Marin Wedding Venue Feature: Deer Park Villa, Fairfax

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing multiple weddings at Deer Park Villa in Fairfax, California. It is super charming and feels like an enchanted forest as soon as you enter. 

The venue is located just outside of downtown Fairfax in Marin county – about 30 minutes north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Fairfax (my town) is the charm of Marin with towering redwoods, cute little shoppes, lots of restaurants, and easy access to every outdoor activity. There is even a quaint hotel a short walk from the venue.

They have done a beautiful job grooming the grounds and with lighting the outdoor areas. The lighting in the trees makes is feel rather magical. 

The bridal cottage is awesome! Any bridal party will love hanging out in this adorable space for getting ready before the wedding. The docor is warm and comfortable.

Inside the bridal cottage is this amazing room with a long wall of vanity mirrors. This makes it easy for everyone to get ready at the same time, offers great light, and also is fantastic for photographs!

The main patio sits beneath giant redwood trees and the sun sets behind them so afternoon weddings are kissed with amazing golden hour light.

There are lovely areas for addiitonal photos all around the venue. The lane below is just behind the venue and makes a great spot for intimate couples shots.

There is a large covered front patio (below) where guests can be seated for dinner or as just a place to hang out. 

I would love to talk to you about photographing your wedding at Deer Park Villa! Go book them and then come back and check my availability 🙂

Stones & Flowers Wedding Photos – Ben & William

Last weekend, San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Jim Vetter Photography, had the great pleasure of photographing the sweetest wedding of the year for Ben and William at the lovely Stones & Flowers in Ben Lomond, California in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This venue is such an amazing place tucked away in the redwoods.  There are a bunch of little cabins for guests to stay in and the barn is gorgeous.  If you’re planning a rustic mountain wedding, check this place out.

Below is the video slideshow we made for Ben & William the day after the wedding…

The wedding was planned by Denise Addesso of The Wedding Connection who did a beautiful job for Ben & William.



Ben and William really went out of their way to assemble their wardrobe and accessories. The plaid fabric was sourced directly from Scotland and tailored by a personal friend of the couple.  (Notice that William’s kilt and Ben’s vest are the same fabric.)



The redwood forest surrounding Stones & Flowers is magical. This majestic stand of redwoods is just behind the amazing barn where the dancing took place.



I haven’t seen happier men in a long time. What a great couple. 🙂




As you can see, the wedding had both a Jewish theme (from Ben’s heritage) and a Scottish theme (William).







Thank you so much, Ben & William for including us in your amazing wedding day!

Wedding Service Professionals:

Venue: Stones & Flowers, Ben Lomond, CA
Planner/Coordinator: The Wedding Connection
Caterer: Crown Cafe
Floral: Seascape Flowers
DJ: Stephan Ford
Band: Rhythm Rangellers
Cake: The Buttery
Hair Stylist: Last Resort, Soquel, CA
Videographer: Aaron Lee Films
Photographer: Jim Vetter Photography


Woodside Mountain Terrace Wedding Photos – Devon & Matt

Devon and Matt were married at Woodside / Redwood City’s beautiful Mountain Terrace on Skyline Drive.  The day was perfect and the wedding was gorgeous.

Devon and Matt had their first look before the ceremony and it was adorable.  Devon was a bundle of nerves as she approached her soon-to-be husband.  Just look at her hands in the photo on the left below. 🙂



 The details were really lovely and gave this forest wedding a real sense of refinement while still feeling rustic among the towering redwoods.


The Mountain Terrace’s garden area and large redwood deck are fantastic for mingling guests to enjoy the amazing views. Devon and Matt had their ceremony on the lawn and their dinner on the deck with dancing, cake, ice cream and cocktails inside the rustic lodge.


The floral arrangements were done by Crystal at Sweet Peas Floral Design.  Beautiful work, Crystal!



Devon’s amazing hair was done by Michele Stehle of the Groove Salon in San Francisco.  And her makeup was done by Tracy Shelor. Devon was such a dreamy bride 🙂






We had such a great time with you, Devon and Matt.  Thank you so much for including us in your amazing wedding day!

Wedding Professionals:

Photography – Jim Vetter Photography
Floral – Sweet Peas Floral Design
Cake – Cake Coquette
Venue & Catering – The Mountain Terrace
DJ – Sound in Motion
Hair – Michele Stehle at Groove Salon
Makeup – Tracy Shelor
Bridal Gown – Trudy’s Bridal



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