Marriott San Mateo Wedding Photos – Lily & David

San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Jim Vetter Photography just had the honor of photographing the wedding of Lily & David at the San Mateo Marriott.  It was a beautiful, warm June afternoon and the wedding couldn’t have been sweeter.

Lily and David had their first look before the ceremony.  We met at the beautiful Japanese Tea Garden in San Mateo’s Central Park. David’s reaction was priceless as you can see below!

It was really a pleasure working with Lily and David.  They were adorable together and had a great time all day.

Just before the wedding ceremony, they held a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony in the bridal suite at the hotel.  Gifts were exchanged between the bride’s parents and the couple.

Lily and David arranged a special trea for their guests by booking an amazing group to perform a Chinese Lion Dance during the cocktail hour.  These guys were amazing!

Thank you so much to Lily & David for trusting us to photography your beautiful wedding at the San Mateo Marriott!  Congratulations!!

San Jose Hilton Wedding Photography – Jennee & Luis

This post features the San Jose wedding photography for Jennee and Luis as produced by Jim Vetter Photography.  They were married at the Most Holy Trinity church in San Jose, California on April 12, 2013.  The reception followed at the beautiful Hilton San Jose.  If you’re planning a wedding in San Jose, we recommend contacting Gigi at the Hilton – amazing service there from Gigi and all of her staff.

Jennee and Luis are two of the most down to earth, sweet people I’ve photographed.  Even through a hectic wedding day, they kept their cool and really enjoyed themselves – and so did we!

San Jose Hilton Wedding Photos

The honeymoon suite at the Hilton was fantastic for photography with its high ceilings and wall of glass overlooking downtown San Jose.  The window light was just incredible and you can see how beautiful it was on Jennee above.

San Jose Hilton Wedding Photos

San Jose Hilton Wedding Photos

Jennee’s mother, Lupe is such a kind heart and was so supportive of her daughter from the planning through the wedding day.  In fact, she initially contacted us about photographing the wedding and we’re so glad she did.  It was a pleasure working with her.

San Jose Hilton Wedding Photos

San Jose Hilton Wedding Photos

Jennee’s late father was remembered before the ceremony.  His portrait was there with Jennee and Lupe as the completed final preparations for the wedding.  He certainly did dress for the occasion.

San Jose Hilton Wedding Photos

We LOVE this photo below!  Mother is calm and happy while daughter is hyperventilating just moments before walking down the isle.

San Jose Hilton Wedding Photos

Jennee is a big lover of flowers and her wedding certainly showed it.  The roses supplied by De Young Flowers were the perfect complement to the coral bridesmaid dresses.

San Jose Hilton Wedding Photos

There were 25 bridesmaids and groomsmen in the bridal party.  We gave up on trying to remember names and just called the bridesmaids “the Coral Girls” and the groomsmen “dudes.”  Here they are taking over Almaden Avenue in front of the Hilton.

San Jose Hilton Wedding Photos

San Jose Hilton Wedding Photos

The tables were stunning!  Check out the Bride & Groom’s table below 🙂

San Jose Hilton Wedding Photos

This gorgeous cake was made by Cero at Cake Expressions.  Beautiful and tasty work, Cero!  And thank you to Josh Rodriquez for these awesome table shots!

San Jose Hilton Wedding Photos

San Jose Hilton Wedding Photos

Thank you so much Jennee and Luis!  Congratulations!!

 

 

 

 

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

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi with Alexis and Lorenzo

Jim Vetter Photography recently had the honor of photographing a gorgeous wedding at Wine and Roses in Lodi, California.  Alexis and Lorenzo were married on October 26, 2012.  They had the perfect day – 75 degrees, sunny, no wind.  And the Wine and Roses venue is so beautiful with amazing locations to make wedding photos.

