be.  The shot of all the girls sitting under Cassie’s wedding dress wasn’t planned to look like a heart…but it sure worked out that way!



Those are the houses at top of the hill.  Just below the houses is The Cave and just below that is the hot tub and below that is the waterfall leading to the lake just behind the ceremony.  What a great location!




She shots below are at the entrance to The Cave.


These shots below are inside The Cave.








Bargetto Winery Wedding Photos – Nicole & Nick

The Bargetto Winery in Soquel, California is a beautiful spot for a wedding and the wedding photos shot against the creekside backdrop are gorgeous.  Jim Vetter Photography had the honor of photographing the wedding of Nicole and Nick at this beautiful venue. 

The bridal party all spent the weekend in beach houses in Capitola, California.  This is such a cute little town.  We highly recommend visiting when you get the chance!






The Ceremony was held at Berwick Park in Pacific Grove.  The weather could not have been better!












Wedding Professionals:

Photography: Jim Vetter Photography
Ceremony Location: Berwick Park, Pacific Grove California
Reception Location: Bargetto Winery, Soquel California
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
DJ: Temo Medina, FawkMuzik – 831-236-8833
Cupcakes: Sift Cupcakes
Hair: Desire Olsen
Makeup: Fancy That Face Beauty

Woodside Horse Ranch (NCEFT) Wedding Photos – Heather & Tom

San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Jim Vetter Photography just had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful country wedding of Heather & Tom at the National Center for Equestrian Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT) in Woodside, California.  This beautifully authentic private venue is not normally used to host events.  It is actually a facility that has helped thousands of children and adults with neurophysiological, cognitive, sensory processing and psychosocial challenges through hippotherapy, adaptive riding, adaptive driving, and a wide range of other equine-assisted activities at their beautiful 12-acre facility.

The girls got ready in the loft space of the main house on the facility.  They were excited to show off their pre-wedding robes before the dresses went on…





Heather’s rode her own horse, “Honey” into the wedding ceremony.  Both girls were gorgeous for the occasion!


Tom and the guys rode into the ceremony on a vintage fire engine provided by the Woodside Fire Department.



You may remember Honey the horse from Heather and Tom’s engagement photos earlier this year.








As you can see, the property is just beautiful with majestic oaks and sprawling hillsides.


The Woodside Fire Department brought two vintage engines to the wedding.  Below is another beautiful machine on display at the reception.


Adele Bueno was the wedding planner and she did an incredible job of transforming the property from a horse ranch to a stunning wedding venue with authentic country stylings everywhere.



We had a fantastic time with Heather & Tom and are so grateful to them for hiring us to capture their amazing wedding day.  Thank YOU, Heather and Tom!!

Wedding Professionals Team

Photography: Jim Vetter Photography
Event Planning & Design: Adele Bueno – (650) 224-5051
Hair: Juut Salon, Palo Alto
Venue: NCEFT, Woodside
Floral: Pararosa Floral
Gown: Sarah Seven
Band: Stoney Ridge Bluegrass Band
Catering: The Other Woman, Santa Clara
Pies: Gizdich Ranch 

Marriott San Mateo / Stanford University Wedding Photos – Ting & Vince

San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Jim Vetter Photography just had the honor of shooting the Marriott San Mateo wedding of Ting and Vince.  We also went to the San Mateo Central Park Japanese Tea Garden and to Stanford University for the creative wedding portraits after the ceremony.  It was a fantastic day!


Ting was stunning as seen here in the bridal suite at the Marriott in San Mateo.

The lobby of the Marriott in San Mateo has a beautiful set of benches as you enter the hotel.  Ting is seen here just before she walked down the aisle.

After the ceremony, we jumped in the limo and headed out to do the creative portraits.  We started at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Mateo’s Central Park.

We then went down to the Stanford University Campus and made the photos below.  What an amazing location for wedding photography!

Congratulations, Ting and Vince!!

Art Deco Wedding Photos – Mandarin Oriental Hotel, San Francisco

I approached the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, San Francisco recently about doing a styled wedding shoot inspired by early 20th century bridal fashion.  What a blessing to be given the opportunity to make these photos in such an amazing location.  The hotel staff was wonderful to work with and just look at this amazing setting!

I’ve created a short slideshow video with the highlights of the day.

