Lake Chalet Oakland – Wedding Photos – Rachel and Bob

Rachel and Bob were married on 5.18.18 at the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill on Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. It was a gorgeous spring day on the lake!

Rachel had been a server for the Lake Chalet in Oakland for a year or so when Bobby joined as a sous chef. They exchanged many words across the kitchen expediting line (both good and bad) and a wink and a smile was thrown in once or twice. For the two of them, going to work wasn’t so bad as they had each other for a distraction. Their relationship grew from there, as they quickly became best friends.

Fast forward to five years later, where Rachel dragged Bobby to her hometown of Hudson, OH for Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving, the two of them decided to go for a stroll through the downtown. Unexpectedly, Bob got down on one knee in the gazebo on the green and proposed. Before he could finish his sentence Rachel was already screaming “Yes!” And that is how they got here today.

We began the day at the Marriott Oakland City Center and photographed the girls and the guys getting ready. This group has no shortage of character and it shows in the photographs.

It takes a team to make a wedding day like this. Here is ours…

Wedding Planner: Iris Rosa – (202) 250-9882
Venue / Caterer: Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill
Hair Stylist: Jessica Weirich – (707) 724-4172
Makeup Artist: Aliyah Puerto – (707) 724-9526
Florist: Lee’s Florist
Bridal Gown: Flare’s Bridal
DJ: 21st Century Sounds
Cake: Susie Cakes
Photography: Jim Vetter Photography

Special thanks to my amazing second shooter, Beth Barton!

Sunset Hornblower Wedding on San Francisco Bay – Kumi and Tyler

We had a rockin’ wedding on the bay last weekend with Kumi & Tyler. Seriously, the boat was rocking like crazy and the dance floor was hilarious! That didn’t stop anyone from having a great time though. Kumi and Tyler were couldn’t have been happier.

The wedding was held onboard the Sunset Hornblower Yacht out of Berkeley. The Hornblower crew, their service, and their food is always fantastic!

St Dominics and Argonaut Hotel San Francisco Wedding – Patty and Erwin

We had the great pleasure of photographing the wedding of Patty & Erwin earlier this month. The wedding was planned and designed by Melissa Fancy.

They held their ceremony at the very grand Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church in San Francisco. See images of this beautiful cathedral in the post below. The reception was held at the Argonaut Hotel near Fisherman’s Wharf.

The gorgeous florals were provided by Hayley at Calla Hill Floral. Hayley was so great with my clients and her work was superb!

This wedding was a great success thanks to the great work of these professionals:

Wedding Planner: Melissa Fancy
Florist: Calla Hill Floral
DJ: Four Leaf Entertainment
Venue: Argonaut Hotel
Photography: Jim Vetter Photography

San Francisco Sunset Hornblower Cruise Wedding with Jessica and Josh

We love weddings on the bay! And Hornblower Cruises is the very best way to get married on the bay 🙂 We had the honor of photographing the wedding of Jessica and Josh recently and here are some highlights below. Congratulations, Jess & Josh!

 

 

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San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photos with Ballerina Bride


San Francisco City Hall weddings are always beautiful. The building and the neighborhood have so much to offer visually and are so iconic of San Francisco. For the wedding of Saba and Sia, we photographed in and around city hall and then took them on a wonderful city tour for photos all over town. We went to the Palace of Fine Arts, the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, and Baker Beach. What a beautiful day with a beautiful couple!

Bride and Groom portrait at their San Francisco City Hall Wedding
Bride and Groom portrait at their San Francisco City Hall Wedding
Bride and Groom signing marriage license at San Francisco City Hall
Bride and Groom signing marriage license at San Francisco City Hall
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Bride and Groom at entrance to San Francisco City Hall
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Bridal portraits at San Francisco City Hall
Bride and Groom in San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park after their wedding
Bride and Groom in San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park after their wedding
Bride and Groom portrait at their San Francisco City Hall Wedding
Bride and Groom portrait at their San Francisco City Hall Wedding
Bride and Groom portrait at their San Francisco City Hall Wedding
Bride and Groom portrait at their San Francisco City Hall Wedding
Bride and Groom portrait at their San Francisco City Hall Wedding
Bride and Groom portrait at their San Francisco City Hall Wedding
Bride and Groom portrait at their San Francisco City Hall Wedding
Bride and Groom portrait at their San Francisco City Hall Wedding
Bride and Groom signing marriage license at San Francisco City Hall
Bride and Groom signing marriage license at San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photos – Susan & Tom

A week ago, Susan and Tom were on the beach in Hawaii, on a pre-honeymoon honeymoon I guess, when Susan noticed a San Francisco City Hall wedding had just posted. She hadn’t yet thought about getting a photographer for their upcoming elopement so she reached out to me immediately. I was available on her wedding day of Tuesday, 4.18.17 and here you go!

