Four Seasons Palo Alto Wedding Photos – Gina & John

One of my favorite weddings of 2013 was the very intimate event at the Four Season Silicon Valley in Palo Alto. This was the wedding of Gina and John.  It was attended only by the Bride & Groom, their two-year old daughter and the bride’s parents.  It was the most beautiful setting I’ve seen for a wedding all year.  As always, the staff of the Four Seasons was amazing to work with. It is always a joy to shoot there.

 

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Regency Center San Francisco Wedding Photos – Haley and Simone

The Regency Center in San Francisco was also the location for the formal wedding portrait session with Haley and Simone. Again, the awesome rooms really made the images come to life.

My amazing creative team on this project:

Venue Location: Regency Center, http://www.regencycentersf.com/, (415) 447-4908
Bridal Gowns: Amy-Jo Tatum, www.amyjotatum.com, 415.258.8204
Floral: Laurel Designs, Laurel Ann Winzler, (415) 386-8360
Table Design and Event Coordination: Sullivan Botello Events, http://sullivanbotelloevents.com/, 415.334.7394
Hair and Makeup Styling: PrimaDonna Makeover, http://www.primadonnamakeover.com, Yolanda Valdez Thayer, 415-987-5946
Jewelry: Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry, https://www.adamneeley.com/, (415) 262-9985
Mens Suits: Men’s Wearhouse, http://www.menswearhouse.com/, 415-615-0528

Regency Center Engagement Photos with Nickolas & Jason

I recently visited the Regency Center in San Francisco and fell in love with the venue.  I toured the location with Bailey Nakano and knew immediately that I wanted to do a wedding shoot there.

Bailey just happened to have two good friends that were interested in starring in a wedding/engagement styled shoot.  Nickolas and Jason were just fantastic to work with and looked amazing!

My fantastic creative team for this project:

Venue Location: Regency Center, http://www.regencycentersf.com/, (415) 447-4908
Floral: Laurel Designs, Laurel Ann Winzler, (415) 386-8360
Table Design and Event Coordination: Sullivan Botello Events, http://sullivanbotelloevents.com/, 415.334.7394
Jewelry: Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry, https://www.adamneeley.com/, (415) 262-9985
Mens Suits: Men’s Wearhouse, http://www.menswearhouse.com/, 415-615-0528

The mens’ suits were provided by Men’s Wearhouse on Market Street in San Francisco.

I love this room above! The afternoon light is so great. Just check out the detail in the walls and ceiling. Awesome!

These boutonnieres were created and provided by the talented Laurel Ann Winzler from Laurel Designs.

Isn’t it cool how the light falls in the foyer of the Lodge room at the Regency Center?

Thanks again to my team and to Nickolas and Jason for being so great to work with!

Ghirardelli Square San Francisco Wedding Photos with Mark & Dennis

I had the joy of being the San Francisco Wedding Photographer for Mark and Dennis at their Fairmont Heritage Place on Ghiradelli Square. Their 11-12.13 wedding could not have been on a more beautiful day. The views were extraordinary from the balcony where they took their vows.

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I met up with Mark and Dennis before the ceremony and got acquainted with their family and friends.  Such a nice group of people 🙂  Then I spent some time with Mark and Dennis alone to get a few portraits before the vows.

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They were a little nervous and really giddy.  We had a great time!

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The intimate ceremony was rather emotional for Mark and Dennis as well as for the family. It was a really moving exchange of vows that I was honored to witness.

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After the ceremony and a few drinks, we all went down to the square and made some portraits of the couple as twilight faded into the cool evening.

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The photo below really sums up my experience of Mark and Dennis.  They are sweethearts with a joy that is contagious.  Thank you Mark and Dennis!!

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Marriott San Mateo / Stanford University Wedding Photos – Ting & Vince

San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Jim Vetter Photography just had the honor of shooting the Marriott San Mateo wedding of Ting and Vince.  We also went to the San Mateo Central Park Japanese Tea Garden and to Stanford University for the creative wedding portraits after the ceremony.  It was a fantastic day!

 

Ting was stunning as seen here in the bridal suite at the Marriott in San Mateo.

The lobby of the Marriott in San Mateo has a beautiful set of benches as you enter the hotel.  Ting is seen here just before she walked down the aisle.

After the ceremony, we jumped in the limo and headed out to do the creative portraits.  We started at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Mateo’s Central Park.

We then went down to the Stanford University Campus and made the photos below.  What an amazing location for wedding photography!

Congratulations, Ting and Vince!!

Art Deco Wedding Photos – Mandarin Oriental Hotel, San Francisco

I approached the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, San Francisco recently about doing a styled wedding shoot inspired by early 20th century bridal fashion.  What a blessing to be given the opportunity to make these photos in such an amazing location.  The hotel staff was wonderful to work with and just look at this amazing setting!

