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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Marin Engagement Photos with Alexis and Lorenzo

Engagement photography in Marin county just north of San Francisco is so much fun!  Marin has some of the most wonderful locations in the San Francisco bay area in which to photograph couples for engagements, weddings or anything for that matter.  I just did an engagement photo session with Alexis and Lorenzo who came down from Stockton to be photographed.  I’ll be photographing their wedding in October in Lodi, CA.

Alexis loves the vintage look Robson Harrington Park where we did the session is a perfect fit.  The garden walls are made of old brick that was recovered from buildings demolished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.   The owner of the park land also owned a large amount of land all around the area and salvaged building materials when old buildings came down.  These materials make for a rustic old world look in this beautiful park setting.

Alexis and Lorenzo originally planned to marry in the summer of 2013 but then decided that they just couldn’t wait so they moved the date up to October 2012.  I was glad to hear this because I can’t wait to photograph the wedding either!  They make such a lovely copule.

Alexis is really my ideal client – she loves and values photography and is as excited about her photographs as I am about making them.  So, if you share that love of photography with Alexis, please contact me to photograph your wedding!

I’d like to thank Alexis and Lorenzo for coming all the way down to San Anselmo from Stockton to do their session with me.  You guys rock!

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Benicia Engagement Photos with Lina and Buddy

Jim Vetter Photography recently did an engagement session in Benicia, CA with a very sweet couple.  I photographed a wedding in Benicia at the Arsenal a couple of years ago but had not seen much of the area.  The Benicia State Recreation Area, as it is called, gave us a great backdrop of rocks, water and sky to create these images.

What started out as a misty, overcast morning turned into a beautifully warm day and afforded us some killer skies!

Buddy is from Hawaii’s Big Island where they will be returning to for the wedding.  Lina has never been to Hawaii and, understandably, cannot wait!

I’ll be photographing Lina and Buddy’s engagement party this weekend and will have more images to share soon!

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!

San Anselmo Engagement Session with Desiree and Nikos

Engagement sessions in Robson Harrington Park in San Anselmo are one of my favorite sessions to do with clients.  The park is so quaint and really lends itself to romantic settings such as engagement sessions.

On August 11th, I’ll be photographing Desiree and Nikos’ wedding at Brix Restaurant in Napa.  They are a really sweet couple and we had a great time at this session tonight.  I can’t wait for the wedding!

San Anselmo Engagement Photo

Congratulations, Desiree and Nikos!

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