The gorgeous gowns featured in this shoot are those of indie couture designer, Amy-Jo Tatum.  Her designs are timeless and beautiful.  Absolutely check her out.  She also writes the popular wedding blog, Bride Chic.

We were so fortunately to have such talented hair and makeup artists for this shoot.  Monina and her team from Moderne Beauty really put the icing on the cake for us.  Thank you so much, ladies!

These photos with the panoramic views of San Francisco were made on the private deck outside the hotel’s premier guest suite.  Imagine starting your honeymoon in this room!

When the city lights start to come up, this deck is truly a magical place to be…

The grande staircase in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental, is a signature feature of this hotel and makes a perfect backdrop for this city modern, art deco shoot.

Our Team:

Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, San Francisco | 415.276.9619
Bridal Gowns/Accessories: Amy-Jo Tatum | 415.258.8204
Photography: Jim Vetter Photography | 415.789.6150
Hair/Makeup: Moderne Beauty | 408.489.7909
Floral: Floral Ornament | 345 California Street, San Francisco | 415-788-0353

Marriott San Mateo Wedding Photos – Lily & David

San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Jim Vetter Photography just had the honor of photographing the wedding of Lily & David at the San Mateo Marriott.  It was a beautiful, warm June afternoon and the wedding couldn’t have been sweeter.

Lily and David had their first look before the ceremony.  We met at the beautiful Japanese Tea Garden in San Mateo’s Central Park. David’s reaction was priceless as you can see below!

It was really a pleasure working with Lily and David.  They were adorable together and had a great time all day.

Just before the wedding ceremony, they held a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony in the bridal suite at the hotel.  Gifts were exchanged between the bride’s parents and the couple.

Lily and David arranged a special trea for their guests by booking an amazing group to perform a Chinese Lion Dance during the cocktail hour.  These guys were amazing!

Thank you so much to Lily & David for trusting us to photography your beautiful wedding at the San Mateo Marriott!  Congratulations!!

Hakone Gardens Saratoga Wedding Photos – Chanthy & Dan

Wedding Photos at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, California are such a feast for the eyes.  Jim Vetter Photography just had the pleasure of photographing Chanthy and Dan’s bridal portraits at Hakone and we had a great time!


Pacific Hornblower Yacht Wedding – Chanthy & Dan – Berkeley

San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Jim Vetter Photography had the recent honor of photographing the wedding of Chanthy and Dan aboard the majestic Pacific Hornblower Yacht out of Berkeley Harbor on the San Francisco Bay.  A wedding on the San Francisco Bay is a very special thing.  We cruised all around the bay from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate and back.  We even made a pass by the San Francisco Giant’s ballpark!

Chanthy was stunning in her Vera Wang dress.


Dan was as dapper, and as proud, as can be.  A very happy groom, in deed!





The ceremony and reception were held on board the Pacific Hornblower Yacht.  The ceremony was held at the dock to make sure that any boat rocking wouldn’t interfere.





The day was gorgeous, and although a little windy, it offered beautiful light for us to make these lovely creative shots of Chanthy and Dan.



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Tips for an Amazing Wedding Dress Experience from a Bridal Couture Expert

This week’s guest blog post is from Bo Lee at BoLee Bridal Couture of Sunnyvale, California.  She owns and runs more than a beautiful showroom with plush changing rooms and amazing collections.  She has consulted with hundreds of brides to assist them in selecting the perfect wedding dress.  Her advice here today is a generous gift to us all. 


Planning a wedding is undeniably one of the most stressful events in a girls’ life. For this reason, do yourself the favor of consulting with an experienced professional like BoLee Bridal Couture. Here are some helpful tips from Bo Lee for your journey in finding your dream dress!

It seems that every bride is waiting for that crying “this is the one” moment like we all see on TV, but in reality, not every bride has this experience; not every bride is the same.

If you’re a bride that tends to stress easily, our suggestion is to plan ahead. If you plan a good 10-12 months before your wedding date, this will significantly decrease your dress stress. Ten months to a year for a dress? Yes! It may seem a little crazy, but designer dresses are cut and made to order; they do not sit at a warehouse waiting to be shipped. And if you’re an easily stressed bride, you want to give yourself time.