I’ve created a short slideshow video with the highlights of the day.

The gorgeous gowns featured in this shoot are those of indie couture designer, Amy-Jo Tatum.  Her designs are timeless and beautiful.  Absolutely check her out.  She also writes the popular wedding blog, Bride Chic.

We were so fortunately to have such talented hair and makeup artists for this shoot.  Monina and her team from Moderne Beauty really put the icing on the cake for us.  Thank you so much, ladies!

These photos with the panoramic views of San Francisco were made on the private deck outside the hotel’s premier guest suite.  Imagine starting your honeymoon in this room!

When the city lights start to come up, this deck is truly a magical place to be…

The grande staircase in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental, is a signature feature of this hotel and makes a perfect backdrop for this city modern, art deco shoot.

Our Team:

Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, San Francisco | 415.276.9619
Bridal Gowns/Accessories: Amy-Jo Tatum | 415.258.8204
Photography: Jim Vetter Photography | 415.789.6150
Hair/Makeup: Moderne Beauty | 408.489.7909
Floral: Floral Ornament | 345 California Street, San Francisco | 415-788-0353

Jim Vetter Photography at the Bloomingdale’s “Pre-Wedding” Wedding Party

Please come out to Bloomingdale’s “Pre-Wedding” Wedding Party on Tuesday night, June 11th.  Jim Vetter Photography will be exhibiting and offering valuable show special!

RSVP by calling 415.856.5380.

Hope to see you there!

 

California Redwoods Engagement Photos – Stephanie & Dustin

As a San Francisco Wedding Photographer, I have been wanting to shoot an engagement session in this Redwood grove and meadow for a long time and I am so happy that it was Stephanie and Dustin what I took to this amazing location.

Stephanie and Dustin are my favorite kind of clients.  They love and value photography and are excited to get creative with me.

We had the time of our lives out there in the forest.

This place is just magical.

Thank you Stephanie and Dustin for trusting Jim Vetter Photography to capture this epic California Redwoods engagement session!

 

 

 

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography by San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Jim Vetter Jim Vetter Photography is anything but your average San Francisco wedding photographer. Each wedding is treated with care and creativity not found with other San Francisco wedding photography studios. Your wedding day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the San Francisco area.  This is San Francisco wedding photography at its best. Jim Vetter Photography is an award winning photographer based in the San Francisco bay area. Offering wedding coverage in San Francisco, San Jose, Napa, and destinations worldwide.  This wedding photography studio is one of the top studios in the country and is located right here in the San Francisco bay area.

Elegant. Romantic. Fun. These are the words typically used to describe this San Francisco wedding photographer.  We take pride in offering our clients the type of San Francisco wedding photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, its another to create art for our clients.  Our San Francisco clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into our San Francisco wedding photography studio.  Serving the San Francisco bay area Jim Vetter Photography offers San Francisco wedding photography coverage in the San Francisco bay area, including but not limited to, San Jose, Marin County, East Bay, San Mateo, Napa and Sonoma, and the surrounding areas 

Not looking for a San Francisco wedding photographer? Please be sure to consider us for all your family photography needs in the San Francisco area.  We are located conveniently in the San Francisco bay area just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.  Please call or email us for more information.  Learn more about this San Francisco Wedding Photographer.  Looking for a San Jose Wedding Photographer?  Looking for a San Francisco Wedding Photography?

Palm Event Center Wedding in Pleasanton with Sara & Dan

San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Jim Vetter Photography had the great pleasure to photograph the beautifully emotional wedding of Sara and Dan at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton, California.  Everything really came together to make this a perfect day for Sara, Dan and their guests.  The weather was perfect and everyone had an amazing time.

As a wedding vendor, I want to thank Molly at the Palm Event Center for being so wonderful to work with.  Thank you Molly!!  If you book your wedding with her you are certainly in great hands! She was incredibly attentive to the bride & groom and to the vendors which really helps a wedding day come off well.

I would also like to acknowledge the great planning and coordination work of Jill at Eventful Days.  Sara had to plan this wedding from the other side of the country and Jill was just awesome at coordinating everything and making sure we had a great timeline to follow for Sara and Dan.

 

 

Sara looked amazing!  Her makeup was done by Lisa Teller and hair by Jen the Hair Girl.  Both did a fantastic job with Sara and all of the bridesmaids.

The wedding was quite emotional for Sara and Dan who unsuccessfully fought back tears of joy throughout the touching ceremony.  It really was a sweet wedding!

We are so grateful to be part of such a beautiful event!  Thank you, Sara and Dan!!

