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Vintage Gardens Wedding Photographer

We are the preferred photographers for Vintage Gardens, Modesto's premier wedding venue. Because we photograph many weddings there every year, you can be assured to receive the best wedding photos possible.


One of the reasons we love weddings at Vintage Gardens is because the venue is incredibly convenient. The grounds are expansive, and offer you a wide variety of portrait locations. However, the best locations including gardens, a gazebo, and a tented reception space that are near each other. That means that it won't take us much time to walk from location to location.

There is plenty of parking for guests, and the bathrooms are large and always immaculate.  

Event Staff

Because the staff runs like a well-oiled machine and always stays on schedule you can be assured that your wedding day will be a fun, stress-free environment for your wedding.


The grounds at Vintage Gardens are always green, manicured, and immaculate. There are hundreds of different plants and flowers, so year-round there's always something beautiful blooming.  

There are beautiful spots to take classic photos of the wedding details, such as the wedding gown and bridal bouquet.

Bridal Suite

The bridal suite is a lovely building with its own enclosed garden veranda.  There is a huge mirror, comfortable leather couches, and French doors, making it an ideal place for the bride to get ready.  There's also an enclosed veranda with a table and chairs for extra space.  

I like this bridal suite because there's plenty of light for photos, and plenty of room for me to move around while taking photos.  


Vintage Gardens' ceremony space is a beautiful, well-kept white gazebo among the grass.  They provide clean white chairs for guests.  The grass is always green and manicured, like the rest of the grounds.  

There's always plenty of beautiful light shining on the ceremony.

For the ceremony, you have the choice of walking down the aisle that goes between your guests, or taking the path that goes from the bridal suite to the gazebo. I personally prefer the latter, because the path snakes between beautiful foliage, which makes for beautiful photos.

I love that there's plenty of space for us to walk around the gazebo and take photos from different angles.


As a photographer, of course the most important aspect of the venue is the landscaping and photo opportunities.  Even though we work there constantly, I can always make unique portraits for our clients by finding different seasonal plants and flowers, new angles, and interesting ways to use light.  There are unlimited possibilities for wedding portraits.  I also love that the staff always gives us plenty of time to do photos, which helps keep the day stress-free.

There's a great variety of texture to take advantage of.

These photos below of Monique and Miguel standing in the golden sunlight were taken in the back staff parking lot.  Beautiful pictures can be made anywhere with the right knowledge of light.

The black and white photo below on the right was taken in the wine cellar, using only available light, and it's my favorite portrait of a bride I've taken at Vintage Gardens because it's so unique.

Marsha & Kevin's wedding colors were silver and purple, so they had purple uplights around the gazebo for their evening ceremony.  During the reception, we took some nighttime portraits, and I love how the one below turned out.

Reception Space

The reception space at Vintage Gardens is a large, convertible tent, with walls that open up for warm weather.  They always do a beautiful job at setting up the decor, creating a classy, elegant reception.

The dance floor is plenty big for everyone to boogie.  Every time we photograph a wedding at Vintage Gardens, the bridal party and guests have a blast dancing.

In the cooler months, we're warm and cozy inside the tented reception, which is temperature-controlled.

In the warm months, the tent walls are removed to make it an outdoor, airy reception space.

Food & Drinks

Vintage Gardens has THE BEST food in town, hands down.  Redwood Cafe, which is attached to the wedding venue, provides the fresh, high-quality reception meals.  They also offer a wide variety of appetizers to keep your guests happy while you're taking photos.

Wedding reception food at Vintage Gardens

The fillet mignon above was SO delicious that Mark and I both decided that we want it as our last meal if we're ever on death row.  The pasta below was so good that I stuffed myself with it, even though I'm gluten-intolerant and it made me sick. Worth it!

They also have an extensive wine list and a full bar.  Also, their bartenders can make any drink, which will keep your guests happy.

The dessert table is always a big hit. At this wedding, they had a spread of chocolate and red velvet cupcakes displayed on rustic wood slices and accompanied by a small white cake for the bride and groom to cut.


Vintage Gardens offers services for a wide variety of events, including weddings, social events, and business parties.  The facility is luxurious and flexible, ready for a formal sit-down dinner or an elegant buffet.  

Their professional staff is available to help you with all segments of your event, from arranging the aspects of food and drink, to acquiring DJs, photographers, bakers, and other vendors. Their attention to detail and professional coordination differentiates them from other event settings.

The facility has plenty of parking for guests and large, clean bathrooms.

  • Event coordination
  • Staff for setup, service and cleanup
  • Tables & Chairs
  • Chef and Culinary staff
  • Linen, china, silverware and stemware
  • Napkin color of your choice
  • A beverage bar and bartender
  • Skirted cake table, head table and buffet, etc.
  • Cake cutting and serving Outdoor heaters Customized Menu
  • Map with directions to our location
  • Call them for more info at (209) 545-9232 x1 Between 9am - 5pm M-F


    Vintage Gardens was first built as a private residence in the 1930s.  It was the meeting place for Knights of Columbus until 1994, when they created their first restaurant on site.  As the years went on, it was a popular spot for patrons to eat and listen to local artists play music.  The demand for events grew until they turned into Modesto's premier outdoor wedding and banquet venue.