 

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Noe’s Nest San Francisco Wedding Photos – Rene and Joe

We photographed an intimate wedding at Noe’s Nest Bed and Breakfast in San Francisco for Rene & Joe. They are both from Saint Louis, Missouri but wanted to have their ceremony in San Francisco. (excellent idea!) After the ceremony the party moved to Finnegans Wake in Cole Valley. A very cool bar loved by many locals and travellers alike.

 

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Bently Reserve Wedding Photos with Erica & Robert

The Bently Reserve has always been one of my favorite venues in San Francisco. Its classic architecture and grand appearance make it insanely elegant – especially when the right care goes into the event design and planning. This wedding was planned by Solmaz at Pretty Occasions and was really done right! We had such a great time photographing this wedding! Erica, Robert, and their wild wedding party were a blast to work with. They made our job easy by being so fun and so beautiful as well. Just look at Erica! Her superb hair and makeup was done by Angela Kim. Bently Reserve Wedding Photos Erica and Robert-1

Also check out the engagement session with Erica and Robert that we did in San Francisco a few months ago.

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Wedding Vendor Team for Erica & Robert under the planning of Pretty Occasions by Solmaz Burke:

Wedding Professional: Company: Contact: Phone Number: Email:
Officiant: Heartfelt Weddings Larry Wilkerson 415.306.2717 larry@heartfeltweddings.com
Florist: Enchantment Floral Liz Tsutsumi-Hypnar 925.548.1541 enchantment.floral@gmail.com
DJ: Big Fun Disc Jockeys Paul Burchfield 800.924.4386 paul@bigfundj.com
Rental: Stuart Party Rental Gregg Paz 408.856.3232 gpaz@stuartrental.com
Special Linens: La Tavola Linens Jill Brownfield 415.440.3333 jill@latavolalinen.com
Chargers: Classic Party Rental Lydia Gourvitz 650.652.0300 LGourvitz@classicpartyrentals.com
Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering Stephanie Kung 415.203.3411 stephanie@elainebellcatering.com
Bar Service: BBC Meghan Ford 415.642.2410 Ext. 3115 Meghan@bestbeverage.com
Ice Luge: Chisel-it Ice Sculptures Jason 925.288.0265 ice@chiselit.com
Cake – Bakery: Inticing Creations Kelly Zubal 415.205.9422 kelly@inticingcreations.com
Photographer: Jim Vetter Photography Jim Vetter 415.789-6150 jim@jimvetter.com
Hair & Makeup: Angela Kim Angela Kim   akim6419@gmail.com
Photo Booth: Denon & Doyle Entertainment Chris Mowery 800.944.9585 chris@djay.com
Bridal Hotel: Le Meridien Sarah Mabry 415 296 2964 smabry@lemeridiensf.com

 

Downtown San Francisco Engagement Photos with Erica and Robert

I was introduced to Erica and Robert by the amazing wedding planner, Solmaz Burke of Pretty Occasions in San Francisco. Erica & Robert were planning a September wedding at one of my favorite SF wedding venues, The Bently Reserve. I was very excited to be chosen to photograph their big day!

 

The couple really wanted to have a metropolitan feel to their wedding as well as their engagement. I suggested that we have the engagement session downtown and make use of the beautiful architecture of the Embarcadero Center and they enthusiastically agreed.

When we met in front of Embarcadero Four I had the wonderful surprise to see that they had just adopted a crazy-cute french bulldog puppy on their way to meet me that afternoon! He didn’t even have a name yet but he was full of personality and kind of ran the show that day. Can you believe how beautiful this puppy is?

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In my regular style, we wandered around the Embarcadero in search of great spots to shoot. We were gifted with beautiful light everywhere and had a fantastic time. The Embarcaderos have really cool walkways that spiral up through multiple levels. The next few images were taken on that walkway.

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Of course, we had to jump on a San Francisco cable car at the bottom of California Street. What could be more San Francisco than this 🙂

 

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I LOVE to photograph in the city with my super wide 14-24mm lens! I’m able to capture the towering buildings that make downtown San Francisco so cool. This lens also makes people look really tall and thin when used correctly. People seem to like that for some reason.

 

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I had been wanting to do this show below for some time. Erica and Robert were down for it so I set it up and we braved the cold air just long enough to get this awesome shot of Erica and Robert frozen in time while the city zips by all around them.

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I’d like to thank Erica & Robert for being such fun people to photograph. I’d also like to thank Solmaz for introducing me to this wonderful couple.

The wedding is just around the corner. More photos to come…