Wedding Professionals:

Photography: Jim Vetter Photography
Venue/Catering: Palm Event Center
Event Planning: Eventful Days
DJ: DJ Sir Edgar
Band: The Peelers
Lighting: Enhanced Lighting
Hair: Jen the Hair Girl
Makeup: Lisa Teller
Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero
Photobooth: Smile City Photo Booth
Chuppah: Under the Chuppah
Smores Firepits: Vindeflame
Florist: Delford West Flowers

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography by San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Jim Vetter Jim Vetter Photography is anything but your average San Francisco wedding photographer. Each wedding is treated with care and creativity not found with other San Francisco wedding photography studios. Your wedding day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the San Francisco area.  This is San Francisco wedding photography at its best. Jim Vetter Photography is an award winning photographer based in the San Francisco bay area. Offering wedding coverage in San Francisco, San Jose, Napa, and destinations worldwide.  This wedding photography studio is one of the top studios in the country and is located right here in the San Francisco bay area.

Elegant. Romantic. Fun. These are the words typically used to describe this San Francisco wedding photographer.  We take pride in offering our clients the type of San Francisco wedding photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, its another to create art for our clients.  Our San Francisco clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into our San Francisco wedding photography studio.  Serving the San Francisco bay area Jim Vetter Photography offers San Francisco wedding photography coverage in the San Francisco bay area, including but not limited to, San Jose, Marin County, East Bay, San Mateo, Napa and Sonoma, and the surrounding areas 

Not looking for a San Francisco wedding photographer? Please be sure to consider us for all your family photography needs in the San Francisco area.  We are located conveniently in the San Francisco bay area just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.  Please call or email us for more information.  Learn more about this San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Top 5 Tips for Entertainment at your Amazing Wedding

Today the guest post series continues with some fantastic tips from a highly respected figure in the San Francisco event entertainment arena.  Natasha Miller, president of Entire Productions, has been programming and supplying top class entertainment worldwide since 2000.

Tip #1 – Dare to be different! Take the road less traveled when selecting your music. Your guests will delight in the unexpected! Instead of a standard string ensemble, hire a special group like the Synchronicity String Quartet that can play classical repertoire and fine-tuned arrangements of your favorite Coldplay or Rihanna hit. The element of surprise is always welcome at a wedding.

Tip #2 – Make a special request repertoire known to the musician(s) as soon as possible! If you want a specific song played at your ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner or dancing, let it be known the MOMENT you know, preferably when signing the contract or at least 6 weeks before your wedding so that you give the musician(s) ample time to create an arrangement for their specific instrumentation in time. Artists will typically prepare one extra song and any additional arrangements usually cost extra depending on level of difficulty and instrumentation.

Tip #3 – If you want someone (a friend, family member, etc) to perform at your wedding with the musician(s) you’ve hired, PLEASE arrange for them to rehearse before. It will cost additional to have the professional musicians attend a rehearsal but it will make for a much better performance. Especially if your friend, family member is an amateur or even semi-professional musician. They tend to get nervous and sometimes don’t have the experience with performing with the particular instrumentation they’ll be expected to perform with. 

Tip #4 – Hire musicians from a reputable agency. Agencies handle all of the contracting–a must for both the client and the artists–details, communication with the artists, client and wedding planner, carry the necessary insurance for the artist AND the venue (most independent artists don’t carry this insurance), and hold the artist to a very strict timeline. Agencies can also assist on translating the clients needs and repertoire to the bandleader/artist making sure everyone is on the same page. Ask your wedding planner, caterer, photographer or other wedding vendor to recommend an agency.

Tip #5 – RELAX–After you’ve hired the best talent from a great agency, and have given them your schedule and repertoire, you can concentrate on everything else. Like how amazing you’re going to feel walking down the aisle and seeing all of your friends and family all night long!

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Natasha started Entire Productions in 2000, and has been booking talent for special events, producing corporate-sponsored concert series, handling publicity, and serving as a marketing and production consulting service ever since.

She is a classically trained violinist, accomplished songwriter and jazz vocalist. You might have caught her at the Monterey Jazz Festival, headlining at Yoshi’s, and performing in Teatro Zinzanni’s Cabaret Lunatique. She is a recording artist on the Poignant Records label, with 6 critically acclaimed CD’s under her belt. Natasha has had the honor of having her songs placed in feature films as well as on jazz radio stations all over the world.

Natasha has been the recipient of the Business & Professional Women “Women of Achievement in the Arts” award as well as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award designated by the Alameda Chamber of Commerce.

Entire Productions is a San Francisco-based entertainment production company that programs and supplies musicians and other talent for corporate and social events all over the world.   Their full service A/V and production division provides sound, staging, and lighting, as well as back line, projection, and stage management.

Entertainment: http://www.entireProductions.com  |  Audio/Visual: http://www.entireProductionsAV.com