Anniversary Wedding at the Inn at Occidental – Roberta and Phil

Weddings at The Inn at Occidental, or in this case a 50th anniversary renewal of vows, are a very sweet and charming affair.  Sonoma wedding photographer, Jim Vetter Photography was there last weekend to capture the joy of the day.

50 years ago, on June 17th, 1962, Roberta and Phil took their vows and began a wonderful partnership that would reward the world in ways they had yet to foresee.

The ceremony was not a typical wedding ceremony.  It was steeped in nostalgia with moving presentations and performances by family and friends.

The grandchildren were all participants in the ceremony and could not have been cuter.  In fact, there were 17 children at the celebration and one was cuter than the next.  It was a joy to photograph such a sweet gathering.

The reception was held at the Union Hotel Ballroom just around the corner from the Inn.  The Union Hotel is a family owned business in operation since 1879 and has a rich history.

The kids had the time of their lives dancing and running amok.

It was really very moving to see two people madly in love after 50 years.  Congratulations, Roberta and Phil!

Napa Wedding Photography at Brix Restaurant with Desiree and Nikos

Jim Vetter Photography had the honor of spending a hot summer wedding day with Desiree and Nikos in Napa Valley’s Brix Restaurant.  Brix in Napa is beautifully warm and welcoming with awesome food and fantastic staff that really takes care their guests.  Its such a great spot for Napa wedding photography. If you’re planning a Napa wedding, you should give Matt a call at Brix.  He is wonderful to work with!

Desiree was gorgeous on her wedding day and Betten did a beautiful job with her hair and makeup.  We’d also like to credit Rainbow Balloons and Flowers for the floral arrangements and bouquets.  And of course the yummy cake from Patisserie Angelica!

Bride at Brix

Napa Valley offers such picturesque backdrops for outdoor events!  The decor at this wedding was true to Napa stylings with wine barrels, vegetable gardens and vineyards surrounding the ceremony.  You’ll love the beautiful detail in her gown from Allure Bridal.

Desiree and Nikos chose to have their first look at each other before the ceremony began.  This is a great way to capture genuine expressions on the bride and groom and to do it in good light!  I LOVE the look on their faces below when they see each other for the first time on their wedding day.

The flower girl was too cute for words…

Desiree and Nikos were so fun to work with – they were up for any idea I threw at them.  From the frigid wine cellar to the old barn out back and more, we had a great time photographing them.

Congratulations, Desiree and Nikos!  Thank you for making Jim Vetter Photography your choice for capturing the most important day of your lives!

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Mountain View Wedding at Rengstorff House with Alicia and Dave

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!

Ceremony Details - Rengstorff House Wedding

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.

Rengstorff House Wedding - Bridal Portraits

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.

Rengstorff House Wedding Ceremony

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.

Rengstorff House Wedding

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!

Garden Court Hotel Wedding

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!!

Rengstorff House Wedding

Here are the highlights from the day.  Enjoy!

Winery SF Wedding Photography – Courtney and Matt

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.

Treasure Island Bride

Dad gives the Bride away

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!

Treasure Island Wedding Details - Winery SF

First Wedding Dance on Treasure Island

Thank you Courtney and Matt for including us in your awesome wedding day!