When I arrived at Alexis’ room I was greeted by a lovely girl I assumed to be Alexis’ sister. Nope, this was her mother, Pamela.  I told them that I could see where Alexis got her looks. 😉

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Alexis looked amazing in her gown from Bliss Bridal in Stockton, California.  Her veil was as long as her train and really added to already graceful presence.

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Alexis and Lorenzo each have very unique wedding bands which really seem to match their individual style.  Lorenzo proposed down on the water of the California Delta where they had one of their first dates.

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California - Rings

The light on the balcony was just awesome and we captured a series of lovely portraits while Alexis was getting ready.

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

The flowers were supplied by Charlene Smith, a friend of the family.  What a wonderful friend to have!  The bouquet was so beautiful.

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

On the way down from the room, I just had to stop Alexis because she looked so great in the light of the staircase.  Here she is shining bright!

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Friends of Alexis did her hair (Melissa) and makeup (Ivy).  Beautiful work, girls!

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Alexis and Lorenzo had their first look before the ceremony and we were able to capture their reactions.  Lorenzo was about to come out of his skin, he was so excited.

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

No rice at this wedding – it was bubble time as they were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. 🙂

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

The cake was supplied by Frosted Flour Cakery in Lodi, California.  Beautiful and yummy!

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Lorenzo couldn’t resist!

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Have you ever seen a happier groom??

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California

Thank you, Alexis and Lorenzo for trusting your photography to us on your big day!

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

Preservation Park Wedding Photos – Katie and Paul

Jim Vetter Photography just photographed a wedding at Preservation Park in Oakland for Katie and Paul.  What a fabulous location!  Who would ever guess that this little preserve even existed right there in downtown Oakland?  Preservation Park is a fully restored victorian neighborhood that feels a little like Disneyland when you enter – it is just pristine.

Katie and Paul both had rooms at the Marriott just a block away where they got ready before the late afternoon wedding.  Paul and his four groomsmen were so much fun to hang out with for the day.

Katie and her girls had a sweet suite at the Marriott with great window light which allowed me to get these beautiful getting-ready shots before the ceremony.

Katie’s hair was done by Mitzi at the BarberElla Beauty Lounge of Berkeley, CA.

Katie and the bridesmaids clearly are very close and have a long history of laughter together.  They made each other laugh so much that I seldom saw a straight face and I LOVE that!

The flower girl was too cute for words.  Seriously, I can’t think of any words…  just ADORABLE.

Katie and Paul took my advice and did their First Look before the ceremony.  This is such a great way to get great photos of the moment the bride and groom first see one another. The light was great and the moment was very special.

The bouquets and floral arrangements were provided by D’jour Floral.  Check out Katie’s waterfall bouquet above.

This is certainly a couple and a wedding party that doesn’t take themselves too seriously.  This made them all a great deal of fun.  Check out their Zombie Formal Photo coming up below… “BRAINS!!! Must eat brains….”

Preservation Park really is a cool location.  This is the outdoor space where ceremonies are held.  In an evening photo you can see the view from the stage.

A beautiful ceremony was performed by Reverend Jane Ramsey.

Attached to Nile Hall (the reception space) is Ginn House.  Built around 1890, Ginn House has two large parlor rooms and this amazing window flanked by old book cases and fitted with a large marble bench.  Such a cool space for a bridal portrait.

The music at the wedding was provided by San Francisco’s own DJ Mancub.  He does only a few weddings a year and it was awesome to hear great mixes and mashups at this wedding.  Thank you Mancub!

An incredible buffet dinner was provided by Katherine and her staff from Royal Raspberry.    And of course the gorgeous and tasty cake was made by Eve Samonsky.

Below is the view from the stage where Katie and Paul took their vows.

Super fun wedding with a great group of people.  Thanks for making us part of your day, Katie and Paul!!

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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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!

Inverness Wedding Photography in the California Coastal Hills

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!

Marin Coastal Hills Wedding

Marin Weddings in the Coastal Hills

Congratulations Elizabeth & David!