Hans Fahden Calistoga Wine Country Wedding in the Rain – Kelly and John

Wedding photography in the rain has its challenges. However, the wedding of Kelly and John at Hans Fahden Vineyards in Calistoga, California on this rainy day was so beautiful that we didn’t mind getting wet!

An amazing wedding like this can only happen with the professional collaboration of a talented team. Here is ours:

Wedding Planners Mandy Scott Events 415 441 5973 www.mandyscottevents.com
Ceremony and reception location Hans Fahden 707.942.6760 https://www.hansfahden.com/
Catering and beverage service All Seasons Catering 707-942-0890 allseasonsnapavalley.net
Cocktail service Best Beverage Catering 415.642.2410 http://www.bestbeverage.com/
Ceremony Music Tim Duenas Pianist 707 888-2539
Floral Décor Verde Flowers 415 457-7542 verde-flowers.com
Photographer and Videographer Jim Vetter Photography 415-606-8542 www.jimvetter.com
DJ and Lighting Michael’s Music 707 322-4152 michaelsmusic.org
Cake Bella’s Bakery (707) 942-1443 https://www.bellabakerycalistoga.com/
Officiant Lisa Flinn
Transport Pure Luxury (Friday) Beau Transportation (Saturday) http://www.pureluxury.com/
Hair + Makeup Olivia Garvin Hair and Make up (707) 849-8629 http://www.oliviagarvin.com/
Taco Truck Gitana Food Truck, Calistoga CA 707.541.8246

Sunset Hornblower Cruise Wedding – Paula & Dariush

Paula & Dariush were married on the Sunset Hornblower yacht on San Francisco bay on a blustery day in August. We sailed out of Berkeley Marina and had a beautiful sunset cruise. Such a fun wedding! I”m really blessed with awesome clients 🙂

Mendocino Coast Wedding Photos – Jug Handle Creek Farm – Kim and Aaron

What a treat to be part of the wedding of Kim and Aaron at Jug Handle Creek Farm on the Mendocino coast in northern California. I’ve decided I love being a Mendocino Wedding Photographer 🙂

Sequoia Retreat Center Wedding Photos – Byron and Miranda

The Sequoia Retreat Center is one of my favorite venues for photographing weddings. It is big but cozy. It is gorgeous. Your guests can stay in little cabins and you can have a true destination wedding in the forest. Definitely check it this Santa Cruz mountain location.

Stinson Beach and Mt Tamalpais Engagement Photos – Ashima and Derek

The engagement of Ashima and Derek on Stinson Beach followed by a photo session on Mt Tamalpais. She lives in Georgia and he lives in Texas. His proposal marks the end of their courtship and the beginning of their life together. They say they’ll be back to Stinson soon 

Golden Gate Park | Baker Beach Engagement Session – Samantha and Victor

Beth Barton and I photographed the engagement session of Samantha and Victor in Golden Gate Park. We started in the Music Concourse and then went to the Japanese Tea Garden. Both places are always awesome. We finished up on Baker Beach for a nice foggy sunset 🙂

Academy of Sciences Corporate Event – Entire Productions

I shot an event at the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park earlier this year. It is such a cool space for a party because its also a museum with dinosaurs, a terrarium, an aquarium, and a live albino alligator!  This particular event was produced by my friends at Entire Productions. They also produce AMAZING events and this was no exception.

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.

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!