On average, dresses take four to six months just to order. And of course no dress comes in and fits perfectly, so you will need alterations to give you that perfect fit for your day! This typically takes 2-3 months. If you plan on having accessories such as a veil or other hair pieces give yourself time to order that as well, about 2-3 months.

Seems simple, but what if you don’t have a year? There is always the option of buying a sample dress. These are dresses sold off the rack and are usually a great price for a designer gown. However, be prepared to have it altered because the standard sample sizes are 8, 10, 12 and not every lady’s body is the same!

Now, we’d like to address a somewhat sensitive issue… Weight! We all think about it, especially a bride-to-be. Obviously she wants to look her best for her wedding, and this may include the bridal diet. We see it often, and it is never a smart idea to order a dress too small and hope you’ll fit into it later. It is also not a good idea to wait until the last minute when you’ve lost weight to order a dress, because then you risk the chances of ordering your dress in time. Always order the size that fits you now and if you do lose weight, that is what alterations are for and kudos to you! If you don’t lose weight, not to worry, that is also what alterations are for! Either way you will look beautiful and have a perfect fit! Nothing is more gorgeous than a woman with confidence, who is sparkling from the inside out on her wedding day!

We know that all you ladies are busy conquering the world but when that special time in your life comes to start planning your wedding, take some time for yourself! Flip through bridal magazines, pin on your Pinterest wedding board and subscribe to wedding websites to reference the dresses you like. This is the best way to get an idea of what you want to look like for your special day. So when you do come across a dress that intrigues you fold the corner down, pin the picture, or save it to your mobile device so you can show your consultant when you go to your appointment.

You should think of what you want to look like on your wedding day, romantic, rustic, vintage, classic these are just some examples. If you find yourself completely unprepared for your appointment, don’t fret, just tell your consultant and she can take it from there. You will find out pretty quickly what you like and what you don’t like in just a handful of dresses. Remember, it is the consultant’s job to help you find the perfect dress and in order to do that, sometimes we have to start from scratch.

When you are at your appointment, the best mindset is to be open and decisive. If you loved the pictures of the dresses you brought in with you more than you actually like the dress on you, don’t feel defeated, be open! If you are open-minded to try different silhouettes or fabrics, this can be the best way to find your dress. Sometimes, dresses have no hanger appeal but they might look fabulous on you!

How do you know it’s “the one”? Some girls cry when they’ve found the dress, but most don’t! The best way we know of leading you to that moment when you say, “it’s the one” is by asking a couple of simple questions.

One: Can you see yourself getting married in this and walking down the aisle to your fiancé?

Two: Are you excited to put this dress on and do you get sad to take it off?

Three: If this dress were gone tomorrow and you could no longer get it how would you feel?

If you see yourself getting married in a dress, get excited to be in a dress or would feel totally crushed if a dress were gone, then you have found your dress! Congratulations!

Now that you’ve found a dress you love, be decisive! So many brides find their perfect dress on their first shot, but they feel like it is too easy and they need to keep shopping. That is not the case at all. Why would you want to make your dress shopping harder on yourself? It’s like falling in love with your fiancé; after you do, you don’t go looking for another guy.

On the other hand, if you don’t have that “it’s the one” moment, don’t be discouraged, just change your game plan. Obviously what you’ve been looking at hasn’t worked. So change it up by trying different fabrics, silhouettes, or you may need to change your mindset. Many brides can’t make a decision because they fear making a mistake or disappointing others. That’s okay, not everyone’s tastes in dresses are the same. You are not going to please everyone because the most import person to please is yourself! You are the one getting married in it, so you need to love it!

Another important point that many brides don’t think about is who they actually bring to their bridal appointments. It is not a good idea to bring everyone you know, too many opinions equal too many minds to please, and remember, the only mind to please is yours! Bring people that know your style and that won’t force their style on you. They may not love your dress for themselves but they love it for you, those are the people to bring! Remember; bring people who are supportive, not critical!

So by following these insightful tips, you too can have an amazing experience finding your dream dress!


BoLee Bridal Couture is a high-end retailer of designer wedding dresses located at 542 Lawrence Expressway in Sunnyvale, CA. Their goal is to provide expert guidance to brides as they find the perfect dress! They offer a relaxed and open setting where a bride can take in the atmosphere and not feel overwhelmed. They also have great team of consultants who value customer satisfaction as their top priority and they strive to not only find the dream dress but to give their clients the best experience possible.

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