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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
Here are the highlights from the day. Enjoy!
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.
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!
Thank you Courtney and Matt for including us in your awesome wedding day!
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!
Congratulations Elizabeth & David!
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!
Congratulations, Desiree and Nikos!